Greece Retreat

GREECE RETREAT – 1 room available

Yoga & Pranayama in Kefalonia

June 24th – July 1st, 2022

Feel welcome to join Ravi for a week of Yoga and relaxation on the beautiful island of Kefalonia. This retreat offers you an opportunity to reconnect with yourself though Yoga and Pranayama. We’ll be staying at the wonderful Vericoco Retreat, a place by the sea to breathe, relax, recharge and feel in harmony with nature. Set within olive groves and with magnificent views of the majestic Mount Ainos and the Ionian Sea, you can truly take time to get back to who you are, whilst simply savouring the surroundings.

This week will be a true immersion into authentic Yoga while balancing it with plenty of free time to enjoy local beaches and sightseeing. It will be a transformative and as well as a sociable time, with a traditional Puja welcome ceremony, some group meals out at local restaurants, an Indian themed evening, and a group boat trip.

Whether you want to deepen your knowledge of traditional Yoga or just need a week to slow down, unplug and rejuvenate, please feel welcome to join.


Location

Kefalonia is a lush green island in the Ionian, famous for its turquoise seas and clean sandy beaches. One of the largest Greek islands, it also boasts the impressive Mount Ainos as well as underground caves and ample countryside.

Vericoco Retreat is perfectly situated just a short 300m stroll downhill to the choice of the two nearest beaches, both with crystal-clear shallow waters. Spartia beach offers some local facilities for those who want to grab a drink or snack, and Thermanti offers the advantage of being secluded from the crowds as it is only accessible by foot.

We will practice Yoga on a large shaded wooden Shala and between sessions you can relax by the pool or beach, enjoy a massage, or find a quiet spot around the estate including the vegetable gardens, the fruit tree grove with a traditional well – to read a book or snooze.  


Yoga with Ravi

Immerse yourself in the practice of authentic Yoga.

Mornings will start with a gentle Pranayama practice, followed by a more dynamic Yoga class, focused on connecting breath with movement, working on flexibility, balance and strength.

Ravi will share his years of experience of teaching Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga and Iyengar Yoga to create a holistic practice, bringing harmony to body and mind, leaving you feeling energised and with more clarity.

Afternoons will be free time with a late afternoon Yoga session. These classes will be slightly shorter and generally slower paced. On some days this session may be a meditation or a time for going deeper into our pranayama practice. Topics such as Mantras, Mudras, Bandhas and Yoga philosophy will be explored. We will finish in time to have a moment to relax and refresh before dinner

The large Yoga Shala is set within an olive grove, providing it with privacy and the feeling of being in a secret garden. With views onto the sea and encircled by trees, your practice truly is immersed in nature.


Accommodation 

There are a variety of accommodation options spread over the estate, that share the simple, yet chic, trademark interior design and Vericoco colours that create a sense of harmony with the natural surroundings and landscape.  

Choose between en-suite rooms available in luxury villas or rooms with a shared bathroom in smaller, simpler apartments located in the lush retreat gardens.  

Scroll down to see the various options. The pricing reflects the different room types.


VILLA VERICOCO, Rooms with private bathroom and sea views:



VILLA ATHINA, Rooms with en-suite bathrooms and sea views (+ an additional pool):


GARDEN STUDIO (own bathroom)

GARDEN BUNGALOW / APARTMENTS – 2 bedrooms (with a shared bathroom):


Area & Things To Do

Between yoga sessions there will be plenty of time for relaxation and fun activities. The venue offers lots of quiet relaxation spots, a lovely pool or you can treat yourself to a massage. With comfortable lounge areas and a hammock space, there’s plenty of choice for those wanting to chill or read a book.  

There are 2 beaches within a 5-minute stroll, and various activities such as walking, cycling, horse riding, Greek cookery lessons and tours of the local sites can be arranged.

We’ll be organizing a group boat trip (optional to join) and an Indian themed night where you can enjoy Ravi’s delicious home cooked Indian food! There may even be some Bollywood dancing…


Food

You will be served freshly home-cooked food using mostly organic and local produce, often from Vericoco’s own vegetable garden. Dishes with a leaning towards Greek and Mediterranean style, incorporating modern twists on traditional recipes to create fresh and exciting flavours. One of the dinners will be Indian food, cooked by Ravi himself!

All of the meals will be vegetarian with plenty of vegan options.

Tea and fruits will be available before yoga and there will be a hearty brunch afterwards. We will eat dinner at the venue for four nights and enjoy meals out to the local restaurants for three nights.

Tea, coffee and fruits are available in the afternoons during time off. There are two shops in Spartia village and as all rooms have access to kitchen facilities, you can prepare your own snacks as you like.

Dietary requirements such as pure vegan and gluten-free can be accommodated.



Retreat testimonials

(from previous Goa retreats)

“Ravi is the nicest, kindest teacher and our classes left me feeling so much more supple and stretched and at peace with myself. I have never met a teacher who explained so well, and who was so encouraging. The food was plentiful and delicious, all locally sourced and freshly prepared (often by Ravi himself) and I was astonished by the sheer variety and abundance of dishes at each meal. Communication with Ravi was always simple, both in booking the holiday and arranging transport to and from the airport…. It was just lovely, thank you Ravi.”

