Mind•Body•Space

Luxury Retreat in Plaka, Crete
3rd-10th October 2020

  • 6 days of yoga and self-discovery workshops in stunning Cretian villa with breathtaking views
  • Choice of accommodation in luxury aparthotel with sea and pool views
  • Delicious, nutritious meals freshly prepared with local ingredients by our resident chef

Mind•Body•Space

Luxury Retreat in Plaka, Crete
3rd-10th October 2020

  • 5 days of yoga and self-discovery workshops in stunning Cretian villa with breathtaking views
  • Choice of accommodation in luxury aparthotel with sea and pool views
  • Delicious, nutritious meals freshly prepared with local ingredients by our resident chef

Quantum Potential is a unique, holistic and personalised approach to body and mind, combining deeply relaxing and meditative yoga sessions with mental techniques to develop greater self awareness and free yourself from limiting beliefs and behaviours.

The retreat – hosted by Tamar Groeneveld and Kathryn Ellis – is a fantastic opportunity to escape from daily life and gain a fresh perspective. Away from your normal surroundings you have time to relax and explore and rebalance your inner self, re-connecting with what you truly want out of life, in an environment where you are given space, tools, encouragement and support.

The retreat is limited to 12 places, so you will be part of a small, friendly group and receive lots of personal attention.

By the end of the week you should feel like you are floating on air – happy, relaxed and authentic. More importantly you will return home armed with techniques to help you stay in control of your life and ready to make changes where necessary. It should be a magical experience.

One of guests from October 2019, Sam Clarke, wanted to share her experience with you:
“I’d never been one for yoga. Having been introduced to the gym in 2004 I’ve spent the best part of six or seven hours a week for the past 15 years (on and off!) on rowing machines and lifting weights. But when I heard of a week-long yoga retreat in Crete, complete with home-made cooking, I was sorely tempted to sign up. Not for the yoga. In all honesty that was something I thought I could have a go at for a week while on a break from the gym, especially if that break meant that I was visiting somewhere new, with sunshine and, of course, the home cooking. But how little did I know….”
Go to the bottom of this page to find out more!

Our Daily Schedule

The schedule for the retreat contains a mix of yoga sessions, seminars and group work, with plenty of time to relax and explore the local area – including Plaka itself, the lovely nearby seaside resort of Almyrida and stunning Venetian port of Chania.

Our daily practice starts with yoga in the beautiful Villa Hectoras (above). This traditional Cretian-style villa is set in a lovely quiet location with spectacular views of the sea to one side and the White Mountains to the other. It has a fabulous swimming pool and plenty of of outdoor space for eating, seminars and yoga. (There is also plenty of indoor space in the unlikely event of bad weather!).

After a delicious breakfast we will be ready for the self-discovery workshops. These will cover a range of inspiring topics from the Quantum Potential programme, including restoring balance, finding your authentic self, controlling your emotions, fixing your belief system and setting meaningful goals.

After lunch your time is your own. You can chill out by the pool (either at the Villa or back at the apartments), go shopping or explore the local area. On at least one day we recommend you check out the footpath down from Villa Hectoras to the sea! As an optional (paid) extra, we are also offering Thai yoga massage treatments and one-to-one coaching sessions in the afternoons (subject to availability).

Our day ends with evening yoga practice and dinner at the Villa or one of the wonderful local tavernas.

 

8am-9am Breakfast
9.15am-10.30am Yoga slow-flow – waking up the body
11am-12.45pm Seminar and group discussion
1pm-2pm Lunch
2pm-6pm Free time/optional 1:1 coaching and Thai yoga massage
6.15pm-7.30pm Yin yoga – stretch out and relax
8pm Dinner

Accommodation

Your accommodation will be in luxury apartments in the brand new Sun & Sea Plus complex (above), set in a peaceful location two-minutes’ walk from the village centre of Plaka, and five minutes’ walk from our base in Villa Hectoras.

The complex has four swimming pools and its own bar with very friendly staff – we checked it out on our recent trip to Crete and we can heartily recommend the cocktails!

Apartments are available for single or shared occupancy (please let us know when you book who you plan to share with), and you can choose between an upstairs apartment with sea view and a ground floor apartment with its own poolside terrace (subject to availability – please let us know when you book if you have a preference).

Find out more about where you’ll be staying from Tam in the video below…

The Surrounding Area

Villa Hectoras and the Sun & Sea Plus apartments are situated just outside the lovely traditional Greek village of Plaka, which offers a selection of shops and tavernas (and not too many tourists!).

There is a regular shuttle bus from the Sun & Sea Plus apartments to the lovely little harbour resort of Almyrida with its long, sweeping, sandy beach which slopes gently into the sea. Almyrida also has a much wider selection of restaurants and bars.

If you fancy venturing further afield, you’re in luck. Plaka is close to many beautiful places to visit, including Chania, Aptera, Stilos, Kalyves, and Kera beach – there is a lot to explore.

On our rest day we will be organising a group trip to Chania incorporating a special visit to our secret beach – a beautiful, quiet spot that only the locals know about.

Tam has a really good knowledge of Crete (she used to live there!), so if you need any help or advice in terms of where to visit, organising car hire, etc. just ask!

Delicious, home-cooked food

All meals all week are included in the price. This includes 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners at Villa Hectoras, and two group meals out at local tavernas. You don’t need to spend any additional money on food during your stay, but if do you fancy sneaking off to try out one of the local restaurants in Plaka or Almyrida for a change, that’s no problem.

Meals at Villa Hectoras will be prepared by our talented resident chef Marit from fresh local ingredients (the fruit, veg and seafood here are especially good).

Meals will generally include meat but vegetarian and vegan options will be available (please let us know of any special dietary needs in advance – as we are a small group Marit should be able to cater for them!).

