Emerge As One

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Aphrodite's baths a natural sea pool, a hidden gem of Kythera Nature
Connect with your authentic self, immersing in a blue green paradise
Apostolia Papadamaki
8 days - 7 nights

Greece is Europes' success story country for COVID 19.

I assure you that all the physical practices will be adapted in the social distancing rules. We have also taken proper measures in view of the COVID guidelines in the way that the food will be served throughout the retreat, as your safety and health is our top priority.


Join me for an 8-day eco-luxury retreat in the captivating island of Kythera, a secret paradise that has been my summer sanctuary for years and let me teach you how to break your barriers, trust your authenticity and unleash your maximum potential.


Together we'll be weaving the pathway to a happier and more meaningful life, practicing mindfully Yoga, Breathwork, Dance, Meditation and Rituals, connecting with the healing qualities that Nature offers to our body, mind, and spirit.

Our serene ocean view Eco Resort will nourish our senses with the soothing sounds of the sea, while our local vegan chef will nurture our lifespan with delicious colorful dishes so we can deeply rest, relax and refocus our energies.

Eco resort Happiness Retreat Sanctuary

We will adapt in the new situation, keeping social distancing but we will connect deeply with Nature!

In our daily experiences, I will show you the hidden natural gems of the Kythera island following the sacred traces of Water like a tribe. We will honor the wild within by immersing in golden sandy beaches, reaching mystic womb-like caves by private boat, hiking to cascade waterfalls, and re-birthing in green-blue lagoons.

As an authentic wanderlust spirit, I can't wait to take you to the spectacular Byzantine castles, monasteries, and museums as well as to introduce you to my local friends, visiting their enchanted villages, browsing handwoven fabrics, therapeutic herbs, and local homemade delicacies.

This glorious journey invites you to embody abundant self-love intertwined with transformative guidance on how to trust the power of your inner wisdom so you can Emerge As One, eternally enamored with the sacredness of being fully alive. 

Apostolia Papadamaki
Choreographer / Embodied Spirituality Facilitator

The Happiness Retreat Founder 

Water healing rebirthing in Aphrodite's baths kythera the happiness retreat


Kythera the island of Aphrodite

Kaladi beach

Waterfalls Kythera


Hytra island boat excursion

Through the years, the mystical island of Kythera has become my off-the-beaten-track ultimate reset sanctuary. Captivating and magical, enigmatic and mysterious, and inspirational for filmmakers, artists, and songwriters, Kythera holds me spellbound.

I feel blessed foot stepping on the unspoiled white sands, immersing in the crystal blue waters and swinging between myths and reality in emerald lagoons, amazed by the natural beauty of this island. 

Legend has it that Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty, emerged from the foam of the Kytherian sea, so it is no wonder that this island possesses a raw beauty which can be found in its countless trails, pure and untouched beaches hidden in craggy rocks, rugged gorges, secret waterfalls, medieval castles hanging from the clouds, scenic villages, fairytale valleys, lush vegetation and fertile soil famous for its culinary products.

An authentic cultural identity preserved by friendly and generous local people, many of them my good friends by now, Kythera is a dreamland that always reveals to me the secrets of my soul.

Contact us at info@thehappinessretreat.gr to schedule a call with us





Kaladi rock eco resort

The Venue: Kaladi Rock Eco Resort

Kaladi Rock is an exclusive eco-resort with stunning sunset and sea views. Situated directly on the award-winning blue flag beach of Kaladi, on the coastal region of ancient Skandia where the beautiful ancient goddess Aphrodite was worshipped in the 6th century B.C.  Stone walls combined with total white houses equipped with minimalistic furniture generate a very attractive atmosphere. All rooms have private entrances, bathrooms and balconies or patios overlooking the serene view of Kaladi beach. 
Emerge As One Happiness Retreat 2020 Kaladi Rock Kythera island Greece
Kaladi Rock Eco resort pool

Master bedroom


Your retreat leader & teacher

The Happiness Retreat - Apostolia Papadamaki - Beach

I am Apostolia Papadamaki, an internationally acclaimed choreographer, and a transformational retreat leader and teacher. I studied Contemporary Dance, Contact Improvisation, Yoga and Alexander Technique in New York. As a lover of healing arts, and spirituality, I am trained in Shamanism, Music, Voice, Diving, Craniosacral Therapy, and Rei-Ki collaborating with inspiring artists, healers, and teachers in many lands. I love to dream and I believe in infinite possibilities. My highest intention is to keep opening the eyes of the soul and tuning into the frequency of Love no matter how life challenges me. The Happiness Retreat is an open-hearted invitation to share knowledge, experience, and joy with beautiful souls like you!


Learn more about Apostolia's journey


Teachings / Practices

We will apply social distancing rules in all our practices.


