The Self-Realization & Empowerment Retreat

amorgos island, greece

Retreat in the ancient Aegean, on the island of Amorgos, Greece! This magical Mediterranean landscape calls you to relax on its pristine beaches, enjoy emerald water on the idyllic beaches of the Greek islands, explore its small villages surrounded by elegant architecture & find unity within pure nature!

July 24th – 30th, 2020

Retreat Leaders:

Ryann Tillman

Ryann believes that yoga has the power to positively transform our lives. She earned her 200 hour yoga teaching...

Amy Harrington

Amy is inspired by the power of the personal and universal ethics laid out in the first two limbs of the eight-limbed path of yoga...

  • About
  • Yoga
  • Accommodation
  • Activities
  • Food
  • Pricing
  • Travel

The Experience

  • Deepen your Yoga practice overlooking the Aegean Sea, with daily yoga classes, workshops and meditations with Ryann in the birthplace of ancient mythology & philosophy.
  • Classes and workshops are offered for all levels for a deeper understanding of Self, Realization & Empowering exercises to fully embody a Self-Realization & Empowerment Retreat week. In addition to daily Yoga classes and workshops, your week on Amorgos will be filled with dips in the sea, historical excursions to ancient Greek sites, optional hikes, wine tasting & and inevitable daily sunsets.
  • Optional excursions include guided hikes through ancient Aegiali villages, a visit to an ancient monument built into the side of the mountain, wine tasting or a day trip on a tender boat to a private island nearby.
  • You will experience true 5-star luxury in one of the most beautiful Greek islands. Located on a slight hill overseeing Aegiali Bay, Aegialis Hotel & Spa offers you a front row seat at sea views and the majestic mountainous landscape of the island. It is a prime location, with only a short walk to the beach and the Aegiali shops.
  • Whether you’re seeking a deepened understanding of your Yoga practice, a chance to learn about Greek culture & history or simply a relaxing cliffside vacation with a Spa, sauna, workout facility & restaurant alongside the beach... This retreat is a gift for you! Providing nearly private sandy beaches, unspoiled island life, a true taste of Greek history and authentic food & culture.

Yoga & Workshops

  • Our mission during a Self-Realization & Empowerment Retreat is to offer daily yoga classes, workshops and ceremonies to deepen your understanding of Self, or spirit, and leave you feeling empowered and connected to your divine purpose.
  • We will gather on the Yoga shala twice a day to practice physical asana with Ryann & Amy. They will offer a variety of styles; Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative and Yin tailored to all levels. The purpose is to come into union with your physical body, the vessel of your spirit and move energy freely with breath & movement, all while looking over the majestic, vast, ocean.
  • We will offer daily workshops & opening & closing ceremonies to deepen your understanding of yogic practices and the study of Self. We offer unique group exercises and bonding opportunities to deepen the study together and share our experiences. Every activity is optional yet encouraged. Some of the exercises and activities we do during a Self-Realization & Empowerment Retreat week are so unique, eye-opening and heart-opening that it leaves every guest with the true sense of self-realization & empowerment.

The Accommodation

  • Aegialis Hotel & Spa is a renowned destination for wellness worshipers and yoga enthusiasts, awarded by CNN for being one of the top five Yoga Hotels in Greece!
  • Amorgos Island is a favourite European destination when it comes to yoga retreats and the peaceful vibes of the island create a tranquil space for self-discovery, yoga, meditation and connection to nature and the self. Amorgos is a small island, located within the Aegean Sea, an arm of the Mediterranean Sea.
  • According to Greek mythology, Amorgos was the island where Ulysses, returning to Ithaki, was attracted like a magnet by Goddess Kirki, and stayed for many years. Every year since, the same magnetic attraction beguiles wellness and yoga enthusiasts, which flock to our island, attracted by its strong revitalizing energy and the abundance of therapeutic herbs, which make of Amorgos the perfect place for a spiritual and physical uplift.
  • The Hotel's restaurant, Ambrosia Gallery, provides a wide variety of gourmet specialities, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Every dish is prepared by only employing organic vegetables, grown in our own gardens.
  • The Hotel also features a Spa & Beauty Center, The Lalon Idor, an ultramodern thalassotherapy centre whose treatments are in perfect harmony with the local elements of Amorgos. The oils we use are extracted from local herbs.
  • Lalon Idor Spa – Relax, rejuvenate and pamper yourself at the Lalon Idor Spa complex. Guests can enjoy complimentary use of the sauna, hamman (steam room), jacuzzi and the indoor salt-water pool, which comes with a water cannon and a flowing stream.
  • Body treatments and wellness – Included in your retreat package is a 30 minute relaxing massage; you may also treat yourself to a refreshing facial and other body treatments available at Lalon Idor Spa.
  • Gym – Located next to the Lalon Idor Spa, you can enjoy complimentary use of the gym area.

