Ashtanga Greek Island Retreat

DAVID ROBSON & SELENA Vesić | 12-17 SEP| KOUFONISIA

 


THE EXPERIENCE

What an Ashtanga lover is dreaming of? A peaceful space, a seaside scenery and a dedicated practice with one of the most inspiring Ashtanga teaching duos across the globe. David Robson and Selena Vesić will be leading a 6-day retreat in our Koufonisia island yoga resort and we couldn’t be more excited. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy two daily practices and specific led workshops by David and Selena while immersing in the serenity & vibrancy of island culture.

Get ready for 6 days full of island yoga, delicious plant-based meals by one of Greece's best vegan chefs and plenty of adventures, from sea-kayaking to rock diving and beach hoping!

HIGHLIGHT: Our kayak day where we embark on a local boat to the uninhibited Kato Koufonisi and then we kayak around deserted beaches and mythical caves. Watermelon on board is included :)

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KOUFONISIA Beachfront VILLAs

Our Island Yoga Resort consists of two beachfront villas overlooking one of the most dreamy beaches of the island. The location is ideal to walk everywhere you want and explore! The beach is just 10 minutes away on foot while the lil town is a beautiful 30 minutes walk. The zen atmosphere of the resort is completed with a covered outdoor yogashala and a thai-massage room, both made with natural materials. Click for more images.


our teachers

David Robson is the director of the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto, where he leads one of the world’s largest Mysore programs outside of India. After completing a degree in Comparative Religion, David made his first trip to Mysore, India in 2002, and initiated studies with his teacher Sharath Jois. Since then he has returned annually to deepen and enrich his practice and teaching, and since 2007 has been an Authorized Level 2 teacher. In addition to running his Mysore program in Toronto with his wife Jelena Vesić, David teaches workshops and retreats around the world, and he has released a popular series of instructional videos on Ashtanga called Learn To Float.

Jelena Vesić, after studying ballet for 16 years, made Ashtanga Yoga her sole focus in 2009. She leads the evening Mysore program at Ashtanga Yoga Centre Toronto, and also teaches and travels with her husband David Robson on workshops and retreats around the world.

THE PRACTICE

Join Jelena Vesić and David Robson for 5 days of traditional Ashtanga Yoga. Each day will feature morning Mysore-style classes and afternoon workshops guaranteed to deepen and transform your practice. In the mornings they will teach 4 Mysore classes and one Led Primary. The afternoon workshops will be as follows:

1. Moving Breathing System 2. Ashtanga’s Fundamentals 3. Jump Backs

4. Deeper Backbends 5. Arm Balances and Inversions

* All practices are open to all levels from beginners to more advanced yogis.

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THE ESSENCE OF TRUE FOOD

Our Koufonisia nutrition is catered by our private chef Esco Essence. Esco is a passionate vegan chef and a raw food artist. He uses the freshest daily produce from Koufonisia and the nearby islands to prepare each meal and there’re always gluten-free alternatives. He makes his own bread and nut based milks, as well as his famous granola, smoothies and herbal infusions. Each dinner is a big gathering around the table where we taste Esco’s specialty, finishing off the day with a small innocent desert for a sweet night’s sleep.

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THE RETREAT PRICING INCLUDES

  • 6 island days / 5 nights - accommodation on our seaside yoga resort

  • 2 daily Ashtanga Yoga classes: Morning Mysore style and Afternoon workshop led by David & Selena

  • Daily vegetarian meals (brunch & dinner), catered by our in-house chef Esco Essence

  • Sea-kayak Day Yay! Kayak to the uninhabited Kato Koufonisi & discover hidden bays & secret beaches.

  • Yoga equipment (Manduka mats, straps, blocks, etc)

  • Group pickup from Koufonisia port upon arrival & drop off on departure

  • Evening stroll downtown to out favourite spots (shops, cafes & tavernas)

  • Plenty of beach time & beach hopping!

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES (EXTRA COST)

  • Thai-style massages & therapies

  • Last night Dinner out to our favourite fish taverna!

  • Day visit to the small islands of Schinousa & Iraklia! Tiny islands with amazing energy, small towns & crystal clear waters.

  • Bike rides around the island

 


ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS & RETREAT PRICING

SHARED ACCOMMODATION | TWIN ROOM

  • Lower level room with two single beds & shared bathroom -- 1.690€ per person

  • Sea view room with two single beds & shared bathroom -- 1.990€ per person

SHARED ACCOMMODATION | KING ROOM

  • Sea view Junior Suite with King size bed & en suite bathroom -- 2.090€ per person

* Suggested for couples, friends & family who want to share a double bed

SINGLE ACCOMMODATION | QUEEN - KING ROOM

  • Lower level room with Queen size bed & open en suite bathroom -- 2.890€

  • Sea view room with Queen size bed & shared bathroom -- 3.090€

  • Sea view Junior Suite with King size bed & en suite bathroom -- 3.690€

—> The above prices include EU Tax VAT 24%.

—> There is a 600€ non refundable booking fee to reserve your place in the sun!

Payment plans available


A typical day

8.00 - 8.30         Herbal Tea | Coffee | Seasonal Fruits

8.30 - 10.00       Morning Practice

10.00 - 11.00     Brunch

11.00 - 17.30     Activities | Beach | Free Time

17.30 - 19.30     Afternoon Practice

20.00                 Dinner

CHECK IN | OUT

12th September: Villa Check in: 14:00

17th September: Villa Check out: 10:00

—> The retreat officially starts at 17:30 with the first yoga class.

—> If you arrive earlier you can drop off your stuff at the villa and spend some time at the nearby beach


TRAVEL INFO

Koufonisia (code KOU) can be reached via boat from Santorini (code JTR), Mykonos (code JMK) or Athens. We suggest that you fly directly either to Santorini or to Mykonos airport. From there you take the boat to Koufonisia which is a much shorter boat ride than taking the boat from Athens.

Tickets can be booked online at viva.gr.

We advise our guests to allow one day prior and after the retreat for their travelling.

Boat timings for September 2020 haven’t been announced as yet. We’ll be updating this space with specific boat information as soon as the boat schedule for Koufonisia is officially announced by the Greek authorities. Please advise us before booking your flights.

*We suggest you check at viva.gr before booking your boat tickets.

*Flights and boat tickets are not included in the retreat prices mentioned above.