ashtanga yoga retreat

Serifos, Greece
September 18 - 24 2022

Are you looking to deepen your practice and learn more about Ashtanga? Join us for our Ashtanga yoga retreat in Serifos, an authentic island off the beaten track.

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Whether you're travelling alone or with company, you will feel at home here; in our retreats we create a warm, friendly atmosphere so everyone feels welcome from the very beginning. The group will be small to ensure that everyone gets the attention and guidance necessary to reach their greatest potential. No matter your level or experience in the practice, this retreat will be a great opportunity to dive deeper into all aspects of the Ashtanga method.

Serifos, only reachable by ferry, is the secret gem of the Cycladic islands. It is known for its dry, rocky landscapes, secluded beaches, turquoise waters and one of the most magical sunsets in Greece.

Away from the crowds of tourists present in other islands, Serifos is ideal if you’re looking for peace, authenticity, connection with nature and your inner self.

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"I attended Tania’s 2020 Serifos retreat. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to deepen their practice. It was a great mix of classes (Led and Mysore) and workshops/discussions. In between, we got a chance to discover the amazing beaches and gastronomy the island has to offer."

Caroline, Berlin

"The retreat exceeded all my expectations. Perfect for beginners but also advanced yogis. It’s the first time that i practice yoga nearly everyday since we came back and i think the week with Tania helped a lot to learn the basics about asana but also philosophy."

Felix, Berlin

"Amazing retreat in Tania’s home country. Tania’s teachings are of high quality and she knows how to transmit her passion from the heart. I can’t help but recommend studying with Tania and joining her retreats."

Nathalie, Paris

"The yoga retreat with Tania was simply a dream. The landscape was breathtaking and the hotel full of charm. Her enthusiasm and positivity motivated me to go deeper and learn more. I learnt so much in so little time that i warmheartedly recommend her."

Stephanie, Zürich

"During a one week retreat in Serifos we had a combination of Yoga practices, philosophy lectures, workshops and also free time to enjoy the beautiful beaches and delicious food. Serifos is a hidden gem, the hotel was beautiful and calm with an amazing view from the Shala. A truly unique experience. After this week I feel totally inspired to practice more and more!"

Paula, Berlin

"The retreat with Tania really helped me build a regular practice after several years on and off the mat. I got a lot of attention and adjustments during Mysore class and appreciated the philosophy talks in the afternoon. I totally recommend Tania’s retreats for anyone willing to go deeper into a traditional Ashtanga practice."

Maria, Milan

"Tania´s approach to yoga feels so honest and passionate which makes the practice with her as inspiring! I joined her retreat ´21 in Serifos and there was beauty and warmth in any detail from the classes to the meals and beside the breathtaking nature we especially enjoyed the good company."

Almut, Berlin

"I started to practice with Tania in Berlin and when I heard about her retreat in Mykonos I immediately felt that I wanted to go. There I learned a lot about ashtanga and my own practice, and also met lovely, inspiring people. Practicing in Greece was amazing. I still practice with Tania and she has helped me deepen my practice in so many ways. You wont regret going on her retreats, probably it will give you a warm feeling too."

Maja, Stockholm

"Spontaneously joining the Serifos retreat was the best decision! Tania’s teaching, the hotel, the island, the group vibe, the food, it all was outstanding and everything was well organised. Tania is truly passionate about yoga and about Greece…and brings this across very well, she really cares. This retreat offers a combination of a whole lot of good stuff. A bliss!"

Dennis, Amsterdam

"I enjoyed the yoga retreat on Serifos with Tania so much! I knew her and her style of teaching already from Berlin and because I love going to her classes I chose to join this retreat. She teaches traditional Ashtanga yoga, pushes her students to go further (but never too much) and gives very useful adjustments and tips. The hotel was beautiful, food was delicious and the island and its beaches were amazing. Altogether I can highly recommend going on a retreat with Tania!"

Luka, Berlin

"I absolutely loved the retreat with Tania in Serifos. She lives and loves Yoga and manages to pass her passion on to her students. Everything was perfectly organised and I could easily Focus on having the most relaxed week. Can not recommend a retreat with her enough."

Lara, Berlin

schedule

the practice

We will be practicing twice a day, in the morning and afternoon. The morning practice will be mostly Mysore class. The retreat will open and close with a Led class.

In Mysore class students practice individually, each at their own pace and working together with the teacher on their particular needs, taking more time to approach certain poses and thus going deeper into the practice.

In Led class we will work through the Primary series, following the traditional Sanskrit counting. We will close every Led class with pranayama and a short seated meditation.

The afternoon classes will be workshops that will allow you to go deeper into the foundations of Ashtanga yoga and build a sustainable practice. In between practices there will be chanting and philosophy lectures followed by group discussions.

