top of page
RETREAT website banner.png

What is happiness?

We all want it, but is it sustainable for life?

In this retreat, you are invited to discover what's behind the need to be happy, and how 'real happiness' has possibly more to do with mindfulness (accepting what is and being in peace with it in the now) than it has to do with smiley faces and cheery moments (These are great - but they don't paint the whole picture. Embracing failures, pain and negative emotions is equally as important).

The theme of real happiness ties in a lot with authenticity.

A lot of times we suppress things inside in order to look or act in a certain acceptable way.

So, how can we be authentic and how do we know when we are? This is definitely going to be a hot topic in our sessions!

This retreat is designed to help you rediscover yourself in a holistic way: we will practice yoga, mindfulness & have life coaching sessions. And, yes, this will all take place in one of the most unique places in Greece, with ridiculous beauty & superbly relaxing vibe: Paxos Island.

Previous retreaters describe this experience as: a "calming, inspiring & nurturing”, with a “nourishing, inclusive, soft & playful feel”, as well as “relaxed, restful, eye & mind-opening”. Read more testimonials here.


You will be in a safe space where you will be encouraged to reflect, play, rest and explore all the things that align with YOU.

Expect to leave this retreat feeling refreshed, aligned and inspired - with a bag full of sweet memories and new friends. Oh, and a few small gifts as a thank you:)


You'll become part of a new community that's slowly being built, so don't worry if you don't know me or others personally. I promise you'll feel at home immediately: me, Enrico (the villa owner who will be taking care of us) and Jack (our wise mentor, musician and yoga co-teacher) and everyone who is in the making of this are all warm and lovely. You'll be in extremely good hands. And Paxos is ah-may-zing!!

Check out the video from our last retreat:

Who is this retreat for?



✢ are in a phase of your life that you want to change things, perhaps career or want to redesign your life, or are in need for some clarity as for your next steps in life

✢ want to work on boundaries and authentic expression

✢ are curious about happiness

✢ want to find peace and acceptance

✢ want to develop inner trust

✢ value growth, love, openness, kindness and connection.

✢ want to make peace with and shake off uncertainty & self-doubt



✢ just want to have vacation/ to ‘get away’ – the retreat is not about disconnecting, but about reconnecting – with our values, our bodies, nature, our hearts.

✢ are not ready to slow down. In this retreat, rest, silence and stillness are worth celebrating. It’s not about filling every hour, but listening deeply to your soul.


Morning yoga bliss

Starting our day with the rising sun, we'll revitalize body & mind with some gentle yoga flow. Of course, the beauty of Paxos will serve as our backdrop, enhancing our connection with nature and ourselves. The sessions cater to all skill levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners.


Life Coaching/ Workshops

The juicy part! We will dive deep into real happiness, authenticity, self-embrace, and living life in alignment with our values, desires and bigger vision. Daily transformational group life coaching sessions. Bring a notebook with you!


Evening serenity

As the sun sets, we shall soothe body & mind with sweet yin yoga or mindfulness meditation. Time to just breathe, connect to our inner peace and embrace the power of self-reflection.


Island paradise

Just picture yourself exploring & celebrating your uniqueness in one of the most idyllic settings in the world. From one hand, Paxos with its turquoise waters and lush greenery & on the other, our villa accommodations will both support you on your well-being journey in the most serene and ambient way.


Nourishing Cuisine

An integral part of well-being is a balanced nutrition! Indulge in wholesome meals prepared with locally sourced ingredients that embrace the flavors of Paxos. Our menu is thoughtfully crafted to provide with a healthy culinary experience.

The retreat includes:

If you feel called, come join us! You will be in a supportive, nurturing & empowering environment that fosters growth, deep relaxation, and the exploration of real happiness and authentic way of being.

This retreat has limited spaces (max 11-12 people) to ensure an intimate and personalized experience.

To reserve your place, you can book instantly below. For further information, please fill in the form below or contact me directly (+306972995445, I'll be glad to answer any questions you might have!

Real Happiness Retreat Yoga Coaching Paxos Gaios Anastasia Apostolidou

Package details

✢ 5 nights accommodation in a stunning villa

✢ Daily blissful morning yoga sessions

✢ Daily group life coaching sessions on how to navigate self-doubt & confidence, manage thoughts & feelings, align with purpose and authenticity

✢ 1 60' personal life coaching session after the retreat for further support (scheduled online within a month after the retreat)

✢ Soothing evening yin or mindfulness/ breathwork meditation

✢ Fun evenings with singing & music with our one & only Jack Harrison

✢ Opening & closing ceremony

4 brunch meals

✢ 2 in-house dinners

✢ Daily refreshments

✢Pick-up from and to Gaios port

✢ 1 free day to rest & relax or join a little adventure on a boat! (optional)

✢ Yoga mats & props are provided


Not included in the package:

✢ Flights & transportation cost

✢ Massage treatments (they can be arranged for you though!)