Linda

“Ravi is an inspiring, motivating and very detailed and articulate yoga teacher. After 5 days of yoga classes my body felt more stretched and flexible than ever and learning his techniques has encouraged me to incorporate practice every day since returning home to London. For this I am very grateful as I can feel the benefits already. The food is also very tasty and healthy and they were incredibly accommodating to our vegan and GF requirements”

Katie

“I am so thankful to Talita and Ravi! I was super exhausted when I got there and my stay there really saved me! Ravi is such a great yoga teacher, I could work on alignments and respiration which was super helpful to lower my stress down and finally get to be the most relaxed person on Earth! The food (veggie) was varied, colorful, delicious and made with love. If you are looking for some place to feel in harmony with nature, this is THE one!”

Elodie


This retreat is now sold out. If you’d like to be placed on a waiting list in case of any changes / cancellations, please email: namaste@ravi.yoga

Rooms & pricing:

Ensuite Rooms in Luxury Villa (Villa Vericoco or Athina) Sold Out
Double bedrooms, each with its own bathroom and sea views and a/c.  
Shared occupancy (twin/double) – £1045 per person
Single occupancy – £1395 per person

Studio Apartment – Sold Out
One Bedroom with double and single bed, own bathroom, a/c, kitchenette, private entrance and veranda. Set in lush gardens looking onto sea and Mount Ainos.
Shared occupancy (twin/double) – £945 per person
Single occupancy – £1195 per person

Room in a sunny Garden Bungalow / Apartment – with a shared bathroom 1 room available due to cancellation
Each apartment has 2 bedrooms: 1 double room and 1 twin room – sharing a bathroom between the 2 rooms. The apartment has a kitchen area, a/c and veranda dining area. Set in lush gardens looking onto the sea and Mount Ainos.
Shared occupancy (twin/double) – £875 per person (each room)
Single occupancy – £1095 per person (each room)

Price includes:

  • All Yoga, Pranayama & meditation sessions
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily Brunch and 4 nights dinner 
  • Filtered water, teas, coffee, fruit and snacks    
  • Use of Beach towels and umbrellas
  • Use of Yoga mats, blocks, belts, bolsters and blankets
  • Internet high speed 
  • All taxes

Not included:

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Massages
  • Optional boat trip / excursions
  • Meals out

If you are coming on your own and would like to share a room, we will do our best to pair you up with another guest of the same sex who would also like to share, but this is not guaranteed. We may request you to book the room as a single to secure your space and we can adjust your booking later if possible.

To confirm your space, a deposit of £400 is payable on booking. The final balance is due 9th May 2022. Payments can be made as a transfer to a UK bank account, or we can send a link for online card payments. Invoices and payment receipts are available. Payment plans can be discussed, please contact us if you require this option.

If this retreat cannot go ahead due to changing Covid 19 regulations your money would be fully transferable or refundable.

Arrival day is Friday June 24th – check in from 3pm.

Departure is Friday July 1st – check out by 10am.   

We can welcome arrivals on Saturday the 25th if you are unable to travel on the 24th. (same week rate applies)

There is an option to extend your stay with 1 night to check out on July 2nd at an extra cost (room only).

A typical day:

7:30am             Pranayama

8:15am             Tea & fruits

9:15am             Dynamic morning Yoga

11:00am           Delicious Brunch

5:30pm             Afternoon Yoga or Meditation

7:30pm             Dinner at the Retreat or at local restaurants

Fruits, snacks and tea will be served each afternoon.

On the arrival & departure day there will be only one yoga class.

There will be one afternoon with no yoga to allow for an optional group boat trip.

Travel / Flights:

There is an airport on Kefalonia (Argostoli / EFL).

Regular direct flights are available from UK airports: London Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Bristol.

Transavia has a direct flight from Paris Orly and Amsterdam.

There are several direct flights from Rome and Milan.

There are several flights with 1 stopover from most major cities in Germany.

There are many connecting flights via Athens from all over Europe. The flight from Athens to Kefalonia is 1 hour.

Taxi / airport transfers: The venue is only 15 mins from the airport via taxi which can be arranged in advance.

Ferry / Coach: You can also travel via ferry from the mainland.  There are four ferries a day. The ferry takes 1hour 20 mins and the total journey including a coach from Athens airport takes about 6 hours

Cancellation Policy:

The deposit is refundable up to 60 days before the retreat. If you decide to cancel your booking within 60 days of the retreat date, any payments made will only be refundable or transferable if the space can be filled. If the retreat needs to be cancelled due to changing covid regulations either in Greece or the UK your money will be fully refundable or transferable.

Travel Insurance:

We recommend you purchase travel insurance which includes cancellation insurance. Unfortunately, we can’t predict unexpected events in our lives: family emergencies, work conflicts, etc.  By purchasing a comprehensive plan, you will ensure being covered in full should you need to cancel after the said cancellation period. 

T&C’s: When we receive your booking requests you will be sent our full Terms & Conditions to accept.

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