Ashtanga Yoga Retreat in Greece

Starts Σεπτέμβριος 1, 2018
Ends Σεπτέμβριος 8, 2018

14:00 - 11:00

kanala, 84006 Kythnos, Kikladhes, Greece

Starts from EUR 750

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Retreat with Joanna Vladescu and Martin Sittek

Join us for a transformative week of Yoga on the ancient and unspoiled seashores of Greece. Another retreat, at last year’s location, Kforkythnos, where time passes a bit slower and you can barely distinguish between what is design and what is nature. Practicing yoga in an open space studio with view over the Aegean Sea is one of the most beautiful experiences. Don’t just take our word for it, join us and come see for yourself.

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Kythnos Island is known for its magnificent coastline of sandy and pebble spread bays. Spread over 100 km, it is a miracle how this island continues to evade mass tourism. Kythnos truly is Cyclades’ hidden gem, however, can be reached in just 90 minutes from Athens’ port by ferry.

The Kforkythnos Retreat Center is located by the beach. A sustainable complex of four independent villas, each one boasting a unique Cycladic style and a 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.

One of the bedrooms has a double bed, one bedroom has two twin beds and the third has bunk beds (one bed on the bottom and one bed on the top). Each villa can host a maximum of 5 people.

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The program

The retreat welcomes all levels of practitioners. Whether we see ourselves as beginners or advanced in our practice, we all have something to learn.

Schedule

  • Class – 7:00am
  • Breakfast – 9:30am
  • Free time – 10:30am to 5:00pm
  • Snack – 5:00pm
  • Sunset Yoga – 6:00pm

We will start our daily morning practice with a guided Ashtanga Vinyasa class. Have experience with the sequence? Then feel free to self-practice and receive hands-on adjustments from our second teacher.

What is Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga?

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a precise set sequence, a dynamic form of yoga which produces heat in the body in order to purify it. Its main focus is on the breath and movement linking. It is considered a moving meditation as the students draw themselves inwards through the use of drishti, bandhas and breath. 

It is not necessary for the participants to be familiar with the sequence – guided classes are also a great way to start Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga – where everyone breaths and moves together. Prepare to sweat though.

Modifications will be given throughout all classes and there will always be two teachers in the morning classes – one to lead the class and the other offering adjustments. This way, irrespective of experience, all students feel supported in their practice.

What is Vinyasa Yoga?

Vinyasa Yoga is a contemporary style of yoga where students move freely from one pose to another using the breath and no two classes are ever alike. It is sometimes referred to as flow yoga or power yoga. It offers variety and freedom to choose from many poses, thus being unpredictable  and creative.

Breakfast will be served straight after the morning class. (More info on breakfast below).

Free time is for you to spend exactly how you want. Perhaps you choose to relax by the infinity pool and soak up on Vitamin D,  swim in the nearby sea, take a massage or explore this beautiful island. You can rent a car yourself (30-35 euro per day) or really embrace relaxation and let the yoga center organize a car to pick you up. More relaxed still, stay put in your beautiful villa.

Sunset afternoon yoga will take place at around 6:00 pm. There will be three workshops exploring the major aspects of Ashtanga Yoga. We will delve into the foundations that lay underneath the Ashtanga Yoga system. Two afternoon classes will be dedicated to Vinyasa Yoga and there is always space for the groups’ needs. One afternoon we will practice restorative yoga and one afternoon will be free (for you to either self-practice, ask the teachers for any questions, maybe work on things you have seen in class or want to explore)

Mediterranean food for the soul

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 one of the healthiest diets known to man! 

Breakfast will be served after the morning class and it usually includes Greek yogurt, wild-thyme honey, eggs, cheese, fresh fruits, bread, home-made marmalade, juice, coffee… 

Snacks such as home made energy bars, walnut bars, carrot cake and tea to energize you before the afternoon class.

Dinner will have a variety of fresh vegetarian options, endeavoring to keep the majority locally sourced and prepared with love by our in-house chef. A well deserved-dessert is a must.

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The teachers

Joanna Vladescu

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Joanna first started practicing yoga in a studio near her house in Athens.

Unwilling and unable to miss any class, she knew that she had found her way into a beautiful practice, both on a physical and mental level.

In her early years, she did ballet and modern dance and has a degree in Economics. 

Her thirst for knowledge does not stop at Economics. Joanna continues to seek advanced training which has lead her to attend workshops hosted by first generation teachers of the Ashtanga Vinyasa lineage including: David Swenson, Eddie Stern, Chuck Miller, Kristina Karitinou, Rolf Naujokat, David Garrigues, Manju Jois, Regina Ehlers, Laruga Glaser. 

Additionally, she has completed three teacher trainings in Ashtanga and one in Vinyasa Yoga.

