E Q U I N O X Retreat Yoga & Natural Farming at Archontiko Angelou & Phlea farm, Leros island Greece
MAR 19, 2021 AT 2 PM – MAR 29, 2021 AT 12 PM
Place: Leros Island
Duration: 10 days
Please note that we respect covid restrictions & precautions conformably to official instructions.
A 10 days holistic retreat (shorter staying optional), at Archontiko Angelou & Phlea farm, including everyday morning farming activities, everyday evening yoga, treatments, organic – vegetarian – row – gluten& lactose free food (most of the products and ingredients are from the farm), tasting and availability of the homemade farm’s products (healing herbs, nuts, pesto, olives, hot pepper paste, olive oil….), natural farming workshop, and free time for visits / excursions.
‘’ TAO, is the low of Nature behind all of creation, those who harmonize with it will be at peace with existence.’’
A retreat is the opportunity to step back and observe. To merge into new habits, activities, exploring and experiencing new possibilities of thinking and living. A retreat must be a save, non judgmental, warm ground, a commitment to‘’ hold space for others ‘’ to meet the self out of the box, to allow inner rest, to cultivate awareness – mindfulness, and to bring back home precious tools to maintain a healthy and joyful life.
Archontiko Angelou vegan hotel
Located in Alinda, 5 min from the sea and 5 min from Phlea Farm, hidden in a garden of 5.500sq. meters with over 100 year old trees, flowers, a wine yard, olive trees, an orchard, vegetables and herbs. Each space has his particular beauty and every room is different (rooms are cleaned and linen every 5 days). Archontiko Angelou is a converted stone mansion of 1895. Initially it was the family’s summer villa. When this listed building was converted and innovated, respecting and uplifting the old noble style and atmosphere, it became one of the ‘’bijoux’’ of Leros. Marianna Angelou is always glad to host retreats and take care of everything!
Optionally (up on request) you can enjoy homemade vegan – vegetarian – row – organic breakfast & – or dinner. Most of the products are from her garden (orange, tangerine, guava, lemon curd, plum, apricot, fig, and prickly pear).
You are welcome to contact Marianna for any information
Fb: Archontiko Angelou vegan hotel
Mail : Marianna.firstname.lastname@example.org
WhatsApp : 0030 – 69 44 90 81 82
Studios 2 min from the sea, at Phlea Farm, Yanni’s propriety. In the middle of a small citrus forest of tangerine and orange trees, the guests can relax to the sounds of nature and enjoy the breezes. There is around 500 trees, orange trees, tangerine trees, lemon trees, guava trees, olive trees, most of which are over 100 years old. The studios are located near the ancient well and the lake with lotus flowers, offering a feeling of exotic daydreaming! Totally new studios, you will literally inaugurate them! Between minimalism, traditional and modern, the atmosphere is Zen and unique! Fully equipped and furnished with anything you may need.
You are welcome to contact Yannis for any information:
Fb: Phlea Farm
Viber: 0030 – 69 79 23 15 20
‘’ Let food be the medicine’’ Hippocrates. Delicious meals and beverages prepared with care, love, and knowledge on a daily basis, for your lunch, inviting you in a culinary feast. We are what we eat, if we consciously listen, if we center our selves on what we eat, we can feel the prana. We carefully select from the farm most of the organic products and ingredients, for their healing qualities to prepare your vegetarian/ vegan/ row/ gluten and lactose free meals. Let us know about your dietary restrictions and / or requirements and we will adjust our menu to your needs.
Optional breakfast & or dinner
Your breakfast & dinner are not included, but if you wish (up on request), Marianna the owner and chef of Archontiko Angelou will gladly takes over as this is her second passion! She invites you to enjoy homemade vegan – vegetarian – row – organic breakfast & – or dinner and desserts (most of the products are from her garden: orange, tangerine, guava, lemon curd, plum, apricot, fig, and prickly pear).
19.03: Arrival day – settlement – gathering
20.03: Introduction to Natural Farming according to Fukuoka Masanobu‘s teachings (the man who created this method of co-working with mother earth in the most respectful way, commonly referred as ‘’ do-nothing farming’’ (because of that) – lunch – Equinox celebration/session.
21.03 – 25.03: Morning natural farming experience- lunch – evening yoga.
