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Holistic Holidays in the Foothills of Southern Crete


KALLI YOGA

Kalli Yoga creates educational trips to Crete, Greece.  We invite you to travel with us and explore the hospitality and uniqueness of the Cretan communities and people.   We seek to redefine Greece; to reignite her spirit; to make the invisible, visible. We aspire to transform the global perception of Greece. We look after her cultural heritage, visit places enriched with forest, protected mountain trails, traditional villages, and isolated beaches. We team up and help restore homes, agriculture, villages, and vegetation. We clean beaches. We don’t just create retreats, we flow, we get inspired and inspire, and seek to cultivate change and community. We work all year round to plan seasonal excursions and retreats for teachers from around the world. We travel with yogis, holistic practitioners, writers, individuals, families or groups and talented professionals who are interested in experiencing authentic community living, in the foothills of southern Crete’s mountains.

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EDUCATIONAL TRIPS

Our team will help you organize a unique education trip to Crete, Greece anytime of year.  We love to work the land. We live to learn and grow. We use local producers and traders for the material, food, and goods we supply. We use traditional harvesting techniques to produce olive oil; traditional building methods to restore homes; we collect original seeds and support seed banks; we interact with Cretan culture. We create a movement that fuses teaching and learning with the benefits of sustainable, local development. It is our mission to explore Crete, encourage growth, community involvement, and to work side by side with yogis, healers, farmers, artists, musicians, and people from all walks of life. 

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AZOGYRES, CRETE

Azogyres
Azogyres is a small mountain village far removed from the brash tourist towns. Surrounded by hundreds of acres of forest preserve, it is nested in a valley with views of surrounding mountains and Libyan sea. Located on the southwest coast of Crete, Azogyres is surrounded by waterfalls, hikes, abundant wildlife, and river adventures. Azogyres’s beauty is unique, with its wooded landscapes, and countless caves of rocky climes and treks. Two thousand year old olive trees still provide the local community with olives and olive oil. The people are friendly and the food is locally grown, loved, and served. The houses and hotel we host are owned by local families so that the economic benefits go directly to the local community. Just an 8-minute drive from the beach town of Paleochora, Azogyres is a place where you feel transported back in time.

PALEOCHORA, CRETE

Paleochora
Paleochora is an alternative and vibrant beach town just an 8-minute drive from Azogyres. The pearl of the Libyan Sea, Paleochora is built on a small peninsula, on the southwest shores of Crete. Along the western side is a long sandy beach fringed by trees and tavernas, and on the eastern side lies the old town, the ferry dock, and a long pebble beach lined with picturesque tavernas and beautiful sunsets.
Snorkeling is excellent in most places. Nightlife is not what most visitors are looking for in Paleochora, but there are some eclectic bars and tea houses. All the major amenities; banks, car/bike rentals, markets, and health care are in Paleochora. There is free public parking and the town is family friendly, safe, and easy to walk.

CHILDREN IN CRETE

Children
Azogyres is a safe, healing, and adventurous place for kids with lots of things to do in nature. Upon request we can help organize :
Children’s Yoga classes with our local yoga teacher, trained with Karma Kids Yoga
Mommy Baby Yoga, Pre/post natal Yoga, Babysitting services, Kids excursions, Kids Music + lessons, Tutoring services (English & Greek)

Children always need adult supervision. If babysitting serves are not provided for, we expect caretakers to supervise their children at all times.

THINGS TO DO

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Bask in the sun by the majestic turquoise Libyan sea with Paleochora’s abundant amount of isolated beaches and coves.


Small boats offer short cruises to the open sea, where the Mediterranean whales and dolphins can be observed.


Spend the day lounging by the waterfalls and rivers.


Samaria Gorge, one of the most scenic national parks in Europe, this gorge stretches more than 10 miles, about a 6-8 hour trek. (Highly recommended!)