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The Happiness Retreat - Floating Body


Sharing Circle


Yoga & Breathwork

Our Hatha Vinyasa Yoga practice, in conjunction with the principles of Biomatic Anatomy, is linking movement with breath and awakens your body/spirit awareness. You will learn how to develop a daily practice of graceful movement sequences, details of physical and esoteric physiology and therapeutic relaxation techniques. 


Dance & Voice 

Spirit Contact-Dance will ground you, shaking and pulsing will release tension, increase blood circulation, and connect you with the cosmic energy of the Earth. Gradually your breath will expand into sound and your voice will be liberated. Entering a state of profound soul connection, establishing a deep level of freedom - you will reach a euphoric state of being. 

Water Spirit Contact Dance is an aquatic bodywork that will enable you to embody the art of true belonging and trust oneness in the fluidity of the sea. Through gentle stretches and fluid movements, your body will enter deep states of relaxation and awareness, which then can release physical, mental and emotional tension, and open the doorways for a personal, transformative experience. Joy, release, freedom, and renewed energy are only some of the gifts received through this rebirthing experience.


Sharing Circle, Rituals & Meditation

Sharing Circle is a sacred inclusive space that will support you to feel free to express your deepest longings, release old patterns and fears, shift perspective and activate new decisions, while simple yet profound Rituals will teach you how to fully enjoy your experience and be grateful to yourself, your community and the earth. Guided meditations will lead you into the deepest self-insights and most powerful realizations.


Read more about the practices


Nutrition / Our local Vegan chef


Kythira is also famous for its local products, thyme honey, olive oil, and Cytherean salt to mention a few.  We are happy to have onboard  Elizabeth Stais, a renowned local cook and producer who will indulge you in the local cuisine with mouthwatering authentic recipes, using fresh fruits and vegetables from her own garden and local organic products known for their healing qualities. 
 Breakfast and dinner are served in a buffet-style while lunch can be carried out on the beach.

Elizabeth is living on the island for the last 27 years and apart from cooking for us, she will be happy to share her knowledge of traditions and cuisine of this unique island.

Our planned unique experiences while exploring the island will also give us the opportunity to dive deep in the island’s culinary traditions, meet legendary local cooks, and taste authentic local recipes dating from Ancient Greek times.

All meals are vegan/vegetarian. Special dietary restrictions can be accommodated (e.g. gluten-free). 


Sample Itinerary

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7.30 / Mountain Tea / Coffee / Fruits
8.00 / Yoga & Meditation 
10.30 / Brunch
11.00 / Excursions / Experiences / Free time
17.00 / Spirit Contact-Dance 
19:00 / Dinner
20.30 / Sound healing / Chanting / Rituals 

Special summer 2020 prices 

Shared Double Room / 1760 euros per person

The Junior Suite of 40sq.m. includes a bedroom with 2 single rooms and a beautiful living room leading to a private pergola in the seafront garden.  The room includes a spacious closet a toilet, a shower bathroom, a kitchenette, a minibar for cold drinks, and has an independent entrance.

Single  Master Bedroom  / 2100 euros per person

On the top floor of a maisonette, this dreamy 30sq.m. sea view room is ideal for one person or a couple.  It includes a queen-size bed and a beautiful balcony overlooking the blue Cytherian sea. The room includes a spacious closet a toilet, a shower bathroom, a kitchenette, a minibar for cold drinks, and has an independent entrance.


The Happiness Tribe Special Rates

If you are a beloved member of our Happiness Tribe please contact us for our special rates offer to you upon availability.




What is included

Hiking Excursion Nature


The Happiness Retreat - Relax under the sun and meditate - Greece


8 days / 7 nights of stay in Eco-Luxury Sea View Resort

Daily: Brunch, dinner, water, fresh fruits, tea, and digestive infusions.

6 Morning Yoga, Breathwork, Meditation sessions. (Sunrise Meditation as well)

Opening & Closing Sharing Circle

3 Sessions of Spirit Contact Dance in the Waterfalls and on the beach

Sound Healing session

Moon Ritual

Hiking excursion to the natural sea pool of Aphrodite's Baths

Private boat excursion to Hytra Cave island 

Hiking excursion and culinary experience to Mylopotamos village

1 traditional meal at a legendary local tavern

Free access to the swimming pool

Your transportation from Kythera airport or port to the resort

Car transfers from our resort to nearby beaches and all our group excursions

Mindfulness living all day long

All meals are vegan, special dietary restrictions can be accommodated (e.g. gluten-free)


What you need to add

Your flight/ferry to Kythera Island
Your travel insurance


How to get there


Monastery sea view kythera


To reach the island by air there are daily flights from the Athens airport to Kythira. The flight takes about 50 minutes and the companies that fly are Olympic Airlines and Sky Express.
Sky Express also flies  to Kythera from Chania, Zante, Corfu, Cephalonia, Preveza


To reach Kythera by car you must first arrive at the port of Neapolis located on the south edge of the Peloponnese. From Neapolis, there are regular daily ferries to Kythera. From Piraeus every Wednesday and Friday, and from Crete three times a week.

traditional village kythera island