Typical Schedule

8.30 - 10.00: Ashtanga Led or Mysore class
10.00 - 11.00: Breakfast
11.00 - 17.00: Free time
17.30 - 19.00: Afternoon practice (workshops, chanting and philosophy lectures)
20.00 - 22.00: Dinner

In between classes you will have plenty of free time to explore the beautiful beaches of Serifos, go hiking or enjoy a coffee and walk by the port. A half day trip to Chora, the main town of Serifos and Mega Livadi, the location with the most spectacular sunset of the island, is included.

Our first day will start in the afternoon with a Led class, followed by an opening circle to get to know each other. On our last day, we will practice only in the morning. Expected end time: 10:00 am.

your teacher

tania kemou

Tania has been practicing Ashtanga yoga daily since about 10 years. She travels every year to Mysore, India, to study with her teacher Sharath Jois, the grandson of the founder of Ashtanga yoga, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. In February 2022 her teacher granted her authorization Level 1 and his blessing to teach.

In her teachings Tania focuses on the quality of the breath, allowing students to unlock the potential of their body and gradually get to calm the mind. She uses hands on adjustments to help students find correct posture and go deeply and safely into the poses.

Tania approaches yoga not as a merely physical practice but a holistic life changing experience. By teaching pranayama, chanting and yoga philosophy she seeks to offer students a greater understanding of Ashtanga as a whole. Her wish is to help students get closer to their true self and make them feel empowered, confident and happy through a consistent and mindful practice.

Tania teaches in Berlin and Greece.

Instagram: @tania_kemou_yoga

location

hotel rizes

Our retreat will be hosted at Hotel Rizes, a boutique hotel in the traditional architectural style of the Cycladic islands. The simplicity of the design in harmony with the landscape and the warmth of the staff will make your stay unforgettable.

The hotel is located near the beach of Agios Sostis, about 5 min drive from the port town Livadi. Four of the most beautiful beaches of Serifos - Psili Amos, Agios Ioannis, Agios Sostis and Lia - lay within a walking distance of 5-10 minutes from the hotel.

Rizes Hotel features a 110m2 swimming pool, a large terrace offering a magnificient view of the harbor and Chora (the main town on top of the hill), as well as a pool bar and a restaurant.

What makes Rizes Hotel the ideal place for our yoga retreat is its outdoor Shala, built on a rock and overlooking the surrounding landscape. In close connection with the nature and at the same time protected from the wind, you will enjoy the morning light and the stunning sunset while practicing.

The hotel consists of independent apartments of about 45 sqm. All apartments have a fully equipped kitchen, private bathroom, air conditioning and private terrace with a beautiful view of the port and Chora.

Free parking and wifi internet throughout the hotel are also available.

nourishment

the taste of greece

In our retreats we always seek to combine the yoga practice with wholesome, healthy and delicious food, with a variety of options to fit all tastes and regimes. Vegetarian and vegan dishes will be offered and gluten-free, raw and non dairy options can be included to accommodate all participants.

The hotel’s chef has created a bespoke menu based on traditional recipes with a modern and creative touch, offering the finest taste of Greece. All dishes are made with organic Greek products, so that you can enjoy the Mediterranean cuisine to the fullest.

Facts & Prices

the details

Early bird offer: save 300€ for bookings before 31st of July 2022

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room types

double
one room shared by 2 guests
1550 EUR per person
early bird offer: 1250€
single
a room to yourself
1850 EUR per person
early bird offer: 1550€
TRIPLE ROOM available if booked together by a group of 3.

what's included

morning practices and afternoon workshops
philosophy lectures
yoga mats
6 nights accommodation at luxury Hotel Rizes
daily breakfast buffet
four dinners at the hotel restaurant and two dinners out
ferry tickets from Piraieus to Serifos and return
hotel transfers from/to the port in Serifos
bottled water
wi-fi throughout the hotel
free parking
a stroll through the alleys of Chora
a half-day trip to Mega Livadi, the village with the most spectacular sunset of the island
Maximum number of participants: 12
Yoga Style: Ashtanga
Levels: beginners, intermediate, advanced
Language of instruction: English  
Spoken languages: English, French, Italian, Greek

Taking the ferry from Athens to Serifos

The ferry from the port of Piraieus to Serifos leaves in the morning of September 18th around 8 am. We should meet at the ferry at least 30 mins before departure to pick up the tickets and board. The ferry ride takes about 2 hours.

The return ferry leaves around 1 pm on September 24th from Serifos. We should arrive back in Piraieus around 3 pm.

You should allow one day prior & after the retreat for traveling and book two extra nights in Athens. We can help with making a group booking at a hotel close to the port of Piraieus, but you are of course free to organize your own stay.

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“I look forward to welcoming you in Greece and sharing my love for Ashtanga with you!”
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