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

Thai Massage Training next to a Greek Paradise Beach!

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 Yoga program as well as a self-massage program.

Retreat highlights

  • Certification of attendance
  • More than 50 hours Thai massage training
  • Yoga sessions to support the Thai massage training
  • Transfer from and to the airport or port
  • 11 nights seafront accommodation
  • Free day

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles

9 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: German, Greek, English
The maximum participants in the group is 6

Airport transfer included: Chania International Airport

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  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Concierge desk
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Multilingual staff
  • Poolside bar
  • Yoga deck
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Tour assistance

For your stay we have handpicked a family-run seaside venue. You will be accommodated in a double, twin or triple room as per your preference. The rooms have all the modern amenities, like A/C, fridge, balcony, free WiFi, private bathroom, room cleaning service.


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 in detail

  • Basics of Thai medicine, contraindications
  • History, culture and background of Thai massage
  • Special Hatha yoga and self-massage routine 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
  • Practice of what you have learned by exchanging massages
  • Repetition and summary, final treatment

Included excursions

In your free day (Day 6) you may rest or choose amongst a list of optional activities and tours


Yannis Sampsonidis
Lotos Yoga Academy Yoga Alliance RYT 300 (Hatha Yoga)
Yannis is a 300h certified Hatha Yoga teacher and a Thai Massage practitioner. In his massage practice he incorporates selected techniques of Shiatsu, Chi Nei Tsang, Touch for Health (applied kinesiology), and Sotai Corrective Bodywork. As a certified associate instructor of Master Mantak Chia’s Universal Healing Tao System since 1999, he also teaches Conscious Breathing, Healing Sounds, Chinese & Indian Yoga, Qi Gong, Tai Chi Chuan, and Meditation. Since 2008 he nests some of these modalities inside the custom eco-vacation offers of "Travel and Do" in Greece.

Retreat location

About Crete

"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 world wide for its taste and health benefits, Crete is a "must to 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, jewellery, 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.

Weather information:

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. Snow fall 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.


Bed and Breakfast.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Pescatarian
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)

  • Daily free time for fun by the sea
  • Daily free time for a massage treatment
  • In your free day on day 6, they will provide you with 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

  • 11 nights accommodation with rich breakfast buffet
  • Daily yoga session
  • Thai massage training workshop with Certification of Attendance
  • Transfer to and from the Chania International Airport (CHQ) or Chania Port

What's not included

  • International air transfers
  • Meals other than breakfast
  • Travel/ medical insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Chania International Airport (CHQ).Transfer from and to the airport is included. The organizer will pick you up from the airport.There are numerous direct charter flights to Crete, departing from many cities in Europe. Alternatively you can fly from almost any big European city to Athens and further fly to Crete using Olympic Air or Aegean Air. Early booking is advisable.

Arrival by ferry / boat

Go to the port of Piraeus and get a boat to Crete (daily connections). It's important to know that it takes about 2 hours to reach the port of Piraeus by Bus or Metro after you have landed. From the port of Piraeus you can buy a high-speed ferry ticket (the ferry to Crete takes about 8 hours). You can also arriveChania port.

Collecting you from the Chania port or Chania International Airport (CHQ) is included in your holiday package.

Airport: Chania International Airport Airport transfer included: Chania International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Arrival: Sunday October 7, 2018
Departure: Thursday October 18, 2018

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