A SPRING YOGA ADVENTURE
CRETE - May 13 - 19
A Jivamukti & Yin Yoga Retreat
with Amy & Sunita
A retreat should be just that...a retreat away from our everyday life, an opportunity to delve deeper into our yoga practise, giving our heart and soul time and space that is needed to grow and expand. Daily asana practice (yoga postures), pranayama (breathing exercise), kriya (cleansing) and meditation will start to detoxify, rejuvinate, strengthen and renew your body, mind and spirit. A healthy, detoxifying local vegan/vegetarian diet will support the magical power of the retreat landscapes that will nuture the cleansing and healing process that a getaway such as this will provide.
A seven day, six night detox retreat in magical Crete. Staying in a hideaway over looking the beautiful crystal blue ocean. Embark upon a guided journey in which you will be nurtured, replenished and revitalized by our team to your every need.
All cuisine will be organic, consisting of original Greek vegetarian specialties, only with fresh local vegetables, olive oil, fruits, nuts and more from the region to nourish and detoxify the body.
Completely dedicate this week away to your well-being, give your heart, body, mind and soul the possibility to find some stillness and balance within. Explore and deepen your yoga practice whilst finding a little inner peace.
Testimonial from our last retreat
"I had the most amazing experience at my first ever yoga retreat in Marrakesh. Amy and Sunita picked a beautiful venue, the Moroccan villa was stunning and was tucked away from the busy tourist areas which was perfect to completely let go, renew, rejuvenate and relax. During the four days there were a variety of different classes and the choice to do as little or many classes as you wanted. They both accommodated to everyone's level of experience and provided modifications for beginners and more challenging poses for advanced yogis. The size of the group was just right for everyone to get to know each other and I have made some new yogi friends. I would love to join Amy and Sunita for another retreat and would highly recommend their yoga retreats." - Kitty Man
How do I book?
Where will the retreat be held?
Nowadays, there are still a few places on earth that insistently deny to follow the rhythms of the cities and remain oasis for those who are in seek for something … different.
This beautiful beach in Crete is one of such places, where time seems to have stopped!
This magical place on the south coast of Crete has now become a symbol for many yogis who are always returning. It is no wonder, because daily yoga practise here in combination with the surroundings of the wild, mystical landscape, laced with the beautiful aqua ocean and its unspoilt beaches gives an optimal environment for investigation and growth towards the inner SELF.
In this environment, the retreat offers everything you could want to re-energize, renew and revitalize your body, mind and soul. Enjoy yoga in the group, then time for yourself and for reflection, or simply work on enriching your wellbeing and relaxing.
What better way to spoil your senses and soul then a stay in this wonderful and inspiring place while finding time for intensive immersion in your yoga pratise?
How much is the cost of the retreat?
£670 Single Room per person (on a sharing basis). Early bird £600 (book before 30th March 2017)
£730 Double Room per person (sole occupancy). Early bird cost £660 (book before 30th March 2017)
What's included in the cost?
12 yoga classes
6 nights accommodation
3 delicious vegetarian meals per full day (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Daily meditation and pranayama (breathing exercises)
What's not included in the cost?
The cost does not include flights and airport transfers.
Please note: Any costs for excursions and day trips is not included in the cost.
The schedule for daily activity will be as follows
7.30 Light Breakfast
9:00 Morning yoga class and meditation
13:00 Leisure Time
18:00 Sunset yoga and meditation
Who will be teaching the yoga classes?
Classes will be led by Amy McDonald and Sunita Devi
Amy is a born and bred Kiwi making London her home in 2002. Her yoga journey began 11 years ago and has led to an ever-evolving path through the practice. Previously working in Interior Architecture, she saw the benefits of her yoga practice on her incredibly fast paced lifestyle which led Amy to pursue teaching to be able to share this with others.
With over 1000 hours of training under her belt training with Yogahaven London and has since trained under the guidance of Sharron Gannon and David Life at the Jivamukti Yoga School, New York/London. Amy also has trained with teachers such as Shiva Rea (vinyasa flow) and Norman Blair (yin yoga). Amy teaches weekly at Sangye Yoga School London.
