In this relaxing yoga retreat, you will practice yoga twice a day in a conscious and interoceptive way. You will move with presence and mindfulness, continuously observing and exploring the different layers of your inner landscapes, and aim at deepening the understanding of yourself and facilitating a deep inner healing process. This yoga retreat is an opportunity to deepen your yoga practice in a special natural setting that supports awareness and deep healing. Explore conscious movement for deep healing here.
The apartments and studios “Kavos Melissa” are located about 400 meters from the beach of Agios Pavlos and 200 meters from the beach of Sandhills. It is built on a hill and has a panoramic view of the Bay and the coast. Each apartment has a terrace or balcony and they all have the sea view.
8 one-room Studios, each one contains 2 single beds and a sofa which can be converted into a bed,
2 maisonette Studios, each one contains 1 double bed on the upper level and 2 sofas on the lower level which can be converted into a bed,
2 bedroom Studios, each one contains a double bed in one bedroom, two single beds and a sofa bed in the other.
All studios are fully furnished and they are equipped with kitchenette, TV, air conditioning with cold or warm air and solar water heater.
In the area of the complex, there is a separate 60 m2 room which is available for various activities, and it can serve Yoga groups, artistic or other groups. It can also be used as a Conference Hall.
Sensit Yoga Retreat is a unique experience of reaching new depths of awareness through a sensitive yoga practice. Surrounded by a very special natural environment and feeling our body on a deeper level, we start to be truly at home with ourselves.
The program consists of twice daily practice of asana, pranayama and meditation. Each session guides us into our inner sources of strength, creativity and freedom, by journeying us through different tissues and inner spaces like fascia, bones, organs, fluids, and diaphragms. We cultivate whole-body awareness by experiencing how every single part of the body is weaved into a greater whole. We become conscious of different connections of our inner spaces and structures, which brings forth an optimally supported inner alignment, to be expressed in the outer motion and yoga postures.
We do not impose or manipulate the body into postures, but rather use the asana practice as a platform for listening to the signals that the body communicates. The movement is mainly slow, with relaxed presence and increased sensitivity. This enables us to recognize the places in the body that accumulate unnecessary tension. We learn how to release this tension by initiating movement from different points, by directing our attention and breath, and by relying on gravity in particular ways. When the energy that was holding the accumulated tension gets unleashed, the result is an energized, joyful and effortless way of moving and being.
The state of listening to our inner body called interocepetion (or Pratyahara in yogic terms) makes our practice physically more simple, yet awareness-wise a much deeper experience. Meditation comes easily as a natural continuation in stillness of the meditative state that was already present in the movement.
Sensit Yoga contributes immensely to our process of healing and growth. We begin to create a new habit of honoring the body and listening to its guidance. It becomes much easier to tune into its signals, develop our intuition, recognize when we are falling into the habitual unhealthy patterns and automatic reactions, and start to build new patterns of more conscious living.
The daily practice, the nourishing meals, the breathtaking landscapes, and the like-minded people, all make up for this unique experience of a true quality time. Day after day, you will feel restlessness and confusion dissipate, giving way to a sense of groundedness and connection with your inner self. You will begin to remember and tap into your inner source of strength, creativity, and freedom.
This experience of remembrance will enable you to return back to your daily life replenished, light, and with a clarity of insight. In this yoga practice, you will immerse yourself in the mindful and interoceptive movement, exploring not only your muscles and bones but also your organs, your emotions, how you relate to gravity, how you relate to space, and many other ways to truly get to know yourself on all levels of being.
On July 15th, 21st and 28th there will be only 1 - evening practice.
The family-run Agios Pavlos Hotel can be found on the southern coast of Crete, in a region of exceptional natural beauty. Rugged and unspoiled, the area offers breathtaking scenery and glorious beaches making this a very special place to visit.
Overlooking the stunning bay of Agios Pavlos the hotel has a fine restaurant, a relaxed café/bar, and a mini market so you don’t have to leave for any of your holiday essentials! Offering a range of accommodation there is something to suit everyone – throughout the year.
The Grigorakis’ family has been active with tourism in the region of Agios Pavlos, Saktouria, Rethymno, since 1978. The simplicity of the area and the wild beauty of nature are consistent with the character of our facilities. Offering various accommodation options, there is something that will suit everyone.
The family business includes the Hotel Agios Pavlos, the Apartments and Studios Kavos Melissa, the Rent Rooms Daidalos, the Restaurant Agios Pavlos, the Café-snack bar Sleepy Dragon and the bar The Cave
The worldwide famous Cretan Cuisine.
Delicious breakfast with local products, fresh juice, fruit, yoghurt, cheese, eggs, bread and honey.
Homemade dinner with mediterranean recipes, many choices for vegetarians or vegans and fresh fish.
Grilled seabreams, sardines, Grilled Squids, Moussaka, Tzatziki, roast goat meat, dakos, spinach-pie, cheese-pie, stuffed tomatoes, pepperoni, zucchini and many more!
Restaurant is open throughout the day.
Once you have reached this Southern edge the continent you can dive into a mesmerizing landscape. You can also:
Swim in the warm inviting waters of the sandy beach - ideal for families.
Descend to one of the most amazing beaches of Crete, called St. Pavlos Sandhills, offering spectacular sunsets - not for small children
Visit the long oceanic-type Triopetra beach for a swim, a walk, coffee, lunch or dinner at the fantastic taverns with a breathtaking sea view - 5 minute ride by car
Hike the beautiful canyons of Rethymno. Kourtaliotis (length: 3 km) is one of the most spectacular natural attractions of Rethymnon. The enormous cliffs of the canyon reach a height of 600 meters and are full of caves with significant fauna species.
Or go further to the west, to the worldwide known Samariá Gorge. A National Park of Greece and a World's Biosphere Reserve. It will take 6 hours to cross it so plan wisely. There is a boat departing from Agios Pavlos to Samaria’s sea mouth (Agia Roumeli) and you can always visit without walking the gorge to its North exist.
Please book your flight to arrive at Heraklion International Airport (HER).
Heraklion is the Crete’s region capital city and there are direct flights to and from all major cities in Europe and the world. You can reach the retreat location by car, taxi (appx 100 Euros), mini-van (40 Euros).
You are encouraged to rent a car – eventually together with other participants – as it will help you greatly enjoy at the maximum the gorgeous and wild paradise of Southern Crete.
Please send us the exact date, time and airport/port of arrival at Crete, i.e. 10th June, 13.30 pm, airport of Heraklion.
If you wish to share a ride, with either rented or owned car, or to share the expenses of a taxi ride, email us with your details and we will connect you with other participants who will be arriving on the same day as you.