The Yogini Summer Ashram

Corfu, Greece
June 16 – July 12, 2019

1391496_10151990772542250_921895269_nDear Sister,

Welcome to our 13th international Yogini Summer Ashram in Greece!

We call this retreat an ashram because we come together to practice. Through our shared commitment we co-create a profound container which allows us to let go into the depths of spiritual awakening. This container of practice is a space full of beauty and sisterhood that actualizes when each woman honors the space we create together with all her heart, showing up fully for practice, for the benefit of all. We support each other to stay true to our deepest calling, while honoring the full spectrum of the feminine in us all.

We do include inner yoga practices and movement in our practice, but this is not a Yoga retreat.

Since the first time we gathered on the magical island of Corfu twelve years ago, our practice and connection to the ancient lineage of feminine practitioners has deepened in ways I could never have imagined. Together we have created a true sanctuary for the feminine.

For many women this annual ashram time in Greece has become the oasis we return to again and again to be awakened and loved beyond our wildest dreams. We have had women traveling in from Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Holland, USA, Germany, South Africa, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Italy, Australia, Taiwan, India and even New Zealand. Real sisterhood among conscious  women. Women dedicated to a conscious world, for ALL. The circle births us into real womanhood, and gives us infinite roots in all directions. Surrendering into the flow of giving and receiving, giving and receiving, we taste real sisterhood. Trust. Strength, courage, clarity, beauty.

We will practice in Corfu for 4 weeks.  You can join us for the whole month or choose which week is right for you.
When the Yoginis gather in Corfu, magic happens. Each year we arrive on the island, this field gets stronger. Together, we contribute in co-creating a field of Shakti that feeds us all with a powerful transmission of grace and awakening.

It cannot really be put into words. All I can say is this: if you feel the call, and feel ready to step two feet in to a committed field of practice, come join us!

(Register soon to claim your seat; this retreat fills up each year.)

With infinite love,


If you have participated in the Yogini Summer Ashram before
you can go ahead and register and make your deposit here.
We still recommend that you read through this page,
since we have made some changes in the program.

Week 3 is full.
If you would like your reservation to include Week 3 you will be added to a waiting list. Spaces for Week 1 only participants are full and you may still join for multiple weeks.

IMPORTANT:  After submitting your payment you will be redirected to the registration form.

Deposit 235 €



About the Practices

devotional singing ~  dharma talks & open circle with Chameli ~ dance ~ inner yoga practices ~ dyads ~ inquiries ~ meditation ~ temple touch ~ movement ~ prayer

First of all: we go deep. We don’t sit around and only talk about awakening; we’re all about direct experience. This is a highly experiential path; a lot of the practices are interactive and include movement and also respectful touch.

The feminine touch, because it has such an inviting quality to it, invites deeper presence into our bodies. All the numb and cold places, the unmet corners of our body can be visited with gentle awareness as we cultivate a greater capacity to allow feelings as energy to flow through our bodies. In the feminine touch our bodies can slowly, slowly open and soften.

The basis for all spiritual exploration in the Shakti tradition is the insight that that which we are longing for is who we already are. Thus our practice is not towards a goal of attainment in the future, it is a process of melting, of unraveling the wisdom and beauty already inherent in each woman. And there is no more powerful place to do that than in the Yogini circle.

We practice the feminine way, an all inclusive in-the-body spirituality, beyond dusty dogmas and far fetched goals of the future. Spiritual awakening, instead of being a peak experience you once had or a concept you read about and compare yourself with, becomes a lived and embodied realization of freedom and love uniquely experienced and expressed through each woman. We do include inner yoga practices and movement in our practice, but this is not a Yoga retreat.

13512190_1115871355121400_2408284564384783501_nWe call this an ashram retreat because the days are structured around a schedule of practice.  Our ashram routine sets a strong container for us to travel together to inner depths that are only possible through Iccha Shakti, the power of commitment.

Although there are plenty of breaks for beach and rest, this is not a festival-like retreat where you can show up to only some of the sessions. Please do come only if you feel attracted to a firm schedule and agree to honor and respect the field we create together by showing up to all sessions, on time. 

The women gathering in our summer ashram all have a basic understanding and love for feminine/embodied spiritual practice. We do not spend much time discussing awakening in theoretical matters, through practice we go deep into direct experience.