Activities & Excursions

  • Explore the beauty that Amorgos island has to offer. We will help organize guided hiking tours, group visits to the cultural monuments of the island, Greek cooking and dancing lessons, and the popular tender boat experience and other water sports for the adventure seekers.
  • Excursions and group activities are a huge part of a Lotus Retreats week! Every week offers optional activities to enjoy with the group or individually. During our time in Greece we will offer a variety of excursions to fully experience the natural, cultural and spiritual beauty of the land!
  • Optional Excursions:
    1. Guided Hiking Tour
    2. Visit to the Cultural Monument
    3. Greek Cooking & Dance Lessons
    4. Tender boating to nearby private island

Food & Nourishment

Yoga is a practice not only on the mat, but in the kitchen! Nourishing ourselves from the inside out is a HUGE component to a Lotus Retreats week. You will enjoy slow, whole, and organic food influenced by the Greek culture. Everything is handmade, prepared carefully with much laughter and love.
Nourish your soul with daily handcrafted meals made with love for breakfast, lunch & dinner. The award-winning Ambrosia Gallery Restaurant at the hotel is available for all our guests. An abundant breakfast buffet is served every morning, as well as lunch and dinner menus included in your retreat package. The resort uses fresh food and locally grown vegetables and a variety of spices grown on the island. We also offer vegetarian and vegan choices and we can cater for different dietary preferences.

Details & Pricing

Save $200 with early bird pricing 3 months prior to retreat start! Early bird pricing ends April 30th 2020.

Double
Occupancy
Single
Occupancy
Early Bird
Special:
$2390
Early Bird
Special:
$2990
Regular
Price:
$2590
Regular
Price:
$3190

To Reserve Your Space:

  • A $500 nonrefundable deposit is requested to reserve your space. Remaining payments are due prior to 60 days of retreat start.
  • Payment plans are available with monthly or bimonthly payments.
  • If traveling solo, we can pair individuals in double or triple occupancies. If we are unable to pair you with a partner, single occupancy rates apply.
  • Spaces are limited and first come, first serve! Prices listed are per person.

What’s Included:

  • Accommodation 7-days and 6-nights at Aegialis Hotel & Spa
  • Meals 2 meals a day (Breakfast & Dinner)
  • Yoga Practice Yoga 1 or 2x a day with Ryann
  • Workshops Daily workshops, group activities and ceremonies are designed during a Self-Realization & Empowerment Yoga Retreat
  • Massage Enjoy a 30-minute massage at the Spa!
  • Transportation Transfers upon arrival and departure on Amorgos (port-hotel-port)
  • Spa Facility Use of Lalon Idor Spa facilities; sauna, hammam, jacuzzi, indoor heated seawater swimming pool, fitness center
  • Spa Discount 10% discount on Face and Body treatments at Lalon Idor Spa
  • Wireless Internet

What’s Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Boat Transfers
  • Additional Excursions

Getting There

  • While Amorgos Island does not have an airport, it is easily reached with daily ferries and high speed vessels. Athens International Airport (ATH) is the most convenient to arrive. We suggest arriving a day or two early to explore Athens, or staying a few days after the retreat to explore others islands!
  • We also suggest visitors should arrive one day earlier in Athens or book a flight arriving before 14.00 so that they are at the port on time – most of the ferries to Amorgos leave at 17.30. There is one daily connection to Amorgos Island (except on Saturday during winter) from Piraeus port, Athens. Ferries dock alternately at the two ports of Amorgos Island: Katapola and Aegiali (closest to the hotel)
  • We will create a Facebook group and shared google document for all attending guests to arrange transportation to the resort prior to the retreat start. We recommend connecting with others to share boat taxis from the Athens airport to the resort.
  • Detailed travel instructions and guidance will be included in your confirmation email after booking!
  • No Visas or vaccinations are required to enter Greece.

For more information on arriving to Amorgos Island, please visit:
https://amorgos-aegialis.com/how-to-come/

  • About
  • Yoga
  • Accommodation
  • Activities
  • Food
  • Pricing
  • Travel

The Experience

  • Deepen your Yoga practice overlooking the Aegean Sea, with daily yoga classes, workshops and meditations with Ryann in the birthplace of ancient mythology & philosophy.
  • Classes and workshops are offered for all levels for a deeper understanding of Self, Realization & Empowering exercises to fully embody a Self-Realization & Empowerment Retreat week. In addition to daily Yoga classes and workshops, your week on Amorgos will be filled with dips in the sea, historical excursions to ancient Greek sites, optional hikes, wine tasting & and inevitable daily sunsets.
  • Optional excursions include guided hikes through ancient Aegiali villages, a visit to an ancient monument built into the side of the mountain, wine tasting or a day trip on a tender boat to a private island nearby.
  • You will experience true 5-star luxury in one of the most beautiful Greek islands. Located on a slight hill overseeing Aegiali Bay, Aegialis Hotel & Spa offers you a front row seat at sea views and the majestic mountainous landscape of the island. It is a prime location, with only a short walk to the beach and the Aegiali shops.
  • Whether you’re seeking a deepened understanding of your Yoga practice, a chance to learn about Greek culture & history or simply a relaxing cliffside vacation with a Spa, sauna, workout facility & restaurant alongside the beach... This retreat is a gift for you! Providing nearly private sandy beaches, unspoiled island life, a true taste of Greek history and authentic food & culture.

