Love to Flow Yoga Retreat
2 – 8 September 2023
This exquisite Grecian yoga retreat took place at Vericoco on the idyllic island of Kefalonia. This paradise of pristine white sand beaches lapped by the crystal-clear Ionian Sea is one of the most beautiful Greek Islands.
Vericoco is an oasis of calm amid olive groves with views of mighty Mount Aenos and a short stroll from the soft sand of Spartia Beach. Its large, lush grounds are centred around a pink-terracotta villa, dotted with fruit tree groves, fuchsia flowers and a serene turquoise pool – perfect for diving into after a day spent practising yoga, immersing in nature, exploring the surrounding forests and beaches.
Vericoco accommodation varies from villa suites to beach houses that are dotted around the grounds, each with a combination of double and twin bedrooms and views of the surrounding gardens, forest and sea. Natural Decor’s in keeping with the retreat’s calm vibe, think terracotta walls, white cotton linen and the occasional splash of colour through exquisite art, cushions and and wall-hangings.
On waking in this stunning location, we shared a blissful sunrise sadhana in the Olive Grove Shala. Moving through beautiful sequencing and creative namaskars, we explored inspired Vinyasa Flow and Dharma Yoga. These soulful practices explored the ancient mystic Upanishads, creating a sense of lightness and peace, leaving our yogis feeling lovingly uplifted and inspired. In the afternoon, we we surrendered to a Yin Yoga and meditation practice for rest, renewal and rejuvenation.
Nourishment was a treat of home-cooked Mediterranean and Greek fare created using local, organic produce and vegetables fresh from the estate’s garden. At night, we gathered around the long alfresco tables beside the outside kitchen and socialise beneath the stars, sharing a glass of Vericoco’s very own wine.
In their free time, yogis relaxed with friends in the beautiful villas and by the pools overlooking the sea. Others experienced a local olive press tour and Argostoli town. Some indulged in a luxurious massage; others spent time on the white sands of Spartia beach, swimming, snorkelling and gazing out to the crystalline waters; others took time to read a book in the sunshine all afternoon.
We were blessed to retreat together in the beauty of nature, yoga and friendship in this pastel pink-blue Grecian Paradise!