The Magic Of Connection

8-Day Wellness Retreat in Crete for Frazzled Urbanites

16-23 September 2024

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In the fast-paced swirl of modern life, you can easily feel disconnected from yourself, others and the world around you. You find yourself overstimulated and overthinking, longing for more meaning, more connection – and some better weather. You’re craving a new adventure and a chance to reset.

This 8-day retreat is your sanctuary to step away from the demands of city living: surrounded by the breathtaking landscapes of Crete, you’ll enjoy a curated program of activities that invites you – in an immersive and playful manner – to reconnect with yourself, others and the world around you.

Imagine watching the sunrise over the Mediterranean before plunging into a crystal clear lake, or spending a day with fellow participants discovering your magic and sharing your stories with each other. Voice workshops, beach workouts, mountain hikes, group coaching, sound journeys, guided practices and incredible food – these are just some of the delights that await you in this transformational and exhilarating program.

Ed & Rob

Welcome!

Hi, we’re Ed and Rob, your guides on this exhilarating and life-affirming adventure in Crete.

“The Magic of Connection” brings together our unique blend of wellness, relaxation, self-discovery, and adventure: you’ll experience some of the best of what Crete has to offer while connecting deeply with new people, immersing yourself in nature, and going on a personal journey to reconnect with your innate magic.

This acclaimed program was born out of our love for welcoming people to Crete and for sharing our expertise in holistic wellness and personal transformation. Each element has been lovingly and carefully designed to guide you in a playful and immersive way to challenge yourself and rekindle your natural sense of curiosity and joy.

If you’re looking for an unforgettable trip to Crete that includes amazing food, great people, exhilarating activities and meaningful conversations – with plenty of relaxation, fun and laughter along the way – this is for you.

We’d love for you to join us in Crete in September!

THE magic of the retreat

Connect with:

Yourself

Beach workouts, guided meditations, personal reflection, and sound journeys.

Others

Group sessions, meaningful conversations, awesome people, new friends.

Nature

Gorge and mountain hikes, wild swimming, nature immersion, beach time.

Crete

Epic landscapes, generous people local area & culture, delicious food.

Yourself

Beach workouts, guided meditations, personal reflection, and sound journeys.

Others

Group sessions, meaningful conversations, awesome people, new friends.

Nature

Gorge and mountain hikes, wild swimming, nature immersion, beach time.

Crete

Epic landscapes, generous people local area & culture, delicious food.

Testimonials

What Previous Participants Have Said:

5/5

Pricing Options

Accommodation

Shared Bedrooms in Armonia

Enjoy the comfort of stunning shared rooms with en-suite bathrooms, perfect for making new friends. Maximum 2 per room.

€1,800pp – shared occupancy

Shared Bedroom Under the Studio

Opt for a cooler, quieter room underneath the studio, ideal for extra peace.

€1,700pp – shared occupancy

Private Room in Stone Villa

Indulge in a private bedroom with all the amenities in a traditional stone villa (shared with with one other retreater), complete with a shared lounge, kitchen, and pool.

€2,100 – single occupancy

Payment Options

Joining us is Easy

Flexible Payment Plans

Spread the cost of your adventure into up to 4 manageable instalments, completing payments 4 weeks before we kick off.

Book With A Deposit

Secure your spot with a 25% deposit after a chat with us to ensure this is the right fit for your needs.

Sponsorships

A limited number of spots are available at a reduced rate for those needing financial assistance (applies to shared accommodation only)

Come With A Friend

Adventures are better shared! Friends and couples enjoy a 10% discount each.

*Not compatible with other offers.

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The Program

8 Days of Adventure

Before You Read

While you can check out the detailed retreat program below, most participants prefer not to know the itinerary, choosing instead to be surprised at every turn.