Our retreats are based on powerful shakti practices, there is an intensity to the embodiment practices that can be challenging if you are not used to it. These are not therapeutic programs. If you are in any way feeling unstable psychologically, are going through a severe crisis or have a history of mental illness, we ask you to not join these events.

Kate Walker, Brisbane, Australia

It is hard to convey in words the power of what happens in the circle through seemingly simple practices. For me it was a deeply embodied spiritual experience, a simultaneous blossoming from the inside out and unveiling from the outside in; all nurtured and nourished by the sacred embrace of the circle and loving presence of the women. This was not just a holiday to Corfu, it was a journey back to wholeness, to myself, to the loving presence that I am. Infinite gratitude to Chameli and her team for this priceless gift.

Kate Walker, Brisbane, AustraliaDevotee of Sacred Self Care
Ewa Wilhelmsson, Sweden

At home…still with the smell of thyme, jasmine and lemon, from Paradise inside…Like fragments from a dream I see women from all lifetimes, moving softly in the morning mist. The wind in their white clothing and hair…the whispering voices, the breathing, the sound of sandals in the grass, while silently walking to the morning meditation and the Gayatri Mantra… All the songs, all the prayers, all the tears and laughs and wisdom we have shared…We have washed and strengthened our souls, opened the deepest rooms in our hearts, to BE the space we are – not only for ourselves, but for all women and the collective consciousness… Magic.

Ewa Wilhelmsson, Sweden


About Mantra Singing Practice

We begin and end each day with devotional singing practice. The sacred sounds of mantras vibrate through our whole being; a tenderness and a wildness is allowed to arise from the inside out when only we have the patience, and fine-tuned sensitivity to wait and allow. Many speak about the exquisite “Yogini style” of mantra singing, and how it is an essential part of the retreat experience. Carina-Maria Caur will lead the singing practice in weeks 1 + 2 and Helga Høgåsen will lead us in weeks 3 + 4.

About Lifedancing  (Weeks 1 + 2 only)

In weeks 1 + 2, Carina-Maria will guide us in Lifedancing in the late afternoons. In the Lifedancing session, you will have plenty of open space to integrate the teachings from the morning circle and to allow energy to move and transform. Ground your feet in the muddy belly of Mother Earth. Move wild and free with the spiritual fire in your hips and heart. Let your body express who you are in this very moment. Shake your absolutely everything! Surrender body and mind in the healing flow of feminine energy. Let go in sacred ecstasy, rest in deep silence…

Lifedancing moves you through the elements of earth, fire, water and air, and gives you a deeper understanding of the feminine cyclic dance in different life processes: in your relationships, your lifework, in creativity and within.

Darlene Antoniewicz, United States

Magnificently the most powerful and best retreat/intensive ever — and I have been around the block a few times with spiritual experiences!  I thought the yogini retreat would be about silence, meditation, spiritual conversations — all what I am used to experiencing.   But what I received— freedom! All of my senses were awakened in love and spiritual acceptance, and the power held within every one of our hearts was palpable. The space was so full of the Presence — and the liberation 7 generations back  and 7 generations forward — was clairvoyantly visible.

Darlene Antoniewicz, United States
Candra Karlholm, Sweden

This was a deep plunge into the vast open space of love of my heart. It was a renewed encounter with the Beloved in all things and a wonderful relaxing into the truth held in the present moment.

I am empowered.
I am grateful.
I am in love, naturally.

Candra Karlholm, SwedenGraphic Designer, organizer, workshop

Ashram Schedule

In the summer of 2019, we will be in Corfu for 4 weeks.
You can join us for the whole month or choose the week that is right for you.

If you have not been in retreat with us before, you can join the ashram in week 1 or week 3.
All participants must have a background in spiritual practice, as well as a basic knowledge and experience of the Awakening Women Practices through at least one online Sadhana.
(Here you can find self study online courses.)


The Yogini Immersion Retreat

Weeks 1 + 2 ~ June 16 – 28
Embodied Awakening


The Yogini Lounge

Week 3 ~ June 30 – July 5
Lakshmi: Live your Dharma with Abundance, Beauty and Integrity

Week 4 ~ July 7 – 12

Activating the Voice Goddesses


Women’s Temple Group Facilitator Training

June 22 – 29

*Scroll down to read about each week*

Weeks 1 + 2

The Yogini Immersion Retreat


Week 1: June 16 – 21  |  Week 2: June 23 – 28

Seats for Week 1 only are full and we have a waiting list. There is still space to join for Weeks 1 AND 2.

