27 May to 1 June 2022
Welcome to our Blue Harpist Yoga Retreat on the tiny paradise of Koufonisi with Vivian Marinou. This retreat is designed to create the space and the environment to entirely shift your perspective on life, open all your senses and listen deeply to your inner knowing.
The unspoiled nature, the majestic beaches and the turquoise waters of Koufonisi island, combined with unique yoga sessions, offer a transformational physical, mental and emotional reset experience.
Vivian will be guiding you through energizing Vinyasa flow morning classes and playful afternoon sessions that will make you feel strong and re-inspired, uncover your true nature and connect with yourself and others without distractions.
Our retreat offers its guests the opportunity to explore the hidden magic of Koufonisi Island, swim in crystal clear waters and enjoy the Island’s tranquility. 3km of velvet sand & turquoise waters in a pocket size island where you can walk everywhere on foot.
Connect with likeminded people from all over the world and create friendships & memories that will last for a lifetime. This yoga retreat will be limited to small group of approximately 12 guests to avoid crowded gatherings and ensure a safe retreat.
Yoga with Vivian
Vivian is an international 500 hour Yoga Alliance qualified Yoga teacher.
She is an inspiring yogi who loves guiding people into deep dynamic Vinyasa flows, with an emphasis on the importance of moving with breath and intention and enjoying the movement rather than looking a certain way. Vivian’s objective is to empower her students to embrace their unique gifts, to tap into their intuition and own personal wisdom through the yoga practice.
Yoga Asana & Special Classes
Morning Yoga: Morning classes will be dedicated to dynamic Vinyasa inspired flows, where we will connect movements and breath in a sweaty and challenging practice.
Afternoon Yoga: Vivian will be guided by the desires and the energy of the group. We can use this time to do inversions, backbends, arm balances, breath work and slow and gentle flows. Vivian’s diverse trainings and modalities of movement allows us to try something new every day.
Additionally, there will be an optional workshop on the essentials of AcroYoga.
Acroyoga: It is a combination of yoga, acrobatics, and Thai massage. It’s a partner yoga practice designed to build trust, strength and connection while feeling like a dance. This form of yoga is about developing trust and discovering that sweet spot of opening up to curiosity, freedom and play.
Inversions: Inversions are an incredibly powerful way to see the world through new eyes. These poses engage the whole body and work synergistically to deliver benefits to both body and mind. This class focuses on building strength, control and stability, necessary to balance upside down. From beginner variations to more advanced drills, handstand practice is not only beneficial for upper-body and core strength, it also trains balance, body awareness, deep breathing, focus, and discipline.
*All practices will be accessible and easy to follow from beginners to more advanced yogis.
Yogic food experience
“Let the food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. Hippocrates.
The only thing left after feeding one’s soul, is feeding one’s body.
Our menu is carefully created by our food experts and includes brunch & dinner.
Our aim is to offer a yogic food experience but also authentic Greek cuisine.
Our fundamental approach to guest's nutrition is that food is medicine.
We will use natural ingredients and local products to whip up some mouth-watering plant- based meals. Every dish will be fresh, colorful and absolutely packed with flavors. We use a range of traditional ingredients infused with Ayurveda food combining principles in our menus, in order to support our holistic approach. Gluten free, dairy free and vegan options available.
We also believe in sustainable living and preserving the environment, supporting the local economy and culture as best as possible. We avoid buying imported foods to minimize our carbon footprint and to support local farmers. We avoid processed foods in general and are committed to serving the freshest ingredients possible that are delivered daily to our table.
The Blue Harpist Yoga Retreat includes:
6 island days / 5 nights luxury accommodation at the Blue Harpist Villas, 400m from the most bohemian and luxurious beach of Koufonisi
2 daily Yoga practices: Morning Vinyasa Flow and Afternoon workshops
6 Morning yoga practices
5 Afternoon yoga practices
Vegetarian menu created by our chef, including brunch & dinner | vegan & gluten free options available
Group pickup from Koufonisia port & drop off on departure
Yoga equipment will be provided (Manduka yoga mats, straps & blocks)
Island Hopping Day: One-day boat-trip on the turquoise Mediterranean Sea! We will swim, marvel at the sites and enjoy our lunch on the crystal clear blue water (subject to weather conditions). Day trip to the islands of Kato Koufounisi, Schinousa & Iraklia.
