Azulfit’s most experienced instructors will guide you in the sublime setting of Santorini, Greece. Experience rejuvenation, relaxation and bliss as you practice Pilates, immerse in yoga and enjoy the island. Complete with the comfort of a stunning retreat centre and the nourishing organic food, this is a once-in-a-lifetime retreat experience in one of Europe’s most beautiful destinations. Be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.
Santorini yoga and Pilates retreat
From your arrival in Greece you can feel at ease and enjoy the wonders of this glistening jewel of an island, safe in the experienced hands of the Azulfit team. We look forward to welcoming you, supporting you and guiding you through this incredible wellbeing experience.
Through the practice of yoga, Pilates and meditation you will connect with your body, mind and soul. You will work with amazing instructors through a challenging and fun program that will leave you feeling truly rejuvenated and cleansed. Drawing from the magical energy of Santorini you will feel connected with yourself and inspired.
It will be the experience of a lifetime, with a chance to immerse yourself in the life-changing practices of Pilates, yoga and meditation, and to connect with some of your favourite Azulfit instructors in this relaxed and tranquil retreat setting.
As well as the expert teachings you will also find yourself rebalanced by the beautiful nature of Santorini, with inspiring walks and views all around. Take in the stillness, soak up the Greek sunshine and enjoy the energy of this special island, allowing yourself the time and space to invite relaxation and wellbeing in.
Please note: You don’t need any previous knowledge or experience with Pilates or yoga to take part in this course. Likewise, experienced practitioners are also welcome as we will split classes to offer basic and advanced tuition separately, ensuring everyone gets the most from the course.
About the instructors
Rachel discovered her love and passion for yoga many moons ago during her previous life as a Youth and Community ‘Street Worker.’
With a life long love of sport and being active Rachel found that Yoga not only made her feel amazing physically but it did something magic to her mind and gave her the tools she needed to cope with the pressures of her job. It wasn’t long before yoga became her full time passion and full time career choice! It became clear that being a yoga teacher and youth worker had many similarities… Supporting and guiding people to explore and develop their full potential!!
Rachel loves to encourage playfulness and wonder within her yoga practice, her classes and life. She has been teaching full time since 2006, hosting her own retreats and exploring the world. Rachel is from The Midlands in the UK, she has recently spent 18 months in India and is now enjoying the calm and peaceful lifestyle in beautiful Fuerteventura and loving teaching at Azulfit.
You can expect to practice anything from Hatha to Vinyasa to Yin to Partner Yoga and all with a few laughs along the way. Rachel's welcoming nature, her rich storytelling and her kind and sunny outlook make her the perfect host for this beautiful location retreat.
Jo Dombernowsky - Pilates instructor & cookbook author
Jo is also an advanced practitioner and inspiring Pilates instructor. Her classes focus strongly on understanding correct form, body awareness and body synergy, giving students the understanding and skill to progress in their Pilates safely and quickly. Her classes are fun and challenging and compliment the yoga program beautifully.
She is also a practitioner of Ayurveda and will be available throughout the week to discuss nutrition and ayurveda.
Jo’s passion for wellbeing shine through in all that she does and she can't wait to share that with you in stunning Santorini!
Crescent-shaped Santorini is considered the precious gem of the Aegean. With its white-washed clifftop villages set against the deep blue sky, multicoloured beaches, vast volcanic vineyards, crystal clear waters and world famous sunsets, it is easy to fall under the spell of this magical, mythical island.
The island exploded into being – the result of 12 huge eruptions over 20,000 years – with the collapsing volcano creating a huge caldera (crater) in the sea. You can even scuba dive in this giant lagoon, to adventure into the crater and discover for yourself what’s left of the opening of the volcano.
Your retreat home of Oia is located high up on what is considered the balcony of Santorini. Oia is known for its amazing views of the volcano. There could not be a more fitting location for this “The Fire Within” retreat. Just two kilometers from the beach with inspiring walks and views all around, this is a chance to truly unwind and explore the many facets of beautiful Santorini.
The culture, architecture, geography and gastromony of Santorini are all reasons to visit in themselves. You can head down to the crystaline coast to take a cooling dip in the deep blue waters and enjoy the stunning beaches with white, red or black sand, spectacular rock formations and impressive lunar landscapes. Stroll through traditional villages, with narrow streets leading you on an adventure through time gone by. Treat your taste buds to the tantalising local food, with a whole host of delicious products to sample – some of it coming straight to your table from the organic garden of your Greek host, Antonis. It doesn’t get much more authentic than this.
The sublime setting of Santorini will inspire you for an incredible week of wellbeing. Adding exceptional instruction in Pilates and yoga, delicious organic food and excellent company with likeminded guests, this is a week not to be missed.
|Saturday||Arrivals||Gentle yoga | evening welcome meal|
|Sunday||Yoga | Breakfast | Orientation and Day Trip to Oia||Pilates | guided welcome meditation | evening meal|
|Monday||Morning yoga | Breakfast||Pilates | guided meditation | evening meal|
|Tuesday||Morning yoga | Breakfast||Pilates | evening meal|
|Wednesday||Morning yoga | Breakfast||Free afternoon/ Optional Catamaran Excursion | evening meal|
|Thursday||Morning yoga | Breakfast||Pilates | evening meal|
|Friday||Morning Pilates | Breakfast||Yoga | meditation & goodbye kirtan | evening goodbye meal|
|Saturday||Morning yoga |Breakfast||Departures|
Daily breakfasts will be served after the morning session.
Healthy organic evening meals are included and are grown from the retreat centre's garden. They are vegetarian multi course meals, with starters and a main course. Fish will also feature on the menu two nights, and vegetarian options will be provided each night.
Lunch is available for an additional cost at the retreat centre restaurant, or you can explore the nearby village during your down time.
'We strongly support the idea of organic nutrition, that’s why we offer our customers a wide range of Greek, traditional dishes using as many ingredients as we can from our own produce, such as cherry tomatoes, white aubergines, local cucumbers (katsounia), round zucchinis, string beans (ampelofasoula), grapes, figs, melons and watermelons. Take a stroll into our vegetable garden and get acquainted with the renowned, dry varieties which grow on the island and taste the fruit of our fig trees which surround your bungalows.'
-Antonis, your host in Oia
Massage, beauty & complementary therapies
Massages can be booked for you to take place at the retreat centre. Please contact us for more information.
- Seven nights accommodation
- All classes as listed above
- Daily breakfasts
- Seven organic vegetarian or seafood based evening meals
- All equipment (mats, belts, etc.)
Price for our Santorini retreat: The cost of the course is 1075 euros per person for a shared room and 1325 euros per person for a private room. Triple rooms and Quad rooms are also available.
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