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Greece Wellness Retreat

Join this retreat with yoga, meditation, herbal workshops, aromatherapy and essential oil workshops, Qigong workshops, holistic treatments and ancient Chinese energetics techniques, and a breathtaking view to the mountains and the herbal garden. Come to Greece and enjoy this experience with Maravel Garden!

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Highlights

  • 6 days of practice
  • 2 yoga classes per day
  • Meditation sessions and hiking
  • Aromatherapy and medicinal herbal workshops
  • Qigong and Chinese energetics workshops
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Peaceful surroundings

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Greek
Group size: 8-16 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga deck
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

Green Hotel is a family hotel located in Spili town, close to Rethymnon. The hotel is located in the municipality of Lampi which is in the south of Rethymnon prefecture, on the southwest coast of Crete, a calm and relaxing location, where nature meets the mountains in the most impressive way.

Right in the center of Crete, on this land where myth blends with history and nature amalgamate with the dream. Here, where an ancient civilization has left its marks, which come alive even today in the everyday life of the people. Here, where development and progress have not yet managed to denature the environment and affect human relations.

Facilities

  • Fully furnished rooms
  • Herbal garden
  • Yoga area
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge area
  • Rock amphitheater
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free parking

Program

The holistic purpose of this retreat is to cleanse the body, the mind, and the soul through the yoga practice and also through workshops and culinary choices which are based on home-produced vegetables, herbs, and spices, prepared and cooked by Maravel Garden, offering a wide selection of local Cretan dishes, as well as vegetarian and vegan options for all palates.

The highlights of this retreat are the herbal and aromatherapy workshops, the Chinese energetics techniques, and the Qigong workshop. You have a daily time to go and explore the beaches, do massage therapies, go hiking, perform Chinese energetics practices between your morning and evening classes, and enjoy biological yogi food for your daily health and detoxing the mind and body.

Daily schedule

  • 08:00 - 09:30 Meditation and slow Vinyasa flow yoga
  • Breakfast
  • Workshops
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Restorative yoga
  • Dinner

Included excursions

You will participate in a hiking excursion included in the price.

Instructors

Stefanos Maravelakis

Martial Nesselbusch

Bernhard Klein

Trisha Mann

Location

The retreat will take place in Spili, Crete, Greece. The retreat will be based in Maravel Herbal Botanical Garden, a five-minute walk from Green Hotel, where accommodation will be provided. The garden extends to 13 acres and here you can find over 300 common and unusual herbs, spices, aromatic and medicinal herbs, and herbs used for culinary purposes.

You can also find a variety of plants, flowering trees, annual and perennial flowers, a rose garden, as well as a greenhouse with tropical plants. In Maravel Garden, they distill their own essential oils, produce natural soaps, make herbal tinctures, teas, herbal cosmetics, and distill their own raki.

Spili

Spili is a beautiful, picturesque village situated in the center of Crete, 30 minutes drive from both the north and the south magnificent beaches of the island. Situated some 30 kilometers south of the town of Rethymno, Spili has everything for the visitor who wants to experience a natural Crete. In the center of the village, there is a Venetian fountain with a long row of 25 stone lion heads splashing welcoming cool water into the troughs below.

Above the fountain, there starts the climb through the beautifully quaint village streets with their flowered balconies, arches, and cobbles. Spili has ideal countryside, suitable for walking and cycling, with many different local routes to see and enjoy. Spili being 450 meters above sea level offers the advantage of cooler evenings, most welcome during the height of summer. The days are hot but the evenings are pure delight, just watching the local activity and the sun going down.

Spili has a special attraction for those seeking the raw natural beauty of the rugged countryside which has inspired artists, painters, and photographers alike throughout the ages. In late January, after a relatively short mild winter, spring bursts into life with a spectacular display of wildflowers. Red poppies and mustard yellow flowers carpet the olive groves. On the uncultivated ground, you will find orchids, wild anemones, tulips, and delic.

Distances

  • Rethymno, 30 kilometers
  • Chania International Airport ("Ioannis Daskalogiannis") (CHQ), 72 kilometers
  • Heraklion International Airport (Nikos Kazantzakis Airport) (HER), 86 kilometers

Features

Activities

  • Hiking

General

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga deck

Services

  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

Food

Three daily vegetarian meals are included in the price. The food is organic, from local products, well-cooked according to the Cretan and Mediterranean diet. Please inform Maravel Garden of food allergies or special dietary requirements on the day of cooking. The meals are a combination of vegetarian and vegan dishes.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

There are a lot of beautiful beaches around Spili, with an option to choose between north and south beaches (both are half an hour distance from Spili). The most famous ones are Triopetra and Preveli. Other beaches include Kerames, Plakias, Ligres, Agios Pavlos, Damnoni, Ammoudi, etc. The city of Rethymno, which is definitely worth a visit, is also a 30-minute drive away. Please note that you should make arrangements to renting your own car. You can also do hiking since Spili is a mountainous village. Spili is on the E4 European Path, which also passes through Maravel Garden.

What's included

  • 2 daily yoga classes (morning and evening)
  • Meditation sessions
  • 1 aromatherapy workshop
  • 1 medicinal herbal workshop
  • 2 Qigong workshops
  • 1 Chinese energetics workshop
  • 1 hiking excursion
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily, healthy, and Cretan vegetarian meals
  • 1 evening meal at a local taverna

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Additional massages and other sessions
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Car hire
  • Petrol
  • Insurance

How to get there

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Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 35% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
8 days / 7 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 8 participants

Saturday May 21, 2022
(8 days / 7 nights)

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