ACRO FUN & FLOWS
ANNA KARIDES & ELENI CHATZIPAVLI | 27 AUG- 1 SEP | KOUFONISIA
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.
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.
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
Thai-style massages (extra cost | optional)
Free wifi access in the villa
6 island days / 5 nights - accommodation on a beachfront yoga resort
2 daily yoga & AcroYoga sessions (90 minutes each)
Daily guided meditation
3 vegetarian meals (breakfast, light lunch, dinner) - catered by our private chef Esco
Fresh produce of fruits and vegetables
Yoga equipment (mats, straps, blocks, etc)
* Our Sea-kayak activities will be arranged in collaboration with our Kayak partners Cannibals.
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. Our lunches are always a rainbow of colorful salads while 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!
Lower level room with two single beds & shared bathroom -- 1.190€ p/p - SOLD OUT
Sea view room with two single beds & shared bathroom -- 1.590€ p/p - 2 spaces left
SHARED ACCOMMODATION - SOLD OUT!
Lower level Junior Suite with queen size double bed & ensuite bathroom -- 1.190€ p/p
Sea view Junior Suite with queen size double bed & shared bathroom -- 1.390€ p/p
Superior Sea view Suite with king size double bed & ensuite bathroom -- 1.590€ p/p
* Suggested for couples, friends & family
Lower level Junior Suite with queen size double bed & ensuite bathroom -- 1.990€ p/p - 2 spots
Superior Sea view Suite with king size double bed & ensuite bathroom -- 2.590€ p/p - 1 spot
* The above prices include VAT 24%
Fly to Athens, Santorini or Mykonos Airports and then take a boat to Koufonisia Island.
Suggested Arrival: Fly directly to Mykonos on the 26th of August and catch the Sea Jet boat from Mykonos port at 15.20 which will arrive at Koufonisia at 17.00.
Suggested Departure: There is no boat from Koufonisia to Mykonos on the 31st August, but there is a boat on the 1st of September that departs from Koufonisia at 14:40 and reaches Mykonos at 16:10. For accommodation options in Koufonisia feel free to ask us.
Alternative Arrival options on the 26th of August
From Naxos port to Koufonisia | departure 16:10 - arrival: 16:50 | boat Sea Jet2
From Santorini port to Koufonisia | departure: 12.45 - arrival: 17.00 | boat: Sea Jet 2
From Piraeus port (Athens) to Koufonisia | departure: 07.15 - arrival: 12.10 | boat: High Speed 4
Alternative Departure options on the 31st of August
From Koufonisia to Naxos port | departure: 12:30 - arrival: 13:20 | boat: High Speed 4
From Koufonisia to Santorini port | departure: 17.00 - arrival: 18.45 | boat: Sea Jet 2
From Koufonisia to Piraeus port (Athens) | departure: 12.30 - arrival: 17.30 | boat: High Speed 4
From Koufonisia to Piraeus port (Athens) | departure: 17.00 - arrival: 00.00 | boat: Sea Jet 2
* We advise our guests to allow one day prior and after the retreat for their travelling.
You can reserve your boat ticket on http://travel.viva.gr/en/ferries
The retreat will start on 26th of August with an intro class at 18:30 followed by a welcome dinner at 20:00. If you arrive earlier you can drop off your stuff and settle in your room after 14.00. We'll be at Koufonisia port on arrival so we'll guide you accordingly.
The retreat will finish on the 31st of August at 12:00 after brunch. There will be a group drop off from the villa to the port.
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.