GREECE YOGA RETREAT

THE SPIRIT OF SIMPLICITY

May 22 - 28, 2023 | Lesvos, Greece

Dates: Monday, May 22 - Sunday, May 28, 2023

Location: Milelja Retreat Center, located in the picturesque, seaside village of Molyvos on the island of Lesvos.

Cost (per person):

  • Double room: $1,800 - $2,250
  • Single room: $2,450 - $3,000

Pricing includes:

  • 6 nights accommodation at Milelja
  • Daily breakfast + lunch
  • Daily yoga + meditation
  • The Spirit of Simplicity workshops
  • Saltwater swimming pool + hot tub
  • Hot springs excursion
  • 2 group dinners
  • Historic walking tour of Molyvos with a Greek local (Kali's mom)
  • Unlimited use of the Mandala Yoga Hall
  • 10-min walk to beautiful Mediterranean beaches & the picturesque port town of Molyvos

Payment plans are available.

Email us to learn more & to book your spot: zenverretreats@gmail.com  

View of Molyvos from seaside
Mileja Retreat Center distance view
Mileja Retreat Center distance view

Retreat Overview

The Spirit of Simplicity

Slow down, live simply, & enjoy the true wonders of life.

Greece has long been known and admired for its simplicity in daily living.  A country deeply rooted in living off the land and honoring the natural cycles of the earth provides the perfect environment for many of us to slow down -- physically, mentally, and spiritually. 

We see the virtue of simplicity in many areas of Greek culture. The ancient Greek philosopher Socrates was one of the first in Western culture to speak highly of moderation and simplicity.  Greek architecture is also a clear, artistic example of Greece's simple spirit.  According to Brown (2021): "Greek temples were simple structures.  Only columns and stone welcomed worshipers as they approached.  When they entered, most were open floor plans with little adornment, besides statutes of the god to who the building was dedicated to. Now, compare that to a European-style cathedral. Notre Dame is beauty in a different way with its various buttresses and pinnacles. The inside is just as elaborate. Obviously, both structures are works of art and memorable. However, the Greeks did much more with less."

Our yoga retreat will honor and uphold Greece's simple spirit.  We'll enjoy the simplicity of Greece's way of life through yoga, meditation, delicious food, excursions to historic sites, and much more.  We'll slow down, live simply, and enjoy life together for a week.

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About the Milelja Retreat Center, its town of Molyvos, and the island of Lesvos

The Milelja Retreat Center is located on the Greek Island of Lesvos in the eastern Aegean, a ten minutes walk to the sea and the small town of Molyvos. The Milelja Retreat center provides a calm and intimate atmosphere for Workshops and Retreats. With a sweeping view of Molyvos and the sea, their three acre property with its old trees and flower gardens, natural stone buildings harmoniously set into the landscape create a truly lush and unique character.

Photo from a distance of the milelja guesthouse
Picture of molyvos town from a distance

Molyvos – or "Mithimna" in the old Greek – is one of the most attractive small towns of Greece. It is architecturally protected due to its historical importance as an ancient seaport – dating from before the fall of Troy. Molyvos is situated on a conical shaped hill crowned by a magnificent medieval castle. A walk through the agora (market) – roofed by flower arcades down to the picturesque port, is an expedition through the eventful history of the island. Since the Sixties it has been a favorite location for romantics, writers and artists. One can find traditional restaurants, non crowded beaches, cafes and shops background for a relaxing time. For many years Molyvos has hosted various yoga retreats and related workshops.

This green island in the eastern Aegean sea is off the beaten track of mass tourism. It has the feel of authentic Greek life. Covered with olive groves and vast pinewoods, legend has it that this is where music first came to man. Poetry, Song and dance still play an important role.

Lesvos is the third biggest island of Greece with many different landscapes – a micro cosmos of its own. Many traditional villages nestle in the mountains, one visit is not enough to see them all. Lesvos is simply amazing and has been a favorite destination for romantics, artists and birdwatchers.

The island is blessed with healing hot springs, a large variety of birds and wildflowers, award winning beaches, a petrified forest, medieval castles, fine museums, and last but not least is famous for it’s unique cuisine with traditional dishes and local fish.

View of turquoise sea
Check out Molyvos' beauty in the gallery below from Kali's personal photo collection!

