Release & RIAlign Greek Island Retreat JUNE 2020

Chania, Greece

MA
Maria Alfieris
  • Facebook verified
  • LinkedIn verified
Release & RIAlign Greek Island Retreat JUNE 2020
Chania, Greece

Maria Alfieris
  • Facebook verified
  • LinkedIn verified
1 review

$2000
Deposit: $500

About this trip

OFFICIAL TRIP DATES: 


To be announced. This booking is for our JUNE 2020 trip. 


OUR INTENTION:  

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.


JUST IMAGINE:


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! 

THE PRACTICE:


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.




OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS (Extra Cost):

-Hiking Tours

-Water-sports: paddle board, windsurf, scuba dive 

-Explore Ancient Monasteries 

-Two dinners out at local tavernas in the town of Chania 

SAMPLE ITINERARY

DAILY SCHEDULE* 

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


CANCELLATION POLICY

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 marinabee@aol.com. 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 & HEALTH INSURANCE

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

Memories From June

Head here to watch Nalie's (@nalieaugustin) recap/ review of our June retreat! 

Booking Travel

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. 

What’s included

  • 7 island days/6nights
    JUNE 2020 at Almyrida Resort
  • Daily Yoga Class
    Dynamic Morning Vinyasa Flow Yoga
  • Daily Myofascial Class
    An Immersive Workshop on Fascia Release teaching "Hands on Techniques" in Yoga Postures & Self Release with Foam Roller
  • 3 Evening Yin Yoga Class
    Gentle Flow, Relax, Balance, & Mediate
  • 2 Sharing Circles
    Self Exploration and Expression
  • Daily Breakfast & Dinner
    Traditional Mediterranean Cuisine (lunch not included)
  • Stroll in Chania
    Shop, Walk, and Explore Old Town Chania Town followed by Dinner at Seaport (dinner at own expense)
  • Monastery Trip
    Visit to local town and ancient monastery (requires transportation fee)
  • Airfare
  • Alcohol
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Travel/Health Insurance
  • Optional Excursions

Available Packages

Triple Occupancy
$2000
Deposit: $500
Double Occupancy

Reserve a double occupancy room.

$2400
Deposit: $500
Single Occupancy

Reserve your own private room.

$2750
Deposit: $500
$2000
Deposit: $500

Triple Occupancy

Who’s Going

Who’s interested

Your Organizer


MA
Maria Alfieris
1 review
Maria Alfieris is a masterful teacher with a joyous spirit & open heart. Maria is down to earth & her humor sets the stage for easy learning. Her students trust her & take their learnings off their mat & into their LIFE. On paper, you will learn that Maria is a Physical Therapist, a Myofascial Master, & a Reiki Virtuoso. She brings her gifts & talents of healing thru Fascial Release which she has been teaching for 34 years. She has given a series of courses in Myofascial Mobilization & incorporates into her work the understanding of emotional causation of disease & dysfunction. Her healing workshops & one-on-one sessions are designed to blend her knowledge & experience of physical therapy, myofascial release, energy healing, & her spiritual trainings. Through, "hands on techniques", she guides you toward freeing your fascia which helps you release patterns of emotional & physical pain that have been holding you back from reaching your full wellness potential.

Reviews

1. Why did you sign up for the retreat? I followed Nalie Agustin since Feb 2019 as needed to find “younger” people to connect with who are living with metastasised cancer. I saw her advertise it on Insta and the dates of the June one exactly coincided with my 12 day break from infusions and blood tests = it was meant to be! 2. How were you feeling before you arrived? Very tired! 14 hours plus 4.5 hours of flying straight after immuno infusion = I am mad. But only a fever/temperature and my twin girls being sick would’ve stopped me getting on those planes!! How do you feel now after the retreat? Really great, refreshed, energised from the yoga and fascia release Healing, a bit tired from all the travel, but really not too bad. 3. What tangible takeaways are you leaving the retreat with? To practice yoga more To meditate To believe one can heal To use Fascia Release massage healing techniques 4. What 3 parts of the retreat are most memorable for you? The second sharing circle where we all shared our innermost thoughts, baggage, mother stuff, issues, cancer stuff. The first yoga practice with Emily at 8am on the first morning with the beautiful views and sounds of the sea. Having Gael as my partner for Fascia Release Healing ... she is my British metastasised TNBC partner in crime and we really connected. 5. What is the single biggest impact that the retreat has had on you? To be kinder to oneself and others and ones body and make time for you 6. If you could have changed anything about the retreat, what would you have changed? Maybe have yoga a little bit later the first couple of mornings as the people coming from US, Canada and Australia were all pretty jet-lagged! As Andros and the villas we were staying in were soo beautiful ... No need I think to arrange a Mykonos trip but the group only came to that conclusion the day before! Vassos’ cooking was amazing!! But some salt and pepper on the dinner table would’ve been a good addition 7. How would you rate the retreat venue ( 1 being sucky, 10 being amazing)? 9 7b. Would you prefer the retreat venue to be a hotel or villa? Definitely the retreat venue 8. How would you rate the food at the retreat (1-10)? 8 9. Do you have any feedback about the co-teachers facilitation style on the retreat? Anything you particularly loved or didn't love about how we ran things? I actually really liked the differences chemistry between the 2 Greek Maria’s - chalk and cheese, but a lot of love there, very entertaining. I thought Emily was an amazing yoga teacher and cancer survivor inspiration! 10. Can we use some of your words for a testimonial for future retreats? Yes