Goddess Summer Ashram

CORFU BUDDHA HALL, GREECE

JUNE 9 – 28, 2024

Goddess Summer Ashram

CORFU BUDDHA HALL, GREECE

JUNE 9 – 28, 2024

Goddess Summer Ashram

CORFU BUDDHA HALL, GREECE

JUNE 9 – 28, 2024

We are beyond grateful to be able to welcome you to our International Summer Ashram in Greece 2024!

For many women this annual ashram time in Greece has been the oasis we return to again and again to deepen our connection with Goddess, to fill up our inner well, to rejuvenate and to re-member what truly matters.

A safe space for dance, song, massage, giggles, tears, temple touch, silence, roars, salt water, sun, olives, sisters, sunsets, connection, prayers, ritual, roots and wings.

The sacred land of Corfu heals, restores and reminds us of the abundance and beauty of life itself; that we all are embodiments of the Living Goddess. Come with your tiredness, your longing, your joy, your grief, your hope; old, young, inspired, fed up; all that you are is welcome here. 

With infinite love,
Chameli

Goddess Summer Ashram in Corfu

Listen to Chameli speak about the magic of this retreat, and describe all the nourishing practices for remembering your true place in the Goddess lineage.

Yes, I am ready to reserve my seat.
Or, read on to learn all the details.

Join us for 1, 2 or 3 weeks

 

Rooted in the Living Goddess

Week 1: June 9 – 14
with Lifedancing

 

 

Into the Heart of the Living Goddess

Week 2: June 16 – 21

 

 

Into the Source of Living Goddess

Week 3: June 23 – 28

 

 


“A Yogini is a woman devoted to a life lived with totality of heart,
with fierce truth, with compassion and unconditional love.
Earth is home and so is infinity.
She is an instrument of awakening in the world
by her commitment to show up authentically and generously,
for her own radiant embodiment of love
as well as for the healing of all sentient beings.”

~ Chameli Gad Ardagh

To complete the reservation form, click the button below.
We will be in touch with you after reviewing your form.
Thank you!

If you need to complete the prerequisite of one online sadhana,
please visit the shop to get started.

About the Practice

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

We practice an all-inclusive, in-the-body spirituality. Spiritual awakening, instead of being a peak experience that 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.

This is a highly experiential path; a lot of the practices are interactive and include movement and respectful touch.

About Singing Practice

We begin most days with singing. The sacred sounds of mantras vibrate through our whole being and open our hearts to the sweet nectar of devotion. We practice receptivity and relaxation when we sing, allowing tenderness and freedom to arise from the inside out through our voice.

About Lifedancing

Carina-Maria will guide us in Lifedancing in week 1.

Lifedancing moves you through the elements of earth, fire, water and air, and gives you a deep embodied understanding of the cyclic dance of life.

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 Shakti. Let go in sacred ecstasy, rest in deep silence.


Prerequisite:

To benefit from this retreat you must have some background in embodied spiritual practice, as well as a basic knowledge and experience of the Awakening Women approach through at least one online sadhana (you can find our online self-study sadhanas here).

There will be more in-depth instructions given in week 1 and 2, and less in week 3. If you are new to the practice, we strongly recommend you enter the retreat in week 1 or 2.

We offer space for spiritual practice, not psychotherapy.  The group will be supported by the retreat leaders and our experienced staff, but participants are expected to take full responsibility for their own process.

There is an intensity to the embodiment practices that may be challenging if you are not used to it. If you are psychologically unstable, are going through a severe crisis, or have a history of unmanageable mental illness, this retreat will not be beneficial for you.

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.

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

I attended this year as I have been doing for the past five years. The feminine field of conscious women meets me totally. The space that’s held is clear and clean with no drama nor dynamics. All the women in attendance feel committed and mature whatever the age. I can relax deeply knowing that every aspect of this ashram has been carefully considered down to the last detail.

