SANTORINI

Stoke your inner fire on the ancient island caldera of Santorini.

Discover the possible birthplace of the legend of Atlantis and relish in the ancient combination of island culture and yoga.  This retreat reclaims the balance of ancient and modern with it’s contemporary amenities amidst the small domed churches and old towns of Oia and Ancient Thira.  Bask in Santorini’s famed sunsets, lunch in Oia’s narrow streets and indulge in the hotel’s many pools, spa and unparalleled views.

From the fiery volcano and warm springs to the arid climate, from the colorful sand beaches to the pungent Vinsanto local wine, Santorini is an compromised balance of life, history, culture and beauty.  Find your center, treat your palate and unwind with the ancients.  This Santorini yoga retreat is a release and education for your inner god/goddess.

Accommodation Options:

Santorini Yoga Retreat Room The Travel Yogi

 

A mix of traditional island architecture, richly hued fabrics and detailing reflects this fine hotel’s privileged sphere of discrete luxury, privilege and modern technology.

All of Rocabella’s accommodations are unique, this is no cookie cutter hotel, with ocean and caldera views from the room and/or the patio.  All rooms have en suite bathrooms, flat screen tvs and mini-bar munchies.

 

Santorini Room View The Travel Yogi Senior Rooms are smaller with ocean views from the room’s patio.  These close (close) quarters are perfect for couples and good friends.  (Please note that we will not roommate match in these rooms)

Superior and Senior Suite rooms are larger with ocean views from the room and patio.

 

 

IMG_8988Teachers will set their own schedules for the week with regards to classes.  Schedules and full departure information will be sent to yogis a few weeks prior to retreat date.

Arrival into Santorini is generally early, allowing for plenty of time to relax and get situated.  Please note that the hotel may not have rooms available for check-in in the early morning but they are happy to hold your bags while you relax by the pool or head out to explore.  Goodbyes and a close to the retreat will be the night before departure so that yogis with early flights won’t miss the kiss-and-cry closure of the trip (ha).

Between yoga and chilling with new friends there is a ton to do on this tiny island.  Plug the locals for fun excursions and check out below for additional awesome adventures.

Optional Adventures

Santorini Wine Tour -

Tour Santorini’s completely unique vineyards and see how the coax wine from their indigenous grapes and extremely arid and infertile soil.  The dry white wines of Santorini are truly one of a kind.  Tour with an experienced sommelier to
traditional wineries, sample, learn and enjoy.  Contact Santorini Wine Tour for pricing and availability.

Sailing Adventure -

A must do!  Take a full or half day tour around the island on a beautiful catamaran and enjoy your day on the sea.  Snorkel at the ‘hot springs’ (really ‘warm springs’, but definitely fun!) and soak up the panoramic views of the island, the ocean and the black, white and red beaches.  Contact Spiridakos Cruises for information.

Kayaking -

Hit the water and see the island  from a whole new perspective!  Watch for dolphins, sea turtles, monk seals or paddle along gorgeous, towering cliffs.  Beginners welcome and full and half day adventures available.  Adventures with Santorini Sea Kayak start at 55 Euros per person.

Trekking & Rock Climbing -

Hit the walking path just of Rocabella property with a certified guide.  Get the ins and outs of this storied path that runs from Fira to Oia as well as other ‘old paths’ of Santorini.  Or, scale the caldera and see something well off the beaten tourist path.  Introductory and intermediate courses available to really get in touch with this ancient magical island.  Trekking Hellas start at 25 Euros per person for trekking and 35 euros per person for rock climbing.

Diving -

Explore the volcano below and enjoy clear waters and gorgeous underwater scenery.  Snorkeling and scuba packages available and first timers welcome!  Contact Navys Waterworld Dive Center for rates and packages.

And more… -

Santorini is a small but exciting island.  There is no way to list all of the activities here so be prepared to explore when you arrive.  Walk the old path to Oia, join the open air movie night in town, visit the fishing beach below Oia, relax on a red sand beach, moped around town and, without question, soak up as many of Santorini’s spectacular sunsets as possible.

