A Journey to the Heart: 6 Day Yoga & ThaiMassage Retreat w./ Vagelis Varis & Julia Deka

Wann: 30.06. – 06.07. 2022

Teacher: Vagelis Varis & Julia Deka

Teaching Language: English

Wo: Kithara Island, Griechenland


1200€ until 25th of April 
1300€ after 25th of AprilIn the price included: Retreat Classes, Food, Accommodation

Anmeldung: evangelos.varis@gmail.com

A JOURNEY TO THE HEART: Yoga & ThaiMassage Retreat

„Our greatest strength lies in the gentleness and tenderness of our heart. Only from the heart can you touch the sky.“ (Rumi)

The „Journey to the heart“ – a one week experience to dive deep with Yoga, ThaiMassage & amazing soulfood.In this one week retreat we invite people, who have experience in ThaiMassage or any other form of massage or bodywork.

Focus of the daily practice will be the heart. With advanced therapeutic massage techniques in the afternoon and time for yoga, breathing and meditation in the morning we create a space to unwind the heart as the important connection between the physical, mental and emotional state of the human being.
During the retreat we support the heart in it´s softening, strengthening & nourishment as well in it´s capacity to release, receive, embrace and feel compassion.

୭̥⋆*。PRACTICES ୭̥⋆*。

– training and practice from the osteopathic field – adapted for the practice of massage therapists. There will be one ThaiMassage / OsteoThai with Vagelis every afternoon

– souldfood diet made by Afendula to reinforce the goal of the seminar

– meditation and yoga classes in the morning with Julia – based on the stimulation and opening of the anahata heart chakra

– time on the beach

– evening circles

Come and join us to be among people who have come together to share and open their hearts!

୭̥⋆*。 ACCOMODATION ୭̥⋆*。

Find here more informations about the accommodat options:

୭̥⋆*。 HOW TO GET THERE ୭̥⋆*。

– by sky: daily 5 flights from Athens airport
– by sea: from the port of Athens daily boat, 6 hours tripOnce reaching the island Kithara on the airport we will organize lifts to the location of the retreat.

୭̥⋆*。 DAILY SCHEDULE ୭̥⋆*。

07:00 Wake Up 
07:30 – 09:30 Yoga & Meditation practice with Julia
10:00 – 12:00 Brunch with soulfood from Afendula
12:00 – 16:30 Massage Class with Vagelis
16:30 – 19:30 Beach-time
19:30 Dinner
21:00 Night circle

Arrival will be on the 30.6. until 18:00. On the last day 06.07. we finish at 12:00

୭̥⋆*。 ABOUT THE TEAM ୭̥⋆*。

୭̥ Vangelis Varis ୭̥

Vangelis Varis was born in Athens, Greece, and the last 19 years he lives in the island of Evia. He was introduced to the oriental arts through Tai Chi and Yoga, after that it was easy to flow with the beauty of Thai Yoga massage. 
At the Sunshine House he met his first, and very special teacher and mentor, (Krishna)Takis, who has been a strong influence since 2009. Many other amazing teachers came on his way and shaped his practice: David Lutt, Rosemary Wallach, Felicity Joy, Pau Castellsague, Itzhak Helman. Other techniques that have greatly influenced him are OsteoThai, Chi Nei Chang, Lomi-Lomi massage.
Since 2021, he is a graduate osteopath from a five years program at SICO (Swiss International College of Osteopathy), which has provided him with a unique touch in his treatments and has greatly influenced his teachings.
Vangelis seeks healing through massage and music sounds.To achieve it, he attends poliphony and dancing classes and is also a musician- he loves percussion, while his latest passion is santur, thus indulging into greek-eastern traditional melodies and rhythms.
For bookings of treatments and/or seminars, you can contact him directly at vavalikedada@gmail.com 

୭̥ Julia Deka ୭̥

Growing up with Meditation, Yoga, Ayurveda since my childhood I felt home in the field of alternative thinking & healing. After I finished school I studied Experiential Education and Cultural Anthropology which strengthened my open worldview and my love for the amazing diversity of nature and human beings on this planet. 
Becoming a mother then as well as the practice of ThaiMassage, Yoga and Meditation have been for me the journey, where healing and love found its practical application in day by day life.Since 2013 I am teaching Yoga, AcroYoga, ThaiYoga-Massage and I love to create spaces, where people can connect with themself and their surrounding environment. My Yoga-style is a fusion of different yoga and movement fields: In my classes I love to breathe, to find freestyle flow movements within the spine, I love shaking and moving with music as well as silence and going inwards. Soft & slow moments will be there as well as fiery & strong sequences. Since 2020 I am a student of Osteopathy and I love to involve self-treatment elements from the osteopathic field also into the Yoga practice. 
Find out more on the studio-website: www.yolaya.de

୭̥ Afendula ୭̥

Afendoula Kaltsidi, born and raised in rural Evia (Greece), is an alchemist with herbs, food, plants and people. Since an early age, she has been very connected to nature’s beauty and healing properties. 
She manifested this connection through cooking: empirically she indulged in preparing healthy meals for her family, long before she started sharing her passion at the Sunshine House seminars and retreat courses around Europe. 
She enjoys combining traditional Greek recipes with vegan/vegetarian ethics to provide nutritious meals for the body and spirit with locally sourced produce. Her open heart and desire to nourish others are felt in the vibrations and abundance of her food. Not too long ago, she felt prepared to share her knowledge and has been teaching groups Greek cuisine and culture, along with other cooking workshops in Athens and Evia.