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8 Days Meditation and Beach Yoga Retreat in Greece

  • Kissamos, Crete, Greece

Overview

Greece Yoga Retreat

Free Spirit Travel invites you to enjoy Greece and practice yoga with a view of the golden sandy beach. This yoga retreat will take place in Kastelli, a seaside resort in Crete which attracts Greek tourists. Behind this coastal plain, the backdrop is mountainous and the area is broken into gorges and craggy peaks. This provides many easy grade walks, the chance to see birds of prey, vultures, and wildflowers, and old rural ways like treading grapes.

Highlights

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • Suitable for all levels of practitioners
  • Pranayama and meditation practices
  • 1 evening beach yoga on the other side of the island
  • Stunning sea view yoga space
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 5 vegetarian dinners
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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The rooms are simply furnished Cretan style, all have air conditioning and en-suite facilities. They are in the area immediately behind the venue and whilst they do not have sea views, it takes only a few steps to be actually on the beach. All of the rooms at this venue (upstairs and downstairs) are along the side of the building, none face the sea.

There are three upstairs rooms which share a balcony and which carry a superior room supplement. Please note this is a taverna and not a hotel. Rooms and furnishings are appropriate to that. All rooms have a fridge and a kettle.

Sun loungers and beach umbrellas are provided free of charge and there are comfortable chairs and a settee on the veranda above the beach for relaxing. You are also welcome to use the yoga space at any times that it is not being used for teaching.

Yoga will take place twice a day at 07:30 and at 18:00 on the yoga deck overlooking the beach with its sea views. This venue is fully equipped for up to 25 yoga students, however, most groups are limited to 15 - 20 participants.

There will be no yoga on Thursday so that the group can travel further afield if they wish. There are fantastic walks and gorges to explore and you can either arrange official walks, or you can go off and explore on your own. There will also be an option of a boat trip.

Adventurous groups can travel to the other side of the island on one evening and have their class on the huge beach. This can be followed with dinner at the beachside taverna.

Each retreat date will have a different teacher and theme. Please read under 'Instructors' section to know more about the teachers, their yoga styles, and what to expect in each week.

Timetable for September 27 retreat

  • 05:30 Wake up
  • 06:30 Yoga for intermediate and advanced
  • 08:00 Yoga for beginners
  • 09:30 Breathing techniques, meditation, and relaxation followed by breakfast
  • 11:30 Free time (walking, swimming, site seeing)
  • 15:30 Yoga for intermediate and advanced
  • 17:00 Yoga for beginners
  • 18:30 Breathing techniques, meditation, and relaxation followed by dinner
  • 21:30 Yogic sleep
  • Jana Czipin

    Mysore Mandala Shala in India (Yoga)

    Jana Czipin was born in Austria and in 15 years of practice has moved through different styles of yoga including Sivananda, Hatha, and Astanga. In 2005, she became a certified teacher from the Mysore Mandala Shala in India, and in 2008, she studied at the school of TKV Desikachar (KYM) in Chennai, India, which focuses on yoga therapy.

  • Mohan

    Mohan taught for eight years at the Sivananda Yoga Centre in Kerala before moving to Liverpool where he holds numerous regular classes throughout the city. He began his yoga life in 1981 guided by his uncle Swami Gaudapadananda Puri, director of the Vivekananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram in Kerala. He then went on to train as a yoga teacher and as an advanced yoga teacher at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram, also qualifying in yoga Vedanta, yoga therapy, and in yoga instruction.

  • Beverly Fox

    British Wheel of Yoga (Hatha Yoga)

    Beverley embarked on her yoga journey in 2001. She completed her British wheel of Yoga foundation course with Debbie Fraser in 2009. She then went on to complete her British Wheel of Yoga teaching diploma course with Rosemary "Prema" Bennet (500-hour plus) in Hatha yoga and studied with the traditional yoga Guru Kumar from India and Simply Ayurveda foundation with Sonia Welch. She is currently studying Kundalini yoga with Hari Har Kaur. Recently, Beverley spent a week with Shiva Rea on Santorini, adding 40 hours teacher training in meditation, mudras, and mantra with movement to her skills.

This yoga retreat will take place on the edge of Kastelli by the Mavros Molos Beach, in Crete, Greece. Kissamos, also known as Kastelli, is a small town which mostly sells tractors to the local farming community. There is, however, a network of cobbled streets where you can find shops and cafes leading to an area which overlooks the sea where there are traditional Cretan fish restaurants.

