8 Days Creative Dance and Anagenis Yoga Retreat Greece

Capoeira-Inspired Dance and Yoga Retreat Crete

Join YogaOnCrete and experience the lightness of spirit and joy of honouring and nurturing the needs of your body, mind and spirit through the practice of yoga and creative dance, daily encounters with the cool, turquoise Mediterranean waters at quiet beaches, idyllic unspoilt surroundings, and wholesome local food, excursions, a warm and welcoming group of people and much more! Each yoga and dance class builds upon the next, in a slow and consistent progression that allows opening up and experiencing. No previous experience in yoga or dance is required for participation in the course.

Retreat highlights

  • Daily yoga and dance classes
  • Professional and experienced yoga and dance instructors
  • 7 nights' accommodation in traditional guesthouse located near beach
  • A round trip to the beautiful Sweet Water beach
  • 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners included
  • Linen and towels provided

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Greek, Russian, English
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Accommodation

Accommodation is offered in a lovely traditional stone house. Rooms are designed in a natural combination of old and new and are spacious and comfortable.

Rooms are allocated on a first come first served basis (there is a limited availability of rooms and single rooms in particular). The house is a 5-minute walking distance to the village centre and beach, but also pleasantly secluded. The garden at the front and the private olive grove at the back blend in with the landscape and offer options for places to rest.

YogaOnCrete Greece Yoga Retreat Program

Course program

Each week begins with an introductory dance session at 18:00 on the day of arrival, followed by dinner. All other days will begin at 08:00 with the InJoy yoga class. After breakfast, guests are free to relax and enjoy the beach and sunshine, receive a massage treatment, or explore the village and region. In the late afternoon, there is the Creative Dance class, and the day's program closes with dinner.

The fourth day of the week is a rest day from classes. An optional excursion can be arranged, including a hike through the magnificent Aradaina gorge (approximately 25 EUR depending on number of participants going). Individual excursions (e.g., hikes, boat trips) can also be arranged during the week. On the last day of each week, departure can be arranged after morning class and breakfast.

Anagenis Yoga

Anagenis – re-birth (from the greek word anagennisi) in every level of your being, through conscious presence in every action and glow with light and joy emitting a positive uplifting vibration.

Anagenis Yoga is an invitation for awakening, it is an invitation for releasing the inner tension and a transition to esoteric harmony, peace and surrender to the Divine Intelligence/Wisdom within us. Taking that inner dive we open up to experience a conscious journey of Transformation and a ReBirth.

Anagenis Yoga classes are for those who want to delve deeply inward and discover the connection between Mind-Body- Soul and how beliefs affect health, longevity and wellbeing. At the same time it is a path of empowering, strengthening, increasing flexibility and revitalizing the entire being.

Elements of Anagenis Yoga

  • The transformational possibilities of Kundalini Yoga
  • The fluid strengthening motion of Vinyasa flow yoga
  • The transcending power of Mantra and Meditation

Some of the benefits you will experience:

  • Physical level

Strengthening and flexibility of the entire musculoskeletal system

Detoxification and regulation of the blood and lymph circulation

strengthening of the nervous system

  • Energy level

release of blocked energy

introduction to the pranic-vital energy

increase of vibrational field

  • Mental level

overcoming the recurring patterns and barriers that exist in your subconscious that are resposnible for: your resistance to change, physical imbalances and mental imprisonment

quiet, focused and open mind

  • Spiritual level:

recognition of the inner, Divine Light, experiential wisdom

gradually merging with your Light Body

clarity, connection with your intution

Knowing your self and the world from within.

Capoeira-inspired creative dance

The course aims to explore a relaxed and present state of body and mind, your relationship to yourself and others and the connection to your environment, guided through rhythms. The movements are loosely based on Capoeira Angola and the rhythms are influenced by Afro-brazilian culture.

Capoeira connections

You will be exploring connections to your own flow of movement through ease and grace, to others and to the environment, as you dance on the playground of liberation, letting go of the mind and tuning in. This joy-filled journey takes you through various landscapes of your emotional body and releases your uniqueness and your true self. Working from grounding and sensing techniques through to a lightness-of-body state, as you explore a multitude of ways your body can flow, turn and invert, you will see the world from different perspectives and positions and dance the dance of life!

The classes will focus on the following elements:

In relation to the individual

Breathing and motion

Inviting the various parts of the body to engage

Working from the ground

Travelling through space

Expression and creativity

In relation to ones connection with others

Communication through the body

Choice and change

Search for harmony

Staying centred

Included excursions

A round trip to the beautiful Sweet Water beach is included in the price.

Instructors

Dion Dragas
Dion began teaching capoeira in 1998 and has been constantly developing ever since, guided by his passion to investigate and nurture the body. Four trips to Brazil followed, resulting in his title of Contra-Mestre by Mestre Marrom of Rio in 2011. Meanwhile, he also practiced Chi Gong and yoga, further fueling his desire to share health and joy through breathing and postures. In 2015, Dion graduated from a 200-hour yoga teacher training and became a part owner of Akasha Yoga studio in Roslindale, Boston, where he teaches regularly with a focus on explorative and Restorative yoga.
Victoria Karipidou
On the path to fulfillment and happiness, Victoria has been led to various courses and research on self-development on all levels. She began practicing yoga in 2005 and decided to further advance her knowledge by training as a Hatha yoga teacher at the Hatha Yoga and Budo Academy in Athens. Constantly evolving her studies in Self Realization and Spiritual Development through deferent paths and methodologies, she was inspired by yoga systems such as Kundalini and Prana Vinyasa Flow.

Retreat location

Chora (pronounced "Hora") Sfakion or Sfakia, the capital of the municipality of Sfakia, is located on the south-west coast of Crete. The landscape of the region is particularly dramatic. The mountains in this part of Crete meet the sea, with steep slopes towering over the beaches. The road from the north of the island threads through breathtaking mountains and small villages to reach the port village of Sfakia. A sense of peacefulness radiates from the dry mountains and the sunset skies.

With its quiet, picturesque alleys, the beaches just walking distance away, and a few restaurants and cafes with tasty local dishes on offer lining the old harbor, Sfakia can become the little haven for anyone who wants to step out of the modern city fast-paced lifestyle for a while. If you are up for a short hike after the sun has gone down, just above the last house of the village is the little church of Agios Georgios, hidden away in a cave. Previously a neighborhood of the village, but nowadays abandoned, Georgitsi is also a ten minute hike up the mountain.

Nearby places

  • Amoudi (Sandy Beach), 1.5 kilometers
  • Filaki (Prison) beach, 2 kilometers
  • Frangokastelo (Frankish fort), 15 kilometers
  • Georgitsi - 10 minutes hike
  • Glika Nera (Sweet Water) - 30 minutes walk
  • lligas (Vertigo) beach, 1.5 kilometers
  • Orthi Ammos (Vertical Sand, literally), 15 kilometers
  • Vrisi (Spring) village beach - 10 minutes walk

Features

Activities

  • Boating nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Massage
  • Scuba diving nearby

General

  • Bar nearby
  • Beach nearby
  • Caf nearby
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Special menu request

Services

  • Beauty salon nearby
  • Convenience / grocery store nearby
  • Hair salon nearby
  • Medical assistance
  • Tour assistance nearby

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

All breakfasts and 5 dinners are offered at the house, while on two of the nights guests are free to dine out in the village restaurants (not included in the course cost; approximately 15 EUR for a full meal including drinks).

Cretan food

The Cretan diet is renowned for its macrobiotic qualities, but also for its great variety of delicious flavors. More than the pure, fresh ingredients themselves, it is the fact that cooking is traditionally performed almost like a ritual, with love, and always in the prospect of offering the food to others, that makes the Cretan cuisine so special.

YogaOnCretes cook embodies this spirit, preparing two nutritious lacto-vegetarian meals a day, using local, and wherever possible, organic products (grown in their own garden!). The village restaurants, only a short walk away, offer a wide range of local dishes, including fresh fish and game.

Things to do (optional)

The fourth day of each week-long course is a rest day from the classes. Guests can join an optional excursion, including a guided hike through the stunning Aradaina Gorge on this day, at an extra cost (25 EUR). Individual excursions can also be arranged to numerous gorges, along the coastal trail, as well as boat trips to neighbouring seaside villages and beaches, in addition to scuba diving lessons.

Area attractions

Most beaches of the region are pebbly, the white of the beach and the turquoise of the water creating a beautiful scene for relaxed swimming and sunbathing. The waters in most beaches actually come from springs high up in the White Mountains, so they are literally crystal clear. The village beach, Vrisi (Spring), is just 10 minutes walk away from the house.

lligas (Vertigo), 1.5 kilometers out of the village has been awarded a Blue Beach Award for its pristine waters. Filaki (Prison), approximately 2 kilometers away offers a nudist choice. Amoudi (Sandy Beach), 1.5 kilometers away is the quietest beach around. Glika Nera (Sweet Water) is the favorite pick. Its name refers to the fresh water springs that are found under the sand and that give the sea its magical clear color. It can be accessed on foot (30 minutes walk along the coastal path) or by kaiki (small boat, 10 minutes from Sfakia).

Frangokastelo (Frankish fort) and Orthi Ammos (Vertical Sand, literally), are two adjacent sandy beaches 15 kilometers away from Sfakia. Frangokastelo takes its name from the very well preserved Frankish (Venetian) castle built by the shore. There is actually a legend that just as dawn is breaking in late May-early June, the image of men on horseback, exiting the castle and riding into the sea, can be witnessed in the early morning mist - these are the mysterious Drosoulites (mist-men).

Spa treatments

Choose from Holistic massage, Thai massage, Cranio-sacral treatment, and Reflexology with our on-site or visiting therapist at 40 EUR per hour.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners
  • 7 nights' accommodation in traditional guesthouse located near beach
  • A round trip to the beautiful Sweet Water beach
  • Daily yoga and dance classes
  • Linen and towels provided

What's not included

  • Additional excursions to beaches
  • All lunches and 2 dinners out per week
  • Flights to Crete
  • Insurance
  • Massage treatments
  • Transfers to Chora Sfakion

How to get there

Arrival by car

A car can be hired and picked up at either Chania or Heraklion airport upon arrival, or during your stay in the village. The windy mountain road down to the village has just undergone extensive work, with three tunnels replacing the sharp curves, making it much safer and easy to drive on! Alternative car hire companies YogaOnCrete recommends are Drive Kreta and the international Enterprise.

Arrival by airplane

In order to reach Chora Sfakion, you can fly directly to Crete, to the airports of Chania (CHQ - pronounced Chania, which is an hour's drive) or Heraklion (HER, which is 2.5 hours' drive). For flights from the UK, Easyjet, Ryanair and Monarch airlines have direct flights from several UK airports to Crete, both to Heraklion (HER) and to Chania (CHQ), during the tourist season. You can also use Thomas Cook, Just The Flight, Charter Flights, Cheap Flights, or Flight Line. From London Stansted, also check the daily flight of Aegean Airlines to Chania via Athens. For flights from other European countries try Ryanair, that now connects several European cities to Chania (CHQ). Also Easyjet, Transavia, Norwegian Airlines, Aer Lingus, German Wings, or Air Berlin. Be aware that on some occasions booking two single flights can be cheaper than a return flight!

You can also fly to Athens (ATH) (www.airtickets.gr or with Easyjet) and either get a transit flight or boat to Crete (Chania - CHQ).

Arrival by ferry from Piraeus (Athens)

There is an overnight ferry to Chania from Piraeus, the port of Athens, easily accessed by metro from Athens "E. Venizelos" airport. It departs at 21:00 and arrives at Souda, the port of Chania, which is a 10-minute bus journey away from the main bus station in Chania city centre, at 05:30 the next morning. The return journey with Anek lines starts from 63 EUR (deck price; there is a discount if the return journey is booked at the same time as the first part).

Arrival by ferry from Paleohora, Sougia or Aghia Roumeli

The south-west coast of Crete is fairly well served by daily ferry lines travelling from Paleohora to Chora Sfakion, which is a convenient option if you were thinking of spending some time on the south coast before arriving at YogaOnCrete. You can also reach them in this way after hiking the Samaria gorge (consider putting your luggage on a bus at Chania, to be picked up at Chora Sfakion, so you can hike light.

Arrival by bus

Alternatively, from Chania you can get a bus directly to Chora Sfakion, but confirm departures in advance because during high season (April-October), there are only four buses a day (at 08:30, 11:00, 14:00 and 16:00; 7.60 EUR; duration 2 hours).

From Heraklion you first need to get a bus to Rethymnon (approximately every hour; 7.60 EUR; duration 90 minutes) and then a bus to Chora Sfakion changing buses at Vrisses (at 08:00, and 13:00; 7.30 EUR; duration 2 hours). Vrisses does not have a bus station per se, rather, a coffee shop in which you can buy a ticket and in front of which the buses stop.

To get to the bus station in Chania from the airport, buses run at different times every day to correspond with the flights. This is also the case for the return journey. The bus station in the city has luggage storage, operating between 06:30 and 20:00, which can be useful if you have a long wait, as the beautiful old city is just a few minutes walk away. If you need to get a taxi the cost should be about 15-20 EUR.

To reach the Heraklion bus station from the airport, there is a bus service (bus No. 6) at regular intervals, but ask the driver to tell you where to get off for the bus station, because it is not obvious.

Arrival by taxi

Travelling by taxi is the most convenient way to reach the village. A taxi from Chania city centre or airport costs 85 EUR (1 hour) and from Heraklion 140 EUR (2.5 hours).

GPS

  • YogaOnCrete house - 35.20192, 24.13809
  • YogaOnCrete studio - 35.20184, 24.13936

Distances

  • Chania Airport - 1 hour
  • Heraklion Airport - 2.5 hours

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 35 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.
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