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16 Days Thai Massage Training and Yoga Retreat Crete Island, Greece

Crete, Greece

Thai Massage training in a family-like setting

Υou will learn the basic routine of this wonderful healing art from Thailand. At the end of the program, for which you need no prior knowledge, you will be able to safely conduct a whole body traditional Thai massage. You will also be taught a special Qigong form, a special yoga routine, and a self-massage program. All tailored to the needs of a Thai massage practitioner.

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  • Certification of attendance
  • More than 80 hours of Thai massage training
  • Special Qigong, Hatha Yoga and Self Massage routines for Thai massage practitioners
  • 15 nights half-board accommodation in a seaside country-house
  • Transfer from and to the nearest airport or port
  • Free leisure days

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles

12 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Greek
The maximum participants in the group is 6
Airport transfer included: Chania International Airport ("Ioannis Daskalogiannis")
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  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

This training holiday will be accommodated in a quiet country house, only 1.2 kilometers from a pebble beach. With a breathtaking view from its terrace, a garden, and a backyard with lemon trees, plus all basic comforts (WC / shower / kitchen) this venue is ideal to host our training which requires a strong focus and peace of mind for both the instructor and the attendees.


Daily schedule

  • 07:30 - 08:45 Morning yoga practice
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 13:30 Thai massage training
  • 13:30 - 16:30 Free time
  • 16:30 - 19:30 Thai massage training

Traditional Thai massage

Thai massage is an ancient traditional healing system of tissue, muscle and joint mobilizations using body-weight letting, stretching, turning and moving, which is performed while fully clothed. Thai massage includes much more than the traditional massage because it involves rhythmic acupressure, reflexology, energy work and stretching, a form of passive yoga.

The giving of Thai massage is traditionally understood to be a physical application of Metta (loving-kindness) and devoted masseurs still work in such a spirit today. Since Thai massage is performed on a mat on the floor and it works with your own body weight, it has beneficial effects for the practitioner as well.

Contents of the seminar:

  • Basics of Thai medicine, contra-indications
  • History, culture, and background of Thai massage
  • Special Qigong, Hatha Yoga and Self Massage routines for Thai massage practitioners
  • Important treatment principles and treatment techniques
  • Treatment of feet and legs
  • Treatment of stomach and chest
  • Treatment of arms and back
  • Head, face and neck treatment
  • The practice of what we have learned by exchanging massages
  • Repetition and summary, the final treatment

A total of 80+ hours for which you will receive a certification of attendance. Seminar notes with pictures are included in the price.


Yannis Sampsonidis

Retreat location


"Out in the dark blue sea there lies a land called Crete, a rich and lovely land, washed by the waves on every side", The Odyssey.

Crete is perhaps the most famous travel destination of Greece, especially among those who seek the traditional side of the Greek culture. Offering a unique and diverse landscape, a chance to come close to the local customs, native people with authentic hospitality and the Cretan cuisine, famous worldwide for its taste and health benefits, Crete is a "must explore" for the conscious travelers of today.

Although globalization, tourism, and economic growth have inevitably changed the way of life in Crete, especially in the large urban centers, to a modern and cosmopolitan style, the Cretans still preserve the bonds with their rich folk traditions and cultural heritage. The Cretan dances are still danced at every opportunity and the "madinades" and the "rizitika" songs resound in every celebration. In the countryside, many old Cretan men and women wear the traditional costume and the Cretan idiom is widely spoken even in the large cities.

There is an exceptional artistic production in traditional sectors such as pottery, embroidery, jewelry, etc and of course the very special Cretan Music. Arts and literature had always played a significant role in the life of the Cretan people. Famous painters like El Greco, Michael Damaskinos, writers like Nikos Kazantzakis, poets like Vincenzos Kornaros and Odysseas Elitis, composers like Mikis Theodorakis, Manos Hatzidakis and Giannis Markopoulos are Cretans or of Cretan origin. Today there are many important Cretans with significant contribution in all aspects of the cultural life in Greece.

Extra virgin olive oil, legumes, and vegetables still constitute the base of the local cuisine as they have done for thousands of years and make the Cretan cuisine renowned worldwide for its benefits on longevity and good health.


The climate in Crete is temperate. The atmosphere can be quite humid, depending on the proximity to the sea. The winter is fairly mild and tolerable. Snowfall is practically unknown to the plains but quite frequent in the mountains. During summer though, average temperatures are high. Probably the best time for a traveler to visit Crete is spring and autumn.


You will prepare your breakfast and dinner together. This is going to be part of your meditation and a pleasant tool for getting to know each other better. The food will be simple and yet tasteful and deeply nourishing. Most ingredients will be organic or from their own garden. Raw food and slow cooking recipes will complement each other and complete your diet. Their water is filtered and further energized by EM and Plocher technologies.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

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)

During your free days, you may rest, practice, or choose amongst a list of optional activities and tours.

  • Daily free time for fun by the sea
  • Daily free time for a massage treatment
  • You will be provided a list of optional activities and tours around the island

Spa treatments

Traditional Thai massage treatments on a mat or Thai oil massage treatments on a massage bed are available on request.

What's included

  • 15 nights accommodation in a country-house near the sea
  • Half board (Pescetarian or Vegetarian)
  • Airport or port pickup/ drop-off transfers
  • More than 80 hours of Thai massage training
  • Qigong and Yoga sessions to support the Thai massage training
  • Certification of attendance
  • Two free leisure days with tour options

What's not included

  • International air transfers
  • Lunch
  • Travel / medical insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Chania International Airport (CHQ). From Europe, there are many international flights to Chania airport, direct or via Athens. From Athens it is also possible to reach Chania via an evening boat, leaving from Piraeus (Athens' port) at 21:00 and arriving to Chania at 06:00 in the morning. Pickup transfer from either the airport or the port is in your price included.

Airport: Chania International Airport ("Ioannis Daskalogiannis") Airport transfer included: Chania International Airport ("Ioannis Daskalogiannis") No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 36.3% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Arrival: Sunday March 15, 2020
Departure: Monday March 30, 2020

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