In The Yogini Immersion Retreat, our focus is dropping into the body with the deepest feeling awareness. Through illuminating dharma talks, feminine embodiment practices, devotional chanting and dance, you will experience life more fully – not only thinking about things, but actually feeling and sensing through your body. In return your body will reveal to you an intelligence that will become your most loyal instrument of navigation through the ups and downs of life.

Although first timers are welcome to join, you must have a background in spiritual practice, as well as a basic knowledge and experience of the Awakening Women approach through at least one online sadhana. (Here you can find self study online courses.) We dance for two hours most days, and it is essential that everyone participate fully also in this practice. 

This is the most intensive part of our Summer Ashram, with a program from early morning until the evening. There is a long break in the middle of the day for beach and relaxation time. Our ashram routine sets a strong container for us to travel together to inner depths that are only possible through our shared commitment. This retreat is only for women who are ready for an intensive practice schedule. 


Can I come for one week of The Yogini Immersion only?

Yes you can, but the Yogini Immersion Retreat is created as a two week process. If you can only attend one week, we recommend that you join us for Week 1.

In order to join in Week 2 without doing Week 1, you must have participated in the Yogini Summer Ashram in Corfu before and have a strong practice in your life.*

*If you join us for Week 2 only, you are jumping into the middle of a retreat. From previous years, women have given us the feedback that it can be challenging to come from the busy daily life to join a circle of women who have already been in Corfu for a week and are so soft, still and wide open.

Sample Daily Schedule ~ Weeks 1 + 2

7:00 – 8:00 amMorning Prayer and Meditation with Chameli
8:30 – 9:30 amBreakfast
9:45 am – 1:00/2:00 pmMantra singing / Dharma Talks and Practices in the Yogini circle with Chameli
1:00/2:00 – 5:30 pmFree Time
5:30 – 7:15 pmLifedancing with Carina-Maria Caur
7:30 – 8:30 pmDinner
8:45 – 9:15 pmOptional Evening Meditation

(The schedule is subject to change at any time.)

Saturday is an arrival day. The retreat will start on the morning of June 16th and end before dinner on Friday, June 28th. Saturday, June 22nd is a free day. (If you join for Week 2 only, you will join the retreat on Sunday morning, June 23th. If you join for Week 1 only, you will end the retreat before dinner on Friday, June 21.)

There will be one day during each week where you will have more open time. In Week 1 there will be a group trip to one of the most beautiful beaches on the island.

Week 3

The Yogini Lounge

June 30 – July 5:

IMPT NOTE:  Week 3 is now full. You may request to be on a waiting list.

Lakshmi ~  Live your Dharma with Abundance, Beauty and Integrity

Sri Lakshmi is the Goddess of abundance, beauty and wealth. She removes the perceived separation between spirituality and so-called ordinary life. She illuminates and liberates us from limiting beliefs and unconscious loyalty to lack, and shows us how we can live the infinite abundance of our spiritual awakening in an embodied and practical way; how we can put our unique mark of beauty onto the world.

In our practice with Lakshmi, we will use her four arms as our map. This gives us a powerful blueprint of how our material life, relationships and our longing to contribute are not in any way separate from our enlightenment.

The arms symbolize: Dharma (right living), Artha (genuine wealth), Kama (sensuality, desire, love) and Moksha (ultimate liberation).

Through illuminating dharma talks, feminine embodiment practices, devotional chanting, silence and sisterhood, we will study and practice with the Goddess as a powerful mirror of the expression of awake consciousness in feminine form. She will show us potent portals to awakening and wholeness. Through devotion, movement, deep relaxation and body-opening practices we will tap into the source of our power.

This week offers more open time than in the rest of our Yogini Ashram Retreat time in Greece. It is perfect for you if you would like to combine practice with free time to rejuvenate on the beach and enjoy the island of Corfu.

Although there are plenty of breaks to rest and integrate, there is an intensity to the embodiment practices that can be challenging if you are not used to it.

We have sessions from 7 am – 2 pm and the rest of the day is free for beach and integration. Alexis Zorbas and the many other retreat centers in the area often hold evening events that you can join if you would like.

