Nia! All about joyful movement, community, belonging, emotional expression, world music, fun, friendships, laughter, self discovery and healing!
The 9th annual Seaside Nia Retreat is just around the corner! Reserve your spot early! Spaces are limited. Rosy's Little Village is a hidden gem, a quaint oasis you don't want to miss!
This retreat is one of the Greek island vacations that offers body, mind and spirit rejuvenation through the Nia Technique and more!
Your journey begins with only a short boat ride from the mainland's Port of Piraeus, leaving concerns, worries and stress behind. This week-long retreat is open to all who seek to reconnect with self and illuminate the joy within. Allow yourself to let go and plunge into an in depth experience, abundant in joy, freedom, heart connections, authenticity and empowerment.
The Nia classes are designed to take you on a sensory filled journey of movement and healing enhanced by soul stirring world music. Allow the ancient waters of the Aegean Sea and the warmth of the sunshine transport you to a place of healing and peace. Make the commitment to yourself and join us on this magical retreat of self discovery through movement, holistic health and wellness. Of course no experience is necessary, just an open mind and heart.
Additionally, you will have the opportunity to treat yourself to mind/body healing services**
Together we will make beautiful memories that will last a lifetime.
About Demetra (Demi):
I am a Greek native and this is my 9th year offering the Seaside Nia Retreat at Rosy's Little Village, a sanctuary for mind, body and spirit. I am a licensed Nia Brown Belt and have been teaching since 2003.
My approach is heart centered: Guide the class authentically, speak with intention and encourage the "eternal yes" to shine in all.
Make use of the voice to diminish stress and revitalize the participants' energy. The twinkle in the students' eyes when they connect with the magic of Nia is my priceless reward. My classes are energetic and fun.
One of my favorite phrases: "There's no Nia police" never fails to put everyone at ease and everyBODY to relax into sensations of joy and pleasure.
I end each class with a guided meditation and this affirmation: May we be safe, healthy, happy, free, keep on dancing and live with ease!
*Prices do not include airfare to Athens Greece, or transportation to Agistri Island
What is included:
Yes, we're extending the 2020 Retreat to 8 days once again!
THE OUZO PROJECT was such a fun day and a great success last year, so we're doing it again!
Here's what we'll do that day:
1. We'll learn how to dance 2 Greek traditional dances
2. We'll learn how to prepare-hands on- 3 popular Greek appetizers (tsatsiki, saganaki and yummy kolokythokeftethes) , one baked main dish and finally prepare a REAL Greek salad! And yes, we'll get to eat all that, plus some, either for lunch or dinner!
3. We'll end the extra day by watching the new movie "Mama Mia" in the tent by the water.
THE OUZO PROJECT: Putting your Greek on for a day! Are you in for some extra fun?
*2 daily Nia classes morning and evening
*2 meals per day - breakfast, lunch or dinner - (Each meal consists of one of two main dishes, a salad and a variety of appetizers. Meals include organic vegetables, freshly caught fish and traditional Greek dishes.)
*The kitchen staff will happily accommodate any gluten/lactose intolerant, vegan, or vegetarian dietary needs.
*Swimming, kayaking, walks to the nearby town of Skala, hikes.
Rosy's also offers fun side trips to nearby islands or on the other side of Agistri (additional investment)
*Pickup/return to Milos or Skala Harbors (located on Agistri)
*Detailed instructions will follow after registration, regarding all preparations for your trip and transportation to Agistri island from the Athens airport.
How to Reserve:
To hold your space at the Seaside Nia Retreat, a $100 non-refundable deposit is due by: TBA
50% of the balance (after $100 deposit) is due by:
Please secure your reservation promptly, spaces are limited.
For cancellation until 6 weeks before arrival, 25% refund.
For cancellation closer to the arrival date (less than 6 weeks), no refund
Travel insurance information:
It is recommended that all guests arrange full travel and medical insurance before traveling to Greece. Some travel insurance companies cover medical as well. Check w/your provider. We do not take responsibility for loss / theft / damage to personal property or personaI injuries.
After sign-up I provide you with all the travel and prep info you'll need to make this retreat vacation effortless and stress free!
I can also set you up with a personal taxi driver while in Athens for airport/port pick-up. This honest and jolly man will arrange for your boat tickets to Agistri as well! Just let me know!
