Retreat to Crete
Yoga & cookery retreat
21-26 September 2020
Villa Delfini lies nestled on the rugged Akrotiri peninsular of western Crete overlooking the turquoise Sea of Crete, and is perfectly secluded yet easily accessible (20 minutes from Chania airport). Think beautiful swimming pool, sprawling terraces, outdoor BBQ, cooling sea breezes, magnificent sunsets and Egyptian cotton towels!
We begin our days under the Cretan sunrise with an optional guided meditation, followed by a dynamic, creative and energising vinyasa flow practice.
The evening sessions will provide a chance to relax and restore with a more nourishing practice incorporating balancing yin yoga, pranayama breath work and yoga nidra.
The yoga will be accessible yet challenging and suitable for all levels and abilities.
Betty will guide you through her cooking classes incorporating fresh island produce and her passion for Mediterranean cuisine. Examples of what you might make are stuffed Cretan courgette flowers, marinated sardines, baked filled local vegetables, wild greens & cheese pies and traditional dakos. She will offer one to one guidance and summarise everything you learn in a recipe pack with a few key ingredients used to take home with you.
You'll enjoy delicious home-cooked food with a naturally healthy twist using fresh local ingredients from the island, famous for its fish and wonderful vegetables. As with all good balanced diets, we concentrate on nutritionally beneficial meals paired with the occasional glass of something cold from our friend Nikos at Karavitakis winery.
* Twice daily yoga classes
* Three Cretan cooking classes with Betty on the terrace, plus recipe and Cretan essential ingredients pack for you to take home
* Luxury accommodation at Villa Delfini with sea views
* Full board (three delicious meals and a snack per day) including drinks. Vegetarian/vegan/gluten free diets catered for
* Transfers to the Villa from Chania/Heraklion airports on specified flight - please note travel to Crete is not included.
(The schedule will vary from day to day, but an example day might look like this:)
7.15am morning meditation (optional)
09:00 breakfast on the terrace
10:30 Cooking class
Afternoon activities: hike, trip to Chania, local monastery to buy honey & olive oil, winery tour
6-7pm evening yoga session
7pm pre-dinner drinks on the terrace watching the spectacular sunset over the sea
Sharing double room or twin: Earlybird: £800 before 31 March 2020, £900 after.
Large sharing double with private balcony: Earlybird: £900 after 31 March 2020, £1000 after
Single supplement £300