Mindfulness Yoga Retreat… in Anafi

Anafi remains a pure island, still untouched by mass tourism
with one small traditional village and amazing trekking trails
leading to the most beautiful unexplored beaches.

The clear landscape and the endless view of the horizon
offer the ideal environment for our retreat.
Our practice will include a combination of hatha yoga classes and 

meditations inspired by the mindfulness practices of Buddhist teachings 
for cultivating inner peace and presence.

Mindfulness is knowing what you are experiencing, while you are experiencing it.

The whole meaning of yoga is to unite the body and mind.

When we coordinate movement with the breath,
paying attention to the sensations in the body,

completely feeling the experience without any judgment or expectations,
respecting our boundaries with self-compassion and kindness,
yoga becomes a mindful exercise in itself and it becomes a meditative practice.

The practice of mindfulness “gives rise to understanding and liberation of the mind”. 

It is the total awareness of the moment, simply being in the now, with a sense of freedom, of perspective, of being connected.

It helps to regulate our emotions, reduce stress, lower judgmental attitudes, improve memory and focus.


“To understand the immeasurable, the mind must be extraordinarily quiet, still”

Jiddu Krishnamurti

All you need to know about this retreat

the island...

Anafi is a small island situated on the south eastern side of Cyclades, close to Santorini.
Due to its small size and few inhabitants, Anafi remains a pure island, untouched by mass tourism.
It has only one village and numerous crystal beaches around its coastline.

Chora, the capital village, is constructed on the mountain slopes and offers a breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea, as well as unforgettable sunsets and sunrises.
The village is built on the ruins of a venetian castle, with the distinct Cycladic architecture of small white houses and blue window frames, decorated by colorful flowers.

Isolated in its simplicity, Anafi is the ideal location for this alternative retreat.

trekking...

The best way to get to know Anafi, is through the amazing trekking trails.
Many tours will be organised during our stay in order to explore this very special island.
Starting from Hora, the main village, we will wonder off and discover breathtaking sights and virgin beaches of unspeakable beauty.

The highlight will be the exciting hike to the gigantic rock of Kalamos, the second largest solid rock in the Mediterranean after Gibraltar. This rocky formation, in the eastern edge of the island, is particularly renowned to the experienced climbers and mountaineers.

The trek has an approximate duration of 90 minutes in an ascent of 461 meters.
An old monastery lies at the top with a 360-degree view of the sea and the surrounding islands in the horizon.
The excursion will begin at early dawn in order to reach the top in time for a silent meditation during sunrise, an undoubtedly unforgettable experience.

accommodation...

Roukounas will be the base for most of our activities.
Just a few meters from this amazing beach, in a peaceful environment surrounded by a lovely flower and vegetable garden, lies the traditional restaurant of Zabeta and the small apartments that will accommodate our group.

There are 8 rustic and simple rooms, with their own private bathroom, mini kitchen and balcony with a wonderful view of the sea or the garden.

Zabeta’s restaurant offers all day snacks, home made pies and drinks, but also prepares traditional greek recipes throughout the day with fresh ingredients picked from the vast vegetable garden.
There are many more options for lunch and dinner around the island, especially in the main village.

Roukounas is about 10minute drive from the main village ‘Hora’ and about 1hour walk through a marked trekking trail.
There is a bus going from Hora to all the beaches (including Roukounas) and back a few times per day, but you can also rent a car or a scooter if you prefer.
* Anafi has a long tradition and therefore is a very popular destination for free campers.
Guest who prefer to be even closer to nature have the opportunity to camp on this wonderful beach and sleep under the stars.

itinerary...

The schedule includes many activities, but also a lot of free time for everyone to enjoy their holidays depending on their needs and preferences.
You will have the option to join sunrise meditations, morning and evening yoga classes, trekking excursions, and other creative activities, but you can also relax, enjoy the beach and the wonderful views all around.
Although our team has designed a full schedule for the week, we encourage you to join the activities that you feel will benefit you the most.
Our goal is for everyone to feel free, rest, and enjoy their holidays without the slightest pressure of having to do something.

Saturday 16/6
Arrival – free day to rest and adjust
18.00-20.00 introduction cycle

Sunday 17 – Tuesday 19/6
6.00-6.30 pranayama/meditation
7.00-8.30 yoga practice
9.00-10.00 breakfast
10.00-18.00 free time
18.30-20.30 yoga practice
21.00-22.00 dinner

Wednesday 20 – Friday 22/6
9.00-10.30 yoga practice
11.00-12.00 breakfast
12.00-18.00 free time
18.30-20.30 yoga practice
21.00-22.00 dinner

Saturday 23/6
10.00-18.00 free day
18.00-20.00 ending cycle

Sunday 24/6
Departure

* Small changes may occur depending on the circumstances

prices...

