September 8 to 14, 2019 | Crete, Greece
Join us for 7 days / 6 nights on a Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Crete, Greece in the village of Kissamos.
Ashtanga yoga classes in the mornings plus Buddhist meditation, asana labs and Yoga Nidra in the evenings. Breakfast, lunch and light beverages are included along with two group dinners. Walk to town for local cuisine on off-nights. During the day, enjoy the beautiful beach of Mavros Molos within walking distance from Villa Anemeli or take optional excursions to the nearby beaches of Falasarna, Elafonisi, or Balos. Hike the Samaria Gorge, home of the very rare Cretan goat kri-kri, visit the ruins of the Minoan civilization at Knossos and Faistos. Take local cooking classes and excursions to Chania. Or you can just relax by the pool at the lovely villa! Pick up and drop off from the airport or ferry terminal in Chania are included.
Our villa is situated on a hill overlooking the village of Kissamos and the Mediterranean Sea with stunning views and colorful sunsets. The villa is private with an open and airy interior and a terrace and garden area where we’ll practice yoga outdoors. It has 5 spacious bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, plus added garden level accommodation. There’s indoor and outdoor dining and seating for large groups, two BBQ areas and a gorgeous outdoor pool.
This villa offers privacy and peace in a natural environment, but also is walkable to the small town of Kissamos, a lovely small authentic Cretan town, where you can find everything you need from taverns at the beach, super markets, bakeries and cafes. From Kissamos, you can make arrangements through local guides for excursions to popular Cretan archaeological attractions, as well as take hikes, boat trips or even charter a private sunset cruise with diving possibilities. You may also like to take a Cretan cooking class! Last but not least, the delightful to Sample Daily Schedule
8am to 10am - Mysore and Led Yoga w/Buddhist Meditation
10am - 11am - Breakfast at Villa
Free mornings and afternoons for excursions and relaxation
1:30pm to 2:30pm - Lunch Buffet at Villa
5pm to 6:00pm - Meditation, Asana Lab and/or Yoga Nidra
7pm to 9pm - Dinner, either on your own or group dinner
Things to Do on crete
There’s lots to do! Crete is a mix of nature, history and local life. Click here for more.
Getting There and Away
Kissamos is about 22 miles west of Chania. You can fly to the Chania Airport in Crete via a connection in Athens, though some International carriers will offer connections from other European cities.
Flights to Athens from New York usually get there in the afternoon, 4P.M. or so. There a couple ways to get to Chania from Athens. You can fly ATH to CHQ, which is about an hour flight or you can take the boat. There a few flights daily. The boat trip varies in duration from 6 to 10 hours, so unless you like the high seas, it may be more expedient to fly. Here’s a link to one boat line and another option. The Athens port is Piraeus, the Cretan port is Chania.
Note that we can offer pick-ups from Chania only, not the Herkalion International Airport. We advise that you don’t fly into Herkalion, as it’s 2.5 hours away from the villa.
Sara is a dedicated teacher of Ashtanga yoga and Buddhist meditation. With nearly 17 years of practical Ashtanga Yoga experience, Sara is an advanced level practitioner and serious student of yoga in the tradition of Richard Freeman and Manju Jois. Sara believes that Ashtanga is an inward-looking journey of self-discovery that is supported by community, consistency, kindness and cultivating postures that start from within and bloom outwards. Ask her about prana and apana!
Email Sara with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org