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Piano-Yoga: Transform Your Hands

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Piano-Yoga: Transform Your Hands

19th Sep - 25th Sept 2011

Cyprus Retreat

Hosted by ARTE Academy, Nicosia in association with Friends of ARTE Society.

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Registration
(Lunch is available between 13.00-14.00) 
Introduction to Piano-Yoga¬ģ
Transform Your Hands: Demonstration of the exercises
Relaxation exercises
Dinner


Breakfast / optional practice time
Back support exercises
Masterclasses
Working with Rhythm workshop
Lunch
Siesta / optional practice time
Using yoga props as a support in piano playing
Masterclass
Articulation in piano playing
Masterclasses
Creative visualisation in piano playing
Dinner

Breakfast / optional practice time
Looking after your posture in piano playing: exercises
Masterclasses
Piano-Yoga¬ģ approach to education
Lunch
Excursion 1 (Omodos) and dinner

Breakfast / optional practice time
How yoga exercises can help with playing
Masterclasses
Playing Bach
Lunch
Siesta / optional practice time
Conquering performance nerves: Part 1
Masterclasses
Conquering performance nerves: Part 2
Relaxation exercises
Dinner

Breakfast / optional practice time
Shoulders, shoulders, shoulders
Organisation of piano practice
Tackling memory problems
Lunch
Excursion 2 (Kourion) and dinner

Breakfast / optional practice time
Hips in piano playing
Finding your own musical interpretation
Reading and controlling body language
Lunch
Siesta / optional practice time
Rehearsal time
Concert
Dinner

Breakfast / optional practice time
Make your body your best friend in piano playing
Discussion, question and answer session
Lunch and goodbye ceremony

Excursion 1: Mountain Village of Omodos & Wine Tasting

For an authentic Cypriot experience we will be visiting the quaint 1,000-year-old mountain village of Omodos. With its perfectly-preserved narrow cobbled streets, donkeys and old stone houses providing a wonderfully traditional village atmosphere, visiting Omodos today is like stepping back 100 years in time.  Built around the spectacular Timios Stavros Monastery, somewhere in the mists of time villagers are said to have witnessed a miracle of the Holy Cross, making this a place of great ecclesiastical importance attracting pilgrims from all over the world; in 327 A.D. Saint Helen is believed to have taken the blood-stained rope that bound Jesus to the Cross.  If sacred relics are your thing, the monastery also houses numerous other artefacts, including the skull of the Apostle Phillip and the remains of no less than 26 saints.  Nowadays, however, Omodos is better-known as the center of the mountain wine-producing region, so of course, we couldn‚??t visit Omodos without stopping at one of its wineries to sample it for ourselves!  We finish the day with dinner together in Omodos.

Excursion 2: Ancient Site of Kourion

Cyprus has a 10,000-year history that has seen civilizations come and go, and there is nowhere better to get a feel for ancient Cyprus than the ruined site of Mount Kourion. One of the most beautifully positioned ancient sites in Cyprus, the city of Kourion is believed to have been founded by the Argives. The city has passed through different phases from Hellenistic, Roman, and Christian periods and the agora (market place), Christian Basilica and large public bath bear testament to this city's former list of inhabitants.  Music is at the heart of this site: its most impressive feature is the restored Greco-Roman theatre that looks out over the dazzling Mediterranean.  Having been appropriated as an arena for Gladiator contests in the 3rd century, the theatre was restored and now continues to host open-air musical and theatrical performances as one of the venues for the International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama.  After checking out the House of the Gladiators, the Roman baths, the House of Achilles and the Temple of Apollo, we will be heading to the beach at Limassol where we will enjoy a fish supper overlooking the sea.

