Retreat to Amorgos: A Celebration of Soul
Last year I met up with my friend Janet for a long overdue lunch date, and while we caught up on news about our families and our work we lamented the fact that even though we live in the same town we so rarely see each other. Like many people today our days are full, and often weeks and months can slip by before we see each other. Though we appreciate the time we do get together- it never seems like enough. Do you know what I mean?
So while we sipped our coffees we said to each other- wouldn’t it be nice if we could go away together for a week? Somewhere with good food, and sunshine? Wouldn’t it be nice to practice yoga together, go for hikes, and enjoy long evening conversations?
So we dreamed up a retreat to a remote Greek island. A place that neither of us had been to, but had always wanted to see. We envisioned gathering with a small group of people who were also looking for a retreat from the busyness of their everyday lives as an opportunity to connect to the beauty of life once again.
A retreat is like a vacation but is also more than a vacation in that it puts the emphasis on stepping away from our daily routine with a sense of purpose. That purpose is to re-connect to that which nourishes us on the deepest levels of our being. Of course there are many different definitions of what a retreat might be, and certainly, if we look at it from a strictly traditional perspective the purpose of a retreat was to re-connect to the divine through contemplation and prayer. Today though, yoga and spirituality retreats are more common than ever before, and all kinds of people take part in them.
Recently someone asked me if they needed to be a “serious yogi” to go on a retreat, and my answer to the questions was – every retreat is different. Some retreats are geared towards those that want to do serious yogic practice and focused learning, while others take a lighter approach. I think it is important to be clear about what it is you want out of your retreat experience, and then look around for a retreat that matches what you are looking for.
Janet and I are both busy mothers, lifelong students, and teachers of yoga. We are women who appreciate the healing power of the natural world and good conversation as much as we value formal practices such as meditation and inquiry. When we created this particular yoga retreat in our minds we knew we wanted it to be a celebration. A celebration of soul. For we believe our soul desires beauty as much as it craves wisdom. This is why we chose to offer our retreat on Amorgos.
Amorgos is known to be one of the most beautiful islands in the Aegean Sea. It is a small island that boasts stunning beaches, historical cultural sites, and charming villages. It takes a little more effort to get there, which means it is less crowded than some of the other larger islands and offers a sense of respite from the noise of the world. If you remember the visual cinematic film The Big Blue (1988), it was filmed on Amargos. I was quite young when I watched that movie with my mom, but I remember being transported by the story of a man and his mystical love for the deep sea.
We will set out for our Celebration of Soul retreat this July and if you are drawn to an experience that will delight your senses, nourish your body, and awaken your mind then we invite you to join us. We cannot wait to gather on the island of Amorgos and want to offer you a truly magical retreat experience.