The yoga venue is on the very outskirts of the small town. There, the sea is clean, warm, and shallow, making it easy for swimming with a long quiet strand of golden sandy beach. The beach is called Mavros Molos and the yoga space is above the beach looking out to the sea.

There is a tiny supermarket close by and a small boutique selling clothes. A short walk takes you to the small central village area with its cafes and shops - avoid the main road at the top of the village as this is the area where they sell tractors and industrial goods to the farmers!

Nearby places

  • Chania International Airport (CHQ) - 35 minutes
Activities
  • Cooking class
  • Shopping
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
General
  • Air conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Beach
  • CafĂ© nearby
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • Free WiFi
  • Tour assistance

Daily breakfast and five group evening meals are included in the cost of your holiday. Each day, after your morning yoga class, you will be served a delicious breakfast with home produced milk, eggs, and cheese from the owners smallholding. Your vegetarian group dinners will be on-site, on other nights, you will eat out at the wonderful restaurants on the seafront. On some nights, a fish option is offered. Special diets cannot be accommodated, however, soya milk is supplied.

Apart from sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, and yoga, you can visit ancient ruins, take a day cruise, explore the Venetian town of Chania, walk gorges, or just be still and enjoy the ocean.

Cooking class

Maria, your host, is a fantastic cook and during the week, there will be the option of attending a cookery class where you will be taught how to prepare traditional Greek vegetarian meals. - which you will then eat!

Excursion to organic olive oil mill

There will also be an optional excursion to the organic olive oil mill at Astrikas. This is world's famous olive oil which you can purchase on site if you wish. It is fantastic and includes both organic lemon olive oil and organic orange olive oil.

Boat trip

There will also be an option of a boat trip on Thursday when there is no yoga class.

  • 2 yoga classes daily
  • 5 group evening meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Flight ticket
  • Transfers
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to arrive at Chania International Airport (CHQ). From there, you will be met by taxi and transferred to Mavros Molos Beach at Kissamos. The transfers are not included in the cost, however, Free Spirit Travel will be teaming people up to share taxis to the venue. The transfer from Chania Airport takes approximately 35 minutes.

You can also fly to Heraklion International Airport (HER), which will add two hours to your transfer time.Please note that if you are arriving into Heraklion Airport, you must arrive in the afternoon if you wish to take the bus to Chania. Free Spirit Travel can arrange a taxi to collect you from Chania bus station or you can take the bus to Kissamos.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Verified BookMeditationRetreats.com reviews

  • Review by Anne Davison

    "This was my first yoga retreat and I really think I hit lucky! Mavros Molos is a superb location, the hotel is right on the beach with the yoga studio above the sun terrace overlooking the sea. The food was excellent and plentiful and staff (Maria in particular) were great. We had a fantastic yoga teacher in Mohan - as a beginner I found him very easy to follow and his practice was incredibly focused. Although the program said there would be a free day, he held classes twice every single day and there was also the option for yogic sleep in the evenings and a silent meditation walk into the mountains one morning to see the sun rise. Thoroughly enjoyed the week and would wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone."

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Testimonials

  • Review by Emma

    "What a special place Palm Tree is! Situated in such a gorgeous and peaceful location, I loved it from the minute I arrived and felt instantly at home. Nothing was too much trouble for Halin and his fantastic team and his local knowledge was very helpful for those of us new to the area. He is clearly very passionate about what he does and wants to ensure all his guests have an enjoyable time. He joined us for dinner a couple of times which was nice and again, just added to the sense of feeling welcome. The trips were well-organised and offered plenty of variety and the driver's were pleasant and drove safely. I was especially impressed with all the staff remembering our names and greeting us each day. They were a pleasure to talk to and were always helpful and polite. Special thanks to Binu and Suneel, our waiters. We had such a laugh with them and they were always on hand to assist with the biggest smiles. I am already missing the beautiful people, the food, the sunsets and of course the yoga shala where I spent many happy hours looking out across the palm tree-framed ocean. I will definitely be recommending Palm Tree to others. In fact, I am currently training to be a yoga teacher and hope one day to return with my own group! Please pass on my thanks and gratitude to Halin."

