Scaravelli Yoga Retreat with Caroline Hutton and Caroline Harper
Vericoco Retreat Centre, Kefalonia, Greece
July 4-11th 2020
“Incite a revolution in how you feel and experience your body”
This year our nurturing retreat will be held at the most beautiful retreat center in Kefalonia, Greece.
Kefalonia is a lush green island in the Ionian, famous for its turquoise seas and clean sandy beaches. One of the largest Greek islands, it also boasts the impressive Mount Aenos with thick fir forests, underground caves and ample countryside.
The retreat estate is home to organic vegetable gardens, a fruit tree grove with traditional well and plenty of quiet spots for you to take time out, read a book or enjoy the incredible views out to sea.
The grounds are spacious enough for you to enjoy plenty of solitary moments, yet conveniently laid out to provide easy access to all the shared facilities. Including a uniquely designed 11 metre swimming pool that lies discreetly and harmoniously between two rows of olive trees, and turns at the end to face the spectacular view towards Mount Aenos and the sea.
With infinite patience and no ambition, we will explore the relationship between rest, gravity and our spine to develop a deep understanding of this kinship, along with an awareness we cultivate to guide us back to our Self.
Over the week your body will softly unfold. Gracefully and without force you will rediscover your intuitive natural movement and rhythm. With playful curiosity we find ourselves moving effortlessly into postures that previously kept us bound.
Caroline will teach 3 hours of yoga each day and every individual will have the opportunity to practice at his or her own level, making this week suitable for students of different abilities.
Chanting with Caroline Harper
The numerous benefits of meditation are now well known.
Chanting and toning add another dimension, quietening the mind while enlivening the body, quite literally toning/tuning it up. A wonderful aid to meditation, chanting in a group opens the heart and nourishes the body, bringing joy and connection.
No singing experience is necessary.
07:30 Meditation – optional but highly recommended
08:00 Morning practise – Caroline Hutton
11:00 Breakfast/Brunch with tea, coffee and snacks available throughout the day. Self catering facilities are available for anyone wanting early morning breakfast and there are shops close by
11:30 Free time: organised activities, relax by the pool, explore the island, take a moped ride or gentle stroll down and hang out on the beach
17:30 Chanting – Caroline Harper
18:30 Dinner (we will have dinner out on the Tuesday and Friday evenings)
20:00 deep rest / Yoga Nidra / women circles / movie night
All yoga and meditation classes (see above daily schedule for details)
Equipment is provided but you are welcome to bring your own mat (travel mat is recommended)
7 nights luxurious accommodation
Use of all the facilities
All local-sourced food
2 vegetarian meals per day (hearty brunch / dinner), plus unlimited coffee, tea and snacks
Complimentary wireless internet access in public areas of the retreat center
Water at the retreat center, bring a bottle to fill
Whats not included
Flights to Kefalonia
Transfers (however they can be arranged by the retreat center at a small cost)
Lunchtime meals (there are shops and restaurants near by and fresh fruit is available throughout the day)
Evening meals out on Tuesday and Friday night
Any excursions you wish to do – optional
Walking or cycling tours
Spa treatments – available upon request
Wine tasting – Vericoco make their own white wine are happy to supply it alongside dinner
On offer are a variety of accommodation options that share the simple yet chic colours that create a sense of harmony with the natural surroundings and landscape.
From top of the range en-suite rooms within their recently built luxurious villa, to shared rooms within smaller apartments.
The villa offers top of the range mattresses, ensuite bathrooms, air conditioning, mosquito nets throughout and sea views from all bedrooms.
All are set within lush gardens looking onto the sea and Mount Aenos.
All accommodation has self catering facilities.
Caroline Hutton – Yoga
Caroline begun practicing yoga in 1997 and started teaching in 2003 . Originally inspired by Vanda Scaravelli, Caroline’s yoga teachings take direct inspiration from her tutors Christine Borg and Diane Long, who she started working with in 2003.
