June 30 – July 5, 2024

Yoga and Daily life: A practical retreat in Nature

Yoga Retreat with Adela Serrano
North of Crete, Greece.

“It is through your body that you realize you are a spark of divinity”B.K.S. Iyengar

Make a meaningful break and feel the effects of some warm days of yoga, sunshine, sea and nourishment in many ways.

This all-inclusive retreat will allow you to deepen the understanding of your practice, to rest, to connect and it will give you tools to sustain a simple and consistent daily yoga routine at home.

Immersed in the nature of this beautiful place as a container, we will explore and experience the potency of a daily practice, how the transformative qualities of the science of yoga can be learnt, practiced and applied into your life also when you are off the mat in the midst of your daily life.

In our daily lives, our home and our circumstances is where we would like to be natural, at ease and free. Our bodies are our direct home, and our home is a reflection of our mind. With playful practices, tapping into our spontaneity and innocent nature we come closer to the “natural mind”, more free of conditioning and limiting beliefs.

Everyday we will go through an early morning practice of pranayama and asana, we will introduce a theme of the day that we will explore in relation to the practice and to the surrounding nature, there will also be energy work and healing yoga, walking and guided meditations.

The group will be small, to take care of each detail with time and dedication.

After this retreat you will feel energized, relaxed and radiant.

You will enjoy delicious, freshly prepared vegetarian foods, take hikes in nature and cool off in the ocean. Letting everything go surrounded by nature, walking along the beach, observing the sea, the sunsets and the stars and absorbing the magic of this wonderful place.

This retreat will be held both in English and Spanish with simultaneous translation.


Adela Serrano and Paloma Dorado

Adela Serrano

Adela is a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, with extensive anatomy knowledge and a compassionate and skillful approach to yoga.

Her yoga journey started in New York while she was facing a major change in her life; motherhood. Practicing Yoga helped her to feel more at home with herself and her changing circumstances.

She felt inspired to teach thanks to one of her first teachers in New York, Jenny Aurthur who as she says: “Literally pulled out the best of me and helped me in my journey.” She learn from Maty Ezraty and Carrie Owerko, great sources of inspiration in her New York years.

In Amsterdam, she became a certified Iyengar teacher with the help of Barbara Queirolo, Kristien Van Reusel and Rembert Petrus. She also specializes in injury prevention and injury recovery.

Her anatomy knowledge makes her teaching style very safe but also challenging for all levels. According to the old Yoga teachings, her classes bring attention to the poses and movements/actions as a way to access a more refined body and mind awareness.

“I like to demystify complex concepts to make the practice of Yoga applicable to everyday life, I am a devoted student and practitioner and I bring my all in every class I teach.” Adela Serrano

She  likes to call her life, her family, relationships and her students her true teachers.

After living in different countries since 2000, Adela, originally from Spain, lives and teaches in the Netherlands.
Adela teaches classes and workshops in Amsterdam, The Hague and for online yoga studio EkhartYoga.com, with more than 800.000 students all over the world.
You can find her on www.adelaserranoyoga.com and EkhartYoga.com

Paloma Dorado

Paloma started practising meditation 20 years ago, guided by a desire to understand human nature. Passionate about the relationship between science and spirituality, she studies Physical Sciences, and later, she works for the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN), located in Geneva.

At the same time, she trained as a therapist in various energy techniques and therapies, and collaborates with the meditation instructor Javier de Salas as an assistant, in retreats and workshops in Spain, the United Kingdom, Japan, Hong Kong and Bali, including the Asia Yoga Conference and the Om Yoga Show, in London .

She immerses herself in the practice of yoga and trainned as a Sama Yoga teacher, a soft and deep style, which combines classic Hatha yoga asanas with Chi Kung postures and mantras, and as a yin yoga teacher.

Guided by her love for yoga and meditation, she founded Shama Retreats, as a conscious life project, where she shares spaces for practice, rest and connection. Nowadays, Shama Retreats, is a small company which organizes around 16 yoga and meditation retreats per year in nature, in Spain and Portugal, in collaboration with international teachers.

Share these beautiful days with us in Crete


Spread over 4000 square metres of land, in the middle of the picturesque traditional village of Douliana, located in the region of Apokoronas, in the region of Chania, will be our home during 6 days.

A modern retreat centre, with an emphasis on beauty and serenity, surrounded by beautiful nature and only 15 minutes away from the sea. Walking around, the views of the surrounding area are breathtaking.

There are many charming and historical sites in the local area, including the Old Town of Chania, Ancient Aptera, Lake Kournas and many lovely, wild and secluded beaches.

In addition to the main site, there are adjacent villas to the property, with extra bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. The main site is designed with a welcoming setting that comprises of a beautiful dining area and a comfortable sitting area, and a well-equipped modern kitchen. 

The bedrooms are spacious, and have been carefully designed, keeping the idea of taste and serenity, all of them with ensuite bathroom and all the amenities provided.

We will practice in a totally equipped 65 square meter studio with  wooden floors and two sets of double french doors that open to a beautiful outdoor sitting area. It is equipped with yoga matts, cushions, blankets and a sound system with microphone, giving us the perfect space for our practice.

Beautiful outdoor spaces, like a dinig area or a wooden deck in the middle of an ancient olive grove where you can  star gazing at night, complete this amazing place of beauty and tranquility.

A place where you can relax and enjoy the practice, surrounded by the nature of Crete.


How to get there?

The closest airport is Chania International Airport (CHQ), located 40 min from the retreat centre.

If you want to have a taxi from the airport to the retreat venue, we can group you with other participants in a group taxi, so you can have an easier and cheaper trip.

Groups taxis will be available from the airport to the venue, round trip, on the arrival and departure days.

