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Retreats 2019

Kissamos, Crete, Greece

1st – 8th October 2019

Single £580 / Shared £480

What others have said about Yoga with Lisa Retreats:-

Really enjoyed the classes and was a fabulous experience” Anon 2017

The venue was nic and well located, the yoga was a wonderful experience though asanas and self reflection.  The owner of the complex was kind and always happy to help.  It was simply wonderfulGiovanna 2017

 

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.

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

Kastelli is a seaside resort which attracts Greek tourists. Behind this coastal plain the backdrop is mountainous, the area being broken into gorges and craggy peaks. This provides for many easy grade walks, the chance to see birds of prey, vultures and wild flowers and old rural ways like treading grapes.

Apart from sunbathing, swimming, snorkelling 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.

Our hosts Mike and Maria own the beachside taverna. They will be feeding us after the morning yoga class and on selected evening during the week – we are keeping some evenings spare so we can visit the fish restaurants mentioned above. 

Maria 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 we will then eat!

There will also be an optional excursion to the organic olive oil mill at Astrikas, this is world 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. To find out more go to www.biolea.gr

Yoga will take place twice a day on the yoga deck overlooking the beach with its sea views.

There will be no yoga on one day so that the group can travel further afield if they wish – there are fantastic walks and gorges to explore and we 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.

Our 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.

There is a tiny super-market 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!

Meals – each day, after your morning yoga class, you will be served a delicious breakfast  with home produced milk, eggs and cheese from the owners small-holding.

Your vegetarian group dinners will be on-site.  On some nights a fish option is offered.

Five group evening meals are included in the cost of your holiday.

Special diets cannot be accommodated however soya milk is supplied.

Includes – Accommodation, yoga, large vegetarian breakfast and five group evening meals.

Not Included – Flight, transfers and insurance.

TRAVEL

Flights – fly to Chania, from here you will be met by taxi and transferred to Mavros Molos Beach at Kissamos.

Direct flights to Chania from the UK are from Gatwick, Stanstead, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham and Bristol airports.

Transfers – are not included in the cost,  however we will be teaming people up to share taxis from Chania airport to the venue. The transfer from Chania airport takes approx. 35 minutes.

Kind Words from 2017

“Sad to be leaving.  Venue very much suited the retreat.  Good mixture of people/  Could be as much or as little involved as possible.  Great food” Penny 2017

“The whole experience has me knowing that yoga with an excellent teacher is invaluable for wellbeing, peace and love” – Isabella 2017