The Crete Yoga Retreat | with Maja Zilih | 15-29 July 2018

Yoga Retreat on Southern Crete

Full 2 weeks retreat: 15-29 July 2018 


Week 1: 15-22 July 2018 with Maja Zilih 

Week 2: 22-29 July 2018 with Maja Zilih

  Maja's vision 

I see yoga retreats as an opportunity to deepen and expand our yoga practice in a special, natural setting, that supports awareness and deep healing. The daily practice, the nourishing meals, the breathtaking landscapes and the like-minded people, all make up for this unique experience of a deep nourishment for the body, mind and heart. Day after day we feel restlessness and confusion dissipate, giving way to a sense of groundedness and connection with our inner selves. We begin to remember and tap into our inner source of strength, creativity and freedom. This experience of remembrance enables us to return back to our daily lives replenished, light and with clarity of insight. - Maja  


Maja Zilih | The Teacher 


Maja Zilih

Combining Asana practice with mindfulness and teachings of yoga philosophy, Buddhism, Taoism and other, Maja aims to helps the students gain wiser and clearer perspective of themselves and their lives, helping them in this way to become their own life guides.


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.

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.

  Retreat Schedule

Daily schedule *:

7:30-9:30 Morning yoga practice
10:00-11:30 Breakfast/brunch
free time
19:00-20:00 Restorative yoga, pranayama, meditation
20:30-22:00 Dinner

* Free days (no practice): July 18th and 25th
On July 15th, 21st and 28th there will be only 1 - evening practice

Experience the magical and transformative energy of Southern Crete

  Cretan Cuisine 

The worldwide famous Cretan Cuisine. These are the Yoga Retreat lunch and dinner menus as offered to our yoga retreat teams in a week of yoga retreat.

- 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:

Click here to see the Hotel

  How to get there 

Heraklion is the Crete’s region capital city and there are direct flights to and from all major cities in Europe and the world.

Flights Vienna – Heraklion 15-22 July

Flights Vienna – Heraklion 22-29 July

Flights Vienna – Heraklion 15-29 July

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.

Car rentals from Heraklion 15-22 July

Car rentals from Heraklion 22-29 July

Car rentals from Heraklion 15-29 July

Car rentals from Chania 15-22 July

Car rentals from Chania 22-29 July

Car rentals from Chania 15-29 July

Driving by car from Heraklion or the Chania airport it takes about 2 hours to reach Agios Pavlos Hotel. Itinerary from Heraklion airport here |  Itinerary from Chania airport here

- There is a taxi or bus service you can contact prior to the trip with Ms Maria the local taxi driver who will bring you - and take you back - safely and comfortably with her Mercedes to and from this paradise.

More information here:


The Agios Pavlos hotel provides accommodation in two complexes, one on the rock 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

Almost all rooms offer a breathtaking view of the beach or the panorama of the Libyan sea


Early bird price for 1 week, until May 1st                     Price for 1 week, after May 1st

Single room occupancy: 1170,00                                 Single room occupancy: 1250,00

Double room occupancy: 950,00                                  Double room occupancy: 1050,00

Triple room occupancy: 850,00                                    Triple room occupancy: 950,00


Early bird price for 2 weeks, until May 1st                   Price for 2 weeks, after May 1st

Single room occupancy: 2250,00                                Single room occupancy: 2400,00

Double room occupancy: 1800,00                              Double room occupancy: 2000,00

Triple room occupancy: 1600,00                                 Triple room occupancy: 1750,00


Special discount 5% is valid on all prices for very early payments before February 1st

Price includes accommodation, all yoga classes, and rich breakfast and dinner daily.

Prices include VAT

Contact details in Vienna

Contact details in Athens
Athens Yoga Center
Louissis Riankour 65-67