If you want to join the group taxi, please take into account this schedule before planning your trip.

  • June 30: Group taxis will leave Chania airport at 14.00
  • July 5: Group taxis will leave the venue to Chania airport at 12.00

Let us know in your registration form (or later by email, until 2 weeks before the retreat), if you are interested in having a place in the group taxi. The prices will vary depending on the number of people who book it, and it’s paid directly to the driver.

If you don’t want to join the group taxi, we can also give you the number of a reliable taxi driver and book it yourself, having in mind that we can’t arrive before 14.30 to the retreat centre. (check – in time).

We will confirm you the service and the price, one week before the retreat.



The yoga practices will be a blend of traditional Hatha Yoga, Healing Yoga and meditations, paying attention to the individual physical and energetical alignment, to safely build up your own practice. Blending different rivers of ancient wisdom teachings that lead the practitioner to the ocean of awareness.

Adela will lead a daily morning class, to wake up the body, breath and spirit. 

In the afternoons, Adela will guide you through some simple energy work, healing yoga practices and restorative yoga class sequences.

The thread of the retreat will be the connection to ourselves and the attunement to nature through the awareness of our bodies, breath and mind, this will be presented in a practical manner so that you can take these practices to heart and home with you for the rest of your life.

During the retreat, there will also be a simple approach to the yoga philosophy and we will explore how different poses can affect our physical body and state of mind.

Some of the evenings, we will enjoy guided meditation and relaxation sessions with Paloma Dorado, to experience the peace and the stillness within ourselves.

The program will also include trips to the most beautiful and pristine beaches of the nature reserve, unique coves, trekking and natural viewpoints.
A real immersion in nature guided with local people, far away from tourist attractions and habits.

Sunday, June 30

14.00 Group taxi departures from Chania airport to the retreat center.
14.45 Arrival. Check-in.
16.30 Welcome. Introduction to the retreat.
17.30 Yoga class.
19.30 Dinner.

From Monday July 1st to Thursday July 4

08.00 – 10.00 Morning yoga class (Pranayama and Asana). 
10.30 Brunch.
11.30 Excursion to one of the near beautiful beaches or trekking (transport included). 3 days excursion/1 day off
15.00 Resting. Enjoying the venue.
16.30 Yin yoga or restorative yoga.
18.00 Pranayama workshop/Energy work/ Journaling exercises.
19.30 Dinner.
20.45 Yoga Nidra (some evenings).

Friday, July 5

08.00 – 10.00 Morning yoga class (Pranayama and Asana).
10.00 Closing circle.
10.45 Brunch.
12.00 Check-out.

(*) The daily schedule can change depending on the weather conditions and the duration of the trips.

Enjoy the tranquility of nature and yoga.

Package Includes

Package includes:

  • Accommodation in single, double or triple rooms with ensuite bathroom. All rooms are spacious and confortable.
  • Healthy vegetarian food, using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients prepared by an experienced chef specialized in healthy nutrition. 2 meals per day: brunch and dinner
  • All yoga classes, meditation and sessions included in the program, in a beautiful indoor, well equipped yoga shala.
  • Trips to some of the most pure, tranquil and beautiful natural beaches and trekkings.
  • Transport on the excursions.

Not included:

  • Flights tickets and travel insurance.
  • Transport from/to Chania airport.(Please check the timetable of the group transport in the program section before booking your flight tickets)


Total Price per person. All inclusive


One place in a large triple shared room, with ensuite bathroom.

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One place in a double shared room, with one ensuite bathroom.

Total price per person
(all inclusive)



Single room with ensuite bathroom

Total price per person
(all inclusive)


Booking and payment policy:

  • To book and secure your place, we request a 300 € deposit.
  • You can click on the blue button “Book your place” below, fill in your data and pay the deposit online.
  • Remember to use the code SHAMAEARLYBIRD to get 100€ discount before March 15 (just for the 6 first bookings). No more disocunt codes will be applied after March 15, or after the first 6 bookings.
  • Once the payment  is made, your place will be reserved (you will recieve a confirmation email)
  • The balance should be paid before April 15, 2024. If you book your place after that date, the full payment of the retreat will be requested.
  • If you come alone and want to stay in a double room, you will share with a person of the same sex.
    IMPORTANT: We can not guarantee that you will have a roommate (sometimes we are odd or there aren’t people of the same sex who request a shared room). In the unlikely event that there isn’t any other person of the same sex whom you can share the room with, you can have the room for your own but you will be requested to pay the price of a single room.

Cancelation policy:

  • If you cancel at any moment before April 15, we will refund you the full amount paid, except the deposit, which won’t be refunded.
  • If your cancellation takes place between April 15 and May 15, 50% of the amount paid (less the deposit), can be kept in a voucher for a future retreat. The voucher will be valid for 1 year in any of our retreats.
  • If your cancellation takes place after May 15, your payment won’t be refunded.
  • At any moment, you could hand your booking over to some other person (friend, relative, colleague…etc), who would like to join the retreat and stay in the same type of bedroom.
  • In the unlikely event that the retreat has to be cancelled, we will refund the full amount paid in less than 7 working days.
  • Your personal expenses, such as flight tickets or any other costs that aren’t paid directly to us, won’t be refunded.

Most travelling insurances cover all your expenses (flight tickets, the payment of the retreat, accomodations costs if you stay before or after the retreat in the area, etc), if you have to cancel your trip. They are unexpensive and they could be a good option to insure your trip.

Any questions? Write us: info@shamaretreats.com

Call us at +34627419996 or write to info@shamaretreats.com and tell us what you are looking for. 

Communicating and asking all the questions you need, is the best way to check if what we offer fits with what you want or feel like at this moment.

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