Sensit Yoga Retreat on Southern Crete

 

  Sensit Yoga 


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. In each session you are guided into movement while exploring the body systems, such as skeletal, myofasical, organ, fluid and neuro-endocrine system.

In Sensit Yoga, moving into and through different shapes and postures, we always make sure that we move from the inner body, with sensitivity and awareness. As we become conscious in movement of the support coming from our relationship to gravity, and from the connections between our inner spaces and structures, our nervous system can relax and become receptive and open to new learning. This new learning is about honoring the body and breath, and listening to its guidance. It is about feeling connected to the earth and the environment around us, feeling its support.

The body communicates where it has been storing the unnecessary tension and 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. It becomes much easier to tune into the body's signals, develop our intuition, recognise when we are falling into the unhealthy patterns and automatic reactions, and start to build new patterns of more conscious living.

Unleashing the energy that was used for holding the accumulated tension resultis in a grounded, energized, joyful and effortless way of moving and being. 

 

 


 Maja Zilih

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 asana infused with elements of body-mind centering, natural/primal movement, functional 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.

For additional 80 Euros, 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. It is about 2 hour drive.

Many participants choose to rent a car at the airport (appx price 30 Euros per day), as this enables them to move around more, and visit many amazing beaches near Agios Pavlos. Those who wish to connect with other participants to share a ride, 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.

 

  Schedule

 

9:00-11:00 Sensit Yoga practice 

11:00 Breakfast

18:00-19:30 Sensit Yoga practice

20:00 Dinner


  Cretan Cuisine 

The worldwide famous Cretan Cuisine. 

- Delicious breakfast with local products, fresh juice, fruit, yoghurt, cheese, eggs, bread and honey.

- Homemade dinner with mediterranean recipes, many choices for vegetarians or vegans and fresh fish.


  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/

 


  Accommodation

The Agios Pavlos hotel provides accommodation in a new complex - Varkotopi - with individual pools and fantastic sea view, one right above the sea and near the restaurant - Hotel - and another one on the Cavos Melissa 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.

 

Varkotopi complex

                  

     

 

Cavos Melissa complex

                                 

  Cost 
 

Yoga program: 300 Euros before 14 February, 350 Euros after.

Accomodation for 5 nights, daily brunch and dinner.

Prices vary according to the room type - Options:

 

Kavos Melissa (all rooms are looking over the sea, have air condition, private bathroom, shower, kitchenette, fridge, living room and a small balcony) - Distance from sea: 400m

Cavos Melissa 1 - One person - one room with double bed, living room, fridge and kitchenette, air condition, private bathroom and shower, balcony with panoramic sea view

360 Euros per person

 

Cavos Melissa 2 - two persons - one room with either two single beds or one double bed, living room, fridge and kitchenette, air condition, private bathroom and shower, balcony with panoramic sea view 

260 Euros per person

 

Cavos Melissa 2x - Two persons - two separate rooms, living room, fridge and kitchenette, air condition, private bathroom and shower, balcony with panoramic sea view

360 Euros per person

 

Luxury apartments, Varkotopi (all rooms are looking over the sea, have air condition, private bathroom and shower, living room and a terrace with private pool) - Distance from sea 50m:

Varkotopi Luxury 1 - One person with a double bed, living room with a kitchen, private pool, terrace​ with panoramic view, air condition, private bathroom and shower

635 Euros per person

 

Varkotopi Luxury 2 - Two persons with a double bed, living room with a kitchen, private pool, terrace​ with panoramic view, air condition, private bathroom and shower

395 Euros per person 

 

Varkotopi Luxury 2x - Two persons - two separate rooms, each with double bed and one adjustable 1.5 size counch couch, living room with a kitchen, private pool, terrace​ with panoramic view, air condition, 2 private bathrooms and showers

495 Euros per person

 

Varkotopi Luxury 3 - Three persons in two separate rooms, each with double bed and one adjustable 1.5 size couch, living room with a kitchen, private pool, terrace​ with panoramic view, air condition, 2 private bathrooms and showers

385 Euros per person

 

Varkotopi Luxury 4 - Four persons in two separate rooms, each with double bed and one adjustable 1.5 size couch, living room with a kitchen, private pool, terrace​ with panoramic view, air condition, 2 private bathrooms and showers

325 Euros per person

 

Prices include 5 nights stay and 5 rich dinners and brunches.

For taxi from and to the airport, additional 80 Euro charge applies

All tax included

Contact details in Vienna
+4369918365788
info@sensit.yoga


Contact details in Athens
Athens Yoga Center
Louissis Riankour 65-67
+302130383611
center@athensyoga.gr