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8 Days Celebrate the Goddess in Crete - Spirituality and Yoga Trip

Crete, Chania

Festival and Yoga Retreat Greece

The island of Crete has a long tradition of honoring the Great Goddess. The Minoan civilization left proof of a matriarchal society, blessed with abundance, beauty, and the Goddess' grace. Join Travel and Do in a week full of marvel and spiritual awakening, exploring the sacred land of Crete and it's exceptional ancient ruins. You shall embark on a journey of connection with the elements, of channeling the Divine Energy of the land and taking in the amazing Cretan landscape!

Meet the instructors

Yannis & Shakila Ioanna
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes (included yet optional)
  • Rich itinerary with trips to meaningful places
  • 7 nights luxury seafront accommodation
  • Daily delicious half board meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, English
The maximum participants in the group is 16
Airport transfer included: Chania International Airport ("Ioannis Daskalogiannis")
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

The accommodations will either be in one of the luxury villas or apartments of the Travel and Do partner venues network, as per availability.

Program

Weekly schedule of activities - summary:

Note

Every day (other than arrival and departure days) has an optional yoga class in the morning, right before breakfast.

DAY 1

  • Arrival day

DAY 2

  • Visit 2 ancient cities, one seafront and one on a mountain
  • Ceremony with a guided meditation on the element of Air

DAY 3

  • Private Sailing Day to a natural area including an impressive Castle, overlooking the deep blue of the Aegean sea.
  • Meditation and ritual on the element of Water

DAY 4

  • Visit at Crete's most renowned islet with a cedar forest. Optional visit to a nearby monastery or walk through a small canyon with multiple caves.
  • Votive ceremony in honor of Chthonius Hecate

DAY 5

  • Morning at the beach with the teaching of ancient Greek massage techniques with honey.

DAY 6

  • Visit a pottery village for a hands-on pottery class.
  • Departure for Ancient Eleftherna, one of the three most important cities of the ancient Minoan civilization. Visit the local museum and the ancient city.
  • Meditation and votive ritual at the element of Earth

DAY 7

  • Departure for Ancient Aptera where a Meditation on the element of fire will take place
  • Guided tour at Chania old city.

DAY 8

  • Departure day - direct flights to Athens and Europe

Included excursions

Every day (other than arrival and departure days) includes an excursion or activity as per the detailed itinerary.

Instructors

Yannis Sampsonidis

Shakila Ioanna Brati

Retreat location

“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 "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.

Unique features

Activities

  • Massage
  • Sailing
  • Shopping
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Multilingual staff
  • Smoke-free property

Services

  • Free bottled water
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Room cleaning

Food

Half board is included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Lactose Free
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)

  • Swimming
  • Sunbathing
  • Sailing
  • Hiking
  • Walking
  • Guided tours
  • Workshop by Shakila

Spa treatments

Massage treatments are offered on request.

What's included

  • Airport pickup/drop-off and itinerary transfers
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Half board meals
  • All activities as described in the detailed itinerary

What's not included

  • Air tickets to/from Crete
  • 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.

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 50% 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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