*Although first timers are welcome to join the ashram in Week 3, you must have a background in spiritual practice, as well as a basic knowledge and experience of the Awakening Women Practices through at least one online sadhana. (Here you can find self study online courses) .

Sample Daily Schedule ~ Week 3

7:00 – 8:00 amMorning Meditation and Prayers
8:30 – 9:30 amBreakfast
9:45 – 2:00 pmDharma Talks / Mantra Singing / Yogini Practice with Chameli
after 2:00 pmFree time

(The schedule is subject to change at any time.)

Saturday is an arrival day. The Yogini Lounge Week 3 will start Sunday morning, June 30 and end before dinner on Friday, July 5th. (For the women who will also participate in Week 4, Saturday, July 6th is a free day.)

Week 4

The Yogini Lounge

July 7 – 12:

Activating the Voice Goddesses

In our practice, we will work with the many Goddesses of Voice and Sound to open our voice as portals, as instruments of truth. We will explore the link between voice and creativity, voice and the womb, and sound as a path to spiritual awakening.

The Voice Goddesses, including Saraswati, Matangi, Bagala Mukhi and Bhairavi, activate our voice by touching the wild aspects of the feminine. They liberate our unique expression of life force from the patterns of fear and numbness, opening the doorway for our words to be a reflection of the heart, to emerge from source.

We will work with singing and mantra to purify the channel of speech. Mantra is sound; sound is vibration. When we allow our words and voice to express the frequencies of mantra, it purifies and aligns the frequencies of our voice, like a tuning fork inside the energetic body. When we chant mantras, our sense of self re-aligns with this vibration, and the medicine of the Voice Goddesses is awakened in us.


Week 4 is for women who have previously practiced in Awakening Women temple groups or live retreats with Chameli, have already established a reliable capacity to stay present in the physical and emotional body and who feel a strong pull towards Shakti-based spirituality and freedom.

We will have dharma talks and practice from the early morning until 2 pm, and in the evenings after dinner we will gather for devotional chanting and meditation. There will be optional movement or meditation sessions in the late afternoons some days. If you would like even more open time, Week 3 may be a better option for you, where there is no evening practice or afternoon sessions.

Sample Daily Schedule ~ Week 4

7:00 – 8:00 amMorning Meditation and Prayers
8:30 – 9:30 amBreakfast
9:45 am – 2:00 pm Dharma Talks / Mantra Singing / Yogini Practice with Chameli
2:00 – 8:30 pmFree Time (we will have some optional afternoon sessions)
7:30 – 8:30 pmDinner
8:30 -10 pmEvening Mantra Singing / Silent Sitting Practice

(The schedule is subject to change at any time.)

Saturday is an arrival day. Week 4 will start Sunday morning, July 7th and end before dinner on Friday, July 12th.

Because of the heat at this time in July, instead of late afternoon sessions, we will meet for evening practice after dinner (mantra singing circle/silent sitting). Some days, there will be optional movement or meditation in the afternoon. At least one evening will be open with no program, and we will end our practice no later than 10 pm.

Women’s Temple Training

Ouranos Club
June 22 – 29, 2019

This summer, as an addition to our annual Yogini Summer Ashram in Greece, there will be an Awakening Women’s Temple Group Facilitator Training facilitated by SimoneRita Egger, June 22 – 29 (at a nearby retreat center). It has been a few years since we offered this training in Greece, and it has been a favorite for the yoginis as a deep dive into the theory and practice of Women’s Temple amidst the olive trees and beautiful beaches.

In the temple training you will learn how to create and facilitate a Women’s Temple group. SimoneRita will guide you in an in-depth exploration of the theory behind the practices and guidelines that create a powerful circle for all the women to relax into. The learning process is a carefully balanced mix of theory and experiential transformation, with some time in the middle of the day for beach and integration.

Combining the training with personal practice in the summer ashram before or after will enhance your experience as a leader, and allow for some dedicated time to replenish with your sisters. Ouranos Club is just a 15 minute walk to Alexis Zorbas and 3 minutes by the shuttle transfer the centers offer. It is very convenient if you wish to participate in the Summer Ashram before or after the temple training.

Yulia Nikulina, India

It is very hard to express in words the inexpressible. Through many years of spiritual search, this is a very critical point of transformation, a stone in my foundation which was missing. Like a breath of such a fresh and life-giving air into my whole spiritual practice. So many answers, deeper than answers…a way to BE!

