the joy of flow
SJANELISE | 2-7 SEP | KOUFONISIA
Sjana Elise invades the Greek islands with one and sole purpose: to make us FLY. Both in mind and spirit. We’ve seen her travelling across the world, taking all different kind of shapes and colors, always faithful to her mat and the joy of life. During these 6 days, Sjana Elise will be sharing her passion for yoga along with simple tips on living a healthy life while staying motivated and true to our goals. There is no better place for all these to happen than the magical island of Koufonisia. A place where the meaning of Greek summer is condensed in 3 km of golden sand, mythical caves and the most glittery waters in the Aegean. Six days of island adventure full of yoga, nutritious Greek food and endless fun in the sun is the perfect recipe to start living life to the fullest.
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 crazy-shaped rocks. 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.
Sjana Elise will host two yoga classes daily, each flow is uniquely designed to be like a hug to the mind and soul. The first classes will be focused on feeling good within the body and gradually making it stronger and lighter. She will start by breaking down simple poses while building a consistent practice which by the end of the retreat you will be able to do anywhere and at anytime, according to your needs and level of practice. Mornings will be dedicated to flowy and dynamic Vinyasa sessions, mixed with steady elements of Hatha yoga, while afternoons will be more gentle, with stretching and restorative yoga, and a dedicated workshop to handstands essentials.
* All practices are open to all levels from beginners to more advanced yogis.
THE RETREAT INCLUDES
Group pickup from Koufonisia port upon arrival & drop off on departure
Visit to the picturesque town of Koufonisia & dinner in our favourite fish tavern by the sea
Sea-kayaking around the uninhabited Kato Koufonisi. Our signature ‘Adventure Day’ filled with deserted islands, secret beaches & watermelons!
Thai-style massages (extra cost | optional)
Yoga equipment (Manduka mats, straps, blocks, etc)
6 island days / 5 nights - accommodation on our beachfront yoga resort
2 daily yoga & meditation sessions (90 minutes each) by Sjana Elise
2 vegetarian meals (brunch & dinner) - Catered by Greece’s top vegan chef Esco Essence
Fresh produce of local 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.
Lower level room with two single beds & shared bathroom -- 1.590€ p/p
Sea view room with two single beds & shared bathroom -- 1.890€ p/p
Sea view Junior Suite with king size bed & ensuite bathroom -- 1.890€ p/p
* Suggested for couples, friends & family
Lower level room with queen size bed & open ensuite bathroom -- 2.490€ p/p
Sea view room with queen size bed & shared 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 10 minutes away on foot while the lil town is a beautiful 30 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.
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 Mykonos or to Santorini 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 2nd September
From Santorini port (code JTR) to Koufonisia (code KOU) | departure: 12.05 - arrival: 16.00 | boat name: Sea Jet 2
From Mykonos port (code JMK) to Koufonisia (code KOU) | departure: 14:35 - arrival: 16.00 | boat name: Sea Jet 2
From Piraeus port in Athens (code PIR) to Kouf (code KOU) | departure: 07.15 - arrival: 12.05 | boat name: Blue Star Ferries
Departure options on the 7th September
From Koufonisia to Santorini port | departure: 14.10 - arrival: 18.05 | boat name: Sea Jet 2
From Koufonisia to Mykonos port | departure: 14.00 - arrival: 15.40 | boat name: Sea Jet 2
From Koufonisia to Piraeus port in Athens | departure: 12.15 - arrival: 17.00 | boat name: Blue Star Ferries
* 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.
The retreat will start on 2nd September 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 7th September at 10:00 after breakfast. There will be a group drop off from the villa to the port.