Hiking & Yoga Retreat in Lesbos, Greece | Oct. 7 – Oct. 14. 2015
Location – best island 4 healthy & active holidays
Lesbos is a fresh, green island with gorgeous beaches. From here, we’ll go on hikes and practie yoga together. Sappho House, our destination, is located in Molivos, in the northern area of the island.
Molivos is a charming, little village only an hour away from Mytilini Airport, and easily accessible to visitors. With only 1,500 residents and protected since the 1950s, Molivos has been fortunate to preserve its native wilderness and picturesque, red-roof stone houses. Lovingly called “Mithima” by local residents, Molivos is located atop a hill that dramatically slopes into the Mediterranean Sea.
Molivos is a true dream. It is certainly not overcrowded by mass tourism but, at the same time, it offers travelers all the amenities they could ask for. There are many quality restaurants that serve a variety of vegetarian meals, along with darling cafés and little shops offering handmade and local products.
Accommodations – beach & mountain view
Our destination house is a small oasis, beautifully located atop a little hill. Surrounded by wide open fields, you’re only 15-minutes by foot from the village center. From Sappho House, we have access to a semi-private rock beach and, at the same time, a great view of the nearby mountains.
All rooms are double rooms with separate beds. If you’d like to stay alone in a double room, you will pay more.
The rooms are nicely but simply furnished. Most rooms have a balcony, private bathroom and fridge. Guests who stay in a room without a private bath share facilities with only a few other guests.
Sappho House is surrounded by its beautiful garden and boasts a nice roofed yoga terrace, which we use for our yoga practice.
Simple but super-healthy and yummy vegetarian breakfast will be served in our garden, surrounded by flowers and grapevine shoots and with a light fresh ocean breeze.
What to bring – for a perfect retreat
October is one of the best months for hiking in Lesbos. It’s still quite warm, so you can enjoy swimming in the ocean, while evenings can get a bit chilly. Please bring the following items:
- Bathing suits & beach towel
- Warm jumper/pullover
- Hiking/trekking shoes, proper grip necessary (No sneakers or running shoes!)
- Wind & rainproof jacket
- Backpack (daypack) and drinking bottle
- Hair dryer, if needed
- Yoga mat and meditation pillow, if possible
Daily Schedule – be healthy & active!
After our morning meditation on the beach or in our private garden, followed by breakfast, we’ll begin our hike, usually around 9.30am. We typically hike for 3-5 hours per day.
After a light lunch, which we’ll enjoy in one of the taverns along our way or at Sappho House, there is plenty of time for sunbathing, swimming, reading or relaxing in the hammock. Around 6pm, we share a 90-minute yoga class, followed by a delicious dinner in one of the nearby restaurants. Around 9pm we close with a 30 minute evening meditation session.
Costs – healthy mediteranien breakfast included
Airfare and transportation to and from the airport are not included in the package. You must book your flight individually. If you would like help with your transportation needs, our partner Lesvorama will be happy to assist you.
The following prices include seven nights:
Double room (double occupancy), per person 600€
Double room (single occupancy), per person 750€
The package also includes:
- Breakfast (7 times)
- Five guided hikes*
- Six yoga classes*
- Six meditation sessions*
- Onsite yoga mats
NOT included in the package:
- Airfare to and from Mythilini
- Transportation to and from the airport (Mythilini – Molivos)
- Travel insurance (we strongly advise that you take out a policy)
- Lunch, during the hikes
- Personal items, such as pharmaceuticals
- Massages, coaching sessions or water sports (available upon request)
*Yoga classes or hikes cannot be booked or cancelled separately. The full package must be booked and paid.
Minimum of participators: 6
Airfares and transportation to and from the airport need to be booked individually. The closest airport is Mytilene (MJT). Airlines, such as Airberlin and Aegean Airlines, offer affordable tickets to Lesbos. The airfares and transportation costs to and from the airport (40€ cash, to be paid on the bus) are not included in the package. That said, karmahike organizes the transfer to and from the airport of Mytilene, guaranteeing pick-up after arrival at the airport.