ZenZem Crete is a space for yoga, meditation, free expression, and art where you can be yourself in simplicity and close to nature on the island of Crete.
Yoga Retreats (2)
Stella is the ZenZem founder and yoga instructor. She has studied and practiced Hatha yoga since 2007 at the Yoga Sanctuary, Southampton, UK, where she also obtained her yoga teacher training certification. She has also attended yoga seminars and meditation in various locations of India and Nepal. She is a qualified dietitian-nutritionist, got her Ph.D. in nutritional immunology and MSc in public health nutrition. She has been teaching yoga since 2011 in Prague, England, and Crete.
from United States, May 2018
"Beautiful & peaceful yoga retreat "
I had a very enjoyable and relaxing week at ZenZem in Crete. I stayed in the garden studio room, which had a small kitchen area and bathroom. It was attached to the main house but with a separate entrance so felt very private. You have access to the garden, which has an incredible view of the White Mountains.
We did yoga twice a day at 9.30am and 6.30pm. There is an indoor yoga studio and a garden space for yoga too. The morning lessons were one-on-one and the evening lessons were groups with local people. We also did a morning walking meditation at the ancient city of Aptera, an evening meditation and sunrise yoga at the Aptera Fortress. Stella is a great yoga teacher and she will adapt the lessons depending on what you want to do.
In between the yoga sessions you have all day to do what you want. ZenZem is in a small village so if you want to see lots of sights or beaches then you might want to rent a car. There is a mini mart and restaurants about a 10 minute walk away. You can walk to a bus stop in about 15 minutes, where you can get the bus to various places including Chania. You can walk down to a secluded pebble beach in about 20-30 minutes. The Aptera ruins and castle are also a 5 minute walk from the house.
Stella was very welcoming and made sure I was looked after. She provided food and water for me when I arrived and helped with bus times etc. I had a lovely week and I would definitely recommend this retreat!
from Germany, April 2019
Eine sehr wohltuende Atmosphäre! Danke!
from Germany, September 2017
"kleines und einfaches Retreat in zauberhafter Atmosphäre "
Stella ist ein besonderer, wundervoller Mensch, die es schafft, dass man sich wohlfühlt. Ihre Yogastunden sind abwechslungsreich und sie geht auch in der Gruppe individuell auf alle ein. Sie hat einen Ort mit einzigartiger Atmosphäre geschaffen.
from Great Britain, July 2019
When I first came across this lovely retreat at the website I actually wondered why there were only 3 reviews on the page.
.And now I know why! People want to keep it as a little secret!
My week at Zenzem Yoga was just amazing!
Stella is a very warm, caring and lovely person and I knew that even before I arrived. Our email exchange was full with great information about the bus timetable, pick up from bus stop, breakfast preferences etc.
I stayed in the little stone house with this great balcony overlooking the white mountains. I could have stayed there forever watching the sun rises...
The yoga was very peaceful and relaxing. The perfect mix of arsanas for me. I even had a one to one class. Very lucky... Stella asked exactly the right questions regarding my needs for the practice. Really liked joining the local people at class which was taught mostly in English.
I loved the little village Aptera and it's only a short walk - a bit longer on the way back uphill. All the tavernas are excellent.
All the local people are super friendly.
I didn't hire a car as I wanted to discover the area by walking and taking the public transport. It's very easy to use the busses and again everyone was very helpful. The organisation at Chania bus station is quite impressive...
I can only say a big THANK YOU STELLA!