With the country still locked in the grip of a financial crisis that could yet trigger its exit from the eurozone, anxiety is never far from many people’s minds.
Except perhaps in some of the best Greek yoga retreats, where meditation against a backdrop of a blue Mediterranean sea and sky guarantees relaxation.
Greece’s tourism industry needs all the support it can get at the moment, so by heading to one of these oases of calm visitors will help, in a small way at least, to ease that tension.
Silver Island Yoga
A private island located just a few miles from the mainland, set against the backdrop of the Aegean Sea, Silver Island is an ideal base for this exclusive yoga destination.
Evia, Greece’s second largest island, which is connected via bridges to the mainland, is the getaway to this sanctuary.
Silver Island has been the Christie family home and working olive farm for many generations. Today, sisters Lissa and Claire Christie run the yoga activities.
There’s no electricity or Internet on the island, making the retreat suitable for those looking for a digital detox — or an escape from the negative headlines about Greece.
It’s eco-friendly too.
Two houses, the Main House and the Villa, provide accommodation for only a handful of people at a time.
There are just five simply but beautifully decorated twin rooms.
There’s also a lighthouse, a small church, 2,000 olive trees and numerous paths spreading along Silver Island’s 60 acres.
Its name, “Silver,” stems from the shimmering leaves of the plentiful olive trees.
Two hourly yoga classes per day take place in the open air, overlooking the ocean.
The outdoors and indoor dining space, where vegetarian and organic meals are served, enjoy equally gorgeous views. Continue reading >>