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Rediscover the joy of being 
Yoga & meditation retreat on the beautiful island of Crete 

Thursday Sept 25th - Thursday Oct 2nd 2025
 

Retreat to Crete - Your 7 day Greek island retreat 

Join us in 2025 for our week long yoga retreat on the beautiful island of Crete where we will be staying at the Kissamos Bay Hotel, located on the beach, in the small traditional Greek seaside town of Kissamos.

 

Practice mindful yoga, conscious breathing, meditation, iRest yoga nidra and deep relaxation on either the shaded grass area inside the hotel grounds or in the cool yoga shala under the hotel. 

Enjoy delicious, wholesome & nutritious food, freshly prepared for us. We will breakfast in the hotel and dinner each evening will be in a different restaurant in town, all of which is included in the price. 

 

There will be plenty of free time too, when you can sunbathe on one of the beautiful beaches, swim and snorkel in the crystal clear waters and enjoy the stunning sunsets.

Take home simple, yet powerful tools to reduce stress, support your wellbeing and peace in your everyday life.

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You may wish to wander into the town which is 5 minutes away, take time to enjoy the enchanting views or take a hike into the hills close by.

This retreat is suitable for everyone, whether you are new to these practises or experienced, and it gives you the opportunity to learn new skills and / or deepen your practise and knowledge, whilst meeting friendly like minded people.

All of the practices / sessions will be taught by Simon Hoten.

What's Included​

  • Seven nights accommodation in air conditioned ensuite rooms including a mini fridge.

  • Seven morning mindful breath-centred slow flowing hatha yoga practices on the shaded outside yoga area or the cool yoga shala underneath the hotel before breakfast.

  • Six late afternoon / early evening slower and gentler nourishing sessions including pranayama, restorative yoga, iRest yoga nidra and deep relaxation (allowing for one full day off for an excursion if you wish).

  • One optional yoga masterclass. 

  • 7 delicious vegetarian breakfasts & 7 dinners ( vegetarian and meat options)

  • A yoga mat & equipment  is provided (so there is no need to bring your own)

  • Free Sunbeds & snorkelling equipment

  • A Cretan cooking class or a beer & wine tasting to learn more about Cretan culture.

  • Free time and space to reset, refocus and rediscover the simple joy of being throughout the week.

Pricing -

 Twin / double shared ensuite air conditioned rooms

 £ TBC for room with sea view from the balcony

 £ TBC for room with garden/street view

​ Single occupancy of ensuite air conditioned rooms

 £TBC for room with sea view from the balcony

 £TBC for room with garden/street view

 

 *Subject to availability. The rooms will be sold on a first come first served.

Please note - pricing does not include flights, transfers, travel insurance or additional activities / optional excursions,  wine / beer / other alcohol, massages or other treatments.

Accommodation

All rooms are ensuite, with air conditioning, flat screen tv, wardrobe, safety deposit box and free wifi. Kissamos Bay Hotel is a brand new hotel opening in Summer 2024. Housekeeping, clean linen and service are provided daily. 

Location

Our hotel is located in Kissamos, (also known as Kastelli/Kastelli Kissamos) which is a small town in a fertile valley in the northwest of Crete, about 175km west of the capital Heraklion (Iraklion) and 40 km from Chania the regional capital.  It is blessed with sun kissed beaches, crystal clear waters with a backdrop of rolling hills.

Telonio beach a mixture of mainly pebbles and sand is 1 minute away which local guides describe as an excellent choice for those who desire tranquility and water that is clear and calm, yet also want to be close to nearby shops and cafes. It's sandy neighbour Mavros Molos Beach is less than 1km and the famous Ballos beach and lagoon is 15km away. Kissamos/Kastelli port is 4.1km and Chania airport is 51km away.  

This harbour town is surrounded by hills and the area is an important producer of wine, olive oil and thyme honey, oregano and raki.

During the Venetian rule a large fortress was built here and the village took the name Kastelli (meaning castle). Only fragments of the castle remain but there is a network of cobbled streets with shops and cafes and the resort mainly attracts Greek tourists. In the centre of the town a beautiful two storey Venetian building houses the Archeological Museum of Kissamos.

The food

Breakfast choices include cereal, oats, fresh fruit, coffee, tea, fruit juice, scrambled eggs, avocado & bread, served in the hotel and our dinners in different restaurants in town will have a selection of healthy vegetarian and vegan options, two meat options and two pasta options. 

Getting there 

Chania airport is the nearest airport (51km away) with direct flights travel times from UK to Chania approx 4 hours. Check out EasyJet, Ryanair, Jet2, Wizz Air Uk and British Airways. 

How to Book 

Please email me at simon@yoga360.co.uk and I will send you the deposit & booking details.

Crete 

Crete, the largest of the Greek islands is a diverse land packed with ancient ruins, crystal clear seas and breathtaking beaches. It is said to be the birthplace of modern European civilization and the Minoans, a Bronze Age civilization flourished here from about 3000 BCE to about 1100 BCE. 

 The island is home to 13 unique grape varieties, Vidiano and Vilana among the most famous and thanks to the North Africa climate on the south coast, banans, kiwis, prickly pear, mangoes, avocados, pineapples, papaya, guava and passion fruit thrive here. There are also 14 different varieties within the 30 million olive trees!

You can enjoy the flavours of Cretan cuisine, renowned for its freshness and simplicity as well as a drink or two of raki, Crete’s famous spirit.

 You can swim in its crystal-clear waters along its many sun-kissed shores (It is very proud of it's 112 Blue flag beaches),  where Zeus himself is said to have been born in a hidden cave. Hippocrates was convinced that the air on Crete could work miracles on anybody's health. 

The island is also the birthplace of Cretan Renaissance painter El Greco , the opera singer Nana Mouskouri and Creton actor Yannis Anastassakis who changed his name to John Aniston, the father of Jennifer Aniston. Joni Mitchell one of it's modern famous residents lived in the hippy caves in Crete for many years too. 

Image by Greg Sofroni

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