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Yoga Retreat in Greece

Dear one, in our fractured digital era, we must prioritize connecting with ourselves, nature, and the nourishing power of sangha. This is an invitation to join Vicky Tomsky this winter in Crete. The venue is located in picturesque Douliana village with traditional stone houses and dry-stone walls encasing olive groves and carob trees. The whole area is very beautiful with tremendous views overlooking Souda Bay and the White Mountains.

Meet the instructors

Vicky
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Highlights

  • 2 daily dynamic and restorative yoga practices
  • One complimentary massage – to relax and renew
  • Yoga workshops – to help you strengthen and align your body
  • Meditation – and sound healing to help you relax
  • Heated floors in the yoga shala and rooms
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • 2 x meals daily

Yoga styles


4 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
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Accommodation

Douliana is declared a traditional settlement, a heritage site that retained the unchanged image of the past and the local character with respect to the area’s tradition. All the houses in Douliana, are traditional houses that were carefully renovated following strict preservation guidelines to meet modern standards. Each house has a living room equipped with a dining table and chairs, sofa and armchairs, LCD TV, and a DVD player. The kitchen is equipped with an oven, refrigerator, and microwave. The bedroom or bedrooms have double or single bed/s. The pool and garden areas and some verandas are equipped with comfortable sunbeds, sun umbrellas, tables, and chairs. There is an eco-friendly A/C in all rooms, fireplaces in all living rooms, electric water heaters and water pumps in every house, as well as a traditional outdoor BBQ, and stone oven.

Program

For such a quiet, peaceful and tiny village there is a wide choice of places to eat and drink. A tiny rustic traditional Kafenion offers the thirsty traveller a variety of drinks including traditional Tsikoudia (Raki) and Ouzo.

One of the most powerful teachings of the ancients is about letting go. All religions and spiritual traditions tell you to let go of your suffering, of the tyranny of your thoughts, of your constant judgments.

But what does it mean to let go? How is it different from giving in? How do you learn to let go of your attachments, your fears, of your constant holding on to the hope of making things be the way we want them to be all the time? Can you learn to let go of your true power, your innate strength, and our courage? These are some of the questions we will explore.

In this retreat, you will use active asana and the quiet practices of Restorative yoga, pranayama, and meditation to explore what it means to cultivate the wisdom of letting go on the mat and in our lives, minute by minute.

Each morning, you will enjoy an active yoga practice to challenge your body with compassion and draw your mind inward through curiosity and focus on the postures. Each afternoon, you will settle deeply into restorative poses to unwind and decompress. You won’t want to miss these luxurious afternoons of settling into deep relaxation. Each afternoon session will also include pranayama and a dedicated period for meditation. Vicky Tomsky highly suggests that you leave your work at home and fully drop into the experience of this week.

Here’s the schedule for your 5 days together

  • Morning class 08.00-10.00
  • Breakfast 10:00 to 11.00 or so
  • Then break to hike, sit by the beach, nap, read, etc.
  • Late afternoon class about 16:00-18.00
  • Then dinner.

In the evenings you have time to walk under the stars or enjoy a massage. You have an active class for 2 hours in the mornings and then 2 hours of Restorative, Meditation, and Pranayama in the afternoons. There will be optional evening discussions on various topics.

Experiences

Discover something new every day by following senses. The area is ideal for outdoor activities!

Walks and hikes

From Douliana, there is a wonderful track used by walkers, hikers, and cyclists down the hillside to the beaches of Kalyves and Almyrida, the fabulous White Mountains (Lefka Ori) along the 3 km track, make the scenery simply stunning.

Water activities

The amazing Kournas Lake is close by and allows for beautiful swims in a peaceful atmosphere and infinite beauty. The Kalyves and Almyrida sandy beaches of the Mediterranean sea nearby provide a different sensation of swimming and the options of relaxation.

Mountain bikes

The paths and trails around feel as if they were made especially for the chevron tires of mountain bikes.

The power of retreat

You live a very busy life, where most of our attention is occupied, usually, in our daily and mundane tasks and duties.

To go on a retreat is an exceptional opportunity to withdraw from the outside world and take a step into yourself in order to reconnect to your powers and nourish yourself with what can support your health and happiness.

Instructors

Vicky Tomsky

Retreat location

The venue is located in picturesque Douliana village. The whole area is very beautiful with tremendous views overlooking Souda Bay and the White Mountains.

Food

Included in your package are 2 meals daily – nourishing and delicious fresh Greek cuisine made with local produce.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • 2 x meals daily – nourishing and delicious fresh Greek cuisine made with local produce.
  • 2 x daily dynamic and restorative yoga practices
  • Yoga workshops – to help you strengthen and align your body, explore yogic philosophy, and learn about the 8 Limbs of Yoga
  • Meditation – and sound healing to help you relax, unwind, and luxuriate in blissful savasana
  • Heated floors in the yoga shala and rooms
  • One complimentary massage – to relax and renew
  • Free time: hiking, reading, resting, beaching, and relaxing
  • Sound healing session

What's not included

  • Airport transfers

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

One of the great advantages of Crete is that it is very easy to reach it from Europe. There are cheap flights and charters all year round. Crete has two airports: Chania and Heraklion. 30 minutes drive from Chania to the center and an hour and a quarter from Heraklion.

Prices for arrival from the airports:

  • Chania: Taxi - 40 EUR for 4 people
  • From Heraklion: Taxi – 120 for 4 people

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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Availability

Arrival: Thursday January 13, 2022
Departure: Monday January 17, 2022

Early bird discount

The prices below include an early bird discount of 100 EUR per person. To benefit, book or reserve before October 31, 2021.

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