7 Day Santosha Yoga and Zen Retreat in Serifos, South Aegean

  • location Kir Mimis Villa, Kalo Ampeli, Serifos, Milos, South Aegean, Greece

7 Day Santosha Yoga and Zen Retreat in Serifos, South Aegean

Greece Yoga Retreat

"Santosha Yoga & Zen Retreat" is hosted in KAISANJI, situated in the Kalo Ambeli region on the southern side of Serifos island, an unspoiled and serene land. The landscape speaks for itself. Gently cultivated, the area oversees a beautiful olive-grove with vineyards and naturally grown wild herbs.

The name KAISANJI is the union of three Japanese words: KAI means sea, SAN means mountain and JI means monastery. So, KAISANJI is “the monastery of the mountain and sea”. The architecture reflects the lines and colors of the land without disturbing them in any way. A new section is currently under construction, according to the traditional architectural principles of Zen Monasteries. From there, you can walk down the sea in just a few minutes, using the path, where you will enjoy the golden sand and the turquoise waters of Kalo Ambeli beach!

Zen Center Athens invites you to take an active part in our vision, which focuses on expanding the teachings of Yoga and Meditation and sharing it with everyone that joins us in this collective experience on the beautiful island of Serifos.

Each and every individual can have a positive and constructive impact on the expansion of Zen Meditation in Greece, the continuation of Zen Center Athens, and its affiliate, KAISANJI.

Zen Center Athens wishes to thank you in advance and they are looking forward to welcoming you!

7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English; Greek;
The maximum participants in the group is 20


  • 7 days of daily practice
  • 2 yoga classes per day
  • 1 Zazen session every evening
  • Chanting and kirtan sessions daily
  • 6 nights accommodation in a newly built, elegant villa and renovated traditional cottages
  • Crystal clear sea with a sandy beach only minutes away
  • 3 Daily vegetarian and vegan meals per day
  • Amazing view of the Aegean
  • Unspoiled nature

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Retreat Style

  • Hatha Yoga
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This is a retreat where you can truly have the time and space to focus on unloading your mind while energizing your body and soul.

During the day you will participate in morning and afternoon yoga classes and zen meditation practice. At the same time, you will have plenty of time to hike the paths through the olive trees and cherish your connection to the clear, blue sea and the invigorating Aegean sun!

By the end of the day, you will have the opportunity to join the all-encompassing experience of a Kirtan! Kirtan is a mantra chanting with musical accompaniment and is a great way to uplift your spirit and connect to the heart-warming feeling of being one with everything!

The program: Summer period (August 21 - 27, 2021)

  • 07:00 - 09:30 Yoga Class
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 13:30 Free time
  • 13:30 - 14:00 Light lunch
  • 14:00 - 17:00 Free time
  • 17:00 - 19:30 Yoga and Zazen
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Dinner
  • 20:30 - 21:30 Chanting & Kirtan

What is included

  • Two yoga classes per day
  • One Zen practice per day
  • Chanting and kirtan gatherings every evening
  • 6 nights accommodation in newly built houses
  • 3 Mediterranean inspired, vegetarian - vegan meals per day

What is not included

  • Airfare
  • Boat tickets
  • Taxi transfers

Additional Details


  • Check-in Time: 17:00
  • Check-out Time: 17:00


  •  Dining area
  •  Environmentally friendly
  •  Fireplace
  •  Kitchen
  •  Lounge
  •  Smoke-free property
  •  Terrace
  •  Yoga shala
  •  Free parking
  •  Free Wi-Fi
  •  Internet access
  •  Parking lot

Kir Mimis Villa

Kir Mimis Villa is a beautiful stone-built house where the integration of Greek and Japanese architecture is obvious and distinct. It is newly built and has all the necessary amenities for a comfortable stay.

