This holiday combines the best of Greece. Join your host at a beautiful island and find your inner peace and strength. During this holiday, you will be surrounded by breath-taking sceneries and crystal clear swimming beaches that will nourish your mind, body, and soul. Enjoy sunrise hikes, Tai Chi classes, meditation and Qigong sessions, and Chi Kung lessons, take a trip to beautiful healing natural spa waters, and a boat excursion through landscapes that will surprise you!
During this training, you will stay either in a shared or a private room at the Natural Zest Retreat Center. The rustic apartments and studios are peacefully located 50 meters away from a crystal clear swimming beach.
There are five rooms offering en-suite accommodation that are suitable as either twin, double, or single accommodation. These rooms are all traditionally Greek and are furnished with simple white comfortable bedding, bedside tables, lamps, fridge freezer, and air-conditioning.
All the en-suite bathrooms are comprised of a sink, a toilet, and a shower. The room amenities are rustic and you will not find the latest plasma television or mini bar, however you will find a comfortable bed, a breathtaking sea view, with the sounds of the waves to nurture your soul, and a space in which to relax, rest, and rejuvenate.
Away from the main crowds, the location is ideal to support you on your Tai Chi and Qigong journey. Surrounded by olive groves, it really is a hidden treasure and haven for relaxation.
The retreat is genuine, simple, and at one with nature and this is reflected in the accommodation. You won’t find any shiny cutting edge technology or luxuries in materials on the retreat but you will experience a warm simplistic accommodation in traditional Greek family hospitality style.
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 sunrise hikes and Qigong practices above a shipwreck, experience a boat excursion to the famous shipwreck and the Blue Caves, and take a trip to the beautiful Xigia healing natural spa waters. You wil 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.
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.
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.
This training includes a boat excursion to the famous shipwreck and the Blue Caves, and a trip to the beautiful Xigia healing natural spa waters. The shipwreck is the most famous of the beaches of Zakynthos Greece. It is situated on the eastern part of the island, near the village of Anafotiria.
The official name of the beach is Agios Georgios. The beach took it name from the ship that transported illegally cigarettes in 1983, and washed up on the beach which, with the years passing, grew up around it.
The ruins of the ship are in the middle of a beautiful white sandy beach with crystalline waters. The beach is surrounded by vertical rocky cliffs, creating a very impressive picture. You will go by a local boat to visit the crystal clear waters ad enchanting caves.
The Xigia Beach is in the north of Zante and offers a unique chance to go to a health spa for free! The water here has high sulphur content, reputed to be good for skin, removing cellulite, relieving arthritis, and for other minor ailments.
You will treat yourself with a pampering swim, so you can return home healthier and revitalized! The beach is small and uncrowded, perfect for a tranquil time to bathe in the healing waters.
If you are keen to see some of the more historical sites on the island of Zante, then a trip up Mount Skopos to see the stunning monastery at the top should be on your list of things to do. Recently renovated, the Skopiotissa Monastery is really stunning – perched on top of the mountain with sweeping island views all around. Natural Zest offer an sunrise guided walk never to be forgotten.
This training will take place at the Natural Zest Retreat Center in Zante, Greece. The island of Zakynthos or Zante is a very popular destination, called by the Venetian "the flower of the orient," for being one of the most beautiful islands of the Ionians.
The island has impressive landscapes, long golden sandy beaches diving into crystalline waters, a marine park for the protection of the sea-turtle, beautiful pine-covered mountains, traditional villages with stone houses, and a charming capital to offer. There are also many beautiful orthodox churches, archaeological sites, and Venetian castles.
Three daily healthy meals plus water and tea 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.
During your free time, you will have lots of options to see and do such as sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, cycling, sight seeing, horse riding, and many more. If you are keen to see some of the more historical sites on the island of Zante, then a trip up Mount Skopos to see the stunning monastery at the top should be on your list of things to do.
Recently renovated, the Skopiotissa Monastery is really stunning, perched on top of the mountain with sweeping island views all around. Natural Zest offers an sunrise guided walk never to be forgotten.
You can also enjoy a massage or body treatment for an additional cost. There is a near by spa that offers a range of treatments in your own environment.
There is a near by spa that offers a range of treatments also massage in your own environment can be arranged on request at an extra fee.
Please book your flight to arrive at Zakynthos International Airport (ZTH). Transfer from and to this airport is included in the price. Natural Zest will pick you up from the airport. Alternatively, you can arrive to Araxos Airport (GPA). Transfer from and to is airport is available upon request.
There are direct flights offered to Zakynthos from April to the end of October. You can also take a 45-minute connecting flight via Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" (ATH) to Zakynthos.
There is a daily bus service including the ferry available to arrive at Zakynthos. The journey is approximately seven hours.