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7 Days Rejuvenating Yoga Retreat in Greece

  • Agios Pavlos Hotel, Agios Pavlos, Sahtouria, Rethymno, Crete 74053, Greece

Overview

Meditation and Yoga Retreat Greece

This rejuvenating yoga retreat in Greece is open for every one of all ages and levels who are sincerely looking to learn and build a stronger foundation for practice. You will have the right balance between activity and rest so that your body and mind are able to release tension and stress. Enjoy a combination of sunshine, walks, yoga, meditation, and good food to help you achieve your goals.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Guided meditation techniques
  • Daily Asana and Pranayama sessions
  • Optional evening program or quiet time
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily brunch and dinner

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 7 days with instruction
  • French, German, English
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During this retreat, you will stay either in a private or a double room. The Agios Pavlos Hotel offers a warm welcome to all guests, with two buildings to choose from and a variety of rooms, there is something to suit everyone.

Overlooking the stunning bay, the hotel has a fine restaurant, a relaxed café and 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 original Hotel Agios Pavlos, sits just above the bay and offers rooms with or without sea views, rooms with or without air-conditioning and some rooms have television, and some rooms can be made up as triples.

All rooms are ensuite and you may also request in advance a cot for your stay if you need one. The second building; the newly built Kavos Melissa, is a short walk up the hill that enjoys panoramic views of the bay and the coast.

All apartments are ensuite, have air-conditioning and central heating, have a fully equipped kitchenette, and can sleep up to four adults comfortably. Each apartment has a terrace or balcony enjoying fabulous views out to sea, a perfect spot to enjoy the stunning sunsets that Agios Pavlos gets every evening.

Both hotels provide parking outside of the hotels, air conditioning, internet, laundry, café, a restaurant, a mini market, playground, biological waste-water purification, and room cleaning.

During this retreat, you will pay extra attention to the importance of shavasana, rest, and relaxation, incorporating extra time for this throughout the practice. You will learn and experience deep relaxation, and will see it as an integral part of the practice. You will also look and learn how the entire practice can and should have a restorative effect

Sample daily schedule

  • 07:30 - 08:30 Day opening and pranayama class
  • 08:30 - 09:30 Yoga asana class; mix styles
  • 10:00 - 11:30 Free time for brunch
  • 16:00 - 17:00 Restorative yoga class
  • 17:00 - 19:00 Guided meditation and yoga Nidra
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner buffet-Greek style
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Optional evening program, Yoga documentary

Program

  • A full week to work with one of the experienced teachers. All teachers are fully certified and have years of experience
  • Morning pranayama
  • Daily asana class - mix styles (Vinyasa flow, Ashtanga - primary series, Hatha)
  • Restorative asana practice during the afternoon; a relaxing way to finish the day
  • Although each week has all of the above listed offerings, there is a specific focus for this retreat and you will be taught by a particular teacher who will share his or her individual expertise and knowledge

This retreat will be held at Angios Pavlos Hotel in Cretre, Greece. 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. The beach of Agios Pavlos (Saint Paul) lies 58 kilometers south of Rethymno town, and 50 kilometers from the village of Agia Galini.

The landscape of the region is particularly dramatic. The mountains in this part of Crete meet the sea, with steep slopes towering over the beaches. The road from the north of the island threads through breathtaking mountains and small villages to reach the Agios Pavlos.

Agios Pavlos can become a little heaven for anyone who wants to step out of the modern city fast-paced lifestyle for a while. If you are up for a short hike after the sun has gone down, just above the last house of the village is the little church, hidden away in a cave. Previously a neighborhood of the village, but nowadays abandoned.

Due to its difficult access, the beach is very calm with a few swimmers enjoying the beautiful area. It has fine grey sand and pristine waters. Some isolated inlets appear between the rocks adding to the incredible beauty and peacefulness of the place. This beach is not organized. The music of Crete is a traditional form of Greek folk music, also called kritika.

Although the lyra is the dominant instrument for the genre, it is often accompanied by the mandolin, the askomandoura, and the laouto. Crete has its own distinctive mantinades poetry. The island is known for its mantinades-based music (typically performed with the Cretan lyra and laouto) and has many indigenous dances, the most noted of which are the pentozali, sousta, and chaniotis.

Cretan authors have made important contributions to Greek literature throughout the modern period. Major names are Vikentios Kornaros, who created Erokritos, an epic romance from the 17th century and in the 20th century Nikos Kazantzakis. In the renaissance, Crete was the home of the Cretan school of icon painting, which influenced "El Greco" and through him the subsequent European painting.

The Cretan are fairly proud of their island and customs, and men often don elements of traditional dress in everyday life. Men often grow large mustaches as a mark of masculinity.