WHAT IS INCLUDED:
Daily hatha yoga classes
Trekking tours & hike to Kalamos
Sunrises & Sunset meditation sessions
7 nights accommodation with sea view
Healthy & Delicious breakfast meals
Transportation from/to the port

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:
Airfare and Boat transfer
Lunch and dinners
Personal expenses
Travel insurance

PRICES PER PERSON:
Prices vary depending on your accommodation preference
(Single room, private double room, shared double or triple room, free camping)
Please contact us for more information, availability and special offers

*Special 10% discount for registration until 1/3

how to get there...

Travelling from Abroad:
You can reach Anafi only by boat from the following locations which have international airports.
– the port of Piraeus (apx. 10 hours)
– the port of Santorini (apx. 1 hr and 30min)
– the port of Heraklio (apx. 4hours)
and you can also find connections with other Cycladic islands depending on the dates you will be travelling.
Please contact us for assistance before making reservations!

Travelling from Athens:
From Athens to Anafi
Friday 15/6 at 18.00 arrives 05.50 (Saturday 16/6)
additional routes:
Every Tuesday at 20.30 arrives 07.30 (Wednesday)
Every Sunday at 17.30 arrives 03.40 (Monday)

From Anafi to Athens
Every Sunday at 22.10 arrives 9.45 (Monday)

Tralleving through Santorini:
All of the above ferry routes go through Santorini about an hour and a half earlier
(on the way back the stop is an hour and a half after departure)

Travelling through Crete:
There is a connection from Heraklion to Anafi every Sunday afternoon (apx. at 18.00) arriving in Anafi 4hours later (about 22.00)
From Anafi to Heraklion there is a connection very early on Saturday morning (apx. at 06.00) arriving at Herakleio at 10.00

Please get in touch with us so we can help you plan your trip.

how to book your place...

In order to book your place for our ‘Hatha Yoga & Mindfulness retreat‘ please send us an email at info@lucreativestudio.gr and mention the following information:
– full name
– contact telephone number
– type of accommodation needed (shared double, private double, single, camping)

We will then send you a confirmation email with all necessary information as well as a short medical questionnaire to fill out and send back.
You will be requested to make a deposit of 100€  to secure your place.

what to bring...

yoga mat, relaxation blanket, towel, comfortable clothes, hat, walking shoes, antimosquito and sunblock.

If you decide to stay on the beach you will have to bring all the necessary camping equipment
(tent, sleeping bag, torch etc.).

language...

English

Carolina Cunliffe

Carolina (RYT 400) has been practicing yoga since 1999 and has been sharing her understanding of the teachings since 2008.
Her asana practice has grown in depth particularly through the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli, as taught by Diane Long.

“I begun practising yoga in 1999 as I was drawn to the wisdom teachings of the East.
Although I was working in the area of human rights and felt committed to this work, I was experiencing an ever growing sense of inner relief and freedom through yoga and my travels to India.
I very naturally transferred all my energy into the practice. In the hope of benefiting others, I decided to share my understanding of the teachings, which were proving to be of such great benefit to me. I begun teaching in 2008 and ran a quiet yoga studio in the center of Athens for 7 years.

I am very grateful for all the wise beings that have guided me – and continue to do so – along my path.
I feel privileged to have studied with many wonderful teachers including
Venkatesh, Richard Freeman, Sarah Powers, Nicky Knoff, Emil Wendel, Angela Farmer, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Paddy McGrath
and Diane Long, to whom I have been most committed during the past 10 years.
My asana practice has grown in depth particularly through the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli, as taught by Diane Long.

I have learnt to work in a more receptive way, listening to the wisdom of the body rather than imposing my will on the body
Practising with attention and ease, removing tension while creating more space in the body and mind.
This is the practice that I like to share with others.

But beyond the asana, it is through my time spent in India, in combination with the meditation retreats that I have sat through,
that I feel I have been granted a tiny glimpse of the essence of yoga.
My meditation practice has mostly revolved around the Theravada Buddhist teachings,
while enjoying the gentleness and simplicity of the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh.
In the last years, my spiritual journey has led me to Chandra Swami Udasin, opening up a more heartfelt connection with Oneness…

At present, my main teacher is my young son, who continuously brings me back to the present moment demanding my full and patient attention.
I have recently moved to Andros with my partner and son with a desire to live and breath in nature.”