Updated: Jul 5
In October 2022, in the center of the awe-inspiring landscapes of Crete, a group of ten individuals embarked on a transformative journey of self-discovery and inner awakening. Nestled in a luxurious modern boho styled villa with a private beach, chef and breathtaking sea views, this seven day holistic retreat became the epitome of serenity and tranquility. As participants stepped away from their daily routines, they immersed themselves in a world of holistic practices, connecting with like-minded souls and embracing the power of modern spirituality.
The retreat was designed to nourish the mind, body and soul. Each day began with the rising sun, as participants engaged in their first of two daily yoga practice before breakfast. Guided by experienced coaches, they experienced the physical and spiritual benefits of yoga, finding balance and harmony within themselves. After breakfast, retreatees had the majority of the day to relax by the pool or beach, explore the island, connect with fellow participants or enjoy the private gym & spa amenities within the villa. In the afternoons the participants attended their main coaching session, working through scientifically proven reflective exercises linked to the daily element. Expert coaches facilitated discussions, encouraging self-reflection and personal growth. Through deep introspection and guided exercises, individuals discovered their true potential and set forth on a path towards personal fulfillment. Following this their second yoga practice or physical release exercises took place, aimed to evoke deeper emotions and release stored beliefs and traumas. After indulging in deliciously prepared, local infused vegetarian & vegan dinner, the day ended with a shorter evening ceremony to round off the days theme and calm down the nervous system before sleep.
The retreat program ingeniously aligned the days with the five elements – earth, water, fire, air and ether. This elemental framework allowed participants to explore the intricate connections between their own being and the natural world around them. From grounding practices on the earth to harnessing the transformative power of fire, each day was imbued with intention, meaning and purpose.
Each day engaged all senses, inviting participants to fully immerse themselves in the experience. The aroma of incense and the gentle sound of waves crashing against the shore awakened their sense of smell and hearing, transporting them to a realm of tranquility. Nutritious and flavourful meals, prepared with locally sourced ingredients, delighted the taste buds, nourishing the body from within. Nature walks, guided meditations, and soulful music enhanced the visual and tactile aspects of the retreat, allowing individuals to enhance their manifestation power and connect with themselves on a deeper level.
One of the most remarkable aspects of the retreat was the opportunity to forge connections with like-minded souls. The participants, coming from various walks of life, shared their stories, hopes and dreams, fostering an environment of compassion and understanding - a safe space. Through group activities, heartfelt conversations and shared experiences, lifelong friendships blossomed, creating a supportive community that would endure beyond the retreat itself.