✢ Boat trips



Example Day

08:00am – 08:30am: Herbal Tea/ Coffee

08:30am – 10:00am: Meditation & Yoga Flow

10:00am: Brunch

12.00am – 04:30pm: Free time to relax / walk / swim / explore / massage

04:30pm - 05:30: Afternoon Tea/ Coffee


05:30pm - 07:00pm: Workshop/ Life Coaching Labs

07:00pm – 07:30pm: Relaxing Yin Yoga

08:00pm: Dinner

John H.

"Tessy is a gifted teacher whose ancestors came from the island and all the activities of the retreat were expressions of her heritage—the accommodation and yoga space was beautiful, the practice inspiring and nourishing, and the food on a par with any yoga retreat I have been to around the world."

Claudia R.

"This was a comprehensive eye- and mind-opening experience at just the right time for me.
I felt welcome, taken care of like in a big, multifaceted family and hence quickly "at home".
The coaching sessions gave me a lot to think about. Food was yummy.
Most importantly though, Tessy has the gift of knowing or feeling what is needed, those deep non-verbal communication skills that cannot be acquired and distinguish the best teachers in the world."

Mary B.

"The whole experience felt safe and nurturing and Tessy is so good at instilling confidence into any level of yoga student.
Paxos is beautiful and the villa and yoga spaces made the best use of that beauty.
I quickly felt part of a community whilst also feeling that I could have my own space.
The delicious brunches were a real treat. I wanted to take the chef home with me!"

Retreat Testimonials

Photo Gallery

Click to enlarge

The Villa

Villa Hebe is a wonderful, stylish villa in a fantastic position just below Gaios towards Mongonissi.

It offers airy & elegant interiors, landscaped gardens, plenty of panoramic spaces, & terraces where we will have our meditation and yoga practices and a lovely salt water pool.

It has a peaceful, loungey feel yet an earthy, grounding atmosphere.

The villa has stunning views overlooking the sea and beautiful Balos beach is just a breath away - located right under the villa - where you can go for a swim. Charming Gaios town is just a short walk away, where you can find all of the bars, tavernas & interesting artisanal shops.

A live-in house-keeper and gardener will be there to make sure that you have all you need during your stay.



Getting to Paxos

Paxos Gaios

You can fly to Corfu Airport – there are regular and direct flights from many airports.

Once you arrive on Corfu there is a hydrofoil ferry from Corfu Port as well as a boat from Lefkimmi that will take you straight to the Port of Gaios, Paxos. From there, we'll arrange a pick-up for you.



Allergies and dietary requirements

Please tell me at the time of your booking about any dietary issues / requirements / needs that you may have, in order to be able to cater for your needs. Thank you!



Real Happiness Retreat is not a silence retreat. Having said that, the retreat’s primary goal is to find calm and peace within, with the help of yoga’s wonderful tools and the surrounding nature. We’d like to ask you to respect each other’s space by making sure volume is kept down at all times. Please do indulge in conversations with everyone, but also allow those who primarily seek serenity, to enjoy their quiet time. :)

Smoking & Alcohol

The retreat is located in a natural environment, therefore the accommodation, its surroundings and the rooms are smoke-free. As this is a wellness retreat, no smoking is preferred in general. If you really need to, however, please contact us to arrange a space for you.

Regarding alcohol, light to no use is recommended; If you'd like to make the most out of these special few days, let the retreat activities take full effect on both your body and mind so you can leave in a completely relaxed and refreshed state.


In order to secure your place a deposit is required at the time of booking, with the outstanding amount to be paid in person at the retreat. If you would prefer to pay in installments then just let me know and we can arrange a plan that works best for you.


If you need to cancel your place more than 45 days before the start date, your full deposit will be refunded to you! If you need to cancel less than 45 days before, your deposit will be withheld.

