Do not miss a one week of full relaxation in Sifnos, one of Greece's Cyclade islands, with seductive Aegean views, calming horizons, and fragrant gardens. After this retreat, you will realize that letting go and getting in the calming rhythm of this graceful island will be easy, pleasant, and refreshing. The Greek Island of Sifnos awaits you!
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Sprawling on the side of a steep hill with nothing between you and the endless Aegean blue, Verina Astra leaves you speechless and transcendent. The impressive panoramic view will take your breath away, especially at night when the stars are lit and you feel like every corner was designed to invite you to infinite star gazing. It is no wonder that this stunning complex has taken its name from the Greek word for stars - Astra - and each suite is named after a constellation.
You will spend a lot of time around the infinity pool that creates a new dimension for the notion infinite blue. When you enjoy a swim in the infinity pool, you become part of this endless blue and you have the feeling that you can stretch out your arms to be at one with the horizon. This is a new definition of magic.
Francesca and Carolina have prepared a harmonious and fully balanced of relaxing and refreshing yoga program that will gradually guide the journey. The yoga program is adapted to all levels of practitioners. Suitable for the very best beginners, as well as the advanced who wish to continue deepening in this rich millenary science.
Early morning will be all about meditation, energy balancing and breathing techniques. You will then practice a full Yang sequence: Ashtanga Yoga, with all the focus on alignment, energy flow, and asana adaptation. In the afternoon you will delve into Yin and Restorative practices, as well as auto-massages classes that will balance out all the energies.
You will have the lucky chance to attend to one of Stamatis's cooking classes. Be inspired by the easiness, freshness and deliciousness of this local cuisine.
Francesca Lo Cascio
Over the years, Francesca progressively refined her studies in Vinyasa yoga in India at Richikesh's Tattvaa Centre and in Paris with Mika de Brito and Gerard Arnauld, focusing her practice in a very strong Yang approach. During her travel to Bali, she followed a training on chakra balancing techniques with Jana Johnson. Moved to the US, she deepened her practice and teaching on Yin with Paulie Zing. Happy to follow yoga path, she currently focuses her attention and studies around psychology, bioenergy, and meditation.
Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Ashtanga Yoga)
Carolina, also known as "the global yogini" is a multi-faceted artist and globe trotter. She completed her Yoga Alliance 500-hour Ashtanga yoga teacher training in Paris with Gérald Disse and Linda Munro at Ashtanga Yoga Paris and has been leading retreats for numerous years. Her teachers of pranayama, Ayurveda, and yoga philosophy are Sri OP Tiwari, Suddhir Tiwari of Kaivalyadhama Institute, and Smta Hansayi Jayadeva from The Yoga Institute in Mumbai.
This retreat will take place in Sifnos, South Aegean, Greece. Sifnos is a fertile island located in the western Cyclades inhabited since at least 4000 B.C. Remains of ancient fortifications and mines, some dating back to prehistoric times, are still to be seen on the island. It is said that today, Sifnos is an attractive destination for people who wish to discover the real Cyclades. The island has been chosen for its authentic style, offering high quality facilities and services embedded in pure nature and the calming of the Aegean Sea.
The Verina Astra neighbors, Artemonas, with the white Cycladic style houses decorating the mountainsides. Sifnos has more than 300 churches and monasteries crowning every peak, old stone walls, terraces following the contours of the mountains, ancient stone paths and stairs winding between them, olive trees and orchards, all bathed in the most amazing, calming sunlight.
The clearest, bluest water of the sea, always nearby, the softness of the beaches and the incredible vistas to the other islands floating in the distance will create the perfect ambiance for a pure relaxation. The warmth, joy and hospitality of the local people, with their seemingly timeless rhythms and habits, will make you feel not only welcome and at home, but also invited to enliven this lifestyle for your own.
This retreat includes daily pescatarian and vegetarian brunch, afternoon energizing snack, and dinner. The chef, Stamatis, is a chef with a long experience in Greek cuisine. He has worked in Sifnos for many years and has an excellent knowledge of local products and cuisine. Stamatis and his team make sure that, while you are with Yala Collective, you will enjoy a variety of delicious Sifnian, Greek, and Mediterranean dishes, with delicious vegetarian and pescatarian options that will surprise you every day.
Sifnos Trails is the name of the hiking trails network of the island of Sifnos in the Aegean Sea, Greece. The total length of the network exceeds 100 kilometers and is divided into 19 beautiful trails. The project is being managed by the Municipality of Sifnos.
Sifnos Trails is a project of the municipality of Sifnos that started in 2015. In collaboration with Paths of Greece, the municipality of Sifnos decided to improve the hiking trails network of the island. The old waymarks have been removed and new ones have been placed, thus harmonizing the waymarking of the network. Sifnos now has more than 100 kilometers of professionally designed and waymarked trails, one of the largest trail networks of the Aegean.
Private massages and chakra balancing treatment are available.
The group will meet at Athens port, Piraeus, to catch the speedy boat to Sifnos Island.
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