Drumming & Cultural Voyage to Crete!

Crete, Greece

5 reviews
Oct 15 - 22, 2023
Group size: 14 - 30
Drumming & Cultural Voyage to Crete!
Crete, Greece

5 reviews

Oct 15 - 22, 2023
Group size: 14 - 30

About this trip


☀️On an 8-day adventure into the heartland of beauty, music, spirituality, and ancient mythology

Join internationally acclaimed frame drummer Marla Leigh, and ritual healer, dancer and Greek organizer, Poliana , to experience the wonder of community rhythms on the ancient island of Crete, which is associated with Greek goddesses Artemis, Demeter, Rhea and Aphrodite.

☀️Take a break from your daily routine to focus on music, rhythm skills, wellness,

relaxation, an exploration of spirituality, Cretan culture, delicious cuisine, and much, much more.

Stay and play with us in the North Cretan coastal village of Almyrida ~ famous for its unspoiled, natural beauty, it is a quiet resort nestled between mountains and turquoise sea/sandy beaches.

☀️Immerse yourself in drumming, traditional Greek and other ethnic rhythms,  healing rituals, yoga, Shamanic drumming practices, Greek dance and traditional music. 

Tune into the powerful rhythms of this sacred land, where, thousands of years ago, priestesses honored their mother goddesses with their drums. 

☀️This is not just your basic retreat, it is a music and cultural experience of a lifetime…come, be part of an unforgettable retreat.

Our retreat is open to all ages, orientations and music levels (including total beginners).


“One of the best retreats I have been on. I came knowing NOTHING about drumming and left with so much knowledge. Marla is a fantastic teacher, Highly recommended!

– Sara Goodwin,  Psychologist


Seven nights/eight days of beautiful accommodations in a seaside village

✳ Delicious Cretan meals (with vegetarian and pescatarian options)

Daily classes of frame drumming (techniques and styles) and world rhythms by the beach

Classes are customized to fit with the levels of the group.

✳ Yoga, meditation, and movement classes overlooking the Mediterranean Sea!

✳ Programs in music, dance, song,  ritual, and traditional Greek music to deepen your skills

✳ A beautiful concert and closing ceremony to honor the land, culture, and music (this will be open to the public)

✳ Meet and drum with local musicians and enjoy the traditional music of Crete.

* Daily free time to relax in rhythm by the sea and explore the local village of Almyrida (a few minutes walk to the beach.  Spa services are available at an extra cost.


✳ PLUS+ FIVE EXTRA experiences to enrich your appreciation of this magical, ancient land:

(1) A full-day boat trip to the surrounding beautiful beaches, plus swimming in caves.

(2) A visit to the Museum of Eleutherna, an ancient city where priestesses paid homage to their goddesses, which also includes:

(3) A drumming ritual in a sacred space surrounded by Crete’s famous Platania trees. 

(4) Lunch at the beautiful traditional clay village of Margarite

(5) Dinner at a classic taverna with traditional Cretan musicians


Optional extras:

✳ Relax with Jacuzzi & Steam Room
(Available for a supplementary fee)

Not included:

Your flights, airport transfers, visas, insurance, and other associated travel costs (more details on travel below).



By Air: Chania International Airport (Ioannis Daskalogiannis), airport code CHQ
By Sea: Chania port (at least 2 ferries a day from Piraeus, Athens)

From the airport/ferry port, our retreat is c. 35-minute drive. 

From the airport (exit), you can easily find (or call for) a taxi/shuttle. 

Taxis are around €45 each way. 

For more info: www.welcomepickups.com/crete/chania-airport-transfer-to-city/

Alternatively, you can hire a car (great for additional sightseeing). There are various rental companies, such as Hertz, Avis, and SixT, in the Arrivals Hall.


(see room packages below)

✳ Annasa boutique hotel
This is where we will eat most of our meals together, and where some evening classes will be held. Located in the small seaside village, Almyrida, a 3-minute walk from the beach and right next to the Retreat Center.

The hotel has a lovely small pool.
Double and triple rooms are offered.

✳ Almyrida resort 

This is the main hotel in Almyrida. It is a 3-minute walk from both the Retreat Center, where we have our drum/movement classes and the Annasa Boutique retreat hotel.

There is a pool, hot tub and bar.

Single and double rooms are offered.

We take care of booking the accommodations for you. 🥰

All you need to do is choose.
See our room packages below.



Check-in to your room from 1pm Sunday, October 15

Registration/Welcome between 5-6 pm.

Check out by 1 pm, Sunday, October 22




For travel, accommodation, food and general retreat inquiries, please contact Poliana, our local Greek organizer (as well as Retreat co-host): 



*Please allow up to 48 hours for a response.