  • Αν δεν μπορώ να έρθω σε κάποια συνεδρία, μπορώ να λάβω τη βιντεοσκόπηση?
    Βεβαίως. Όλοι όσοι πάρετε μέρος στο retreat, θα λάβετε links με τις βιντεοσκοπημένες συναντήσεις και θα μπορείτε να τις κατεβάσετε για να τις έχετε & να ανατρέξετε ανά πάσα στιγμή.
  • Μπορώ να έρθω μόνο Σάββατα στο group coaching ή μόνο Κυριακές στη yin yoga ή να κάνω κάποιο drop-in?
    Το πρόγραμμα είναι δομημένο με τέτοιο τρόπο, ώστε να συμπληρώνεται η θεωρία από την πράξη, να υπάρχει ισορροπία στην προσέγγιση νου-σώματος και να ολοκληρωθεί μια εξελικτική εμπειρία. Ωστόσο, εάν κάποιος το επιθυμεί, μπορεί να μπεί μόνο Σάββατα, ή μόνο Κυριακές. Γράψε μου στο προαιρετικό μήνυμα τι επιθυμείς και γιατί, και θα επικοινωνήσω μαζί σου.
  • Θα παρέχονται σημειώσεις?
    Στο τέλος κάθε εβδομάδας θα στέλνω σχετικές πληροφορίες για το εκάστοτε θέμα που θα δουλεύουμε. Συνιστώ όμως τα Σάββατα να έχετε μαζί σας σημειωματάριο.
  • Πως μπορώ να κάνω την πληρωμή?
    Η πληρωμή της συμμετοχής μπορεί να γίνει μέσω Revolut ή Paypal. Εφόσον συμπληρώσετε τα στοιχεία σας στην παρακάτω φόρμα, θα σας αποστείλω email με τα στοιχεία πληρωμής. Αν προτιμάτε κάποιο άλλο μέσο, παρακαλώ εισάγετε το στο προαιρετικό μήνυμα της φόρμας ενδιαφέροντος.
  • Αν αποφασίσω ότι δεν μπορώ να συνεχίσω, μπορώ να έχω επιστροφή χρημάτων?
    Εφόσον δεν έχει ξεκινήσει το retreat, ναι. Εφόσον έχετε ξεκινήσει το retreat, δεν θα μπορεί να γίνει κάποια επιστροφή.
  • Τεχνικά, τι χρειάζομαι για να συμμετέχω?
    Έναν υπολογιστή/tablet με κάμερα και καλή/σταθερή σύνδεση στο Ιντερνετ. Καλό είναι να έχετε κατεβάσει την εφαρμογή Zoom, αλλά δεν είναι απαραίτητο. Δεν προτείνω τόσο κινητό για να έχετε καλύτερη εικόνα. Κάποιοι όμως το συνδέουν με την τηλεόρασή τους!
  • Για τη yin yoga τι χρειάζομαι?
    Ζεστά & άνετα ρούχα, ένα στρώμα γιόγκα και, ιδανικά, μπόλικα μαξιλάρια. Όσο πιο σκληρά, τόσο πιο καλά.
  • Έχω κάποιους σωματικούς περιορισμούς/ ασθένεια/ τραυματισμό. Πόσο μπορεί να με εμποδίσει από τις σωματικές ασκήσεις?
    Γράψε/πες μου ακριβώς τι θέμα έχεις και θα το συζητήσουμε μαζί, ώστε να κάνεις μόνο ό,τι είναι βοηθητικό για σένα. Γενικώς, κινούμαστε πάντε θεραπευτικά, με σεβασμό κι αγάπη προς το σώμα. Επίσης,όπου κρίνεται απαραίτητο, δίνονται πάντα εναλλακτικές.
  • Έχω κάποια απορία αλλά δεν βρίσκεται στη λίστα. Τι κάνω?
    Επικοινώνησε μαζί μου απευθείας ή γράψε ό,τι σε αφορά στο προαιρετικό μήνυμα της φόρμας.

Why me?

Hi, I'm Tessy! I am an experienced life coach and yoga & mindfulness teacher, who has changed a number of occupations to arrive where I am today..!

I've been an avid people-pleaser and have dealt a good portion of my life with self-doubt. It's my life's mission to help people believe in themselves, find what they love and guide them towards their purpose.

I am blessed to call this paradise, Paxos, my home, and I love to share bits & pieces of it, its beauty and special energy, which is so powerful and transformative!

I'm passionate about enlightenment, I love a good laugh and cats!

To learn more about me and what drives me:

DSC_2743-Edit 2_edited_edited.jpg


Paxos Yoga Testimonials

"All the aspects of her programs are very carefully designed, with love and care.

The beauty of her practice is that all the sessions are gentle yet powerful enough for the body, and also give a sense of healing - during and after the sessions.

I got so many benefits from her programs:

pain relief, better posture, focus , quality of sleep and a feeling of relaxation and being centered with myself."


Summer Fun

Do you have questions?

Sent successfully!

bottom of page