Accomodations

In three natural stone houses, the Milelja Retreat Center rooms and apartments are nestled in the midst of terraced flower gardens with trees surrounding them.  There are 3 different accommodation options to choose from:  1) Rooms, 2) Apartments, 3) Tiny House Bungalow.

Below is an overview of each accommodation option.  For more details on each option, please view our Accommodation Guide

Rooms

All rooms are located in the main house and are equipped with en-suite bathrooms, outside terraces, and access to a common self-service facility for tea and coffee.  Each room has two single beds and can host 1-2 people.  The pool, hot-tub, and main dining areas are on-site.  Please note that there are two rooms that share one bathroom.  We will offer a discount on these two rooms.

Prices for rooms are:

  • $1,800 for double (2 people in a room)
  • $2,450 for single (1 person in a room)

Prices are per person.  Please note there will be a 3% credit card processing fee added to all credit card transactions. 

Apartments

The Milelja apartments are located in a separate building on the retreat center property with a pool on-site.  Each apartment includes either 2 single beds or 1 "French Bed" (queen-sized - 160x200cm), private bathrooms, kitchenettes, seating areas, and outdoor patios/balconies.  Some apartments can add an extra single bed to host a third person.

Prices for apartments are:

  • $2,250 for a double (2 people in an apartment)
  • $2,900 for a single (1 person in an apartment)

Prices are per person. Please note there will be a 3% credit card processing fee added to all credit card transactions. 

Tiny House Bungalow

Milelja's most unique accommodation option is their adorable and private Tiny House Bungalow.  This bungalow includes a kitchenette, living area, bathroom, "French Bed" (queen-sized - 160x200cm), and a private patio.  Perfect for a couple who wants more privacy and/or a solo traveler looking for the same.

Prices for this bungalow are:

  • $2,000 for a double (2 people in the bungalow)
  • $3,000 for a single (1 person in a bungalow)

Only 1 bungalow is available. Prices are per person. Please note there will be a 3% credit card processing fee added to all credit card transactions. 

Next Steps to Book:

  1. Send an email to zenverretreats@gmail.com with any questions and your preferred accommodation option
  2. After corresponding with us, you'll receive a link to pay the $500 deposit which will officially hold your spot and accommodation

See Milelja come to life in this video tour:

Logistical Information

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7am-8:30am: Coffee + Fruit available (self-serve, included daily)
  • 8:30-10am: Daily Yoga + Meditation
  • 10am - 11:00am: Breakfast + Coffee (self-serve, included daily)
  • 11am-1pm: Free Time (beach, pool, walk the gardens/property, or relax)
  • 1pm - 2pm: Group Lunch at Milelja (included daily)
  • 2pm - 5pm: Free time / optional excursions
  • 5:30pm - 6:30pm: Yoga and/or Spirit of Simplicity Workshop
  • 7pm - 8:30pm: Group Dinner (2 included)
  • 8:30pm: Free time

*schedule is subject to change and may vary day to day depending on group excursions.


What's Included in Our Pricing

  • 6 night accomodation at Milelja
  • Daily breakfast and lunch
  • Daily yoga + meditation
  • The Spirit of Simplicity workshops
  • Saltwater swimming pool + hot tub
  • Hot springs excursion
  • 2 group dinners
  • Historic walking tour of Molyvos with a Greek local (Kali's mom)
  • Unlimited use of the Mandala Yoga Hall
  • 10-min walk to beautiful Mediterranean beaches & the picturesque port town of Molyvos

Additional Options for Retreat Attendees

Attendees of our retreat are encouraged to venture on their own during free time and take advantage of everything the island of Lesvos has to offer! 

There are many spa treatments offered in the town of Molyvos.  In addition, beautiful hikes are close by.  We also encourage the visiting of ancient ruins, historical churches, unique biological reserves, cultural museums, picturesque olive orchards, surrounding towns and beaches.

There are taxis, private shuttles, buses, and rental car options for travel to further destinations.  You are also welcome to rent a car from the Mytilene Airport to support you during this trip.  If you're interested, please get in touch with us and we can help coordinate!


Transportation 

We encourage you to consider extending your stay in Greece and/or Europe before and after our yoga retreat - there is so much beauty to see and culture to enjoy on the continent!

