We organize only two summer retreats every year, because we choose to preserve our energy and be able to nurture and give more to our participants. After all, a retreat is a place to make an inner new beginning, and this requires inspiration and energy. For the same reason, we do not have more than 12 participants in a retreat.
Our gathering will happen in a very special place that has been chosen after our personal experience in it. The nature and vibration need to be clean, for the appropriate un-manifested conditions to be present. This is most important.
The studios we stay in, are naturally placed among trees and are full of gardens. It is a perfect place for a yogic retreat, so you will not expect to find any night-life or crowded beaches.
Our retreat program is for those who need to have some peaceful holidays in a beautiful natural habitat and at the same time follow the path of their spiritual quest.
As your hosts and teachers, we have dedicated many years of daily practice (sadhana) and numerous trips to India to be with our Gurus. During this time, we have gained precious experiences that we are prepared to share.
If what you read above expresses your inner need, we will be happy to have you with us.
Join us in a unique location at the island of Crete, an unspoiled secluded bay which hosts the ruins of an ancient Minoan palace. High vibration presides the area of maybe the last original non-touristic place on the island. Watch the sun rise every morning and let the light penetrate your entire being. Practice yoga near the beautiful sea. Take part in evening meditation and mantra chanting. Express your heart with live Kirtan music. Relax in a charming stone-wood studio under the trees, feel the healing sun at a peaceful sandy beach. An experience that will quiet your mind and calm your soul.
Eight days and seven nights Yoga and kirtan, Vedic mantra and meditation, beautiful sea and sandy beaches, healthy organic food and natural stone studios among trees, are the highlights of this 8-day retreat that includes 7 nights accommodation and traditional breakfast. To explore more, the ancient Minoan Palace and the entrance to the gorge are at short walking distance. Yoga experience is not required.
Kato Zakros lies in the most eastern part of Crete and is probably the last original and non-touristic location on the island. The place is peaceful and unhurried, surrounded by inspiring untouched countryside. The bay was active since Minoan ages and Minoans build there their fourth founded palace, the ruins of which are one of the major attractions for visitors.
For those who enjoy trekking, another major attraction is the famous ‘Gorge of the dead’, whose entrance is just 150 meters from our studios and ‘Pelekita’ (at 1hour walk), an almost unexplored cave 350 meters long, with amazing stalactite and stalagmite decoration.
The beaches of Kato Zakros are covered either by pebbles or by fine sand, while it takes just 15 minutes drive to explore the nearby sandy beaches of Xerokampos.
The stone and wood studios are simply and rustically furnished, with a private bathroom, and an outside private sitting place. You can stay in a shared 2 or 3 beds studio, in a private studio, or in a double bed studio according to your choice.
All studios are equipped with cooking facilities, while all the basic ingredients and local delicacies are provided to you to prepare your own breakfast. There will be no need to buy any bottled water, as one of the best water of Crete, straight from the Zakros source, is running through the tap.
Of course there is free wi-fi and air-conditioning at every studio.
In the gardens you will find sunbeds to enjoy the Cretan sun and hammocks under pergolas and trees to relish in tranquility and peace.
The beach is 500 meters away and can be reached with a short drive or a beautiful walk through vegetable gardens that facilitate the locals and the few taverns.
Our daily yoga sessions:
At 7.30 am morning yoga class
In the evening, one of the following (can be on the beach, according to conditions):
-Kirtan live music
-Vedic Mantra chanting
Yoga experience is not necessary to participate in our daily sessions.
The local food
Three taverns by the beach, will serve you the best Cretan food you can taste on the island. Home grown vegetables, all the local cheese, fresh olive oil and local olives, fruit, as well as fresh fish or meat if you prefer.
How to get to Kato Zakros
The nearest airports are Sitia (JSH) at 50 km and Heraklion (HER) at 170 km.
Yoga and kirtan, pranayama and vedic mantra meditation, beautiful sandy beaches, healthy organic food, studios among gardens and trees, 8 days of total peace.
Her first yoga teacher was Swami Sivamurti Saraswati, International Master of Yoga (Yoga Acharya). Her spiritual teacher in India is Paramahamsa Niranjanananda Saraswati, director of the first international Yoga University in India (Bihar School of Yoga).
Shambhuroopa is a trained instructor of the Satyananda Yoga tradition and also certified by Yoga Alliance International. She is highly experienced in Hatha Yoga, Mantra Yoga, Kriya Yoga, Meditation Techniques and Yoga for Children. She is also a member of the Kirtan music group ‘Damaru’.
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Along his journey he has particularly explored mantra yoga (Sanskrit vibrational chanting), yoga nidra (passive healing relaxation) and sankirtana yoga (group musical experience).
He continues his trips in India, he is devoted to the spiritual quest and is a member of the Kirtan music group ‘Damaru’. Holds a teaching certificate by Yoga Alliance International.
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