16 Days Thai Massage Training and Yoga Retreat Crete Island, Greece

  • Chania, Greece
  • Mar 15 - 30, 2020 (16 days)

Event Highlights

  • Certification of attendance
  • More than 80 hours of Thai massage training
  • Special Qigong, Hatha Yoga and Self Massage routines for Thai massage practitioners
  • 15 nights half-board accommodation in a seaside country-house
  • Transfer from and to the nearest airport or port
  • Free leisure day with day-trip options
  • Detox assisting diet


06:30 - 07:00 Morning herbal tea
07:00 - 08:45 Morning yoga or/and qigong practice
09:00 - 10:30 Breakfast
11:00 - 14:00 Thai massage training
14:00 - 16:30 Free time for a snack/ rest/ walk
16:30 - 19:30 Thai massage training
20:00 - 21:00 Supper
21:30 - 22:00 Evening walk

About This Event

Thai Massage Training in a family-like setting:

Υou will learn the basic routine of this wonderful healing art from Thailand. At the end of the program, for which you need no prior knowledge, you will be able to safely conduct a whole body Traditional Thai Massage. You will also be taught a special Qigong form, a special Yoga routine, and a Self-massage program, all tailored to the needs of a Thai massage practitioner.

About the Traditional Thai massage:

Thai massage is an ancient healing system of tissue, muscle and joint mobilizations using body-weight letting, stretching, turning and moving, which is performed while fully clothed. Thai massage includes much more than the traditional massage because it involves rhythmic acupressure, reflexology, energy work and stretching, a form of passive yoga.

The giving of Thai massage is traditionally understood to be a physical application of Metta (loving-kindness) and devoted masseurs still work in such a spirit today. Since Thai massage is performed on a mat on the floor and it works with your own body weight, it has beneficial effects for the practitioner as well.

Contents of the seminar in detail:

Basics of Thai medicine, contraindicationsHistory, culture, and background of Thai massageSpecial Qigong, Hatha Yoga and Self Massage routines for Thai massage practitionersImportant treatment principles and treatment techniquesTreatment of feet and legsTreatment of stomach and chestTreatment of arms and backHead, face and neck treatmentPractice of what you have learned by exchanging massagesRepetition and summary, final treatment

Free time:

In your free days you may rest or choose among a list of optional activities and tours. Traditional Thai massage treatments on a mat or Thai oil massage treatments on a massage bed are available on request. 

About Crete:

"Out in the dark blue sea there lies a land called Crete, a rich and lovely land, washed by the waves on every side", The Odyssey.

Crete is perhaps the most famous travel destination of Greece, especially among those who seek the traditional side of the Greek culture. Offering a unique and diverse landscape, a chance to come close to the local customs, native people with authentic hospitality and the Cretan cuisine, famous worldwide for its taste and health benefits, Crete is a "must explore" for the conscious travelers of today.

Although globalization, tourism, and economic growth have inevitably changed the way of life in Crete, especially in the large urban centers, to a modern and cosmopolitan style, the Cretans still preserve the bonds with their rich folk traditions and cultural heritage. The Cretan dances are still danced at every opportunity and the "madinades" and the "rizitika" songs resound in every celebration. In the countryside, many old Cretan men and women wear the traditional costume and the Cretan idiom is widely spoken even in the large cities.

There is an exceptional artistic production in traditional sectors such as pottery, embroidery, jewelry, etc and of course the very special Cretan Music. Arts and literature had always played a significant role in the life of the Cretan people. Famous painters like El Greco, Michael Damaskinos, writers like Nikos Kazantzakis, poets like Vincenzos Kornaros and Odysseas Elitis, composers like Mikis Theodorakis, Manos Hatzidakis and Giannis Markopoulos are Cretans or of Cretan origin. Today there are many important Cretans with significant contribution in all aspects of the cultural life in Greece.

Extra virgin olive oil, legumes, and vegetables still constitute the base of the local cuisine as they have done for thousands of years and make the Cretan cuisine renowned worldwide for its benefits on longevity and good health.

Weather information:

The climate in Crete is temperate. The atmosphere can be quite humid, depending on the proximity to the sea. The winter is fairly mild and tolerable. Snowfall is practically unknown to the plains but quite frequent in the mountains. During summer though, average temperatures are high. Probably the best time for a traveler to visit Crete is spring and autumn.

What's Included

  • 15 nights half-board accommodation in a seaside country-house
  • Transfer from and to the nearest airport or port
  • Free leisure day with day-trip options
  • More than 80 hours of Thai massage training
  • Special Qigong, Hatha Yoga and Self Massage routines for Thai massage practitioners
  • Certification of attendance
  • Detox assisting diet

What's Not Included

International air transfers
Travel / medical insurance

Venue Highlights

Simple country house in a seaside village
Terrace with breathtaking view
Quiet setting among gardens and trees
Practice indoors or outdoors at will
Filtered water to drink, extra energized via Plocher energizer
Detox herbal infusions twice daily
Detox lemon juices daily with lemons from our organic lemon trees


You will be staying in a rural setting, in a seaside village. Our simple country house is quiet and has a vegetable garden and a back yard with lemon and mandarin trees. You will be located only 1.2 kilometers from a wonderful pebble beach. Your bedroom has plenty of light, a closet, a fan and an electric heater to adjust your preferred temperature, and two beds (a single and a double bed). The bathroom is shared by 4-6 people, toiletries and towels are provided. It is family like setting where you will feel warm and welcome, feel as a true honored guest and not as a tourist or just as one of the many attendees of a training retreat.


  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Bicycles

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Organic


We will prepare our breakfast and dinner together, this is going to be part of our meditation and a pleasant tool for getting to know us better. The food will be simple and yet deeply nourishing. Most ingredients will be organic or from our own garden. Raw food and slow cooking recipes will complement each other and complete our diet. Our water is filtered and further energized by EM and Plocher.


Please book your flight to arrive at Chania International Airport (CHQ). From Europe, there are many international flights to Chania airport, direct or via Athens. From Athens it is also possible to reach Chania via an evening boat, leaving from Piraeus (Athens' port) at 21:00 and arriving to Chania at 06:00 in the morning. Pickup transfer from either the airport or the port is in your price included.

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