“If you find yourselves there, you’ll know there’s no other place of equal beauty in the whole world.” National Geographic, Sifnos Top Ten Islands

 

Relaxing Luxurious Greek YALAjourney

 

 

Our first prime YALAjourney at the bluest beauty of Greece.

Don’t miss a one week of full relaxation at Sifnos, one of Greece's Cyclade islands, with seductive Aegean views, calming horizons, and fragrant gardens.

Our home is the luxurious and quiet Verina Astra hidden within thyme-scented hills and neighboring Artemonas, the prettiest village of Sifnos’ island. Its meditative panoramic view will refreshen your soul, especially accompanied by our fully balanced Yin Yang Yoga program led by our teachers Francesca Lo Cascio and Carolina Daza.

Join our relaxing and refreshing luxurious Greek YALAjourney with a holistic yoga program comprising Yin and Yang yoga practices, meditation, pranayama practices, beauty and facial spa, an authentic Greek cooking chef offering delightful vegetarian and pescatarian meals, outdoor Hiking activities, crystal waters, and an infinity pool blending into the blue horizon.

 

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THE VERINA ASTRA BOUTIQUE HOTEL

Sprawling on the side of a steep hill with nothing between you and the endless Aegean blue, Verina Astra leaves you speechless and transcendent. The impressive panoramic view will take your breath away, especially at night when the stars are lit and you feel like every corner was designed to invite you to infinite star gazing. It is no wonder that this stunning complex has taken its name from the Greek word for stars – Astra – and each suite is named after a constellation.

 

You will spend a lot of time around the infinity pool that creates a new dimension for the notion infinite blue. When you enjoy a swim in our infinity pool, you become part of this endless blue and you have the feeling that you can stretch out your arms to be at one with the horizon. A new definition of magic!

 

 

 

 

TRADITIONAL COOKING CLASS

We will have the lucky chance to attend to one of his cooking classes. Be inspired by the easiness, freshness and deliciousness of this local cuisine.

The basic ingredients of your gastronomic experience are simplicity, freshness and deliciousness. “Revithada”, the famous chickpea soup, chickpea balls with garlic, fresh grilled or fried fish, meat cooked in the mastelo (a utensil made of poTer’s clay), the local cheese and their macarons are only few of the delicacies you will enjoy.

To make our delicious and healthy menus, we will use only fresh, local and seasonal ingredients as whole grains, cereals, vegetables and legumes.

 

 

 

 

HIGHLIGTHS

- 6 days in the natural Sifnos island of Greece all included.

- Daily Meditation, Pranayama and Yoga classes.

- Daily pescatarian and vegetarian brunch, afternoon energizing snack, and dinner.

- Greek Cooking class with fresh local produce.

- Hiking experiences around the most beautiful natural hidden spots of Sifnos.

- Automassage class and beauty and facial spa.

- The full YALAjourney is mainly held in English, but our staff also speaks French, Spanish and Italian.

 

   

 

 

TRAVEL PACKAGES :

From 9th to 14th October 2017

1. 1 spot in a Double shared room (single bed): 1650€/pp.

2. 1 spot in a Double shared room (single bed): EARLY BIRD 1480€/pp. until 10 August

3. 2 spots Double room (queen bed) 3150€/pp. *Valid only for people booking at the same time

4. 2 spots Double room (queen bed) EARLY BIRD 2950€/pp. until 10 August *Valid only for people booking at the same time

 

 

 

INCLUDED:

*6 nights accommodation at Verina Astra, Sifnos

*Roundtrip Ferry transfers from Piraeus to the Verina Astra in the Sifnos island.

*All meals

*All Meditation and Yoga practices

*A cooking class with a local chef

 

*Natural Cosmetic & Automassage classes

NOT INCLUDED:

*Flights

*Private massages or therapies

*Chakra balancing treatments

*Drinks and foods out of the meals

 

LIMITED TO 12 GUESTS!

 

 

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LOCAL GOURMET EXPERIENCE

Our chef Stamatis is a chef with a long experience in Greek cuisine, he has worked in Sifnos for many years and has an excellent knowledge of local products and cuisine. Stamatis and his team make sure that, while you are with us, you will enjoy a variety of delicious Sifnian, Greek and Mediterranean dishes, with delicious vegetarian and pescatarian options that will surprise you everyday.

 

 

 

YIN & YANG YOGA PRACTICES

Francesca and Carolina have prepared a harmonious and fully balanced Relaxing and Refreshing Yoga program that will gradually guide the journey. Our yoga program is adapted to all levels of practitioners. Suitable for the very best beginners, as well as the advanced who wish to continue deepening in this rich millenary science.

Early morning will be all about meditation, energy balancing and breathing techniques. We will then practice a full Yang sequence: Ashtanga Yoga, with all the focus on alignment, energy flow and asana adaptation. In the afternoon we will delve into Yin and Restorative practices, as well as Automassages classes that will balance out all the energies.

The classes are mainly held in English with the possibility of classes available in other languages according to our guests’ needs (French, Spanish or Italian).

The Greek Island of Sifnos awaits you!

