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Stop dreaming and live an experience of a lifetime in Greece! Yoga and SUP are a perfect synergy. By enhancing your awareness of your balance and injecting an element of fun and the great outdoors to traditional yoga practice, you swap your mat for a board, and a sweaty studio for calm, tranquil seas. Set against the idyllic blue of the Mediterranean, Frida's rejuvenating classes will challenge your core and balance and enhance your practice!
Situated in a breathtaking location on the side of a lush hill overlooking the crystal sea of the Loutraki Bay, your stay at Mare Nostrum Villas promises a holiday experience in Crete not to be forgotten. These villas with private pools and seas are the perfect place to unwind after your day of SUP yoga practice. From the poolside terrace, let your eyes wander over the coastline and blue waters as you breathe in the fresh Cretan air.
All villas have fully equipped kitchens and large spacious living rooms with cozy fireplaces. Each guest will have a room with en-suite bathroom in one of the Mare Nostrum villas. The rooms offer privacy from one another ensuring that all guests have their space. A private path leads down from the villas to the sea, only 20 meters away.
Lounge by your private pool day and night and enjoy hours of sunbathing and activities, all overlooking the spectacular Cretan sea. Wireless internet is available throughout the villa indoors and outside. Bed linen and towels are changed every three days.
Wander down from your clifftop villa to a stretch of golden sand for your morning SUP yoga practice in the turquoise waters of Loutraki Bay. Spend the day relaxing by your pool or explore the coastline with a snorkel and a SUP. In the evening, after a gentle Yin or Restorative class, watch the sunset across the bay over a dinner table of local dishes.
This retreat is open to all, whether you are an experienced yogi or are new to yoga or SUP yoga. The experienced team will make sure that you get the most out of each practice.
During the AcroYoga workshops, you will use each other as tools. Apart from developing your strength, balance, and presence, you will also learn to confide in other people. This day is open to all levels, everyone can participate, from first-time flyers to avid AcroYoga practitioners.
Bring balance to your body with this deep opening style of yoga practice. Yin yoga is designed to restore your tired, sore muscles by gently and slowly working the connective tissue by holding poses for an extended period of time. This Yin style of yoga compliments any type of physical activity, and is a great way to balance out the yang in your everyday life.
Included in the price is a full-day trip to Balos Bay with lunch, light trekking, and yoga on site. From Kasteli, one hour from Loutraki Bay, you will take a boat to the exquisite, uninhabited famous lagoon of Balos Bay, one of the most photographed beaches in Crete. Take a swim, explore some of the beauties of this hidden paradise, and enjoy a pink sand beach yoga class. You will also enjoy a SUP tour around Loutraki Bay.
Frida is a 350-hour registered yoga teacher through the Australasian Yoga Institute, an experienced SUP yoga instructor, an AcroYoga teacher, a Broadway Dance Center certified dance teacher, a keen surfer, and new on slackline shenanigans. She comes from Sweden but lives in Australia most time of the year. Frida is ambassador of Lapointcamps, Noa Drink, SlipIns, Grounded Factory, and blogger of Gemsita.com. She speaks Swedish and English.
During this retreat, you will be staying at Loutraki Bay, near Chania, in Crete, Greece. Nestled on the northern shores of Souda Bay, the largest natural harbor in the Mediterranean, Loutraki is a hidden gem in Northwest Crete. A former pirate hideaway, Loutraki Bay is an oasis of calm.
Chania is Crete’s most evocative city, with its pretty Venetian quarter, crisscrossed by narrow lanes, culminating at a magnificent harbor. Remnants of Venetian and Turkish architecture abound, with old townhouses now restored, transformed into atmospheric restaurants and boutique hotels.
The city of Chania is built on the ruins of ancient Kydonia, which according to the mythology was founded by King Kydon and was one of the most important cities in Crete. The city is mentioned in the work of famous ancient Greek writer, Homer. In addition, given the long occupation by the Venetians and the Ottoman Empire, Chania is a wonderful mix of eastern and western civilizations.
A stroll around the old harbor is a must for any visitor to Chania. Pastel-colored historic homes and businesses line the harbor, zigzagging back into narrow lanes lined with shops. The entire area is surrounded by impressive Venetian fortifications and the 1.5-kilometer walk around the sea wall to the Venetian lighthouse is well worth the effort. On the eastern side of the inner harbor, the prominent Mosque of Kioutsouk Hasan houses regular exhibitions.
The best-preserved section of the massive outer fortifications is the western wall, running from the Firkas Fortress, an old Turkish prison at the western tip of the harbor, to the Siavo Bastion. It was part of a defensive system constructed in 1538 by the engineer Michele Sanmichele, who also designed Heraklion’s defences. Entrance to the fortress is via the gates next to the Naval Museum. From the top of the bastion, you can enjoy fine views of the old town.
Balos is surely the most photographed beach in Crete and a favorite subject of all tourist guides for Greece. Balos is famous for its turquoise waters, the wild natural beauty, and the beautiful exotic scenery. The lagoon of Balos has white sand and exotic white, vivid blue, and turquoise waters. The sea is very shallow and warm and in many places, the sand has a lovely pinkish color because of millions of crushed shells.
Beyond the rocks at the boundaries of the lagoon, the water is deeper and colder, ideal for a snorkeling. The lagoon and the wider area, with rare species of flora and fauna, are protected under the Natura 2000 program. Eleonora falcons, shags, and cormorants nest in the caves of the area. Moreover, the area is a shelter for the protected monk seal and the sea turtle Caretta caretta.
You will be provided with traditional Cretan breakfast and dinner, which are the original Mediterranean diet. Both meals are vegetarian and the food is prepared with fresh local products. Allergies or dietary requirements can be accommodated.
During your retreat, you will receive a free massage.
Please book your flight to arrive at Chania International Airport, "Daskalogiannis" (CHQ). Transfer to and from this airport is included in the price. PaddleboardYoga Chania will pick you up from the airport.
Ferries sail to and from Athens (Pireaus) daily. You can arrive at the port by bus or taxi from Athens International Airport (ATH). The port for ferries in Chania is at Souda Bay. PaddleboardYoga Chania will pick you up from the port. The pick-up is included in the price.