26.03: free day Visits – excursions – private sessions – treatments.
27.03 & 28.03: Open day workshop on natural farming (the natural shape of trees and pruning) by Manikis Panagiotis, the farmer – philosopher, a man who spend many years by Fukuoka’s side learning about life and about nature, he brought the natural farming concept in Greece and his goal is to teach people how to relate to earth and to each other without interfering but by co – creating in a respectful way, a way that leads to self – realization, self – sufficiency and to peace.
29.03: Departure day
The Yoga sessions
This retreat, is an invitation for all who (regardless experience) feels the need to re-connect, deeply rest, detox, reset, vitalize and re-source the self through an holistic approach of life. The ancient traditions, Yoga – Taoism – Buddhism – Chinese medicine, offer us an incredibly wide range of technics to work with and rise into our full potential. We will explore Meditation – Pranayama – Asana – Kriya – Kundalini yoga – Yin yoga – Chi Kung –
We invite you to step inn this process of self nourishment the exact day of the equinox, which is a sacred portal, inviting us to cleanse out stagnant heavy energy from the winter, through specific technics, creating the optimal ground for the re-birth of the spring.
Equinox is a time of celebration welcoming the return of Light in terms of creation and fertility, physically and meta – physically talking. It is a fabulous turning point of energetic opportunity to detox our system and tune with Mother Nature which allows us to tune with our inner authentic nature.
‘’ Melt like snow, wash yourself from yourself and let love grow in your soul, silent as a lily ‘’ RUMI
According to ancient traditions (Ayurveda – Buddhism – Taoism..) Nature’s cycle (seasons) is associated with the Five Elements. Spring is the season of renewal, growth, and expansion. Just as nature enters now in to this cycle so does the energy within us. In Chinese medicine Wood represents the energy of spring. The wood element is associated with upward movement towards the Sun (fire) – activity –change – and balance, and the associated organs are the liver and the gall bladder. When spring arrives we restore – regulate – stimulate prana, by working on the liver (yin) and gall bladder ( yang) meridian pair, in order to remove congested energy, allowing so the flow of prana through the channels. Wood‘s virtues lets us stand tall in the present, and gives us the vision to move ahead in the future.
Tao, ‘’ the Way’’ as it is called, meaning the appropriate way to live our life, is a guide to cultivating a life of peace, serenity and compassion, in harmony with the life force of the universe. And that is what we invite you to experience through Natural Farming activities and yoga, which both teaches us how to reconnect with our selves and with our environment in a balanced way, creating – restoring harmony (inner-outer), in order to live an authentic life in joy and health.
For specific details about the yoga sessions & or Katerina‘s path, feel free to contact her:
Fb: Katerina Katerina
Fb: Life Lovers
Philosophy & activities of Natural Farming
Natural farming is an ecological farming approach established by Masanobu Fukuoka (1913–2008). The title refers not to lack of effort, but to the avoidance of manufactured inputs and equipment. The system works along with the natural biodiversity of each farmed area, encouraging the complexity of living organisms—both plant and animal—that shape each particular ecosystem to thrive along with food plants.Fukuoka saw farming both as a means of producing food and as a spiritual approach to life, the ultimate goal of which was, “the cultivation and perfection of human beings”. Natural farming is a closed system, one that demands no human-supplied inputs and mimics nature.
Fukuoka’s ideas radically challenged conventions that are core to modern agro-industries; instead of promoting importation of nutrients and chemicals, he suggested an approach that takes advantage of the local environment. Although it differs greatly from conventional organic farming which Fukuoka considered to be another modern technique that disturbs nature.
Fukuoka claimed that his approach prevents water pollution, biodiversity loss and soil erosion, while providing ample amounts of food.
In principle, practitioners of natural farming maintain that it is not a technique but a state of being, a way of seeing ourselves as a part of nature, rather than separate from or above it.
Υannis, the owner of Phlea Farm is following Fukuoka’s teachings by being at Panagiotis Manikis side, sharing the same vision, to spread the knowledge about natural farming and transform Leros into a green island. So he left his conventional job and life and decided to dedicate himself to transforming his land into a natural farm. Yannis will initiate us on how to heal the land transforming the tired and some times sterile ground into its primary condition and he will teach us specific techniques of planting (vegetables, herbs, trees, fruits) and methods to follow to maintain a healthy land. Making clay balls – planting – creating raised beds – pruning the trees – making bread – using compost –processing fruits to make jam – collecting wild edible greens – processing the olives to make olive oil – artisanal coffee roasting….are some of the daily activities that he will share with us.