Visit the picturesque town of Koufonisia
Hiking, cliff jumping & swimming
Massage (Optional | Extra Cost)
Bike rides around the island
Accommodation options & Retreat pricing
You can choose from a shared double bedroom or a private room.
Shared Accommodation | Queen Room
Ground floor room with a Queen size bed & private bathroom 1.100 € per person (Suitable for couples, family or close friends who want to share a Queen size double bed)
Lower level room with a Queen size bed & shared bathroom 1.690€ per person
Ground floor room with a Queen size bed & private bathroom 2.340 € per person
There is a 30% booking fee to reserve your spot.
Final payment is due by May 20th.
The above prices include EU Tax VAT 24% & Accommodation taxes
Covid note: In case Covid-19 travel restrictions are applied at the time of the retreat prohibiting guests from traveling to Greece, any amounts paid will be fully refundable.
A typical day
8.00 - 8.30 Tea, Coffee, Juice & Seasonal Fruits,
8.30 - 10.30 Morning Yoga Practice
10.30 - 11.30 Brunch
11.30 - 17.30 Free Time
17.30 - 18.30 Afternoon Practice Workshop
May 27th: Villa Check in: 14:00pm
June 1st: Villa Check out: 10:00am
The retreat officially starts on the 27th of May at 17:00pm with the first practice.
If you arrive earlier, you can drop off your stuff at the villa and spend some time at a nearby beach.
We are looking forward to welcoming you and share an unforgettable, life-changing and transforming experience.
COVID-19 | Updates
As of the 14th May 2021, Greece is no longer under lockdown and has opened its international borders to welcome tourists.
Entry into Greece is allowed under the following conditions:
Currently all passengers arriving in Greece must fill in a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 48 hours before arrival, providing information regarding their stay
Official Link to view entry guidelines: travel.gov.gr
A. Travellers coming from EU member states and Schengen countries, as well as from the 33 non-EU countries that have joined the EU Digital Covid Certificate system, must hold an EU Digital COVID Certificate.
B. Travellers coming from Australia, Canada and the United States of America must display one of the following: a) Vaccination certificate (for those who have completed vaccination for COVID-19 at least fourteen (14) days before arrival) valid for 9 months after the completion of the basic vaccination and without time limit for travellers who have received the booster dose, or b) Proof of recovery from SARS-CoV-2 infection, issued 14 days after the day of the first positive COVID-19 test (PCR or Rapid Antigen test) and valid for 180 days thereafter, or c) Negative molecular test for COVID-19 (PCR) performed up to 72 hours before arrival, or negative Rapid Antigen test performed up to 24 hours before arrival.
C. Travellers from ALL other countries must show either a negative PCR test performed up to 72 hours prior to arrival or a negative (rapid) antigen test performed up to 24 hours prior to arrival, issued by a certified diagnostic center in the English language.
As we are in an environment that is constantly changing, more information regarding COVID related measures will be communicated in due course and if anything changes.
COVID-19 | Yoga & Safety: To respect the current times, this retreat has very limited attendance. All of the activities will be held outdoors, including meals and yoga. Our yoga deck is outside and spacious, with a steady ocean breeze. The yoga classes will be held in an outdoor covered yoga shala which is sun kissed & easily aired. Each guest will be provided a Manduka yoga mat which they will keep for the duration of the retreat and be responsible for its cleaning. The yoga deck will be cleaned daily and mats will be spread out keeping the recommended distance.
COVID-19 | Food & Safety: All meals will be served by the kitchen personnel who will be following all the personal protection guidelines. A person from our team will be facilitating the serving process to ensure that it’s happening in an orderly manner, thus avoiding a crowded buffet queue.