THE YOGINI SUMMER ASHRAM

Corfu, Greece

June 19 – July 8, 2022

After a two year pause, we are beyond excited to welcome you to our International Summer Ashram in Greece!

Since the first time we gathered on the magical island of Corfu 16 years ago, our practice and connection to the ancient Lineage of the Living Goddess has deepened in ways I could never have imagined.

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.

After these past years of loss, disruption, division and turmoil, we need the medicine of sacred sisterhood and of this healing land, more than ever before.

This year’s summer ashram is dedicated to Healing—for you and me, the body, the heart, the circle, mother earth and the world. A velvet soft 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. 

Please register as soon as you can, we have already filled a lot of the seats from pre-pandemic bookings, and it also helps us with our planning to know how many feel ready to come.

I know I do 🙂
With infinite love,

Join us for 1, 2 or 3 weeks

 

Our 2022 summer ashram is now complete. 
We give thanks for the circle and its service to All!

If you are interested in joining us in 2023, please sign up
for the interest list. Thank you.

Rooted in the Living Goddess

 

Week 1: June 19 – 24
with Lifedancing
(Venue: Corfu Buddha Hall)

Into the Heart of the Living Goddess

Week 2: June 26 – July 1
(Venue: Alexis Zorbas)

Home in the Living Goddess

Week 3: July 3 – 8
(Venue: Alexis Zorbas)


“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

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 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 will lead the singing practice in weeks 1 and 2, and Helga will lead us in week 3.

 

About Lifedancing (Week 1 only)

In week 1, Carina-Maria will guide us in Lifedancing in the morning. In the Lifedancing session, you will have plenty of open space 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 Shakti. 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 cyclic dance in different life processes: in your relationships, your lifework, in creativity and within.


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).

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.

 

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

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 Wihelmsson, Sweden

Week 1

June 19 – 24

Rooted in the Living Goddess

This week will include Lifedancing sessions and the focus will be on roots, embodiment and deep nourishment.

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.

Through Dance Ceremony, Goddess Mythology, Embodied Temple practices, respectful 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.

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, activating 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, AND we might 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 1 will start on the morning of Sunday June 19, and end after lunch on Friday, June 24.

If you are staying on for Week 2, you will move into your room at Alexis Zorbas on your free day Saturday, June 25. Our Week 2 retreat begins Sunday morning, June 26.

The 2022 Corfu Ashram is now in session and enrollment is closed.

You are welcome to join our 2023 interest list and be notified when we open registration.

Week 2

June 26 – July 1

Into the Heart of the Living Goddess

A time for the sacred; 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; sacred song, 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

7:00–8:00
Morning Meditation and Prayers
8:30–9:30
Breakfast
9:45–14:00
Dharma Talks / Mantra Singing / Yogini Practice with Chameli
after 14:00
Free time

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

Saturday is an arrival day. Week 2 will start Sunday morning, June 26 and end before dinner time on Friday, July 1.

There will be some mornings with no morning practice, and there may be some optional movement sessions led by the team on some afternoons.  We will gather some of the evenings for optional sunset chanting meditation on the beach. The retreat center we stay at also offers evening events that you are welcome to join.

Week 3

July 3 – 8

Home in the Living Goddess

Rest into the deeper rhythms of the living breathing Goddess; into the source of peace and rejuvenation; unconditional love and inner guidance; of creativity and new visions.

Through Goddess mythology, subtle body awakening, sacred singing, prayers, soft touch, meditation and contemplation, we will journey deep into silence and intimacy with our innermost being; with the living breathing Goddess. 

Here we will listen deeply for what wants to unfold in our lives, and allow the wisdom of the Goddess to move and speak through us.

 

 

Sample Schedule ~ Week 3

7:00–8:00
Morning Meditation and Prayers
8:30–9:30
Breakfast
9:45–14:00
Dharma Talks / Mantra Singing / Temple Practice
after 14:00 Free time

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

Saturday is an arrival day. Week 3 will start Sunday morning, July 3 and end at lunch time on Friday, July 8.

There will be some mornings with no morning practice, and there may be some optional movement sessions led by the team on some afternoons.  We will gather some of the evenings for optional sunset chanting meditation on the beach. The retreat center we stay at also offers some evening events that you are welcome to join.

Our 2022 Corfu Ashram is now in session and enrollment is closed.

You are welcome to join the interest list for 2023 and be notified when we open registration for next summer.

Food & Lodging

Week 1: 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 Buddha Hall 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.

A complimentary shuttle bus takes us the short 10 minute drive to and from the beach town of Arillas.

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 might choose to shop at the local markets and prepare some of your own meals.

Unlike Alexis Zorbas (our venue for week 2 & 3) the Buddha Hall does not provide lodging. 