Rocabella Izumi Spa Services

Thai Oil Massage -

The Thai Oil Massage combines the techniques of the classical Thai Massage with the relaxing effects of natural oils. Applying pure organic essential oils from Thailand soothes the skin and the relaxing property of the massage is increased. Massage’s magical ministrations go deeper and offer you far more than you may have ever suspected. You can greatly benefit your overall health and well-being as well as alleviating stress, improving circulation, relieving tight or sore muscles and detoxification of your body. Perfect for all that suffer from discomforts, tension in the neck & shoulder area, back problems or headaches.   Duration: 60 minutes – 90,00€

Aromatherapy Massage -

Essential oils and plant extracts and herbs provide a therapeutic effect on the energy balance of the body to regenerate cells.  Enjoy a relaxing body and face massage, with simultaneous placement of elements such as aromatic oils and essential oils.        Duration: 60 minutes – 90,00€

Deep Tissue Athlete’s Retreat -

Intense and deep-muscle massage is ideal for athletes and people doing manual labor. The technique of massage focuses on large muscle groups and includes more intense and powerful movements while calming lavender and neroli offer relaxation and wellness. Especially beneficial if you are suffering from aches, pains, and stiffness. This strong massage will help to relieve tension from specific areas of your body, improving circulation and mobility (mixture of almond oil and lavender or neroli).  Duration: 60 minutes – 90,00€

nDetoxifying Body Treatment With Green Clay And Olive Grains -

The unique properties of green clay combined with the power of aromatherapy, uplift and effectively detoxify the body. The skin is purified with the scrub, as the olive grains remove dead cells and prepares the skin for the active ingredients of the treatment. This is followed by a hot mask of green clay enriched with essential oils of juniper and grapefruit, which is spread over the entire body to activate the decongestion and detoxification of the body. The effectiveness of the treatment is strengthened by the body massage, with emphasis on the reflexology points on the feet. This body detox treatment ideally complements a program of weight loss and detoxification.  Duration: 90 minutes – 120,00€

Refreshing Body Care With Honey & Yogurt -

A tasty body treatment that takes advantage the beneficial components of honey and yogurt order to provide the skin sugars trace minerals and fats to enhance the softness of the skins. Pure Greek ingredients, in exactly the same format that we eat, activate the process of renewal and regeneration of skin cells by providing rich hydration and nutrition on tired by internal and external factors. Leaving the skin detoxified, soft and light.
Duration: 90minutes – 110,00€

Men’s Invigorating Facial With Cardamom And Cedar -

An anti-aging and relaxing treatment especially designed for the needs of the modern man. This treatment begins by releasing withheld tension with the APIVITA relaxing back massage. The face treatment that follows, rich in active ingredients such as cardamom, cedar and propolis, reduces the depth of wrinkles in face and around the eyes while combating dark circles and signs of fatigue. This unique treatment restores balance and invigorates the skin.   Duration: 50 minutes – 50,00€

 

All trips are listed in chronological order.  Please click the yoga retreat week you’d like to join or choose the teacher and week from the drop down menu below each destination.

Where will yoga take you…?

 

ADRI KYSER  May 16-23, 2015

Adri Kyser Yoga Retreat The Travel YogiEnjoy 7 days of pure bliss in the gorgeous Island of Santorini. Many poets and artists have tried to capture the beauty of this mystical island gem in the Mediterranean sea, but nothing can quite describe it’s unsurpassed magic, history and culture.

Immerse yourself in some of the world’s most amazing views, bathe in the sapphire blue waters of the Aegean Sea, enjoy picturesque red and black sand beaches, and ignite your spirit with one of the world’s most beautiful sunsets.

During this luxurious yoga retreat you can find the perfect balance between the unique Greek architecture and modern amenities. This private and secluded hotel is conveniently located in the center of the island between Fira and Oia providing a magical landscape surrounded by volcanic rock cliffs,  Aegean waters and caldera views. A perfect place to practice yoga, relax, and rejuvenate.  Within walking distance of the hotel you will find easy access to many dining, shopping and entertainment options in the town of Fira.

Adri’s yoga classes will energize, inspire and transform you from within. The morning vinyasa classes are dynamic and invigorating, while the evening classes are restorative and gentle, perfect for meditation and relaxation. Adri’s creative and multidimensional sequences make her classes suitable and accessible to practitioners of all levels.

Adri will help you create magical memories for years to come and you will leave transformed, re-energized and restored like never before.

