I will lead us in a daily practice designed to enhance our experience in Greece using our natural surroundings whenever possible. We will take time during each class to consciously breathe, fully embrace the sacredness of the present moment and our environment and invite the experience into our physical bodies. Since we will be doing quite a bit of walking and hiking, the practices will be designed to keep you feeling limber, open and raring to go!
Although we will practice asana and enjoy deep and juicy stretching, the real yoga is in connecting with a group of spirited and interesting women to experience one of the most beautiful places in the world.
The exact time of each yoga session will be agreed upon the evening before, based on the following day’s planned activities.
My yoga practice is always evolving, and I find as my body ages it’s best for me to move in many different ways, not only in the shapes of traditional yoga postures. In fact, many of those postures were no longer feeling good to me, so I’ve had to adapt. Perhaps you find the same is true with your body so rest assured knowing you don’t need to worry about “keeping up” with yoga, or any aspect of our trip. Everything can and will be modified to meet you exactly where you are.
Oh my gosh the yoga was great! In fact I was always looking forward to the end of the day stretching 🙂 Jennifer
$2225 SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$1995 DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
Included in the fee:
Daily yoga class with Dina
An experienced, native Cretan guide to accompany us 24/7 to educate, accompany, translate, assist us in any way we need.
Guided walks and explorations of the island of Crete
7 nights of accommodations in lovely, traditional Greek, small boutique hotels.
Delicious, full breakfast which easily accommodates all dietary preferences
Cooking lesson and dinner one evening
Wine, cheese and olive oil tastings
Transfer to / from Chania airport to the accommodation
- All transfer in between towns / villages / etc.
24-hour support on the islands for information, advice or emergencies
A small, intimate group of like minded friends to travel and explore with!
NOT included in the fee:
R/T Airfare to & from Chania – I HIGHLY recommend you plan to arrive in Greece AT LEAST one full day before the start of our holiday to acclimate so you’re sure to get the most from the trip. Spending a day or two in Athens (hotel recommendations & suggestions will be provided) is a wonderful start to our adventure together.
Tip for Guide (tipping guidelines will be provided)
Lunch, 6 Dinners and Snacks (budget about $30 per day including wine)
RESERVE YOUR SPOT:
A $500 non-refundable deposit will secure your place. The remaining balance is due before June 30.
You can submit your deposit via this site or send a check to:
PO Box 2216
Crested Butte, CO 81224
Once final payment is made, the cancellation policy is as follows:
$200 cancellation fee if you cancel before June 27th
$400 cancellation fee if you cancel before after July 25th
$650 cancellation fee if you cancel before August 22nd
There will be no refunds issued on or after August 22nd.
If the participant arrives late to retreat or leaves prior to its conclusion, refunds will not be made for any unused portion of the retreat including hotels, cooking class or any other pre-arranged activities.
You will be picked up at Chania airport and taken to our guesthouse on Saturday, September 18th (anytime). It’s best to arrange an early flight to maximize the first day.
I do suggest you arrive in Greece one or two days before the start of our trip to acclimate to the time and culture change. A great way to make optimal use of this time is to enjoy Athens. Here you can relax and tour the city and get to Chania ready to go!
Although this is not part of the 7-night holiday being offered, I will provide recommendations for Athens hotels, historical city tours and walking / food tours.
On September 25th (anytime) you will be taken back to Chania airport so plan your flight home accordingly.
It is recommended for all participants to purchase travel insurance. Your travel insurance should provide coverage against trip cancellations or interruption, personal accident, illness, death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation.
FAQs and Things to Know:
PACK LIGHT! Let’s all agree that we don’t mind seeing each other in the same sundress, shoes, shorts, etc . . . lugging around a huge suitcase that barely closes is NO fun. Believe me, I’ve made that mistake one too many times and won’t do it again. So I will be repeating clothing and have come to terms with that. The freedom of a light or even a carry-on suitcase is liberating! You’ll have to be choosey and thoughtful in your packing, but it’s worth it!
YOGA MAT? It is up to you whether or not you want to bring your own. I’ve arranged for “mat delivery”. For $25 (paid to me in advance) you can have a mat delivered to our first hotel. You can leave it behind, or stuff it in your suitcase and take it home with you. It is possible (although not ideal) for you to get by without a mat and use a towel or whatever else we can find at the hotel. Please let me know on this.
HIKING SHOES: Sneakers or a lightweight hiking shoe will be fine. (I love my Salomon trail runners but you may like a more sturdy, ankle support type boot). We’ll be walking an average 3-4 miles a day, some days more, some less. Many of our walks will be through villages as well as through mountains and along the coast so we can appreciate the culture and nature. If you wear these shoes on the plane, you’ll save a lot of space.
WATER: It’s painful to say, but Greece uses bottled water for everything. I know! Bring your own water bottle so you can fill up daily and your water will stay chilled. We’ll have to buy water as we go.
PASSPORT: Don’t forget it! And make sure it doesn’t expire 6 months prior to your return date.
YOGA: Been practicing every day, twice a day in preparation for our trip? Haven’t practiced in years? All ok. Come as you are and we’ll accommodate your needs. If there’s something you want to work on (body part, balance, focus?) let me know. I promise you the yoga part of our trip will be suitable for all.
WHAT SHOULD I PACK IN THAT LITTLE SUITCASE?
- Water bottle
- Day pack (to hold your water, snacks, bathing suit, sunscreen, towel)
- I got this Turkish towel from amazon which I plan to bring. It’s light and will serve as a beach blanket and towel.
- Toiletries and medications (go light on jewelry, make up, hairspray, etc)
- Light jacket / sweater for cool evenings
- bathing suit (s) / cover up
- sneaker / hiking shoe
- foldable hiking stick (optional)
- comfortable sandals that you can walk on cobblestone streets with. (leave heels at home)
- lightweight shorts, or better yet cropped hiking pants to protect you legs from the sun
- long sleeve, lightweight hiking shirt (s)
- wicking t-shirts – they dry quickly when washed
- flip flops or water shoes – I like shoes that I easily wear to the beach and get in the water if I need to like Tevas or these
- socks / underwear
- dresses/skirts are great if that’s your thing. Most important is to be comfortable. You will not need anything fancy. I mean it.
- 3 prong Europoean adapter to plug in
- Phone charger
- yoga clothes
- something comfy to sleep in
COMMUNICATION WITH HOME
There will be wifi in many places so you can rely solely on that if you’d like. You can make phone calls and send texts via WhatsApp over wifi and it won’t cost you anything. If you’d like to be more connected you can call your phone company and see what they can offer for international travel. 2 years ago, Verizon charged $10/day – I’m not sure what their rate is now. OR you can get a Greek SIM card when you arrive which is fairly cheap and your phone will be set up for use in Greece with all the data you could need. I personally don’t think this is necessary as you won’t need to find your way around, but it might make you feel more comfortable.
Credit cards work in most places, but not all so you’ll need euros. You can get euros with an ATM card once you’re there or order them from your local bank ahead of time. There are ATM machines at the Athens Airport so you can get cash as soon as you arrive. You may want to alert your credit card company to your travel plans and be using a card that does not incur international fees.
As a reminder, breakfast is included in your trip, but not lunch or dinner, except for the cooking class evening. Food is fantastic and relatively cheap in Greece! As is wine.
HOTEL RECOMMENDATIONS IN ATHENS
Sofitel – Athens Airport