BACK TO NATURE: FITNESS & YOGA RETREAT

Greg stark & ANNA KARIDES | kythnos

8 - 13 JUNE 2019 | SEPT 2020

 
 

THE EXPERIENCE

Welcome to our ‘Back to Nature Retreat’ where Greg Stark & Anna Karides will lead a well-rounded, empowering program of fitness and yoga practices. This is an exclusive retreat for an intimate group of 9 to 10 people who will enjoy ultra-personalised care both within their practice and nutrition. Our in-house chef will work around the scheduled sessions to deliver a holistic experience of healthy, fresh Greek food using the best seasonal ingredients.

Your stay will take place at a secluded seaside villa, with its own private beach and a brilliantly positioned infinity pool at the edge of the house. Kythnos’ natural zen and unspoiled nature provides the perfect setting for outdoor activities and fun excursions to lift the spirits. From sea-kayaking and hiking, to whitewashed village strolls and thermal spring visits, this retreat has all you need to live island life to the fullest and feel recharged, refreshed and awakened.

THE PRACTICE 

Australia’s leading health expert & personal trainer Greg Stark meets London’s queen of Acro Yoga, Anna Karides to deliver a powerful blend of fitness & yoga practices. Greg has designed a mindful ‘fitness in nature’ workout program which takes you from morning jogs to 45min cardio sessions, and from short hikes to personalised solutions for maintaining better health and achieving optimum performance. Anna’s inspiring yoga classes will include a variety of styles, from morning stretches and restorative sessions to slow down your cardio rate to more creative sequences of Vinyasa Flow and Acro-Yoga.

The classes will take place in large outdoor covered areas of the villa as well as on the beach, and wherever nature offers a great platform to experience body and mind in unity.

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

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THE COACHES

Greg Stark: Greg is the founder of Better Being, the author of Sweat Equity and the go to trainer for stressed out individuals and corporate executives. He consults and presents regularly on workplace wellbeing for top international companies and he is a leading health expert across CEO Magazine, Sporteluxe, Mens Health and many more. Greg started his career working with elite athletes including the South Sydney Rabbitohs and today transforms business leaders into corporate athletes through his 4 pillars of performance – mindset, movement, nutrition and recovery. With a university degree in exercise science and over 15 years in the fitness industry Greg’s knowledge and experience is leading the way. Greg was the 2011 Australian Exercise Professional of the Year Finalist.

Anna Karides: Anna is a leading Yoga and Acro-Yoga teacher in the UK and has been teaching for over a decade. She has international teaching and training experience and has been featured in leading publications from Vogue to The Guardian and named OM Magazine's Yoga teacher of the month. Anna has been teaching in London’s best yoga studios (Bodyism, Triyoga, Indaba) and is a proud Lululemon Athletica legacy ambassador. Her classes are challenging and reflect her passion for backbends, arm balances and inversions but can also have a therapeutic focus.


LUXURY VILLA BY THE SEA

A perfectly white villa lies an inch above the Aegean Sea. Awarded for its Modern Cycladic Architecture, our Kythnos villa combines minimalism and island elements in an exceptional way. Its private beach and a seawater infinity pool just above the sea level, give a serene essence of barefoot luxury which is hard to find. Click for more images.

 ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS & retreat prices

TWIN ACCOMMODATION

  • Sea view suite with two single beds & ensuite bathroom -- 2.390€ per person

SHARED ACCOMMODATION

  • Sea view suite with King size bed & ensuite bathroom -- 2.390€ per person

* Suggested for couples

SINGLE ACCOMMODATION

  • Sea view suite with King size bed & ensuite bathroom -- 3.990€

* The above prices include VAT 24%


optional activities (EXTRA COST)

  • Sea-Kayak to the famous double beach of Kolona & Greek-style picnic at the beach (extra cost | optional)

  • Diving at the beautiful seascapes followed by relaxing time at the thermal springs (extra cost | optional)

  • At the Beekeeper’s: Visit Kythnos best honey-maker and his beehives, and find out everything about the world of bees.

  • Photography walk: Stroll around the old village of Dryopida, visit the cave of Katafyki and taste local pies

  • Shiatsu massages and therapies

THE RETREAT prices INCLUDE

  • 6 island days / 5 nights - luxury accommodation on a seaside luxury villa

  • 2 daily practices: Morning yoga & Afternoon fitness workout

  • 3 vegetarian daily meals catered by our private chef

  • Yoga equipment (Manduka mats, straps, blocks)

  • Back to Nature Day: hiking to the Byzantine castle of Oria, healthy snacks & the most magnificent sunset you've seen! 

  • Visit to Chora village & dinner out (extra cost)

  • Group transfers in Kythnos upon arrival & departure


HEALTHY MEETS local greek FOOD

We like to give a healthy spin to typical Greek recipes combining what’s in season with what’s on offer to each island we visit. Our Kythnos retreats are catered by our private nutritionist Sabrina Chorafa who’s a creative maven in mixing modern with traditional techniques and fresh ingredients. Our menu is a balanced selection of juicy salads, Greek herbal blends, tasty smoothies, healthy snacks, tones of fruits, and delicious homemade meals. We strive to bring the best from Kythnos local producers, such as fresh fruits, herbs, thyme honey, and capers. Sabrina cooks from the heart and loves sharing her art (her food workshops are always a hit!). We promise that you will leave the retreat feeling lighter, brighter, happier and with a slightly different approach to food.

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TRAVEL INFO

Fly to Athens International Airport (code AIA) and then take a boat to Kythnos island (boat ride lasts for 1.5 to 2 hours). The island can be reached only via boat either from the port of Piraeus (code PIR) or Lavrio (code: LAV).

Tickets can be booked online at viva.gr.

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