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Energizing Yoga Retreat Greece

Welcome to The Nourishment, your summer prescription for a healthier, highly energized and nourished self. This retreat is designed to stimulate your senses and nurture your body & soul through movement & light. Anna Karides & Eleni Bhava are lifelong teachers and friends of the Fykiada family, whose love & care take teaching to a whole new level. On this retreat, ‘the yoga’ unfolds like water, incessantly, and its presence can be felt on every aspect of our journey. From morning dynamic flows and inspirational Vinyasas to afternoon master classes and deep relaxation, the schedule offers a variety of practices to enhance the body’s flexibility and aliveness.

The flow of pleasure and exhilaration finds its ideal expression through the turquoise surroundings of Koufonisia, our daily adventures by the sea and a yogashala which is washed in light and thyme smells. If you’ve been longing for real connection and expansion, with a good dose of fun & Greek spirit then this is your chance! The retreat will be limited to a small group of people to ensure a safer and more boutique experience.

Meet the instructors

Anna , Eleni , & George
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Highlights

  • Daily morning yoga
  • Afternoon master classes
  • Mantra chanting and kirtan
  • Visit to the picturesque town of Koufonisia
  • Cacao Ceremony, sound healing & guided meditation
  • Island Hopping Day: A boat day filled with deserted islands &secret beaches
  • Beach hike & cliff jumping with stop over at a beach bar
  • Vegetarian brunch, take-away lunch, and dinner
  • Group transport from and to Koufonisia port
  • 5 nights beachfront accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Greek
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Yoga shala
  • Free Wi-Fi

Fykiada's Koufonisia 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 yoga shala and a Thai-massage room, both made with natural materials.

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.

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.

Wi-Fi access: please note that the 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, Fykiada suggests bringing you own mobile internet.

COVID-19 | Cleaning & Safety : All villas have acquired the “Health First” certification badge and abide by the official health protocols. Our villas are fully equipped with sanitisers and all high risk areas are daily cleaned and disinfected. Room cleaning is scheduled once during the retreat to avoid frequent interaction of housekeeping staff with guests’ personal items.

Program

This program includes:

  • Morning vinyasa classes: Explore different aspects of the practice and areas of the body combining breath and movement to cultivate co-ordination, strength and flexibility. (Eleni / Anna)
  • Mandala Vinyasa masterclass: Introducing a different way to flow. In this class we will invoke the different elements from nature within our bodies and explore how they correspond to the different chakras. (morning class) (Eleni)
  • Backbends and acro therapeutics masterclass: In this class we will use the intelligence of acro therapeutics to facilitate a further, more integrated state of our backbend practice. (afternoon class) (Anna)
  • Inversions masterclass: A playful and strong class to experiment with going upside down. Fear not! This class will facilitate all levels of practice, from newbies to advanced. (afternoon class) (Eleni + Anna)
  • Candlelit Yin yoga: A soothing practice to nourish our nervous system and work through the different energetic channels of the body combined with pranayam (breath practice) and meditation. (evening class) (Eleni)
  • Ayurveda discussion and abyanga (self massage): We will explore our dosha & how we can use nutrition and other daily rituals to bring ourselves to balance. We will finish with an abyanga ritual to nourish our skin & lymphatic system.
  • Playshop Workshop: Explore the body and it's unlimited potential in the most playful way with the support of each other.
  • Cacao ceremony: Taste the magic potion of healing from the lands of Perou under a mystic guided meditation & sound healing (evening class) (George).

Classes will be open to all levels (variations & modifications will be given). Classes & timetable are subject to change.

A typical day

  • 08.00 Herbal Tea | Coffee | Seasonal Fruits
  • 08.30 Morning Practice
  • 10.00 Brunch
  • 11.00 Activities | Beach | Free Time
  • 17.00 Afternoon Practice
  • 19.00 Dinner

Villa check in is at 14.00 on September 2nd, however the retreat officially starts at 17:00 with the first practice. If you arrive earlier you can drop off your stuff at the villa and spend some time at the nearby beach.