Gina Holland, United Kingdom
CelebrationOfBeing.co.uk

 

 

 

Being at the Corfu summer ashram is one of my absolute favorite things! The beauty of the island and the ocean, the love and connection between all of the sisters, the depth of the practices, the heart-opening chanting, and the profundity of the teachings all weave together into the most delicious web of nourishment and deep healing. My gratitude is endless!!!

Ines Manteuffel, United States
RenewalHealingArts.com

Being at the Corfu summer ashram is one of my absolute favorite things! The beauty of the island and the ocean, the love and connection between all of the sisters, the depth of the practices, the heart-opening chanting, and the profundity of the teachings all weave together into the most delicious web of nourishment and deep healing. My gratitude is endless!!!

Ines Manteuffel, United States
RenewalHealingArts.com

Week 1

June 9 – 14

Week 1
June 9 – 14

Rooted in the Living Goddess

Through dance ceremony, Goddess mythology, embodied temple practices, Temple Touch and devotional chanting, we will awaken and nourish our spiritual roots, so that we can step into this next phase of life on earth resourced; rooted in integrity, connection, wisdom and love.

This week will include Lifedancing every morning, and the focus will be on roots, embodiment and somatic awakening.

Come dance yourself back to your core connection and alignment. Shake off the confusion and heavy burdens, let yourself be held and supported in the soft beauty of Corfu and the sacred circle.

In addition to the daily Lifedancing Ceremonies, where we will dance through all five elements in a cycle, we will also dive deeper into the medicine of one element a day, remembering through our bodies Shakti Alchemy: the wisdom and power of the Living Goddess.

Week 1
June 9 – 14

Rooted in the Living Goddess

Through dance ceremony, Goddess mythology, embodied temple practices, Temple Touch and devotional chanting, we will awaken and nourish our spiritual roots, so that we can step into this next phase of life on earth resourced; rooted in integrity, connection, wisdom and love.

This week will include Lifedancing every morning, and the focus will be on roots, embodiment and somatic awakening.

Come dance yourself back to your core connection and alignment. Shake off the confusion and heavy burdens, let yourself be held and supported in the soft beauty of Corfu and the sacred circle.

In addition to the daily Lifedancing Ceremonies, where we will dance through all five elements in a cycle, we will also dive deeper into the medicine of one element a day, remembering through our bodies Shakti Alchemy: the wisdom and power of the Living Goddess.

Sample  Schedule ~ Week 1

 

8:00–9:30 Lifedancing with Carina-Maria
9:30–10:30  Breakfast, pool and rest time
10:30–14:00  Mantra Singing, Dharma Talks and Temple Practices with Chameli
14:00  Lunch
Free Time + Dinner on your own
20:30–21:00 Some evenings we will have chanting meditation on the beach at sunset. We will meet at the Buddha Hall for one evening session during the week.

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

Saturday is an arrival day. Week 1 will start on the morning of Sunday, June 9, and end after lunch on Friday, June 14. If you are staying for Week 2, Saturday, June 15 will be a free day.

 

To complete the reservation form, click on the button below.
We will  be in touch  with you after reviewing your form.

If you need to complete the prerequisite of one online sadhana,
please visit the shop to get started.

Week 2

June 16 – 21

Week 2
June 16 – 21

Into the Heart of the Living Goddess

A time for deep nourishment and awakening of the spiritual heart.  A refuge, a healing sanctuary for all the aching parts to be seen and held in the warmth of Divine Mother Shakti; a vast, clear warmth that trickles through all the grief, the exhaustion, and numb places.

The journey into the Heart of the Living Goddess is a softening, a ripening from the inside; a realignment with the innermost temple, where you touch the holy, and the holy touches you.

Through Goddess mythology and subtle body awakening, dance ceremony, meditation, sacred song and ritual, temple touch, deep rest and silence, we will soak in beauty, prayers and nourishment, filling up the inner well so that we can walk into this next phase of life on earth, resourced and rooted in love.