Nearby pleaces

  • Agia Galini, 50 kilometers
  • Hania - 2 hours
  • Heraklion - 2 hours
  • Rethymno town, 58 kilometers
Activities
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Massage nearby
  • Shopping nearby
  • Swimming
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga deck
Services
  • Convenience / grocery store
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

During this retreat, you will be served daily brunch and dinner. You can also enjoy fresh home grown fruit and vegetables of an amazing quality and taste due to its unique climate and volcanic soil; cherry tomatoes, white aubergines, cucumbers, courgettes, grapes, figs, melons, and watermelons.

The produce is organic and seasonal, ripened by the beautiful warm Aegean sunshine which makes the cuisine fantastic. You may also enjoy other meal services at the local cafe and restaurant for an additional cost.

During your free time, you may enjoy the sunshine and the beach, explore the clear blue waters by scuba diving, get lost exploring the island, go on excursions, have fun hiking, swimming, or visiting the touristic sites.

Visit Chania

During the visit to Chania you can visit the tomb of E. Venizelos, from where you can have a fantastic view of Chania and the White Mountains. Afterwards, you can start walking from a central spot in the city center. You will see the Cathedral of Chania, the Trimartiri or the church of the presentation of the Virgin Mary. By the sea at the port, you will have the opportunity to see the mosque of Hassan Pasha and the lighthouse.

A little further you can reach the Fortetsa and along the old port there is the big Arsenali. You will reach the Turkish sector of Splantzia and at the square you will find the church of Saint Nicholas which was converted into a temple of Ibrahim. You can also visit the famous Agora at the market hall. You will also have plenty of time for a walk through the romantic old town and for a visit to the archaeological or the maritime Museum.

Visit Elafonissi

Elafonissi Island is known as the Maldives of Crete. Visitors admire the beautiful colors of the sea and the pink sand that is all over the island. Elafonissi is a place of history that goes back to the Turkish occupation and the difficult times of the Cretan revolution. During the drive to Elafonissi, you will see many small traditional villages and gorges that will show you a different type of life.

Visit Santorini

Santorini is a wonderful island with black sands and white houses with blue windows, grey earth, and green fields. The wild natural beauty of Santorini is incomparable. During the excursion to Santorini, you can enjoy the view from Fyra and Oia and the towns built on the top of the cliffs will stay in your memory long after your cruise is over. You can also admire the well-known Santorini sunset from one of the traditional restaurants built on the top.

Visit the caves

The mountains of the Rethymno prefecture are exceptionally rich in caves, there being some 850 in all. Many of these caves are of particular interest archaeologically, historically, folkloric, or even just of natural beauty.

The most famous caves of the prefecture are those of Gerani, of Simonelli, west of the town of Rethymno, of Aghios Antonios near the village of Patsos in the district of Amari, of Melidoni, as well as the cave of Ideon Andron, of Moungri Sison, of Sfendoni near the village of Zoniana and others.

Visit the gorges

Gorges of extraordinary beauty traverse the mountains and mountain ranges of the prefecture; the ravine of Kourtaliotis, which is three kilometers long, end at the famous Lagoon of Preveli; the ravine of Kotsifou which starts at the village of Kannevos and ends nearthe village of Sellia; the gorge of Patsos, in the Amari distinct; the gorge of Prasses, which ends at the village of Platanias at the north coast east of the town of Rethymnon; the gorge of Arkadi, and a number of smaller ones.

  • 6 night’s beautiful Greek style accommodation
  • Daily brunch and dinner
  • Daily Asana and Pranayama class
  • Guided meditation techniques
  • All yoga equipment
  • Assistance on booking transportation
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Spacious and shaded yoga space
  • Optional evening program or quiet time
  • Airfare
  • Additional activities
  • Daily lunch

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Heraklion International Airport (HER). Another option is to book your flight to arrive at Chania International Airport (CHQ). If you have difficulty in obtaining a direct flight to Crete, there is the option of flying to Athens International Airport (ATH) and then getting a connection to Crete on a domestic flight or catching the overnight ferry from Piraeus.

Charter flights from Europe are quite numerous from sometime in April until the end of October. There are a lot more flights to Heraklion International Airport (HER) than to Chania International Airport (CHQ), making them often cheaper (and not as heavily booked) as flights to Chania.

Arrival by ferry

There is a regular ferryboat service from the port of Piraeus to Heraklion and Chania. Ships depart every evening around 20:00, times may vary depending on the season and arrive very early morning approximately at 06:00. The ships are quite modern, cheaper than flying, and can be quite romantic.

You may want to avoid weekends and especially the beginning and end of holidays. If you want a cabin it is often safer to book in advance. If you're coming from Italy, there are several shipping companies that connect to Italy (Trieste, Ancona, Bari, and Brindisi) with the mainland of Greece (Patras and Igoumenitsa).

For information about the booking conditions, please send Spiritual Yoga School an inquiry.
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