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7 Days Rejuvenating Yoga Retreat in Greece

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


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.


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


  • 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

Manfred Suppan

Manfred is a 200 and 500-hour registered yoga teacher. He was born on January 1983 in Austria and has worked as a systems engineer for 12 years after finishing school. During his early 20’s, he discovered yoga and meditation and realized that he wanted to develop and continue his yoga practice and yoga lifestyle. In 2009, he started travelling and went to Southeast Asia to get a deeper understanding of yoga and meditation.

He spent time in different Buddhist meditation ashrams in Thailand and India, practiced many dynamic meditations at Osho centers, and learned as much as he could from yoga ashrams and teachers all around India, always looking for improvement and the best teachers he could find. He spent one month in the Shivananda Yoga Ashram in Neardam, South India, intensively learning the Shivananda style of yoga.

He has spent the last three years in India practicing with the five-time world yoga champion Chetan Mahesh and practicing intensive Iyengar style yoga with Usha Devi in Rishikesh learning a lot about the art of yoga and its different styles. In 2011, Manfred completed his first 200-hour teacher training program, and in 2014 his 500-hour training program, both teacher trainings in Rishikesh.

He believes in yoga as an instrument of a healthy lifestyle and an art to balance and yoke the body and the mind. He has a focus on Asana alignment and meditation, and practices different forms of modern yoga styles as well. Manfred’s goal is to help people to attain a happy and healthy life. Currently, he teaches in Arambol, Goa. He teaches asana at Spiritual Yoga School.

Kayla Nielsen

Kayla is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher and a 28-year-old world citizen. She is originally from California. Currently, she is traveling the globe spreading healing light, and love through yoga and other philanthropic endeavors. Kayla decided to go through the teacher training program after coming back to USA from a two-year travel. Her training focused on Baptiste-inspired Vinyasa (core power, encinitas).

However, as much as she loves creating dynamic and creative sequences; she equally cherishes leading Yin practices, and guided meditations as well. She is typically classified as an inversion junkie and back-bending queen.

This is fair considering how she spends almost as much time on her hands as she does on feet. Kayla specializes in leading focused workshops not only out of her love for the asanas alone; but also for her devotion to the mental and spiritual benefits of these postures as well. She teaches handstand, inversion, and back-bending at Spiritual Yoga School.

Britany Smith

Brittany is a 200 and 300-hour registered yoga teacher. She first started practicing yoga in 2008 after a friend brought her to her very first class in Vancouver, Canada. Having always been active and interested in fitness and sports, what attracted Brittany to yoga in the beginning was the beauty of the physical practice of asana, moving from one form to the other in an expression of physical strength and control.

As her practice deepened Brittany’s passion and belief in the healing effects of yoga, not only on the body but also on the mind, inspired her to become an instructor. In 2013, Brittany moved to the UK where her yogic path started to take form. She completed her 200-hour Hatha teacher training under Laura Gilmore at Bristol City Yoga in 2014, and had since went on to complete her 300-hour Vinyasa teacher training at Sampoorna Yoga in Goa, India in 2016.

Brittany teaches Hatha, Hatha Flow, Vinyasa, and Yin yoga as well as pranayama and meditation to all levels of students. Creating her own unique and dynamic sequences, she incorporates aspects of meditation, pranayama, bandas, and mindful movements into every class.

Brittany always strives to create a warm, welcoming, and safe environment for her students so they can learn, laugh, and play while enjoying the healing and calming effects of yoga. She teaches asana and pranayama at Spiritual Yoga School.

Reshma Datar

Reshma is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher. She has always been passionate about leading a healthy and well balanced life. Her journey into the world of health and fitness began at the age of 16 by having undergone necessary fitness training with the International Sports Sciences Association and with the International Fitness Association, teaching for almost two decades.

After having worked in Australia for a few years within the Human Services, she had a deep yearning to return back to India to heal emotionally and that’s when Reshma gravitated towards yoga to heal the body and mind. She completed her foundation yoga teacher training and medical yoga therapy with Doctor Renu Mahtani of Param Yoga, Pune in 2011.

To further deepen her understanding and knowledge, she trained with her in the practice of Vinyasa Flow yoga, Pilates, science of pranayama, and Viniyoga; a practice propounded by Sri Desikacharyaji, predominantly focusing on movement and breathe coordination to work therapeutically. She went on to complete another intensive training with the Sivananda yoga Vedanta tradition in Kerala, India.

Her passion to do more therapeutic work further led her to train a yoga therapy course with the Ashtanga and Hatha yoga on Mysore-Kerala School in Varkala, India. Self-practice of yoga and teaching has created further awareness and given her a deeper insight into the subtleties within the body and the mind.

This has encouraged her to motivate and empower everyone to become aware of their body and mind through movement, breath, stillness, and a healthy and balanced life. She teaches anatomy and asana at Spiritual Yoga School.

Ram Vakkalanka

Ram is a 200 and 500-hour registered yoga teacher and an internationally known authority on Nada yoga and Sanskrit and Vedic philosophy and sciences. He was born and brought up in India steeped in yogic culture and tradition. Ram belongs to the lineage of Dattatreya. Musically, Ram belongs to the lineage of Sitar Maestro Ravi Shankar.

Currently based in Canada, Ram travels all over the world sharing his deep knowledge of Sanskrit, yoga philosophy, and Nada yoga. Ram's articles have been published both in print as well as online. His talks are broadcast both on Radio and television. So far, 18 compact discs and one digital video disc of Ram's works have been released with a book on its way.

His on-line video course on the origin evolution of yoga is available at Ram is often described as 'a blessing to the world Yoga community'. Ram is a good story teller and puts ancient philosophy in modern perspective. Ram's teachings are always close to the original text and explain the rational as well as the inner meaning of it. Ram's style of teaching is smooth-flowing, humorous and filled with real-life examples.

Kat Leimner

Kat is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher. She was a young student majoring in political science when she fell in love with yoga. First Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga, later when she lived in Amsterdam she took her first Bikram hot yoga class and knew right away she was meant to become a teacher. Four years later after traveling the world as an online editor and writer, she took part at Bikram's teacher training on Fall 2013 in Thailand.

Back in Berlin, Kat teaches regularly at Bikram Hot Yoga Friedrichshain. On top, she is working as an editor, director of online health programs, and as a yoga concepts designer.

Kat loves traveling and has already taught in different cities like New York, Valencia in Spain, Hamburg, Munich, Berlin in Germany, and Bangkok and Phuket, Thailand. She is happy to be back in Thailand this September to share her knowledge and have fun with all the students. She teaches asana and pranayama at Spiritual Yoga School.

Amafah Mubashir

Amafah is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher. She is originally a graphic designer from South Asia. She worked in advertising for a few years before deciding to become a certified yoga teacher. She was looking for something to fulfill and inspire her. Amafah started practicing Hatha and Vinyasa yoga during her studies at Art School. Her practice became her escape and completed her emotionally, spiritually, and physically.

Amafah finished her first 200-hour yoga teacher training with spiritual yoga school in July 2015. It was a life changing experience and she has been teaching yoga ever since. She is currently teaching at CORE and MUV gym and fitness center. She is a teaching assistant at Spiritual Yoga School.

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
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Massage nearby
  • Shopping nearby
  • Swimming
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga deck
  • 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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