She is dedicated to the Ashtanga practice, practicing for most of the days of the week. She likes to inspire people to adopt this therapeutic method of self-transformation and self-discovery.

She is funny, caring, inspiring and gives her full attention to the students. 

Part of the year you will find Joanna acting as leading teacher trainings in South Goa, India and other months teaching in beautiful Greece which she adores. Joanna’s hands-on adjustments will get you into postures that you wouldn’t imagine you were able to.

Martin Sittek

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Martin started his yoga experience in 2009 once he realized that it brings him peace, relaxation and healthy balance to his otherwise sedentary and stressful corporate lifestyle of then.

Starting first with traditional Hatha yoga classes, he later transitioned to more dynamic styles of Vinyasa yoga.

He slowly discovered a need for deeper understanding of other aspects of Yoga and that led him to quit his job and traveling to India in pursuit of an overall practice of all aspects of yoga.  

He never looked back. 

After first completing his 200 TTC with Sampoorna Yoga School in Goa, that gave him a solid foundation to his self-practice, he continued his learning throughout his travels by attending another 200-hour Yoga training at Kaivalya Yoga School at Mahadevi Ashram in Guatemala.

The art of adjustment he learned in his TTC with renowned Yogi Kamal Singh of Tattvaa Yoga Shala in Rishikesh. This year he completed his 40hours Teacher Training Course with David Swenson in Naples, Italy. David is one of only handful of Westeners to have learned the full Ashtanga system including all of the asana sequences and pranayama as originally tought by K. Pattabhi Jois. He participated in workshops with David Robson at Purple Valley in Goa, India. Martin teaches yoga in the Czech Republic. Some months of the year he teaches Primary Series and Alignment and Adjustment classes in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga teacher training programs of Sampoorna Yoga School in India. He continues his studies with certified teacher Regina Elhers in India. 

Needless to say, Martin mostly learned from his daily practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga which he has been maintaining for past years. The practice is his best teacher.

Martin has a great sense of humor that he incorporates in his classes. 

He facilitates, encourages and inspires his students with his devotion and knowledge of the practice. It is up to the students to use those tools in their practice. 

How to get to the port from the airport:

From Athens (ATH) airport, there are regular buses which can connect you with either Pireaus port or Lavrio port. Lavrio port is closer to the airport and the ferry boat from Lavrio to Kythnos island takes only 90 minutes. The ferry ticket is also less expensive from Lavrio port. (16 euro one way). Ferry from Piraeus port costs 25 euro one way.

The ferry boat from Lavrio port departs on September 1st at 08.15 am   and arrives in Kythnos island at 09:55am (there is no need to buy the ticket in advance, just make sure you get to the ferry earlier and buy your ticket before getting on the ferry). Return hours: It departs from Kythnos at 4:00pm and arrives at Lavrio port at 5:40pm.

The ferry from Piraeus port departs at 07:10am and arrives in Kythnos at 10:20am (25 euro one way). Return hours: It departs from Kythnos at 3:55pm and arrives in Piraeus port at 7:05pm on 8th of September.

How to get to the port from Athens city (if you choose to arrive before the departure date)

Take the train (green line) straight to Pireaus port. The walking distance from the train station to the ferry’s departure Gate is 7-8 minutes.

Take the bus to Lavrio port from Mavromataion street in Pedio tou Areos area in Athens. The ride is two hours as Lavrio port is about 52 km away from Athens.

From Kythnos port, we will be picked up with shared taxis and taken to the retreat center.

We will create a Facebook group for all participants and connect before the departure. This way we could arrange to travel to the retreat together either from the airport or the ports.

What does it Include?

  • Port transfer to and from the villas because we want you to be relaxed once you set your foot on the island
  • 7 nights accommodation in beautiful and luxurious Cycladic-style villas
  • Daily guided Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga or self practice while receiving hands-on adjustments
  • Three workshops, two vinyasa classes and one restorative. All afternoon classes include meditation and pranayama
  • Daily delicious brunch, snacks, dinner including dessert
  • Professional and experienced yoga instructors
  • Yoga mats and props
  • Daily sweat

Not including:

  • Taxi if you don’t arrive with the group
  • Alcohol, beverages
  • Spa treatments
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance

Accommodation packages:

1. Single occupancy in a room with double bed and private balcony – 880 euro

2. Shared room (double bed – for couples or two friends traveling together) – 850 euro

3.  Shared room (two twin beds) – 810 euro

4.  Single occupancy in a room with two twin beds – 850 euro

5.  Shared occupancy in a room with bunk beds – 750 euro

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How to book:

A non refundable deposit of 400 euro is necessary to reserve your spot. The remaining amount is to be paid in cash on the first day of the retreat.

Contact:

vladescu@icloud.com

martin_sittek@yahoo.com

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