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Prepare for a unique experience that will positively stay in your heart forever. Visit the mythical island of Calypso and spend a few days on a virgin tropical landscape, enjoying in full all the benefits of a simple life close to nature. Gavdos is known to have therapeutic properties. It treats wounded hearts and souls, reveals new potentials, and awakes unknown senses. Imagine the benefits for you body and soul, after spending a few days full of practicing yoga and being in total harmony with the environment.
You will be spending your nights on the beautiful and famous beach of Sarakiniko.
The rooms are only 2 minutes from the beach and offer a wonderful view of the sea. They are simple, clean and offer all the basic necessities for a comfortable stay.
More adventurous travelers can also choose to camp under the cedar trees right on the beach and sleep under the stars. Gavdos is a very popular destination for free campers, as it fully covers the basic needs a true nature lover might seek for.
LU Creative team has prepared a full schedule for the week, so participants will have the opportunity to enjoy their daily yoga practice but also explore this magical island. Daily yoga classes, early morning meditation, and pranayama sessions, as well as trekking tours to unexplored beaches and locations, will be offered, but participants can also relax and just enjoy the beach, the sun and a simple way of life.
Small changes may occur depending on the conditions.
You are going to spend most of your free time wandering around the island, following footpaths through wild nature and magnificent landscapes, so don't forget to bring your walking shoes and a hat.
Your first trekking tour will be to 'Ai Giannis', a beach that is characterized by the unimaginable beauty of sand dunes, rocks, and cedar trees. It has been awarded as the second best beach in the world from the discovery channel in 2007. You will then continue the path to 'Lavrakas' beach and pass through a forest of perennial cedar trees to the beach of 'Pyrgos'.
Your next excursion will start from the beach of 'Korfos' to 'Tripiti', one of the most famous attractions of the island, as it is located at the southernmost point of Europe. The landmarks of the beach are the three arches and the giant chair standing above them, from where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Libyan Sea. You will then pass through the small village, Vatsiana on your way back to Sarakiniko.
Finally, you are going to take one of the most beautiful routes from the settlement of Ambelos to the lighthouse of Gavdos, which is dominating at the ruggest coast of the southwest side. It was built in 1880 and was visible from a distance of 40 miles, a record for these times.
The retreat will take place in Gavdos, Greece. Gavdos is the most southern island of Greece and the southernmost point in Europe. It is located 24 nautical miles south of Creta in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, with an area of 37 square kilometers (nine kilometers long, four and a half kilometers wide) and the highest point at 345 meters above sea level.
The island has very few permanent residents (around 60 people) scattered in small settlements, but hundreds of people from around the world visit during the summer period. Blessed with the finest of nature, Gavdos offers pristine seashores with cedar trees almost reaching the water, dense pine and juniper woods, and beautiful cobblestone footpaths through wild nature with unimaginable views of the sea.
It is an island of exceptional natural beauty far away from the “civilized” world in so many ways. Almost gives the feeling of being on another planet, completely peaceful and free.
From the very first moment you will feel the magical desire to wander around the tropical beaches by crossing beautiful sandy dunes surrounded by pine trees, shrubs and perennial cedars.
You will surely be enchanted by the mysterious atmosphere emitted on this island, inviting you to discover its hidden beauties.
Gavdos is also one of the most important area stations of the migrating birds through Europe, as well as a refuge for endangered species of seals and turtles careta-careta. The island has been declared as a protected area under the European network of Natura 2000.
Guest should love and respect nature and be prepared to spend a few days, away from the noise but also away from many unnecessary comforts of the civilized world.
According to Homer’s Odyssey, Gavdos was the island where Odysseus was a castaway. Nymph Calypso in her attempt to lure Odysseus into living with her offered him immortality. Odysseus declined, longing only for his return to his wife Penelope. After seven years held captive, his prayers traveled to the mountain of the Gods, Olympus, and were heard by Zeus. Zeus sent the messenger God Hermes to order Calypso to free Odysseus and to help him on his journey. So Calypso helped Odysseus to build a boat of holy wood and also taught him to seek guidance from the stars and the moon.
Due to its location, Gavdos is subject to unpredictable weather conditions. Although it is not very possible for July, it happens rarely for the winds to be too high for the boat to cross (for a day or two). It is recommended to book a return flight on Sunday evening 15/7, just in case.
In the extreme case that you have to stay an extra night at Gavdos due to weather conditions, you will only be charged an extra 20 EUR for the accommodation.
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A delicious breakfast buffet will be offered, after each morning yoga practice.
The buffet will include a variety of healthy options such as fresh and dried fruits, nuts and seeds, local honey and cheese, oatmeal, freshly baked bread and more. This will provide your body with all necessary elements and nutrients to help you keep up with the ongoing activities.
For the rest of the meals, guests can choose amongst the numerous restaurants of the island and enjoy light snacks and traditional Mediterranean recipes.
During your free time, you can always do other activities to complete your retreat.
Thai massage sessions can be booked upon request at an additional charge.
Please book a flight to Chania International Airport (CHQ) arriving either on Friday (6/7) or very early Saturday morning (7/7).
Take the bus from the main bus station in Chania to Hora Sfakion leaving at 8.30am. You should arrive at Hora Sfakion at 10.00 and take the boat at 10.30am to take you to Gavdos.
There are boat trips from Athens to Chania everyday at 21.00pm with arrival at 06.00am the next morning, so you can also take the boat from Athens on Friday 6/7 in order to arrive Saturday morning. You can take the bus directly from the port of Chania to Hora Sfakion, that corresponds with the boat to Gavdos.
A bus to Sfakia (Hora Sfakion) departs from the main bus station of Chania at 08.30am, arriving at 10.00am. You can then take the boat from Sfakia to Gavdos at 10.30am and arrive in Gavdos at 12.00.
Bus from Chania to Sfakia: Duration 1 hour 20 minutes, price 8.30 EUR
Boat from Sfakia to Gavdos: Duration 2 hours 30 minutes, price 20 EUR
Boat from Athens to Chania: duration 9 hours, price 36 EUR (without a cabin)