I just wanted to say a proper thank-you for a really wonderful retreat. I liked the way you did not put pressure on anyone to do anything; yet you were still available if needed. It was such a great balance of rest; dance; exploring; learning & making new friends. And as Giselle said : just being !
I would love to return there someday when I am not so sick ! It must be even more fabulous when you are well ha ha !
I managed to relax to a point that on my return I did not go back to my previous stress levels of before. The break gave me a new self respect & self love that I think I was lacking before.
It has given me a new start & a fresh new perspective on life. And I am still writing in my journal !! So thank-you for all of it.
I have such admiration for you as an individual & as a Nia teacher. I also very much enjoyed Sherrie & Teresa's classes. What fantastic ladies ! How we all laughed. I just bought the music for Selfless & it takes me back.....to dancing in front of the sea :)
Your new studio looks rather fantastic & I am sure it will bring in more happy dancers.
I am so grateful that everything worked out & that I was able make the trip.
Lots of love,
Maeve , Cape Town, South Africa (2019)
Dancing, swimming and eating with beautiful souls. Best experience ever!
Michelle Hook. Fort Mill, SC USA (2018)
OMG!!! Soooo much to do!! This trip had everything...solitude, meditation, release, acceptance, bonding, learning, food (did I say food? LOL) attractions, shopping, food, music, love, family, entertainment, nature....peace!!! Words can’t express what I came away with from this experience. NO REGRETS!!
Teresa Simmons, Rock Hill SC (2018)
"ABOVE AND BEYOND ALL EXPECTATIONS!!!"
Stacey Ahmes, Fort Mill, South Carolina (2017)
"Nia in Agistri was a magical experience! I have never had a trip where I was more relaxed and at peace."
Cathy C.,Fort Mill, SC, USA (2017)
“It was truly an amazing experience attending the 2017 NIA Retreat in Greece. Thank you, Demi for your guidance and compassion shown during our once in a lifetime NIA journey.”
Diane T., Fort Mill, SC, USA (2017)
"This retreat was an opportunity for me to truly honor my Eternal Yes!
I was excited to practice Nia twice a day in a beautiful resort with members of my new tribe.
The retreat is perfect for any age and exercise background. The staff was friendly and accommodating with sincerity.
Some of us spent an extra fun day in Athens on our way back home.
While on the island, we listened and danced to live Greek music one night, also went on a one-day yacht excursion, a beautiful experience! I don’t know how to swim but I put on a life jacket and had an amazing float in the Aegean Sea! We also went to Aegina for shopping. It was the perfect mix of planned activities and free time.
The food was great and varied with dishes I had never eaten before!
I would recommend the Nia retreat to anyone looking to have a uniquely physical and healthy international experience!"
Dianne S., Tega Cay, SC, USA (2017)
"Dancing Nia on the edge of The Aegean Sea with Demi is one of the most magical things I've done in my life. Thank you, Demi, for making it happen. You are an excellent Nia Teacher. I've been the last 2 years and plan on going every year from now on!"
Mylissa Buttram, Nia White Belt, USA, Tennessee (2014)
"Demi... I so enjoyed being included in the Nia Retreat in Greece this August...it was fantastic and it won't be my last..Rosy's Little Village was such a great venue to enjoy the dance, food, friendship and stress reduction!!! See you next year!!!"
Judy Jones Deen, USA, Georgia (2014)
"Demi, Thank you very much for arranging such a fabulous workshop in Greece. It was an amazing experience and I am thankful for the opportunity. Your efforts to share the food, culture, and people were above and beyond my expectations. I wish you much happiness in the future and keep on dancing!"
Patricia Howe, Charlotte, NC USA (2016)
"I love Demi's classes. Her enthusiasm for Nia and life is contagious."
Dina Errico, Fort Mill, SC USA (2015)
"The Nia Retreat in Greece was quite invigorating. Our Nia teacher Demi taught us how to rejuvenate our body and mind and get in touch with our inner self. I highly recommend this Retreat to everyone who enjoys dance, martial arts and yoga and especially connecting with ladies from all over the world."
Florence W., Fort Mill, SC, USA (2015)
"It was my first time in Greece and ever as a Nia student. I became so drawn in from the warmth and skills of my teacher, Demi! Demi put me so at ease on the dance floor, then went a "little farther", when she and two others took me, a non swimmer, on a wonderful kayak excursion! Recommend this magnificent experience!! Rosy's village....couldn't be any better!!"
Lawanda B. Georgia, USA (2015)