Take time off! Retreat in Serifos.


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 in Serifos, on the southern side of the island, which remains unspoiled by mass tourism and big hotels. 

The vision of the Retreat in Serifos.

A community of like-minded 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 in 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 from October to May. 

The participation in Karuna Retreat in Serifos 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 to Karuna Yoga and Zen Retreat in Serifos Greece.


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 in 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.”

The program of Karuna Yoga and Zen Retreat


  • 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

In order to participate, you need to demonstrate a Covid-19 negative Rapid that was performed 48 hours before your arrival. In case of cancellation of the event, because measures are taken by the government, you will receive a full refund of your payment.

Participation cost

450 euros for Zen Center Athens members

600 euros for non members

It includes:

  • all sessions,

  • accommodation

  • and all meals



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. 


The journey to the Retreat in Serifos

The closest one is Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos", https://www.aia.gr/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. It 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 services are 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. 

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