Caroline’s passion and purpose is to help people find freedom in their bodies once again, allowing them to rediscover their essential power and vitality and the beautiful intelligence of their spine no matter what their age, size or state of health. What she sees in her students is a real sense of joy and excitement at the discovery of what has always been there: a playful freedom that most haven’t felt since childhood.
Through deep enquiry and exploration and the ongoing practice of sincere attention and intention, Caroline will take you on a journey throughout your body, with love, attention and patience. You will begin to experience something new, it starts as a faint whisper but ends up singing out loud and you begin to understand what its feels like to be really alive in this wonderful body of yours
‘Movement is the song of the body’
Caroline began her journey after a spiritual awakening in India in 1971. She trained as a Cruse bereavement counsellor in 1992 and completed training in Gestalt counselling in 1987.
She then worked with Chloe Goodchild, founder of ‘the Naked Voice’, for over 5 years. She found that chanting and freeing her voice brought a lot more joy and freedom into her life. She feels passionate about deepening into our true nature, in an embodied and joyful way – aligning our mind, body and spirit, so that we may become all that our hearts long for – sharing ourselves and our gifts in this world in an authentic, loving, natural way.
“I have been on the retreat with the Caroline’s for the 4 years now and cannot quite express the magic that they provide. The yoga practice with Caroline is beyond words, one of the most nourishing and nurturing things I have ever done for my mind, body and soul. Caroline is an incredible teacher and she offers a unique gift in her approach to the practice. It’s so rare and so treasured to have her as a guide to unravel layers of “stuff”!! Then being in such a splendid place where you are able to find solitude or join in lovely conversations with a fabulous bunch of women. Being in retreat with just the female energy is so healing in itself. I cannot recommend this experience enough. I think it’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself.”
“This yoga retreat is wonderful it gave us all time to really explore ourselves and our bodies which was so beneficial for everyone. I would really recommend it to anyone who is interested in exploring Scaravelli yoga more and Caroline is a wonderful teacher with so much enthusiasm and energy which is infectious and who knows what you might learn on this trip! Finally, I would say it is very special having time with just a group of women who all love yoga and there is a real warmth and love around the whole week with also a lot of laughs!”
Caroline’s teaching is so informative that you can feel every part of your body correcting itself day by day. Incorporating the yoga with meditation I am set up for the months ahead until the time comes round again. I would not miss it for the world.”
Shared room with shared bathroom: £800
Shared room ensuite bathroom band A: £1020
Shared room ensuite bathroom band B: £970
Private room shared bathroom: £1170
Private room ensuite band A : £1380
Private room ensuite band B : £1220
In order to secure your place, you will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of £300 and the balance to be paid up at least 6 weeks before the retreat commencement date.
Please make sure there is a place for you before booking flights etc.
We ask for a non-refundable deposit of £300 per person. I am happy for you to pay the balance in monthly instalments, please email me and we can work out what works for you.
How to Pay
Please pay by bank transfer or via Paypal. Contact Caroline on firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
How to get here
Kefalonia has its own airport. Easyjet, Ryan air and BA are the main airlines that fly to Kefalonia from UK airports Stanstead, Gatwick, Heathrow and Bristol .
Check in at the Vericoco is at 3pm Saturday 4th July / check out is 9 am Saturday 11th July for the rooms (11 am brunch still provided that day.) Please bare this in mind when booking flights. There are local taverns and beaches to hang out on if you arrive early or leave later and the airport is not far from the center.
Life and the world is pretty crazy right now, I’d like to invite you to come and remember what its feels like to deeply rest and reconnect back to your center, inviting yourself to listen once again to the wisdom and power that comes from this place.
We all need time to reconnect.
For a week, allow yourself to be held within a container of love, laughter, deep friendship, beautiful food, magical surroundings and lots of space away from the frenetic world thats has often become our norm.