Thank you,
We look forward to this magical time together, 

Marla & Poliana

What’s included

  • Room Accommodations
    for 7 nights/8 days
  • Service charges & taxes
    at the hotels
  • Three Meals Per Day
    (except on our day trips)
  • All Lessons & Workshops
    Including: Frame drum/music lessons, Greek Songs, Shamanic Rituals, ect.
  • Crete music session
    Special lesson with Crete musician
  • Yoga Classes by beach
    Stretch & Relax by the water
  • Greek Dance
    Special workshop in Greek Dance
  • Meditations by the waves
    Morning meditations by the ocean
  • Excursion Transportation
    For our day trip
  • Concert ft. Local Music
    Retreat ends with closing concert, featuring local musicians and YOU!

What’s not included

  • Airport Pickup/Retreatt
  • Museum & Boat Trip Fees
    Two Day Trips
  • 3 Meals on our Day Trips
    One Lunch & Two Dinners

Available Packages

SINGLE ROOMS (Almyrida Resort)


Beautiful private Rooms with sea views at Almyrida resort (3 min walk from retreat hotel)

Includes refrigerator, TV, bathroom and pool.

Spa services are available at this hotel (can be booked by guests also staying at Anassa).


(*typical room layout)


(pool view)

Deposit: $500


Day 1

Sunday 15/10

13:00 onwards: Check-in

17:00-18:00: Registration 

18.30-19.30: Dinner 

20:00-21.30: Opening Circle

Your Organizer

Marla Leigh
5 reviews
Marla Leigh (Goldstein) is an internationally acclaimed percussionist and educator who specializes in the frame drum. With over 25 years of experience, she has become an expert in teaching this unique skill to others. Marla has performed and taught all over the world, and her students include musicians, healers, and those seeking to explore the spiritual and meditative aspects of drumming. Marla is also CEO of Frame Drum Academy online, an online global school now with over 3000 students! She is also a composer of sacred music.


The trip was well organised, we had a fantastic practice room for drumming! Poliana did find a lot of nice things to do and visit. My regret was that there were not enough drumming sessions. This was more a cultural trip, with two whole days out of seven without any courses, and only one course a day. There were shamanic ceremonies, which were nice, but not what I came for ( although I am a shamanic practitioner myself) Enjoyed the trip to Knossos, the tour guide was very interesting. The hotel rented the rooms with sea view, but in reality you had to stand on your balcony to see the sea. The pictures advertising the rooms, we’re not similar to the real rooms. But the people of the hotel were very kind and helpful. Marla is , of course a great teacher, and I am happy to have met her. But I wouldn’t come on this trip, if my goal were to practice drumming. I must mention that the group was great, and I made new drumming friends! So overall, I did have a good time, just missed the drumming! That’s why I give only four stars!
By Carol K for Drumming & Cultural Voyage to Crete! on Nov 02, 2023
## Review: Frame Drum Retreat in Crete I recently had the opportunity to attend Marla Leigh's frame drum retreat in Crete.. The retreat offered a unique combination of drumming lessons and cultural activities. Drumming lessons by the sea provided a serene and inspiring atmosphere. Marla's expertise in teaching drumming techniques and her ability to guide us through different rhythms made the lessons both enjoyable and educational. In addition to the drumming, the retreat included a boat trip, which allowed us to explore the stunning coastline, and a visit to the ancient Minoan city of Knossos. We also had the chance to learn Greek songs and dances, and listen to local musicians The group itself was absolutely wonderful. There was a strong sense of camaraderie and support among the participants, who came from different backgrounds and cultures. The shared love for drumming created a bond that brought everyone together, making the retreat an even more enriching experience. I cannot praise Marla enough for her fantastic hosting throughout the retreat. Her warm and welcoming nature, along with her expertise in frame drumming, created an environment that allowed everyone to grow and express themselves through the drums. The retreat was an unforgettable experience.
By Anne M for Drumming & Cultural Voyage to Crete! on Nov 01, 2023
We had great time. The retriet was more than I imagined and I learned a lot. For the travel agent, I booked a single room with a see view, which I did not have.
By Arja V for Drumming & Cultural Voyage to Crete! on Oct 31, 2023
A one-week magical bubble! Not only full of quality drumming instructions but also with a great variety of excursions and ceremonies on the ancient land and waters of Crete.
By Marjolein V for Drumming & Cultural Voyage to Crete! on Oct 24, 2023
The whole experience was phenomenal. Beautiful surrounding and a wonderful sense of community.
By Barbara P for Drumming & Cultural Voyage to Crete! on Oct 24, 2023