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Andros – Cyclades

6-day Qigong Retreat

Let Qigong – Taichi and the Cycladic ambiance revive your spirit!

Join this Qigong – Tai Chi Retreat to relax and reconnect with nature, rejuvenate your body and mind and leave you feeling inspired, refreshed, centered, and peaceful.
Discover daily Tai Chi, Qigong, and Meditation courses while you will have the opportunity to explore the unique nature of Andros with short walking tours and outdoor activities.
In Qi Gong and Tai Chi practices, we use the unification of breath, movement, and intent to connect with the universal energy inside and around us and use it to restructure our whole energy system in a more aligned and coherent way.
Practice will take place by the sound of the running water, in an area of outstanding beauty, we’ve created a space split on two levels for an exceptional Qigong – Tai Chi, and meditation classes in the most peaceful and beautiful natural surroundings.
Andros, unlike the other islands of the Cyclades, is ideal for hiking due to its mountainous nature and the variety of springs that offer a unique experience. You will explore some of the island’s trails, get closer to nature and learn about herbs and flowers while getting to know the history and tradition of the island with professional hiking guides.

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We have so much more than an inspirational retreat in the Cyclades and the unique Votsalo Estate but also vibrant vegetarian meals from the organic garden and holistic massage and therapies. A unique Retreat experience in Andros in the Cyclades. 
We invite you to the silence and tranquility for a deep calm heart, just breathe deep and listen as nature takes you on deep meditation, dreaming awake.

Day by Day

Day 1 : Arrival Day

Whether you arrive in the morning or in the evening, we will come and pick you up from the port. As this is the day you arrive we will only plan a dinner and get to know each other in the evening. You will meet with the teacher too with a little talk about the program and your special needs
20:00 – Dinner

Day 2 : Qigong Classes & Hiking Tour

On the first day, we will focus on Qigong and Meditation to relax our body and mind in the morning. In the afternoon we will hike a shady trail to Pythara Small Waterfalls and practice some Qigong in a natural place.
08:30 – Breakfast at the hotel
09:30 -11.30 Meditation & Qigong
11:30 – 16.00 Rest – Free time- Appetizers meal
16:00 -18.30 Hiking to Pythara waterfalls – Practice Qigong
19:30 – Appetizers meal

 
Day 3 : Qigong Classes & Relax

In the morning practice QiGong and then enjoy the beach and the town. In the afternoon practice Taichi Qigong and relax and rest after dinner.
07:30 – Breakfast
09:00 -11:00 TaiChi & QiGong Class
11:30 – 17.00 Rest – Free Time
17:00 – 19.00 QiGong & TaiChi Class
19:30 – Appetizers Meals

Day 4: Qigong Classes and Sightseeing Tour

Daily Qigong and Stretching Techniques class. Late in the afternoon, we will explore the South of Andros. A short hiking tour with practice in the nature and then visit Korthi Bay for dinner
08:30 – Breakfast
09:30 – 11:30 TaiChi Qigong Training
11:30 – 14:00 – Rest – Free Time
14:00 – Sightseeing Tour with a minivan to the South. Short hike to explore Epikopeio Village. Practice Qigong and Stretching Technics in nature.
18:00 – Visit Korthi Village with dinner (optional) or Back to the hotel *
19:30 – Appetizers Meal

Day 5 : Qigong classes & Town Visit

On this day, we will focus on Qigong and Taichi and revised the courses we have been learning.. In the afternoon we will explore the Capital town and we will have our farewell dinner in the town.
08:30 – Breakfast at the hotel
09:30 – 11.30 Qigong and TaiChi Training
11:30 -16.30 Rest – Free time
16:30 – 18.30 Practice Qigong and Taichi
19:00 We go to town to visit the historical center and then dinner
20.00 Back to the hotel

Day 6 : Departure Day

Your retreat is at the end. After breakfast, you are ready to pack up your luggage. Transfer to the port depending on your departure time.

Please keep in mind, the schedule might be subject to change depending on weather conditions or other factors.


  • Duration:

    6 days / 5 nights

  • Next Retreat:

    2 June 2023

  • Persons:

    min 6 – max 10

  • Trip Type:

    • Wellness Retreat with Qigong Techniques and Mediation. 
    • 2 short walking tours
    • 2 sightseeing tours
  • Level:

    All Levels

Highlights

4 hours daily classes

Walking Tours

Practice in the nature

Delicious Healthy Meals

Expertize Qigong Teacher

Visit a Cycladic Island


Included Services

Ferry Tickets

5-day overnight with breakfast

4hrs daily classes

1 welcome dinner

2 appetizers meal per day 

2 guided walking tours

1 guided sightseeing tour

1 guided visit to the historical center

All on land transfers

Not Included

Flights

Airport to Rafina Port Transfer (upon request)

Dinners

Travel insurance* and personal equipment


The Nutrition.

Recovering your health with powerful top vegetarian-tasting meals is an important component of our retreat experience. Following Tai Chi practice with a healthy diet is one method to extend the advantages.

Our chef will delightfully surprise you with a brilliant and imaginative delicious cooked breakfast to energize you for the rest of the day, as well as healthy afternoon and evening appetizers meals, which are included in the cost of the course. Our dedication to quality and innovation provides meals bursting with the season’s greatest tastes and innovative concepts.
Whether you want to cleanse, lose weight, or improve your eating habits, the Votsalo Seaside concept will help you achieve your Living Health goals and leave you feeling completely encouraged to continue at home.
You are free to visit the neighboring tavernas and seafood restaurants on the remaining evenings — retreat participants usually go out as a group to have supper together. If you prefer to stay in and cook for yourself, there are self-catering facilities available at Votsalo.

The Location

Qigong Andros Votsalo Nutrition
Qigong Andros Votsalo Nutrition

Driven by the desire to support sustainability without compromising the top-notch hospitality services, at Votsalo Estate they created a magnificent space that’s so much more than just another taichi or yoga space option. At Votsalo Estate, Qigong & Taichi open air space, you come one with nature and savor tranquility. Practice will take place by the sound of the running water, in an area of outstanding beauty, an open-air space split into two levels for an exceptional Qigong – Tai Chi, and meditation classes in the most peaceful and beautiful natural surroundings under the shade of plane trees.

Trip Details

We meet you at the port of Gavrio in Andros and give you a ride to your accommodation

Classes: 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the evening

Accommodation:

Votsalo Seaside (2 floors villas with two double beds and separate bathrooms)

Micra Agglia (standard doubles)

Egli Hotel (standard doubles)

Myrto Studio (standard doubles)

The Teacher

Lydia Tillianaki, the main teacher of the Association, started her study on Tai Chi Chuan & Chi gong in 1984 in Belgium & England. After 10 years of intense study with her teacher San gee tam and Master Chu, she returned to her home in Athens. Read More

Lydia Tyllianaki

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