I’d say that Chameli’s work for me is like a whole new world, a way to deal with so many stuck places. I think it is essential in our world at this time.  It is accessible to anyone who is willing to do so, and that makes it sooooo precious!

Yulia Nikulina,
Emma Knight, Italy

So profound. I feel I have been cracked open and have been given such beautiful practices and foundations for which to be fully myself, to trust the flow of life, to surrender fully to the longing and ache and discomforts that are the pathways to what I’ve always wanted!

Emma Knight, ItalyYoga Teacher

Meet the Team

Chameli Ardagh

Retreat Teacher

A devoted Yogini and the founder of the Awakening Women Institute. A celebrated transformational leader and one of the world’s pioneers of embodied feminine spirituality, Chameli has inspired thousands of women around the world, sharing her passion and deep connection with ancient feminine spiritual practices. As a practitioner and teacher of feminine embodiment, her methods weave mythology and storytelling with embodied practice, meditation and the inner Yoga of the ancient Shakti traditions now expressed in modern form. Chameli was born in Norway, and she now lives in Northern California with her husband, Arjuna.

Carina-Maria Caur

Dance & Mantra Singing

The director of Lifedancing Academy – a pulsating dance community offering weekly events and classes and a yearlong Dance Teacher Training in Sweden and Germany. Through her groundbreaking methods and inspiring presence, she has made it possible for thousands of people to open up, relax and dive into the depth of their being through free movement. She is a gifted singer, actress, and embodiment coach. Carina-Maria is the mother of two.

Helga Høgåsen

Mantra Singing & Assistant

Helga is deeply committed to the Yogini path in her love for life, truth and love. She carries her guitar and voice to Corfu and India, and to the women’s circles she facilitates in Norway, where she lives. She will lead the mantra singing in weeks 3 & 4. She’s a biodynamic craniosacral therapist and TRE provider, bringing her sensitivity and skills into the rhythmic dances of life and healing. She also works as a veterinarian and researcher. Her scientific and spiritual paths meet in her reverence for the unknown, and for life’s deep intelligence, which unfolds in her silent and knowing hands.

Anita Wiger

Head Goddess of Staff

Anita is beauty incarnate. In recovering from a condition that paralyzed half of her face, Anita discovered the keys to true beauty, which she now shares with women as a personal stylist. Anita knows how to create miracles. (Yes, she does offer private sessions at the retreat!) Anita is the leader of the assistant team, as well as the invisible hand of the Goddess making everything run smoothly. Meeting Anita will change you.

(After 21 years in Corfu, Anita is embarking on an adventure with her beloved man, and will take a break from being team leader in 2019. Miri will take her seat.)

Miri Kalliwoda

Onsite Organization & Team Leader

Miri is a passionate, inspiring, dedicated Yogini from Berlin, Germany and senior practitioner in the Yogini Summer Ashram. She loves squirrels, nature, meditation, Lifedancing, music and life itself. She has been working as a police detective for many years now, and is teaching criminal law at the police academy. She is a Lifecoach and Lifedancing teacher, and has newly published an incredible book called Der Gefühls-Profiler about feelings, thoughts, habits and the effect on our body and life.

Karen McGinn

Event Coordinator & Registration

Karen stepped into the Yogini circle in Corfu 2011 and knew the feminine practices had something beautiful to offer her heart. Inspired to living a life more intimately connected to truth, she maintains a daily commitment to sadhana. She keeps her AWI sisters in flow with her welcoming presence and administrative support for a variety of projects that keep the women connected to their own practice. A yogini living in southern California, Karen also enjoys hands-on house projects, hiking and being car-free!

Dariya Kužnik

Team Leader

Born in Slovenia, Dariya has lived in the International Township of Auroville, South India since 1991 and became a mother in 1992. She creates sacred spaces on land (Dance Offering and Women’s Temple) and in water (teaching and offering Watsu and Liquid Flow) to simply be and deepen, to unfold moment to moment. In 2012, she met Chameli and Awakening Women, and has dedicated herself to the yogini path, assisting in Corfu every year. She is touched again and again by witnessing the openings and transformation through which we move in intimate spaces.

The Assistant Team

The Corfu Summer Ashram will be also be supported by a highly trained team of assistants who create a safe container for us all to go deep in practice … Jai Ma!