    December 2016. Free Spirit Travel, edited

  • Review by Simon

    "Following my 2 week holiday to South India with Beverley Fox back in November last year, I just wanted to leave a few words about my experience. This was my first time in India and I can confidently say, won't be my last. The venue itself was ideally suited for our needs. Amazing yoga studio with panoramic views. The beach, just a stones throw away, provided an omnipresent soothing soundtrack throughout the yoga sessions each day. Beverly was a fantastic teacher who's classes were always fun, varied and creative. I enjoyed the variety of Vinyasa, Kundalini and Yin Yoga (perfect for the evening classes). She brought a catalogue of yoga inspired music which always seemed to compliment the mood / energy levels perfectly. We had an intimate sized group which allowed for ample time to work on posture adjustments and realignment. The staff, managed by Halim,at the nearby Curry Leaf Restaurant were always on hand to ensure our time was an enjoyable one. Food was amazing. Music nights were always good fun, many of them impromptu! I could go on........excursions, massages, beautiful sunsets etc. I've been to a few Free-spirit holidays and this has to rank up there with the best. Many thanks!"

    December 2016. Free Spirit Travel, edited

  • Review by Joanne

    "I just wanted to give some feedback for the Yoga retreat I was on with Beverly Fox 29/11-12/12. I had a really wonderful time. The rooftop yoga with the sound of the sea was so therapeutic. Beverly is a fantastic, passionate teacher, she really helped me improve significantly. It opened my eyes to some different forms of yoga that I've never tried before. Halim and all the staff were incredibly helpful, rooms were clean, food was wonderful. I made some great friends and felt very welcomed by everyone. I hope to get the opportunity to go again very soon!"

    December 2016. Free Spirit Travel, edited

  • Review by Janet

    "Have just returned from a wonderful yoga holiday with Lisa. I loved India.. the beautiful people, the landscape, the food... But I particularly wanted to tell you how excellent Halin and his team were. We were treated so well. Halin runs a very smooth operation at Palm Tree but he also smoothed our paths considerably at Sumadra Beach and in Kovallum with transport, restaurant bookings. Good wishes"

    December 2016. Free Spirit Travel, edited

  • Review by Jo

    "Just got back from my yoga retreat holiday at Grenadine Lodge. It was fantastic! The hotel is amazing, the staff is great, food is delicious - faultless! Diane's yoga was fabulous, my boyfriend had never done yoga before but attended every class. The meditation was peaceful and beautiful, she even took us up a mountain on the last day for one - it was very spiritual. Diane also helped us arrange trips with the Freespirit representatives who were also amazing. We will come again next year."

    Free Spirit Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Pamela

    "I went on a one-week yoga retreat in Turkey at Dalyan starting at the end of May where the yoga was taught by Shamita Ray. She was absolutely excellent. Her teaching was in my view, truly inspirational. She was gentle, kind, and enormously encouraging. The way she taught technique was excellent - clear and enabling. I learned to do things I had never thought I would be capable of, but more than that, I felt better in body and mind at the end of the week than I had for years. She created a spirit of support and harmony within the group which was remarkable."

    Free Spirit Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Pamela

    "Dear Debbie, I just wanted to let you know that our stay at Grenadine Lodge was wonderful. It was a charming hotel with the most helpful staff I have ever met anywhere. The yoga was fabulous; Shanita was an excellent teacher. All in all, it was a wonderful holiday. Thank you so much."

    Free Spirit Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Joanna from Brighton, UK

    "I had a wonderful time on the yoga retreat organised by Free Spirit Travel, staying in Faralya, Turkey, doing yoga with Louise Gillespie-Smith. The hotel has a beautiful yoga space overlooking the sea, you can watch the sun set as you do yoga in the evening! The hotel itself is very well-presented. The rooms and pool are lovely, there is a nice chill-out area, the food is delicious and nutritious and the staff are very friendly and helpful. The retreat itself was very well organised, transfers were easy and several optional trips and activities were made available to us. Louise is an excellent teacher who really made this a very special week for all involved. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this yoga retreat to anyone!"

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  • Review by Linda Hunt

    "I have recently returned from a wonderful week at Grenadine Lodge. I went there last year and had a great time but was a little apprehensive at returning in case my previous memories were too good to repeat. I was not disappointed - this holiday was even better. Grenadine Lodge is a great place to stay, so calm and tranquil and a wonderful place to practice yoga. "

    "The staff at the lodge really are like family and take great care of your every need. I am not vegetarian but thoroughly enjoyed the lovely fresh food presented at breakfast and dinner."

