PRANA & PONIES
A Yoga & Horseback Riding Retreat with Jen Hicks
ISLAND OF CRETE, GREECE
Tuesday, August 21 – Tuesday, August 28 , 2018
This summer, join Jen Hicks for a ride through time across the Cretan countryside. Squish your toes in the rare pink sand of some of Greece’s finest beaches, explore ancient ruins, and delight in a sampling of Greek culinary delicacies during our week-long Mediterranean retreat Prana and Ponies: Crete. Daily yoga and meditation sets the tone for fun-filled days spent horseback riding, beach combing, and immersing in the best of Greek culture.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Arrive in Heraklion (HER) Heraklion Airport, Nikos Kazantzakis International Airport on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 pm in morning or afternoon.
Depart from Chania International Airport, (CHQ) on Tuesday, August 28th in the morning or afternoon.
Note the departure and arrival cities differ.
|RETREAT START:||Tuesday, August 21|
|RETREAT ENDS:||Tuesday, August 28|
|WEAR||Beachwear, riding boots, clothing for movement and comfort.|
|INCLUDED IN RETREAT COST||
(See ROOMS tab at top of page for more information)
We have thoughtfully structured the schedule to balance free time with group fun. All group activities are optional and included in the price of this retreat.
Day One – Tuesday, August 21
- Arrive in Herklion. Transport from Heraklion Airport to Country Hotel Velani included.
Day Two – Day Three, Wednesday-Thursday, August 22-23
- Free time
Day Four – Friday, August 24
- Travel to Falassarna
- Lunch in Rethimno
- Arrive at Panorama Hotel
- Relax/Free time
- Sunset dinner
Day Five – Saturday, August 25
- Excursion to Balos Beach, lunch included
- Explore and dinner on your own
Day Six – Sunday, August 26
- Excursion to Elafonissi Beach, lunch included
- Explore and dinner on your own
Day Seven – Monday, August 27
- Travel to Chania
- Check into Hotel Doma
- Explore Chania
- Dinner all together
Day Eight – Tuesday, August 28
- Fly home from Chania
Rugged Crete, the birthplace of Zeus, is the largest and most diverse of the Greek Islands nestled in the dazzlingly blue Mediterranean Sea. Crete offers incredible beaches, white stone mountaintops, ancient villages, and untamed natural beauty. We have thoughtfully designed this retreat to take advantage of the very best Crete has to offer including: countryside rides, tours of Elafonissi and Balos Beaches, a stay in the Venetian-influenced ancient city of Chania, a stop in Rethimno, and two nights in the beach town of Falassarna.
We will visit Greece in the warmth of summer. Expect highs in the 80’s lows in the 70’s and little rain.
Jen Hicks, E-RYT, Power/Forrest/Vinyasa. Professional, prolific, influential, and with a reputation as a “teacher’s teacher,” Jen’s intelligently-sequenced classes welcome newcomers with accessibility, challenge and engage seasoned practitioners, and are fun for everyone. Benefit from Jen’s thoughtful, breath-centered leadership, thousands of hours of teaching experience, and years of layered expertise. In addition to her dynamic group classes, Jen offers personally tailored private and small group instruction, teacher training, mentorship, workshops, series, and retreats. Join Jen when you are ready to breathe deeper and break through to the next level of your practice!
We have carefully selected top rated boutique hotels which we will occupy almost exclusively with our retreat group.
Country Hotel Velani, Avdou
Our first three nights we enjoy the gorgeous Cretan countryside at the Country Hotel Velani. Every room comes with a private balcony or garden where you can enjoy the birds, panoramic views, and listen to the breeze in the olive trees. We’ll practice yoga poolside. Country Hotel Velani hosts the riding portion of our trip.
Panorama Hotel, Falassarna
Our next three evenings we rest at the highly-rated Panorama Hotel in Falassarna. Panorama Hotel is known for amazing sunsets, spacious rooms, and gracious service. We’ll practice yoga poolside and enjoy walks to the beach. Panorama Hotel makes an excellent hub for exploring two of the world’s most impressive beaches, Elafonissi, and Balos Beach.
Doma Hotel, Chania
We conclude our stay in Crete at the Hotel Doma in Chania. Chania is a special city, Venetian in flavor, with a walkable center, it is an ancient epicenter of beauty and charm. Family-run for generations, Hotel Doma sits at the waterfront, an easy stroll down the promenade delivers you right to the heart of old town Chania.
- Double Occupancy Room – $2,500
- The rooms have 2 beds and ensuite bathrooms. Double Occupancy includes most meals, double occupancy at each of the hotels, transfers to and from the hotels, planned group excursions and activities, It does not include alcoholic beverages or meals on your own.
- Triple Occupancy Room – $2,100
The rooms have 3 beds and ensuite bathrooms. Triple Occupancy includes most meals, triple occupancy at each of the hotels transfers to and from the hotels, planned group excursions and activities, it does not include alcoholic beverages or meals on your own.
Reserve your spot with $500 deposit. Space is extremely limited!