Release & realize RETREAT OVERVIEW

Yoga Retreat and Myofascial Course with

Lara Heimann, PT and Maria Alfieris, PT

September 29 - October 5, 2018

Join Lara Heimann for a yoga retreat and myofascial course in the Greek Riviera's Porto Heli on the beautiful historic peninsula of Peloponnese, Greece. She is joining forces with myofascial master Maria Alfieris, PT, to offer a one-of-a-kind yoga retreat and myofascial course to facilitate your healing of heart, mind, body, and spirit. Enjoy six peaceful nights and days doing yoga, learning, and exploring at a 5-star hotel on the crystal clear turquoise waters of the Argolic Gulf off the Mediterranean Sea.

Each morning will begin with 90 minutes of Lara's signature style of yoga followed by hands-on lessons in the healing practice of myofascial release with Maria and Lara. Spend the afternoon and evening on the beach in the sun, swimming or taking excursions to explore the deep history of Ancient Greek civilization.

Dive into a deep understanding of your body's myofascial system with 10 total hours of learning hands-on release techniques from Maria, 2 hours each morning. You will receive Maria's myofascial course manual and be able practice the revolutionary techniques on yourself and others. If you are a registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance, you can apply the 10 hours of myofascial work and training to your continuing education hours. This retreat is designed for anyone who wants to take their personal or professional practice to deeper physical, emotional, and/or spiritual levels in a beautiful location with a like-minded tribe. 

Lara's co-leader Maria Alfieris brings 33 years of experience to her myofascial release practice. Her professional concentration has been evaluating and treating patients with soft tissue dysfunctions. She offers a deep knowledge of using hands-on techniques including fascial release, craniosacral therapy, and deep tissue mobilization.

Nikki Beach Hotel


Nikki Beach Hotel and Resorts in Porto Heli is an ideal place for rest and tranquility. The luxurious 5-star Mediterranean hotel is situated directly on the beach and offers a private pool, a fully equipped gym, and a spa. Featuring an infinity-edge pool with one of the best views of the Argolic Gulf and the magnificent sunset every day, the pool area is an oasis for serenity-seekers. We have a private area of the renowned beach club to practice yoga during sunrise and we will use the luxurious daybeds for our myofascial release training sessions. 

Each guest room has a sea view and spacious bathroom with a deep tub and walk-in shower. Shared rooms with twin beds or king beds and single rooms with king beds are available. 

* If you sign up solo and need a roommate, we will do our very best to pair you with someone (of the same gender.)  However, we cannot guarantee you a roommate. If no roommate can be secured before September 15th, 2018, you would be moved and charged for a private room.

AVAILABLE ROOMS

Limited availability – first come, first serve! Please wait for a confirmation email from our team before booking your flights.



All rooms include the following:
  • Panoramic views of Porto Heli Bay.
  • Floor to ceiling entertainment walls
  • Broadband internet access
  • LCD TV with surround sound, VDA entertainment and multimedia connectivity
  • Telephone and voicemail
  • Mood lighting
  • A wide range of 750ml wines and spirits, fully customizable
  • Nespresso coffee machines
  • Luxurious walk-in showers and oversized baths with Malin & Goetz toiletries

Luxx Room with Sea View - SOLD OUT

This elegantly decorated 546-646 sq. ft. room offers all of the comforts and amenities one would expect from a 5-star hotel.

Shared: $2,100 per person (1 king bed)

Private: $2,700  (1 king bed)


Signature Suite with Sea View - 2 KINGS LEFT

This tasteful 646-807 sq. ft. room offers a private balcony with transparent glass panels.

Shared: $2,200 per person (1 king bed)

Private: $2,800 (1 king bed)


Ultra Suite with Sea View - 1 KING LEFT

This spacious 893-1012 sq. ft. suite offers a private terrace (first floor) or balcony (second floor) with easy access to the pool and beach club.

Shared: $2,300 per person (1 king bed)

Private: $3,100 (1 king bed)


Luxx Suite with Shared Pool and Sea View - 1 KING LEFT

This luxurious 549-721 sq. ft. first-floor suite offers a private terrace, a double sunbed in front of the sharing reflection pool and the most magnificent views of the Porto Heli Bay and Beach Beach Club.

