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Magical Yoga Journey to Crete
September 21-28, 2019

Magical Yoga Journey to Crete

Magical Yoga Journey to Crete
September 21-28, 2019

Magical Yoga Journey to Crete

Magical Yoga Journey to Crete
September 21-28, 2019

Magical Yoga Journey to Crete

Magical Yoga Journey to Crete
September 21-28, 2019

Magical Yoga Journey to Crete

Magical Yoga Journey to Crete
September 21-28, 2019

Magical Yoga Journey to Crete

September 21-28, 2019

Magical Yoga Journey to Crete

Don’t miss out on an experience of a lifetime. Spaces are limited. Register now.

Shared Double Room

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  • 7 nights accommodation
  • early morning, pre-yoga snack
  • full brunch
  • dinner
  • 2 unique group cultural excursions
  • access to hotel amenities
  • taxes
  • free Wi-fi
  • extensive pre-trip and on-site assistance by IY
  • daily yoga classes with Lesley
  • international airfare
  • airport transfers
  • lunch
  • excursions not on the itinerary
  • alcoholic beverages
  • gratuities
  • travel insurance
Magical Yoga Journey to Crete

Magical Yoga Journey to Crete

Find serenity on a yoga retreat in Crete, a vibrant Greek island with a magical tapestry of spectacular beaches, ancient treasures, mythological landscapes and a generously vibrant spirit. With its unique and rich cultural heritage and heavenly cuisine - considered amongst the healthiest on the planet - Crete is one of our favorite destinations. Each morning will begin with a two-hour yoga class led by Lesley in a space boasts breathtaking views of the ocean in our stunning 5-star luxury hotel. Early evening yoga workshops will feature restorative yoga, meditation, and pranayama practice. Free time can be spent enjoying treatments in the award-winning spa,  luxuriating on the glittering, crystal-clear Mediterranean beach, or exploring mountain-rimmed gorges and quiet dreamy villages bursting with culture and timeless ambiance. All week you will experience meals prepared by skilled chefs who use the best quality fresh, and local ingredients. This week will leave you refreshed and renewed! 
Payment and Cancellation Policy:

A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to hold your space. Final Balance Policy: Final payment must be received by ... June 20, 2019  in order to be eligible for the early bird pricing and all payments are non-refundable. Cancellation Policy: In the event of cancellation your entire payment will be refunded less the $500 deposit if the cancellation is made before June 20, 2019. Payments are non-refundable after this date. Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for your trip. There are many travel insurance companies to choose from but Travelex and World Nomads are two reputable organizations for worldwide travel coverage.

Lesley Desaulniers
Lesley Desaulniers is known for her energizing, soulful and inspiring classes. Her gift for storytelling and passionate connection to music and art make each class a dynamic journey of sound, spirit and soul. She was trained in yoga under the expert guidance of Sharon Gannon and David Life of Jivamukti Yoga, and is one of Northern California's most in demand teachers. Lesley has been studying yoga and meditation since 1996, taking her practice to New York, Russia, India and back. In her early twenties, Lesley was a resident at Ananda Ashram in upstate New York, where she intensively studied Sanskrit, meditation, philosophy, yoga, and chanting. She was later certified by master teachers Sharon Gannon and David Life and went on to teach at the Jivamukti Yoga Center in downtown Manhattan.&n... Read More

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What airport do I fly into?

You will book your international ticket into and out of Crete - Heraklion International Airport (airport code: HER).

What can I expect?

Crete is not only one of the most beautiful of the Greek islands but has one of the richest cultures as well. From the beautiful pink sand beaches of the north, to the central mountain villages and cove carved cliffs of the south, Crete offers awe inspiring landscapes to its occupants and visitors. Equally unique as it's landscape is it's local flavor found in the cuisine. Many restaurants produce their own olive oil, wine and cheese, everything with a flare of the regions unique herbs and spices. Gorgeous, charming and distinctive, Crete will be sure to delight your senses. 

Do I need a visa for travel to Greece?

American citizen visitors to Greece do not need a visa if they are traveling as a tourist with a valid U.S. passport. You will be issued a tourist card upon entry which is valid for up to 90 days.

