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Yoga Retreats - Spring/ Summer 2024

ZenZem Hatha Yoga Retreats with Stella  - for more information please read below - available dates* :

26 May - 2 June 2024

24 - 31 August 2024

*More dates to be announced. If you have an individual request of dates please send it to us to inform you about availability

ZenZem Hatha Yoga Retreats with Stella- description:

ZenZem Hatha Yoga retreats encourage nature contact and meditation, including practicing yoga at the garden and outdoors , and incorporate a real feel of 'living in a village on Crete'

Combine your holiday with awakening your body, mind and soul on Crete!


Cretan land holds a powerful and transformative energy which combined with the spirit of Yoga provides an excellent choice of re-connecting to one's self to rebalance and rejuvenate the system. Our Yoga retreats are situated in Aptera, a lovely Cretan village of historical significance including archaeological sites of Ancient city of Aptera and Koules Castle. The retreat combines views to the White Mountains (Lefka Oroi) and the sea of Souda bay and Apokoronas, with yoga practice outdoors at the garden and in nature!

Retreats and Seminars

Upcoming retreat dates:


26 May - 2 June 2024

24-31 August 2024

Each Hatha yoga and meditation Retreat we offer is especially designed to offer a feeling of wellness and balance!


Incuded in the retreat:


Everyday classes including yoga postures (asana), breathing (pranayam) and simple relaxation and meditation methods will introduce you to the practice and tradition of Hatha Yoga. You will be guided and supported according to your needs whether you are a total beginner or a continuing practitioner, through yoga practice as well as discussion of any queries in the group or on an individual level with the teacher (Satsang).


Also available in the retreat (depending on schedule and season):

Sunrise Yoga class by Koules Castle in Aptera

Sunset Walking and sitted meditation in Aptera ancient site

Meditative Nature Walk in Diktamos (Stylos) gorge and / or Meditative practice by Stylos river 

More detailed retreat chedule is sent to you on email before booking.


Accommodation: During your retreat, you will be accommodated at one of the local family run apartments or guest houses that are within the neighbourhood area of ZenZem yoga centre. These are located either over the road or a couple of minutes walk from ZenZem, giving you a feel of how it is to really live here and be incorporated in the environment, as well as focusing on your yoga. These include: Aptera Lodge, Sculptor’s House and Sculptor’s Cottage, Aptera Apartments, Villa Niki, Eirini's and Anna's houses, Althea maissonnettes. More information and local rates can be provided to you upon your request.

All accommodation options are very quiet, friendly and in a space that allows relaxation and reflection. There are no big hotels/ night clubs in the area. Whether as an individual, a couple, or a group of 2-4 friends, you may choose your ideal stay. 

Retreat capacity: This yoga retreat also accepts solo travellers for retreat when no other participants are registered your available dates. In that case participants are offered a combination of private and regular group classes with local / visiting students (in English). If you are a larger group (more than 3-4 people) interested to come you may send us a message to give you the best available pack price for yoga and accommodation.


Nutrition: Locally sourced fresh breakfast ingredients provided at your apartment. Other meals are self-catered (room cooking facilities or village tavernas). 


Retreat duration: the duration of our retreats are weekly, however this can be modified according to your needs.

LocationAptera (or alternative name Megala Chorafia) is a quiet Cretan village in the prefecture of Chania, located on a hilltop overlooking Apokoronas (an area between the towns of Chania and Rethymnon), with a view both to the sea and the White Mountains. The village probably took its name from the ancient city, dedicated to the ancient Greek goddess Artemis 'the Aptera', meaning the one without wings, the grounded, and earthly one.


Aptera offers tranquility and peace, and at the same time is a rich energy hub for the visitors. The village has no loud tourist crowds or night life. Two traditional Cretan tavernas and a cafenion are found at the main centre of the village, offering various foods and drinks , including vegetarian or vegan options. At the same centre you may find a local mini market for food shopping. All these are found in about 10 minutes walk from ZenZem and available accommodation options. 


Sea: As Aptera is situated on a hilltop, the nearest pebble beach of Kalami and Ag. Giannis may be reached on foot in approximately 30 minutes. For exploring further sandy beaches (about 6km ), including Kalyves and Blue beach (Kyani Akti) renting a car is the best way , however a bus option is also available. The beautiful area of Apokoronas and Chania town centre can be explored also by local buses or car hire. The bus stop of Megala Chorafia is about 20 min walk from the yoga centre. All timetables are available on


Transportation: Chania airport is the nearest one - to and from taxi transportation may be arranged at additional cost. Pick-up from local bus stop at Megala Chorafia on your arrival is also possible to arrange if you are coming my Ktel bus. Available local car rental at Poledas cars


Flights, tickets and travel insurance are not included in the retreat.


We will be very happy to hear from you, provide more information on schedule, cost and reply to your request!



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