Shared: $2,400 per person (1 king bed)

Private: $3,300 (1 king bed)


Ultra Rooftop Suite with Jacuzzi and King Bed - 1 KING LEFT

This sensational 700-850 sq. ft. third-floor suite has an indoor staircase connecting to a rooftop private terrace, double sun-loungers, and Jacuzzi.

Shared: $2,800 per person (must book together)

Private: $3,700 


Ultra Suite with Private Pool and King Bed - SOLD OUT

This sublime suite with a 753-1012 sq. ft. indoor living area and 927-1727 sq. ft. outdoor area is the ultimate accommodation. The bedroom and living areas feature a full-length window frontage with sliding doors opening onto the large terrace with a private pool.  The outdoor area offers private dining and flows seamlessly onto the pool area and beach club.

Shared: $3,000 per person (must book together)

Private: $4,300 

Daily Itinerary:

7:00 – 8:30 AM Yoga with Lara
8:30 – 9:30 AM Breakfast
9:45 – 11:45 PM Hands-on Myofascial Training with Maria and Lara
12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Beach, Excursions, Relaxation...   

Optional Afternoon Activities / Excursions

  • Explore the breathtaking surrounding nature
  • Enjoy one of the beautiful beaches or the resort's pool and spa
  • Dive with the Porto Heli Scuba club - the crystalline waters offer exceptional visibility with a wide range of flora and fauna
  • Visit the seaport town of Nafplio, famous for its historic architecture
  • Tour the celebrated Palamidi Castle and enjoy amazing views
  • Travel to the islands of Spetses or Hydra
  • Discover the Archaeological Museum of Epidaurus and great Theatre of Epidaurus, still used for summer productions

Included

  • 6 Nights at Nikki Beach Hotel and Resorts
  • 90-Minute Daily Yoga Class with Lara for 6 Mornings (and possible 75-minute afternoon/evening yoga class on the 29th!)
  • 10 Hour Myofascial Training Course, 2 Hours for 5 Mornings After Yoga
  • Myofascial Training Course Manual
  • Breakfast and Lunch at Nikki Beach Hotel Each Day (vegetarian and vegan options available)
  • 3 Dinners at the Nikki Beach Hotel (vegetarian and vegan options available)
  • Non-alcoholic drinks with meals

Not Included

  • Airfare and airport transfers
  • Travel Insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Ferry tickets (we will provide links for ferry transportation from Athens)
  • Excursions
  • Alcohol

FAQ's

Who is this retreat suitable for?

Everyone! From beginners to experienced yoga teachers.

When does the retreat start and end? 

Please arrive in Porto Heli, Greece by the evening on Sunday, September 29. Check-in begins at 3 pm. The first official yoga class is on Sunday, September 30 at 7 am, though we are working to add an additional late afternoon/early evening yoga class for those who have arrived on September 29th. 

Check out is Friday, October 5 at 12 pm. There will be one final yoga class that morning to prepare you to head home or continue your travels. 

Is participation in all yoga classes and the myofascial lessons mandatory?

All the yoga classes and myofascial classes are optional as this is your time to decide how you want to unwind. If you want to apply the myofascial course to your continuing education through Yoga Alliance, you are expected to be present for those classes. 

How do I get continuing education credit with Yoga Alliance?

If you are already a registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance, you can submit the 10- hour myofascial course through your login portal as continuing education credits. Once you submit it, Lara will approve it.

What meals are included in the retreat?

Nikki Beach Hotel will provide breakfast and lunch every day, with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. We will also have group dinner 3 nights at the hotel, which is included in your room package. Please let us know if you have any food allergies.

What do we do the nights dinner isn't provided at the hotel?

You can explore the nearby Porto Heli restaurants or check out the cuisine in other towns if you go on an afternoon excursion and stay in the area for dinner. 

Should I bring my own yoga mat?

Yes! Please bring your own yoga mat, as the hotel doesn't supply any. If you prefer to use a strap or block you can bring those, but they are not required.

How do I get there? 

