ashtanga yoga retreat with Tania kemou
05–11 June 2023 &
18–24 September 2023
Join us for one week of yoga in Serifos, the secret gem of the Cycladic islands. Practice surrounded by nature with authorised Ashtanga teacher Tania Kemou. The retreat is suitable for all levels and perfect for solo travellers as well as couples.
The island of Serifos, only a 2hr ferry ride from Athens, is known for its dry, rocky landscapes, turquoise waters, magical sunsets and some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. Away from the crowds of tourists, Serifos is ideal if you’re looking for peace, authenticity, connection with nature and your inner self.
No matter your level of experience in the yoga practice, this retreat will be a great opportunity to dive deeper into all aspects of Ashtanga yoga. Our group will be small so everyone gets the attention and guidance necessary to reach their greatest potential.
Thank you Tania for this magic week on this magic island! It was the second time on the island with you, and again i met new friends, deepened my practice and came back with new energy. I can just highly recommend this retreat in this beautiful place!
Beautiful retreat! Amazing surroundings, delicious food and great hotel. And last but not least: Excellent practice of Asthanga Yoga with Tania. She has a lot of experience and tips to help you deepen your practice and integrate it into your life. Totally recommendable.
Tania‘s retreat in Serifos was an exceptional experience on every level. The yoga practice was amazing, intense in the best way and I have really felt taken care of in my practice. It was a 10/10 holiday with the perfect mix of relaxed vacation, yoga, philosophy, workshops, beaches and food.
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.
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.
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.
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 only recommend studying with Tania and joining her retreats.
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 wholeheartedly recommend her.
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. A truly unique experience. After this week I feel totally inspired to practice more and more!
Tania's approach to yoga feels so honest and passionate which makes the practice with her as inspiring! I joined her retreat 2021 in Serifos and there was beauty and warmth in every detail from the classes to the meals.
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.
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… This retreat offers a combination of a whole lot of good stuff. A bliss!
I enjoyed the yoga retreat on Serifos with Tania so much! She 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!
I really enjoyed the interaction with the participants from all over the world and the afternoon workshops which were individually adapted to the group. I would like to come back again and again!
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.
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, 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.
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 authorisation 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.
Our retreat is hosted at Hotel Rizes, a boutique hotel in the traditional architectural style of the Cycladic islands. The hotel is a 5 min drive from the port town Livadi. Four of the most beautiful beaches of Serifos - Psili Amos, Agios Ioannis, Agios Sostis and Lia - are within walking distance (5-15 min) from the hotel.
The outdoor Shala, built from stone, is sitting on top of a rock. In close connection with nature, but at the same time protected from the wind, you will practice with a magnificient view of the port town and Chora (the main town on top of the hill).
The hotel consists of 15 independent apartments of about 45 sqm, all of them including a small kitchen, a living area, ensuite bathroom, air conditioning and a private terrace.
In front of the main building lies a vast terrace overlooking the surrounding landscape, offering a 25m swimming pool as well as a pool bar and a fine-dining restaurant.
Free parking and wifi internet throughout the hotel are also available.
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 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.
how to get there
Taking the ferry from Athens to Serifos
Serifos is 2 hrs from Athens by ferry.
The ferry leaves from the port of Piraieus in the morning around 8 a.m. We will meet at the ferry 30 mins before departure.
The return ferry leaves from Serifos around 3 p.m. and should arrive back in Piraieus around 5 p.m.
You should allow one day prior & after the retreat for traveling and book two extra nights in Athens.
Ferry tickets are included in the retreat price. We make a group booking (Piraieus-Serifos / Serifos-Piraieus) for all participants.
However, if you are planning to either arrive to Serifos earlier, reach Serifos from another island or if you wish to extend your stay on Serifos or any other island and therefore the ferry schedule does not suit you, you are free to organise your ferry trip yourself. Please note that there will not be any refunds in case you will not use the pre booked ferry tickets.