Room options:

  • Master bedroom Α and B: These rooms are equipped with a double bed and an ensuite bathroom.
  • Double basement room: This room is equipped with two twin beds and a shared bathroom.
  • Single or double basement room: This room is equipped with a double bed and a shared bathroom.
  • Double room: This room is equipped with two twin beds and a private bathroom and sea view.
  • Private room A, B, and D: These rooms are equipped with a double bed, a shared bathroom, a kitchen, dining, and a living room.
  • Private room C: This room is equipped with two twin beds, a shared bathroom, a kitchen, dining, and a living room.

Serifos Cells

Serifos Cells are renovated old shepherds houses where the aroma of the Cyclades and traditional Greek architecture is very vivid.

Room options:

  • Cell 1, 2, 3 and 4: Each room is equipped with one double bed or two single that can turn into a double bed. They share two bathrooms, one kitchen, dining and living room.


Retreat location

The retreat will take place in South Aegean, Greece. Kalo Ampeli is one of the quietest southern beaches on Serifos. It is on a 45-kilometer long coastline, consisting of four bays. One of them is Kalo Ampeli, while the others are Koutalas, Malliadiko, and Dyo Gialoudia. Kalo Ampeli, along with Koutalas, has small beaches on the shore covering a small percentage of the total terrain size. The beach of Kalo Ampeli has flat sand and pebble areas, while the bay offers amazing panoramic views of the island.


Unique features


  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga deck

Things to Do

The most interesting sightseeing in Serifos is the Old Mines, just above the village of Megalo Livadi. These mines are abandoned today, but they were the place of a historic strike in the early 20th century.

You can also visit Chora, the capital of Serifos. Chora hovers on the side of a mountain, overlooking the large harbor.

Please contact Zen Center Athens for more suggestions about how you can further enrich your experience while joining Santosha Retreat and staying in Serifos!


You will be served three meals per day that are included in the price. All meals are vegetarian and vegan, prepared by a cook with fresh fruit and seasonal vegetables. The recipes are simple, based on the principles of a Mediterranean diet, which gives emphasis on great taste, good nutrition as well as the well-being of the body.

The cook uses herbs and spices carefully. Please inform them if you have any specific dietary requirements that they have to consider.

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The following meals are included:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks
  • Lunch
The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:
  • Other dietary requirements on request
  • Vegan
  • Whole Food
The following drinks are included:
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Water

Spa Treatment

At the moment we do not provide spa treatment.

Meet The Instructors

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Alexandra Sotiropoulou

Alexandra Sotiropoulou was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She began practising Yoga in 1996 in the system of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. In 2004 and 2005 she received her certificates in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. In 2002 she completed Yogic studies 1 and in 2007 the instructor's training course in the system of Satyananda Yoga. From 2008 to 2019 she studied the method of Scaravelli inspired yoga with Diane Long. Alexandra has been teaching since 2003. She is certified by YOGA ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL (Master level training - 500 hours).

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Antaratma Theodoros Chiotis

Antaratma Theodore Chiotis was born and raised in Athens, Greece. He started his practice and study of Yoga in 1995 in the system of Satyananda Yoga, with the guidance of Swami Shivamurti Saraswati. He completed the Instructor's s training course in the system of Satyananda Yoga followed in 2000. Antaratma has been leading yoga classes, workshops and yoga retreats for students and instructors since that time. In 1998, he began composing and singing Kirtan which belongs to the branch of Nada Yoga (Yoga of the sound) and Bhakti Yoga (Yoga of the heart).

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Location Kir Mimis Villa, Kalo Ampeli, Serifos, Milos, South Aegean, Greece

Recommended Airports

(ATH ) Athens International Airport: 102 km Transfer not provided

Arrival by airplane

Book your flight to arrive at Athens International Airport (ATH). From the airport, you can easily reach Piraeus port and embark on the ferry to Serifos. Serifos is easily accessible by ferry from Piraeus Port in Athens. The route from Piraeus port to Serifos lasts approximately two hours. During the summer, some extra ferry services are carried out from Lavrion port. As soon as you book your tickets to the airport and the ferry to Serifos, please let Zen Center Athens know so they can book you a taxi.

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Booking And Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 15 days before arrival.

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