Catarina Olvenmark, Sweden

It has been beyond my expectation! The combination of the different sessions supporting each other for the absolute perfect experience. Giving me the divine space (of feminine beauty, humor, sisterhood, music, touch, tears, love) to explore myself in a space where no words are needed. Such a healing of my feminine cent. My inner Goddess feels free, alive and so willing to go back to the daily life as an inspiration to myself and other women.

Catarina Olvenmark, SwedenHR Director
Maria Vikman, Sweden

To step into leadership of my own life as a loving, empowered and joyful woman is a constant work that goes back and forth, year in year out, every day, every second. Sometimes I lose myself in too much work stress, irritation or frustration. It’s still like I need to go there to remember what is actually better and more healthy to do. This was my third year here in Corfu and I just want to say–the day when this retreat is not needed anymore, that is the day when all women are using these tools to live and lead their life in full potential. Thank you!!

Maria Vikman, SwedenEntrepreneur

Christina Sedlmaier, USA

Gifting myself two weeks of Shakti immersion on Corfu and with Chameli and her team, has been one of the most delightful and life changing experiences thus far. Chameli and her loving team of yoginis created a most delicious invitation for us women to show up and enter into holy communion with our deeper selves, illuminating the possible pathways of embodying Soul energy and holding an unconditionally loving and tender space to practice in. I am forever bowing to the blessed wisdom of the circle, made manifest within this marvelous group of women and on that beautiful island, Corfu.

Christina Sedlmaier,
 Marija Bjørgeseter, Norway

This has been one of the best experiences in my life. Life changing. So deep. So much love. I just love it all!! Chameli, Carina-Maria, the team–and to meet so many amazing, soulful women…What a field of love and transformation! I have participated in a lot of different spiritual courses in my life, but nothing as deep and beautiful as this. I am so grateful!

Marija Bjørgeseter, NorwayIntuitive Counsellor


Alexis Zorbas Retreat Center

**All participants in the Yogini Summer Ashram must stay at Alexis Zorbas.**

The venue for our retreat is Alexis Zorbas Retreat center, a gathering place for open-hearted souls at the northwest side of the island. It is located within walking distance from Arillas, a small beach town.

Both the lush nature and the friendly locals are super supportive of a dive into deeper layers of relaxed and slower paced living.

We are housed in simple holiday apartments with two double rooms, kitchenette and one shared bathroom. Single occupancy is also available (most often a single room is with shared bathroom and kitchen). The rooms are not more than a 15 minute walking distance from our Yogini Temple (an octagon building) and from the restaurant where we will have our breakfast and dinner.

Included in the retreat are two buffet vegetarian meals each day. The bar serves wine and cappuccino. The beach and restaurants for lunch are a 10-15 minute walk away. For pictures and more information about rooms and Corfu, go to

All the accommodations are a 5-15 minute walk away from the Zorbas restaurant (Sunset Bar) and Octagon where we meet for our sessions. If you have special needs around accommodation or walking, be sure to inform Zorbas.

Contact Zorbas Travel in Germany to book your room ~ ph +49 89 649 622 828 or

Accommodation Options

Alexis Zorbas consists of different houses surrounding the Sunset Bar where breakfast and dinner is served.

Some houses are close to the Sunset bar but a little further away from the Octagon (where we have our sessions), and others are closer to the Sunset Bar and further from the Octagon.

You can book single or double rooms in an apartment (note: even if you book a single room you will most often share your bathroom and a little kitchen with at least one other woman). The rooms are small, simple and clean. If you are troubled easily by noise, please bring some earplugs because the music from the hotels on the beach can be heard, especially on Saturdays.

If you don’t have a roommate, Zorbas will find one for you.

If you book early, you might have the possibility to choose where you stay. If you have any questions or difficulties in walking, please tell Zorbas when booking your room.

Contact Zorbas Travel in Germany to book your room ~ ph:+49 89/29160680 or

These are the houses we have reserved for our Yoginis to create an Ashram feeling:
(After these are filled up, Zorbas will assign you to one of their other houses)


Liana (Main House) is close to Alexandra and the Octagon; most of the rooms have a great view and new bathrooms. You walk between 8 to 10 minutes to the Sunset Bar.

Zorbas B

Zorbas B is located close to the street which leads to the beach. There is another house in front of it, so Zorbas B is quite calm and has new bathrooms and most of the rooms have a beautiful view. You walk circa 8 minutes to the Sunset Bar and approximately 15 minutes to the Octagon.