 

Week 2
June 16 – 21

Into the Heart of the Living Goddess

A time for deep nourishment and awakening of the spiritual heart.  A refuge, a healing sanctuary for all the aching parts to be seen and held in the warmth of Divine Mother Shakti; a vast, clear warmth that trickles through all the grief, the exhaustion, and numb places.

The journey into the Heart of the Living Goddess is a softening, a ripening from the inside; a realignment with the innermost temple, where you touch the holy, and the holy touches you.

Through Goddess mythology and subtle body awakening, dance ceremony, meditation, sacred song and ritual, temple touch, deep rest and silence, we will soak in beauty, prayers and nourishment, filling up the inner well so that we can walk into this next phase of life on earth, resourced and rooted in love.

 

Sample Schedule ~ Week 2

8:00–9:00/9:30
Morning Practice
9:30–10:30
Breakfast
10:30–14:00
Mantra Singing, Dharma Talks and Temple Practices with Chameli
after 14:00

Lunch 

Free time & Dinner on your own

20:30 – 21:00 Some evenings we will have Chanting Meditation on the beach. We will meet at Buddha Hall for one evening session during the week.

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

Saturday is an arrival day. Week 2 will start Sunday morning, June 16, and end before dinner time on Friday, June 21. If you are staying for Week 3, Saturday, June 22 will be a free day.

 

To complete the registration form, please click the button below.
We will be in touch with you after reviewing your form. Thank you!

If you need to complete the prerequisite of one online sadhana,
please visit the shop to get started.

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

 

My experience at the Corfu retreat in 2022 was truly nourishing and inspiring. A warm community of women, great in-depth teachings from Chameli that relate to my daily experience—encouraging and powerful. Stunning and fun dancing classes with Carina-Maria that inspired my body and my soul. And a safe container provided by Mama Corfu and an amazing team of teachers and assistants. I am full of gratitude and sparkling aliveness. Thank you!

Simone Brecht, Germany

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

 

Week 3

June 23 – 28

Week 3
June 23 – 28

Into the Source of Living Goddess

In this week we will spend more time in silence, basking in the spaciousness of our innermost being; in the source of peace and rejuvenation; deep connection and divine guidance.

We will explore the deeper rhythms and creative impulses arising from the cosmic womb of the Goddess, and how we can surrender our lives into Her flow.

We will of course have Goddess mythology and circle time, temple practices, subtle body awakening, singing, prayers, soft touch, dyads, meditation and contemplation, and blissful late afternoons by the beach.

This is the last week of the ashram retreat, and there will be fewer instructions. If you are new to the practices, we strongly recommend that you consider joining us for week 1 or week 2 first.

 

 

Week 3
June 23 – 28

Into the Source of Living Goddess

In this week we will spend more time in silence, basking in the spaciousness of our innermost being; in the source of peace and rejuvenation; deep connection and divine guidance.

We will explore the deeper rhythms and creative impulses arising from the cosmic womb of the Goddess, and how we can surrender our lives into Her flow.

We will of course have Goddess mythology and circle time, temple practices, subtle body awakening, singing, prayers, soft touch, dyads, meditation and contemplation, and blissful late afternoons by the beach.

This is the last week of the ashram retreat, and there will be fewer instructions. If you are new to the practices, we strongly recommend that you consider joining us for week 1 or week 2 first.

 

 

Sample Schedule ~ Week 3

8:00–9:00/9:30
Morning Practice
9:30–10:30
Breakfast
10:30–14:00
Mantra Singing, Dharma Talks and Temple Practices with Chameli
after 14:00

Lunch

Free time & Dinner on your own

20:30 – 21:00 Some evenings we will have Chanting Meditation on the beach at sunset. We will meet at the Buddha Hall for one evening session during the week.

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

Saturday is an arrival day. Week 3 will start Sunday morning, June 23, and end at lunchtime on Friday, June 28.

 

To complete the registration form, please click the button below.
We will be in touch  with  you after reviewing your form. Thank you!

If you need to complete the prerequisite of one online sadhana,
please visit the shop to get started.

