The first thing to strike you about Vigla Village is its sublime location on the Ionian Coast of the Greek island of Kefalonia. It's a feast for the senses as you take in the intoxicating smell of the pine and eucalyptus trees and the crystal clear, deep blue of the Ionian sea. Coupled with the welcoming and open-hearted Greek hospitality of Anna, Angelos and Yannis, you cannot help but begin to relax as soon as you arrive.
Perched high on a clifftop, the clean and comfortable apartments with private balconies, overlook the inspiring panorama. Just a short stroll away you can take the picturesque path down to Vigla's own private beach and the warm and inviting sea.
Vigla Village simply blows you away; it's the sort of place that you want to come back to time after time.
Each day will begin with morning yoga class of meditation and a flowing asana practice on the wonderful yoga platform overlooking the endless blue ocean, opening the body and attuning the mind to the breath.
Morning practice will be followed by a hearty breakfast. Then you will be free to head off down to the beach, relax by the pool or explore the stunning beauty of the surroundings.
The group will meet again in the late afternoon for a second more restorative/yin class to delve deeper into the postures. The classes will be suitable for all levels and yoga experience. There will be one yoga free day during the week.
In the evenings, there are a few charming traditional Greek tavernas within walking distance of Vigla. Lunch and dinner aren't included in the cost to give people the option to go for dinner as a group or self cater if they prefer, each apartment has a small kitchen.
Things to do
One could quite easily while away a week of deep rest and rejuvenation here, enjoying the wonderful private beach and swimming pool. There's also plenty of space at Vigla Village to find a quiet spot in the shade of the trees enjoying the colours and fragrance of the beautiful flowers.
The local village, Spartia, also has its' own pretty beach just a 10 minute walk away and a small centre with a couple of shops and a restaurant.
For those with an adventurous spirit you could hire a car to explore the outstanding beauty of this island. Caves, boat trips, snorkelling, fishing, trips to stunning local villages and a visit to Myrtos, known to be one of the world's most beautiful beaches, are amongst some of the many things on offer in Kefalonia.
Vigla Village offers self catering apartments which are clean, spacious and have air conditioning and private balconies with sea views. All apartments have between one, two or three bedrooms and share a bathroom, small lounge area and kitchen facilities.
The yoga platform has an immense view of the bright blue sea and mountainous landscape beyond. Anna who runs the place is very helpful and knowledgeable and happy to cater for any request she can. Rory is a very nurturing and informative teacher. Every class was different and I felt I learnt so much and deepened my practice immensely. It is a lovely relaxing and quiet place and I would recommend it to anyone.Nicola
It is hard to imagine that a Yoga retreat could be any better than this. Rory Viggers is a very accomplished, warm and nurturing teacher. Every session was different from the previous one and all levels catered for. As for Vigla Village I think the pictures speak for themselves. I have already booked for next year.Per
I cannot express just how much I enjoyed my YOAS break in Kefalonia. The whole experience, start to finish, was just wonderful. Rory was a fabulous yoga instructor and had a really effective way of explaining what was required for each pose and was always reminding us how to try to achieve the state of calm required in each pose.Diane
Seduced by the sea with Yoga on a Shoestring on Kefalonia
Queen of Retreats July 2017
Sasha Bates reviews this uplifting yoga holiday on Kefalonia with Yoga Teacher Dory Walker and is seduced by the beauty of the sea and contact with the locals.
As a big fan of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin it was hard to resist the prospect of a week of yoga on the island on which it is set. One of the Ionian island off Greece’s west coast, Kefalonia is hilly, largely undeveloped, and surrounded by clear calm waters lapping rocky bays. For nine weeks a year Yoga on a Shoestring set up home here at a small family-run venue, Vigla Village, overlooking Spartia beach in the South West. I join long-time Yoga on a Shoestring teacher, Dory Walker, on a week of her own blend of Sivananda, Krishanamacharya and Iyengar-based practice.
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Yoga & beach retreat on the island of Kefalonia, Greece, 7 - 14 July 2023
Sharing a twin or double room in a 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartment £475
Single room in a 2 or 3 bedroom apartment £575
Single room in a 1 bedroom apartment £675
All room rates are per person.
All apartments share a bathroom, small lounge area and kitchen facilities.
Daily meditation and yoga classes (apart from one yoga free day)
Airport transfers (30-35 euros for a taxi each way, we will group people together where possible to share the cost). Other meals.
A 50% non-refundable deposit is required on booking and the balance is due 6 weeks before you travel.
Kefalonia has its own airport and there are a range of direct flights from Europe. It is also possible to take an indirect flight via the Greek mainland.
Airport transfers will be arranged for you. The price will depend on numbers sharing the cost and time of arrival. Arrival is anytime on 7 July and departure is anytime on 14 July. No yoga on travel days.
There are a few airlines that fly to Kefalonia direct and it is also possible to take an internal flight from the Greek mainland. Here are a selection of websites for flights:-