Becky Pell (a.k.a rocknroll yogi) and I come together annually to host our popular ‘Find Your Balance’ astanga and restorative yoga retreats. You will come away feeling both revitalised and energised, and deeply rested and restored and you will have the opportunity to explore beautiful parts of the world whilst making new friends. Both healthy and indulgent, this is a chance to profoundly nourish yourself whilst deepening, or perhaps beginning your yoga practice.
'Find your balance' Astanga and Restorative yoga retreats with Sarah Vaughan and Becky Pell
What does 'find your balance' mean to those on our retreats?
It can mean so many things..finding some quiet time to relax and unwind, finding a deeper more profound space to think and reset, maybe some energetic time to really work with aspects of your practice that you may feel stuck with or bewildered by, and of course finding new friends and your 'tribe.'
The two practices of Astanga and Becky's style of restorative, yin and slow flow Yoga, whilst seemingly so different are at the same time so complimentary to each other. They originate from the same source of yoga in its ancient context, and from Krishnamacharya's teaching in Mysore in the 1930's.
As is often the case, in our most recent retreat we had a complete mix of yogis including beginners that have never practiced astanga before and 'seasoned' second series practitioners. In Puglia all our yogis come together and found their own Mysore practice that supports where they are in their own yoga journey. It was an absolute delight to watch and assist each and every one of the 'retreaters' grow through the week and quite often find things that they least expect!
Becky is a clinically trained registered yoga therapist and supports everyone through the week with restorative evening sessions. In Puglia the sessions were based on the prana vayus. We get energy prana in all sorts of ways; fresh healthy food, sunshine, relationships, spending time in nature and of course breathing...there was certainly an abundance of prana!
Sept 26 -October 3, 2021 'Okreblue' Paros, Greece
Our sixth 'Find Your Balance' retreat is on the beautiful Greek island of Paros.
We are now taking reservations and deposits (refundable until the end of June when we have more certainty about travel)
'Find Your Balance' retreats give you the opportunity to feel both revitalised and energised, and deeply rested and restored, whilst exploring beautiful parts of the world and making new friends. Both healthy and indulgent, this is a chance to profoundly nourish yourself whilst deepening - or perhaps beginning - your yoga practice.
Our days begin with sunrise meditation, followed by an Astanga yoga practice supported by both Senior Astanga Teacher Sarah and Registered Yoga Therapist Becky. In the late afternoon we come together for a deeply relaxing class which combines slow Hatha, Yin and Restorative yoga practices with guided meditations and Yoga Nidra. Optional afternoon workshops are also offered.
A delicious, healthy, locally produced vegetarian and vegan brunch and dinner are included throughout your stay, and additional refreshments are available all day.
Our retreat centre, Okreblue, is situated right on the beach, offering the perfect place to enjoy free time in the autumn sun. A variety of different massage styles are available on site.
If some adventure appeals to you there is plenty to do in the local area. Car hire is easy and inexpensive, and a great way to explore our surroundings such as the white-washed cobbled lanes of the Old Town in Naoussa, or the charming local villages of Parikia and Lefkes with their local art and jewellery and pavement cafes. If you enjoy water sports, surfing, windsurfing, kayaking, jet skiing and scuba diving are all available on the island; you can walk or cycle amongst the rock formations and beaches of the Paros Park; and if you enjoy ancient culture, the archeological museum has treasures such as a 490BC statue of the Greek Goddess Artemis. Non-yogi friends or partners are therefore well catered for and are welcome to join us!
Okreblue is an eco yoga retreat created by couple Angelo Malamatenios and Sasy Malamatenios-Chasoneri who live at the centre and run it year round.
Accommodation consists of rooms, studios and apartments all with private ensuite bathrooms and with double or twin beds available. All are comfortable and simply furnished in the local style.
Freshly prepared meals from the organic garden are served at the retreat's Caretta Healthy Restaurant & Café, in a wonderful chill out atmosphere with lovely sea views. The cafe is open all day, and free WiFi is available.
Okreblue is located at Filizi beach, an area of exceptional natural beauty, with sand dunes, aged cedar forests, secret coves with sandy beach and clear waters, next to the long sandy beach of Santa Maria.
Please note that Okreblue is a large retreat centre with two shalas, and as such, we will be sharing the general space with another group. However our allotted shala will be for our use only.
Deposit of £300 paid before 1 April 2021
£949 in single room
£ 799 in shared double room
£7569 in shared triple room
- 7 nights accommodation
- Brunch and dinner each day
- All tea, coffee and filtered water
- Six days of yoga practice
- Six Astanga classes
- Five Restorative / slow Hatha / Yin classes
- All optional afternoon workshops
- Two teachers
- Full use of retreat facilities
- Optional excursion / dinner out
- Additional snacks and beverages
You can get to Paros either by boat or plane.
Currently the best two options are:
- fly to Paros with a stop at Athens
- Flay to Mykonos or Santorini and get a ferry to Paros.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with any questions and for an information pack.
Sept 2020 - Devon
Whilst Covid restrictions have kept us at home we had a wonderful long weekend in Devon in September 2020 and are returning again in May 2021. Morning Astanga and Restorative practice and afternoon walks and sea swimming.
Feb 2020 - Vikasa yoga retreat, Koh Samui
We returned to the place where we began and it was even better - the wonderful Vikasa retreat centre on tropical Koh Samui in 2020.
2019 – YogaPulia retreat in Puglia, Italy
YogApulia is a boutique retreat centre exclusively for yoga and meditation practice, set up and run by dedicated yoga practitioners Mark & Nicola.
They have created an intimate space in tune with the natural rhythm of nature where guests can escape from the demands of the modern world to deepen their practice in the beautiful, peaceful setting of the Valle d’Itria in Apulia, Italy.
2018 – Huzur Vadisi retreat in Almeria, Spain
The stunning yoga venue of Huzur Vadisi is on the edge of one Europe's most remote and beautiful national parks offering peace and isolation with a spectacular mountain backdrop.
Huzur Vadisi are established retreat company and we look forward to returning here for many years to come.
2017 – Vikasa yoga retreat in Koh Samui
An incredible Thai experience of silver beaches, temples, waterfalls, exquisite food and incredible massages.
Book a class or course online
Please click here for our timetable, go to the date of your first class for booking. Contact Sarah 07703599609/ firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.