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8 Days Journey to the Heart, Yoga Retreat with Lexi and Olympia in Crete, Greece

Levinthos, Epar.Od. Apesokariou - Pigon Lentas, Gortina 704 00, Greece

Rejuvenating Yoga Retreat Greece

Join Lexi and Olympia on a beautiful yoga journey to uplift your spirit in the South of Crete. Energize body, mind , and soul with daily yoga practices. Take time to restore and refresh. Enjoy relaxing massages and a boat trip to secluded beaches. Take hikes at hills and an ancient healing Sanctuary of Asclepius; learn how to cook some delicious Mediterranean dishes. Meet great people, have fun, and celebrate life in this lovely retreat.

Meet the instructors

Olympia & Alexia
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Zhineng Qi Gong session
  • The Five Element form practice
  • Chanting and pranayama sessions
  • Meditation workshop with Ken Lunn
  • Boat trip, guided walk, and cooking workshop
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Delicious meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Greek, Spanish
The maximum participants in the group is 20
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Levinthos is a lovely retreat center and a small family runs the business. It is located in a secluded part of the bay of Lentas, known from the ancient times for its unique healing energy. Lentas is protected as an archaeological site and as a result, no big hotels can be found there. This has preserved the outstanding natural beauty and serenity of the area.

We provide accommodation at Levinthos studio or flats or at Filoxenia studio or flats. Both complexes offer comfortable accommodation, featuring clean, spacious fully equipped rooms for a pleasant stay.

Program

Sample schedule

  • 08:00 Yoga practice
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Workshop (pranayama/meditation/cooking) or free time on other days
  • 14:00 Lunch
  • 17:00 Class/guided walk/workshop or free time on some days
  • 19:00 Dinner

Included excursions

We have included a boat trip around the bay of Lentas. Enjoy the experience of a trip on a traditional fishing boat, swim in secluded beaches, and enjoy lunch at the beach. We are offering a guided hike to the ancient Sanctuary of Asklepios.

The temple of Asklepios dates back to the fourth century before Christ. Asklepios was the god of medicine, healing, and rejuvenation. People went to the temple to be healed. They slept overnight and reported their dreams to a priest the next day.

The priest would prescribe a cure, to visit the baths or drink the healing water of the area. Visitors from all over Greece and North Africa visited in that time the magnificently equipped hot springs with their welfare-bringing water.

This hike is followed by the hike up the 'Lion' mountain for our 'adventurous' yogis and yoginis. The hike is worth the effort and the views from the top of the mountain are breathtaking.

Instructors

Olympia Tsarouchi

Alexia Dranidi

Retreat location

Lentas is an idyllic fishing village on the south coast of Crete in Greece. The name Lentas derives from Λέοντας (in English, “lion”) and refers to the lion-shaped cape that makes the bay of Lentas. Lentas has a great history with the oldest tracks of remainders being located at the stone era.

Lentas became famous across its borders because of the Asklipio Temple (fourth century before Christ). Asklepios was the god of medicine, healing, and rejuvenation. People went to the temple to be healed.

They slept overnight and reported their dreams to a priest the next day. The priest would prescribe a cure, to visit the baths, or drink the healing water of the area. Visitors from all over Greece and North Africa visited in that time the magnificently equipped hot springs with their welfare-bringing water.

Nowadays the whole village is protected as an archaeological area which prevents building large hotels and so Lentas keeps its beautiful landscape almost intact. Lentas has many traditional tavernas and cafés where you can taste the local Cretan cuisine or enjoy a drink right by the Libyan sea.

There are many beautiful beaches in close proximity, such as Austria, Dytikos, Loutra, and Trachoulas. If you like climbing or walking you can take one of the many paths up the mountain of ” Lion” and enjoy the stunning views of the landscape and sea.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Breakfast consists of a rich vegetarian buffet of fruits, nuts, eggs, tea, coffee, herbal teas, milk (dairy and nondairy), cereals, oats, bread, butter, and marmalade.

Lunch and dinner consist of vegetarian dishes and salads, homemade with love and local, mostly organically grown ingredients. The Mediterranean and especially Cretan diet are well known for its high nutritional value, so we are mostly sticking to the traditional dishes.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

You could spend time at the beach, take another hike to the beaches near Lentas, or stroll around the fishing village of Lentas (10 minutes from Levinthos Retreat center) or to Diskos (20 minutes walk).

Olympia and Lexi will also be offering massage treatments on site. They will be offering holistic relaxing or deep tissue massages, energy healing, Thai-yoga massage, Thai foot massage, or 'greek goddess' luxury treatments.

What's included

  • Daily yoga practice
  • The Five Element form practice
  • Zhineng Qi Gong
  • Chanting and pranayama workshop
  • Meditation workshop with Ken Lunn
  • Cooking workshop with your chef
  • Boat trip
  • Guided walk
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Meals (7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners)

What's not included

  • Air flights
  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • 2 dinners out at local restaurant
  • Massage treatments
  • Private sessions

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Lentas is located in South Crete, 75 kilometers from Heraklion. There are regular direct flights from almost all Europe to Heraklion.

Then, from the Heraklion airport, you can go to Lentas by bus or taxi.

Alternatively, if you would like to combine your visit to Greece with a short stay at Athens to view the monuments, then you could fly to Athens and from there get a connection flight (50 minutes) or a boat trip (8 hours) to Heraklion.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 120 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Arrival: Saturday November 2, 2019
Departure: Saturday November 9, 2019

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