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7 Day The Art Of Surrender Luxury Yoga Retreat with Sjana Elise in Koufonisia, Aegean Sea

Ano Koufonisi, 84300,Koufonisi Villas, Greece

Yoga Retreat in Greece

“The Art Of Surrender" Retreat with Sjana will be a 7-day journey of the self, through the self and to the self. Unfolding, and unearthing your shadows. Acknowledging and accepting your truths, growing through your limitations and expanding in your innate and divine personal power. A week of transformational shifts, and connecting deeper to your inner self. There will be daily yoga classes, a couple of workshops, time for leisure and relaxation, boat trips and island hopping across some of Greece's' most beautiful blue waters, and space to unfold completely. All your meals and activities will be arranged for you, so this is your opportunity to release control, and surrender.

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  • Morning energizing yoga classes
  • Afternoon restorative & relaxing classes
  • 1 inversions workshop, 1 Yoga Nidra, 2 Satya Circles
  • 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, beach hike & cliff jumping
  • A vegetarian menu created by Greece’s top vegan chef
  • Fresh produce of local fruits and vegetables
  • 6 nights beachfront accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles

7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Greek
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  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Yoga shala
  • Free Wi-Fi

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.


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.

Morning yoga classes will be Energising and fun, (Yang / celebrations of life!). Evening classes will be restorative and relaxing (Yin / self connection and nurturing). Sjana will also teach an inversion workshop, a yoga nidra session as well as 2 Satya circles.

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

Included excursions

  • 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)
  • Beach hike & cliff jumping with a stopover at our fave beach bar


Sjana Elise

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

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 milk, 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.

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

What's included

  • 7 island days / 6 nights - accommodation on our beachfront yoga resort
  • 2 daily practices: Morning Energising class, Afternoon Restorative & Relaxing class
  • 1 inversions workshop & 1 Yoga Nidra
  • 2 Satya Circles
  • A vegetarian menu created by Greece’s top vegan chef, Esco, including morning snack, brunch, takeaway lunch & dinner | vegan & gluten-free options available
  • Fresh produce of local fruits and vegetables
  • Visit the picturesque town of Koufonisia & dinner in our favorite fish tavern by the sea (extra cost for dinner)
  • Island Hopping Day: Join our boat ride and enjoy a day filled with deserted islands, secret beaches & watermelons on board!
  • Beach hike & cliff jumping with a stopover at our fave beach bar
  • Group pickup from Koufonisia port & drop off on departure
  • Yoga equipment (Manduka mats, straps, blocks, etc)

What's not included

  • Thai-style massages (Optional | Extra Cost)
  • Plane and boat tickets

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Koufonisia (code KOU) can be reached via boat from Santorini (code JTR), Mykonos (code JMK) or Athens. The organizer 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. Fykiada crew will be waiting for you at the port of Koufonisia to pick you up on the retreat start date and drive you to the villa.

The organizer advises you to allow one day prior and after the retreat for their traveling.

The organizer suggests you check at viva.gr before booking your boat tickets. Please note that the final boat timetables will be announced later on in the season.

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

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: Sunday September 6, 2020
Departure: Saturday September 12, 2020

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