Yoga retreat in Kythnos Island, Greece 1st – 7th September
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Yoga retreat in Kythnos Island
Join us for a transformative yoga retreat in Kynthos Island on the ancient and unspoiled seashores of Greece. Kythnos Island is a place where time passes a bit slower and you can barely distinguish between what is design and what is nature.
It 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 Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow Yoga in the mornings. Take pleasure in yin yoga, restorative yoga or workshop-style classes in the afternoon while watching the magical sunset. Feel energised, nourished and centred.
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.
The K4 Kythnos Retreat Centre is located by the beach. A sustainable complex of four independent villas, each one boasts 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 large, 160cm wide bed on the bottom and one bed of same size on the top). Each villa can host a maximum of five people.
The retreat welcomes all levels of practitioners. Whether we see ourselves as beginners or advanced in our practice, we all have something to learn. We provide support and challenge to suit each individual’s needs.
Modifications and variations will be given throughout all classes and there always will be two teachers in the morning classes, one leading the class and the other offering adjustments. This way, irrespective of experience, all students are supported in their practice.
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 breathes and moves together.
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 classes every morning.
Local fresh produce including royal figs, wild thyme honey, juicy oranges and lemons will energise 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 home made energy bars, walnut bars, carrot cake and tea will be offered to you before the afternoon class. Dinner is a variety of fresh vegetarian options prepared with love by our in-house chef. A well-deserved dessert is a must.
There will be a daily 90-minute Ashtanga or Vinyasa Flow yoga class each morning, themed and thoughtfully planned out, and one 75-minute restorative and one yin yoga session in the afternoons.
There will also be two workshops exploring the more technical and often misunderstood aspects of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga such as art of floating, transitions, jump back, jump through, arm balances, headstand, lotus prerequisites and preparation.
One afternoon can be free for your self-practice. Teachers will still be available for you to ask any questions, maybe work with them on things you have seen in the classes and wish to explore.
- Kythnos port transportation to and from the villas because we want you to be relaxed once you set your feet on the island
- daily yoga classes
- professional and experienced yoga instructors
- six nights’ accommodation in a beautiful and luxurious Cycladic-style villa
- daily delicious brunch, afternoon snacks and dinners, including dessert, bottled water
- yoga mats and props
- Kythnos port transportation to and from the villas if you don’t arrive with the group
- alcohol, beverages
- travel insurance
- day trips
- car rental
Joanna Vladescu and Martin Sittek.
Martin started practicing yoga regularly in 2008 once he realised that it brought peace, relaxation and balance to his otherwise sedentary and stressful lifestyle.
Starting first with traditional Hatha yoga classes, he later transitioned to more dynamic styles of Vinyasa yoga. Inevitably, he developed a curiosity about other aspects of yoga. He quit his job and traveled to India in pursuit of an overall practice of yoga. He never looked back.
After completing 200 hour Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training with Sampoorna Yoga India, he attended 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at Mahadevi Ashram in Guatemala. He learned the art of adjustment and alignment from Kamal Singh during 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Tattvaa Yoga Shala Rishikesh.
In 2018, he completed a 40 hour Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training Course with David Swenson in Italy. David is one of only a handful of Westerners to have learned the full Ashtanga system as originally taught by K. Pattabhi Jois.
Martin attended workshops with David Robson at Purple Valley in Goa, India. He continues his studies with Regina Elhers, certified by K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India.
Martin understands the challenges of deepening a yoga practice through years of dedicated personal experience. He uses this knowledge to help his students learn. Martin has a great sense of humour. He facilitates, encourages and inspires his students with his devotion and knowledge.
Martin has a Master’s Degree in Thermal Engineering and a diploma in International Business and Management.
Joanna started practicing yoga in a studio in Athens in 2005. Unwilling to miss a class, she knew that she had found a beautiful practice, both physically and mentally.
Since 2009 she has completed workshops and advanced studies with first generation teachers of Ashtanga Vinyasa lineage including: Manju Jois, David Swenson, Eddie Stern, Laruga Glaser, Kristina Karitinou, Rolf Naujokat, David Garrigues.
Joanna completed her teacher training in Ashtanga Yoga in San Francisco and another one in Advanced Vinyasa Yoga in Goa, India. She also did a 50 hour Teacher Tune-up course with Noah Maze. She is dedicated to her Ashtanga practice, always looking for a teacher. When she’s in India, she continues her studies with Regina Ehlers.
Joanna practices and teaches primarily Ashtanga, Vinyasa Yoga and handstands. She likes to inspire people to adopt Ashtanga as a therapeutic method of self-transformation and self-discovery.
In her class, she emphasises the bandhas and breath, that allow us to make our practice more than just physical exercise. She gives modifications for all body types as she believes yoga is for everyone and everyone has his/her own limitations. The yoga pose is not about how it looks, but how it feels.
She is funny, caring, inspiring and gives full attention to her students. She will take your practice to the next level with precise verbal and hands-on adjustments. Joanna has taught in more than 15 teacher trainings. Joanna is a Thai Massage Therapist and has a degree in Economics.
How to get here
We suggest that you arrive at Athens one day before the retreat, because the ferries to Kythnos Island only leave early in the morning. Use the opportunity to visit the Acropolis and the old town of Plaka.
Take the metro (green line) to Pireaus Port. The walking distance from the train station to the ferry’s departure gate is about 8 minutes. From Kythnos Port, you will be picked up with shared taxis and taken to the retreat centre.
From Athens (ATH) airport, there is a regular bus (X95) that can connect you with the city centre. The bus is available 24 hours, 7 days a week and it runs every 30-45 minutes.
Prices are in Euros
Single occupancy room with double bed w/ private balcony and sea view €1250
Shared occupancy room with double bed w/ private balcony and sea view €1100
Shared room (two twin beds) €1150
Shared room (bunk beds) €980
Early bird discount: €100 off when you book your spot by 31st of May 2019.
A non refundable deposit of €300 euro is necessary to reserve your spot. The remaining amount is to be paid in cash on the first day of the retreat.
To make an enquiry and book this yoga retreat in Kynthos Island, send your request to the team who will get back to you within 24 hours or email us directly on email@example.com.