The Journey Of The Mind
18 May – 24 May 2024
Dive from Raja Yoga into Yoga Nidra on the blue-green island of Skopelos during your summer holidays!
This May, Yogasadhaka is proud to offer a unique 7-day educational yoga program on Yoga Nidra, including the 5 bodies and other therapeutic properties.
We’ll cover these topics, among many others:
How to heal injuries in the mental/emotional body
How to develop deep-relaxation skills
How to alter the negative aspects of the mind
Why some wishes don’t “come true”
How kama and karma are connected
How to help others in their evolutionary journey
This summer program aims to offer you, the yoga teacher and aspiring yogi and yogini, a double benefit: as you learn more about Yoga Nidra and develop your own self-awareness, your ability to feel and understand the others will become more sensitive, as your inner guide, your intuition will be reach another level.
This program is ideally suited to those who have some experience in teaching yoga and/or have been working for some time in alternative or complementary therapies. You may also be a practicing yogi who wants to delve deeper into other branches of yoga.
Welcome. This is the place for you. The serene island of Skopelos welcomes you with joy and laughter.
We’ll begin by exploring the eight-fold path of Raja Yoga, covering theory and practical knowledge; we’ll discover the attributes and potentials of the five bodies; and we will move into the field of deep relaxation and then into Yoga Nidra.
Please note that while this educational yoga program will expand your awareness and give you the skills and theoretical foundation to effectively reprogram your own life, we cannot provide any certifications or diplomas.
Welcome! We look forward to meeting you very soon and to offering you an unforgettable and soothing experience on the island of Skopelos. The combination of this deep practice and theoretical exploration of Yoga Nidra with the unique natural setting and calm ambiance of Skopelos will bring you to a new state of mind.
Skopelos offers gorgeous beaches to suit every taste, from solitary hike-in coves to those outfitted with cafés, umbrellas and reclining chairs. There are dozens of hiking trails, ranging from easy walks to challenging uphill paths, but all offer stunning views, greenery, birds, and more. Strolling the alleys of the picturesque hill town of Glossa can be good exercise all by itself, or you can stop to enjoy homemade pastries andexcellent coffee or a meal in a local taverna. The port town of Skopelos, on the southern part of the island, also offers colorful markets, boutiques, and even more restaurants, bike excursions, beauty salons, massage therapy, and boat trips to the nearby islands. You can even rent a boat for short excursions to nearby beaches.
The guest house is close to the villages of Elios-Neo Klima(1.1km) and Glossa(5.7 km) and is 20 kilometers from the town of Skopelos. If you’re not inclined to explore the island and you prefer to enjoy the comfort of the guest house, the local bus service and walking will be sufficient for your needs. If you’d like to do rent a car in order to have more options, we can help you find a car rental company. There is parking available at the guest house.
We will be based at the Stamatiou estate, a luxury guest house with a private beach(with canoes available at no extra cost),amazing views of the sea, a daily homemade breakfast, and snacks made with honey produced on the estate.In fact, Stamatiou honey has received prizes for being among the best in Europe.
Our team will be available to facilitate your stay and offer special assistance as needed. Please feel free to contact us with any requests.
The program fee includes the seven-day yoga schedule, lodging, and transportation between the port and the guest house on the day of arrival and departure. Daily breakfasts and two dinners (details below) are also included.
Your airline/boat/other transportation and tickets, and other meals are entirely your responsibility, as is your travel and health insurance.
Participants who book a double room will share a bedroom with one other program participant. Each room includes a private bathroom, a kitchenette, a table, and chairs. Most rooms also have an exterior terrace with an additional table and chairs.
Single rooms include the same amenities, but they are limited. Please notify us immediately if you’re interested in a single room.
On the evening of your arrival day, which should be the day before the start of the program, we will offer you a welcome coffee-tea-snack evening and we will talk about the program and answer any of your questions.
On the last night of the program, we’ll also provide a farewell dinner, where you’ll have the opportunity to share your thoughts and feelings about the experience.
Every day, a traditional breakfast with something to suit every taste will be provided. In addition, coffee, tea, and snacks will be available throughout the day. You will be responsible for your own lunches and dinners; cooking facilities are available in the guest house, or you may choose to eat out.
Please let us know if there you have any health issues or dietary restrictions, and we will let you know what we can do to assist you with it.
Double room: 1860 Euros
Single room: 2060 Euros
**NB: If you’d like to come for the program and bring your (non-participating) partner, please contact us for more pricing details.
If you book your spot in the program and pay in full by February 15, 2024, the price for a double room is 1712 Euros.
A 50% deposit is due 90 days before the program start date.
The remaining 50% of the program fees are due 30 days before the program start date.
If you cancel within 60 days of the program start date, we will retain 50% of the deposit.
If you cancel within 30 days of the program start date, we will retain 100% of the fees.
Io Calis-Bletzaki, Sn.Yogananda, has been active in the world of yoga since 1992.
She received her initiation (Mantra & name) initial training in the Satyananda Yoga system (earning a certificate in the period 1995-1996) at Satyanandashram Greece and the Thessaloniki Yoga Centre, and received hands-on training in all branches of yoga (Hatha, Karma, Raja, Jyana, Mantra, Kriya and meditation).
Io continued her experiential studies and in 1998-1999 obtained successfully her diploma in Yogic Science at Bihar Yoga Bharati (BYB), the first recognized Yoga Institute in India.
She opened her first yoga centre, YogaHomePractice “Ananda” in Athens in 2002 which was renamed YogaSadhaka in 2013 and setted up in the island of Skopelos.
She delved into the Iyengar Yoga system and completed level one and two training in Ashtanga vinyasa yoga.
Io completed the Ayurvedic Healing course run by the American Institute of Vedic Studies owned by David Frawly.
She also studied Asian religions and philosophy with Dr. Dimitris Vasiliadis.
She trained as a psychotherapist from 2000-2003 in non-directive intervention (NDI) psychotherapy and group facilitation with Michel Lobrot.
She has also studied Astrology, Rejuvance, Aromatherapy, and Dowsing Pendulum Therapy and holds a Reiki level 2 qualification.
Io Calis-Bletzaki is married to the artist George Calis and the couple is now based on the island of Skopelos.