This retreat is suitable for Beginner and Intermediate level.Our intention is to explore this magical Greek island while diving into daily Vinyasa yoga integrated along 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—to do something just for you. You’ll 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 to experience the Greek way of living: slowing down and being present in the moment. We will slow down, connect, laugh and enjoy the simple pleasures of all that Greece has to offer.
What to expect
This energy-friendly retreat will be full of a dynamic Vinyasa Flow yoga, Myofascial & Self Release workshop/learning, replenishing time in nature, traditional Mediterranean cuisine, and a community of travelers all called to revive and replenish their souls on this charming island. Discover your true power of healing and transformation combined with lazy beach days, sacred monasteries, downtown strolls, and soul-reviving hiking trips, where Crete’s ethereal nature invites you to unwind and let yourself simply be. Return home feeling whole and awake.
We’ll practice yoga daily, with Vinyasa and Myofascial classes in the morning and Yin yoga three of the evenings. We will learn “hands-on” techniques and self-release tools to take home with you for your own daily practice. All classes will be practiced outside on a beautiful landscape 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’ll have free time to relax, explore, or take part in optional excursions.
*This is a healing retreat. It is for anyone who wants to heal and release their “pain bodies.” It 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.
- Accommodation for 7 days/6 nights
- Traditional Mediterranean breakfast and dinners all included (option for two dinners at local tavernas in the Chania town )
- Daily yoga and Myofascial practice for all levels (restorative yoga available to fit all clients needs)
- Visit to local monastery and traditional greek villages
- Optional hike excursion (additional fee)
- Time in nature
- Alone Time
- Sharing Circles
- Healing Circles
- Additional teachings of energy medicine modalities
- Travel & Health Insurance
- International Flights
- Transportation to and from airport to hotel. We will do our best to have the hotel do a pick up for each participant at the Chania airport
- All transportation to the excursions including the hiking event, the Monastery, an outing to local village, dinner at the local seaport (All of these excursions are all optional)
- The Monastery and Day in Village is no cost, yet if we eat dinner in the village, this will not be included, as well as our dinner out to local seaport.
(These 2 dinners are also optional)
Enjoy 2 daily delicious chef-made organic and vegetarian/vegan meals using locally sourced vegetables as well as our own home-grown olive oil. Non-vegetarian/vegan options or diet restrictions are available on request.
This retreat will be taking place at the breathtaking Mythos Palace Resort and Spa. It is pure serenity! Every room has simple, elegant decor, enhancing the culture and natural beauty of Crete. Single occupancy, double occupancy, and triple occupancy rooms will available for your choosing on a first come, first serve basis.
Your retreat host Maria creates bespoke retreats, workshops, and events to explore and discover more about the energy-friendly island of Crete. She will be there to ease you into the rhythm and patterns of everyday local life, as you journey through wonderful landscapes, uncover the hidden corners, and share authentic encounters with local people along the way.
We’ll give you time to relish delicious, traditional, local cuisine at family-run tavernas, and relax in this local, Greek-style hotel, where you receive the warmest of welcomes. We are looking forward to having you here!
ITINERARY – Retreat schedule
8:00-9:00 AM Vinyasa Yoga Class Daily
9:00-10:00 AM Breakfast
10:15-12:00 PM Myofascial Class Daily
12:00-1:00 PM Lunch
1:00-6:00 PM Free Time
6:00-7:00 PM Yin Yoga (3 nights of the trip)
Sharing Circles- Two Classes
8:00-9:00 PM Dinner
*Schedule is subject to change
Our yoga retreat classes are designed to offer you a complete practice of strengthening and flexibility to feel aligned and connected. Our yoga classes will be a blend of Vinyasa, Hatha, and Yin Yoga. We will 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.
Maria Alfieris, PT
PHYSICAL THERAPIST, MYOFASCIAL RELEASE MASTER, AND REIKI VIRTUOSO
Maria Alfieris, who loves to return to her Greek Roots, is a masterful teacher and powerful leader with a joyous spirit and open heart. She builds community and connection wherever she goes. She sees the best in her students and creates the space for them to see it too. Maria is down to earth and her humor sets the stage for easy learning. Her students trust her and take their learnings off of their mat and into their LIFE.
Emily Pareti – RYT 200 YOGA INSTRUCTOR
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.
- $3600 USD per person
- Two-person room $2800 USD per person
- Three-person room $2500 USD per person
*Traveling solo but don’t want your own room? We’re happy to pair you up with a same-sex roommate.
We currently accept bookings through WeTravel – please see the available dates (above) and click the “Details” button to reserve your spot.
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.
Crete is the most historical Greek island, sophisticated yet rustic, mountainous yet beach-lined, and nautical yet agricultural. The island is rich in spring waters…green, lush, and fertile, but also lined with great barren, rugged mountains. The hillsides are terraced with scattered farmsteads, orchards, and vineyards….oranges, lemons, figs, grapes, and olives all proliferate. The island is rich in traditional white-washed villages, ancient monasteries, and isolated beaches along the coast. The people in Crete are welcoming and happy, living a slow life following the rhythm of the sea. Crete is a calm sanctuary that takes pride in its traditional way of life. Come uncover the secret wonders of Crete with us!
- Arrive at least a day earlier to minimize jet lag.
- If you want to come earlier or stay longer, there is a very famous hike in Crete called The Samarian Gorge Hike. It is about an 8-9 hike with fabulous views.
Getting to Chaina, Crete
Fly into Athens International Airport, Eleftherios Venizelos, commonly initialized as “AIA.” From there, you can take a second flight to Chania, Crete. Upon arrival, a hotel shuttle will be available to bring you to the hotel (for additional cost).
You may also fly directly into Chania, Crete from other destinations (such as Germany or France) if you don’t want to transfer from Athens International Airport.
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 outside 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.
Compare Insurance Options at SquareMouth.com. We suggest this policy from Travel Guard or similar: Travel Guard- Gold(Protect Assist) w/ Cancel for any reason.