 

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DAILY PROGRAM

09 Monday

7.00 am

Speedy Boat From Athens (Piraeus) to Sifnos Island

10.30 am

Check in at Verina Boutique hotel

11.00 am

Healthy greek Brunch

12.00 pm

Free Time & Relax in the Swimming pool

5.00 pm

Opening Circle

6.00 pm

Meditation & Restorative yoga

7.30 pm

Gourmet Greek dinner

10 Tuesday

7.00 am

Wake Up + Morning Detox

7.30 am

Meditation & Panayama

8.30 am

Break

9.00 am

Ashtanga/Vinyasa Yoga 

10.30 am

Healthy Greek Brunch

12.00 pm

Free Time & Relax in the Swimming pool

2.30 pm

Hiking to Artemonas

6.00 pm

YIN Yoga Class

7.30 pm

Gourmet Greek dinner

11 Wednesday

7.00 am

Wake Up + Morning Detox

7.30 am

Meditation & Panayama

8.30 am

Break

9.00 am

Ashtanga/Vinyasa Yoga 

10.30 am

Healthy Greek Brunch

12.00 pm

Free Time & Relax in the Swimming pool

2.30 pm

Hiking to Kastro

6.00 pm

Spa Ritual & Automassage class

7.30 pm

Gourmet Greek dinner

12 Thursday

7.00 am

Wake Up + Morning Detox

7.30 am

Meditation & Panayama

8.30 am

Break

9.00 am

Ashtanga/Vinyasa Yoga 

10.30 am

Healthy Greek Brunch

12.00 pm

Free Time & Relax in the Swimming pool

2.30 pm

Hiking to Apollonia

6.00 pm

YIN Yoga Class

7.30 pm

Gourmet Greek dinner

13 Friday

7.00 am

Wake Up + Morning Detox

7.30 am

Meditation & Panayama

8.30 am

Break

9.00 am

Ashtanga/Vinyasa Yoga 

10.30 am

Healthy Greek Brunch

12.00 pm

Free Time & Relax in the Swimming pool

5.00 pm

Traditional Cooking Class

7.30 pm

Gourmet Greek dinner

14 Saturday

7.00 am

Wake Up + Morning Detox

7.30 am

Meditation & Panayama

8.30 am

Break

9.00 am

Ashtanga/Vinyasa Yoga 

10.30 am

Healthy Greek Brunch

12.00 pm

Free Time & Relax in the Swimming pool

3.30 pm

Transfer to Kamares

4.50 pm

Speedy Boat to Athens (Piraeus)

7.00 pm

Goodbye in Athens Piraeus

Note 

Program can change due to weather condition.

Every activities is elective, you are free to enjoy your week as you like.

SIFNOS ISLAND

Sifnos is a fertile island located in the western Cyclades inhabited since at least 4000 B.C. Remains of ancient fortifications and mines, some dating back to prehistoric times, are still to be seen on the island. It is said that today Sifnos is an attractive destination for people who wish to discover the real Cyclades. We have chosen the island for its authentic style, offering high quality facilities and services embedded in pure nature and the calming of the Aegean Sea.

Our Verina Astra neighbors Artemonas with the white Cycladic style houses decorating the mountainsides. Sifnos has more than 300 churches and monasteries crowning every peak, old stone walls, terraces following the contours of the mountains, ancient stone paths and stairs winding between them, olive trees and orchards, all bathed in the most amazing, calming sunlight.

The clearest, bluest water of the sea, always nearby, the softness of the beaches and the incredible vistas to the other islands floating in the distance will create the perfect ambiance for a pure relaxation.The warmth, joy and hospitality of the local people, with their seemingly timeless rhythms and habits, will make you feel not only welcome and at home, but also invited to enliven this lifestyle for your own.

After our YALAjourney you will realise that letting go and getting in the calming rhythm of this graceful island will be easy, pleasant and refreshening.

 

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 ABOUT THE TEACHERS:

 

 

CAROLINA DAZA

Carolina, a.k.a "The Global Yogini" is a multi-faceted artist and globe-trotter spreading her love for yoga and the arts in a uniquely creative way. She completed her 500HR Ashtanga Yoga teacher training (Yoga Alliance) in Paris with Gérald Disse & Linda Munro at Ashtanga Yoga Paris and has been leading retreats for numerous years.

Her teachers of Pranayama, Ayurveda and Yoga Philosophy are Sri OP Tiwari, Suddhir Tiwari of Kaivalyadhama Institute and Smta Hansayi Jayadeva from The Yoga Institute in Mumbai.

Carolina has a Master's in Contemporary Arts from the Université Paris VIII and completed a second master's in Art, Culture and Food Studies at New York University (NYU). While her studies at NYU, she lived at the Bhakti Center prime ashram in the Lower East Side of Manhattan together with her teacher Divya Alter, founder of the Bhagavat Life. Carolina has studied with senior level Ashtanga Yoga teachers such as Chuck Miller, Ron Reid, David Garrigues and Kino MacGregor.

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FRANCESCA LO CASCIO

Italian architect and interior designer, Francesca expresses her creative flair in her job as much as in her everyday life. Francesca found the spark of her passions nurturing inner balance and a healthy lifestyle based on yoga, natural eating and creativity.

Her yoga story started in Thailand in 2002, where she studied Hatha Yoga in Pai, and progressively refined her studies in Vinyasa Yoga in India at Richikesh's Tattvaa Centre, in Paris with Mika de Brito and Gerard Arnauld and in the United Stated with Paulie Zink, founder of Yin yoga. She studied the Chakra balancing technique with Jana Johnson in Bali.

Deeply inspired by the work of her teachers Dr. Anodea Judith and Selene Vega, she recently completed an intensive training in the Phycology of Chakras. Currently she focuses her attention and studies around psychology, bioenergy and movement.

In 2014 she decided to create Yala Collective to connect with others, while sharing passions and evolving her vision and love for living.  

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