We want to thank everyone who joined us in Cyprus and made our first retreat a truly special experience! We really enjoyed spending time with all of you in such a beautiful location and hope we helped build up some great memories 🙂
For those of you who couldn't come with us, here is a little picture summary of our experience. After our second retreat in 2017, we are planning to do this again for the third time in September 2018 and you can click here for details.
Participants were picked up from Paphos airport and driven to the villas on the coast of the small village of Argaka, in the north-west of Cyprus. A small welcome goody bag welcomed them with a taste of typical Cypriot sweets, some Cyprus guides and some yoga and Pilates props.
The two adjacent villas have direct access to the beach. The location is quiet and private, the ideal place to relax by the sea or the pool. Each room has an en-suite bathroom and sea views. The villas are also set against the backdrop of stunning mountain views.
Participants were taught one Yoga and one Pilates class per day, morning and evening. Classes were held in different locations around the villas, sometimes around the swimming pool, sometimes on the roof terrace. One of the highlights was the yoga session on the roof terrace at sunset: pretty special!
Healthy smoothies were served every day for breakfast, just after the morning class, as well as typical Cypriot cakes, eggs, bread, cheese and so on. On the non-excursion days, lunch was also served at the villas and it consisted of a choice of healthy salads and other vegetarian dishes. For dinner we headed to the local taverna on the beach, around a 20 minute walk away. On the last night we stayed in and organised a fish bbq... and might have gone a little over the top with the wine! 😉
We hired a mini-van and organised three excursion days with the company of our fantastic driver Giorgos. We went to Caledonian Falls in the mountains of Troodos on the Monday, then to Coral Bay and Tsangaridis winery for a wine tasting on the Wednesday, and finally to Aphrodite's Rock and Paphos downtown on the Friday. All excursions were optional.
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We want to thank Natasa Leoni for the amazing pictures she took during our time there. You can see more of her work on her website www.natasaleoni.com
Below are some testimonials from some of the participants: thank you!
"An amazing, brilliantly organised week - lovely people, fabulous location, wonderful food & drink, inspiring Pilates and yoga on the roof-terrace at sunset. Add to this some great excursions - the winery visit and wine tasting in particular, and you get a truly memorable holiday. Thank you Mike, Mara, Angie and Natasa" - Jon F.
"Brilliant holiday in a wonderful villa right by the sea. Great classes, good company and fantastic food. Mike, Mara and Angie went to real trouble to make this a fabulous break with just the right amount of activities and time to chill" - Catherine H.