  • Arrivals and Settling-In
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Sunrise at Georgoupoli beach followed by a swim at Lake Kournas 
  • Healthy Breakfast
  • Find Your Magic Session with Ed
  • Lunch at Armonia
  • Free time
  • Group Sound Journey with Rob
  • Dinner at Armonia
  • Healthy Breakfast
  • Mountain Hike & Find Your Voice Workshop
  • Lunch at the renowned Dounias restaurant, one of Crete’s best-kept secrets. This traditional Cretan taverna serves mouth-watering, locally grown food old style, using clay pots and a wood fire. Located at the foot of the White Mountains at 600 metres altitude, the drive to reach it offers spectacular views.
  • Return to Armonia / Free time
  • Light Dinner at Armonia
  • Campfire/Games Night
  • Healthy Smoothies
  • Beach Workout with Ed (tailored to all levels) followed by a Cold River Swim at Kyani Akti
  • Brunch at Armonia
  • Find Your Magic Session with Ed
  • Free time
  • Group Sound Journey with Rob
  • Dinner at Armonia
  • Healthy Breakfast
  • Excursion to Kourtaliotiko Waterfall (one of the most incredible experiences on the island) including a 1-hour hike up and down a beautiful gorge
  • Lunch at GioMa in Plakias, our favourite local restaurant by the sea
  • Stunning drive along the South Coast to Fragokastello for a sunset swim
  • Light dinner at Armonia
  • Campfire/Games night

 

  • Breakfast at Armonia
  • Soul Embodiment Yoga with Kim Hutchison
  • Free Time
  • Group Session
  • Dinner at Armonia
  • Healthy Breakfast
  • Walk in Douliana Forest or Free Time
  • Lunch at a local taverna (Chania, Douliana or Gavalochori)
  • Find Your Magic Session with Ed
  • Celebration Dinner and Dance Party
  • Healthy Breakfast
  • Completion Session
  • Departure at midday

Our goal is to give you an amazing personal and group experience while tailoring the program content to what you most need right now. We will:

  • Take time to get to know you before you arrive via an in-depth questionnaire and 1:1 Preparation Call
  • Check in with you at regular intervals throughout the week, to guide you through any challenges and give you practical ways to apply what you’re discovering
  • Adapt the beach workouts according to your unique level and body, from complete beginners to advanced
  • Give you the option and time to book extra 1:1 sessions, including sound therapy with Rob, massage or energy healing with some of our recommended practitioners.

 

For more information about how we create these life-changing experiences and how each element of the retreat works together, visit the About and Philosophy pages.

Client Love

Testimonials

5/5

The Team

Who we Are
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Edward Pike
Retreat Leader

Edward is a certified personal trainer, body psychotherapist (Core Energetics), intuitive coach and creative consultant, who has been guiding individuals and groups for over 13 years to rediscover their uniqueness, own their magic and do more of what they love, both on a personal and professional level.

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Rob Sykes
Retreat Leader

Rob is a sound therapist, straw marquetry artist and DJ. He creates experiences and art that connect people, awaken their senses and elevate their lives. After 30+ years as an international DJ, he turned his passion for music into a healing art, retraining as a sound therapist in the UK and setting up a practice in Crete.

Eledina
Eledina Palasoglou
Retreat Assistant

Originally from Thessaloniki, Eledina is an artist working since childhood with various types of art and craft after studying graphic design, fashion design, freehand drawing and mixed mediums. She loves supporting and inspiring people to discover their own authentic creative expressions.

Gita our amazing Chef!
Gita Gavare
Chef

Gita will be our private chef for the week, cooking up delicious and nutritious plant-based salads, soups and famous deserts. Gita is a Vegan Chef, Sustainable Lifestyle Activist and Confidence Coach, and author of the book "Permission to be Bold, Gorgeous and Timeless".

The Venue

Armonia Retreat

‘Find Your Magic’ is based at one of Crete’s most beautiful spaces: Armonia Retreat Centre, a serene sanctuary in the heart of the picturesque village of Douliana, 26km East of Chania. Facilities include large indoor and outdoor workshop spaces, a lounge, a kitchen, an outdoor dining area, a wood fire sauna, a campfire circle and a gym.

Fun Fact: we made these videos through our Find Your Magic Studio.

The Bedrooms

Shared or single
SHARED ROOMS @ ARMONIA

Beauty and serenity are paramount in this modern, comfortable and gorgeous retreat centre. Enjoy your own bed in one of the 4 spacious bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. Each room accommodates 2-4 guests, although we aim to keep it to 2 people.

Single OCcupancy in Neighbouring Stone VILLA

Single occupancy rooms can be booked for an extra fee, subject to availability. Stay in a private bedroom with your own bathroom, in a traditional stone villa next door to Armonia. You’ll be sharing a villa with one other retreat participant, and have access to a shared swimming pool.

The Food

PLANT-BASED HEAVEN

Our chef Gita will be preparing heavenly and healthy plant-based and vegetarian food that nourishes your body and soul and leaves you feeling energised and revitalised.  Whilst most meals will take place at Armonia, we will also be sampling some of our favourite local Cretan restaurants and tavernas.

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