AUTUMN YOGA RETREAT
with Veronika & Mickey
MAY 11-15 & SEPTEMBER 14 -18, 2022
Enjoy an extended summer with a revitalising yoga retreat in Santorini! In the morning we will practice together an active hatha flow yoga. In the evening you will be guided through a calming restorative yoga, dru yoga, meditation and pranayama. After the morning practice we serve a delicious fresh vegetarian brunch in our garden with variety of fresh seasonal fruits, vegetables, freshly pressed juices, smoothies and more.
You will have plenty of opportunities to taste local cuisine but also learn about the history and mythology. Typical local dishes are mainly vegan or vegetarian, all healthy and plant based!
You will go on a private tour where you immerse yourself into a 5000 years old history of Lost Atlantis in Akrotiri. Afterwards our guide will take you for a walk to a typical local village where you will participate at a fantastic music journey into Greek mythology at magical La Ponta. During the tour you will take stunning photos and taste world-famous local wines.
At this retreat we will also do together the famous Oia to Fira hike and practice meditation and yoga on the cliffside during this hike.
You complete your relaxation with a massage.
Santorini at the end of the spring and in early autumn is fantastic! The days are usually pleasantly warm, evenings and mornings bit cool. We will practice on our outdoors yoga rooftop overlooking the sea. The views are spectacular!
The history of Caveland is 300 years old. This complex was originally used as a winery. The grapes were collected from local vineyards that are surrounding it. Afterwards they were mashed in a well that is located at today’s reception. Finally the wine was stored in the caves that are now converted into cave rooms.
This place was later known as a tennis club and it was in the late seventies one of the first hotels in Santorini. It was refurbished and re-opened in 2011 as a boutique hostel. It offers a mixture of private and dorm-style accommodation. The property is a 15 000 sqm large with a big pool, numerous gardens and hidden corners. It is in a picturesque village of Karterados just next to Santorini’s capital Fira town. Karterados village lies on the main bus route connecting Fira with the south of the island. Therefor the location is ideal for those who want to explore the island and still be away from the crowds. Here is Caveland website.
Wednesday September 8th:
6- 7.30 pm evening yoga
8 pm welcome dinner at a local restaurant
Thursday September 9th:
8 – 9.30 am morning yoga followed by brunch
Free day to relax
Free evening that you can use to watch a sunset from some of the famous locations
Optional activity: 6 – 8.00 pm Healthy back workshop: safe backbends and core work in Yoga
Friday September 10th:
8-9.30 am morning yoga followed by brunch
10.30 am – 3.00 pm private tour to Akrotiri, wine tasting at a local winery with stunning views and light lunch, visit to one local village and performance at La Ponta
6- 7.30 pm evening yoga
Saturday September 11th:
8.00-9.30 am morning yoga followed by brunch
Hike from Oia to Fira
Evening meditation and a class at a location along the caldera cliffs.
Sunday September 12th:
8.00-9.30 am morning yoga followed by brunch
This yoga retreat is suitable for eager yoga students of all levels. The number of participants is limited to 8.
Morning classes have an active character and you will practice hatha flow with Veronika. Evening classes are slower paced and you will practice restorative yoga, dru yoga, meditation and pranayama with Mickey. The first evening class will be led by both teachers.
PRICE & ACCOMMODATION
Below are the prices based on your selected accommodation. The price includes
- four nights of accommodation,
- 7 yoga classes,
- 4 vegetarian brunches
- one massage,
- participation at a private tour including wine tasting, music performance and a light lunch
- pottery experience
- a welcome dinner.
Extras: airport /port transfer, entrance to excavations in Akrotiri during the private tour (12 Euros), the rest of the meals.
– Private cave with a private bathroom: 890 Euros (3 caves available)
This cave has a double bed inside and therefor it is suitable for a single traveller or for a couple. It has its own private bathroom and also a small kitchen. We have three such caves, each of them with its own unique design.
If you are 2 people willing to share this cave, please email me for the prices. The second person does not have to participate at the yoga.
– One bed in a private two bed twin cave with a private bathroom: 710 Euros/ 1 person
This cave has 2 single beds inside and it is suitable for 2 friends. Alternatively, we can try to match you with another participant. It has its own private bathroom and also a small kitchen corner.
– One person in a two bedroom apartment with a private bathroom : 850 Euros (with minimum occupancy 2 people).
This apartment was originally used as a winery office. It includes 2 bedrooms (double /single and a twin room), bathroom and a kitchen. There is also a small outdoor terrace with a side sea view.
During our yoga retreat in Santorini we serve a morning vegetarian brunch with a variety of fruit and home-made pastry. Moreover after the first evening class we will have a Greek sampling dinner at a local tavern. We will taste a variety of typical local dishes, certainly all vegan/vegetarian (depending on the group and their dietary requests). At the private tour on your second day you will also participate at a private wine tasting when the wine is paired with local vegetarian snacks, dips and starters, all perfect as a light late lunch! You will enjoy a fantastic lunch also during the culinary experience at Petra Kouzina.
There is also a fully equipped kitchen with a stove and an oven in the communal kitchen in Caveland. Likewise most of the private caves have also a kitchen corner. Above all local grocery stores are within a walking distance from Caveland and they offer a wide range of local seasonal fruits and vegetables, too.
ABOUT THE TEACHERS:
I am Veronika and I have been living in Santorini for almost 10 years now. I am a yoga teacher and besides that I also manage beautiful Caveland where I help other teachers to hold their yoga retreats, too. So far I taught 20 retreats in Caveland. During my yoga classes we usually practice a slower paced hatha flow with accent to mindful alignment, breath and body awareness. Here is more information about my yoga journey:
- I attended my first yoga class over 11 years ago during my vacation in Boracay Island in Philippines.
- I started my regular practice at Yoga 109 (studio of Lorraine Aronson) in Shanghai (China) where I lived.
- Early in 2012, I attended a yoga teacher training at The Mindful Academy of Kathy Ward in Spain and became a certified yoga teacher (RYT 200) and therapeutic yoga teacher.
- My kids who are now 6 and 8 inspired me to pursue a diploma in perinatal (pre and post natal yoga), baby yoga and toddler yoga with Birthright.
- In 2016 I attended a yin yoga training with Josh Summers.
- My interests and additional courses I attended are: Iyengar inspired hatha teacher course with Oona Giesen in Paros (2015), specialised therapeutic course for scoliosis and SI joint disfunction online through Yogamaze.
- I am currently pursuing a 500-hour teacher certification with Jason Crandell.
My name is Mickey, and I have been living in Santorini for 27 years. As well as teaching yoga I am also a massage therapist. My journey into yoga began back in 1996, when I experienced my first (and only) ever asthma attack. I had read that yoga was beneficial for this so began my own private exploration of the practice.
- Once I was hooked, I joined the British School of Yoga and became a Hatha teacher in 2000.
- A chance meeting introduced me to Dru and I trained over the course of 4 years in Snowdon, Wales to become a Dru Therapist and Teacher, qualifying in 2002.
- During the winter I teach classes and courses on the island for locals. And in the summer I hold regular classes on the beach, whilst also providing private sessions for visitors.
- Recently I developed my web presence with Santorini Wellness (santoriniwellness.com)
- Last winter I also added Dru Dance to my bow. This is a fusion of yoga and dance moves choreographed to music.
- This winter my mission is to develop my knowledge of inversions, following an online course from Jason Crandell.
- I met Veronica back in 2014, and we started hosting Full Moon classes together raising funds for the local animal shelter. In recent years I have held an introduction to Dru during her retreats. This will be our first full collaboration.