COVID-19 | Yoga & Safety: The yoga takes place in an outdoor covered yoga shala which is sunlight & easily aired. Partner work is optional and offered to those who feel comfortable participating. You can always work with your retreat partner or roommate if you feel more comfortable/safer. Each guest will be provided with a Manduka yoga mat which they will keep for the duration of the retreat and be responsible for its cleaning.

Included excursions

  • Island Hopping Day: A boat day filled with deserted islands, secret beaches & watermelons on board! (subject to weather conditions)
  • Visit to the picturesque town of Koufonisia & dinner in our favourite fish tavern by the sea (extra cost for dinner)
  • Beach hike & cliff jumping with stop over at our fave beach bar

Instructors

Anna Karides

Eleni Chatzipavli

George Von Bibra

Retreat location

Barefoot and sunkissed

The meaning of summer condensed in 3km of golden sand and turquoise waters. Life in Koufonisia is spent beach hopping or hanging out at the little town by the port where everyone meets. By day two you’re a local!

Fykiada retreats promise a good dose of fun & adventure, and an island-hopping trip that you’ll never forget! A full day of sea adventure where we embark on a private boat to discover nearby islands, secret beaches, and mythical caves that only a few people know how to reach.

The small town is where the heart of the island beats. It is famous for its fish tavernas and its lively cafes where you can spend the whole day!

The yoga shala always filled with laughs, breaths, and the sweet scents of lavender and thyme. Some early mornings you can even meditate to the sound of the waves.

Food

Our Koufonisia nutrition is a carefully curated blend of island tastes and vegetarian diet catered by our food experts. The team uses the freshest daily produce from Koufonisia and the nearby islands to bring each meal to life. Our aim is to offer not only a yogic food experience to our guests but also a real taste of Greek culture and community that transcends every gathering and food sharing.

COVID-19 | Food & Safety: All meals are buffet-based and will be served by the kitchen personnel who will be following all the personal protection guidelines (mask and gloves). A person of our team will be facilitating the serving process to ensure that it’s happening in an orderly manner avoiding a crowded buffet queue.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
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)

Craniosacral Therapy with George Von Bibra

George will be available for one to one sessions of Craniosacral Therapy and other holistic treatments such as: Deep Tissue and lymphatic massage, Traditional Thai Yoga massage, Hawaiian lumi lumi, foot reflexology, Chinese Fire cupping, dry needling, Gua sha and tuning forks attunement.

What's included

  • 6 island days / 5 nights - accommodation on our beachfront yoga resort
  • Daily Morning Yoga & Afternoon Masterclasses
  • Mantra chanting and kirtan: Explore our voice and allow the healing vibrations of sound to invigorate the whole body. (occasionally, in few classes only)
  • Cacao Ceremony accompanied by sound healing & guided meditation led by our healer
  • Greek-inspired Vegetarian menu by our in-house chef including: brunch, take-away lunch & dinner | Vegan & gluten free options available
  • Group pickup from Koufonisia port upon arrival & drop off on departure
  • Yoga equipment (Manduka mats, straps, blocks, blankets etc)
  • Island Hopping Day: A boat day filled with deserted islands, secret beaches & watermelons on board! (subject to weather conditions)
  • Visit to the picturesque town of Koufonisia & dinner in our favourite fish tavern by the sea (extra cost for dinner)
  • Beach hike & cliff jumping with stop over at our fave beach bar

What's not included

  • Craniosacral Therapy & a variety of holistic therapies & massages (Optional | Extra Cost)
  • Dinner at the fish tavern by the sea
  • Flight & Boat tickets

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Koufonisia 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. If you live in Athens, we suggest that you fly to Mykonos to take the faster ferry.

Fykiada advises their guests to allow one day prior and after the retreat for their traveling and books flexible or refundable plane tickets. You may use viva.gr to check the ferries' schedule and book your boat tickets online.

Flights and boat tickets are not included in the retreat prices mentioned.

For the most updated information on travel regulations, please send an inquiry to Fykiada Retreats.

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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Arrival: Thursday September 2, 2021
Departure: Tuesday September 7, 2021

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