For me, Astypalea was a place unexplored, an island that I always wanted to visit but for some strange reason I postponed for years. I had heard so much about Chora, the beaches, the scenery, the good food and especially its people. Maybe the right time had not yet come, possibly I had to “feel” the island first to return. But not alone – along with my students.
And so it happened! It was like a call for me to give something back to this place. Something special, something new. So I decided to organize a yoga-retreat, in 05-10 September 2018.
The key was to visit Astypalea, to experience it so that I would be able to bring as much information and feelings to the participants as possible. So, my family and I spent our Easter holidays on the island, enjoying a much needed and unforgettable experience of tradition, hospitality and relaxation.
The island combines alternative and classy tourism: On the one hand, you feel the imposing Venetian Castle and, on the other, the Cycladic white’s magic in complete harmony with the Dodecanese element. I honestly was in awe when, during the first morning of our stay, from the balcony of Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel, I saw Chora – one of the most beautiful towns on a Greek island – with the seven windmills leading us to its cobbled streets. And within all the beauty tasting the award-winning Kallichoron’s Grandma’s Breakfast. With the possibility to order through a mobile app and enjoy on your balcony whatever you wish amongst many fresh and handpicked local produce.
The water surrounding Astypalea is crystal clear and there are many beaches. The aim is to organize a day trip on a tourist boat to the islands of Kounoupa and Koutsomitis, enjoy the sea and exercise yoga during sunset.
The big surprise, during this retreat, is that I am preparing to set up a huge outdoor yoga shala, especially for us, under the Venetian Castle, overlooking the endless blue of the Aegean. We will be devoting two hours of exercise every day (in the morning and in the afternoon) while the rest of the day we will be exploring the island and, above all, we will be able to relax our minds and spirits in a unique environment, in the “Butterfly of the Aegean”, as it is called, because of its shape. Clearly we will not miss the fun, as we will have the opportunity to attend a local festival in honor of Virgin Mary on 8th September
I am looking forward to this trip, and those who will follow me will have the opportunity to experience Astypalaia through my eyes and love for it!
Fotini comes from the island of Aegina and operates Kouros studio. She is a certified Yoga Alliance RYT-200 teacher and a Gymnastics Academy graduate (Athens School of Physical Education and Sport Science). She was a national champion in the 800m and 1500m track running. You can find Fotini’s CV HERE.
For more information and reservations for the Yoga Retreat in Astypalaia 5-10 September 2018, click HERE