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Auroyoga Koufonissi Retreats 2015 : Roads to Bliss

Yoga, meditation and self growth retreat in Koufonissi, Cyclades, Greece

Koufonissi Island, Pori GR 843 00
Location Map

Type of Event

  • Retreat

When

Mar 30 to
Sep 14
2015
08:00 amto18:00 pm

Check-in / Check-out:

Monday March 30, 2015 - Monday April 6, 2015

Monday April 6, 2015 - Monday April 13, 2015

Saturday May 23, 2015 - Saturday May 30, 2015

Monday Aug. 31, 2015 - Monday September 7, 2015

Monday Sept. 7, 2015 - Monday September 14, 2015

Price

860 €

Full Description

Greece Auroyoga and Meditation Retreat
Join AuroYoga on this special retreat that explores the authentic Greek culture and Cycladic healing energy and spirituality. This unique retreat combines yoga and meditation practice with guided cultural tours, enlightening workshops, hikes in an unforgettable scenery. The goal is to strengthen not only your body but your soul as well. To find serenity, to celebrate real life with solemnity and connect with your inner self! 

 

Retreat highlights
Yoga classes
Life coach session
Meditation and pranayama
Self-growth workshop and materials
Delicious vegetarian / vegan meals
Transfer to and from the port
7 nights accommodation
7 day(s) with instructions
English
AuroYoga and Meditation Retreat Program
Auroyoga
Maria Karastergiou has invented her own yoga style, a combination of different styles with emphasis on Ashtanga. Her own approach, 'Auroyoga', is suitable for individuals who are not only interested in fitness, but in self-awareness as well. Different settings, heterogeneous languages, diverse countries, various approaches, many teachers have contributed to the creation of 'Auroyoga'. It is a synthesis of meditation, yoga asanas and pranayama. It aims to create balance not only in the body but mainly in the spirit enhancing a deeper connection with the soul. Maria's ability to be calm and radiate peaceful energy, joy, warmth throughout the class, even during the challenging poses, helps her students to feel comfortable, self-confident and joyful. As the smile is deepening, as the heart is opening and filled with love the yoga practice is transformed in an uplifting spiritual experience.

 

Pure bliss
In this retreat, transformative spiritual practices as well as nature adventures, meaningful inner and outer explorations will be introduced. Your days will include meditation, pranayama, body and heart opening Auroyoga classes, self-discovery and healing workshops, delicious vegetarian, vegan, and raw vegan meals, and peaceful time in close contact with the nature and the ocean in the magnificent Pori Beach in Koufonissi island.

 

Detailed program
Day 1
Arrive at the Koufonissi Island’s port. AuroYoga staff will stand by at the port to welcome participants, provide a cold drink, refreshing face towel and escort you to their waiting vehicle and driving directly to the villas. They suggest people who arrive earlier that day to enjoy the beach, relax, or get a massage.

In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner celebration with traditional vegetarian / vegan / raw vegan local recipes, silent meditation and Auroyoga practice. Evening informal talk is about the retreat, the Cycladic history, healing, mythology, spirituality, an overview offering some helpful tips on Greek culture, ancient philosophy, manners and customs, as well as some basic Greek phrases. Maria will explain the healing yogic journey you will undertake during the retreat and answer your questions.

Day 2

Meditation and Auroyoga practice (2 hours)
Brunch
Life coach session
Evening self-awareness workshop
Meditation
Dinner
Day 3

Meditation and yoga practice on the beach
Brunch
Evening self-awareness workshop
Meditation
Dinner
Day 4

Meditation and Auroyoga practice
Brunch
Excursion at the beautiful Kato Koufonissi for visiting the archeological sites as well for swimming and snorkeling
Evening self-awareness workshop
Meditation
Dinner
Day 5

Meditation and Auroyoga practice
Brunch
Cooking class: learn to prepare healthy delicious Cycladic vegetarian / vegan / raw vegan food.
Massage treatment (optional)
Evening self-awareness workshop
Meditation
Dinner and live concert in the beach
Day 6

Silent meditation and Auroyoga practice
Brunch
Excursion at Keros Island, visiting the ancient sites there
Swimming and snorkeling
Meditation in the ancient site
Dinner at Koufonissi at the villa
Day 7

Meditation and Auroyoga practice
Brunch
Hiking in the village to collect medicinal herbs
Evening self-awareness workshop
Meditation
Farewell dinner celebration at the beach
Day 8

Meditation and Auroyoga practice
Brunch
Relax, packing, drop off to the port
 

 

Excursions
Beautiful hikes are included in the price.

