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Yoga Retreat in Greece

Joey Paz and Bryce Delbridge are thrilled to welcome you to their first Ashtanga therapeutics immersion on the fabled south coast of Crete. They are teaming up to offer a one-of-a-kind island adventure in Tertsa, Crete for a week of Ashtanga yoga, self-healing with yoga therapy, rejuvenating beach relaxation, amazing food, and yoga philosophy underneath the full moon.

Meet the instructors

Joey & Bryce
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Highlights

  • Professional individual therapeutic assessments
  • One-on-one yoga therapy sessions with Bryce Delbridge
  • Daily yoga classes, lectures, and extensive study curriculum
  • PDF guides and video downloads of Joey’s online pranayama courses
  • PDF study guide and Joey’s HD quality Primary Series instructional video
  • Guided nature and cultural excursions into the surrounding area
  • All meals during the course of the retreat
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
Airport transfer available:
Heraklion International Airport (Nikos Kazantzakis Airport) (US$100 per person)
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Yoga shala

The shala where you’ll be practicing, was lovingly created by dear yogi friends in the same lineage and it is a dream come true! This is a place created with mindfulness and care for each immaculate detail by true yogis. It is a place of healing, wild plants, sunshine, and peace.

The yoga shala is built atop the highest point of the village, nestled in the valley with sweeping views of the sea, surrounded by wildflowers and rocky cliffs - the perfect place to find your peace of mind.

The shala is open air and overlooks Tertsa Valley and the sea. There are curtains located all around the shala to prevent direct sunlight disturbing the practice, depending on the time of day classes are being held.

Yoga mats, yoga wheels, and yoga blocks are available for use in the shala. The shala features a back wall for inversion practice as well as a perfect spot for screening films and documentaries in the evening.

The property is complete with 4 large, luxury canvas tents and an outdoor sleeping porch providing a total of 12 single beds. Each luxury tent can accommodate two people comfortably. These beautiful structures include a mesh wall that zips onto the groundsheet and canopy, allowing you to roll up the canvas walls for maximum ventilation and view while being totally protected and bug free.

All of the tents are fully furnished including comfortable mattresses, bedding, and towels. Fall asleep to the soothing scent of wild Cretan herbs and the sound of the Mediterranean Sea. Each tent sleeps two people. Couples can arrange to have their own tent. You’ll be glamping on the wild coast of Crete!

There are several outdoor showers and toilets on the property available for guests’ use.

Right under the yoga shala and overlooking the lush sub-tropical valley of Tertsa and the sea, is the boho style guest accommodation that accommodates 4 people.

Program

Certifications

The course/hours count as Continuing Education hours for Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®) only.

Joey and Bryce

Joey and Bryce have been practicing, studying, and teaching yoga together around the world for over a decade. As a duo, their methods and teaching styles complement each other in a dynamic, playful, and powerful way. They are extremely excited to be teaming up once again for this healing island adventure!

Bryce Delbridge is an internationally acclaimed yoga therapist who specializes in healing injuries and providing individualized assistance to his students to correct imbalances and repetitive use issues in the body. Joey Paz is an international teacher and scholar of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga.

Both Joey and Bryce maintain close ties to their teachers and mentors in Mysore, India as co-producers of the groundbreaking documentary film “Mysore Yoga Traditions,” and both are devoted practitioners of the 8 limbs of Ashtanga yoga in the lineage of Sri BNS Iyengar of Mysore, India - the last living student of Sri Krishnamacharya who is still living and teaching yoga today.

Daily itinerary

Morning

  • 08:00 - 11:00 Therapeutic movements, morning asana practice

Starting from wherever your practice is at currently, Joey and Bryce will assist you in taking the next steps to deepen, understand, and evolve your yoga practice. You begin with postural analysis and individualized somatic movement / therapeutic exercises, and self massage to release tension as well as activate and strengthen the weaker muscles groups in your bodies.

Then you will begin asana practice in the traditional Ashtanga method of Sri BNS Iyengar of Mysore. You will explore Primary Series, Intermediate and Advanced series, as well as Mysore style practice during the morning practice sessions.

