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6 Day Your True Nature Luxury Yoga Retreat with Chelsey Korus in Koufonisia, South Aegean
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Ano Koufonisi, 84300,Koufonisi Villas, Greece

Luxury Yoga Retreat in Greece

Fykiada Retreats are so excited to have Chelsey back to the Greek islands leading her second retreat with us. Her vibrant energy is so contagious that there is no way to leave her class without feeling supercharged and in an absolute natural high! Here are Chelsey’s words on this retreat:

“In modern culture, we can too often be driven by the comments and likes of others. It can be hard to find your own voice and source from within. It is a radical practice to source your OWN love, wisdom, and creativity. I feel that this is what we need most right now, to do this together, and to have a week dedicated to remembering our true nature.”

Chelsey will guide you skilfully through the landscape of the natural world and your soul and there is no better place to meet your true nature than the magical island of Koufonisia. Imagine 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 beach hopping is the perfect recipe to start living life to the fullest.

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  • Daily morning meditation
  • Morning Dynamic Yoga classes
  • Afternoon movement-based practices and workshops
  • Vegetarian brunch and dinner catered by Greece’s top vegan chef
  • Join a boat ride filled with deserted islands, secret beaches & watermelons on board!
  • 5 nights accommodation on a beachfront yoga resort
  • Fresh produce of local fruits and vegetables
  • Group pickup from Koufonisia port

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Greek
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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.

Arriving on the location the first thing you realise is the striking view of the two villas and their proximity to the most beautiful beach of the island. You instantly visualise yourself running into the hot sand and diving into the sea after a morning yoga class. There can’t be any better start for the day. Built with local stone and painted white, its exterior is a modern version of Cycladic architecture spread in different levels to secure uninterrupted sea-views for every villa.

Open spaces let the landscape flow into the interior, which features a joyful blend of traditional and contemporary elements. The palette is playful, with the dominating earth tones highlighted by vivid splashes of color. Both villas have large outdoor spaces and shaded dining areas, ideal for hosting Greek style feasts. The main villa has a large open-plan kitchen which is used by our private chef to prepare our meals and for hands-on food workshops & tastings.

The bedrooms are comfortable and cozy, with carefully selected fabrics and funky accessories, a touch of whimsy that creates a loving, homely atmosphere. The lower level of the villas is also brightly decorated and equipped with skylights to let the sunlight in.

Highlight: Walk around the whole island! The beach is just a 10min walk from the villas, while the little town can be reached in 30min. Go beach hopping and explore the south coastline of Koufonisia in 45min. Stop over to swim in natural pools and jump off the weirdest shaped rocks! This is the best place to be independent and explore as much as you want.

WIFI access: Please note that our villa is on a remote location and wifi can be unstable from time to time so moderate use is recommended. For guests who need to work during the retreat, we suggest to bring their own mobile internet.


Chelsey Korus is one of yoga’s foremost international teachers and thinkers. Her teaching and movement philosophy comes from her passion for life and the inspiration she finds from nature. She approaches life through the lens of constant learning and loves to share the wisdom she’s gathered along her journey in hopes of helping others become AWAKE; to be aware and present in their own lives.

Chelsey will lead to two yoga classes daily. You can expect a sweat-filled practice (Vinyasa Flow) that encourages deep listening, the release of stagnant energy, and a more expansive sense of self. The morning will be dedicated to yoga flows and meditation while in the afternoon there will be tailored workshops or partner work and journal prompts that will get you out into nature. The activities on this retreat are designed to help you establish practices you can take home and easily implement into your daily life. Return home feeling back to your TRUE NATURE.

All practices are open to all levels from beginners to more advanced yogis.

Sample timetable

  • 08.00 - 08.30: Herbal tea | coffee | seasonal fruits
  • 08.30 - 10.00: Morning practice
  • 10.00 - 11.00: Brunch
  • 11.00 - 17.00: Activities | beach | free time
  • 17.00 - 18.30: Afternoon practice
  • 19.00: Dinner

Check in: 14th September at 14:00

Check out: 19th September at 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.

