What do you get when you combine a jam-packed itinerary, 12 yogis, and gorgeous Mediterranean beaches?
A trip to remember.
When Blue Ridge Yoga approached me about setting up their first international yoga retreat, all we knew was that it had to be in Greece. After several iterations, we settled on Crete for the wide variety of options and ease of travel. In September of 2019, Blue Ridge Yoga took 12 yogis to Crete's Rethymno region. They spent the week in a private villa where they had plenty of room to gather, practice, and relax in the backyard pool.
Their itinerary included twice daily yoga classes hosted by Blue Ridge Yoga, plus activities designed to introduce their guests to the wonders of Crete. On the day they arrived, they had a welcome dinner in Prines at Giannikos Taverna where they got to know each other and shared their excitement for the week ahead. The next day, they were off to Platanias Beach and time to explore Rethymno.
Day 3 was the highlight of the trip, so much so that they still talk about it! The group enjoyed a private catamaran sail around the island, complete with plenty of Greek specialties. The sailing tour took them around to several hidden beaches where they could relax and soak up the sun in private, away from the crowds.
The next few days were spent in Heraklion and Chania, where they toured Knossos Palace, explored a beach club, and joined a sunset tour. Their last day saw them back in Rethymno for a cooking class and time to relax. They closed out the trip with another group dinner, this time at Mikro Livadi, and a full moon ceremony.
Blue Ridge Yoga's first retreat was such a success that they immediately began planning the next one, and it's turned into an annual tradition. Their retreats sell out in days, with wait lists longer than the number of spots they have available. They've become known for hosting life-changing experiences that combine introspection, community, and plenty of cultural exploration. Their next retreat is to Croatia in May.
Thanks, Blue Ridge Yoga, for trusting your travel to She's All Booked!
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