Food & Lodging

Corfu Buddha Hall
Corfu Buddha Hall is a gorgeous hilltop venue with breathtaking views and a spacious temple for us to move and dance. The venue is located just outside the tiny village of Magoulades, the closest beach villages of Arillas and Agios Stefanos are about 3 km (2 miles) away. Please visit Corfu Buddha Hall for more details about this beautiful venue.

Most women choose to stay in Arillas and take a shuttle bus the short, 10-minute drive to and from Buddha Hall. (You can pre-book shuttle transport with Buddha Hall.)

Food & Lodging
A luscious vegetarian breakfast and lunch buffet will be served each day at Buddha Hall (included in the Buddha Hall fee). You are on your own for dinner and can enjoy one of the many wonderful restaurants in Arillas. If your accommodations have a kitchen you can shop at the local markets and prepare your own meals.

There are many apartments for rent, as well as hotels, in and around Arillas. For further support please write to accommodation@corfubuddhahall.com or check out www.arillas.com. You can also reach out to Daizy at info@greencorfu.com for complimentary accommodation assistance.

Upon confirmation of your registration, you will be invited into our Corfu Yogini Sisters Facebook Group. If you are traveling alone and would like to share an apartment, you can connect with the other women in this group. (Please, no marketing in this group.)

There are bikes and scooters for rent in the area.

Corfu Buddha Hall
Corfu Buddha Hall is a gorgeous hilltop venue with breathtaking views and a spacious temple for us to move and dance. The venue is located just outside the tiny village of Magoulades, the closest beach villages of Arillas and Agios Stefanos are about 3 km (2 miles) away. Please visit Corfu Buddha Hall for more details about this beautiful venue.

Most women choose to stay in Arillas and take a shuttle bus the short, 10-minute drive to and from Buddha Hall. (You can pre-book shuttle transport with Buddha Hall.)

Food & Lodging
A luscious vegetarian breakfast and lunch buffet will be served each day at Buddha Hall (included in the Buddha Hall fee). You are on your own for dinner and can enjoy one of the many wonderful restaurants in Arillas. If your accommodations have a kitchen you can shop at the local markets and prepare your own meals.

There are many apartments for rent, as well as hotels, in and around Arillas. For further support please write to accommodation@corfubuddhahall.com or check out www.arillas.com. You can also reach out to Daizy at info@greencorfu.com for complimentary accommodation assistance.

Upon confirmation of your registration, you will be invited into our Corfu Yogini Sisters Facebook Group. If you are traveling alone and would like to share an apartment, you can connect with the other women in this group. (Please, no marketing in this group.)

There are bikes and scooters for rent in the area.

Retreat Tuition

Ashram WeeksEarly Bird Price
Due by March 15
(USD)
Regular Price
Due By May 1
(USD)
Week 1$650$715
Week 2$650$715
Week 3$650$715
Weeks 1 + 2$1200$1300
Weeks 2 + 3$1200$1300
All 3 Weeks$1750$1850
 

Additional Costs:
In addition to the weekly retreat tuition to Awakening Women, there is a
€360/week campus + meal fee paid directly to Corfu Buddha Hall upon arrival. 

The shuttle bus (coordinated by Buddha Hall) is a separate fee that will be determined by the number of women using the shuttle each week, somewhere in the range of €7-10/day.

Apartments in the area rent for €200–600 a week (for 2–4 people). 

Ashram WeeksEarly Bird Price
Due by March 15
(USD)
Regular Price
Due By May 1
(USD)
Week 1$650$715
Week 2$650$715
Week 3$650$715
Weeks 1 + 2$1200$1300
Weeks 2 + 3$1200$1300
All 3 Weeks$1750$1850
 

Additional Costs:
In addition to the weekly retreat tuition to Awakening Women, there is a
€360/week campus + meal fee paid directly to Corfu Buddha Hall upon arrival. 

The shuttle bus (coordinated by Buddha Hall) is a separate fee that will be determined by the number of women using the shuttle each week, somewhere in the range of €7-10/day.