 

 

MARIA SANTOFERRARO Sept 12-19, 2015

Are you seeking time for inward reflection, for setting dreams and intentions, for inspirational asana and meditation practice that will stir your soul? A week just for you – to nurture your spirit, refuel with positive energy, and find your bliss. If so, the I Am Love Beach Yoga Bliss retreat in Santorini, Greece, with Maria Santoferraro is perfect for you!

The mantra for the week will be “I Am Love,” and you will learn how to live that mantra, letting go of fear, stress, or whatever is keeping your from living out your intentions and opening the heart wide open to love.

Rocabella Santorini Yoga Retreat The Travel YogiThis stunning view from the yoga deck overlooking the sapphire blue waters of the Aegean Sea will be your yoga studio for the week. The morning sessions are reserved for a spirited, all-levels asana and meditation practice, and the late afternoon sunset classes are restorative
with more time for sweet meditation. A few of the evening sessions will include therapeutic myofascial release with yoga therapy balls and deep relaxation through yoga nidra.

The afternoons are open to explore the island and enjoy the picturesque red and black sand beaches, try out the Vinsanto local wine, visit ancient ruins, or just relax at one of the hotel’s many pools, which also sport gorgeous views of the coast.

Rocabella Santorini Resort & Spa is a private and secluded hotel conveniently located in the center of the island between Fira and Oia, providing a magical landscape surrounded by volcanic rock cliffs, Aegean waters, and caldera views. Within walking distance of the hotel you will find easy access to many dining, shopping, and entertainment options in the town of Fira.

Grab your journal and sense of adventure, and get ready to soak in the energy of a group of dynamic yogini goddesses. You’ll leave refreshed with new friendships and a heart full of love, ready to rock your newfound bliss!

 

What airport do I fly into?
You will be traveling into Santorini (JTR), also known as Thira.  Once you have purchased your ticket to JTR please don’t worry that your destination is “Thira” and not Santorini.  You will arrive in the right spot!

If you are coming from the UK or Europe, we recommend checking flight options on SkyScanner. They compile many regional airlines and are a great resource for a one stop comparison shop.

Do I need a passport/visa?
US citizens will need a valid passport to visit Greece, but no visa is required at this time. Passports will need to be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry.  Greece reserves the right to refuse entry if passports expire before the 6 month mark.

Nationals of all other countries should check travel requirements well in advance of their retreat.

What’s with all the dogs?
Stray dogs roam the island and are numerous in towns like Oia.  The locals have set up feeding stations for them in and out of the shops, allow them to roam free and many take them in during the cooler winter months.  They are friendly, lovely animals and many shops have donation jars set out for their care.  Feel free to drop in a few Euros knowing that the pup you pet during lunch will get food throughout the winter.

What is the electrical currency/outlet in Santorini?
Greece utilizes a European style plug with two round blades and is at 220V.  Adapters and converters will be necessary if you are bringing any electrical items.

Is there internet access on property?
Send photos while lying by the pool over looking the caldera… yes, there is wi-fi on property.

Why
can’t I drink the water?

Santorini is a dry, desert environment.  All water on the island comes from the process of desalinization and what comes out of your bathroom faucet is not meant for drinking.  You can drink anything served to you and buy bottled water to have in your room during the week.

Do I need to bring my own mat, blocks, straps, etc?
Yes, please plan on bringing your own mat and any yoga accessories you use or want in your daily practice.

Do I need to book any of the optional activities ahead of time?
All of the activities can be booked when you arrive in Santorini.  The island is relaxed and walkable so it is easy to forget that sailing trips, snorkeling, ancient village tours and wine tours are available.

What do I need to bring?
Think ‘Greece holiday’ with yoga clothes thrown in.  Santorini is a very international island with a mix of relaxed and fancy restaurants, bars and even a moderate club scene, so come prepared.  Your yoga mat and any accessories you use in your practice will also need to come with you.

Do I need to rent a car?
The streets are narrow and driving in Greece is a culture unto itself.  Vans will do transports to and from the airport (on arrival and departure days only) and tour operators will collect you from the hotel.  Leave the driving to the professionals and walk, ride or catch a cab.

What is the weather like that time of year?
May can be unpredictable but most days will be very warm, dry and pleasant. Rainstorms can occur so light clothing with a raincoat thrown in just in case.