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, 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.
Dalia G. Slovakia
First of all there are amazing view. In the summer you can make yoga even outside with view in the snowy mountains. Inside could training around 7 people. Stella is really nice person, very warm and spiritual. Her voice brings you in nice 1-1,5 hour trip. I'm sure if I'll visit Chania/Crete again, I'll come in Zen Zem Yoga