Getting there

Flights are not included in the price of the retreat, and you are responsible for organising your own travel to and from Crete, although we will provide transfers between Chania and our base in Plaka.

There are lots of Saturday flights from the UK to Chania (for more information, check out skyscanner.net).

Sam’s experience on the 2019 Retreat…

I’d never been one for yoga. Having been introduced to the gym in 2004 I’ve spent the best part of six or seven hours a week for the past 15 years (on and off!) on rowing machines and lifting weights.
But when I heard of a week-long yoga retreat in Crete, complete with home-made cooking, I was sorely tempted to sign up. Not for the yoga. In all honesty that was something I thought I could have a go at for a week while on a break from the gym, especially if that break meant that I was visiting somewhere new, with sunshine and, of course, the home cooking.

But how little did I know.

More than “just yoga”, the retreat, organised by Kathryn Ellis and Tamar Groeneveld of Leamington-based Quantum Potential, is a holistic mind and body programme which also encourages you to practise mindfulness, live in the present moment and create space in your mind, allowing good things to come into your life.
Think of it like this – every week, every day, every hour, every minute is a new blank page. The rest of your life starts right here from this moment and how that next page is filled is down to you: your mindset and your approach. But no matter how you have filled your pages up until now, you can always turn a new page and start again.

Through Tamar, we did a lot of work on self-development. More than an hour a day. Learning how we can change our mindset and how little changes for the better create a ripple effect, bringing great rewards in life. Like a lot of others on the retreat, I started the week not knowing anything about it, but we had certainly learned a lot by the end.

The yoga we practised was centred around restorative yoga, suitable for beginners as well as more experienced yogis. A slow-flowing, mindful yoga in the morning and, in the evening, yin yoga – a type of yogawhich uses longer-held postures to help stretch the connective tissue. Both types of classes are designed to help relieve chronic aches and pains in the body.
Other benefits of this type of yoga include helping to calm the mind, reducing stress and anxiety, improving circulation and flexibility and helping to increase mobility in the joints.
Like the mind programme, if I didn’t know anything about yoga by the beginning of the retreat, I certainly did by the end. We practiced for 1¼ hours in the morning and 1¼ hours in the afternoon. And wow did those postures (asanas, in yoga lingo) bring me alive as I felt the benefit of the stretches.
More than this, the joint aches and pains I’d suffered for several months, maybe from years of repetitive movement in the gym, started to subside. This included both of my elbows and a metatarsal bone in my right foot….

…..I was with a group of 12 women for the week, including Kathryn, Tamar and resident chef Marit. The group – aged 21 to 80 – flew into Chania Airport late on the Saturday night.
Kathryn, Tamar and Marit were staying at a villa which was to prove a delightful setting for our yoga sessions – especially the evening sessions which were perfectly timed so we would finish just as the sun started to set.

Meanwhile the nine of us were staying at the equally-delightful, newly-opened Sun & Sea Resort Hotel just a five-minute walk away, in which all guests were treated to a sea view or a pool view. More than a hotel, the Sun & Sea was made up of large individual apartments, each complete with their own cooker, fridge, nespresso-style coffee machine and bath robes!
My apartment was on the ground floor overlooking one of the hotel’s four swimming pools. Take four steps forward from my patio door and I would literally find myself swimming. The staff could not do enough for us and even transported us at no extra cost to another nearby town on the hotel minibus when we decided to go on a trip out for the afternoon.

Kathryn and Tamar had planned the week-long programme really well so that everything ran smoothly and we could totally relax.
The nine of us would usually meet for breakfast at about 8.15am then back up to our rooms for a quick freshen up before starting out on a short walk to the villa en masse for the first yoga session of the day.
After yoga came elevenses, followed by the self-development sessions then straight into lunch – all at the villa. We had three hours of free time in the afternoon (during which most of our group continued socialising) before the second yoga session, drinks and dinner and – most nights – a reasonably early finish of about 10pm at the villa.

Wednesday was a completely free day when we all continued to socialise. While some of us went for lunch or shopping, others explored more of Crete, before meeting as a group in the evening for dinner (and for what proved to be a late but very enjoyable night in which we socialised with some friendly ex-pat locals!!)

Marit’s lunches and dinners were sensational throughout the week, with creative, healthy dishes (meat and veggie) served up day after day. In fact, all dietary requirements were catered for, including gluten-free and dairy-free.
We also dined out on three occasions – the meals out were included in the price of the retreat – with every restaurant serving delicious dishes with overly-generous portions.
The locals in Plaka were friendly and hospitable and on at least three different occasions we were brought free food or drinks as a thank you for our custom….

…..The event was well-organised, extreme fun, and has definitely awakened the ‘yogi’ in me.
By the time we’d boarded the plane home I’d downloaded books on my Kindle, eager to find out more about the history of yoga and its benefits, as well as people’s own stories and experiences of the practice.
Since our return I’ve continued the weekly yoga sessions with Kathryn, which in turn are helping my performance in the gym.

It may have been around for thousands of years but yoga is probably still one of civilisation’s best-kept secrets. But, safe to say, if you know, you know!

And thanks to Quantum Potential – I now do!

Any questions?

Watch Tam and Kathryn answering some of your frequently asked questions about the retreat in this video.

If you have any other questions you are welcome to contact us by email at retreat@quantum-potential.co.uk. We can answer by return email or, if you prefer to have a chat about the retreat, let us know your phone number in your message so we can call you back.

Reserve your place now!

Accommodation options:

Shared use of twin/double room: £1,375 per person

Solo occupancy: £1,575 per person

Flights are not included in the price*

£250 non-refundable deposit payable at time of booking. Balance to be paid by 31st March 2020.

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