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8 Days Yoga and Culinary Awakening Retreat in Greece

  • YogaOnCrete House, Chora Sfakion, Crete, Greece

Culinary and Yoga Retreat in Greece

We learn how to enhance our natural beauty, care for our senses, make blissful raw chocolate truffles, and cook a traditional Greek meal. When it is time to eat, we eat well! Your awakening and healing Journey is set in the heart of history: Crete is an island transfixed by time and magnified by legends. The atmosphere is amazing and dramatic, and the sea is soft and welcoming. We do Yoga and Body Soul Movement surrounded by the vitality of these elements, gaining core strength and shedding superficial weaknesses. We do a practice to feel alive, vital and empowered. We relax to create time and space for transformation and healing.

Highlights

  • 2 daily body soul yoga lessons with 1 free day
  • Nutrition and cooking classes with a health expert
  • 3 daily local Cretan lactovegetarian meals
  • Limited use of linens and bath towels
  • Non-participating guest welcome
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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  • Review by Nevin from Basel, Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "Talk about being taken to another level; physicially, emotionally, mentally and spiritually!Federica is an amazing, multi-talented woman - natural, earthy, energetic, funny, intelligent and strong through and through. She was able to bring raw emotions out in the most pure and honest way in the Women's Circle by listening and using the multiple tools that she possesses.Federica's work speaks for itself! During Yoga lessons, Frederica was very alert and aware of every move anyone made and was quick in correcting postures. My spine has never felt so erect in half the century that I've lived! One of my purposes of this retreat was to advance a bit in yoga, but not only was that achieved but I came out emotionally healed! Not to mention the wonderful women I met there!Thank you Federica for making this possible. Namaste."

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  • Review by Grietje
    10 out of 10

    "It was my first retreat ever and it was a new and wonderful experience! The combination of the wonderful place and surroundings on the 8 hectare wild ground, the coaching from Frederica, the freedom in the afternoon and different aspects in the programs (yoga, dance, massage, talking, woman circles, etc) made a great impression on me.Frederica is a great, energetic and pure woman who gives the group the right respectful of energy. She looked through my boundaries and touched my soul. I have never met someone who can do this. I am so grateful!I would recommend every woman to this retreat. It will give you a moment of peace and you will become more in touch with your soul!"

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  • Review by Wan Ting from Brussels, Belgium
    10 out of 10

    "The retreat was amazing for body and soul. Frederica Clemente really knows what she does and she is an amazing woman! The whole week went smoothly and it was very much fun to discuss women's topics in the women's circle. The classes were variate and Frederica really goes to the core. The accommodation was really good and clean. The food was vegetarian and healthy. "

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  • Review by Cecilia from Nice, France
    10 out of 10

    "During my yoga retreat in Italy, I was looked after by Federica Clemente, a really beautiful woman with a big heart. I am saying it this way because she has a natural empathy towards others and that is a very good quality as a yoga teacher, and more generally, as a person.She has helped me in many ways to develop my yoga practice with her wonderful advice during classes which, thanks to her great yogic experience, were a combination of different techniques. She has also shown me ways to go deeper with my asana practice and, very importantly, within myself. She has taught me many things about my own power as a woman, like how to get in touch with my feminine self.Her spiritual approach about yoga and life make her a wonderful and sweet teacher. She is able to understand, to listen, to help, sometimes in a silent, respectful way, sometimes with a more active interaction.In Casina Settarte, I also discovered a wonderful way of life. The food cooked by Josh was tasty and made with love. The surroundings that we discovered during our afternoon trips were very nice as there are so many things to do around. Sometimes, I just chilled out in Casina Settarte. I really felt a total reconnection with the Earth, Nature and its elements. I felt serene and purified.The Body and Soul Movement classes were perfect too, I really loved the Afro dance classes, as I often say, they were 'Wow, something else!'Thank you Federica, I have so much gratitude for you and for everyone I've met during this retreat. I really enjoyed everything and I still feel the effects of what I have been taught and shown a month later. Wonderful experience."

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  • Review by Iris from Nijmegen, Holland
    10 out of 10

    "I had a wonderful stay at Maya Yoga.The location was pretty cool, up a hill on an Italian's family's property.Federica and Joshua were very hospitable. Federica is very passionate about what she does and Joshua is the best cook ever! The retreat was a good mix between serious stuff (yoga, meditation, fire ceremonies, chanting etc.) and holiday stuff like the beach and a good laugh. So it was good fun!I would definitely recommend Maya Yoga."

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  • Review by Lyndsey from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "Maya Yoga was a joyful retreat, every aspect was cared for and the group quickly became friends. Fredericas energy guided us throughout the 8 days of yoga, philosophy, meditation, massage, African dance, body soul movement, ceremony and discussions. We kindly supported each other through this joyful journey. The food by Josh was delicious and plentiful, with beautiful attention to detail and a taste-bud opening experience for any non-vegetarian. Wonderful food and care.I would highly recommend the retreat, the surrounding environment was stunning, great for walks and the beach was a paradise. In May the flowers left the air sweet and warm."

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Testimonials

  • Review by Diana from Romania

    "The Women's New Year Retreat was a unique experience for me! The secluded location, it's proximity to nature are necessary for such an extraordinary journey. The work is directed towards balancing body, mind and soul. Federica's dedication, love, intuition and passion for her calling is unbounded. "

    "The people in the group and their stories, their strength, compassion and drive for transformation were very inspirational to me."

    "I would definitely go again!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Malta, Europe

    "The whole week has been a truly amazing experience the yoga, the village, the surroundings, but most especially, the people and the wondrous spirit imparted. It has been a true awakening and the recognition of inner self and stillness. Everybody has been a true inspiration."

