I had no idea what to expect. My nerves were high, and I was very tempted to recede into my hermit like tendencies. But then every doubt I had in myself completely vanished as I walked through the gorgeous villa that would be our home for the next week.
Anna and Eranthi of Fykiada Retreats reached out to me about a year ago about leading a group of yogis on a week long retreat. I said yes right away. I never could have expected such a wonderful turn out. The villa was far more magnificent than I have ever dreamed of. Perched atop a mountain over looking the cobalt colored ocean, with 365 degree views, and a turquoise infinity pool, this house was a real life dream.
Our group of yogis was kind, cool, down to earth, and each person had so much to contribute. We had some who had never practiced yoga before, and others who were mastering their handstands. From lawyers to wine connoisseurs, nurses to social media stars, we had it all. Guest from Tel Aviv, New Zealand, Cypress, London, Los Angeles, Greece and even Canada! We all left with new friends from all over the world.
There were 2 classes a day, morning and evening. Usually morning classes were a little more rigorous with fast paced movements, core work and always Kapalabati (breath of fire), while evening classes were meant to be nourishing, mindful, meaningful. I led a yoga nidra class for the very first time, and I think I have found me new calling.
We made sure to practice in as many places as we could to fully take advantage of this idyllic setting.
After yoga, we all gathered for breakfast upstairs. Alexandra Dudley, author of her new book, Land and Sea, flew in from London to feed us delicious & health conscious meals.
After breakfast and before our evening yoga session, there was always plenty of time to relax or go explore. Yoga retreats are (in my opinion) not meant to be strict, but a time to nourish yourself. To go slow and just enjoy BEING. I usually indulged in a nap, long meditations, and lots of lounging. Scrabble too.
We did have a few group excursions and activities planned. One night we had a white party, and DJ Dest played for us while we flowed and boogied.
We also ventured to a sick beach club called Alemagou. Definitely coming back here next summer.
Honestly, I'm still buzzing with gratitude for the wonderful time we had. The connections that were made, the breakthroughs that were had, the honesty, the playfulness, the vulnerability. My intention was to set a tone of authenticity. To allow everyone the space to truly BE themselves. With no judgement and no attachment to whatever would unfold. I really feel proud of myself for staying inspired and connected and just giving this my ALL. It feels so good to accomplish something so grand. And the girls who put this together couldn't have done a better job. Everything went so smoothly and we were all devastated to part ways. UNTIL NEXT TIME MYKONOS. I'll definitely be back.