    "Many thanks to Bev, our yoga teacher, who pulled out all the stops to provide us with a variety of different yoga experiences. Every class was well prepared and tailored for each and every students level of competency, encouraging you to go that little bit deeper if you felt able to do so. "

    "The meditation, music, and readings certainly took the yoga to another level and really made you think deeply on a much more personal level. Bev is very professional, friendly and approachable and I look forward to going on future retreats on which she teaches."

    "Thank you Free Spirit for providing such a well-organised hassle free holiday. I'm looking forward to the next one!"

    Free Spirit Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Michelle

    "I'm sorry this is so late but I just wanted to say thank you for organizing the holiday I went on in October. I had such a lovely time, Bev was fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed the variation she brought to the classes, we had a great group which made for a fantastic holiday all round. I will definitely be back! Thanks again!"

    Free Spirit Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Jo (Levy)

    "Just back from the most wonderful week at Grenadine Lodge, Dalyan with Sue Lovell. She is the most wonderful teacher and it was a fabulous place to practice yoga - a lovely spot. Thank you for all the organization - faultless!"

    Free Spirit Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Beverly

    "I spent a week at Grenadine Lodge with Rachel Graham from August 10 - 17. I wanted to let you know that it was a wonderful week with a mix of yoga, Pilates, and dance. The fusion of styles suited me very well."

    "I already participate in classes with Rachel at Brockwell Lido, so I am confident that she knows her stuff as a teacher. Spending the week with her, however, was a whole new experience. She was so considerate to all our differing needs and abilities and went beyond the norm to make our retreat memorable and fun. She is so generous in the amount of care and time she is willing to give."

    "Grenadine Lodge and Dalyan was beautiful. So all in all, I had a fantastic time."

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  • Review by Anne-Marie Braun

    "I want to thank you for the wonderful holiday I had in Dalyan in August. It was my first trip to Turkey and the holiday was excellent. I loved Grenadine Lodge. The staff were friendly and efficient, the food was delicious, the room had everything I wanted (including plenty of storage space and coat hangers, and a safe at no extra charge) and the gardens, yoga and dance spaces, and tree house were delightful."

    "Rachel Graham was a brilliant teacher. Not only she trained in yoga, Pilates, and dance but she is also very sensitive to the needs of individual participants and making classes fun for everyone, whether beginner or highly experienced. Likewise, she discreetly checked that each of us was having a good holiday and helped with sorting problems, but also she welded the group together when that was appropriate."

    "I took advantage of all the trips. Boat trips are not usually my thing but Flipper-K was exceptionally clean and well-fitted and the crew kind and welcoming, so I enjoyed the 12 island trip very much. All in all, I came home wishing that I could have the whole holiday all over again, preferably with the same group of people!"

    Free Spirit Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Penny Haskins

    "I have just returned from a week at Grenadine Lodge, a yoga and Pilates week. What a wonderful place. A totally relaxing feel to it, as soon as I walked in I had a great feeling about the place. It has a special ambiance."

    "Rachel, our teacher, makes the class such fun you dont feel its a class at all! Though she makes you work hard its in a very chilled out way. The studio has a great location with beautiful views, what a wonderful place to do yoga and Pilates in."

    "The food was so delicious, and though I'm not really vegetarian, I thoroughly enjoyed the choice, at breakfast and dinner. All in all a wondeful week, and I was sad to leave. I do hope Rachel will be teaching next year at Grenadine Lodge, as I hope to return."

    Free Spirit Yoga website, edited

  • Review by David

    "We just wanted to say thank you so much for the lovely holiday we had at the Sultan Palas Hotel in Dalyan recently. It really is a special place; the rooms very clean and comfortable, the beautiful pool and gardens, the friendly, helpful and discreet staff and the fresh food including wonderful mezes. As friends of Lorna's we knew the yoga would be brilliant and it was so lovely do do it in such tranquil surroundings."

    Free Spirit Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Debbie and Lynn

    "Hi Debbie, I just wanted to let you know that Grenadine Lodge was as pristine as ever, the food was excellent, and everything was very enjoyable. Plus, Anna Wolfenden is an exceptionally good teacher as well as being very nice and great fun. But you probably knew that already!"

