Retreat date

CAROLE WESTERMAN, MARY CAROLLO, & CINDY JESSE

What's included
  • Arrival and departure transfers on Amorgos (port-hotel-port)
  • Use of Spa facilities (sauna, hammam, jacuzzi, indoor seawater swimming pool, fitness center)
  • Use of Yoga shalas and yoga equipment (mats, blocks, stripes, bolsters, blankets)
  • Use of outdoor pool
  • 10% discount on Face and Body treatments
  • Unlimited Internet access
  • One 30-minute relaxing massage
Food included in the package

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Food

Enjoy delicious fresh food at award-winning Ambrosia Gallery Restaurant. You will be served an abundant breakfast buffet daily, as well as a tasty lunch and dinner. They use fresh food and locally grown vegetables and a variety of spices grown on the island. The meals are all vegetarian and vegan. Please let the school know at the time of your booking if you have any specific dietary requirements.

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Other dietary requirements on request
Accommodation & venue

Welcome to an oasis of luxury and peace where you will experience comfort, elegance and plenty of inspiration. Famous for being a top yoga destination worldwide, at Aegialis Hotel and Spa we offer 5 beautiful yoga shalas and an outdoor rooftop, with direct views to the crystal clear Aegean sea and the Amorgian mountainous landscape.

Each shala comes with high end complimentary props and a unique energy of tranquility and bliss. We have welcomed over 700 yoga groups from all over the world to experience the magic of Amorgos island with Aegialis. Every year, more than 2000 yoga enthusiasts come to Aegialis to explore their yoga, meditation and wellness practices. Your experience here will be one of tranquillity, transformation and joy. We are happy to welcome you to our beautiful island.

Experience 5-star luxury in an island famous for having one of the highest magnetic fields in the world. Located on a slight hill overseeing the entire Aegiali Bay, Aegialis Hotel & Spa offers you a front-row seat to sea views and the majestic mountainous landscape of the island. This is a prime location, with only a short walk to the beach and the Aegiali shops.

CAROLE WESTERMAN, MARY CAROLLO, & CINDY JESSE

About organizer

Carole Westerman
Carole Westerman has been practicing Yoga since 1995, and teaching since 2005. She has practiced in a slender body, a curvy body, and every size in between. Through the highs and lows of her life including; marriage, career changes, pregnancies, parenthood, dreams come true, broken hearts, injuries, post-surgery, personal growth, family crisis, and love.

Teaching thousands of students from all over the world, and seen thousands of different bodies and body types on the mat. No two of us are alike. All are welcome.

Her life experiences and extensive education inform and influence what she teaches and how.

Yoga is her life. It nourishes and feeds her love for connection, community, learning, travel, cooking, nature, the ocean, her daughters, and her husband.

She invites you to be curious, to explore every nuance of being human, and to accept yourself as you are. That is true Yoga, both on and off the mat.

Mary Carollo
Mary has been involved in yoga for the last 15 years.

Her teaching career began with kids and family yoga, which instantly taught her not to take herself too seriously. Above all, yoga training taught her to strive for patience with herself and the world.

Her goal is to take the intimidation factor out of yoga and promote a welcoming environment. Her classes seek to physically challenge and emotionally center her students. She hopes her students always leave class feeling better than when they entered.

She is passionate about travel, wine, music, friendship, and yoga. Her motto: Learn to Teach, Teach to Learn.

Cindy Jesse
Cindy started practicing yoga in 2008 as a way to improve flexibility and balance while augmenting her workouts. She then went on to earn her RYT200 in 2013.

She is passionate about exercise and could be described as a “gym rat”! She brings her passion for exercise to the yoga mat. Her classes are filled with lots of energy and fun. She pushes her students to work hard while encouraging them to honor the limitations in their bodies that change from day-to-day. Her style includes power, Vinyasa flow, and Yin yoga.

Teaching yoga has allowed her to grow as a person and as an athlete by giving her patience and stamina. She loves meeting new faces and sharing her passion for yoga with others.