 

 

Maria Karastergiou
Maria, a meditation and yoga teacher, has been guiding people from different ethnic and social backgrounds towards mindfulness and heartfulness. She was born in Greece, studied Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy and Education in Canada (Concordia University, Bachelor) as well as in Paris (PhD, The University of Paris VIII, France). After 15 years in Paris, studying and working there, she moved in Athens, Greece to teach psychology at the university. She has been working also as a psychotherapist for the last 15 years. Maria's fun loving and energetic yoga perfectly complements the accepting atmosphere of the retreat. She has been privileged to learn from many gifted teachers and has practiced different styles of yoga.

Working as a therapist, a university lecturer and a yoga and meditation teacher with people from all over the world who attended her seminars, classes, lectures, workshops, retreats enriched her life and helped her acquire a lot of experience. Maria is regularly invited to conduct retreats around the globe. She feels privileged to accompany the unfolding of a person’s soul and assist to its evolving. According to her teaching, daily practice of meditation, yoga and pranayama help you becoming more mindful and heartful in all your day-to-day activities. Consequently, you are able to learn our earthly lessons not through suffering but through joy! By being present in your lives you can become more conscious, so you are more willing to help yourself to change, to transform, to evolve and grow. The journey Maria has taken is a long, winding and sometimes a challenging one. She believes, however, as Socrates suggested in the ancient times, that the more beautiful and more fulfilling path is the more difficult one. Regardless of the difficulty of the path she is determined to inspire people to make meditation and yoga a priority in their lives.

 

 

Location
The retreat center is located 300 meters from Pori Beach in the island of Koufonissi which is full of scenes of subtle beauty.

 

Distances
Pori Beach, 300 meters
 

 

Things to do
Explore the surroundings
Feel the bliss of breathing the Cycladic air
Go hiking in beautiful scenery
See the stunning views
Swim in the turquoise water of Pori Beach
 

 

Accommodation
The retreat will take place in some beautiful, elegant modern villas facing Pori beach. They are tastefully decorated with a wide range of facilities.

 

 

Food
Delicious vegetarian, vegan and raw vegan brunch and dinner from fresh, mostly organic ingredients are included in the price.

 

 

Spa treatments
Massage is available at an additional cost.

 

 

Optional tours
Visit to a special location can be catered for at an additional cost. Please book before arrival so that AuroYoga can secure all arrangements for you.

 

 

What’s included
1 life coach session
2-hour x daily yoga practice
7 nights accommodation
Beautiful hikes
Daily practice of meditation and pranayama
Self-growth workshop and workshop materials
Swimming at Pori Beach
Transfer to and from the port
Vegetarian, vegan raw vegan brunch and dinner
 

 

Know before you go
Transfers
Transfer to and from the port is included in the price.

 

Course information
AuroYoga can also accommodate individuals with a special desire to take a class from a master artist (painter, carver, dancer, etc.), have a private session with a traditional healer or a farewell consultation with Maria at an additional cost. Please book before arrival so that they can secure all arrangements for you.

 

Additional information
For more information ask your questions directly to AuroYoga who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Contact Organizer button to send a message.

 

 

How to get there
Arrival by airplane
Fly to either Athens, Santorini or Mykonos and get a ferry to Koufonissi. You can take a ferry from Athens / Priaeus to Naxos or Mykonos and then from Naxos or Mykonos to Koufonissi, or directly to Koufonissi. Please contact AuroYoga for assistance with the booking.

Booking conditions

Payment
Full payment is required for the reservation. For more information about the retreat and to make a reservation, please contact AuroYoga.

 

Cancellation
For cancellation up 12 weeks before the starting day of the retreat, a half amount of the retreat fee will be refunded.