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8 Days Hatha Flow Yoga Retreat in Crete with Federica
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Hatha Yoga Retreat Greece

Join us at YogaOnCrete and experience the lightness of body and spirit and joy of honouring and nurturing the needs of your body, mind and spirit through the practice of twice daily Hatha-Flow yoga, meditation, chanting and ritual, joyful 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! No previous experience in yoga is required for participation in the course.

Meet the instructors

Federica
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Highlights

  • Twice daily yoga classes
  • Professional and experienced yoga instructor
  • 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


7 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 14 participants
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Accommodation

On this yoga retreat, you will stay for 7 nights. The 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 limited availability of rooms and single rooms in particular).

The house is a 5-minute walking distance to the village center 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.

Program

This course is designed to guide the student in finding their spiritual path (sadhana), in order to live a more fulfilling, balanced and peaceful life. Yoga is not a physical exercise, yoga is a holistic system that sees the human being as body, breath, mind/intellect/ego and spirit (atman). During this course we will explore these aspect of our Beings as a journey of self-discovery and powerful awakening. Each class builds upon the next, in a slow and consistent progression that allows opening up and experiencing.

Asana (postures) are the outcome of feeling and moving energy in many different directions. Asana are the physical form of the inner subtle energy body. Federica's vision is to support you in finding your own personal practice and true unique exploration. This inner process will lead you to meet the parts of the body that move easily, and breathe life into the places that feel blocked, inactive and congested. It is often in those parts we store pain, trauma and an old story. Maybe they are connected with injuries, or we just avoid them. When they are consciously accessed through practice, they can be released, unfolding a new sense of freedom and balance in the body. Often it's also a release of immense new energy. Respect and awareness within the map of the body does not force or hold expectations, but simply allows a natural unfolding. As we grow more connected with this process, our mind reconnects to our body, and emotions may release as we begin to experience the deep joy of being who we are.

Yoga is the practice of Self-Enquiry. On a practical level, our daily sadhana of yoga and meditation give us the space and time for self-enquiry. As we practice, if we can sink into the body and into the present moment, we can start to drop the judgment of the mind and the notion of ‘I’. When we are ‘of’ the mind, we tend to be in the past thinking back to some glory days or dwelling on past troubles, or fast-forward into the future and we are projecting some rose-coloured future, a fantasy life. The more we can sink into the body, bringing awareness to the breath and subtle energy flow, the more we can surrender to the present moment. When we dwell in the past and future, we are often stuck in a place of judgment – we judge this moment compared to what we thought it would be like (especially if we are struggling with a particular asana today or finding it hard to settle in meditation – it ignites judgment and mind games). So we don’t value this gift of a moment for what it is. Simply that it is. The present moment is the place where we can plant the seed of awareness and watch it grow. In each asana, in each breath, in each mantra, there is a chance for that seed to grow.

See yourself as bigger than your definitions. Go beyond the body and the mind. Beyond limitations, beyond the universe. I am and I am not. We are all one.

Course Program

The week begins with an introductory yoga session at 6.00 p.m. on the day of arrival, followed by dinner.

All other days begin at 8.30 a.m. with a 1.5-2 hour 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 at 6 pm. there is the second 1.5-2 hour yoga class, and the day's programme closes with dinner. On occasion the sessions will be held out in nature, in one of our nearby quiet beaches!

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 (approx. €25 depending on number of participants going).

All breakfasts and five 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; approx. €15 for a full meal including drinks).

Individual excursions (e.g., hikes, boat trips) can also be arranged during the week at an extra cost. On the last day of each week, departure can be arranged after breakfast.

The number of guests is limited to 14, to create a warm and friendly atmosphere, and to ascertain that individual attention is given in the classes.

The retreat will include

1) Twice daily Hatha-Flow Yoga Classes with

  • Asana: starting with alignment-based work, we will find length, ease and effortlessness, in combined breath and movement sequences called Vinyasa. The different yoga sequences warm the body inside and out, developing flow, energy, strength, flexibility and grace.
  • Pranayama: the science of breathing will be a fundamental tool in awakening our energy force (prana) and in understanding the connection between mind, body and emotion.
  • Chanting and Meditation: devotion and stillness will be our friends in discovering our inner source of faith, compassion and gratitude.

2) Rituals and ceremonies to embrace nature in our process of learning and growing together. Lots of surprises in nature, from nature, with nature....!! Playing, Singing, Dancing are a MUST!!!

3) Lectures and Discussions in a circle/sharing on yoga philosophy, personal development....and of course about our Life!!!

In this journey there is no teacher and no technique to memorize. We are not here to learn any new theories. We have collected so many theories that our minds seem to have lost their ability to be alert, silent and open to pure creation, which is what we seek to encourage during this week.

Included excursions

A round trip to the beautiful Sweet Water Beach will be included in the program. The water is actually sweet as there are freshwater springs right on the beach. As a result, the water glistens and on a calm day, that is most days, it is a true paradise.

Instructors

Federica Clemente

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.

Distances

  • 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

Unique features

Activities

  • Massage

General

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Patio

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

You will be served with seven breakfasts and five dinners 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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

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 neighboring 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 freshwater 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).

Massage and Treatment

Choose from Holistic massage, Thai massage, Cranio-sacral treatment, and Reflexology with our on-site or visiting therapist at 50 EUR per hour.

What's included

  • All classes
  • Professional and experienced yoga instructor
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners
  • 1 round trip to the beautiful Sweet Water Beach
  • 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

Recommended Airports

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 hires 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 center, 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 traveling 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

To get to the bus station in Chania from the airport (2.50 EURO; duration 30 minutes), 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 a luggage storage, operating between 6.30 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 from the airport to the bus station, the cost should be about 15-20 EURO. From Chania you can then 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 8.15, 11.00, 14.00 and 16.00; 8.30 EURO; duration 1 hour 45 minutes).

From Heraklion airport, there is a frequent bus service (No. 6) that takes you to the main bus station in Heraklion (duration 15 minutes). Ask the driver to tell you where to get off for the bus station, because it is not obvious. From there, you first need to get a bus to Rethymnon (approximately every hour; 8.30 EURO; duration 90 miutes) and then a bus to Chora Sfakion changing buses at Vrisses (at 8.00, and 13.00; 8.30 EURO; 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.

Arrival by taxi

Traveling by taxi is the most convenient way to reach the village. A taxi from Chania city center 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

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.
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