Join us in Crete for a ONE-week retreat in a super natural,
unspoiled area right by the beach near Kissamoss.
MONDAY, October 16th – MONDAY, October 23rd
Teaching yoga for over 15 years we’ve been fortunate to travel to many fantastic places, but our hearts lie on the Greek Island of Crete.
The combination of the rugged beauty of the mountains rolling down to the unspoilt beaches, the warmth of the sun combined with the famous hospitality of the people, and of course the world-renowned, life-sustaining Cretan diet, make for an ideal location for a yoga holiday.
We would love to share this with you, along with the opportunity to explore your asana practice and delve deeper into the eight-limb philosophy of Ashtanga yoga. Daily practice in nature, between an olive grove and the beach will be followed by technique workshops with very clear and useful information and meditation and philosophy of yoga sessions will wind down the days. There will be plenty of time for sun,
There will be plenty of time for sun, relaxation and fun and exploring this stunning area of western Crete, the incredible nearby Old Venetian town of Chania or check out the world-famous beaches of Balos Bay, Falasarna or Elafonisi, or perhaps trek the famous Samaria Gorge.
Our aim is to provide a space for you so you can breathe deeply and let go of your stresses and relax into the beauty of life again and return home feeling refreshed, energised and inspired to face life afresh, having made new friends and with a renewed energy for your practice and your life.
This two week retreat will have a lasting impact on your practice and your life.
Arrivals Saturday August 19
Morning classes will be six Mysore style self-practice and two led primary classes each week as is traditional. Adam is authorised by KPJAYI to teach through to the full intermediate series, he is very thorough with his attention and all members of the group will feel well looked after.
The course is suitable for students who are already familiar with at least the sun salutations and standing postures of Ashtanga yoga in the tradition of Pattabhi Jois lineage. Advanced students will be assisted to whatever level they normally practice with their teacher.
Technique classes are particularly unique in their down-to-earth approach making sure we all leave knowing where we would like to work towards and how we can, with self-compassion, guide ourselves forward on our own individual paths. Often, we hear ‘I’ve never been told that before’ as students learn practical tips on how they can be working within the postures to facilitate openings that lead to safe advancement within the series.
We always end each day with a period of meditation. Just space to be with some basic instruction, but really for you to assimilate, take stock and drop deeper into however it feels for you to experience a sense of deep quiet and peace in your own being.
A typical day will be as follows
- 7.00am – 9.00am: Yoga, led Ashtanga primary series class Sunday and Friday, Mysore style self-practice class Monday – Thursday, Saturday no class.
- 9.00am – 9.30am: Break, small snack
- 9.30am – 11.00am: Technique workshop (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
- 11.00am: Breakfast
- 6.00pm – 7.00pm: Meditation / philosophy / lifestyle discussion / basic pranayama (Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday)
- 7.00pm: Dinner (Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday), Wednesday and Friday we can go somewhere for dinner or have free time.
Accommodation is in either studios or apartments, they are all simple, basic clean rooms typical of Greece.
They are situated in an olive grove, right beside the yoga space and are a three-minute walk to the beach, taverna and mini market. Within walking distance are a few tavernas, a small village and a bit further on is Kissamos town if you would like to do a bit of shopping. All rooms have all have the following:
- Bathroom with shower
- Air conditioning
A few single rooms are available on a first come, first served basis.
If you are a solo traveller and would like to share a room we will oragnise for you to share with another student of the same gender or if you are friends travelling together let us know and we’ll put you in the same room.
Crete is an incredibly fertile land, blessed with a climate that produces the most nutrient dense, flavorsome fruit and vegetables you could ever have. The food prepared at our host’s taverna uses quality, local produce from farmers in the area to create the traditional dishes of Crete. Breakfast will be served buffet style with a selection of fruits, yoghurt, freshly baked breads, honey, eggs and local cheeses. Dinners will be vegetarian traditional Cretan dishes served family style and a celebration of the local produce and bounty of the local area. Meals will be served in our hosts taverna, right beside the beach as the sun sets.
Breakfast will be served buffet style with a selection of fruits, yoghurt, freshly baked breads, honey, eggs and local cheeses. Dinners will be vegetarian traditional Cretan dishes served family style and a celebration of the local produce and bounty of the local area.
Meals will be served in our hosts taverna, right beside the beach as the sun sets.
Things to do in the area
- Elephonisi Beach – the famous pink sand beach in south west crete with a shallow lagoon.
- Balos Bay – turquoise sea fringed by white sand, this bay is best accessible by boat trip from Kissamos, one of the classic photos of Cretan beaches.
- Falasarna Beach – on the very west coast of Crete this large beach is considered to be one of the best in all of Crete, with crystal clear waters, aquamarine sea and fine golden sand it is perfect for watching the sunset.
- Samaria Gorge – this 16km trail through one of Europe’s longest gorges with walls that soar up to 500 metres high is one of the main attractions of super natural Crete.
- Chania Town – our favourite town, Chania is simply a beautiful place to be with its Venetian Harbour, old port, narrow shopping streets and waterfront restaurants and buildings of Turkish design that Crete once had across the island. The atmosphere is a bit of Florence and bit of Venice, combined with the culture and character of Cretan people and traditions.
Getting Here & Transfers
The best airport to fly into is Chania airport which is a 40 minute drive and around 70€ for a taxi.
Heraklion airport is much further away and the transfer time is almost 3 hours. If you need to fly into Heraklion you can take a bus to Chania, or taxi to Chania and bus from there. Before you book your flight with this option please contact us to talk about options.
We can help to group you for taxi share with other students arriving at the same time but you will need to pay the driver directly in cash.
Send us your arrivals information as soon as you have it. If you have any questions at all about getting here please let us know and we will contact the hosts for help.
The earlier you book your flight the cheaper it will be.
You can also fly to Athens and change plane there or take the ferry from Pireus (the port of Athens) to Hania and Rethymno, either during the day or overnight. There is a metro that connects the port to the airport and information on ferries and bookings can be made at www.ferries.gr
When you have booked your flights, please post or email us a copy of your flight confirmation. Flights are booked with agents at your own risk. Make sure your flights from the UK are ATOL protected.
For the full week schedule including workshop content
Prices & Booking
Payments are made securely online with credit or debit cards via PayPal, you do not need to have a PayPal account to make your booking. A £250 deposit will secure your place, all balance payments are required to be settled 8 weeks before the start of the holiday.
One Week Holiday, Monday October 16th to Monday October 23rd
- Shared room:£645
- Single room:£795
- 7 nights accommodation each week
- 6-morning yoga classes, 5 technique workshops, 5 meditation/philosophy / lifestyle discussion, basic pranayama sessions
- Breakfast each morning
- 5 Vegetarian dinners each week
- Free sunbeds & umbrellas on the beach
- Air-conditioning if required
What’s Not Included
- Cost of transfers
- Yoga equipment – you will need to bring your own yoga mat