Introduction

The three of us had such a wonderful time leading our 2022 Greece retreat, that we are doing it again in 2023! Our newly acquired knowledge of Greece, the island, and culture will help us to make this year even better!

“Kefi” is a word known to Greeks that means bliss, joy, happiness, and passion. It’s a way of life that includes being present, living each day to the fullest, enjoying the company of others, smiling, laughing, and allowing yourself time to rest. The spirit and meaning of Kefi are the inspiration for this retreat. Therefore, it is the principle that will guide our journey together.

We invite you to join us in paradise, as we immerse each day in the elements of Earth, Water, Fire, Metal, Wood, and Air on the Greek Island of Amorgos. This special retreat has been designed to both ignite your passion and zest for life, as well as nourish and restore your soul at the deepest levels. This delightful combination of Yin and Yang options, as well as the guidance of three experienced teachers, will create the ideal conditions for rejuvenation, transformation, inspiration, and the essence of “Kefi”.

To begin your days, the morning yoga classes with Cindy and Mary will provide opportunities to ignite your inner spark! These will be more active and Flow-based, but accessible to all levels. These classes will also always end with a sublime relaxation and/or meditation. Later on, in the evenings, we will have the option to enjoy more nourishing practices to fill your cup. Primarily Yin with some Restorative, and/or Yoga Nidra too. Each day, we will have an element theme (Earth, Fire, Water, Air) that the day’s practices will be based on. The evening Yin sessions with Carole will also include teachings on the elements and Meridians from a Traditional Chinese Medicine lens, therefore allowing participants to have the option of 28 CEUs. Our first and final Yoga practices will be team-taught by Carole, Mary, and Cindy.

In between our morning and evening Yoga sessions, we will fill our days with things that bring us joy. Choose between sun and sea, adventure, delicious cuisine, exploring, experiencing the culture, and a good book. All while just “being” and soaking in the elements of island life. Fill your days as you please, there is to discover and enjoy! Optional excursions include visiting local Monasteries, Hiking, Boating, and more!

Program

Every retreat is unique and, as such, the itineraries are ever-changing! We finalize the itineraries about 3-6 weeks before the retreat, but after 10 years of hosting retreats, we do have a general idea of what most schedules look like.

Most retreats include one-to-two daily yoga classes. One class takes place in the morning, either just before or just after breakfast. After the first class and meal, you have free time to explore, relax, or take part in optional add-on activities. Lunch (if included in your retreat) will take place midday, during this free time. There is then, usually, an afternoon class followed by dinner. Occasionally some teachers choose to offer an evening restorative class or group gathering after dinner as well.

In addition, there is usually one dedicated “excursion day” in which we do not have scheduled yoga classes. This is a day for people to take advantage of some of the more involved tour and excursion offerings and is always a lot of fun!

Again, this is a very general look at what your retreat schedule could be. We work closely with the teachers to design unique itineraries that reflect their style and the group that’s traveling with them. Once your specific retreat itinerary is complete, we will send it out via email, usually two or more weeks before the retreat starts. Please keep in mind all retreat itineraries are subject to change.

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    Health & Hygiene
    • Uses cleaning chemicals that are effective against coronavirus.
    • Linens, towels and laundry washed in line with local authority guidelines.
    • Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays.
    • The accommodation partner we work with follows the guidelines of local authorities.
    • Equipment for activities is disinfected before and/or after use.

    Physical distancing

    • Cashless payment available.
    • Physical distancing is maintained.
    • Instructors maintain a distance from the client at all times possible.
    • Activities take place outside where possible.

    Safety features

    • Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by the local government.
    • Hand sanitizer available in guest rooms and key areas.
    • Process in place to check the health of guests.
    • First aid kit available.
    • A room is available to isolate suspected or infected COVID-19 patients.
    • Protective masks are available for all staff.
    • Protective masks available for clients.