Anna Maria

Anna Maria is located behind the Sunset bar on a little hill where you have a beautiful view. It is not directly next to the street, so it is calmer there. You walk approximately 15 minutes to the Octagon.


The housing in Alexandra is now Full. Please look at other options when booking your lodging with Alexis Zorbas.

Alexandra (Pink House) is right in front of the Octagon; it is the closest house to where we meet for the retreat. It has a wonderful view with rather new bathrooms; you walk 5-8 minutes to the Sunset Bar.

Getting There

You are responsible to get yourself to Corfu. If you want it easy, just contact Zorbas Travel, and they will book your flight for you (only flights from Germany). If you want to surf for the cheapest deal, you can try,, and

For budget tickets from Germany contact:

Zorbas Travel, Munich
ph: (49) (0) 89 649 622 828

From Norway:
, Norwegian, Ryanair, SAS

From Sweden:
Brussels Airlines, SAS, Ryanair (from Rygge outside Oslo)

From USA:
Many have found it easier and cheaper to fly to Munich/Vienna/Frankfurt or any other city in the area, and then catch a charter flight (Tuesdays/Saturdays) directly to Corfu (Air Berlin, Germanwings.)


Lena Andrae, Sweden

These two weeks have been a re-awakening of—a coming home to—my feminine domain.  A place of resting and being in my truth. Slowly I’m filling the gap between being and doing so that I can actually give and contribute to the world and feed and nourish myself at the same time. This place is so beautiful. The sounds of the birds, dogs, roosters bringing you into the present moment all the time. The abundance of flowers, trees of ripe lemons!! All the beauty! So nourishing!

Lena Andrae, SwedenTherapist and Spiritual Guide
Monica Katarina Frisk, Sweden

I’m so grateful for the simplicity the teachings create in me. Free flowing and acceptance. I have discovered that in resting with what is, there is unlimited energy!

Monica Katarina Frisk, SwedenJournalist

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need any previous experience with women’s work to join you in Corfu?

All participants of the Yogini Summer Ashram in Corfu must have a background in spiritual practice and must have at least taken one online sadhana with Awakening Women (here you can find our online self-study sadhanas).

In order to benefit from these retreats, you need to come prepared to dive fully into the practices, and therefore it is best to have a basic understanding of feminine/embodied spiritual practice. You need to have done a program with AWI before, practiced in a Temple group, or at the least, taken an online sadhana.

Come willing to explore a new way of being with other women beyond our collective  tendencies of competition and gossiping. The practices we explore together may evoke strong feelings in you, both of pleasure and of discomfort, and our staff and the entire circle is there to hold you in the most healing and safe space.

Our practices can sometimes be physically vigorous, so be prepared to move your body!

Week 1 is for all women. Newcomers to Awakening Women retreats are welcome, although you must be familiar with our approach and must have completed at least an online sadhana.

Week 2 In order to join the second week, you will have to have participated in our Summer Ashram in Corfu before.  It is extra challenging to join a retreat in the middle, so we recommend all women to join the first week if you only can come for one week.

Week 3 is for all women. Newcomers to Awakening Women retreats are welcome, although you must be familiar with our approach and must have completed at least an online sadhana.

Week 4 is for women who have already practiced in live retreats with AWI and want to deepen in their practice.

Be aware that although there are plenty of breaks to rest and integrate, there is an intensity to the embodiment practices that can be challenging if you are not used to it.

Our retreats are based on powerful shakti practices which can open strong currents of Kundalini in the body. These are not therapeutic programs. If you are in any way feeling unstable psychologically, are going through a severe crisis or have a history of mental illness, we ask you to not join these events.

Do I have to stay at Alexis Zorbas retreat center?

Yes, we have an agreement with Alexis Zorbas that the participants in our retreats must stay in the Zorbas apartments. There are no exceptions.

Can I join in the middle of the week?

No, we begin each week together as a group and it is important that everybody is there from the beginning.

What is included in the accommodation price?

The accommodation price includes bed in double occupancy, vegetarian breakfast and dinner. It does not include lunch, wine/beer or cappuccino. Zorba Travel will be happy to answer your further questions about accommodations.  Ph:+49 89/29160680 or

How do I register for the retreat I’m interested in?

