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, a bathroom, small lounge area and kitchen facilities.
We had a wonderful time - thank you. Will was brilliant - a great teacher for all levels and also just an all round lovely human being! We were incredibly lucky with the group - everyone was really nice and we all got on super well. The place was beautiful too with excellent food. Thanks again - I will definitely be booking another retreat when possible.Sophie
Thank you for organising this retreat in such a stunning venue. Will is an outstanding teacher and so good at achieving a relaxed and inclusive atmosphere.Nina
Very happy to report that the Kefalonia retreat with Will this past week was really lovely - it is such a perfect venue with the open shala overlooking the sea. The accommodation takes me back to the way I remember Greece from years ago- not fancy or sophisticated, but simple with the emphasis on the serenity and beauty of the coastline and gorgeous Greek light, which I always think is unique. Will is a lovely, delightful and focussed yoga teacher; he also makes a huge effort to ensure that everyone is socially included, very important when there are solo people and others in established groups who know one another. His teaching style is very clear, creative and balanced, as well as empathic; the differentiation he provides ensures everyone’s individual practice is both supported and challenged. I loved the emphasis on breath work and felt both stronger, calmer and and definitely more ‘whole’ by the end of the week.Patricia
Seduced by the sea with YOAS 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.
Yoga & beach retreat on the island of Kefalonia, Greece, 25 September - 2 October 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 25 September and departure is anytime on 2 October. 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:-