An immersive yoga retreat in Monemvasia, Greece (May 17-23, 2015)

Published on: March 4, 2015 | Last Updated on October 9, 2019
sunset views from the coastal town of Monemvasia, Greece
sunset views from the coastal town of Monemvasia, Greece

Sunset views from the coastal town of Monemvasia, Greece (Photo credit: Maria Belesis)

Monemvasia, Greece offers the perfect setting for women to find their inner goddesses.

Rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. Yoga, wellness and cultural experiences come together in the stunning Greek coastal town of Monemvasia, led by yoga instructors and retreat organizers Ali Sager and Maria Belesis.

Scheduled for May 17 – 23, 2015, the 6-night guided yoga retreat includes: 

– Wellness practices with mindful vinyasa yoga, restorative yoga, mindfulness meditation and relaxation

– Boutique accommodations in the stunning beach town of Monemvasia, Greece

– Farm-to-table culinary experiences

– Cultural excursions to surrounding ancient villages, including visits to local artisans and purveyors

– Individual time to reflect, restore and explore the natural landscapes and soundscapes

– Opportunities to see the hidden treasures of Greece, rich in culture, history and mythology

“This yoga retreat has special meaning to me,” says Belesis. “Monemvasia is where I spent several of my summers growing up. It is the place where my ancestors came from and where my parents began their respective journeys, leaving behind the ‘old country’ in pursuit of a better life here in the U.S.”

“This retreat combines the two things I am most passionate about – healing practices and traveling the world! I cannot wait to share this special experience with other women,” says Sager.

Cultural excursions include hikes through the surrounding Monemvasia mountains.

Cultural excursions include hikes through the surrounding Monemvasia mountains (Photo credit: Maria Belesis)


Ali Sager

Ali began practicing yoga with an initial desire to reconnect to her body, her practice offering a place of refuge and growth. A devoted student since 2006, her interest in deepening her studies and connecting to others led her to become a 200 Hour RYT focusing on mindful vinyasa and restorative yoga under the guidance of Bo Forbes, with whom she continues to study with and assist workshops. She is also a certified Radiant Child Yoga teacher and is very grateful for the opportunities to continue her education in yoga, anatomy and women’s health with Chelsea Roff, Judith Hanson Lasater, Tias Little, Surya Little, Tom Myers and Linda Spackman. She is moved by the capacity of the breath and believes that through the cultivation of embodied awareness and self-compassion, we can find our own heartfelt language within. 

Ali Sager

Ali Sager

Maria Belesis

Maria’s mindfulness journey through yoga and meditation began in 2006 as a way to manage chronic pain from lumbar stress fractures she sustained while a gymnast. Cognizant that emotional and psychological trauma often coexists with physical injury, she makes safety her primary focus as a yoga instructor. Maria’s love of sciences ultimately led her to study with Bo Forbes, earning her 200-hour RYT in mindful vinyasa and restorative yoga. The program, rooted in the neurobiology and psychology of yoga and the mind-body network, helped Maria develop a connection to self that is grounded in self-compassion, acceptance and love. She passes this lesson on to her students by encouraging mindful exploration of their own bodies and deeper connection to their gnosis. Maria is also a Certified Radiant Child Yoga teacher, and completed the YogaHOPE module on Trauma Sensitive Yoga training with Sue Jones.

Maria Belesis

Maria Belesis


Location: Monemvasia, Greece

Dates: May 17 – 23, 2015

Pricing: USD $1515 per person in shared twin room with private bath and terrace.


Contact Ali Sager and Maria Belesis at [email protected] or visit

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