Explore this magical Greek island while diving into daily practice of Vinyasa yoga integrated with the practice of Myofascial Release which will transform your energy and your flow. We invite you to join us to heal yourself from the inside out and to learn to release the energies that are blocked within us and create a positive energy shift in your life. Come away with optimized body function and feeling deeply restored! Discover Transformation and Rebirth as we Re-align with our Essence and Flow. This retreat is a space for you to Immerse yourself with the Local Culture and Experience the Greek way of living...Slowing down and Being Present in the Moment. Explore one of the most Authentic Greek islands that has stayed "under the radar" and kept tourism at bay. We are here to bring you home to your "roots" within yourself, as well as, share the warmth and hospitality that one can only experience in Greece! Watch videos from our previous retreats here.
*This is a healing retreat. This retreat is for all those who want to heal and release their “pain bodies.” This retreat invites all those who have “issues in their tissues,” diseases, and dysfunctions that keep them from their best life. Please know that you will be releasing everything that is not of love from your body, mind, and spirit’s system.
Escaping to a place where you feel immediately at home....Our breathtaking hotel overlooks the beautiful crystal blue Mediterranean Sea. We are overjoyed to return to visit Crete, filled with history and uniqueness. Our bespoke retreat will be full of dynamic Vinyasa Flow yoga, Myofascial & Self Release workshop/learning, replenishing time in nature, tasty Mediterranean cuisine, and a community of travelers all called to revive and replenish their souls on this charming island. Discover personal transformation, combined with lazy beach days, sacred monasteries, downtown strolls, and soul-reviving hiking trips, where the island of Crete's ethereal nature invites you to unwind and let yourself simply be. Return home feeling whole and awake.
THE ISLAND OF CRETE
Crete, the southernmost island of the Greek islands and has rich history and authentic Greek culture and hospitality. A true gem amidst the Mediterranean due to its natural beauty. This is a perfect energy-friendly destination to reconnect with nature and the sea. Enriched with crystal blue beaches, hiking trails, and an understated beauty, all awaiting for you to savor the moments and enjoy the slow life!
Our Yoga classes are designed to offer you a complete practice of strengthening and flexibility to feel aligned and connected. Our classes will be a blend of yoga styles drawing on Vinyasa and Hatha. We use specific alignment yoga practices to improve patterns in the way we hold our body and creative sequences to become attuned to our energetic body. Each session will include asana, pranayama, and mediation. In our Myofascial classes, we will be teaching "hands on techniques" to learn to release fascia, in addition, we will also be using foam rollers for teaching Self Release. All classes will be practiced outside on one of our beautiful terraces, overlooking the blue Mediterranean sea. We may take our mats one day to the nearby beach for a gentle practice. After our classes and meals, you have free time to relax, explore, or take part in optional excursions.
Fascial Release, is applying sustained pressure to our Fascial restrictions in order to restore and enhance motion, eliminate pain, and to facilitate release of the fascia. Maria will be teaching you "hands on techniques" on how to release fascia while in different positions and Yoga postures, as well as to Self Release with the Foam Roller in many different positions and Yoga Poses. Get ready to "Release your Fascia" in this guided class using self-release and gentle movement with foam rollers! Our classes are 1.5 hour long sessions occurring daily in the mornings. We also offer early evening classes of Yin Yoga as well as Sharing Circles.
* All practices are open to all levels from beginners to more advanced yogis.
*All registered Yoga teachers with Yoga Alliance will receive 10 CEUs. All NJ Physical Therapists, PTAs and Massage Therapists will also receive 7 CEUs such that you will have one full day of class (the day will be determined at the beginning of the retreat).
MEET OUR TEACHERS:
Join Maria Alfieris and Emily Pareti, experienced leaders and teachers of yoga and life for an unforgettable week of adventure, laughter, FUN and living the good life in Greece!
Emily Pareti, RYT-200
Emily Pareti always loved being active - flexibility and balance came naturally to her after growing up as a dancer, gymnast and cheerleader. Emily’s love for yoga started in 2014, after moving to Hawaii from NJ with her high school sweetheart. She started learning from YouTube, then fell in love with yoga on the beach, Bikram Yoga and eventually Vinyasa Flow. Emily is a two-time cancer survivor who found the healing power of yoga in 2017 during her Hodgkin’s Lymphoma relapse. Yoga not only helped with the physical side effects of treatment, but also allowed Emily to release anxiety and find a Mind-Body-Spirit connection. She loves to share the gifts that yoga has offered her and to help each person find their own path to this joyful practice. She looks forward to helping others heal through yoga. Emily is known for storytelling, her inviting smile, and her willingness to allow each student to come just as they are. Each class is an invitation for self nuture, for laughter, and an opportunity for pause. Emily completed her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Honor Yoga in North Brunswick, NJ. She identifies as a Vinyasa Flow teacher and also finds relaxation and health benefits in Yin and Gentle Flow.
The integration of Maria and Emily's work brings a very Unique blend of Release and Re-Alignment. Our intention is to facilitate opening all of your energy centers to balance your mind body and Soul. We are here to help you enhance your Motion and Movement in your inner and outer worlds. We are here to bring you back to your Oneness and UNITY WITHIN.
-Water-sports: paddle board, windsurf, scuba dive
-Explore Ancient Monasteries
-Two dinners out at local tavernas in the town of Chania
8:00-9:00 AM Vinyasa Yoga Class Daily
9:00-10:00 AM Breakfast (included)
10:15-12:00 PM Myofascial Class Daily
12:00-1:00 PM Lunch (not included)
1:00-6:00 PM Free Time
6:00-7:00 PM Yin Yoga Class (3 nights)
Sharing Circles. (Two Classes).
8:00-9:00 PM Dinner (included)
*Schedule is subject to change
If you or any member of your party, cancel your arrangements at any time, written notification from the person who made the booking must be received by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you must cancel your retreat, the required $500 deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. Full refund, less deposit, will be given if cancellation is made 60 days or more before your retreat start date. Cancellations made 60 days or less, but more than 30 days prior, to the retreat start date can be applied to a future retreat. Cancellations made within 30 days of the retreat start date are forfeited. Due to our need to commit to accommodation and other arrangements in advance, exceptions to our policy cannot be made for any reason.
Travel Insurance is required for all international yoga retreats. As we all know, especially as travelers, “life happens.” Whether it’s family, work, mother nature, or a change of heart, it is important to be prepared in case you need to unexpectedly change your travel plans. In addition to refunding your trip fees, it can also include medical evacuation coverage, medical expense coverage (remember that your USA based health insurance will not apply out side of USA) and reimbursement for lost, damaged or stolen luggage and personal effects.
Travel insurance that includes medical coverage is mandatory. Unfortunately, we cannot allow participation unless proof of travel insurance is sent to us before. We suggest that you include “cancel for any reason” with your policy. We recommend purchase insurance within 1-2 weeks after making your first trip payment (ie. flight or retreat reservation) to secure the best price and best coverage.
We suggest this policy from Travel Guard or similar: Travel Guard- Gold(Protect Assist) w/ Cancel for any reason. https://www.travelguard.com
We have a wonderful travel agent who can assist you with booking travel if you'd like to go through her. We use her for all of our flights! You can reach her at (954) 383-7308. Her name is Allison with Over The Moon Travel.