Yoga & Workshops

  • Our mission during a Self-Realization & Empowerment Retreat is to offer daily yoga classes, workshops and ceremonies to deepen your understanding of Self, or spirit, and leave you feeling empowered and connected to your divine purpose.
  • We will gather on the Yoga shala twice a day to practice physical asana with Ryann & Amy. They will offer a variety of styles; Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative and Yin tailored to all levels. The purpose is to come into union with your physical body, the vessel of your spirit and move energy freely with breath & movement, all while looking over the majestic, vast, ocean.
  • We will offer daily workshops & opening & closing ceremonies to deepen your understanding of yogic practices and the study of Self. We offer unique group exercises and bonding opportunities to deepen the study together and share our experiences. Every activity is optional yet encouraged. Some of the exercises and activities we do during a Self-Realization & Empowerment Retreat week are so unique, eye-opening and heart-opening that it leaves every guest with the true sense of self-realization & empowerment.

The Accommodation

  • Aegialis Hotel & Spa is a renowned destination for wellness worshipers and yoga enthusiasts, awarded by CNN for being one of the top five Yoga Hotels in Greece!
  • Amorgos Island is a favourite European destination when it comes to yoga retreats and the peaceful vibes of the island create a tranquil space for self-discovery, yoga, meditation and connection to nature and the self. Amorgos is a small island, located within the Aegean Sea, an arm of the Mediterranean Sea.
  • According to Greek mythology, Amorgos was the island where Ulysses, returning to Ithaki, was attracted like a magnet by Goddess Kirki, and stayed for many years. Every year since, the same magnetic attraction beguiles wellness and yoga enthusiasts, which flock to our island, attracted by its strong revitalizing energy and the abundance of therapeutic herbs, which make of Amorgos the perfect place for a spiritual and physical uplift.
  • The Hotel's restaurant, Ambrosia Gallery, provides a wide variety of gourmet specialities, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Every dish is prepared by only employing organic vegetables, grown in our own gardens.
  • The Hotel also features a Spa & Beauty Center, The Lalon Idor, an ultramodern thalassotherapy centre whose treatments are in perfect harmony with the local elements of Amorgos. The oils we use are extracted from local herbs.
  • Lalon Idor Spa – Relax, rejuvenate and pamper yourself at the Lalon Idor Spa complex. Guests can enjoy complimentary use of the sauna, hamman (steam room), jacuzzi and the indoor salt-water pool, which comes with a water cannon and a flowing stream.
  • Body treatments and wellness – Included in your retreat package is a 30 minute relaxing massage; you may also treat yourself to a refreshing facial and other body treatments available at Lalon Idor Spa.
  • Gym – Located next to the Lalon Idor Spa, you can enjoy complimentary use of the gym area.

Activities & Excursions

  • Explore the beauty that Amorgos island has to offer. We will help organize guided hiking tours, group visits to the cultural monuments of the island, Greek cooking and dancing lessons, and the popular tender boat experience and other water sports for the adventure seekers.
  • Excursions and group activities are a huge part of a Lotus Retreats week! Every week offers optional activities to enjoy with the group or individually. During our time in Greece we will offer a variety of excursions to fully experience the natural, cultural and spiritual beauty of the land!
  • Optional Excursions:
    1. Guided Hiking Tour
    2. Visit to the Cultural Monument
    3. Greek Cooking & Dance Lessons
    4. Tender boating to nearby private island

Food & Nourishment

Yoga is a practice not only on the mat, but in the kitchen! Nourishing ourselves from the inside out is a HUGE component to a Lotus Retreats week. You will enjoy slow, whole, and organic food influenced by the Greek culture. Everything is handmade, prepared carefully with much laughter and love.
Nourish your soul with daily handcrafted meals made with love for breakfast, lunch & dinner. The award-winning Ambrosia Gallery Restaurant at the hotel is available for all our guests. An abundant breakfast buffet is served every morning, as well as lunch and dinner menus included in your retreat package. The resort uses fresh food and locally grown vegetables and a variety of spices grown on the island. We also offer vegetarian and vegan choices and we can cater for different dietary preferences.

