May 18 - 25, 2019

Your secret weapon in taking your business or personal performance and creativity to the next level. A week of complete infusion of Cretan island living into your life to boost your energy and inspiration. "For the first time in years, I woke up and actually felt awake, with intensely clear mind". One week re-boot, among nature, local cuisine, sun, sea, culture and a few new friends. 


Raw Food Yoga Retreat crete

OF THE ISLANDS presents CRETE, the birthplace of European civilization, home of the ancient Minoans. Place where history and mythology are inseparable. This retreat is a chance to disconnect and get in touch with pure island nature, cleanse the body with a week of delicious raw food made from organic locally grown produce. Detox your spirit with yoga, meditation and immersion in Crete lifestyle. Come back home lighter (literally and figuratively) with your sense of taste and your focus sharpened, energy renewed, desire for taking life on re-ignited!
(Photography by the talented Mu-Hsien.)


7 days with instruction

Enjoy the outstanding natural beauty of Crete in the early summer. Spend a week in the most natural, full of beautiful wild flowers and positive energy environment in South Crete. In this raw vegan yoga and holistic therapies retreat, you will find your inner self; you will become rejuvenated, calmer, and healthier. You will even be able to see small snow caps on the top of Psiloritis mountain combined with the most breath taking view of the Cretan sea.


  • Daily yoga classes

  • Raw cooking classes

  • Live like a Cretan for a day program

  • Hiking and walking trips to the mountain

  • Fresh organic local fruits for snacks

  • 1 magnesium massage therapy

  • Healing Cretan herbal teas

  • 7 nights accommodation

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 12.


  • Hatha

  • Ashtanga


  • Instruction language: English

  • Spoken languages: German, Greek, English


The Alexena Apartments are five very comfortable holiday flats on the south slope of the coastal mountains, west of Agia Galini. The three one-story buildings on a spacious property actually form a small villa facility. It includes a large swimming pool, a barbecue area, a small church, a botanical garden, and other community facilities. The separate apartment by the upper edge of the property has, in addition, its own private swimming pool.


Daily schedule

  • 08:00 Hatha or Astanga yoga session

  • 09:30 Raw breakfast with fresh local juices and fruits

  • 11:00 Hiking excursion in the Cretan mountains or raw cooking workshop

  • 13:00 Raw vegan lunch

  • 14:00 Free time or rest

  • 17:00 Holistic therapies sessions with organic skin care

  • 19:30 Herbal tea time and discussions

  • 20:00 Dinner

  • 21:00 Free time

Included excursions

You will have the chance to enjoy mindful hiking in the mountain of Psiloritis and join a Cretan night with the locals of a nearby village.


  • Paraskevi Voulgaraki

    Paraskevi is the owner of holistic skin care and nutrition company based in Crete that promotes healthy and sustainable living. She loves nature and adventure and always willing to show you around new unknown places. She has studied Business and Management in The University of Maryland but found out that what she really likes doing is living a holistic and meaningful life. She will prepare all your raw meals for the retreat, since she is a certified holistic raw food chef with the most nutritious bio-local fresh fruits and vegetables.

  • Eleftheria Tsagaraki

    Eleftheria will be your yoga instructor for the retreat. She is a certified yoga teacher and she teaches Hatha, Ashtanga, and meditation classes. Eleftheria has also studied Economics and Business in the Aristotle of Thessaloniki.

  • Vagelis Stathoglou

    Vagelis is a certified reflexologist, a professional footballer, and a nature lover. He will guide you around the wild Cretan nature and he will give you the most relaxing and revitalizing holistic therapies during your stay in the Alexena Apartments.


Alexena Apartments is found on the old road from Rethymnon town to Agia Galini. A winding road leads to this lovely place with the stone houses and the breathtaking view.

Nearby places

  • Rethymon town, 50 kilometers

  • Heraklion,100 kilometers

  • Chania town, 100 kilometers



  • Cooking classes

  • Hiking

  • Massage

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


  • Air-conditioned rooms

  • Balcony

  • Garden

  • Yoga deck


  • Free Wi-Fi

  • Hair dryer

  • Internet access


You will be provided with raw meals with organic local fruits and vegetables daily, along with daily hot and cold Cretan mountain tea.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

  • Lunch

  • Dinner

  • Drinks

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegan

  • Raw food

(If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

Spa treatments

Enjoy a holistic full body massage with Cretan essential oils and Pure Strength OF THE ISLANDS Magnesium

What's included

  • 1 holistic full body magnesium massage with Cretan herbs

  • 7 nights accommodation

  • A welcome basket with organic vegetables and fruits

  • All daily raw meals with organic local fruits and vegetables

  • Cretan night with the locals of a nearby village

  • Daily hot and cold Cretan mountain tea

  • Daily yoga practices

  • Dinner in the village

  • Greek raw vegan workshops

  • Mindful hiking in the mountain of Psiloritis

  • Night presentations and talks

  • Pure olive oil soap making workshop

  • Traditional Loom weaving workshop

  • Transport to all activities and in all excursions

  • Transportation from Heraklion International Airport (HER)

What's not included

  • Additional activities, excursions, or services

  • Airfare

  • Car rental

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Heraklion International Airport (HER).

For the guests flying from their home country to Heraklion, PURE PHILOSOPHY P.C. will arrange the transportation to the apartments and back to Heraklion airport on a designated date (tba). Approximately one hour and 45 minutes drive as long as they will arrive no later than 11:40 a.m. to Kazantzakis Heraklion airport.

For the guests who travel from their home town to Hania, they will have to take a taxi or a bus to Agia Galini, and PURE PHILOSOPHY P.C. will pick them up from there on designated date (tba).


850 Euro per person in a shared Double Room (Shared apartment)


May 18 - 25, 2019

June 22 - 29, 2019 (Almost sold out)

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