ACRO FUN & YOGA FLOWS

ANNA KARIDES & ELENI CHATZIPAVLI | 27 AUG- 1 SEP | KOUFONISIA

 

THE EXPERIENCE

Feeling nostalgic about your summer childhood? Does your heart still craves failed handstands in the sand, rock diving, and staying in the water till your hands go ‘ruffles’? Then, this is a retreat for you! Our days will be filled with magical seascapes, bike rides and beach hoping while our evenings will be more mellow with downtown strolls, candlelit yoga and music nights by the sea.

A Koufonisia classic is 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. Spending a day at the famous nearby island of Amorgos is a great idea if you want to make the most out of your trip to the Greek islands.


THE YOGA

Our tried and tested dream team of yogis, Anna and Eleni, have prepared a well-rounded schedule of Vinyasa Flows and Acro-Yoga to get your heart pumping and sweaty. People will be free to create their ideal mix-n-match programme for the week choosing from a blend of dynamic vinyasa & restorative classes by Eleni and acro-yoga classes by Anna. 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.

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THE teachers

Anna Karides is a leading Yoga and AcroYoga 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 leading 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. Read more about Anna here.

Eleni Chatzipavli is a yoga teacher and holistic health coach based in London. The past 6 years she has been travelling the world for workshops and training with some of the most influential teachers like David Swenson, Kino McGregor, and Meghan Currie. Her mission is to help people connect with their body and practice radical self-love through movement and healing foods. She loves guiding people into deep and dynamic Vinyasa flows while being led by the breath and intuitive sequencing. Read more about Eleni here.

 

THE RETREAT INCLUDES

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

  • Visit to downtown Koufonisia for dinner

  • Sea-kayaking to the uninhabited Kato Koufonisi

  • Beach time

  • Thai-style massages (extra cost | optional)

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

  • 6 island days / 5 nights - accommodation on a beachfront yoga resort

  • 2 daily yoga & AcroYoga sessions (90 minutes each)

  • Daily guided meditation

  • 2 vegetarian meals (brunch & dinner) - Catered by our private chef Esco

  • Fresh produce of fruits and vegetables


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. His approach to longevity and happiness is based on three components: physical practice (yoga asana), conscious eating (raw / vegan) and mental exercise (mindfulness).

Esco 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. Read more about Esco here!


ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

TWIN ACCOMMODATION

  • Lower level room with two single beds & shared bathroom -- 1.390€ p/p

  • Sea view room with two single beds & shared bathroom -- 1.690€ p/p

SHARED ACCOMMODATION

  • Sea view room with queen size bed & shared bathroom -- 1.590€ p/p

  • Sea view Junior Suite with king size bed & ensuite bathroom -- 1.790€ p/p

* Suggested for couples, friends & family

SINGLE ACCOMMODATION

  • Lower level room with queen size bed & open ensuite bathroom -- 2.290€ p/p

  • Sea view Junior Suite with king size double bed & ensuite bathroom -- 2.790€ p/p

* The above prices include VAT 24%


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 5 minutes away on foot while the lil town is a beautiful 20 minutes walk. The villas blend harmoniously with the raw landscape of Koufonisia and their large outdoor spaces and patios are ideal for lazy afternoon siestas and reading. 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.

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.

Suggested arrival options on the 27th of August

  • From Santorini port (code JTR) to Koufonisia (code KOU) | departure: 12.05 - arrival: 13.55 | boat name: Sea Jet 2

  • From Piraeus port in Athens (code PIR) to Koufonisia (code KOU) | departure: 07.01 - arrival: 13.55 | boat name: Sea Jet 2

Departure options on the 1st September

  • From Koufonisia to Santorini port | departure: 16.10 - arrival: 18.00 | boat name: Sea Jet 2

  • From Koufonisia to Piraeus port in Athens | departure: 16.10 - arrival: 23.00 | boat name: Sea Jet 2

* Please keep in mind that this is the current boat timetable and there might be changes closer to the summer season. We suggest that you check back again at viva.gr before booking your itinerary.


Retreat Times:

The retreat will start on 27th of August with an intro yoga class at 17:30 followed by a welcome dinner at 20:00. Room checkin is at 14:00, but if you arrive earlier you can drop off your stuff at the villa and spend some time at the nearby beach. We'll be at Koufonisia port on arrival so we'll guide you accordingly. 

The retreat will finish on the 1st September at 10:00 after breakfast. There will be a group drop off from the villa to the port.