Residential Courses on Chios Island, Greece

September/May on Chios

Most locals would agree that September and May are the best months on Chios, which is why we usually run the course then! The sea is still warm (especially in September, it’s the warmest it’s been all year), the weather is mostly sunny and nice, but it’s not too hot. There are also hardly any tourists, or even that many locals on the hills and beaches, which makes for a uniquely tranquil experience. The prices for accommodation and flights are also noticeably more reasonable than in June-August.

When on Chios we also eat seasonal fresh produce, which is amazing. We source some of it comes from our local veg shop, but we also source some produce from local gardeners and some we forage. There is always a great variety of fruit and veg available, but every season on Chios comes with its special treats too. September is fig season, one of my personal favourites, if you haven’t had a fig straight off the tree next to the beach I just don’t know how to explain the experience. May is amazing for wildflowers, including tens of species of orchids, and the best smelling herbs you’ve ever come across, notably freshly picked oregano, lavender and sage. Fresh broad beans and artichokes are also spring treats.

Residential/intensive courses

The residential courses are amazing! We always have a great time, and don’t particularly feel like coming back. All our courses are amazing in terms of beautiful groups of friends forming, but in the residential courses we go the extra mile with cooking together and going on excursions around the island as well as attending the course and practising yoga/meditation together (optional).

Taking the course as an intensive works really well. We will be working for about 6 hours per day, so the whole course (L1-4) will take about two weeks, and there will still be a lot of time for exploring the island. 6-hour days mean that the course is still pretty condensed, but it’s workable (any more and we’d get too tired), and we’ll have enough time to head to the beach/hills/a cafe etc in the afternoons/evenings.

The distinct advantage of intensive courses over courses spread over a long period of time is that people get to feel quite confident before they start practising on friends/family/clients. Taking the course over weekends/spreading it over a longer period of time on the other hand, gives the advantage of practising in-between the different parts of the course, and making the most of the later parts as you already arrive with more experience and insight. So think about which of these approaches would work best for you.

Accommodation, food, transport, day off activities

Basically during the course you will be my guests, and contribute EUR25/day towards food, bills, fuel, cost of cleaning etc. Food will be vegan and cooking/cleaning up afterwards will be shared. If you prefer to have a more chilled out holiday experience where you have more formal accommodation, and you take more time to rest and replenish rather than contributing to cooking/cleaning, I can also recommend some lovely and extremely good value accommodation for you nearby, and you can pay a bit extra and not contribute to the cooking/cleaning. You will be surprised by the great value of accommodation prices on Chios, as it’s off the beaten track. Activities are equally great value. We will stay and run the training in Vrontathos, a small town which feels very rural (although not by Chios standards), and lies just to the north of the main town on the island, like a suburb. So it’s easily accessible from the port and the airport by taxi or public transport. Usually we should be able to pick you up and drop you off from the port/airport by car, it’s a 15-20 minute drive.

On our days off we can organise guided walks and/or sailing trips or courses and/or scuba diving excursions or courses. Depending on people’s interests there are quite a few galleries/museums, some caves with stunning formations, lots of scenery, forests, beaches, medieval stone-built villages, breath-taking views.. And the sunrises and sunsets over the Aegean Sea are pure heaven. We will be travelling around the island by car, so one of you might need to volunteer to drive, otherwise one of my local friends will join us for the days off. Mostly people in the past have preferred swimming, strolling around medieval villages/areas with interesting architecture, eating at local tavernas and watching sunrises/sunsets on days off.

Ayurvedic Yoga Massage Certified Therapist Training

The training for Certified Therapist is a very practical course, which includes 60 contact hours. Most of it is composed of demonstrations, practice and feedback, with a little theory where necessary to ensure that everyone can provide safe as well as effective sessions. The 60 contact hours are split into four levels (L1-4), of 15 hours contact time per level, so you can choose to take the whole training at once, or just part of it.

Ayurvedic Yoga Massage is taught as a sequence of massage strokes and stretches. The sequence is very long, so you would not go through all of it in one session, but rather you will be taught to think critically about which parts of it would be most useful for each client. Level 1 covers massage strokes and stretches for the back of the body, level 2 is the front of the body (so L1-2 is a complete massage). Level 3 includes more stretches that help you deal with a wider range of client needs, and level 4 includes much more reflective practice (giving full massages, thinking about which parts of AYM are most appropriate for each client) and feedback, where what you have learned solidifies much more.

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