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8 Days Greek island Yoga Retreat -The Blue Bliss Happiness Retreat in Koufonisi

The Blue Bliss Happiness Retreat

I am inviting you to a paradise Greek island for an eco-luxury yoga vacation. Join our warm-hearted transformative journey and let happiness in! I will playfully share with you the secrets of my own pathway, empowering you to discover your inner beauty. We will practice yoga, impulse dance, floating body, meditation, and rituals, enjoy nourishing fresh organic vegan food and majestic nature! If this call excites your spirit, join our Blue Bliss Retreat, a lifetime experience of abundant love and happiness.

Retreat highlights

  • 2 classes of Floating Body
  • 3 classes of imPulse Dance
  • 5 classes yoga and biomatic anatomy
  • Boat excursion and sunrise beach meditations
  • Transportation from and to Ano Koufonisi Port to Koufonisi Villas
  • Hikes and experiences in nature with Apostolia
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 3 vegan meals daily

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


8 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 16
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Accommodation

You will deeply rest in our exclusive villas, just a breath walk from the beach

Located in the tranquil spot of the gorgeous Pori beach, the exclusive sanctuary invites you to experience the most profound and enjoyable retreat of your life. Two newly build, neighboring villas, typical of the islands unique architecture, will welcome you with state-of-the-art services.

The bedrooms are comfortable and cozy, with colorful accessories while the living room is airy and bright with wooden floors and large windows that let the sunlight in and offer a fabulous view of the sea. The shaded dining area is perfect for our meal gatherings after a relaxing day at the beach. Open spaces let the landscape flow into the interior, which features a joyful blend of traditional and contemporary elements.

Great attention has been given to the outdoor areas. The open sky bathtub is ideal to wash away the salt and sand after a day at the beach or you can soak in at the outdoor Jacuzzi. The stone made yoga shala, with light curtains, rests on a peaceful garden spot, amongst the olive trees with a traditional Thai massage room just next to it. The sunrise at Koufonisi Villas is just breathtaking. Keros island view in the moonlight is a unique experience for all the guests.

The Happiness Retreat Greece Program

You will be as playful as children, as unique as stars, as free as birds, as floating as leaves, as humble as flowers, as creative as human beings. And yes, the more you discover the miracle of our own self, the more you realize that you are at home. Your self is your primary home. As Plato said, recognizing beauty starts from within.

They will share with you the secrets of my own pathway. You will practice yoga, focusing on breath, you will boost your creativity with Impulse Dance and become one with the water in Floating Body while Esco Essence the master chef, will nourish you with fresh homemade vegan food.

If this call excites your spirit, you are very welcome to join this warm-hearted transformative journey. I believe that every human can create abundant love and happiness and spread it to humanity.

The Blue Bliss Happiness Itinerary

Saturday, July 7

  • Arrival
  • Sharing circle and welcome dinner at 19:00

Sunday, July 8

  • Morning: Yoga and sunset Impulse Dance

Monday, July 9

  • Morning: Yoga and afternoon Floating Body

Tuesday, July 10

  • Boat excursion to Kato Koufonisi, easy hike to a remote beach and surprise experiences on this amazing uninhabited island.

Wednesday, July 11

  • Morning: Yoga and sunset Impulse Dance

Thursday, July 12

  • Morning: Yoga and afternoon Floating Body
  • Sunset hike to close by beaches

Friday, July 13

  • Sunrise meditation and yoga on the sea caves
  • Closing circle and Impulse Dance party

Saturday, July 14

  • Morning: Swim and farewell Breakfast
  • Departure after 12:00

Timetable (Sample day)

  • 07:30 Tea
  • 08:00 Yoga and biomatic anatomy
  • 10:30 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Free time for the beach /massage /excursions /experiences (You can take lunch with you at the beach or eat at the villas)
  • 18:30 Impulse Dance
  • 20:30 Dinner

Participation in classes and activities is optional throughout the retreat. All levels welcome!

All meals are vegetarian, special dietary restrictions can be accommodated. (e.g. gluten free)

Included excursions

Boat Excursion to Kato Koufonisi, easy hike to remote beach for swimming. Meditation in a picturesque little church. Amazing lunch in a traditional taverna.

