refresh island flow retreat
ANNA KARIDES & ELENI CHATZIPAVLI | 27 AUG- 1 SEP | KOUFONISIA
Welcome to the absolute summer retreat in one of Greece's most magical islands. Imagine 3klm of endless gold sand and turquoise waters in an almost no-car island where you can walk everywhere you want. On every turn, a secret beach awaits for you to be discovered! 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!
Our tried and tested dream team of yogis, Anna and Eleni, have prepared a holistic yoga schedule. Our days will start with daily meditation and continue with a Dynamic Vinyasa Flow in the morning while afternoon classes will be focused on milder practices such as: Restorative and Yin Yoga. Each afternoon after the yoga class there will be an optional Acro-Yoga essentials session with Anna Karides for anyone who wants to try this fun & adventurous practice. Ready to indulge?
A 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. If your inner Robinson Crusoe is on sleepy mode then our villa is a 10min walk from the sandy beach of Pori, where you can always unwind with your favourite book.
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.
Anna Karides is a leading Yoga and AcroYoga teacher in the UK and has been teaching for over a decade. Her classes are challenging and reflect her passion for backbends, arm balances and inversions but can also have a therapeutic focus. Read more about Anna here.
Eleni Chatzipavli is a yoga teacher and holistic health coach based in London. She loves guiding people into deep and dynamic Vinyasa flows while being led by the breath and intuitive sequencing. Read more about Eleni here.
Our teachers are back for a second time in Koufonisia to run another successful retreat. Anna and Eleni share a common philosophy towards yoga and teaching and their practice is utterly complimentary. They have prepared a well-rounded schedule where mornings will be dedicated to Dynamic Vinyasa Flows and afternoons will be more mellow with softer sequences, deep stretches and yin elements to open the body mildly and release it into the pace of nature and the surroundings. Additionally, after each afternoon class there will be an optional 1-hour workshop by Anna Karides on the essentials of AcroYoga. People will be free to create their ideal mix-n-match programme for the week. All classes will be accessible, easy to follow and with various adjustments given to fit all levels and needs.
The yoga takes place in our outdoor covered yogashala where the scents of lavender and wild herbs accompany every inhale.
* All practices are open to all levels from beginners to more advanced yogis.
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.
THE RETREAT PRICING INCLUDES
6 island days / 5 nights - accommodation on our seaside yoga resort
2 daily Vinyasa Yoga classes: Morning Vinyasa Flow and Afternoon Restorative practice
Optional daily Acro Yoga workshops
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 Amorgos island! Discover the famous monastery & swim at the deep blue waters of Agia Anna.
Day visit to Sxoinousa island! Tiny island with amazing energy, a lil Chora town & 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 -- 1.390€ per person
Sea View room with two single beds & shared bathroom -- 1.690€ per person
SHARED ACCOMMODATION | queeN - KING room
Sea View room with Queen size bed & shared bathroom -- 1.590€ per person
Sea View Junior Suite with King size bed & en suite bathroom -- 1.790€ per person
* Suggested for couples, friends & family who want to share the same double bed :)
SINGLE ACCOMMODATION | queen - KING room
Lower level room with Queen size bed & open en suite bathroom -- 2.290€
Sea View Junior Suite with King size bed & en suite bathroom -- 2.790€
—> 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 CHECK IN | OUT
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
27th August: Villa Check in: 14:00
1st 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.
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.
Suggested arrival options on the 27th of August
From Santorini port (code JTR) to Koufonisia (code KOU) | departure: 12.15 - arrival: 14.40 | boat name: Sea Jet 2
From Piraeus port in Athens (code PIR) to Koufonisia (code KOU) | departure: 07.01 - arrival: 14.40 | boat name: Sea Jet 2 / departure: 6.45 arrival 14.15 | boat name:Blue Star Naxos / departure: 7.15 - arrival: 12.05 | boat name: Highspeed 4
From Mykonos port (JMK) to Koufonisa (code KOU) | departure: 11.46 - arrival: 13.10 | boat name: Superjet / departure: 19.35 - arrival 22.15 | boat name: Golden Express
Departure options on the 1st September
From Koufonisia to Santorini port | departure: 14.45 - arrival: 15.20 | boat name: Sea Jet 2
From Koufonisia to Piraeus port in Athens | departure: 12.15 - arrival: 17.00 | boat name: Highspeed 4 / departure: 14.45 - arrival: 21.00 | boat name: Sea-Jet 2 / departure: 19.55 - arrival 5.00 | boat name: Blue Star Naxos
From Koufonisia to Mykonos port | departure: 7.45 - arrival 10.30 | boat name: Golden Express / departure: 14.45 - arrival: 16.05 | boat name:Super Jet
* 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.