One of the greatest needs of a human being is to be in contact with Nature. In the presence of a natural environment and the absence of the frantic city rhythms, one can experience deep transformation and reconnection with the real Self.
"Santosha Yoga & Zen retreat" is hosted in KAISANJI, in the Kalo Ambeli region, on the southern side of the island, which remains unspoiled by mass tourism and big hotels.
The environment speaks for itself.
The land is gently cultivated, where olive groves co-exist with vineyards and naturally grown wild herbs. The architecture of the buildings reflects the lines and colours of the land without disturbing them in any way.
You can walk down the sea in just a few minutes, using the path. There, you will enjoy the golden sand and the clear waters of Kalo Ambeli beach, where you will most likely see very few people if any, in June.
A community of likeminded people can make a huge difference. We invite you to be a part of our vision, which focuses on expanding the teachings of Meditation, on the uplifting of people and culminates to a sense of oneness with all living beings.
The name KAISANJI is the union of three Japanese words. KAI means mountain, SAN means sea and JI means monastery. So, KAISANJI is “the monastery of the mountain and sea”.
The new building of KAISANJI is currently under construction, according to the traditional principles of Zen Monasteries.
As it will be the first Zen Monastery in Greece, it will make it possible for more people to join the spiritual path. Its central role is to support and inspire people as they walk the way of contemplation.
KAISANJI is hosting retreats and workshops throughout the year. During the Practice period (October to May) the programs will be intense, focusing more on discipline and service.
In the Summer Period (June – September) the retreats will have a more relaxed character, without compromising the depth of the experience. There will be enough free time for swimming and enjoyment of this gifted place.
The participation in the Summer Retreat as well as the rental of the rooms and spaces will greatly contribute to the fulfilment of our vision.
Each and every individual can have a positive and constructive impact on the expansion of Zen Meditation in Greece, the continuation of ZEN CENTER ATHENS and its affiliate, KAISANJI.
We wish to thank you in advance and we are looking forward to welcoming you!
The purpose of a Yoga & Zen Retreat is to support a shift in our way of living and our perspective of things for a certain period of time. All the teachings agree that to expand our awareness, we need to experience ourselves out of the box, the box symbolizing the mechanistic way of living and interacting. This change of habitual living is deeply connected with the change in habitual thinking. A re-evaluation of the true needs and goals in life will most likely take place during and after the Retreat.
What does a human being need to be happy?
What are the foundations of a healthy mind and body?
How can Meditation enhance all aspects of life?
These are spontaneous questions that can be spontaneously answered when we learn how to relax into silence without expecting or desiring something different from what the moment has to offer.
The core teachings of both Yoga and Zen traditions are the same. Simply be, realize that you are already fulfilled, interconnected and practice Karuna, compassion for all living beings including yourself.
Gautama Buddha expressed it as follows:
“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
All meals are vegan, prepared by our cook with fresh fruit &seasonal vegetables. The recipes are simple, based on the principles of a Yogic diet, which gives emphasis on good nutrition as well as the detoxification of the body. We use herbs and spices carefully.
Please inform us if you have any specific dietary requirements that we have to consider.
7:00 – 9:30: Yoga Class
9:30 – 10:30: Breakfast
10:30 – 13:30: Free time
13:30 – 14:00 Light lunch
14:00 – 17:00: Free time
17:00 - 19:30: Yoga and Zazen
19:30- 20:30: Dinner
20:30 – 21:30: Chanting & Kirtan
The closest one is Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos", which receives both domestic and international flights all year round. From the airport of Athens, you can easily reach Piraeus port and embark on the ferry to Serifos.
Serifos is easily accessible by ferry from Piraeus Port in Athens. The route from Piraeus port to Serifos lasts approximately 2 hours. During the summer, some extra ferry servicesare carried out from Lavrion port.
Arriving at KAISANJI
As soon as you book your tickets to Athens Airport and the ferry to Serifos, please let us know so we can book you a taxi that will bring you straight to KAISANJI.
Boasting the traditional Cycladic architecture, Serifos island is dotted with little whitewashed houses and churches that come in contrast to the island’s wild natural landscape. Serifos is one of those Greek islands not blighted by overdevelopment, thus it is considered a Greek holiday destination off the beaten tourist trail, perfect for relaxing holidays!
Serifos Chora, the island's capital, is arguably one of the most beautiful capitals of the Cyclades!
With private bathroom and sea view
Private bedroom for one person with a double bed and shared bathroom.
Private double bedroom with a double bed and shared bathroom.