PARADISE AWAITS YOU...
☀️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.
☀️OPEN TO EVERYONE - ALL LEVELS:
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
✳ Relax with Jacuzzi & Steam Room
(Available for a supplementary fee)
✳ Your flights, airport transfers, visas, insurance, and other associated travel costs (more details on travel below).
✈️ HOW TO GET TO THE RETREAT:
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.
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.
🛌 YOUR HOTEL OPTIONS:🛌
(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.
🛌 ☀ONE-CLICK TO PARADISE:☀🛌
We take care of booking the accommodations for you. 🥰
All you need to do is choose.
See our room packages below.
⏰ CHECK IN & CHECK-OUT TIMES:⏰
✳ Check-in to your room from 1pm Sunday, October 15
✳ Registration/Welcome between 5-6 pm.
✳ Check out by 1 pm, Sunday, October 22
QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR TRIP?
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.
We look forward to this magical time together,
Marla & Poliana
SINGLE ROOMS WITH SEA VIEWS:
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)
13:00 onwards: Check-in
20:00-21.30: Opening Circle