    Free Spirit Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Kristy

    "WOW, what a fabulous holiday we had. I am still on a high. I describe our retreat as one of the most beautiful experiences of my life so far, cocooned in a little retreat of love, positivity, and kindness. It was so lovely to meet you all! I tell everyone I meet about your fabulous yoga holidays, Jilly, and of course the legend that is Mr Sye! I have wonderful photos of you all on my phone and uploaded to Facebook. I am not sure how to email them though, I will find out!"

    "Just want to share this beautiful moment on returning from India I went to my mum's to give my nieces and step daughter their gifts, Ruby looks beautiful in her Sari! They wanted to know all about India and what we did, I told them about the circle of love, where you all hold hands and send the person on your right all the love in the world! Amazing! "

    "The energy was beautiful a little circle of innocent, eager little people wishing with all of their heart to send all of the love in the world to each other I don't think I have ever felt anything so powerful. I am going to use this within my work, it's such a simple yet beautiful thing to do! Thank you David! I hope this finds you all well and happy I send with it all my love. Namaste."

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  • Review by Alison

    "It was one of the most exciting places I have ever visited. It was a great balance between learning yoga and experiencing some of India. The location is superb. The beach is beautiful as well as being a real working beach. One of my favorite mornings was watching the fishermen bring in the nets, singing, and cooperating as a whole group together."

    "The staff was fantastic, right from the top down. Halen is a great manager. He was so quietly efficient, gentle, and kind. He organized the various trips we wanted as well as organizing us to go to see a temple celebration which was so different from any carnival I have ever seen. It was so full of color, music, elephants, and performers. It is something I will remember for life."

    "The food provided was superb, exactly what I wanted. They were so obliging that when we asked for Dosers for breakfast they provided several days of tasty new Indian breakfasts. The staff went well beyond the call of duty. I would recommend it highly to my friends."

    Free Spirit Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Michele

    "So, I am back from Kovalam, and I loved it! I have been back for two weeks now, but it is still not easy to reconnect to London. I enjoyed my stay in Kovalam; nice location, great yoga, and fabulous food! Yes, you were right, it was a real feast every day! The people were really nice and it was a pleasure to spend time chatting around the big table at breakfast or dinner. The Curry Leaf staff was amazingly nice. Halin is a very good manager, friendly, and relaxed. I would like to book for the February 2016 retreat with Liz. I hope you are well. All the best."

    Free Spirit Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Sue

    "Just wanted to stay thank you for a great holiday in Palm Tree with Liz Lark. I have been going to India on yoga holidays for the last nine years and this venue, their food, and staff were really excellent. The view from the yoga shala was stunning. Halin and his team were great, nothing was too much trouble."

    Free Spirit Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Sasha

    "Thanks Jilly, yes I had a wonderful time. The yoga shala must have one of the best views of any yoga studio in the world, plus there's the sound of the ocean, the feel of the breeze, and the smell of incense - wonderful. It's a great location."

    Free Spirit Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Lesley

    "We all had an amazing holiday in Kerala, so thank you for sorting out the apartment and all the arrangements. Sara, Art, and myself are still missing the yoga, sea, and energy we found in India on this visit, very special indeed!"

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  • Review by Brigitte Rooney (yoga teacher)

    "I just back from a fabulous time in Kerala. It was probably one of my best retreats so far, the group were really wonderful, everyone gelled so well and that inspired my teachings so much. We had the most amazing memorable time and left on such a magical high."

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  • Review by Jacqueline Wigglesworth (yoga teacher)

    "What a lovely time I've been having. I really love the location of Falcon Crest, it's amazing! So remote and peaceful, surrounded by pine forests and the sea with gorgeous views everywhere, and Hassan couldn't be kinder, smilier, or more helpful. The yoga space is great, the weather has been kind to us, and we've been on a couple of fun excursions. Everyone is happy. I already have a few people saying they'll be coming on my Turkey retreat with you next October which is great. All the best!"

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  • Review by Kelly

    "Hi, I've recently returned from a fantastic yoga retreat with Denisa Nenova in Turkey."

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  • Review by David Sye (yoga teacher)

    "Yes, I love the center, I love the staff, I love the position, I love how welcome we were all made to feel and would recommend it to anyone. It's a veritable Shangrila on the Indian Ocean! Pure bliss! Can't wait to return next year the place! Rocks!"

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  • Review by Maxine

    "Once again your workshop has delivered. I came in tied up in knots and feel much looser."

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