Yoga retreat in Greece
18th-25th July 2020
rescheduled for Sept. 2021
YOGA RETREAT IN GREECE KYTHNOS ISLAND
18th-25th July 2020
Join us for a transformative week of yoga on the ancient and unspoiled seashores of the Greek islands. Kythnos is a place where time passes a bit slower and the island is known for its magnificent 100 km coastline of sand and pebble bays. Just a short boat ride from Athens, it is surprising how this island has evaded mass tourism. Kythnos truly is Cyclades’ hidden gem.
Practicing yoga in an open studio with a view over the Aegean Sea is one of the most beautiful experiences. Enjoy the benefits of Vinyasa Flow Yoga in the mornings. Relax with yin yoga classes in the afternoon while watching the magical sunset. Feel energized, nourished and centered.
Spend your free time exactly as you like. Delight yourself with a massage, swim in the infinity pool, sunbathe on the near-by beach or visit the thermal waters with their therapeutic properties.
Who is this retreat for?
The retreat welcomes all levels of yoga practitioners. Whether we see ourselves as beginners or advanced in our practice, we all have something to learn. We provide support and challenge simultaneously to suit each individual's needs. Modifications and variations will be given throughout all classes. This way, irrespective of experience, all students are supported in their practice. There will be two senior teachers who will guide you in this retreat.
What styles of yoga will I practice?
Vinyasa Yoga, sometimes called Flow Yoga, is a contemporary style of yoga where students move freely from one pose to another using breath. It offers variety and freedom to choose from many poses, thus being unpredictable and creative. No two classes are alike. You will enjoy Vinyasa Yoga every morning.
In the afternoons we will practice yin yoga. Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga, where most of the yoga postures (asanas) are executed on the floor, are held for longer periods of time and intend to relax the body and the mind. It is considered a passive practice (yin), perfect for the afternoons and perfect for complementing the active practice (yang) Main benefits of yin yoga: calms and stills the mind, reduces stress and anxiety, improves flexibility, circulation, and energy flow.
Local fresh produce including royal figs, wild thyme honey, juicy oranges, and lemons will energize and nourish your body and soul. We fully support the Mediterranean diet not only because we’re in Greece, but it has long been known as one of the healthiest diets. Brunch is served after the morning class and usually includes Greek yogurt, wild-thyme honey, eggs, cheese, fresh fruits, bread, home-made marmalade, juice, coffee and more. Snacks such as homemade energy bars, walnut bars, carrot cake, and tea will energize you before the afternoon class. Dinner is a variety of fresh vegetarian options prepared with love by our in-house chef.
Welcome meeting at 6:00 p.m. on 18th July followed by dinner at 8:00 p.m.
Vinyasa Flow Yoga in the mornings starting at 7:30 a.m.
Delicious yummy brunch at 10:00 a.m.
Free time to spend as you wish
Snacks at 2:30 p.m.
Sunset Yin Yoga in the afternoons from 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Dinner at 8:00 p.m.
Class, breakfast, and check-out at 11:00 a.m. on 25th July
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
Transportation from Kythnos port to the villas and back because we want you to be relaxed once you set your feet on the island
daily yoga classes
two experienced yoga instructors
seven nights' accommodation in beautiful and luxurious Cycladic-style villas
daily delicious brunch, afternoon snacks, dinners, bottled water
yoga mats and all necessary props
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
Transportation from Kythnos' port to the villas in case you don’t arrive with the rest of the group
alcohol, beverages, lunches
day trips, car rental
K4 Kythnos Retreat Center is located right by the beach. A sustainable complex of four independent villas, each one is built in a unique Cycladic style having its own terrace overlooking the infinity pool and the Aegean Sea. The whole place feels like it’s been suspended 100 feet above the crashing waves.
Each villa is 100 square meters and has an open-space living room, kitchen, three bedrooms, and two bathrooms. All the bedrooms are upstairs. One of the bedrooms has a double bed, one bedroom has two single beds and one bedroom has bunk beds (two 160 cm-wide beds, stacked on top of each other). Each villa can host five people or six people maximum. Wifi and air condition are available in all villas and rooms.
HOW TO GET FROM THE AIRPORT TO ATHENS CITY CENTER:
We suggest that you arrive in Athens one day before the retreat, and leave Athens one day after the retreat. Use the opportunity to visit the Acropolis and the old town of Plaka.
From Athens (ATH) airport, there is a regular bus (X95) and a metro that can connect you to the city center. Both are available 24 hours, 7 days a week.
HOW TO GET TO KYTHNOS ISLAND
There are two ports in Athens that connect you to Kythnos island. Lavrio port and Piraeus port. Both ports are well connected to the Athens center and the airport. From Kythnos Port, we will be picked up with cars and taken to the retreat center. (included in the price) Site for the ferry here:
We will create a Facebook group for all participants so we can connect before the departure. This way we could arrange to meet at the port and travel to the island together.
THINGS TO SEE / PLACES TO VISIT ON THE ISLAND
Kythnos remains a traditional Cycladic island that has retained its color, authentic Aegean character and calm pace of everyday life. It has over 90 beaches, the most famous being Kolona beach, where a narrow strip of sand is surrounded by the sea, creating two separate and independent beaches. We usually visit this beach on the last day of the retreat. Visit the picturesque villages of the island, get lost in the maze of its white and blue streets and walk-through alleys. Dryopida is a quiet village with tavernas (locally-owned restaurants) and a few shops. Hora is the capital of the island with white-washed houses and secluded cafeterias.
There are many thermal springs in Greece but the only ones in the Cyclades can be found in Kythnos. They are located in the village of Loutra and their source reaches 52°C. The water is rich in salts, sulfur, and iron making it ideal for treating skin issues and gynecological problems. While their use must have begun in Roman or Byzantine times, the locals showed little interest in the springs and surrounded them with beliefs about fairies and devils.
18th - 25th July 2020
Single: 1,650 euros
Twin: 1,450 euros (two single beds)
Twin: 1,350 euros (bunk beds)
All prices are in Euros.
A non-refundable deposit of 300 Euros is required to reserve your spot. The deposit is transferable to a future course, retreat, and even to another person.