Ignite and Restore in the Elements of Greece
Amorgos, Greece Retreat with Carole Westerman, Cindy Jesse, and Mary Carollo
The three of us had such a wonderful time leading our retreat in Greece in 2022 and 2023, that we are doing it again for 2024! Our knowledge and experiences 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 will provide opportunities to ignite your inner spark! These will be more active; Slow Flow, Vinyasa, and/or Kundalini, All classes will be accessible to all levels. These morning 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. Several of the classes will be team taught, with fun combinations of two or three teachers!
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!
- 6 nights accommodations
- Half Board includes two meals per day – breakfast and either lunch OR dinner – starting with dinner on the first night and ending with breakfast on the last day.
- Group Ground Transportation to/from the port on Amorgos to Retreat Center (Participants must make their own ferry arrangements for arriving and departing Amorgos Island.)
- Use of yoga room and facilities
- Free use of spa facilities (sauna, hammam, jacuzzi, indoor heated seawater swimming pool, and fitness center)
- 10% discount on all spa treatments
- Unlimited internet access
- Personal retreat time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)
This beautifully designed, family-run hotel is nestled on the cliffs of a quiet and peaceful Greek Island. Conveniently located near the bay and within walking distance of sandy beaches. Every room has a simple, elegant decor and boasts views of the sea. The hundreds of reviews comment that the staff is incredibly friendly, welcoming, and super helpful and most guests leave feeling like they have made new friends. Their chefs provide healthy, gourmet meals that incorporate fresh organic produce from their garden. They offer full services, from spa to gym to pool. Come and enjoy an authentic Greek experience.
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 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 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.
Amorgos is a picture-perfect Greek island. From traditional villages to stunning beaches, this secluded island is everything you imagine when you dream of a Greek holiday. During your retreat, you will have the opportunity to experience the island through various tours and activities. These excursions will give you a chance to discover what makes Amorgos so spectacular. Whether you are learning traditional Greek dance moves, exploring the underwater world of Greece, or hiking through local villages, tours and activities are a great way to make the most of your time in Greece.
Some of the possible options for tours and activities during your Greece retreat include:
- Hiking Tours
- Herbal Tours
- Cooking Demonstration
- Organic Gardens
- Greek Nights (Traditional Greek Music and Dancing)
*Activities are not included in the price of tuition
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Paying an initial non-refundable deposit of $350 and $35 Payment Processing Fee (added to the tuition rate upon registration) will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip.
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Included in the retreat is a shuttle from the local port on Amorgos Island to the retreat center. Participants will be responsible for securing their transportation to Amorgos Island. There are many ways to come to this island and this will depend on your travel plans. Many participants enjoy arriving in Athens a day early and staying a day later to have more ferry options and travel flexibility. Once the retreat is confirmed, you will receive complete information about the airports and the ferry options that will bring you to your destination. The center is a 5 or 35-minute shuttle ride, depending on which port you arrive at.
Participants must make their own ferry arrangements for arriving and departing Amorgos Island.
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Shared Accommodations – $2795 USD
Single Accommodations – $3195 USD
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