Sensit Yoga Retreat and Teacher Training on Southern Crete
14-21 July 2019 with Maja Zilih
Sensit Yoga Retreat is a unique experience of reaching new depths of awareness through a sensitive yoga practice. Surrounded by a mesmerizing natural environment and feeling our body on a deeper level, we start to feel truly at home with ourselves.
Sensit Yoga practice and movement
The program consists of twice daily practice of asana, pranayama and meditation. Each session guides us into the exploration of our inner landscapes - muscles, bones, fascia, organs and fluids. And yet we are continuously experiencing how every single part of the body is weaved into a greater whole.
Moving mainly slowely but at times also more dynamicaly, we always make sure that we move from the inner body, with sensitivity and awareness. We become conscious of the support coming from our relationship to gravity and different connections of our inner spaces and structures. This gives us an optimally supported inner alignment, that can express itself in the outer motion and yoga postures.
Sensing and feeling our body brings us a calm and clear mind. Mental noise dissipates and we become better able to recognize the places withing us that have stored the unnecessary tension that it had caused.. We learn how to release this tension by directing our attention and breath, by initiating movement from certain areas, and by working with gravity in particular ways. When the energy that used to be invested in holding the accumulated tension gets unleashed, the result is an energized, joyful and effortless way of moving and being.
Feeling and sensing our body
The state of listening to our inner body called interocepetion (or Pratyahara in yogic terms) makes our practice physically more simple, yet awareness-wise a much deeper experience. With a calm and peaceful mind, meditation comes more easily and naturally.
Sensit Yoga contributes immensely to our process of healing and growth. We begin to create a new habit of honoring the body and listening to its guidance. It becomes much easier to tune into its signals, develop our intuition, recognise when we are falling into the habitual unhealthy patterns and automatic reactions, and start to build new patterns of more conscious living.
Maja has been teaching yoga and meditation since 2007. Her method Sensit Yoga is a mindful and interoceptive practice that aims at expanding the awareness of all the levels of our being. The practice combines yoga asanas infusef with elements of body-mind centering, natural/primal movement, functional and strengthening exercises, tension release techniques and movements that arise for each individual in their own way. The sessions always complete with meditation and a long relaxation. Expect to be continuously invited to feel, sense and move from and through your inner body. Sometimes you follow the instructions, other times you inquire into the needs of your unique body and let it take the lead. You explore and utilize your relationship with space and gravity. You play with different ways in which you can awaken fluidity and ease not only in the body and breath but also in the mind. By becoming conscious of your deep primal inner connections you find new source of support. Your body begins to release the unnecessary tension and each movement becomes an opportunity for a total body-mind-spirit integration.
More about Maja here
Location and getting there
Our retreat base is located at Agios Pavlos, an area at the Southern Edge of Crete, with a majestic 180° view of the Libyan sea.
Heraklion is the Crete’s region capital city and there are direct flights to and from all major cities in Europe and the world.
A taxi or a minivan will bring you from the airport (or port) of Herakleion to the place of the retreat and take you back from the retreat place to the airport, at no extra cost. It is about a 2 hour drive.
Many participants choose to rent a car at the airport, as this enables them to move around more and visit many amazing beaches near Agios Pavlos. Those who wish to share the car rental with other participants need to tell us at least 2 weeks before the retreat.
Heraklion is the Crete's region capital city and there are direct flights to and from major cities in Europe and the world.
You can reach the retreat location by car or taxi. You are encouraged to rent a car – eventually together with other participants – as it will help you greatly enjoy at the maximum the gorgeous and wild paradise of Southern Crete.
The family run hotel can be found on the southern coast of Crete, in a region of exceptional natural beauty. Rugged and unspoiled, the area offers breathtaking scenery and glorious beaches making this a very special place to visit. Overlooking the stunning bay the hotel has a fine restaurant, a relaxing café/bar, and a mini market so you don't have to leave for any of your holiday essentials.
On the high rock above the sea, there is another, night bar formed as a cave naturally inside the rock and overlooking the sea. Occasionally there are dance parties, or concerts with traditional Cretan music, African music and other. Thanks to the configuration of the cave bar acoustics and the rock surrounding it, there is no noise outside the complex.
Daily schedule *:
8:00-10:00 Sensit Yoga practice (for everyone)
10:15-11:30 Methodology Sensit Yoga (for teachers)
18:00-19:00 Methodology Sensit Yoga (for teachers)19:00-20:30 Sensit Yoga practice (for everyone)
* Free days (no practice): July 18th
On the first day -July 14th - there is only the evening practice 19:00-20:30
On the last day - July 21st - there is only the morning practice 8:00-10:00
Things to do | Excursions and activities
Once you have reached this Southern edge the continent you can dive to a mesmerizing and reinvigorating landscape.
-Swim in the warm inviting waters of the beach neighbouring the hotel which is also ideal for families.
- Descend to one of the most amazing beaches of Crete, called St. Pavlos Sandhills, offering spectacular sunsets.
Take a tour of the area and rest your gaze on the long oceanic-type Triopetra beach for a swim, a walk, coffee, lunch or dinner at the fantastic taverns with a breathtaking sea view.
- Enjoy the sunset view from the comfort of your room or at the yoga veranda.
- Hike the beautiful gorges of Rethymno. Kourtaliotis (length: 3 km) is one of the most spectacular natural attractions of Rethymnon.The huge cliffs of the canyon reach a height of - 600 meters and are full of caves, where significant fauna species live.
Or go further to the west, to the worldwide known Samariá Gorge. A National Park of Greece and a World's Biosphere Reserve. It will take 6 hours to cross it so plan wisely. There is a boat departing from Agios Pavlos to Samaria’s sea mouth (Agia Roumeli) and you can always visit without walking the gorge to its North exist.
- Visit Beach of Preveli, also known as Lake Preveli or Phoenix. During the 60s and 70s, it was a favorite destination for hippies. On the banks of the Grand River there is a large colony of Theophrastus palm trees, which give the region a sense of an African landscape. The river, forming a large lake, 1.5km long, before emptying into the sea, has water all year round. You can walk along the river, under the shade of palm trees and other trees, and start ascending in the beautiful canyon
For more information on the area and the sightseeing choices you can check: http://www.cretanbeaches.com/
The Agios Pavlos hotel provides accommodation in two complexes, one right above the sea and near the restaurant and another one on the Cavos Meliss rock on a higher panoramic spot and near the yoga platform. Usually retreat participants stay at Cavos Melissa, although depending on availability other options in the area are also considered. All rooms offer a breathtaking view of the beach or the panorama of the Libyan sea
Early bird price, until April 1st Price after April 1st
Single room occupancy: 1270,00 Single room occupancy: 1350,00
Double room occupancy: 950,00 Double room occupancy: 1050,00
Triple room occupancy: 850,00 Triple room occupancy: 950,00
Teacher Training price:
Early bird price, until April 1st Price after April 1st
Single room occupancy: 1370,00 Single room occupancy: 1450,00
Double room occupancy: 1050,00 Double room occupancy: 1150,00
Triple room occupancy: 950,00 Triple room occupancy: 1050,00
Special discount 5% is valid on all prices for very early payments before February 1st
Price includes accommodation, transportation from airport to retreat center and back, all yoga classes, and rich breakfast and dinner daily.
All tax included
Contact details in Vienna
Contact details in Athens
Athens Yoga Center
Louissis Riankour 65-67