Accommodation

The Royiatiko Hotel is a brand-new luxury hotel which enjoys an enviable central location in Nicosia, only a 5-minute walk from our venue, the ARTE Music Academy, with the principal shopping areas, museums, caf√©s, restaurants and night clubs all within a 100-metre radius.  Facilities include a bar/caf√©, outdoor swimming pool with pool bar and fully-equipped gym.  All rooms have 24-hour internet access, LCD TV with local and satellite channels and individually-controlled air conditioning and heating.  www.royiatikohotel.com.cy

If you are looking for a budget accommodation option, the Asty Hotel is also at a convenient distance from the ARTE Music Academy.  Situated in one of Nicosia's most beautiful and peaceful residential areas, the hotel offers serenity and comfort, away from the madding crowd.  Facilities include 24-hour free internet access, a well-equipped gym, sauna, restaurant and cocktail bar, as well as bicycle rental and mini golf!  Rooms come with satellite TV and air conditioning as standard.  www.astyhotel.com

Visitor-only Option

Local residents (or those wanting to arrange their accommodation and board independently) are also welcome to join the retreat.  Please note, therefore, that the visitor-only fee covers tuition only; it does not include the cost of the excursions, board or transportation.

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How to Book

Please note that your travel to Nicosia, Cyprus is NOT included in any of our packages, so you will need to book your flight independently.  However, please wait for confirmation of your registration before booking your flight.

Date: 19th September ‚?? 25th September 2011

Venue: Archontiko Technon (ARTE) Music Academy, Leonidou  32-34, 1097, Nicosia, Cyprus

Duration: 7 days; 6 nights.  Morning Sessions 10:00 ‚??14:00; afternoon sessions 14:00 ‚??20:00

Fees: (exclusive of flights)

‚?¨430 visitor-only option (excludes accommodation, board and excursions). Day Pass: ‚?¨100 | Morning Pass: ‚?¨50 | Afternoon Pass: ‚?¨60 | Concert Participation: ‚?¨10
NEW ‚?¨850 budget package (excludes board and excursions)
‚?¨1140 budget package (includes course fees, excursions and 6 nights‚?? full-board at the Asty Hotel)
NEW ‚?¨1120 budget package twin room (share a room with a friend or another member of the group at the Asty Hotel)
NEW ‚?¨1140 luxury package twin room (share a room with a friend or another member of the group at the Royiatiko Hotel)
‚?¨1320  luxury package (includes course fees, excursions and 6 nights‚?? full-board at the Royiatiko Hotel)

Fees payable by bank transfer to:  ‚??The Friends of ARTE Society‚??
A/C Number: 101 ‚?? 01 ‚?? 132988 ‚?? 01
BIC: HEBACY2N
IBAN: CY60 0050 0101 0001 0101 1329 8801

Companies that fly to Cyprus: Cyprus Airways, Easyjet, Ryan Air, British Airways, Lufthansa, Olympic, Thompon, Monarch, Austrian, Thomas Cook.

Airports: Larnaca and Pafos.

Application Form: Please download the registration form here and post to: Piano-Yoga¬ģ, Suite 119, 56 Tavistock Place, Bloomsbury, London, WC1H 9RG, UK. 

Terms and Conditions: You will also need to read the term and conditions, which can be viewed/downloaded here

Enquiries: t: +44 (0)20 7226 9829 | m: +44 (0)7948 447492 |e:info@piano-yoga.com

For general information about Piano-Yoga¬ģ retreats click here, or for specific pages about our other 2011 retreats follow the links below: 










Piano-Yoga¬ģ retreats go global this September as visionary Russian virtuoso pianist G√©NIA takes her cutting-edge Piano-Yoga¬ģ method to the beautiful, sun-drenched island of legends that is Cyprus. A whole week of pure indulgence in the island‚??s charming capital, Nicosia, this retreat has everything for pianists wanting to transform their playing whilst gaining a more in-depth insight into the Piano-Yoga¬ģ philosophy and lifestyle of well-being: once classes are over, bask in the light of the warm Mediterranean sunshine on one of Cyprus‚?? stunning beaches, take in the breath-taking scenery, soak up the history and enjoy some delicious, authentic Cypriot cuisine. Plus, with our all-inclusive package at one of Nicosia‚??s top hotels, you really can pamper yourself!

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