Details & Pricing

Save $200 with early bird pricing 3 months prior to retreat start! Early bird pricing ends April 30th 2020.

Double
Occupancy
Single
Occupancy
Early Bird
Special:
$2390
Early Bird
Special:
$2990
Regular
Price:
$2590
Regular
Price:
$3190

To Reserve Your Space:

  • A $500 nonrefundable deposit is requested to reserve your space. Remaining payments are due prior to 60 days of retreat start.
  • Payment plans are available with monthly or bimonthly payments.
  • If traveling solo, we can pair individuals in double or triple occupancies. If we are unable to pair you with a partner, single occupancy rates apply.
  • Spaces are limited and first come, first serve! Prices listed are per person.

What’s Included:

  • Accommodation 7-days and 6-nights at Aegialis Hotel & Spa
  • Meals 2 meals a day (Breakfast & Dinner)
  • Yoga Practice Yoga 1 or 2x a day with Ryann
  • Workshops Daily workshops, group activities and ceremonies are designed during a Self-Realization & Empowerment Yoga Retreat
  • Massage Enjoy a 30-minute massage at the Spa!
  • Transportation Transfers upon arrival and departure on Amorgos (port-hotel-port)
  • Spa Facility Use of Lalon Idor Spa facilities; sauna, hammam, jacuzzi, indoor heated seawater swimming pool, fitness center
  • Spa Discount 10% discount on Face and Body treatments at Lalon Idor Spa
  • Wireless Internet

What’s Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Boat Transfers
  • Additional Excursions

Getting There

  • While Amorgos Island does not have an airport, it is easily reached with daily ferries and high speed vessels. Athens International Airport (ATH) is the most convenient to arrive. We suggest arriving a day or two early to explore Athens, or staying a few days after the retreat to explore others islands!
  • We also suggest visitors should arrive one day earlier in Athens or book a flight arriving before 14.00 so that they are at the port on time – most of the ferries to Amorgos leave at 17.30. There is one daily connection to Amorgos Island (except on Saturday during winter) from Piraeus port, Athens. Ferries dock alternately at the two ports of Amorgos Island: Katapola and Aegiali (closest to the hotel)
  • We will create a Facebook group and shared google document for all attending guests to arrange transportation to the resort prior to the retreat start. We recommend connecting with others to share boat taxis from the Athens airport to the resort.
  • Detailed travel instructions and guidance will be included in your confirmation email after booking!
  • No Visas or vaccinations are required to enter Greece.

For more information on arriving to Amorgos Island, please visit:
https://amorgos-aegialis.com/how-to-come/

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Ryann Tillman

Yoga Instructor & Fascial Stretch Therapist

Certifications:

  • 500-Hour RYT, Passion Yoga, Costa Rica
  • 200-Hour ERYT, Ayur Eco Ashram, Mysore India
  • Fascial Stretch Therapist, Stretch To Win, Arizona

Ryann believes that yoga has the power to positively transform our lives. She earned her 200 hour yoga teaching certification while living and studying in an ashram in Mysore, India. She traveled to the birthplace of yoga in search of a traditional and authentic yoga education and experience. Once back in the states she became a full time yoga teacher and never looked back. 

She teaches a Hatha inspired class with an emphasis on breath, awareness, and body control. She aims to make each class feel steeped in Indian tradition and lineage. After a few years of teaching she decided that it was time to drive deeper into the transformational healing side of yoga and expand her knowledge as a teacher and student. She earned her 500 hour teaching certification in the magical jungles of Costa Rica with Passion Yoga.

Since her time in the jungle Ryann still teaches classes full time and teaches in yoga teacher trainings. Her path also led her to Fascial Stretch Therapy(fst) as a way to help speed the physical healing/recovery process and flexibility that yoga offers. With yoga and FST Ryann has a passion to guide people towards a more connected, positive, and healthy life.

Amy Harrington

Yoga Instructor & Retreat Leader

Certifications:

  • YogaWorks Teacher Training 200-hour
  • YogaWorks Teacher Training 300-hour
  • Yin Yoga Teacher Training, RYT-500

Amy is inspired by the power of the personal and universal ethics laid out in the first two limbs of the eight-limbed path of yoga. The yamas and niyamas clearly define the path of right action and living an authentic and compassionate life which inspires her to live in truth.
Amy believes in yoga because she is a much better wife, mother, and friend when she get the physical, mental, and emotional release that yoga offers. Breathing deeply helps calm and center, reducing reactionary impulses, and practicing ahimsa (non-harming) helps us to be a more compassionate human.

Amy loves inspiring students to explore their physical and mental boundaries by engaging in fun, challenging poses that help them confront their fears and find freedom in their body, mind, and breath. Witnessing students’ personal journeys toward transformation and enlightenment is a privilege and the reason she loves teaching.

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