Seafront Yoga, Qigong & Thai Massage retreat on Crete
We are offering a Hatha Yoga and Qigong retreat on Crete, in a magical place next to the beach. Crete has a reputation as the most favourite incoming holiday destination, because of its unparalleled hospitality, landscape variety, crystal clear waters, traditional mountain villages, authentic cuisine, rich history and culture, unique art and music.
Type of Event
A typical day of our retreat:
- Early morning 1h Qigong or Hatha Yoga
- Free time or included in price activities (excursions, walks etc)
- Late afternoon 2h class including Qigong or Hatha Yoga, breathing techniques and Thai Yoga massage exchange
- Suggested evening events (dancing, attending live music concerts, group games etc)
> Accommodation on an organized seafront campsite with all basic facilities, including restaurant, café – snack bar, laundry service and free WiFi.
> Yoga, Qigong and Thai massage program
> 2 cultural/hiking excursions
> Local transfers
NOT INCLUDED SERVICES:
> International arrival/ departure to/from Crete
> Travel insurance
Within the limited time available to us during your holidays we try to lead you into experiencing the true beauty and positive effects of body & mind unification, so that when you go back home you will take with you not only memories of a great vacation, but also a priceless personal experience, able to guide you through the difficulties of your everyday routine.
This retreat combines Qigong and Yoga to create a holistic, deeply rejuvenating experience.
Taoist Qigong brings forth the qualities of relaxation, fluidity, no effort (wu wei) and meditation in our practice.
Hatha Yoga teaches us the importance of grounding, alignment, breathing, and balance.
We prefer to work in small numbers to get to know us better and have true results, therefore a maximum of 18 participants will be allowed. Every level practitioners are welcomed.
In conjunction with the included in itinerary excursions and optional activities, regional cuisine and enough free time to experience new things at your own pace, this is going to be an unforgettable holistic holiday.
- You will come closer to a better understanding of the symbols behind the moves of Qigong and Yoga and will gain a clear experience of the energy flow these symbols activate when consciously utilized.
- You will learn a concrete Qigong sequence.
- You will shed new light on your known Hatha Yoga poses.
- You will rest and rejuvenate deeply in our venue right next to a sand beach with crystal clear water.
Adjusted to your age and fitness. Every level practitioners are welcomed.
8 days, 7 nights
Your retreat leader has a 25 years experience in both Qigong and Yoga.
OPTIONAL TRAVEL SERVICES:
Accommodation in a room instead on the campsite: + Euro 200,-
Car rental: From € 30,- per day
Motorcycle rental: From € 15,- per day
Bicycle rental: From € 7,- per day
Massage treatments: Special discounted price from € 40,- per hour
We can take care of your need for an additional stay in Athens, caused by inconvenient times of arrival or departure: Prices from € 40,- per single room including breakfast, from € 60,- per twin or double bedroom including breakfast.
"Out in the dark blue sea there lies a land called Crete, a rich and lovely land, washed by the waves on every "--- The Odyssey
Crete is perhaps the most famous travel destination of Greece, especially among those who seek the traditional side of the Greek culture. Offering a unique and diverse landscape, a chance to come close to the local customs, native people with authentic hospitality and the Cretan cuisine, famous world wide for its taste and health benefits, Crete is a "must to explore" for the conscious travellers of today.
Although globalisation, tourism and economic growth have inevitably changed the way of life in Crete, especially in the large urban centres, to a modern and cosmopolitan style, the Cretans still preserve the bonds with their rich folk traditions and cultural heritage. The Cretan dances are still danced at every opportunity and the "madinades" and the "rizitika" songs resound in every celebration. In the countryside many old Cretan men and women wear the traditional costume and the Cretan idiom is widely spoken even in the large cities.
There is an exceptional artistic production in traditional sectors such as pottery, embroidery, jewellery etc and of course the very special Cretan Music. Arts and literature had always played a significant role in the life of the Cretan people. Famous painters like El Greco, Michael Damaskinos, writers like Nikos Kazantzakis, poets like Vincenzos Kornaros and Odysseas Elitis, composers like Mikis Theodorakis, Manos Hatzidakis and Giannis Markopoulos are Cretans or of Cretan origin. Today there are many important Cretans with significant contribution in all aspects of the cultural life in Greece.
Extra virgin olive oil, legumes and vegetables still constitute the base of the local cuisine as they have done for thousands of years and make the Cretan cuisine renowned worldwide for its benefits on longevity and good health.
The climate in Crete is temperate. The atmosphere can be quite humid, depending on the proximity to the sea. The winter is fairly mild and tolerable. Snow fall is practically unknown to the plains, but quite frequent in the mountains. During summer though, average temperatures are high. Probably the best time for a traveller to visit Crete is spring and autumn.
The quiet sandy beach, green environment, open-hearted hosts, great restaurant and the reasonable prices turn this family run venue into an irresistible retreat choice in Greece. The venue consists of a. a very well organized campsite with natural tree-shadow and b. an independent complex of 4 bungalows with their own garden. Also many other family-run venues are in the neighborhood too, ensuring availability in case you decide to stay in a room and not on the campsite.
The proximity to many other famous sandy beaches, like Falassarna, Balos, Gramvoussa and Elafonissi makes this venue ideal for those who wish to combine their yoga practice with some exploration of the unmatched famous Cretan beaches.
8 REASONS TO TRAVEL WITH US:
- visit all the highlights, a safe distance away from mass tourism
- stay in handpicked, small-scale, family-owned venues
- be guided privately or in a small group, at your preferred pace
- discover unspoiled nature and places off-the-beaten-track
- participate in local celebrations, feasts, and events
- get to know pioneer artisans and experience their art
- taste authentic Greek products directly at the producers’ farms
- share our active commitment to eco-tourism and fair-trade
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