 Note: Your passport must be valid 6 months beyond your date of arrival (September 21st). 

What are the accomodations like?

Daios Cove resort is located on the Northeast side of the island near the sight seeing center of Aghios Nikolaos & Elounda Village. It is a luxury resort nestled into a gorgeous cove complete with an ocean view infinity pool and exclusive sand beach access. Enjoy a meal or a refreshing beverage at one of the resorts three restaurants or bars. Do your daily practice overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. Between classes and exploring the beautiful island you will have time to relax in your luxurious ocean front room. This open style room includes a spacious bedroom, living room and marble bathroom, a wonderful place to rest, take a bath or get a well-rested night sleep. Each room boasts beautiful views complete with a private balcony where you might enjoy meditating, watching a sunset or reading. 

Are there any vaccinations I need?

There are no required vaccinations for travel to Greece. However, there are some recommended (suggested) vaccinations given by the CDC. To see the complete list of what is recommended, please visit the CDC Website and consult with your primary care physician to make a decision on what is best for you. 

How many people are expected on this retreat?

Attendance varies from trip to trip, but 15-25 attendees is a general average.

Are meals included?

Tea, coffee and fruit will be provided before practice each morning. Breakfast and dinner are included in the price of the trip and will be served at the Pangea Buffet restaurant, the main restaurant at Daios Cove. Lunch is not included in the price of the trip and will be available for purchase at the Beach Bar, Beach Kiosk  and Taverna restaurant.  There are a number of restaurants to choose from at Daios Cove.

Pangea restaurant- An international buffet-style food bazaar, offering a tasty array of spectacular delicacies from all over the world — and special theme nights, too.

Taverna - Serving traditional Greek cuisine overlooking the cove which has a special ambience, particularly at night. Taverna serves superb local specialties with a fine selection of Greek and international wines. Fish is a must-taste dish here with a fresh catch arriving every day by kaiki boat, destined for your plate.


Beach Bar- Super-convenient for beach-lovers, the Beach Bar offers a choice of drinks and snacks down on the sand. You can enjoy refreshments while sitting at the bar — or orders will be taken from (and brought direct to) your lounge chair.


Ocean Restaurant-serving sophisticated and contemporary cuisine. Overlooking the infinity pool and the cove, the Ocean Restaurant is a picturesque setting for à la carte dinner, with a menu which offers Mediterranean cuisine with a fine dining twist.

What if I'm traveling alone?

We love solo-travleers and we have hundreds join us every year on retreat! If you prefer to share your room and are traveling alone, we will do our best to match you with another traveler of the same gender. If we are not able to find you a roommate, a 50% of the single supplement cost will be applied to your final invoice.

Are gratuities included?

Gratuities are not included in the price of your trip. Service charge is included in all restaurants-bars etc, however if you receive exceptional service by staff, housekeeping or other employees helping you throughout the week then an additional tip is always appreciated. We suggest a budget of around $5-$10/day per guest.

What is the cancellation policy for this trip?

All retreats include a $500 non-refundable / non-transferable deposit, which is required to hold your spot on the trip. If you cancel prior to June 20, 2019 we will refund your payment minus the non-refundable deposit. All payments are non-refundable & non-transferable after June 20, 2019. International Yoga must strictly adhere to its cancellation policy to offset costs incurred prior to the commencement of retreat. Click here to view the Terms and Conditions to which you agree upon registration. 

Do I need travel insurance?

All payments to International Yoga are non-refundable & non-transferable. The purchase of travel insurance is strongly recommended to ensure you are covered should any unexpected event arise. A personal, political, environmental or weather-related incident or pre-existing medical condition may prevent or interrupt your travels.  These events are rare but do occur and underscore the importance of being covered by travel insurance.  Should you elect to not purchase travel insurance, you will be assuming 100% of any costs incurred for trip cancellation or trip interruption. TravelEx  and World Nomads are two reputable organizations. There is a broad spectrum of policies and options so make sure you are clear on what exactly is covered.

September 21-28, 2019

Magical Yoga Journey to Crete

Don’t miss out on an experience of a lifetime. Spaces are limited. Register now.