1) Make your deposit.
Click any of the “register now” buttons on this page to enroll and make your deposit via PayPal.  You will secure your place by filling out the enrollment form and sending us a 235 € deposit (details are under the “register” menu). As soon as we have received your deposit, we will send you a confirmation with information about the next steps.

2) All participants MUST stay at Alexis Zorbas, no exceptions. Book your accommodation directly with Alexis Zorbas Travel~ ph:+49 89/29160680 /email:

3) Make your travel arrangements (See “Getting There” under the Accommodations section).

4) Complete your payment in full by March 15th for Early Bird and May 1st for regular registration. If we do not receive payment in full by the applicable due date, your place may be offered to someone on the waiting list and the deposit will be forfeited.

Note ~ Retreat tuition does not include:
Accommodations and meals (book this directly with Alexis Zorbas), airfare to Corfu, transport to/from Alexis Zorbas, additional activities and outings, massage, private sessions, lunch and additional meals/snacks.

What is your cancellation policy?

In case of cancellation before February 15, we will keep 50% of your deposit as an administration fee.

In case of cancellation between February 15th and May 1st, we will keep 100% of your deposit as an administration fee.

We are not responsible for any changes in the exchange rates throughout the year.

After May 1st there will be no refunds.

In case of sickness, you may transfer the course fee (minus deposit) to next year. You have to use your credit for a similar course within a year, and you can only transfer the money once. There will be no refunds or further transfer of credits if there is a difference in the course price. If the course you are transferring to costs more, you pay the difference and deposit.

Awakening Women Institute is financially responsible for the retreat, so we kindly ask for your understanding that we cannot make any exceptions to this agreement.

How far is it to the beach?

The retreat center is a lovely 10 minute walk from the beach through aromatic olive fields and stunning flora. There are sections of the beach where you can swim in the nude.

What about lunch?

You can buy groceries in one of the many small supermarkets and eat in your apartment or on the beach. Or you can have wonderful Greek food at one of the cozy restaurants that are next to the beach. The prices are from 6 EUR and up.

Isn’t it very hot in June/July?

Yes, this is the summertime and it gets hot in the day. The ocean is cool, and our group room is blessed with air conditioning and fans. (If you are sensitive to air conditioning, please bring a shawl/sweater to the room.) The evenings are usually a bit cooler.

How do I get from the airport to Alexis Zorbas?

Zorbas Travel is arranging airport transfers for passengers arriving and departing on Saturday. This costs 25 EUR each way. Many of the flights from Scandinavia arrive on Friday, and if there are enough women, Zorbas will arrange for an extra bus for us, also 25 EUR.  Alternatively you can share a taxi, which costs around 60 EUR one way. The trip from the airport to Alexis Zorbas takes a little less than an hour.

Do you purchase carbon offsets?

Yes, we do! We purchase enough for everyone participating in the retreat. We invite you to also contribute as you book your travel plans. Here is a program with United Airlines that we use. Check with your airline as many also offer a similar program to offset the impact of your flights.

Can I bring my children?

We recommend that you not bring your children for week 1 and 2. The sessions can be very deep, and you will most probably need to spend the free time with yourself and your Yogini sisters for integration and relaxation. In week 3, you will have free time after 2 pm, so if you want to bring your family, this would be the best week to do that.

I am longing for a vacation and would like to join for some sessions only; is this possible?

The retreat is a deepening in feminine practices and not primarily a vacation; all participants must be present in all the sessions. If you would like a retreat with more vacation time, join us for Week 3 ~ The Yogini Lounge.



Payment + Reservation

235 € via PayPal 


Christiane Paula, Germany

I highly recommend this spiritual circle of women. To be in a loving women’s circle with a teacher as dedicated and clear as Chameli is a blessing. It is the feminine way of embodied spirituality—soft, deep, sensual, life-changing.

Christiane Paula, Germany
 Sheryl Cancellieri, California, USA
This retreat was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. The whole experience is priceless. One of the most incredible gifts I have ever given myself is being present here with the yogini sisters. I completely felt the love and presence in my hands during the respectful touch practices. It is pure intelligence, natural, intuitive and is one of the great joys of my life to feel my heart in my hands and love and support sisters from all over the world.  It was deeply moving to see all the sisters commitment and willingness to dive into these practices with each other with our hearts wide open. It really was a homecoming. I’m excited to be the love that I am.
Sheryl Cancellieri, California, USAArtist &

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