Philosophy & Approach
‘’The quality of our life depends on what seeds we water in our consciousness’’. Earth is our home, our body is our temple, how we treat them is a reflection of how we treat our selves. This retreat is about re –minding to our selves that the essence of life is to be healthy and happy in order to enjoy our journey. By re –connecting with our self through yoga and through a tangible every day connection with Mother Earth, we realize that we are part of Nature’s cycles, not separated, not independent, not autonomic , but constantly influenced affected and inter – dependent by the perpetual changes around us, the spiral movements of existence ( seasons, astrological rhythms, temperature, geographical location…and so on). And as we are processing our individual flow of existence, we realize that “As above so below, as within so without, as the universe so the soul ‘’ Hermes Trismegistus. There is a deep, absolute and indestructible inter – connection between us, our system, as living beings (microcosm) and existence around us (macrocosm). This connection is usually lost, or not enough nourished, so life instead of being a celebration it becomes a conflict, a challenge, an effort, and that state of being usually leads to an unhappy – unhealthy life. Only by restoring this connection we can reach peace. Yoga means Union, the union of the separated self from his nature and from Nature, his home. The comm-union with our selves with our surrounding and with all what is, leads us back to our core, from that space we can live in harmony and deal with life’s challenges in a creative (not destructive) and wise way.
“Taking care of our selves is an act of self–respect” Katerina.
THAI YOGA THERAPY
AYURVEDIC OIL MASSAGE
All sessions are about offering quality time, honoring your self and your deepest needs by nourishing and strengthening the vital energy. An experience of holistic balancing (body – spirit – soul), emotional cleansing and deep release. Harmonizing polarities, we restore the natural state of fluidity, activating the inner capacity of self – healing.
A session should be understood for what it is, an experience, a healing journey within, which re-connects you with your own health resources, your very center of power and infinite possibilities.
You are welcome to contact Katerina for any information and for detailed and specific explanations on each treatment.
Fb: Katerina Katerina
Fb: Life Lovers
The magical Leros island, is hosting our vision for the fourth year, offering us a blissful environment, the perfect ground for retreats. The powerful energy of the island, the rare clarity of it’s light, the wealth of this blessed land, the uncontaminated nature and so much more, supports and expands the inner work, awakening the ability of surrender to whatever is meant to rise during any process, while allows deep rest and fulfilment. It is the ideal destination for who needs authenticity, peace, natural beauty, calming energy, and easy going mentality. It feels immediately ‘’home’’. It comes naturally to tune to the energetic flow, totally and completely, in an effortless and familiar way, by merging in to the healing waters – walking through wild paths – enjoying the sunset from the top of a mountain – snorkeling at secret corners – trekking enjoying large bio – diversity while discovering wild herbs and new fragrances of flowers – having memorable views….or just by being in the bay to eavesdrop the wonders of existence!
Booking & Cancellation Policy
Book with confidence! We offer flexible booking conditions, due to covid-19 situation.
We propose you to book in two steps.
First step: reserve your spot for the retreat as soon as possible, without any deposit or commitment, in order for us to guarantee you the priority, since the spots are limited due to covid – 19.
Second step, confirm your reservation by booking until the 09.03.21 that requires a deposit of the 1/3 of the total cost, by bank transfer (the rest of the payment should be paid on arrival). However, you will receive back your non – refundable deposit if you need to cancel due to covid – 19, or you can reschedule your trip to Leros island for later during the season, in order to join us for similar retreats (contact us for the retreats schedule from May to October 2021).
About the cost & for reservations or booking or any information – question – request, please contact us:
Viber: 0030 – 69 79 90 91 88
Let’s meet !
If your heart resonates with our vision to share and expand, please feel free to contact us, we are here for you!
N A M A S T E
‘’ Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world’’
‘’Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing’’ Lao Tzu
‘’ Benefit comes from what is, usefulness from what is not’’ Lao Tzu
‘’ Have the patience to wait, be still and allow the mud to settle’’ Lao Tzu