8 Days Qigong and Yoga Holiday Crete Island, Greece

Qigong and Yoga Holiday Greece

Travel and Do is offering a Yoga and Qigong semi-private holiday (maximum 6 persons) in Crete, in a small village, only 1200 meters from a quiet pebble beach. Crete has a reputation as the most favorite incoming holiday destination, because of its unparalleled hospitality, landscape variety, crystal clear waters, traditional mountain villages, authentic cuisine, rich history and culture, unique art and music.

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Yannis
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga class
  • Daily qigong class
  • Small groups up to 6 people
  • Minimum 7 nights accommodation
  • Seaside country house
  • Personal attention

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


7 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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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

You will have your own bedroom, but a shared toilet and bathroom, at a country house with a vegetable garden and a roof terrace with a wonderful view. The yoga and qigong meetings will take place at the ground-floor terrace, next to the lemon and mandarin trees.

Program

Holiday's content

This holiday combines qigong and yoga to create a holistic, deeply rejuvenating experience.

  • Taoist qigong brings forth the qualities of relaxation, fluidity, no effort (wu wei) and meditation in our practice.
  • Hatha yoga teaches us the importance of grounding, alignment, breathing, and balance.

Travel and Do prefers to work in small numbers to get to know you better and have true results, therefore a maximum of 6 participants will be allowed.

In conjunction with the included in itinerary excursion and optional activities, regional cuisine and enough free time to experience new things at your own pace, this is going to be an unforgettable holistic holiday.

-Benefits

  • You will come closer to a better understanding of the symbols behind the moves of qigong and yoga and will gain a clear experience of the energy flow these symbols activate when consciously utilized.
  • You will learn a concrete qigong sequence.
  • You will shed new light on your known Hatha yoga poses.
  • You will rest and rejuvenate deeply in the venue right next to a sandy beach with crystal clear water. -A typical day of the Cretan body and mind retreat
  • Early morning one-hour Qigong
  • Free time or included in price activities (excursions, walks etc)
  • Late afternoon 90min yoga class including breathing techniques

Retreat leader

Your retreat leader has 15 years long teaching experience and is 25 years long practitioner in both Qigong and yoga.

Included excursions

During this retreat, you will take one cultural excursion that is included in the price. You may as a small group decides to order up to 3 more excursions or outdoor activities at an extra price.

Instructors

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

This retreat will take place in a rural village, 20 kilometers west of Chania city, on the beautiful island of Crete, Greece. “Out in the dark blue sea, there lays a land called Crete, a rich and lovely land, washed by the waves on every side..." says the famous Homer in “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 "marinade" and the "Ritika" 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.

Food

Half board is included in price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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)

On your free hours, you can enjoy the beach at a 1200 meters walk, stroll our small village, take the bus (bus stop at 500 meters away) to the nearby villages and beaches, or order a guided day trip. You can also get a massage treatment.

Spa treatments

Massage treatments at special discounted prices (from EUR 50,- per hour).

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All necessary local transfers including transfers to / from airport of Chania (CHQ) or Chania port
  • Body and mind program with Yoga and Qigong
  • Half board meals
  • English speaking holiday facilitator
  • One cultural excursion

What's not included

  • International arrival/departure transfers
  • Other than mentioned meals
  • Travel/medical insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Chania International Airport (CHQ). CHQ airport pickup and drop off transfer is in your price 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

After landing in Athens go by Metro to the port of Piraeus and get a boat to Crete (daily connections). It's important to know that it takes about 1,5 hours to reach the port of Piraeus by 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) to arrive in Chania port.

Collecting you from the Chania port (port Souda) 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 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
8 days / 7 nights
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Availability

Arrival: Saturday October 27, 2018
Departure: Saturday November 3, 2018

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