Summer Retreat in Kefalonia Greece

 
2 - 9 July 2022
From £945
 
Join Jeff for a well deserved week of inspirational yoga, sun, sea and rejuvenation at the wonderful Vericoco Retreat in Kefalonia, which is a space designed for creativity and relaxation. We had so much fun this year, we are returning for a second time. This holiday offers you the chance to reconnect with nature alongside like minded people and an opportunity to stop, step back and recharge. Set within olive groves and with magnificent views of the majestic Mount Aenos and the Ionian sea, you can truly take time to get back to who you are whilst simply savouring the surroundings and enjoying what the holiday has to offer.
 
This retreat offers lots of options for getting out and about if you wish to local activities and sightseeing.  Expect a fun and socialble time, with  some group meals out to enjoy local restaurants and a fantastic group boat trip.
 
 
 
"I finally got around to doing one of Jeff's yoga retreat's 10 years after my teacher training. It was worth the wait!  Jeff’s teaching and classes were  so inspiring and I met some wonderful people.  I have returned home full of energy and ready for anything! "  Serena, 2020 

The Venue 

Kefalonia is a lush green island in the Ionian, famous for it’s turquoise seas and clean sandy beaches. One of the largest Greek islands, it also boasts the impressive Mount Aenos with thick fir forests as well as underground caves and ample countryside.
 
Vericoco Retreat is perfectly situated just a short 300 m stroll  down hill to the choice of the two nearest beaches, both with trademark Kefalonian crystal-clear shallow waters. The rocky headland provides plenty to explore with a snorkel and mask, as well as some rocks to leap from for the more adventurous types. Spartia beach offers the advantage of the 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 accesible by foot.
 
You will practice yoga on a large shaded wooden deck and between yoga sessions you can relax by the pool or beach, enjoy a massage or find a quiet spot around the estate including the organic vegetable gardens, the fruit tree grove with a traditional well - to read a book or snooze.  For those looking for more adventure there are a number of activites around the island that can be arranged.

The Yoga

 
The long morning practice will be a dynamic, creative, playful and explorative ‘deep slow flow’ asana practice and will include meditation and pranayama.  By emphasizing the breath, mindfulness & skillful action and building up through a range of appropriate options – students, from the less experienced to the more advanced, will discover how to work peacefully at the level appropriate to them.
 
The afternoon session will be a mellower, soothing and nurturing practice, delving into areas such as yin yoga, restoratives, pranayama, chakras, yoga nidra and meditation.  This will totally bliss you out!
We will finish in time to relax and maybe even indulge in a pre-dinner swim.

Things To Do

Between yoga sessions there will be plenty of time for fun and relaxation.  The venue offers lots of lovely shady relaxation spots, a lovely pool or you can treat yourself to a massage. With comfortable lough areas and a quiet hamock space, there's plenty of choice for those wanting to chill with a book or have a snooze.  We have a seleciton of books and board games in the main villa living room for guests to share.
 
 There are 2 beaches within a 5 minute walk , and various activities such as  walking, cycling, wine tasting, horse riding, greek cookery lessons and tours of the local sites can be arranged..
 
We will have 1 afternoon off yoga during the week to allow for an optional  group boat trip or longer excursion.

Food

You will be served freshly home-cooked food using mostly organic and local produce, more often than not 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.

Morning tea, Light fruit and nuts 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 nights out to the local restaurants for three nights.

 Special dietary requirements such as gluten-free, vegan can be accomodated but please let us know in advance.

Each year the venue produces their own wine using local Kefalonian grape varieties offering wines that  unusual and rare to taste. Their olive oil is pressed locally using our own organic olives that make a very high standard extra virgin oil.

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  ensuite rooms available in luxury villas and rooms with a shared bathroom  in smaller, simpler apartments.  Scroll down for more details and prices
 

What My Students Say

A week away being taught Yoga asana, meditation, pranayama, chanting and Yoga Nidra by the most amazing and authentic Yoga teacher, next to the sea in the Greek sunshine. Eating delicious food, sharing stories, ice creams, and so much laughter. What is there not to love? Thank you, Jeff, for a fabulous week of yoga in Greece, I loved every minute. As a Yoga teacher myself, it was such a treat to be taught by someone who teaches with such love and passion it radiates outwardly. Five hours on my mat each day being lead through such a wonderful practice was perfect, I loved being the student. Thank you 

 Carly

I have done a lot of retreats (over 20!) and your yoga retreat in Greece was honestly right up there... firstly for your top teaching, but also for the lovely place and the great Greek food.  

A particular word on the yoga though: it was challenging but you always gave alternatives so no one found it impossible, plenty to learn even for the more expert. What I really liked was the imagery and the metaphor, quite original to you, which accompanied every pose, made us smile and helped each of us to ‘find our edge’!  
I have rediscovered my shoulders and a sense of deep calm pervades... I’m safely back from Greece, feeling a million dollars! Loved it all. 

Nick

I just returned from Greece after my 4th yoga retreat with Jeff. As usual it was just the right mix of yoga, meditation and mindful stillness - all practiced with a great group of like minded yogis. Jeff has a very natural ability and his easy playful style of teaching encourages the best out of his students. I love it and returned home feeling amazing. Cant wait for my 5th retreat which will be in Goa! 

Julie

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If you have a UK bank account you can book through the website below.  If not please contact us and we will be happy to help you with your booking
retreats@phenixyoga.com
T.07954 578 439 

 If you are coming on your own and would like to share, we may be able to pair you up with another guest of the same sex who would also like to share, but this is not guaranted. Book the room as a single to secure your space and we can adjust your booking later if possilbe.  

To confirm your space a deposit of £500 is payable on booking. The balance is due 2 May 2022.  If this retreat cannot go ahead due to changing Covid 19 regulations your money would be fully transferable or refundable

Ensuite Rooms  in Luxury Villa
Double bedrooms, each with its own bathroom and seaviews, mosquito nets and a/c.  Spectacular sea and mountain views.
twin/double  - £1245 per person
single occupancy - £1595 per person

Studio Apartment
One Bedroom with double and single bed, own bathroom, kitchenette, private entrance and veranda.  Mosquito net and a/c set in  lush gardens looking onto sea and Mount Aenos.
twin/double - £995 per person
single occupancy - £1395 per person

Rooms in 2/3 Bedroom Apartments with shared bathroom
One double room and one twin room in each apartment sharing a bathroom. Apartment has kitchen area, a/c and veranda dining area
twin/double £945 per person (each room)
single occupancy - £1295 per person (each room)

Double Ensuite room in 3 bedroom apartment
double - £995 per person
single occupancy - £1395 per person

Price includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily Brunch and 4 nights dinner 
  • Filtered water, teas, coffee, biscuts and snacks    
  • Beach towels and umbrellas
    Yoga mats, blocks, belts, bolsters and blankets
  • Internet high speed 
  • All taxes

Not included:

  • Flights
  • transfers
  • massages
  • excursions
  • meals out

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