Whether it’s the beautiful Greek island of Chios, Portugal or even the UK, each year we have residential courses on offer.
The residential courses are amazing! We always have a great time, and don’t particularly feel like coming back. Whilst in all of our trainings friendships build, in the residential courses it’s that extra element of cooking together, going on excursions on days off and we can practise yoga/meditation together (optional).
Taking the course as an intensive works really well. We work 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 is that people get to feel quite confident before they start practising on friends/family/clients. Taking the course over a longer period 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.
During the course you will be Despina’s guest, and contribute EUR25/day towards food, bills, fuel, cost of cleaning etc. Food is vegan and cooking/cleaning up afterwards will be shared. If you would prefer to have a more chilled out holiday experience with more formal accommodation, and more time to rest and replenish, I can also recommend some lovely and extremely good value accommodation for you nearby. You will be surprised by the great value of accommodation prices on Chios, as it’s off the beaten track.
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.