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8 Days Beginners Tai Chi and Qigong Wellness Holiday for Private Couples/Friends in Messinia, Greece

Koroni, Messinia, Greece

Private Tai Chi and Qigong Holidays Greece

This beginner or intermediate Private Tai Chi & Qi Gong holiday is a combination of all the best Greece has to offer. Our retreat is set directly on the sandy crystal clear waters of Memi beach, beautiful surroundings, with the smell of the orange and lemon gives for a harmony of peace and tranquility. Local grown food, Ancient Greek traditional healthy recipes, breath-taking scenery and crystal clear swimming beaches that nourish your mind, body and soul. Why be in a large group when you have in depth 1-2-1 learning with a patient, informative and precise teacher. You will leave with knowledge of the form to do at home and lifelong support for your Tai Chi and Qi Gong journey.

Meet the instructors

Nasos
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Highlights

  • Enjoy sunrise hikes and Qigong practices
  • Up to 5 hours of daily Tai Chi and Qigong sessions
  • One to One learning for precision
  • Corrective Posture Assessment and plan
  • Experience one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, hidden away in nature.
  • Guided walks in beautiful nature and scenery
  • Take a trip to the beautiful hidden waterfalls
  • Tai Chi booklet of what you learn and contacts information
  • 7 nights private or shared accommodation in a peaceful Greek retreat
  • Located on a crystal clear swimming beach
  • 3 daily healthy meals plus water, tea, smoothies and fresh juices
  • Airport transfers from Kalamata (Athens on request)

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Greek
The maximum participants in the group is 4
Airport transfer included: Kalamata International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Our little retreat of paradise is hidden in a 5000 sqm enclosed estate of peace and tranquility, located in one of the most beautiful parts of Greece, Filiatra Messinias. We live on the grounds with our 3 friendly dogs and 2 cats. We are always there if you need us but also respect your privacy and you have your own separate accommodation within the Retreat. There is a 1 bedroom house and 2 studio bungalows with ensuite shower facilities, comfortable for 2 persons in each one.

The retreat experience is genuine, simple and at one with nature and this is reflected in the accommodation. You won’t find any shiny cutting edge technology but you will experience a warm, comfortable and simplistic accommodation in a traditional Greek/English family hospitality style.

Set in 5000sqm with the smell of orange, lemons and olives groves, along with the distant roll of the sea promotes your body, mind and soul to relax and rejuvenate. The peaceful gardens give a relaxing opportunity to enjoy some vitamin D in your spare time or just an easy 5 minutes walk brings you to the closest beach. In the evening you can watch the sunset over the sea from the roof terraces as you try meditative Qi gong, relaxing you ready for bed time.

At the end of the day your room will be your little sanctuary in which to rest, relax and recoup.

Our guests are either a small group of friends, couples, families or solo travellers who are looking for the alternative to the larger group retreats that are offered. Our aim is to give a personal service so that you get the maximum from your time with us. Quality is much more important to us than quantity and through the years we have met some great people, who went on to become our friends and come back to see us each year.

We offer our services throughout the year and can be booked exclusively, or as part of the maximum group of 4.

Program

This training is designed for those who wish to discover their inner strength with the practice of Tai Chi and Qigong. During this training designed for beginners, you will practice up to six hours of Tai Chi and Qigong sessions daily.

You will enjoy morning hikes and Qigong practices next to the sea and with in the beautiful nature retreat, experience the famous Gialova lagoon, one of Greece's hidden treasure and could easily be mistaken for the Caribbean and take a trip to the beautiful Neda waterfalls, natural spa waters. You will also receive a Tai Chi booklet so you can register what you learn and keep the contacts for future information and to keep you motivated.

About Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a Chinese exercise designed to relax the body and mind, and to increase physical and mental energy (chi). The result is better health and a feeling of well-being. It provides gentle physical movement of joints and muscles, relaxes the body and the mind, and develops concentration.

Tai Chi is designed to help the body maintain balance and flow. Tai Chi advocates say that this soft martial art helps to release the energy flows from the body. When these energies are trapped, the body can become ill and unwell.

About Qigong

Qigong creates an awareness of and influences dimensions of your being that are not part of traditional exercise programs. Most other forms of exercise do not involve the meridian system, nor do they emphasize the importance of including mindful intent, breathing techniques with physical movements. When these dimensions are added, the benefits of exercise increase exponentially.

The gentle, rhythmic movements of Qigong reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. It has also been found to improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic, and digestive functions.

Sample daily schedule

  • 08:00 Wake up tea
  • 08:30 Qigong
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Tai Chi walk
  • 10:00 Tai Chi lesson
  • 11:00 Tea break
  • 11:30 Tai Chi lesson
  • 12:30 Meditation
  • 13:00 Lunch followed by free time
  • 17:00 Tai Chi lesson
  • 19:00 Meditation or Qigong
  • 19:30 Dinner
  • 20:30 Chill time

Included excursions

Messinia will take your breath away with its diversity. From Ancient Greek history to its vast olive groves, green valleys, mountains, gorges and coves. Numerous small or long sandy beaches, small mountainous cliff-hanging villages with breathtaking views that hide beautiful gorges and waterfalls.

