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Greek Island Yoga Retreat

Did you ever dream of practicing yoga in one of the most beautiful islands of the Mediterranean sea? Join Tania Kemou for this Ashtanga yoga retreat in Serifos and immerse into the deepest blue! The retreat creates a warm, friendly atmosphere so everyone feels welcome from the very beginning. The retreat is open to all levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners. Serifos, only reachable by ferry, is the secret “jewel” of the Cycladic islands. It is known for its dry, rocky landscapes, secluded beaches, turquoise waters and one of the most magical sunsets in Greece. Away from the crowds of tourists present in other islands, Serifos is ideal if you’re looking for peace, authenticity, connection with nature and your inner self.

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Highlights

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • Opening and closing ceremony
  • Half-day excursion to Chora and Mega Livadi
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, and access to the pool
  • Ferry tickets from Piraeus to Serifos and return
  • Hotel transfers from/to the port in Serifos
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Greek, Italian
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
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Accommodation

Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

Rizes Hotel features a 110-square-meter swimming pool, a large terrace offering a magnificent view of the harbor and Chora (the main town on top of the hill), as well as a pool bar and a restaurant. What makes Rizes Hotel the ideal place for this yoga retreat is its outdoor shala, built on a rock and overlooking the surrounding landscape. In close connection with nature and at the same time protected from the wind, you will enjoy the morning light and the stunning sunset while practicing.

The hotel consists of independent apartments of about 45 square meters. All apartments have a fully equipped kitchen, private bathroom, air conditioning and private terrace with a beautiful view of the port and Chora. Free parking and Wi-Fi internet throughout the hotel are also available.

Program

You will be practicing yoga twice a day, in the morning and afternoon. The morning practice will alternate between the Ashtanga led and Mysore class.

In the led class, you will work through the Primary series, revisiting the fundamentals of the Ashtanga method. Breathing, use of Bandhas, Drishti and Vinyasa will be explained and incorporated into the practice of sun salutations, standing sequence, and seated postures as well as the finishing sequence. The traditional counting of the method will be followed. You will close every led class with pranayama and a short seated meditation.

In Mysore class, students practice individually, each at their own pace and working together with the teacher on their particular needs, taking more time to approach certain poses and thus going deeper into the practice.

The afternoon classes will be workshops that will allow you to go deeper into the foundations of Ashtanga yoga and build a sustainable practice. Chanting and philosophy lectures will be incorporated into the workshops so that you can deepen your knowledge of Ashtanga yoga as a whole.

Schedule

  • 08:00 - 10:00 Ashtanga led or Mysore class
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 - 17:30 Free time
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Yoga class (workshops, chanting and philosophy lectures)
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Dinner

The first day will start in the afternoon with an opening circle to get to know each other. On the last evening, you will have a special closing ceremony after the afternoon class. On the last day, you will practice only in the morning. Expected end time: 10:00 a.m. The ferry leaves at 12:15 p.m. in Serifos.

Included excursions

A half day trip to Chora, the main town of Serifos and Mega Livadi, the location with the most spectacular sunset of the island is included.

Instructors

Tania Kemou

Retreat location

This retreat will be hosted at Hotel Rizes, a boutique hotel in the traditional architectural style of the Cycladic islands. The hotel is located near the beach of Agios Sostis, about 5 minutes' drive from the port town Livadi. Four of the most beautiful beaches of Serifos - Psili Amos, Agios Ioannis, Agios Sostis and Lia - lay within a walking distance of 5-10 minutes from the hotel.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Tania Kemou Yoga always seeks to combine the yoga practice with wholesome, healthy and delicious food, with a variety of options to fit all tastes and regimes. Vegetarian and vegan dishes will be offered and gluten-free, raw and non-dairy options can be included to accommodate all participants.

All the dishes are local, made with organic Greek products so that you can enjoy the traditional Mediterranean cuisine to the fullest.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Raw food
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)

In between classes, you will have plenty of free time to explore the beautiful beaches of Serifos, go hiking or enjoy a coffee and walk by the port.

What's included

  • Morning and afternoon yoga classes
  • Yoga mats and props
  • Opening and closing ceremony
  • 6 nights accommodation at Hotel Rizes (double, triple or single room)
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Ferry tickets from Piraeus to Serifos and return
  • Hotel transfers from/to the port in Serifos
  • Bottled water, juice and tea in the shala
  • One half-day excursion to Chora and Mega Livadi
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
  • Access to the pool (pool towels are provided)
  • Free parking

What's not included

  • Flights to Athens
  • Transfer from/to Athens airport

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

The ferry from Athens to Serifos leaves at 7:30 in the morning of May 30, 2020 at the port of Piraeus. You need to be there approximately 45 minutes before to pick up the tickets and board the ferry. The ferry arrives in Serifos at 10:00 a.m.

The return ferry on June 5, 2020 leaves at 12:10 p.m. and arrives in Piraeus Port at 14:15 in the afternoon. Therefore depending on your flights, you should plan at least one and maybe two extra nights in Athens (depending on the time of your return flight).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% 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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Availability

Arrival: Sunday September 19, 2021
Departure: Saturday September 25, 2021

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