Apartments in the area rent for €200–600 a week (for 2–4 people). 

How Do I Register?

1) Complete the Registration Form
Click here or on any of the “Reserve My Seat” buttons on this page and you can complete the form and make your $100. non-refundable deposit. After we have approved your form, we will send you a confirmation email for your retreat week(s). Please do not make travel arrangements until you have received confirmation from us.

2) All participants will need to make their own reservations for lodging
Email to inquire about rooms they have onsite, or reach out to Daizy at info@greencorfu.com for assistance with booking lodging in Arillas.

3) Make your travel arrangements (you will find more info in the ‘Getting There‘ section below.)

4) Early Bird tuition balance is due by March 15, 2024. 

5) Full tuition is due by May 1, 2024 (if you miss the Early Bird deadline.) You will be notified about how to complete the balance of your tuition once the registration form is reviewed and the deposit is received.

If we do not receive payment by the applicable due date, your place will be offered to someone on the waiting list and the deposit will be forfeited.

Note ~ Awakening Women retreat tuition does not include:
Accommodations and meals (outside of the two meals at Buddha Hall), airfare to Corfu, transport to and from Arillas lodging, shuttle transport services to/from Buddha Hall, additional activities and outings, massage, private sessions, and additional meals/snacks.

Cancellation Policy

On or before May 1, 2024 you will receive a refund for the retreat tuition MINUS the deposit. After May 1, 2024 there will be no refunds. In case of sickness, you may transfer the course fee (minus deposit) to next year’s retreat. (If you cannot attend the following year, you will forfeit the tuition credit.)

AWI is financially responsible for the retreat so we ask you kindly to respect that we cannot make any exceptions to this agreement. We are not responsible for any changes in the exchange rates throughout the year.

In case the retreat is cancelled:

If, for reasons outside our control, we have to cancel the retreat, you will receive a refund for the retreat tuition, minus the non-refundable deposit.

Health Awareness
We ask that everyone help protect the health of everyone else by staying out of sessions if you experience symptoms that might be infectious.

It is a practice in flexibility and improvisation to come together on retreat in these times, and we ask for everyone’s understanding and cooperation. There might be periods when staff or even the group leaders have to quarantine, and in that case we will have experienced staff members guide the sessions. Chameli created this retreat as a space for us to connect intimately with the Living Goddess, and over the years we have established structures and practices that support us to rest into our Source connection. So even if Chameli has to stay out of the group room for some days, know that you will still be held in safe space, and that  you can still practice as deeply as your heart is longing for.

1) Complete the Registration Form
Click here or on any of the “Reserve My Seat” buttons on this page and you can complete the form and make your $100. non-refundable deposit. After we have approved your form, we will send you a confirmation email for your retreat week(s). Please do not make travel arrangements until you have received confirmation from us.

2) All participants will need to make their own reservations for lodging
Email to inquire about rooms they have onsite, or reach out to Daizy at info@greencorfu.com for assistance with booking lodging in Arillas.

3) Make your travel arrangements (you will find more info in the ‘Getting There‘ section below.)

4) Early Bird tuition balance is due by March 15, 2024. 

5) Full tuition is due by May 1, 2024 (if you miss the Early Bird deadline.) You will be notified about how to complete the balance of your tuition once the registration form is reviewed and the deposit is received.

If we do not receive payment by the applicable due date, your place will be offered to someone on the waiting list and the deposit will be forfeited.

Note ~ Awakening Women retreat tuition does not include:
Accommodations and meals (outside of the two meals at Buddha Hall), airfare to Corfu, transport to and from Arillas lodging, shuttle transport services to/from Buddha Hall, additional activities and outings, massage, private sessions, and additional meals/snacks.

Cancellation Policy

On or before May 1, 2024 you will receive a refund for the retreat tuition MINUS the deposit. After May 1, 2024 there will be no refunds. In case of sickness, you may transfer the course fee (minus deposit) to next year’s retreat. (If you cannot attend the following year, you will forfeit the tuition credit.)

