Yoga retreat at Holismos Center in Greece: yoga and energy practices in Lesvos in the Gulf of Kalloni.

A traditional Greek tavern and small hotel: the Holismos center for yoga and energy practices overlooks the Gulf of Kalloni and is immersed in a natural context of exceptional beauty. Here, we will experience a retreat lasting several days during which we will have yoga classes, guided meditations, and percussion workshops, all amidst local cuisine cooked in the center and comfortable accommodations in double or single rooms.

With the sea just meters away, the facility is completely secluded. Its location, the natural context it is situated in, the peace, silence, and the power of the elements make this place the ideal setting to fully immerse oneself in the study and practice of various disciplines, in a yoga retreat that allows you to leave behind all the physical and emotional baggage that normally fills our lives.

The Holismos yoga center provides five rooms with ensuite bathroom. Additionally, 800 meters away, we have another five rooms, also with a bathroom. We offer accommodations in double rooms with single beds, and for an additional fee, in single rooms as well.

The dishes we serve at our Yoga center are vegetarian and vegan, strongly influenced by Greek and Middle Eastern flavors. Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are carefully prepared by our staff, using only high-quality local ingredients grown in a healthy, unpolluted environment on volcanic and nutrient-rich soil. Throughout the day, clients also have access to herbal teas, teas, infusions, refreshing drinks, and fruit from our garden.

The island of Lesvos, despite being UNESCO Heritage, does not experience tourist traffic comparable to other Greek islands such as Santorini, Mykonos, or Rhodes, and perhaps this is what makes it so fascinating. The island of Lesvos is a generous and independent island, with a distinct profile in the Greek economy and full of interesting things to discover.

It is the homeland of Sappho, the famous poetess of the classical period, renowned for the best Hellenic olive oil. It is the undisputed capital of Ouzo, Retsina (the famous local flavored wine), and boasts a curious and unique petrified forest. The capital, Mytilene, is historic, but it is also a university city: a combination that makes it uniquely engaging and poetic, full of life even during the long winter months.

The nature of the island is lush and generous: millions of olive trees alternate with dense forests, but also give way to desolate valleys and barren mountains. And then there is the coastline, endless, for long stretches unknown to mass tourism, solitary but welcoming, familiar only to the almost 300 species of migratory birds that choose to stop here every year.

The island does not succumb to easy money from vulgar and naive tourism: it is a place where you don’t end up by chance, but you choose to be there, and those who recognize you appreciate the fact that you are not there as a tourist, but as a traveler.

Lesvos is the largest island in the archipelago of the northeastern Aegean islands. Due to its significance, it is well-connected to Athens through daily domestic flights available throughout the year. Alternatively, you can reach it by sea, with ships available every day of the year that often also make a stopover in Chios and sometimes extend to Thessaloniki.

From some European countries, it is even possible to book direct flights to Lesvos, as the island also has an airport. In case you don’t find a direct flight to Mytilene, you can always opt for a flight to Athens and from there take a connecting flight (of short duration) to reach the island.

Like the traditional villages, the beaches of Lesvos are numerous, in fact, practically infinite. From kilometers of sandy and pebble beaches to quiet coves, the choices are plentiful. The most famous are essentially four, all quite distant from each other in terms of surface area. To the south, around the village of Plomari, you’ll find Agios Isidoros; to the north, just below Molyvos, is Petra. The most famous beach on the western part of Lesvos is Skala Eressos, while along the same coast but on the opposite side is the Vatera beach. The beaches on this island are so large that even in the high season, they are never crowded, allowing everyone to relax without too many people around.

In Lesvos, needless to say, there is a lot to see and do, so planning a short “hit and run” vacation is not advisable. On the contrary, it’s recommended to stay for at least ten days and then return and come back and stay a little longer each time. Some must-visit places include the hot spring in Polichnitos and the petrified forest. Also not to be missed are the monasteries of Limonos and Taxiarchis, the Roman aqueduct, and the castle of Mytilene.

This area is a paradise for all birdwatching enthusiasts who come to the island, especially in the spring months, from all over the world to admire pink flamingos, white and black storks, peregrine falcons, and many other migratory birds of rare beauty. The gulf is an important breeding area for many fish species, making this stretch of sea teeming with life.

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