Flying to Lesvos:

  • The airport on the island of Lesvos is the Mytilene International Airport. For transportation to and from Lesvos, we recommend that you book your tickets in stages for the best price and experience (Kali has been doing this for 20+ years!).  For example, you can fly into any major airport in Europe (i.e., London, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam) and then book your tickets to Greece from that other European city.
  • There are a few International European Airports that you can bypass Athens and go directly to Mytilene. For a listing of those airports go HERE.
  • You may also want to consider booking in three stages: (1) round-trip from US to Europe, (2) European city to Athens, and (3) Athens to Mytilene.
  • We recommend using Hopper, Google Flights, and/or Expedia for flight preparation.

Boating to Lesvos:

  • Another popular option is to get to Lesvos by boat!  Greece is known for its islands, and island hopping by boat is the best way to get to know the country more.
  • There are daily boats that will bring you to the port in Lesvos ("Mytilene") from Athens ("Pireaus").
  • This is a great option if you want to island hop before & after!
  • To book, please visit Blue Star Ferries.

Getting to Milelja

  • You may hire a taxi from the airport or port and tell them to bring you to the Milelja Retreat Center in Molyvos.  The Milelja Retreat Center is well-known on the island of Lesvos.
  • Alternatively, we are happy to organize a taxi shuttle for you to and from the airport or port for an additional cost.  Please inquire with us to learn more about this option.
  • The trip is roughly 1.5 hours from the airport of Mytilene to Milelja (a little less if traveling from the port).

*Please note, you are responsible for following all regulations for entering and exiting Europe including customs, COVID regulations, etc. 


Next Steps to Book:

  1. Send an email to zenverretreats@gmail.com with any questions and your preferred accommodation option
  2. After corresponding with us, you'll receive a link to pay the $500 deposit which will officially hold your spot and accommodation

About Your Hosts

Ali Bullano, LSW, MSW, RYT-500

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Ali is the founder of Zenver Yoga, a social worker/therapist, and has nearly a decade of teaching experience. She bridges Eastern philosophy with Western psychology to provide a grounded, practical approach for applying the ancient teachings of yoga to modern life.

In Ali's classes, you’ll experience guided meditation, breathwork, meditative music, and intelligent sequencing focused on opening the myofascial lines of the body. She weaves contemplative themes and insights into each class to build awareness and encourage mental and emotional wellbeing. With her affectionate personality, heartwarming approach, and soothing voice, you will feel right at home.

Kali Karakasidou, RYT-200

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Kali is a graduate of Zenver Yoga's 200-hour YTT and has been teaching yoga and meditation classes in Denver for several years.  Her goal as a yoga teacher is to provide students with a safe space to explore the connection between their mind and body by moving while also staying internally grounded.  Kali is also currently pursuing her master's degree in Family Therapy at CU Denver.

Kali comes from a Greek immigrant family and has had the privilege to travel to Greece many times a year since a young age.  She is excited to share the joys of Greek culture with Zenver's retreat attendees.

Testimonials

Zenver Yoga created the most amazing international yoga retreat. Ali and Katy planned the yoga practices to center around the theme of the resort making you feel even more connected. The entire group that attended the retreat was amazing. They were so supportive and I built some great friendships while in Peru. The resort was fantastic: delicious food, breathtaking views, comfortable accommodations, and helpful, friendly staff. I would recommend Ali and Katy/Zenver Yoga Retreats to anyone considering a yoga retreat!

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Peru Retreat Attendee

Kelsey R.

Zenver Yoga is a first class organization with amazing experienced yoga teachers and healing classes. They are amazing guides assisting with true and applicable healing practices for the mind, body and spirit. The trip to PERU at SAMADHI Retreat Center was outstanding, the place is a spiritual mecca of beautiful architecture, outstanding organic foods and meals, and a great place to find your soul's work and inspired heart healing practices. I love this community, people involved in the planning and organization did a fantastic job - I would highly recommend them for your future retreat. Audree

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Peru Retreat Attendee
Audree G.

Next Steps to Book:

  1. Send an email to zenverretreats@gmail.com with any questions and your preferred accommodation option
  2. After corresponding with us, you'll receive a link to pay the $500 deposit which will officially hold your spot and accommodation