Crete, 22nd September
Crete | Retreat | 7 nights | 22nd - 29th September
From £1,875 sharing / £2,500 single
Wildfitness Crete is based in a magical mountain hamlet in western Crete called Milia. Staying in original farmhouses that blend harmoniously with the environment, this is a place of fresh air, spring water, natural beauty and total tranquility, where the silence is awe inspiring, the stars sparkle, the views are godly and you feel like you are in another era.
In the surrounding area you’ll find gorges and peaks, old gnarled olive groves, little churches, goats and aromatic wild rosemary and thyme. A short distance away you’ll explore beaches, swim in turquoise waters and venture into the hot raw wilderness of Crete.
The schedule is packed with workshops, key skills classes and adventurous training. You will feel your body changing and have learnt the basic tools for improving your fitness regime when you return home.
- Full board
- An initial assessment with our coaches that records performance parameters including specific movement patterns and running.
- A follow up explanation and guidance through the individualised exercises prescribed as a result of this assessment.
- Cooking classes
- Farm trips
- A reassessment at the end of the course
- Two to three training sessions per day
- Workshops covering movement, metabolism and nutrition
- Foraging classes
- One deep tissue massage
- Group sessions of stretching and flexibility
- Arrive to Milia, our secret mountain refuge in Crete, take in the views, breathe in and relax.
- After check in, you’ll have an introductory talk covering the core concepts of the Wildfitness philosophy and an outline of the week ahead
- Supper altogether followed by sundowners on the stone roof overlooking the olive gardens and valley
- Early morning Structural Hygiene workshop, followed by Animal Circuit and play and games session
- Breakfast followed by Posture and Movement assessments
- Wild Mindset workshop
- Back to Basics session
- Boxing introduction
- A breathtaking morning trek in the wilderness
- Picnic breakfast
- Wild Living workshop
- Lifting Session
- Supper under the stars
Wildfitness guests stay in Milia Village, comprising 13 separate guest-houses and rooms built on the foundations of an old village, which was abandoned in the 17th century. Descendants of one of the original inhabitants have meticulously restored the houses using traditional materials – chestnut wood and stone – and ecological principles. The result is an awe-inspiring back-to-nature retreat.
The walls and floors of the rustic rooms are made from natural rock slabs, small wood-burning stoves provide warmth, split wooden horse box doors and basic, traditionally restored furnishings ensure that the accommodation blends harmoniously with the hardy Greek mountains. Each room has a balcony or terrace, and you’ll have ample time to relax, gaze at the mountain, listen to the goats call and gulp down the fresh mountain air.
The houses run on solar energy and while there are candles and limited electric light, you adjust naturally to the day’s rhythms. The back-to-basics modesty of Milia helps deliver a wild experience, an appreciation of simplicity and a bond with the natural surroundings that resonates with the course philosophy.
One of the reasons our fitness and wellbeing retreats in Greece are so special is the incredible Cretan food. Most of the dishes we create are made from ingredients grown organically on the surrounding terraces. The fowl, pigs, sheep and goats are reared organically on the land. All dishes use seasonal, local, mostly organic ingredients. There is the opportunity to explore the farm and get involved if you want.
The menu provided on the course has been adapted to follow our wild hunter-gatherer principles (see our Wild Eating page). We can also provide a personalised menu for vegetarians or those with specific allergies. Here’s a sample menu:
Breakfast: eggs (from the house chickens). Raw cheese (from the goats). Raw local honey and olives. Fresh orange juice or lemonade from the surrounding trees.
Lunch: crisp green salad with aubergine and beetroot grown on the farm. Lamb in olive oil.
Dinner: pumpkin soup, wild greens, local Cretan prawns.
Herbal tea is made from a fusion of wild herbs picked in the Cretan hills (where the animals can’t get to them!). It is said locally that in these places only the gods themselves dare to walk... and some very agile herb pickers.