AWI is financially responsible for the retreat so we ask you kindly to respect that we cannot make any exceptions to this agreement. We are not responsible for any changes in the exchange rates throughout the year.

In case the retreat is cancelled:

If, for reasons outside our control, we have to cancel the retreat, you will receive a refund for the retreat tuition, minus the non-refundable deposit.

Health Awareness
We ask that everyone help protect the health of everyone else by staying out of sessions if you experience symptoms that might be infectious.

It is a practice in flexibility and improvisation to come together on retreat in these times, and we ask for everyone’s understanding and cooperation. There might be periods when staff or even the group leaders have to quarantine, and in that case we will have experienced staff members guide the sessions. Chameli created this retreat as a space for us to connect intimately with the Living Goddess, and over the years we have established structures and practices that support us to rest into our Source connection. So even if Chameli has to stay out of the group room for some days, know that you will still be held in safe space, and that  you can still practice as deeply as your heart is longing for.

Getting There

Our goal is to make the retreat not only carbon neutral but also a contribution to Mother Earth. So in addition to plenty of carbon offset donations for our teachers and staff, we will also pay to plant a tree for each participant joining us.

We invite you to also contribute as you book your travel plans. We choose to plant trees through TreeSisters for our ashram events. Some other organizations where you can contribute are Earth Guardians and atmosfair (also available in German). Thank you!

Here are some travel suggestions for getting yourself to Corfu:

Ferry: Consider traveling by train or car and then boarding a ferry from one of the many ports in Italy that sails directly to Corfu. Here is a place to start with ferry information.

Air Travel: If you want to surf for the cheapest deal within Europe, you can try ryanair.com, condor.com, tuifly.com and eurowings.com.

** We require that you have travel insurance for your trip that includes medical / health coverage. You can do that when you purchase your ticket from the airline or you might consider insurance through World Nomads.

From Norway:
apollo.no, Norwegian, Ryanair, SAS

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

From USA:
Many have found it easier and cheaper to fly to Munich/Vienna/Frankfurt or any other European city where you can catch a flight directly to Corfu (eurowings.com, condor.com.) 

Our goal is to make the retreat not only carbon neutral but also a contribution to Mother Earth. So in addition to plenty of carbon offset donations for our teachers and staff, we will also pay to plant a tree for each participant joining us.

We invite you to also contribute as you book your travel plans. We choose to plant trees through TreeSisters for our ashram events. Some other organizations where you can contribute are Earth Guardians and atmosfair (also available in German). Thank you!

Here are some travel suggestions for getting yourself to Corfu:

Ferry: Consider traveling by train or car and then boarding a ferry from one of the many ports in Italy that sails directly to Corfu. Here is a place to start with ferry information.

Air Travel: If you want to surf for the cheapest deal within Europe, you can try ryanair.com, condor.com, tuifly.com and eurowings.com.

** We require that you have travel insurance for your trip that includes medical / health coverage. You can do that when you purchase your ticket from the airline or you might consider insurance through World Nomads.

From Norway:
apollo.no, Norwegian, Ryanair, SAS

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

From USA:
Many have found it easier and cheaper to fly to Munich/Vienna/Frankfurt or any other European city where you can catch a flight directly to Corfu (eurowings.com, condor.com.) 

Meet the Team

Chameli Gad Ardagh

Retreat Teacher

Chameli (pronounced sha-meh-lee) is the founder of Awakening Women, a mystic and Goddess Wisdom Keeper. Through her love of ancient wisdom teachings, and her own practice in Goddess circles all over the world, she has crystallized maps of spiritual awakening and leadership that are accessible, practical and honoring of women today. Rooted in earth honoring, devotional women’s spirituality and goddess-centered tantric yoga, she is especially appreciated for her love of mythology and storytelling as a key to spiritual awakening and embodiment.