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  • Review by Samira from Europe

    "Federica is a powerful, multi-talented woman with a huge amount of positive energy. She really puts in over 100% of her time to make sure everyone is happy and personally taken care of. Unlike many other yoga retreats where you don't get much one to one time, her retreats are different.The week away really helped me unwind and put things into perspective. It felt more like a "holiday" than a serious yoga retreat. We did African dancing and body soul movement, chanting, and yoga massage. I felt like I could have done more actual rigorous yoga, but it made me a lot more aware of my alignment and holding poses for so long was really tough. You feel grounded and a lot more open after her classes. I stayed at the B&B which was gorgeous. Puglia itself is beautiful with rolling hills, and the people are super friendly and hospitable.The food at the retreat was delicious, macrobiotic vegeterian food. If you want a week away for some introspection in a stunning environment and yoga in a no frills attached environment - this is the place."

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  • Review by Santrise from USA

    "The Body Soul Movement Experience is unparalleled and exceeded my expectations in every way imaginable!Frederica and Joshua are gracious hosts: full of energy, expertise, willingness and eagerness to assist guests achieve balance and spiritual renewal. I exited Body Soul Movement feeling revitalized, renewed, and in many senses reborn.The retreat curriculum was customized to meet my individual needs as was my entire stay at the lovely Case Verde La Ventana! There were so many high points to this experiencefrom the incredible and delectable daily vegetarian gourmet meals and fresh pressed juices created by Joshua to the world class Yoga instruction, dance classes, and one-on-one posturing facilitated by Frederica.I entered the retreat with intention to enhance my practice and was wowed with Fredericas incomparable expertise, assessment of my postures, and assistance in improving them! Our daily sessions helped tremendously and enabled me to exit with confidence knowing my areas of opportunity and the skill-set to improve them on my own!!!Her class instruction and method of hands-on teaching is undisputedly my best learning experience and teaching in a Yoga environment. Frederica facilitates an environment where Yogis of all levels of expertise are able to learn and engage in an impactful way that will resonate with Yogis well beyond the retreat!As if the daily curriculum packed with exciting and new ventures was not enough, Joshua and Frederica facilitated a desert walk where they took me deep into the desert to gaze at one of the most amazing views one will ever see! I was in awe of how beautiful and close the stars and sky appeared. It was a surreal experience where I felt I could literally touch the sky!Two additional experiences that placed the retreat over the top are the Temazcal and Spa Services facilitated by Frederica. Being present with the women in the Temazcal and sharing our time together in this spiritual way is one of my fondest memories of my time in La Ventana. The Temazcal detox protocol is an experience all in itself that I urge everyone to try at least once in their lifetime if not many times. I exited the Temazcal feeling lighter spiritually, physically, and mentally while my skin and body looked and felt amazing! My 32 year old self exited with the softness and glow of my skin at birth! I was wowed by how solid and soft everything appeared from head to toe!Frederica also provided a massage and much needed crano sacral therapy. Its hard to pin point exactly what happened in the process because it too was a surreal experience but what I can say is I left feeling light in every sense of the word. I immediately felt physically and spiritually renewed as if many burdens were lifted right from inside. I was no longer bogged down with work stress, worry, or fear. I felt a great sense of peace, calm, and J-O-Y after Frederica worked her magic with her hands! Imagine that! I wholeheartedly believe her hands are a gift and she's gifted in providing healing through service to others.I am still in disbelief regarding how perfect my experience was at Body Soul Movement. Ive attended numerous retreats Worldwide and this stay tops my time in Bali, Shanghai, BC, and every other place. The superior level of service, professionalism, and expertise, at this retreat, makes it my new favorite place in the world! I WILL attend the next retreat in April and will definitely bring people with me!Lastly, I have to mention the property is amazing and is undersold in the retreat description as the ocean is literally footsteps from the accommodations and can be seen from rooms view. The property and its accommodations are priceless. Guests feel a sense of safety, security, and luxury that cannot be beaten with a bat!Everything one would need at a Yoga Retreat is within very small footsteps, not to mention access to bikes, snorkeling and kiting gear! It is an awesome destination for a vacation, retreat, or simple time to just enjoy nature and its many views!Body Soul Movement is a perfect 10 that I urge anyone serious about starting and/or furthering their practice to experience!"

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  • Review by Sandra from Australia

    "I have allowed myself to be pampered by this seasons resident body-worker Federica, whose shamanistic massage technique was handed down to her in Africa. Her technique incorporates a choreography of massage. It is a fluid performance, where she draws on her experience as a professional dancer as well as the physical study of the body. You are asked to be completely passive and only to breathe in a relaxed manner, as she stretches, rotates and massages your limbs. It is an intoxicating experience and after my treatment I float out of the room to fall into my bed and sleep deeply for an hour."

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  • Review by a traveler from London, UK

    "Words cant really explain the magical experience I have had here with you, so Im not going to be able to get it across on this page, but thank you so much for one of the most wonderful, peaceful experiences of my life. It truly has been magical, from the company, to the yoga, to the landscape and house, oh, and the food! And tea! And the sea! My room was fit for a princess, truly beautiful. The house is entirely peaceful. Ill go back having learnt enough to prompt myself to change my life for the better."

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  • Review by a traveler from London, UK

    "How can I begin to express the transformation and revelation that this week has been? Soul-food indeed. Indeed. Such wonderful, open, warm people, exquisite surroundings, and days and nights full of sunshine and laughter... I feel blessed! I have found muscles I never knew existed, swam in clear, healing waters, gazed upon unbelievably beautiful sunsets, eaten truly amazing feasts, given myself permission to just do nothing, shared laughter and genuine warmth and love all around - and slept more than I knew possible! Do keep this precious place just as it is - so when I next come back, the journey may continue... Bless you all, and thank you. Thank you."

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