Retreats in Crete
Course dates 2017
Food + Fit | 10 nights | From £2,720 sharing
28th June - 8th July 2017
Classic Retreat | 7 nights | From £1,875 sharing
15th - 22nd September 2017 | 22nd - 29th September 2017
Food + Fit Retreat Details
One piece of light criticism we get is that we don't explore the amazing food enough! But we are putting that right with our first Food + Fit retreat. This retreat will cover all that one would expect from a Wildfitness retreat but, with the luxury of 10 days, we have added plenty more workshops and sessions to get a better understanding of what we put into our bodies.
Classic Retreat Details
At Wildfitness Crete you will stay in Milia, a magical mountain hamlet in the west of the island. The original farmhouses blend into their landscape: fresh air, spring water, incredible natural beauty and utter tranquility. The night sky is superlative, the views are godly and the silence is so deep that your ears ring. Here, you realise quite how much headspace you gain without the frenetic backdrop of modern life.
You will be immersed in the landscape: explore its gorges and peaks, climb and swing from old gnarled olive groves and chestnut trees, swim in turquoise waters, hike around ancient churches, and jog past curious goats through fields full of wild rosemary and thyme.
3 Day Sample Itinerary- Crete
- 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.
The Wildfitness base is a 60-minute drive south-west of Chania, in western Crete. We will provide transfers from Chania airport to the hamlet for people arriving on the suggested flights. Otherwise we can arrange a taxi from/to Chania airport for approx 80 Euros each way. It is also possible to fly via Athens, but this usually means overnighting there. The other option is to fly to/from Heraklion, Crete but the transfer time is 3 hrs and a taxi costs 110 Euros each way.
British and all other EU/EEA/EFTA passport holders travelling to Crete do not require a visa provided that the passport is valid for the intended period of stay in Crete. For citizens of other countries click here to check with the Greek Embassy.
No special immunizations or medications are necessary for most trips to Crete although Tetanus and Hepatitis A are recommended. Please consult your GP for more information. A good website for travel health information is: www.mdtravelhealth.com
Adequate travel insurance for your trip is required. Insurance packages can be found at most high street travel agents or online.
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 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 resonate with the Wildfitness 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 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.