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. LifeDancing.se

Helga Høgåsen

Mantra Singing

Helga is deeply committed to the Yogini path in her love for life, truth, joy, healing and peace. She is a veterinarian with a PhD in physiology, a craniosacral therapist and TRE facilitator, and is devoted to respectful and gentle healing of humans and animals. She has developed her own approaches to meditation and parts work, particularly aimed at healing early trauma and cPTSD. Her scientific and spiritual paths meet in her reverence for the unknown and life’s deep intelligence. Helga will lead the singing circle, inviting and allowing each voice to take its natural place in our sacred yogini circle, carried by ancient mantras and love-supportive songs. (InnerLeadership.info – Speaks English, French and Norwegian)

SimoneRita Egger

Head Goddess of Staff + Onsite Organization

SimoneRita is a Goddess Wisdom Keeper in the lineage of the Living Goddess. She has practiced in women’s circles around the world since 2007, and she teaches the Women’s Temple Group Facilitator training, as well as the Awakening Women 9 month Goddess Journey in Germany. Her spiritual practice includes Goddess-centered tantric yoga, meditation, dance, movement, chanting, being a businesswoman and mother. She is especially appreciated for guiding women to retreive the original instructions of the Living Goddess, and how we can live this wisdom in all aspects of our being, our family, our relationships and  leadership.

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 painting.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need 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 taken at least one online sadhana with Awakening Women. You can find our online self-study sadhanas here.

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 embodied spiritual practice. You need to have participated in a live program with Awakening Women, or 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.

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

 

How do I reserve a space in the retreat I am interested in?

Click here or on any of the “Reserve My Seat” buttons and you will be taken to a reservation form to submit and pay a $100 non-refundable deposit. Once your form is reviewed we will be in touch to confirm your status. Please do not make any travel plans until you have received confirmation from us.

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.

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

The retreat is a deepening in embodied 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, consider staying on longer in Greece after the retreat ends.

Can I bring my children?
The program will end at lunch time each day, with one event in the evening. So as long as you bring childcare, it is possible to combine the retreat with family time. However, know that you will go through profound transformation and may be in need of rest and integration time between sessions.
Is it very hot in June?

Yes, this is 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 or sweater to the room.) The evenings are usually a bit cooler.

What is the currency in Greece, and where can I exchange money?

The currency in Corfu is euros. You can withdraw euros from your account at any ATM machine using your debit card.

How do we get from the airport to Buddha Hall?

There are taxis available at the airport. A shared taxi is 65-70 € one way. The trip from the airport to Buddha Hall takes about an hour.

The address to give to your taxi driver will be shared with you in a Welcome email from the staff at Buddha Hall.

You can make an online booking for a seat on a bus at www.holidaytaxis.com/en 

How do I get around if I don't have a car?

If you are staying close to the beach, you can easily get around on foot. Otherwise, you
can rent a bike, car or scooter. Buddha Hall will have information on rental companies.

Use of shuttle services to and from Buddha Hall will be an additional charge per day based on the number of participants that use the service.

How does the shuttle at Buddha Hall work?

Use of the shuttle service is a separate fee paid to Buddha Hall. The cost will be determined by the number of participants who choose to use the service. You will have an opportunity to prebook shuttle transport directly with Buddha Hall prior to your arrival.

We coordinate with the Buddha Hall team to create a daily bus schedule and route (up and down the hill) based on the participants’ accommodations. We recommend staying near the beach (downhill) if you want to be closer to shops and restaurants.

Do you purchase carbon offsets?

Yes, we do! Our goal is to make the retreat not only carbon neutral but also a contribution to Mother Earth. So in addition to plenty of carbon offset donations for our teachers and staff, we will also pay to plant a tree for each participant joining us. We also make donations to give back to the local community in Arillas.

We invite you to also contribute as you book your travel plans. We choose to plant trees through TreeSisters for our ashram events. Some other organizations where you can contribute are Earth Guardians and atmosfair (also available in German). Thank you!

Questions?

Contact: Support@CorfuRetreat.com

 

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