Messinia is home to Voidokilia Cove (pictured above) which is not only one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, but maybe also in the Mediterranean Sea.

Voidokilia is hidden behind sand dunes, which seem to be protecting its secret of magic beauty. The beach of outstanding beauty lies beneath the Old Frankish castle (Paliokastro) and the cave of King Nestor, the ancient King of Pylos, who according to legend, used this cave as a haven for his cattle.

From Voidokilia beach you can pass onto the lagoon of Gialova through a natural path to observe the lagoon’s bird life, and the fascinating world of one of Europe’s most important wetlands. To swim here is a must in anyone's life time!!!

Methoni Castle

South east of Messinia, between the Ionian Sea and the Messinian Gulf, we meet the picturesque town of Methoni with its ancient castle. A place which used to be one of the most important routes in the maritime history of the Mediterranean.

Waterfalls of Neda

In central Messinia well hidden among the hills is the gorge of Neda. This is a small green paradise that mother nature has provided, with waterfalls where their streams create consecutive ponds and more waterfalls surrounded by lush greenery and flora

Instructors

Nasos Mystriotis

Location

This training will take place at Messinia, Greece. Messinia will take your breath away with its diversity, from ancient Greek history to its vast olive groves, green valleys, mountains, gorges, and coves. There are numerous small or long sandy beaches, small mountainous cliff-hanging villages with breathtaking views that hide beautiful gorges, and waterfalls.

Messinia is home to Voidokilia Cove, which is not only one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece but also in the Mediterranean Sea. Voidokilia is hidden behind sand dunes, which seem to be protecting its secret of magic beauty.

The beach of outstanding beauty lies beneath the Old Frankish castle (Paliokastro) and the cave of King Nestor, the ancient King of Pylos, who according to legend, used this cave as a haven for his cattle.

From Voidokilia Beach you can pass onto the lagoon of Gialova through a natural path to observe the lagoon’s bird life and the fascinating world of one of Europe’s most important wetlands.

Nearby places

  • Kalamata International Airport (KLX), 45 kilometers

Features

Activities

  • Hiking

General

  • Beach
  • Garden
  • Terrace

Services

  • Tour assistance

Food

Three daily healthy meals plus water, tea, smoothies and fresh juices will be served during this training. You will also enjoy a meal in a traditional Greek restaurant. Special dietary requirements will be catered with raw, cooked, and vegetarian options.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Raw food
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Messinia will take your breath away with its diversity. From Ancient Greek history to its vast olive groves, green valleys, mountains, gorges and coves. Numerous small or long sandy beaches, small mountainous cliff-hanging villages with breathtaking views that hide beautiful gorges and waterfalls.

Messinia is home to Voidokilia Cove (pictured above) which is not only one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, but maybe also in the Mediterranean Sea.

Voidokilia is hidden behind sand dunes, which seem to be protecting its secret of magic beauty. The beach of outstanding beauty lies beneath the Old Frankish castle (Paliokastro) and the cave of King Nestor, the ancient King of Pylos, who according to legend, used this cave as a haven for his cattle.

From Voidokilia beach you can pass onto the lagoon of Gialova through a natural path to observe the lagoon’s bird life, and the fascinating world of one of Europe’s most important wetlands. To swim here is a must in anyone's life time!!! Enjoy the crystal clear beaches, nature walks and cycle through the groves or just relax and rewind in the grounds and try the other exercise we offer, yoga, pilates, corrective postural exercise, juicing, smoothie and cooking lessons. We can also arrange scuba diving, horse riding, kayaking and trips to ancient olympia if you wish too.

What's included

  • Enjoy morning hikes and Qigong practices
  • Up to 5 hours of daily Tai Chi and Qigong sessions
  • One to One learning for precision
  • Corrective Posture Assessment and plan
  • Experience one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, hidden away in nature
  • Guided walks in beautiful nature and scenery
  • Take a trip to the beautiful waterfalls
  • Tai Chi booklet of what you learn and contacts information
  • 7 nights private accommodation located directly on a crystal clear swimming beach
  • 3 daily healthy meals plus water, tea, smoothies and fresh juices
  • Airport transfers from Kalamata (Athens on request)

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Additional meals
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Airfare
  • Spa treatments
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kalamata International Airport (KLX). Transfer from and to this airport is included in the price. Natural Zest will pick you up from the airport. Alternatively, you can arrive at Athens International Airport (ATH). Transfer from and to is airport is available upon request.

The nearest airport to the base in Filiatra is in Kalamata, where flights run from March until October. The second nearest and the biggest airport of Greece is in Athens, with year-round flights. Many international airlines fly directly to Athens from all over the world.

Arrival by bus

There is a good bus service between Athens and Kalamata bus stations. Transfer from and to Kalamata Bus Station is included in the price. Buses run almost hourly (transfers by car can be arranged at an extra fee). The journey from Athens via Corinth takes about two and a half hours to the Zest retreat in Filiatra and takes you through some stunning Peloponnese scenery.

Airport: Kalamata International Airport Airport transfer included: Kalamata International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 35% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 1 days before arrival.
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