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RakiTravel is presenting this wonderful holiday package that takes place on the picturesque island of Crete. Enjoy the healing power of the sun, practice different styles of yoga, walk on magnificent white sand beaches, explore an ancient culture, or go on amazing nature walks. You will not want to miss this opportunity to wind down and relax in such a serene environment. Come and discover what Greece has to offer!
All ages are welcome as participants.
RakiTravel offers you the choice of using the type of accommodation that best suits you. You are free to choose between studios, apartments, or private villas with or without pool. You have the option to share a room with a friend or book a private villa with your family and friends. You can also share accommodation with other group members and guests.
The studios and apartments are located at the beautiful Aptera village, not far from the ancient Aptera city's ruins with great view of the sea. The villas are scattered all over the Apokoronas province, allowing you to choose according to your needs and interests. All of the above choices include big balconies, fully equipped kitchen, sitting room, dining room, TV, air-conditioning, and Wi-Fi, while most of them have a pool.
On your first retreat day you will have and introduction session in the evening followed by a healing and relaxation yoga class. Next day you will enjoy a morning classical Hatha yoga class. On the third day of your retreat your morning practice will consist in a Yin yoga class followed by a meditative walk through Diktamos gorge. End the walk with a yoga class in nature. On the fourth night you will enjoy a special evening free flow dance yoga on the beach. Next morning you will enjoy either an Ashtanga or Hatha Vinyasa yoga class at ancient Aptera.
On the sixth you will have a classical Hatha yoga morning. Then, you will take part on an group cooking spree followed by a group dinner.You will have the last day free, this way you will be able to enjoy everything that Crete has to offer.Please note that this program may change based on weather conditions. None of the above activities are mandatory but you are encouraged to participate. If you want to take the time to relax, feel free to enjoy your vacation.
The price of this holiday includes a refreshing nature walk to Diktamos Gorge.
Stella started practicing yoga when she was 24 at the Yoga Sanctuary in Southampton, United Kingdom, during her PhD studies in nutrition and development. At the Yoga Sanctuary, she attended seminars on deep relaxation, yoga breathing techniques, breathing, sound, and chakra meditation with her dear yoga Guru Premananda, Steve Harrison. After this great initiation and inspiration with yoga, Stella visited Nepal where she followed yoga practice and meditation classes under the Himalayas.
Life took her to Prague, where she stayed for one year and she experienced teaching yoga for the first time. Being in love with the yogic teachings, but still feeling that there is a greater depth to it, she returned back to the Yoga Sanctuary in Southampton where she attended the yoga teacher training course and advanced studies program of 200 hours at the age of 28, in 2011. During her stay at the Sanctuary, as a member of the Sangha, Stella took part in satsang, teaching, meditation and kirtan-bhajan.
Having finished her training she returned to her birth country, Greece, in order to conduct the essence of yoga in a place she loves. She has received Hatha and Kriya yoga initiation in India at the Ashram of Shri Yogeshwaranand Paramahansa, Muni-Ki-Reti, Rishikesh, and has also visited Ashramas in Haridwar and Varanasi. Stella has attended seminar on touch for tealth kinisiology, for muscle testing and meridian alignment based on Chinese traditional medicine.
This yoga holiday will take place on the island of Crete, in and around the Aptera village. Also called Apteron, Aptera was an ancient city turned now into an archaeological site in western Crete, a kilometer inland from the southern shore and about 13 kilometers east of Chania city.
You can discover the area of Apokoronas, since all villages, some more traditional than others, are unique and most of them with great history. You are going to feel more than welcome in each and every one of them. Traditional coffee shops are in every village so feel free to blend in with the locals or the many tourists.
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The price of this holiday includes a delicious daily breakfast.
The the only physical lake of Crete, adds to the idyllic and relaxing scenery, since it is one of the most beautiful nature spots in the prefecture of Chania.
The ancient city of Aptera is located about 15 kilometers away from the city of Chania and above Souda Bay, and during the Minoan period was one of the most important city-states of Crete. It is located on an extended plateau with an astonishing view of Souda Bay. The name Aptera, according to one tradition, derives from Apteron, king of Crete, who is said to have lived in the time of Moses.
This is a picturesque village, with ancient willow trees and lush vegetation, situated seven kilometers inland approximately 20 kilometers west of Rethymnon on the north coast. The village is built on the remains of ancient Lappa, which flourished during the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Noted for its fantastic springs and water mills, it is also renowned for delicious, traditional Cretan food.
The cities of Chania and Rethymno are nearby, less than 30 minutes by car or bus, and are the two most beautiful cities of Crete. Balos, Elafonisi, Knossos, and Gramvousa are also a must see since they are breathtaking and of unique beauty.
Please book your flight to arrive at Chania International Airport (CHQ).