Instructors

Apostolia Papadamaki
Apostolia Papadamaki is an internationally acclaimed choreographer, performer and teacher. She studied Contemporary Dance, Contact Improvisation, Yoga and Alexander Technique in New York. A lover of arts and spirituality, she also studied Shamanic practices, Music, Voice, Diving and Rei-Ki collaborating with inspiring artists, musicians, and teachers in many lands. Endowed with profound spiritual insight and being thankful to life, Apostolia founded The Happiness Retreat to share her knowledge, experience and joy with other beautiful souls.

Retreat location

Ano Koufonisi island, Greece. A Blue Paradise.

You will wake up every morning to the sound of the sea, the healing softness of the sun, breathing the Aegean air, grounding your self on an island where time stands still.

Ano Koufonisi is an enchanting remote island with the finest emerald sapphire turquoise waters of the Aegean. The perfect place to reset your clock, Koufonisi can be circled by foot in half a day on the blissfully endless coastal path. This peacefulness along with the white sugar cubed Cycladic houses, ascending from artists’ palettes, will recharge you, providing the perfect scenery for relaxation, sunbathing, swimming, star gazing. The highlight of the island is the emblematic Pori beach, with satin white sand, emblematic large caves and dazzling turquoise shallow waters. From Pori Beach you can walk along sun-kissed trails and discover plenty of dreamy spots.

Koufonisi (meaning hollow island) was given the name as the huge caves convinced the pirates that the island was hollow when observed from the sea.

The smallest of the Cyclades inhabited islands (400 residents), so the natural beauty and its traditional color remains unfaded. You can walk

around the island in 1h, passing Pori, Finikas, Italida, Spilia and Ammos beaches. You’d think cars are non-existent as most people walk or cycle the island. A peaceful place for complete relaxation.

The highlight of the island is Pori beach, with golden sand, turquoise clear shallow waters and emblematic large caves that can be found next to it.

Places of interest

  • The central and the back port
  • The piscatorial shelter
  • The carnagio
  • The windmills
  • The churches of Agios Georgios, Agios Nikolaos and Profitis Ilias
  • The fishermen in their small boats, a timeless picture of the island
  • The architectural settlement of Chora, a characteristic example of
  • Cycladic architecture

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

You will indulge your palate with mouthwatering dishes prepared with love.

Delicious meals are prepared on a daily basis, inviting you in a culinary feast! Esco Essence, our master chef, carefully selects local organic products, for their healing qualities and prepares three fresh vegan meals per day made with love. Breakfast and dinner are served in a buffet style while lunch can be carried out at the beach.

Esco will captivate your senses and will share with you recipes to take back home with you. Fresh lemon and ginger water, healthy herbal teas and fresh fruit are available, all day, every day. We will eat well and leave the retreat feeling light and clean but at the same time satiated and inspired to continue a healthy lifestyle after the retreat.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Lactose Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 8 days / 7 nights of stay in a paradise-on-earth place
  • 3 delicious fresh vegan meals per day
  • 5 classes yoga and biomatic anatomy
  • 3 classes of imPulse dance
  • 2 classes of Floating Body
  • Boat excursion - Free day
  • Sunrise beach meditations
  • Welcome early dinner - Farewell breakfast
  • Outdoor Jacuzzi
  • Transportation from and to Ano Koufonisi Port to Koufonisi Villas
  • Hikes and experiences in nature with Apostolia
  • Mindfulness living all day long
  • Playful games (surprise for those that wish!)

What's not included

  • Travel to and from Koufonisi island
  • Private class with Apostolia
  • Thai massage
  • Cooking class with Esco
  • Bicycle rental

How to get there

How to get to Ano Koufonisi island, Greece

From the Athens International Airport, you can take a metro or taxi to Piraeus port. The high speed boat departs daily at 07:00 a.m., trip takes 4.5 hours. We can assist you with purchasing the tickets and also finding accommodation in Athens the night before.

From the Athens International Airport, another option is to take a flight to Mykonos or Santorini islands. From there you can take a fast boat to Koufonisi. Trip takes about 1.5 hours and boats leave 13.00 and afterwards. We can assist you in finding the itineraries.

There are direct International flights to Mykonos, Santorini and Naxos islands. From Mykonos and Santorini you take the fast ferry ( 1.5 hours), from Naxos you take the local ferry (2 hours)

From Mykonos & Santorini islands. Then you can take a fast boat to Koufonisi (1.5h boat trip). Fast boats are leaving usually after 13.00

Transportation from Ano Koufonisi Port to our Villas will be provided.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Saturday July 7, 2018
Departure: Saturday July 14, 2018

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