Afternoon

  • 16:00- 18:00 Pranayama, mudra, mantra, yoga Nidra, meditation

In the afternoons, Joey and Bryce will lead the group in the more subtle, internal, energetic practices of yoga. The internal techniques of yoga will be explored and taught carefully as you study the pranayama system of Sri BNS Iyengar and explain the foundational methods for moving beyond asana practice into concentration and self inquiry.

Evening

  • 20:00 - 21:00 Philosophy sessions - Lectures from Mysore scholars

In the evenings, Joey and Bryce will stream yoga philosophy lectures from the Mysore yoga tradition's scholarly archive. This is deep philosophy from the scholars of Mysore with whom they have been cultivating a relationship over the years during their annual journeys to India. This content is exclusive to their group and can’t be found anywhere outside their archive.

Skill level

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced practitioner of yoga, this retreat is a unique opportunity to take some time for yourself to recharge and heal your body in an exquisitely beautiful place!

Included excursions

Adventures in nature

Beyond the retreat is a plethora of activities, including a sandy, sunny beach, and the crystal-blue Mediterranean Sea, just a short stroll away. In the village, you’ll find three traditional tavernas and a mini-market. Hiking and nature walks are abundant - including the hike up the majestic Sarakina Gorge, which you will take together as a group. On top of all this, you will have plenty of free time to explore the stunning valley and coastline surrounding the shala, or just relax and mellow out on the beach.

Instructors

Joey Paz

Bryce Delbridge

Location

Tertsa is a tiny village hidden in a beachside valley on the island of Crete. It is a haven for those that seek true retreat from the fast paced modern world.

Off the usual tourist trail, Tertsa’s lush valley and beachfront location offer the best of Crete - living in harmony with nature, generous hospitality, a slow paced lifestyle, and the shining Mediterranean Sea. Located on the Southeastern Coast of the island, the surrounding Dikti mountain range shelters the small valley from the north wind making Tertsa one of the warmest places in Greece (and Europe).

This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to step out of the day to day world and find yourself in pristine Mediterranean nature while diving deeply into the practice and therapy of yoga.

Food

All meals are included in the cost of this retreat. Three meals a day of delicious, healthy Greek cuisine will be prepared freshly on site, and meals will be served on the large covered patio in the refreshing sea breeze.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Daily yoga classes, lectures, and extensive study curriculum, including a comprehensive PDF study guide of all material covered for continued study
  • One-on-one yoga therapy sessions with internationally acclaimed yoga therapist Bryce Delbridge
  • Professional individual therapeutic assessments: an objective view of your rotational pattern in the feet, knees, hips, spine, ribs, shoulders, and head (here you will receive an in-depth analysis of your body’s imbalances, information regarding the nature of any musculoskeletal imbalances, and what to do to address them)
  • A deep understanding of your individual constitution for a lifetime of continued self-therapy
  • All meals during the course of the retreat - breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day (fresh Greek cuisine prepared on site daily)
  • 7 nights camping accommodation in a fully furnished luxury tent or dorm in the peaceful valley of Tertsa, at the edge of the Mediterranean Sea
  • Guided nature and cultural excursions into the surrounding area
  • A deep understanding and foundation for a lifelong pranayama practice, one of the most powerful yogic tools for maintaining resilient health and well-being - including step-by-step PDF guides and video downloads of Joey’s online pranayama courses, detailing the principles, practice, and philosophy of pranayama
  • A download of Joey’s HD quality Primary Series instructional video

What's not included

  • Airport pickup

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Heraklion International Airport (HER). Please note that because many people tend to want to arrive early and stay longer after international yoga retreats, airport pickup is not included in the cost of the retreat. Om Shala Yoga will be happy to arrange airport pickup from the airport directly to the retreat for a fee of 100 USD, or assist with car rental or public transportation to the retreat.

Airport: Heraklion International Airport (Nikos Kazantzakis Airport) Airport transfer available: Heraklion International Airport (Nikos Kazantzakis Airport) (US$100 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 15 days before arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Tuesday March 15, 2022
Departure: Tuesday March 22, 2022

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to citizens of Mexico, Central / South America, Africa, and South Asia interested in attending.

 

Early bird discount

The prices below include an early bird discount of 500 USD per person. To benefit, book or reserve before November 1, 2021.

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