PLACES TO SEE

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There are scheduled daily trips to isolated beach villages around Paleohora; Elafonissi, Sougia, Agia, Roumeli, Loutro, Sfakia and the island of Gavdos, according to myth the island of Calypso.
Tickets can be obtained locally.


Climb to the Holy Fathers cave, inhabited by monks some 700 years ago.


Visit ancient villages and tour the olive oil factory in Azogyres.


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RETREAT GREEN PACKAGE
(per person)

This package is designed for teachers or groups that want their participants to register with us individually. Requires a 20% deposit to reserve the dates. Airfare not included.

Includes: (Minimum 6 participants)

  • 7-night accommodation in double occupancy room.
  • 3 prepared meals a day
  • Use of common kitchen with tea, coffee, snacks, and water
  • Free accommodations and meals for two team leaders
  • Daily use of Group room
  • Community development (seasonal)
  • Group excursion
  • Bhajans & Kirtans

For 12+ participants we add: Thai Yoga Body Work

RETREAT PER GROUP MINDBODYCRETE PACKAGE

Includes all of the above. This package is designed for teachers that will bring a group and will reserve as a group.
This is the most convenient and cost effective. Requires a 20% deposit to reserve the dates. Airfare not included.

TEACHERS RETREAT PACKAGE

This package is designed for teachers or groups that want their participants to register with us individually. Requires a 20% deposit to reserve the dates. Airfare not included.

Includes: (Minimum 6 participants)

  • 7-night accommodation in double occupancy room.
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Round trip Transportation service for the whole group (for a min. group of 6) from and to Chania International Airport “Ioannis Daskalogiannis”
  • Daily use of the Group room
  • Use of common kitchen with tea, coffee, snacks, and water
  • Community development (seasonal)

PERSONAL GROUP PACKAGE

This package is designed for groups that have their own agenda during the day. Airfare not included.

Includes:

  • 7-night accommodation in double occupancy room.
  • 1 organic, farm-to-table meal made with love
  • Daily use of the Group room
  • Use of common kitchen with tea, coffee, snacks, and water
  • Community development (seasonal)

ROOMS AND PACKAGES

We can provide village accommodation for special packages. We do 3 and 4-day packages that can include (Airfare not included):

  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Thai Body Work
  • Excursions
  • Community development (seasonal)

CREATE YOUR OWN

Min of 6 participants
Put together your own personal package: (Airfare not included)

  • 3-4 day packages
  • Room + Food Bookings
  • Guides + Tours

VILLAGE ACCOMMODATIONS

Houses are owned by local families so that the economic benefits go directly to local communities for restoration and environmental work. We provide accommodation based on the group needs and requests. We host in the Alpha Hotel, traditional houses, guest houses, and apartments. Accommodation is available for singles, couples, families, and shared rooms. Accommodation type can be requested and this will be dependent on spaces available.
Sea views – En-suite rooms – Singe and double occupancy – Air condition
There are two Studios a short walk from all accommodations. Provided with eco mats, cork blocks, belts, bolsters, blankets, chairs. Local organic tea + locally grown fruit served after every class.

EXTRA OPTIONAL PACKAGE COSTS

Shared taxi or van from Chania airport to Azogyres, Crete
Shared car with 2+ people
Laundry service

SINGLE ACCOMMODATION

There will be a 60% surcharge on single occupancy

WORK EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES

To give everyone a chance be part of our growing community we will open up two spaces on each session for guests who would like to exchange work for a 15% discount. Approximately 2-3 hours work per day. Does not involve disturbing one’s attendance on any courses.(No other discount applicable)

ACTIVITIES AT AN ADDITIONAL COST

Meditation, Thai Yoga Body Work, Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki, Spa Treatments, Massage Therapy, Picnics, Hikes, Camping, Sightseeing

CANCELLATION CHARGES

It is possible to transfer package to another time within the current season. More than 4 weeks – Deposit 4 weeks or less – 50% of total fee 4 – 7 days – 90% of total fee Less than 4 days – total cost of stay

DISCOUNTS

Book by May 1st, 2014, €200 discount.

