Family Yoga Retreat
A yoga retreat that pleases your partner, children and purse.
My family friendly fantasy becomes a luminous reality as La Casa Del Yoga offers its first destination yoga retreat in Crete this year July 30th - August 5th 2016.
I love life, we are blessed and I can’t complain about much but I have to admit that sometimes I freak out at how scarily modern and technologically-mad the whole family can be (I knew it was getting bad when I peered from over my laptop, Bella’s glued to the television watching Paw Patrol with her tablet in-hand, Ruben is upset because he can’t watch the football so he watches it on his phone instead and we haven’t talked for about 3 hours). And that’s not to mention the incessant entertaining, consumerism and spending (I never realised you had to buy your children a present EVERY TIME you entered a shop) and what about the daily merry-go-round of stress and bickering. So I got thinking, what family wouldn’t benefit from an extremely simple, back-to basics non-technological holiday, I know ours will.
A vegetarian yoga retreat situated down on the south coast of Crete, no-shops, no high-rise buildings, in fact there’s no buildings other than the white washed Greek Tavern, Pavlos’ Place, that sleeps around 30. Technology is politely packed away and a private beach, hammocks, shabby books, playing cards and daily yoga classes provide the entertainment. What could there not be to love about this tranquil fantasy? Except, it’s not fantasy, it’s a luminous reality just waiting to restore peace, zen and maybe even conversation back into your precious family life. I’ve been running yoga retreats for a few years now, mostly it’s either high-flying career folk in need of a detox, single ladies looking to get in shape or mums who arrive frazzled in need of two days of ‘Time Out’. Why not combine the lot I thought, bring peace to all.
Last year I visited Triopetra beach, one of those mystical places that unless you know, you don’t know. Signposts are planks of wood randomly dotted along a precipitous road bursting with the aroma of fresh lemons and sea air, I felt like I’d just been shipwrecked on a desert island alongside a few hippies and healers, it was heavenly. The whole time I was there, studying under one of my yoga masters, my attention kept wandering 'I want to bring my family here, I need to bring my family here’.
I must have put out some pretty magnetic manifestations, I’m not sure how it all happened but this year, Ruben, Bella and myself will be hosting a yoga retreat for literally all the family. The idea is while mum does yoga, dad gets to lay-in with the children, nobody has to cook, nobody has to drive anywhere or buy anything, when mum and children siesta dad can do the same of go off to golf with Ruben, drink beer, play cards. Whatever. The relaxing evening yoga class can be taken by either mum or dad and then we’ll all eat together under the stars. You’ll probably forget your log-in to your Netflix account, you’ll probably forget all your worries and feel like life is really is as easy as you want it to be. And while we are on this 'Peace & Love’ vibe, I have priced this retreat as cheaply as humanly possible, I don’t want this possibly life-changing retreat to break the bank - because where would the stress free fun be in that.
It won’t just be families. Couples, sisters, friends, lone travellers, we’ll all be there, together, coming home to ourselves, slowly, joyously. All are welcome.
6 nights, all accommodation in Pavlos’ Place, all meals, drinks and 2 yoga classes a day is 650 euros (about 513 quid) per adult. Any partners who doesn’t want to partake in the yoga classes pay just 480 euros (379), children under 12 pay 120 (95 quid) and babies under 2 are free. There’s no kids club, there’s no nightclub but there is stars, skies, sunlight and fresh air to make you feel truly alive like never before.
Because, family really does come first.
The retreat will be given in English with a dash of Spanish included. Read more here or email me at email@example.com