19 – 26 October 2019: Adventurous mindfulness holidays for families

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• sailing • hiking • nature • culture • meditation • yoga

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Are you a parent in search for an inspiring and relaxing holiday experience together with your kids? Something different than an easy, overcrowded beach holiday? Than this adventurous mindfulness holiday might be something for you and your child(ren).

With the wind in your hair you sail through deep blue waters from bay to bay. You discover nice islands, mysterious caves and a stunning waterfall in sunny Greece. Next to these adventures there are moments of mindfulness like easy to follow meditation and yoga sessions, personal sharing and mantra singing. The unique combination of sailing with mindfulness results into deep relaxation in parent and child. Which makes it easier to be more mindful in the present moment. On board there is a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, delicious vegetarian food and love. A good sense of humor, fun and now and than delicious ice cream ashore makes this adventurous mindfulness holiday complete.

You sail together with Mallika and Deep on a sailing catamaran (13 meters) in the Ionian sea, situated at the westcoast of Greece. This area has some gorgeous islands, like Lefkas, Meganisi, Kalamos, Kastos and Ithaki. A perfect area for some adventurous exploration. They are still rather unspoiled by mass tourism. The rich history of Greece offers the opportunity to absorb some of the ancient, mystical Greek culture.

Every day you sail to another destination. Especially secluded, of the grit bays which are only accesible by boats. In this way you visit the most unique and quiet places. And because catamaran Yemaya is your home, there is no need for packing and unpacking your baggage all the time.

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In this hectic and chaotic world it is not always easy for sensitive children to adapt. They are very open and get influenced easily by external stimuli. Therefore they are extremely sensitive to unwelcome tensions and energies from their environment and can easily loose themselves in that. This might result in all kinds of problems.

Do you recognise these symptoms in your child?

– Problems with sleeping
– Stress related symptoms like headache, pain in stomach….
– Easily irritated
– Malfunctioning in school
– Tendency to isolate her- or himself
– Concentration difficulties

Meditation and yoga can be of great help! In this adventurous mindfulness holiday you and your child get to know about basic meditation techniques which you can easily apply in your daily life. By practising these regularly you will see that your child:

– Learns how to stay close to him- or herself
– Gets a better understanding about his or her own bounderies which makes it easier to protect her or himself from outside influences.
– Can retain the own energy better
– Can coop better with tension and stress
– Can relax better in the body
– Gets calmer and therefore can concentrate better

Besides these moments of meditation, mindfulness and yoga there is of course plenty of time for real holiday moments: Nice sailing, swimming, beach time, exploring caves and waterfalls, walking through beautiful Greek towns with delicious icecream shops….

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7 days holiday is: €1399,- per person in own cabin
7 days holiday for 2 persons sharing 1 cabin: €1239,- per person

Price includes:

All meals (except one diner ashore to enjoy the local cuisine)
Coffee, tea, drinking water, softdrinks on board
Fuel for yacht and dinghy
Use of snorkel equipment
Meditation/yoga sessions
Hikes with guide and lunchbox
Sailing lessons
Deep and Mallika know a lot about the area.

Price excludes:

1 dinner ashore
Transfer from airport (20-35 €)
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You sail together with Mallika and Deep on a sailing catamaran (13 meters) in the Ionian sea, situated at the westcoast of Greece. This area has some gorgeous islands, like Lefkas, Meganisi, Kalamos, Kastos and Ithaki to explore. They are still rather unspoiled by mass tourism. Especially during spring and autumn this is the ideal environment for beautiful hikes. The rich history of Greece offers the opportunity to absorb some of the ancient, mystical Greek culture.

Every day you sail to another destination. Especially secluded, of the grit bays which are only accesible by boats. In this way you visit the most unique and quiet places. And because catamaran Yemaya is your home, there is no need for packing and unpacking your baggage all the time.

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This itinerary is a rough indication. We like to integrate your questions and wishes in the present moment. We are also dependent on the weather conditions.

Day 1
Warm welcome with coffee and tea. After that we hoist the sails and go to the peninsula Lefkada. During our daily sailing moments there is time enough for questions regarding meditation, mindfulness and personal sharing, mantra singing…. Or you can spend your time in silence staring over the deep blue waters. Most children love the sailing and we see how they deeply relax or sometimes even fall asleep
Around 12.30 lunch is served.
In the afternoon we arrive in Nidri, a sheltered bay on the east side of Lefkada. The large bay is surrounded by white beaches and palm trees with a lot of bars and restaurants. You can swim, wander along the beach and have a nice drink or tasty icecream overlooking the bay. You can also stay aboard and relax while a lovely diner is being prepared in the galley.
Around 18.30 diner is served.