CONFIRMATION

It is advised to confirm and update your package as guests confirm bookings, to reserve rooms and accommodate accordingly. Preferably by email: kmamais@hotmail.com

PLEASE NOTE

Your deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable to another year although it may be possible to transfer it to another week within the current season. In most cases cancellation fees are covered by your travel insurance and we recommend that you make arrangements to provide insurance cover for your travel and holiday as we cannot be held responsible or accept any liability for any costs incurred as the result of: cancellations, delays or changes brought about by war or threat of war, closure of airports, civil strife, industrial action, fire, natural disaster, technical problems with transport, or any other events beyond our control; accidents to guests or medical conditions which may develop during or after your stay; loss of, or damage to, personal property of participants. While every effort is made to ensure the safety of our guests, you are at your own risk. We do not accept liability for theft or damage to personal possessions; personal injuries or medical conditions that develop during or after the holiday; or any costs, cancellations or changes incurred as a result of fire, natural disaster, war or threat of war, industrial action, technical problems with transport, airport closure or any other events beyond our control. All information in our brochure is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of going to print. We make every attempt to provide the services advertised and in case of cancellation by us we will do our best to replace it with a similar request.


TRAVEL

Fly into Athens aiport and connect to Chania (Hania) airport or take a ferry from Athens to Chania, Crete. During high season, some airlines fly directly to Chania airport from Europe. Azogyres is approximately a one-hour drive (by car) from Chania airport. The road is new with and easy to drive. There are petrols stations on the road. You drive through many small villages and the views are breathtaking. You can also take a bus to Paleochora from main bus terminal located in center of Chania or directly from airport, it’s safe and air-conditioned.

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FARM-TO-TABLE

VEGETARIAN | LOCAL | ORGANIC
Farm-To-Table
Produce is grown, watered, and nurtured on the island of Crete. The Cretan diet is not just a variety of dishes laid on the table, it embodies a whole philosophy of life and represents the lifestyle of the Cretan people. Cretans live on what the land produces; hundreds of varieties of wild greens, honey, cheeses made from local sheep and goats milk, fruits, olives, legumes, bread and local barley rusks, whole grains, seasonal vegetables, and dried organic seeds. Our passionate chefs cook with love to create a nourishing meal. Healthy, simple, and Greek.

ATHENS AIRPORT

Athens International Airport | www.aia.gr

AIRLINES WE SUGGEST

Aegean Airlines | www.aegeanair.com
Turkish Airlines | www.turkishairlines.com
Cheapoair | www.cheapoair.com
Ryan Airlines | www.ryanair.com

TRAVEL TO AND FROM CRETE

Paleochora | www.thepaleochorasite.com
Crete Travel | www.cretetravel.com
Explore Crete | www.explorecrete.com

BUS TRAVEL FROM CHANIA TO PALEOCHORA

There is no direct bus to Azogyres. We will arrange free pick up from Paleochora to Azogyres.
Bus Terminal Crete | http://bus-service-crete-ktel.com

FERRY TRAVEL

Traveling by sea is a popular choice. The ferries are safe and well organized with dining, cafes, and shopping. There are private cabins for booking, as well as a wide range of lounges and reclining seating. Ferries from the port of Piraeus, Athens, leave daily for Chania, Crete.
For more information and reservations:
Greek Ferries | www.greekferries.gr
Ferries | www.ferries.gr

TRAVEL | FAQ

What documents do I need to visit Greece?
Depending on the country of origin, you might need a valid passport and a visa; If a EU citizen, you do not need a visa, just valid national ID card or passport. If you are a non-EU citizen you need a valid passport and depending on your country of origin, a visa; you could obtain a visa through the Greek Consulate nearest you.

Sunrise

Featured Photographer | Yorgo Stathopoulos | www.yorgostathopoulos.com