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 free-of-charge accommodation assistance.

After you register 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 others in this group.

If you are staying on after this first week (which we highly recommend!) please note that during week 2 and 3 it is mandatory to stay at the lodging provided by Alexis Zorbas. This means that you will move apartments on Saturday, June 26; Alexis Zorbas will assist with moving your luggage to your new quarters.

Week 2 & 3: Alexis Zorbas Center

Alexis Zorbas Center is a gathering place for open-hearted souls at the northwest side of the island of Corfu. It is located within walking distance from Arillas, a small beach town.

They offer housing in simple holiday apartments with double rooms, kitchenette and one shared bathroom.

Double rooms will only be booked for two women who have agreed to that arrangement. If you travel alone and are looking for a roommate, you can connect with the other participants in the Corfu Yogini Sisters Facebook group (you will gain access once you have registered).

Single occupancy is also available (most often a single room is with a shared bathroom and kitchenette).

The apartments are located a 10-15 minute walk away from the Sunset Bar (Zorbas restaurant), the Octagon where we meet for our sessions, and the beach. If you have special needs around accommodations or walking, be sure to inform Zorbas.

There are bikes and scooters for rent in the area.

Included in the lodging fee is a vegetarian breakfast buffet and a three course dinner buffet. For pictures and more information about rooms and Corfu, go to alexiszorbas.com

All attendees in week 2 & 3 must stay at Alexias Zorbas apartments. Contact Zorbas Travel (in Germany) to book your room, by phone: +49 89 649 622 828 or email: info@zorbas-travel.de

 

Retreat Tuition

Ashram WeeksDue By May 1 (USD)
Week 1$710
Week 2$560
Week 3$560
Week 1 + 2$1100
Week 2 + 3$1025
All 3 Weeks$1600
 

Additional Cost Week 1
In addition to the retreat tuition to Awakening Women, you will pay a € 300 campus + meal fee directly to Corfu Buddha Hall upon arrival. Apartments in the area rent for € 200–500 a week (for 2–4 people). 

Additional Cost Week 2 & 3
Alexis Zorbas prices: € 585 double occupancy, € 685 single occupancy
There is a discount of € 10 if you stay additional weeks.

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 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!

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 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 ryanair.com, condor.com, tuifly.com and eurowings.com.

** We recommend purchasing travel insurance for your trip. You can do that when you purchase your ticket from the airline or you might consider insurance through World Nomads.

For budget tickets from Germany contact:

Zorbas Travel, Munich
ph: (49) (0) 89 649 622 828
info@zorbas-travel.de
zorbas-travel.de

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 city in the area, and then catch a charter flight (Tuesdays/Saturdays) directly to Corfu (eurowings.com, condor.com)

 

 

Meet the Team

Chameli Ardagh

Retreat Teacher

Chameli (pronounced sha-meh-lee) is a yogini and women’s wisdom keeper. Her love of decoding and experimenting with ancient wisdom teachings through her own practice in yogini circles all over the world 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

Miri Kalliwoda

Head Goddess of Staff + Onsite Organization

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. SoulMover.de

 

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 to the women’s circles she facilitates in Norway, where she lives. Helga will lead the mantra singing in week 3. A biodynamic craniosacral therapist and TRE provider, Helga brings 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. InnerLeadership.info

Anita Wiger

Coordinator + Personal Assistant

Anita is goddess Lakshmi incarnated—radiant, abundant, full of joy. She has been practicing with Chameli and Awakening Women since 2007 and was the team leader at the Corfu retreat for many years. Serving in her new role, Anita brings extraordinary skills for holding space, and her presence creates a safe container where women can go deeply into practice. A gifted entrepreneur, Anita has successfully run several businesses in the field of beauty and styling. She is a mother and grandmother and splits her time between Stockholm, Sweden and Lagos, Portugal.

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!

 

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 feminine/embodied spiritual practice. You need to have participated in a program with Awakening Women, practiced in a Temple group, 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!

 

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 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, consider staying on longer in Greece after the retreat ends.

Can I bring my children?

The program will end at lunch time each day, so yes 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/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 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 registration form that you will need to complete and submit. Once your form is reviewed you will be notified of next steps and your full tuition will be due to secure your seat. Please do not make any travel plans until you have received confirmation from us.

How do we get from the airport to Alexis Zorbas?

There are taxis available at the airport.

For week 2 & 3, Zorbas Travel can assist you in reserving a taxi or renting a car. You can write them at service@alexiszorbas.com with any inquiries.

A shared taxi is 65-75 € one way. The trip from the airport to Alexis Zorbas takes about an hour.

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

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

 

 

photos ©Bibbie Friman