JULY 2ND – JULY 21ST, 2016 (200 HOUR)
Kithira has a rugged, simple beauty and tourism here is still quite undeveloped. Kithira is a calm refuge that takes pride in its traditional way of life, and boasts some of the most astonishingly beautiful beaches in all of Greece. Combining the power of yoga with the rugged beauty and passionate energy of the Greek Islands will transform you!
All your yoga classes and theory sessions are held in the privacy of the courtyard area of your boutique accommodations. Gaze out onto the bluest of seas as your body is warmed by the sun, and caressed by sea breezes.
Each yoga set is designed to purify you from the accumulated stress of modern day living. We will work together to release the mental and physical toxicities we have accumulated, and to restore our bodies to vibrant health. The practice of yoga, in addition to the abundance of extraordinarily fresh foods, a pure, clean and serene environment, and a great community of yogis will ensure any Destination Training will be pure Mediterranean bliss!
Non-yoga friends and partners are welcome. There is lots to do on the island, and you certainly won’t be bored or feel left out in any way.
Our Destination Trainings are for anyone who wants to create dramatic and immediate change in their lives. All are welcome – whether you are a beginner just starting to study, a 200 hour graduate looking to build up 300 hours of training to reach their 500RYT, or a 300 hour graduate looking for Continuing Education.
You will be given tools to establish your own daily yoga and meditation practice that will serve your life goals.
Teachers with 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certification will be given credit towards their 500 Hour Certification.
500 hour teachers will get credits for Continuing Education credits.
Each training will give you teaching tools to build on your abilities to transform personally and teach others, and your abilities to guide yourself to your richest life possible.
You will be given enough support in each and every Destination Training to excel no matter where you begin, the important thing is to just get started….NOW, because your best life awaits you.
You will stay in Anemes, a magnificentboutique hotel run by Pashali and his wife Mema. This eight room hotel is only two stories high, and is immaculately kept. It is built on land given to Pashali by his paternal grandmother. The hotel is situated in the fishing village of Avlemonas. It sits gazing out over the sea.
Enjoy your breakfast of fruit and coffee looking out onto a coastline completely unspoiled by tourism. For years, locals have worked hard to keep out large scale tourism that has overrun much of the Mediterranean. They are greatly appreciative of our destination training guests, who understand the value in preserving the beauty of nature.
Kithira has over 50km of coastline and is surrounded by magnificent beaches that are perfect for yoga or morning meditations. Avlemonas is on the South Eastern side of the island which has the most spectacular beaches of all.
The town of Avlemonas consists of a small cluster of these boutique style hotels, and family homes. There are wonderful cafes and restaurants within walking distance. The food is some of the finest you will ever taste. Ingredients are picked from local gardens and are bursting with flavour!
Kithira Island is one of the most isolated islands in Greece. For those wanting to restore some balance to their lives, Semperviva’s yoga destination training on Kithira Island is the perfect choice.
Kithira Island allows you to experience authentic Greece. It is a culture that still relies heavily on agriculture as a source of income, a fact which makes the locals proud. Its’ locally produced honey made with thyme is renowned throughout Greece, as are the rare Semperviva Flowers (hence Semperviva Yoga) which grow wild on the steepest cliffs on the eastern end of the island.
Breathtaking landscapes are a prominent feature on Kithira Island, which makes it the perfect spot for a relaxing yoga retreat and meditation. Numerous gorges are home to a variety of wildlife and birds, and late in the season golden eagles can be seen circling the skies above the precarious cliff top monastery of Agia Moni. The diverse scenery on offer means Kithira is ideal both for walkers and nature lovers whilst the more artistic can spend days searching for the perfect subject amongst the deserted villages and impressive stone bridges, remnants of past empires. Although the attractions of the interior are many, the beaches are still a favourite for most, and especially for those practicing yoga.
Whether your priorities are secluded splendour or convenience and a sun-bed, Kithira Island has something for everyone.
Semperviva’s Greek destination trainings strive to find the perfect balance between time spent together as a group, and time for you. Ample time is allotted each day for swimming and basking in the glorious Mediterranean sun or for exploring the multitude of interesting villages and towns on the island. We will even spend a day touring around the island on Captain Spiro’s infamous glass bottom boat.
Your days can be as full or as leisurely as you choose. Each two or three individuals will be provided with a car to give you more personal freedom. After our morning yoga classes, we will meet to discuss possible adventures for the day that include some of the island’s better kept secrets. Following our group explorations you are free until our evening class at 7:00pm.
One of the most beautiful medieval villages of Kythira. Milopotamos exhibits architecture from the occupation of the Venetians, and English as well as exceptional Byzantine and post-Byzantine churches. From here, we will make our descent down to the caves of Agia Sophia. The entrance to the cave is covered in significant Byzantine frescoes. Inside the cave is a splendour of stalagmites and stalagtites.
Hora and Kapsali
Hora is the capital of Kythira. This town is dominated by a Venetian castle built in 1150. Within the castle there are preserved ruins of Venetian buildings and Byzantine churches with beautiful frescoes and icons. Hora is a great place to shop for jewellery, sandals, summer clothing, and local sweets and wines.
We will visit the local bakery, and olive press in the village of Karava. You have never tasted spinach pie like this before! We will walk down to Amir Ali and the springs of Portokalia. The springs are named after a huge orange tree that produced a staggering amount of oranges for the region.
In addition a breathtakingly beautiful seaside village accommodation, your course costs include: