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Join YogaOnCrete and experience the lightness of spirit and joy of honoring and nurturing the needs of your body, mind, and spirit through the practice of Iyengar yoga, meditation, and Women's circles. There will be daily encounters with the cool, turquoise Mediterranean waters at quiet beaches, idyllic unspoiled surroundings, wholesome local food, excursions, a warm and welcoming group of open-hearted women, and much more!
During this retreat, you will stay in a beautifully restored traditional stone house near the beach. This is a family home, YogaOnCrete gladly welcomes you here as our guests in the true spirit of Greek hospitality.
Accommodation is available for ten adults. All rooms in the house are spacious and comfortable. Some are private and some can be shared, and one has its own en suite bathroom. The two upper bedrooms both have verandas with spectacular sea views.
There is a large table outside and abundant shade offered by the olive and mulberry trees on the front patio for meals. The front garden harmoniously blends with the natural landscape, featuring local ferns, flowers, and trees.
There is also fast wireless internet access available at the house.
In this retreat, Eugenia and Julie will be sharing their own experiences of how yoga practice and women's work has supported them as women in leading happier and more fulfilling lives.
The week will begin with an opening celebratory ceremony, followed by an introductory yoga class at 6 p.m. On most days there is a sitting meditation followed by an Iyengar yoga class in the morning (8-10 a.m.), and a Women's circle in the late afternoon (6-8 p.m.). The fourth day of the week is a rest day from classes, with no yoga or movement class.
Additionally, yoga practices that support certain periods in women's lives (menstruation or menopause) and issues that often women in particular deal with (body image, eating disorders, self-worth, self-love, perfectionism, anxiety, being judgmental, as well as being susceptible to judgment) will be raised and discussed.
The aim is to support each woman to tap into the strength and joy that lies within the softness, tenderness, nurturing nature, and intuitive capacity of womanhood, in order to develop trust in your own potential and life as a whole, and to celebrate the gift of the life you have been given.
The number of guests is limited to 14, to create a warm and friendly atmosphere. After breakfast, guests can relax and enjoy the beach and sunshine, receive a massage treatment, or explore the village and region. Individual excursions, like hikes or boat trips, can also be arranged during the week at an extra cost.
The classes comprise a series of asanas (physical postures), usually sustained for some time, pranayama (breathing techniques), and meditative techniques (sitting in silence, concentration techniques), through which we practice the development of awareness of the body and mind in the present moment and deep relaxation.
A typical Iyengar yoga class focuses on the precision of movement, correct alignment, and the study of the ‘muscle and mind’ actions and resistance necessary to enter a state of concentration. Breathing awareness is emphasized in every asana in order to deepen the experience.
Through consistent practice, the student develops a deep awareness of the body, power, control, patience, that can help us overcome physical, mental and emotional obstacles. Each class will start with a centering and grounding meditation.
Each afternoon we will gather for a women’s circle (2hrs) exploring a deep connection to yourself, other women and our cyclical nature. Julie, life coach, menstrual and creative movement therapist, as well as Awakening Women Circle facilitator, will hold space for us to dive deep into exploring the feminine cycle through movement, art, and rituals.
The sessions will start with a womb relaxation, then enter into a healing journey and we will complete with massage and sharing. In each circle, we'll experience initiation into another phase of womanhood, another way of entering pleasure and creating oxytocin (the love hormone!), another phase of our cycle, of the moon, of the sun.
A round trip to the beautiful Sweet Water Beach will be included in the program.
Eugenia studied psychology in Athens and went on to receive an MSc in sports psychology in Wales. She then began practicing yoga in 2004, while studying contemporary dance in Scotland. She gained a yoga teacher qualification from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres in 2005 and in 2012, she received her Iyengar yoga teaching certification. Her classes strive to create a safe and nurturing environment. The focus on the breath, as a powerful tool for developing awareness of the body and quieting the mind, is integral in her teaching, also incorporating elements of her Vipassana meditation.
Julie combines her management consulting background with a thorough understanding of personal growth and coaching. She has a keen interest in dance, nutrition and eastern spirituality, which has led her to spend most of the last five years in India practicing yoga and meditation. After quitting her strategy consulting career with Deloitte London, she retrained as a Certified Professional Co-active Coach with the acclaimed Coaching Training Institute, London. Also a certified Dance and Movement Therapist with the International Dance Council, Julie coaches a broad client base.
This holiday will take place in Chora Sfakion (or Sfakia), on the southwest coast of Crete. The landscape of the region is dramatic, as the mountains meet the sea.
With its picturesque alleys, and a few restaurants and cafes with tasty local dishes along 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.
The Sfakians are considered the bravest people in Greece. It can be seen in the deep signs of aging and hardship on an old lady’s face and in the austere look of a man sitting at the coffee shop first thing in the morning drinking raki. And then a smile breaks, and you know that these people are only too happy to welcome you.
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.
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During this retreat, you will be served seven breakfasts and five dinners at the house. On two of the nights, guests will be free to dine out in the village restaurants, which is not included in the course cost. A full meal including drinks will cost approximately 15 EUR.
A selection of hot and cold herbal teas, both local and imported, and fresh fruit is available at all times.
Heraklion International Airport
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Chania International Airport ("Ioannis Daskalogiannis")
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Please book your flight to arrive either at Chania International Airport (CHQ) or at Heraklion International Airport (HER). YogaOnCrete can arrange a taxi to meet you at the airport. Car hire is available at both airports.
From Chania Airport, take a bus to the bus station in Chania (30 minutes, 2.50 EUR). From there, you get a bus directly to Chora Sfakion (1 hour 45 minutes, 8.30 EUR). Check the times in advance: During high season, there are four buses a day (at 8:15 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m).
From Heraklion Airport, take bus number 6 to the city's main bus station (15 minutes). From there, take the bus going to Rethymnon as far as Vrisses (90 minutes, 8.30 EUR). At Vrisses, you change for a bus to Chora Sfakion (at 8:00 and 1:00 p.m.).
There is an overnight ferry to Chania from Piraeus, the port of Athens, easily accessed by metro from Athens International Airport (ATH). It departs at 9:00 p.m. and arrives at Souda, the port of Chania, which is a 10-minute bus journey away from the main bus station in Chania city center.
The south-west coast of Crete is well served by daily ferry lines from Paleohora, Sougia, or Aghia Roumeli.
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