Day 2
7.00 We start the day with an easy to follow yoga and meditation session for parents and children for about 1 hour
8.30 Breakfast is served
9.30 Hike to the waterfall in Nidri. In about 1,5 hour hiking through beautiful nature we arrive at the gorgeous Dimossari waterfall. On the way to the waterfall we invite you to walk in silence and to be as mindfull as possible. To enjoy nature and yourself at the fullest in the here and now. The waterfall ends into a crystal clear pond where you can have a refreshing swim. We will bring our lunch pakkages on the way. If you can’t walk too long, there is the possibility to go by car to the waterfall. (not included in the price)
15.30 Sail to the island of Meganisi, south east of Lefkada. This will take about an hour.
18.30 Dinner is served

Day 3
7.00 Meditation and yoga session
8.30 Breakfast
9.30 Short sailingtrip the Papanikolis cave on Meganisi. This cave is a giant and partly underwater. It is very impressive to go in the cave with a little boat to look around. During the second world war it is said a submarine took shelter here to hide after its blitzkrieg on the Italian army.
10.30 With the dinghy we visit the Papanikolis cave
12.30 Sail to Ithaki while lunch is served. Ithaki was the home island of Odysseus. There is enough time for questions, sharing, mantra singing…
16.30 Arrival in Vathy, the capital of Ithaki. You can have a little stroll, enjoy a drink or nice icecream..
18.30 Dinner is served

Day 4
7.00 Meditation and yoga session
8.30 Breakfast
9.30 Hike around Vathy. This morning we step into the old story of Homerus and follow the footsteps of Odysseus. We hike to the cave of the Nymphs, where according to Homerus, Odysseus went to hide his gifts from the Phoenicians. Archeological excavations have indeed shown that in the ancient times the Nymphs were worshipped here. The idyllic path continues through gorgeous nature along the ruins of the most important city of the island during the Middle Ages. It ends in the lovely village Pirachori, where still old little houses, an interesting chapel and a nice church can be found. We like to invite you again to walk in silence during the hike to Pirachori to be able to absorb the powerful energy of this area.

In Vathy itself there are also some interesting historic buildings, like the beautiful houses of the most wealthy families G. Karavias and G. Drakoulis. Or the churches of Agios Georgios (Sint George). There is an archeological museum with collections of the Geometric, Mycenic and Korinthian period. We take a lunch package with us.
14.30 Sail to Kioni, a lovely town 24 km distance from Vathy. This will take us about 1,5 hour.
16.00 Arrival in Kioni. Time for some swimming, little stroll ashore, having a drink….
18.30 Dinner is served

Day 5
7.00 Meditation and yoga session
8.30 Breakfast
9.30 Visit of Kioni. According to many the most beautiful village of the whole island Ithaki. The whole village resembles an amphitheater, where the little, cute houses are built in semi circles around a pitoresque, little harbour. Here you see lots of colorful fishingboats laying quietly in the water. We stroll around in the little streets to absorb the friendly atmosphere of Kioni.
12.30 Sailingtrip for about 3 hours to Kalamos. Lunch is served while sailing and there is enough time for sharing, mantra singing…
16.00 Arrival in Kalamos. You can have swim or stroll ashore.
18.30 Dinner is served

Day 6
7.00 Meditation and yoga session
8.30 Breakfast
9.30 Hike on Kalamos. Kalamos is an unspoiled, little island with about 600 inhabitants. Not many tourists visit this place, therefore it is still the ideal island for mindfulness and relaxation. In the north and east the island is covered by a dense pine wood, inhabited by many different kinds of birds. The pines growing here are very rare. They only grow in two places of the world. The perfect place for being in nature to relax.
12.30 Sail to Meganisi for about 2 hours. Lunch while sailing.
14.30 Arrival in Meganisi. There is time to explore the little fishing town Vathy situated in a deep bay.

Day 7
7.00 Meditation and yoga session
8.30 Breakfast
9.30 Sailingtrip to Lefkada city for about 3 hours
12.00 Lunch is served
13.00 This last afternoon there is time to explore Lefkada city. This vibrant city has a rich history. You can visit the Old City, south of Lefkada city. Old ruins of Nirikos, the first capital of Lefkada from 2000 B.C. are still there. Close to Lefkada city the oldest church of the island can be found: the Agios Ioannis Antzoussis church. It appears that apostle Paulus has been here to preach about Christianity on his way to Rome. It seems he also has preached in the monastery of Panagia Fanaromeni. This monastery is also close to Lefada city. It is one of the monuments still in use nowadays. Her rich history dates indeed back to the time the first apostles were still alive. This beautiful monastery is built on a hilltop covered with pines. From here you have a great view on the Agios Ioannis church.

Last but not least: you can also choose to visit the impressive fort of Agia Mavra. It was built in the 14th century and ever since it has protected the city. It has been reinforced later by the Venetians.

In the evening you can relax with a drink or icecream in one of the bars and enjoy a typical Greek dish in a nice restaurant.

Day 8
7.00 Meditation and yoga session
8.30 Breakfast

Departure from Yemaya

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Deep Boel and Prem Mallika Kokke are the organisers of the adventurous mindfulness holidays

Since 2012 they have been organising these holidays all over the world. Now they are back in Europe to continue these unique holidays in the Ionian sea at the west coast of Greece.

In 2010 they left everything behind to sail into the unknown. It was scary to do this: leaving their safe, well arranged life in The Netherlands to follow their heart and dreams. Now, years later, after many ups but also downs, they feel only gratefulness for having taken this step. They hope to inspire other people as well to choose the life that makes them truly happy. To live their life of full potential and fullheartedly.

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