Amy's teaching focuses on alignment, breath and finding depth physically, mentally and emotionally through the practise. Attuning the classes in such a way that the students are in a space to find balance physically and energetically, whilst becoming holistically stronger and increasing flexibility. She aims to create a place where students feel uplifted and empowered and are able to take the practices off the mat with them to improve and inspire their everyday lives.
Sunita fell in love with yoga asana practice as soon as she stepped on the mat and has never looked back...well, unless she was doing a back bend!!
Years of practising led Sunita to embark on her journey as a teacher with Yogahaven. Her aim as a teacher is to continue to deepen her own understanding of the practice and to share her knowledge with others. In her classes she encourages students to focus on their breath, alignment to being open to whatever is in your heart and mind when you arrive on the mat.
What type of yoga classes can I expect on the retreat?
Expect a dynamic vinyasa, Jivamukti based practise in the morning and a much more restorative yin based practice in the evenings with guided yoga nidra and meditation.
Do I have to be of a particular level with my yoga practise for the retreat?
No, all the classes will be geared for all levels...from modifications for beginners to challenging sequences for advanced students.
Do I have to attend all the yoga classes?
All classes are optional, so you can do as little or as much as you like. All classes will be accessible to all levels.
What will I be eating?
You will be eating delicious and healthy organic vegetarian meals that are made from only the freshest and natural local ingredients. Delicious!
With advance notice, special dietary requirements can be accommodated for.
What should I bring?
We have found these items to be useful on most retreats:
Yoga Mat (optional items like block, yoga blanket, belt can also be brought along too)
Refillable water bottle
A few changes of yoga wear we will practice more than once a day
Sunscreen and insect repellent
What can I do in my free time?
This is a week dedicated to rest and relaxtion. Giving you space to really unwind and detoxify you body and mind. The retreat venue is based in a place that is away from the busy crowds. If you would like to hire a car for the week there are many nearby beaches and towns to visit. There will also be oppotunies for many excersions that can be organised through our hosts.
There will be days that we will have an in house masseuse on site so you can book in for a relaxing massage to get rid of all the tension you have built from your busy day to day life. Otherwise there are spaces all around the retreat to go and relax in the shade or in the sun, read a book, meditate, sun bathe, just put your feet up and relax.
Is a deposit required?
We ask for a deposit of 50% of the cost of the retreat to hold your place then the remaining amount is required to be paid by the 12th of March 2017. Any booking made after this date requires full payment.
How far is the venue from the airport?
Our guests, have the option to rent a small car and drive to the venue but also many of them just hire a taxi.
Usually, a small car (Kia Picanto/Hyundai Atos - optimal for 3 persons with medium sized luggages) costs 20 - 22 EUR/day (fully insured, unlimit.kms), while a taxi from Chania Airport to Triopetra costs 125 EUR, and a taxi from Heraklion Airport to Triopetra costs 115 EUR (one way).
The taxi can be also for 4 persons optimal, if you all have small luggages. If you wish to take
If you are interested in hiring a car please let us know and we can book this directly through the retreat venue. If you would like to share a car with someone also let us know and we can pair or group people up if that is what you would like.
Will I be sharing a room?
Rooms are double occupancy and price is per person. There is opportunity for single occupancy for an additional fee of £60 for the 7 nights. If you are bringing along a friend please let us know and we make sure you share a room. If you plan to come on your own but would like to share and have any preferences on your ideal roomie. Let us know and we will match you with a suitable roommate.
Will I incur a cancellation cost if I have to cancel last minute?
Cancellations costs as follows:
- Prior to 8 weeks before retreat date: full refund
- 4 to 8 weeks before retreat date: 50% refund of the full amount
- Less than 4 weeks before retreat date: no refund possible
Any Other Questions?
If you have further questions please get in touch we are happy to help.
We cannot wait to spend a beautiful week in the sun with you all.
Love & Light
Amy & Sunita.
Outside yoga space