Book your flight into Athens International Airport. Porto Heli is 2.5 hours from the airport by car. You can hire an airport shuttle, take a bus, a taxi, or rent a car.  Once you book the retreat, we will invite you to the private FB group to coordinate sharing rides with other people.

Do I need to rent a car?

You don't need to rent a car - you can travel to excursions by train, taxi, and bus. However, you are welcome to rent a car if you prefer to do your own sightseeing.

What is the weather like in Porto Heli at the end of September? 

This is the best time of year in Porto Heli! Air temperature is 70-83 degrees Fahrenheit and the water temperature is 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Is the beach safe for swimming?

Yes - it is beautiful, clear, and calm.

Is there internet access at the resort?

There is free wifi on the hotel property.

Is there cell phone service?

Cell service is great on the hotel property with international service.

Is the tap water safe for drinking?

Greece tap water is safe for bathing, but we recommend using bottled water for drinking purposes to avoid any health issues.

What is the currency and do I need to exchange money?

Greece uses the Euro. You can exchange money or take Euros out at an ATM in Greece. Make sure to notify your bank and credit cards companies of your travel so they don't think there is fraudulent activity happening.

What is the electrical current and do I need to bring a transformer?

There are two associated plug types for Greece: C and F. Type C has two round pins and type F has two round pins with two earth clips on the sides.  Greece operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz. You will need an adapter if your electronics are from the US and/or do not run on the same voltage.

Are there bugs?

Bugs are not a problem here.

I'm traveling with my friend/partner, can we book a single room?

You can either book a room with twin beds or a king size bed, if you are comfortable sharing a bed. If you book a twin room, please note who you would like to room with. If you book the king bed, you must pay for both you and your roommate at the time of booking. Please provide both of your names so we have them! 

Can I book extra days?

Please book extra days directly through Nikki Beach Hotels and Resort.

What should I bring?

  • Yoga mat
  • Notebook + Pen
  • Yoga clothes for 6 days
  • Casual clothing
  • Bathing suits
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Sneakers for excursions (there are 1000 steps to the top of Palamidi Castle!)
  • Water bottle
  • Cash and/or credit card
  • Toiletries
  • Passport

Book Now

Limited availability – first come, first serve! Please wait for a confirmation email from our team before booking your flights.

Luxx Room with Sea View - SOLD OUT

Shared: $2,100 per person (1 king bed)

Private: $2,700  (1 king bed)


Signature Suite with Sea View - 2 KINGS LEFT

Shared: $2,200 per person (1 king bed)

Private: $2,800 (1 king bed)


Ultra Suite with Sea View - 1 KING LEFT

Shared: $2,300 per person (1 king bed)

Private: $3,100 (1 king bed)


Luxx Suite with Shared Pool and Sea View - 1 KING LEFT

Shared: $2,400 per person (1 king bed)

Private: $3,300 (1 king bed)


Ultra Roof Top Suite with Jacuzzi and King Bed - 1 KING LEFT

Shared: $2,800 per person  (must book together)

Private: $3,700 


Ultra Suite with Private Pool and King Bed - SOLD OUT

Shared: $3,000 per person (must book together)

Private: $4,300 

Once we receive your registration and confirm that your room choice is available, we will email you with payment information.  

Cancellation Policy

If cancellation is made by August 29, 2018, all monies received from the participant will be refunded less a $500 booking deposit. No credit or refund is available for cancellations after August 29, 2018, or if the participant does not show up, or leaves early for any reason.

Lara Heimann strongly recommends that you purchase travel insurance for your trip.

travel guard insurance

Assumption of Risk

Lara Heimann is dedicated to ensuring the safety of all participants; however, participants must assume the risk inherent in travel including those from the weather, wildlife or other force majeure.

Health

The participant confirms that he/she has no physical conditions or medical precautions that would adversely affect his/her ability to take part in the yoga program or other physical or cultural activities offered.

The participant fully understands that his/her participation in the yoga program or other activities could be injurious to his/her health. The participant voluntarily assumes all risks related to such activities and releases Lara Heimann from liability for accident, personal injury, illness, emotional damage, incurred travel expenses or property damage he/she may incur as a result of his/her going on this retreat.

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