All you need to know about this retreat
Gavdos is the most southern island of Greece and the southernmost point in Europe.
It is located 24 nautical miles south of Creta in the middle of the mediterranean sea, with an area of 37 square km (9km long, 4.5 km wide) and the highest point at 345m above sea level.
The island has very few permanent residents (around 60 people) scattered in small settlements, but hundreds of people from around the world visit during the summer period.
Blessed with the finest of nature, Gavdos offers pristine seashores with cedar trees almost reaching the water, dense piney and juniper woods and beautiful cobblestone footpaths through wild nature with unimaginable views of the sea.
Gavdos is also known to have therapeutic properties.
It treats wounded hearts and souls, reveals new potentials and awakes unknown senses.
It’s a return to nature and your roots!
know before you go...
Gavdos is one of the most important area stations of the migrating birds through Europe, as well as a refuge for endangered species of seals and turtles careta-careta.
The island has been declared as a protected area under the European network of Natura 2000.
Guest should love and respect nature and be prepared to spend a few days, away from the noise but also away from many unnecessary comforts of the civilised world.
Also due to its location, Gavdos is subject to unpredictable weather conditions.
We strongly advice you to leave a few days free after the retreat and before your flight, as it may not be possible for the boat to cross for a day or two, if the winds are too high.
We are going to spend most of our free time wandering around the island, following footpaths through wild nature and magnificent landscapes, so don’t forget to bring your walking shoes and a hat.
Our first trekking tour will be to ‘Ai Giannis’, a beach that is characterised from unimaginable beauty of sand dunes, rocks and cedar trees.
It has been awarded as the second best beach in the world from the discovery channel in 2007.
We will then continue the path to ‘Lavrakas’ beach and pass through a forest of perennial cedar trees to the beach of ‘Pirgos’.
Our next excursion will start from the beach of ‘Korfos’ to ‘Tripiti’, one of the most famous attractions of the island, as it is located at the southernmost point of Europe. The landmarks of the beach are the three arches and the giant chair standing above them, from where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Libyan Sea. We will then pass through the small village Vatsiana on our way back to Sarakiniko.
Finally we are going to take one of the most beautiful routes from the settlement of Ambelos to the lighthouse of Gavdos, which is dominating at the ruggest coast of the southwest side. It was built in 1880 and was visible from a distance of 40 miles, a record for these times.
Just imagine the feeling of practicing yoga on the lighthouse during sunset…
Our schedule for the week includes many activities including daily yoga practice, meditation sessions and trekking tours, but also plenty of free time for everyone to enjoy this unique island depending on their needs and preferences.
Sample daily schedule
07.00 yoga practice
10:30 free time/excursions
18:30 yoga practice
* small changes may occur depending on the conditions
Most of our group will be staying at the “the Exiles House” in Sarakiniko beach, where most of the activities will also take place.
It actually used to be a house of Exiles in the 30’s for more than 250 people, including leading figures of the Greek movement.
The house is now transformed into a relaxing cafe, offering all day snacks, healthy meals, juices and smoothies with an unbelievable view of the sea.
It is located on a little hill at the west side of Sarakiniko, with a beautiful terrace overlooking the beach, that will instantly make you feel free to kick back, relax and just take in the views.
All rooms offer an amazing view from their own balcony and are just a 2 minute walk from the beach
The rooms are simple and clean…covering in full all the basic necessities for a true yogi.
* Gavdos has a long tradition and therefore is a very popular destination for free campers.
Guest who prefer to be even closer to nature have the option to camp on this wonderful beach under the shade of cedar trees and sleep under the stars.
WHAT IS INCLUDED:
daily hatha yoga classes
3 organised day trekking tours
7 nights accommodation by the beach
transportation from/to the port
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:
Airfare and Boat transfer
Contact us for special discounts and other accommodation options (ie. camping)
*Special 10% discount for registration until 1/2
how to get there...
Please book a flight to arrive at Chania International Airport (CHQ)
You can also take the boat from Athens to Chania.
(there are daily trips departing from the port of Piraeus at 21.00 and arriving at 06.00 the next morning)
From Chania you can take a bus to Hora Sfakion
from the main bus station at 06.45 or
from the port of Chania at 07.00
and arrive in Hora Sfakion around 08.30 just in time to catch the boat departing for Gavdos.
There is a boat every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 08.30-11.30 from Hora Sfakion.
* A private boat can also be arranged for groups of over 10 people.
Bus service from Chania to Hora Sfakion
(duration: 1hour 20min, price: 8,30€)
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Boat service from Hora Sfakion to Gavdos (1-4hrs depending on the boat)
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(in case you wish to come earlier or leave later than the retreat dates)
Although it may sound a little hard to reach, we are positive that the experience will be compensating.
how to register...
In order to register for our ‘yoga & simple living retreat‘ in the island of Gavdos please send us an email at email@example.com with subject GAVDOS RETREAT.
Please mention the following information:
– full name
– contact telephone number
– type of accommodation (single, shared, camping)
We will then send you a confirmation email with all necessary information as well as a short medical questionnaire to fill out.
You will be requested to make a deposit of 50€ to secure your place.
what to bring...
yoga mat, relaxation blanket, towel, comfortable clothes, hat, walking shoes, antimosquito and sunblock.
If you decide to stay on the beach you will have to bring all the necessary camping equipment
(tent, sleeping bag, torch etc.).
According to Homer’s Odyssey, Gavdos was the island where Odysseus was a cast away.
Nymph Calypso in her attempt to lure Odysseus into living with her offered him immortality.
Odysseus declined, longing only for his return to his wife Penelope.
After 7 years of captivity, his prayers travelled to the mountain of the Gods, Olympus, and were heard by Zeus. Zeus sent the messenger God Hermes to order Calypso to free Odysseus and to help him on his journey.
So Calypso helped Odysseus to build a boat of holy wood and also taught him to seek guidance from the stars and the moon.