Winter Retreats

Wellness, Creativity, Community & Adventure

13th Jan to 31st March 2023

Winter in Crete is Magical

 The island is quiet and green, the weather is mild and crisp, and there’s no better place to relax, work on a creative project, or reconnect with yourself. And we’re here to help you do just that.

The first Winter Program at Armonia Retreat Center is designed for people who are looking for a winter of wellness, fun and creativity, and is open between the 13th of January and the 31st of March 2023.

Run by Ed & Rob in partnership with their friends at Armonia Retreat, it offers a range of exciting weekly activities for locals and guests alike to participate in.

This is an open self-retreat program that runs between Jan and April 2023, with no minimum number of participants. Whilst there may not always be a group staying at Armonia, the local community may join some of the activities and members of the team will be around to connect and play with. 

“Crete's mystery is extremely deep. Whoever sets foot on this island senses a mysterious force branching warmly and beneficently through their veins; senses their soul begin to grow ”

The Winter Program

Cosy fires, nourishing homemade food, hot drinks and saunas will create a relaxing environment for inspiration and renewal. Fitness classes, yoga, meditation, and sound therapy will help you to center your mind and body. Creative workshops, epic mountain hikes and excursions to the local villages are just some of the exciting activities planned for each day of this retreat.

Whether you’re looking to get fit, work on a creative endeavour or just want to relax and unwind, Armonia’s winter program has something for you.

We’ve designed our program so that you can tailor it to your needs—whether you want to focus on wellness or creativity or both! There’s no right answer: we will work with you one-on-one to create a program that best suits your needs and interests, whether that’s over the course of a week, a month or the whole winter.

You can find the full weekly program below.

How it Works

You can choose to book your retreat for a minimum of three days (we recommend at least a week to fully immerse yourself!). During that time, you may attend any of the planned activities – which will also be open to the local community. 

There is no requirement to attend any of the sessions, however: you can simply stay at Armonia and do your own thing, be it relax or work on your own projects. Or, book some additional sessions or treatments from our list of extras.

The Team

We are a group of therapists, coaches and creatives living and working on Crete who are looking forward to meeting and playing with you. The Winter Program may also include offerings from other facilitators and practitioners, invited to offer their services to our guests and community.


Edward is known for guiding people to rediscover their uniqueness so that they can do more of what they love. A certified personal trainer, body psychotherapist, coach and creative consultant, he has been supporting individuals and groups for 11 years to come home to their most alive, embodied and powerful self.


Daphne was born in Crete and moved to the UK at the age of 18 where she worked in engineering, sustainability and career coaching. She facilitates people’s life path renewal using various modalities including coaching, astrology, movement and meditation. Her passion is to support people to live a deeply satisfying life.


Rob is a sound therapist, straw marquetry artist and DJ who 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.


Originally from Israel, Boaz is a massage therapist, chef and retreat manager who loves to ensure people have a relaxing and nurturing time. His massage practice includes Aryuvedic massage, Soft-tissue, Fascia massage, Reflexology and Aromatherapy.


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.


Anastasios was born in Athens and moved to Crete at a young age. He has studied various types of yoga, pilates, massage, physical rehabilitation and dance. He now teaches Pilates, Hatha Yoga and Aerial Yoga and offers massage and Neuro-Kinetic therapy sessions.

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The Venue

Our Winter Retreats are based at one of Crete’s most beautiful spaces: Armonia Retreat Center, a serene sanctuary in the heart of the picturesque traditional village of Douliana, 26km east of Chania. Armonia is surrounded by beautiful nature, has an ancient woodland path nearby and is only 15 minutes from the sea by car.

Our facilities are stylish and modern and include indoor and outdoor workspaces, a fully-fitted kitchen, a cosy lounge, a gym, indoor and outdoor dining spaces, a sauna, and beautiful grounds .

Our four bedrooms can accommodate up to 13 guests in total (including facilitators) and each comes with its own en-suite bathroom (with toilet and shower), air conditioning, bed linen, and towels. For those wishing to have their own room, we can accommodate you in nearby traditional stone villas (depending on availability).

We are committed to providing the right environment for you and your group to have a rich and unforgettable experience.

Accommodation @ 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. 

The Details

How to Book

Accommodation + Activities

Activities Only

Email [email protected] or text the activity facilitator directly using the numbers below:

  • Coaching and Movement: Daphne: 0030 6907250576
  • Sound and Voice: Rob: 0030 6936745955
  • Creativity: Eledina: 0030 6974610048
  • Fitness: Ed: 0030 6908562022
  • Sauna and Excursions: Boaz: +972 555589397
  • Yoga: Anastasios: 0030 6980157011



  • RSVP up to 4  hours before the start of the activity
  • We require a minimum of 4 participants to run the activity


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