Included excursions

  • Island Hopping Day: join a boat ride and enjoy a day filled with deserted islands, secret beaches & watermelons on board! (subject to weather conditions)
  • Visit the picturesque town of Koufonisia & dinner in our favorite fish tavern by the sea (extra cost for dinner)
  • Beach hopping & cliff jumping day


Chelsey Korus

Retreat location

Barefoot and sun-kissed

By the time the boat arrives on the tiny port of Koufonisia, you can take off your shoes and never wear them again. That's the spirit of the island - carefree and easy! Walk everywhere you want, swim from one beach to another, and be on your swimsuit all day long.

The meaning of vacationing condensed on a small Cyclades island. This is the absolute hideaway for those who want to escape the ordinary and get a taste of what real island life means! By the time you leave, you'll be a local!

Koufonisia is a pair of two secluded islands (Kato & Pano Koufonisi) that look like heaven. Imagine turquoise waters, moon-shaped caves and a small whitewashed Chora where everyone meets. This is an almost no car island as everything is within walking distance. Nothing can disturb the calmness of your precious holiday.


The essence of true food

Koufonisia nutrition is catered by the 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 milk, as well as his famous granola, smoothies, and herbal infusions. Each dinner is a big gathering around the table where you taste Esco’s specialty & his ‘innocent’ deserts.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Raw food
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Day trip

Our day trip with Sea-Kayaks to the uninhabited Kato Koufonisi island is a highlight! We stopover at remote coves, pass through secret caves and dive at the crystal clear waters of Kato Koufonisi where there's no name of blue to describe them.

Short hikes to the nearby beaches are also a must as you can walk from one bay to another. 'Italida' beach and 'Milk' - named by the white colors of the water - are the most famous ones.

A day visit to the nearby island of Amorgos where the movie Big Blue was shot is always a great idea for those who want to make the most of their travel.

What's included

  • 6 island days / 5 nights - accommodation on beachfront yoga resort
  • 2 daily practices: morning Dynamic Yoga & afternoon movement-based practices & workshops
  • Daily morning meditation
  • 2 vegetarian meals (brunch & dinner) - Catered by Greece’s top vegan chef Esco Essence
  • Fresh produce of local fruits and vegetables
  • Group pickup from Koufonisia port upon arrival & drop off on departure
  • Yoga equipment (Manduka mats, straps, blocks, blankets, etc)
  • Island Hopping Day Join our boat ride and enjoy a day filled with deserted islands, secret beaches & watermelons on board!
  • Visit the picturesque town of Koufonisia & dinner in our favorite fish tavern by the sea (extra cost for dinner)

What's not included

  • Thai-style massages (Optional | Extra Cost)
  • Dinner in a favourite fish tavern by the sea (extra cost for dinner)
  • Plane and boat tickets

How to get there

Recommended Airports


COVID-19 Updates: Greece has started gradually opening up its borders to tourists since June 15th. According to Greek Government’s decision, all international flight passengers, arriving at any airport in Greece, must complete the Passenger Locator Form, 24 hours before entering the country. Each passenger will receive a unique QR code, which might be requested during check-in or boarding. You may also visit the page of the U.S. Embassy in Greece for more information and regular updates.

Koufonisia (code KOU) can be reached via boat from Santorini (code JTR), Mykonos (code JMK), or Athens. Fykiada suggests 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. If you live in Athens, they suggest that you fly to Mykonos to take the faster ferry.

Suggested arrival options on the 14th of September | Last update 02.07.2020

  • From Santorini port (code JTR) to Koufonisia (code KOU) | departure: 12.15 - arrival: 14.40 | boat name: SEAJET 2
  • From Mykonos port (code JMK) to Koufonisia (code KOU) | departure: 11.45 - arrival: 13.10 | boat name: Super Jet
  • From Piraeus port in Athens (code PIR) to Koufonisia (code KOU) | departure: 07.00 - arrival: 14.40 | boat name: SEAJET 2

Departure options on the 19th of September | Last update 02.07.2020

  • From Koufonisia to Santorini port | departure: 13.25 - arrival: 15.20 | boat name: SEAJET 2
  • From Koufonisia to Mykonos port | departure: 14.45 - arrival: 16.05 | boat name: Super Jet
  • From Koufonisia to Piraeus port in Athens | departure: 13.25 - arrival: 21.00 | boat name: SEAJET 2

Please note that boat timetables might be affected by the new regulations due to COVID-19, so please make sure you double-check with your travel agent before booking your itinerary.

Fykiada advise their guests to allow one day prior and after the retreat for their travelling and book flexible or refundable plane tickets. Please check the ferries schedule and book your boat tickets online.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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