KARUNA YOGA & ZEN RETREAT, 21-26.05.2021 




The land

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.

“Karuna Yoga & Zen retreat” is hosted in KAISANJI, in the Kalo Ambeli region,on the southern side of the island, which remains unspoiled bymass tourism and big hotels.

The vision

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 sea, SAN means mountain 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.

Joining a Yoga & Zen Retreat

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 the 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.”


Suggested contribution for the retreat is 450 euro and includes classes, accommodation and daily meals.

For your participation in the Karuna Yoga & Zen Retreat it is necessary to provide us with a negative Covid-19 PCR test that took place 72 hours prior to your arrival.

In the case of a positive test result your contribution will be applicable  to another seminar or retreat of your choice or fully reimbursed to you.

If the Retreat is cancelled due to special government measures, like a travel ban between provinces, your contribution will be reimbursed to you.


Practice Period
21 – 26 May 2021

6:00 – 9:00: Yoga and Zazen
9:15– 10:00: Breakfast
10:00 – 11:30: Free time
11:30 – 13:00: Karma Yoga
13:30– 14:00: Light lunch
14:00– 15:30: Free time
15:30 – 18:30: Yoga and Zazen
18:30 – 19:15: Dinner
20:00 – 21:00: Chanting & Kirtan
21:30: Lights Out

The program begins on the 21st at 19:30 with dinner and ends on the 26th at 15:30.