Α Yin Yoga and Hiking Retreat under the majestic White Mountains of Crete
Agios Ioannis, Sfakia, Crete, Greece
July 27th – August 2nd
7 days – 6 nights
I invite you to a place where the roads end! The unique small village of Agios Ioannis is revealed in front of your eyes. Join me in a transformative journey unravelling your yin side. Whether man or woman, the compassionate, loving and full of acceptance side of you, is waiting to let all things fall into place. An effortless journey back to the self. Here you will discover a safe place to let go of the idea of who you should be and accept what you truly are.
Return to your flow, relax and enjoy, everything is as it is.
During our retreat week I will immerse you in the compassionate practice of Yin Yoga, sharing with you Deep Relaxation Techniques, Energizing Practices, Chi Kung, Breathwork, Free Flow Body Expression, Mantra Yoga and Kirtan. We will be hiking in forests and caves, swimming in the beautiful waters of the Libyan Sea, enjoying flavors and smells, relaxing and creating space for new experiences.
In a pure and authentic natural environment, I will empower you to consciously leave behind what no longer serves you, and experience the beauty and greatness of Mother Earth, returning back to your “Sacred” Self.
Starting the Journey at Agios Ioannis
Agios Ioannis (Saint John) is a small village at the western side of the Sfakia region, 20 kilometers from Chora Sfakion. It is located at the end of the route, almost hidden in the south slopes of the forested White Mountains. It is said that it took its name from Saint John’s church, southeast of the village, which is dated back to the 14th century. The area of Agios Ioannis is a wonderful hiking destination, while it is ideal for a range of alternative activities like speleology and caving, mountaineering ski and bungee jumping.
Alonia Guest House
Alonia have 7 independent (twin bed and three bed) rooms. The simple, yet wonderful decoration consists of handcrafted furniture made with wood taken from the nearby forest, perfectly in harmony with the natural landscape. The rooms in Alonia speak to those guests who wish to enjoy the beauty of simplicity and allow themselves to become in tune with the mountains and wild nature.
Food made with Love
Antonis and Anna will take care of our comfortable stay as well as provide traditional Cretan food with local products from the area. Their unique home cooked breakfast filled with local delicacies in addition to fresh vegetables and fruits are the center point of this healthy and nourishing cuisine.
Our hiking routes are suitable for everyone. We will follow paths enjoying the virgin forest of Agios Ioannis, the Aradena Gorge, the peaks of the White Mountains and the endless blue of the Libyan Sea. Antonis will offer us a ride when needed with his truck!
Practicing in the Heart of Nature
Through traditional and modern Yoga practices, experiential exercises, techniques of relaxing physical and mental tension, healing sounds and vibrations, free and spontaneous movement of the body, mindfulness and deep relaxation techniques, we reconnect with nature in and around us.
Meet your teacher
Maria Levantinou is the creator of EYT ( Emotional Yoga Therapy ), a system that balances mind, body and emotions, perfectly suited to the needs of today’s life rhythms.
Her spiritual journey began through theatre, where she was given the opportunity to experiment with the methods and methodologies by which the mind, body and breath integrate and blend in the Department of Theater Studies in the National Kapodistrian University of Athens. After completing her Postgraduate Studies in Aesthetic Philosophy (MPhil), her introduction to yoga came naturally as an inner need.
She was trained in India in the system of Satyananda Yoga and in Ayurvedic Massage Therapy. Her desire for an honest interaction with the body, taking into account the needs of each human being, led her to Italy and straight into the intuitive teaching of Diane Long, direct disciple of Vanda Scaravelli. Following from this, she met her Yin teacher Biff Mithoefer and completed all three trainings in Yin Yoga (Yin Yoga Teacher Training, I. Taoism, Anatomy and Sequencing, II. Embracing the Yin Path and III. Storytelling); Since then she follows her own Yin Yoga path and creates her own style of teaching and training.
Through her personal apprenticeship with her beloved teachers Angela Farmer and Victor van Kooten, she keeps exploring the free expression of the body always respecting each practitioner’s nature and choices, allowing space for curiosity, play and creativity.
In 2009 she met her root teacher Dr. Carlos de León and since then she has been studying and practicing, exploring different spiritual traditions such as Shamanism, Chi kung, Vajrayanna, Hindu Tantra, Dzogchen, Kabbalah, and Body Psychotherapy. Among her spiritual masters are: HH 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, Namkai Norbu Rinpoche, Khandro Rinpoche, Swami Shankarananda, Swami Chandrashekhar Nanda Nath.
‘My favorite thing is doing nothing and resting after that’
You will have plenty of time to enjoy nature, slow down, swim in deep blue waters, explore, immerse yourself in local cretan culture and, before everything, follow what your heart desires.
Boat, Blue, Bliss!
A free day excursion with a private boat, to one of the most beautiful places in Greece, the island of Gavdos. Gavdos is a very unique place and it’s protected by NATURA 2000 for its sand dunes and Cedar trees.
The island is surrounded by sea and the only way to get there is by boat. If weather conditions do not allow it, there can be a change of plans, following a different route to the beautiful beaches of South Crete.
What is included
7 days ~ 6 nights of stay
2 delicious fresh meals per day
Boat excursion to Gavdos or South Beaches ~ Free day
Transportation from/to our hiking tours and beaches
Hikes & Experiences in secluded beaches with Maria
Timetable (Sample day)
07.30 ~ Teaching
09.30 ~ Breakfast
10.30 ~ Free time for hiking ~ excursions ~ experiences
18.30 ~ Teaching
20.30 ~ Dinner