SUP Yoga Retreat in Crete
Stand Up Paddleboard Retreat in Greece!
Come and join us for an unforgettable experience, and begin your summer with a rejuvenating retreat. No need to be a yoga or a SUP expert. Our teacher will guide you through a a series of gentle Vinyasa sequences on your board to release tension and stress, and boost your energy level.
Type of Event
Early bird booking: 1,760 euros. Valid till the 10th of April.
After 10th of April: 1,860 euros.
Prices refer to single occupancy (100 euros pp discount for double occupancy)
KEY FACT: There is absolutely no need for you to have tried SUP or SUP yoga before!
Wander down from your clifftop villa to a stretch of golden sand for your morning SUP Yoga practice in the turquoise waters of Loutraki Bay. Spend the day relaxing by your pool or explore the coastline with a snorkel and a SUP. In the evening, after a gentle yin/restorative class, watch the sunset across the bay over a dinner table of local dishes. Welcome to Crete!
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THIS SUP YOGA RETREAT:
In our SUP Yoga classes, we swap your mat for a board, and a sweaty studio for calm, tranquil seas. Led by our experieced yogini, Ria Varsami, this retreat will help you to learn or refine SUP Yoga skills. Set against the idyllic blue of the Mediterrean, our classes will challenge your core and balance and enhance your practice.
Yoga and SUP are a perfect synergy. By enhancing your awareness of your balance and injecting an element of fun and the great outdoors to tradtional yoga practice, SUP Yoga is good for body and soul. After the first ten minutes, you will feel comfortable and confident on your board and be able to take advantage of a whole new yoga dimension.
Throughout the retreat, our instructors will support you to improve your practice and gain experience in a fun new way to do yoga. Tune into nature, surround yourself with the postive energies of the Mediterrean sun, the Aegean sea and the Cretan diet and partake in a unique experience!
WHO CAN JOIN OUR SUP YOGA RETREAT:
This retreat is open to all - whether you are an experienced yogi or are new to yoga/SUP yoga, our experienced team will make sure that you get the most out of each practice!
-- 07:30–09:00 SUP yoga class
-- 09:30–10:30: Breakfast
-- 11:00 –18:00: Free time, beach, town
-- 18:00 -19:00: Yin/restorative yoga class
-- Evening: Dinner on-site - Cretan cuisine
One day will include the tour to the Samaria Gorge (included but optional)
WHAT IS INCLUDED:
-- Morning SUP Yoga classes
-- Evening yin/restorative yoga classes
-- Private accommodation at the most beautiful villas overlooking at Loutraki Bay
-- Premium quality Yoga equipment
-- Premium quality SUP Yoga equipment
-- Transfer from/to airport/port to the hotel
-- Breakfast and traditional Cretan dinner prepared with fresh local products (The original Mediterrean diet! Allergies/dietary requirements can be accomodated)
-- Private beach with beds and umbrellas
-- SUP exploring tour around Loutraki Bay
-- Day trip to the Samaria Gorge (see below)
-- Snorkelling/SUP equipment
-- Wi-fi internet access throughout the hotel
-- Liability insurance
-- All taxes included
-- Access to our team throughout the day for any yoga/SUP-related questions
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:
-- International airfare to Crete (CHQ)
-- Travel insurance (recommended)
-- Optional excursions
-- Souvenirs and items of a personal nature
Situated in a breathtaking location on the side of a lush hill overlooking the crystal sea of the Loutraki Bay, your stay at Mare Nostrum Villas promises a holiday experience in Crete not to be forgotten. These villas with private pools and seas are the perfect place to unwind after your day of SUP Yoga practice. From the poolside terrace, let your eyes wander over the coastline and blue waters as you breathe in the fresh Cretan air.
All villas have fully equipped kitchens, large spacious living rooms with cozy fireplaces.
Each guest will have a room with en-suite bathroom in one of the Mare Nostrum villas. The rooms offer privacy from one another ensuring that all guests have their space. A private path leads down from the villas to the sea, only 20 meters away. Lounge by your private pool day and night and enjoy hours of sunbathing and activities– all overlooking the spectacular Cretan sea. Wireless Internet is available throughout the villa indoors and outside.
ABOUT THE TEACHER, RIA VARSAMI:
Ria has developed as a student and a teacher by traveling around the world teaching yoga and organizing detox retreats in places like Greece, Bali, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea and Italy. During her travels she also gained a certificate in traditional thai massage. Ria teaches vinyasa flow, hatha flow, yin/ restorative, aerial swing, partner, acro yoga for beginners and SUP Yoga. She brings her technical knowledge of anatomy and injuries to the class along with her love for beautifully choreographed vinyasa sequencing. Ria loves practising aerial hoop, aerial silks and acrobatics.
Committed to empowering others, Ria Varsami inspires sensuality and strength with her intuitive teaching. Her approach to yoga is playful and focusses on alignment. What is most unique about the way she teaches you is that you are given space to challenge yourself and be playful, as every sequence creatively brings you closer to your true self. Through play and adventure, you flow into a deeper understanding of your own body.
The weather in Crete is great in May! Warm sunny days with slightly fresh nights are the norm. Rain is unlikely to occur past May 10. The “meltemi” seasonal north winds have not yet started to blow, the sea is calm and nature is at its best. May is considered the best month for outdoor activities. A jacket and/or a light sweater may prove useful for the night.
Apart from your outfit for your SUP Yoga class (you can choose a swimming suit or a pair of leggings and a comfortable top), remember to have with you a good pair of sneakers or trekking shoes as they are needed for the day at Samaria Gorge.
A good sunscreen of high UVA-UVB protection is also a must.
We have yoga mats which you are more than welcome to use. Alternatively, if you prefer to bring your own mat you are welcome to do so.
Bring insect repellant too just in case. Remember your travel adaptor if you are bringing a laptop etc.