Feel the power of nature at the yoga sanctuary of Triopetra

An impressive trio of rocks on the southern coast of the Greek island of Crete gives Triopetra its name. It is an incredible spot with a magical power that you will without doubt experience while spending time here. You may never wanna leave this place but if you have to, you will do so feeling uplifted and nourished.

It's a natural healing sanctuary that awakens the poet in me. So get ready for some scenesque sentences that will excite your imagination. And hopefully take you to Triopetra with in your mind or inspire you to visit this heaven like setting.

© Milena Magerl


LOCATION: Triopetra Beach, Lampi 740 53, Greece

CLASSES: Yoga Travel & Beyond retreats April to September, ashram November to March

SEASON: The best time is during April to June and September to October. Who loves hot weather will be happy in July and August. I spent November here and still could swim in the ocean. The winter months are mostly characterized by strong winds and rain, but there are sunny hours as well.

ENERGY EXCHANGE: 1170–1450 Euro per week (shared room), 1350–1750 Euro per week (private room)

NOT TO MISS: Jiva Bhakti Jam with Petros, Erhard & Friends

AFTER CLASS: Long beach walks or hiking up to the little chapel, a mystical and spiritual rich place.

The profound spiritual wisdom of the Greek land

Ancient Greek mythology is world famous and a treasure trove of spiritual truth. One reason why Greece is enriched with divine energy is its deep connection to the natural world.

The ancient Greeks revered nature and saw it as a manifestation of the divine. They attributed divine qualities to the elements of nature and personified them as gods and goddesses. And today you can still feel that the Greek land is infused with divine energy. If you visit the Crete shala of Triopetra, you will understand what I am talking about.

The Yoga Ashram of Triopetra is located directly on the clear, dark blue Mediterranean Sea.
© Milena Magerl

Nourish your soul with a yoga retreat at Triopetra

The coastline of Triopetra is rough and wild. It is constantly exposed to natural forces that are present here in all their strength. Retreating here you are face to face with the deep blue Lybian sea.

Some days it is calm and glistens in the beaming sun that shines nourishingly from the sky. On other days the wind blows with immense power. And when it rains, you are completely surrendered to the will of nature. But it is exactly this experience that will help you focus on the present moment. And at the same time create harmony with your surroundings.

© Milena Magerl

Even in peak season, when elsewhere the seaside tourists line up like Souvlaki to sizzle for hours in the sun, the bay of Triopetra radiates a deep sense of tranquility. Surrounded by this grounding energy and a natural rhythm, it is a destined refuge for yoga retreats.

What a yoga retreat at Triopetra looks like

During a yoga retreat by Yoga Travel and Beyond you can celebrate the joy of yoga with like-minded people, contemplate on spirituality, dedicate time to yourself and to reflection, or simply be a full-time-vacationist and relax.

Practicing yoga surrounded by the natural beauty of Crete will direct your attention to the here and now. It will allow you to intensively absorb the essence of the moment and relax your nervous system. This is an opportunity to enter a very deep conversation with yourself.

A man silently meditating on the rocks of Triopetra in Greece.
© Milena Magerl

The Crete shala and Pavlos' Place

If you join a yoga retreat or stay at the ashram, you will sleep at the family-run guesthouse Pavlos’ Place. All rooms have been built into the hillside with balconies that offer sweeping sea views, providing the perfect ambiance for relaxation.

There are single, double and triple rooms, all equipped with private bathrooms, small fridges and air conditioning. At Pavlos' Place, you can fully focus on your yoga practice without distractions, as the modest facility allows you to immerse yourself in the experience.

Pavlo and his family are dedicated to spoil all retreat guests with simple but delicious mediterranean vegetarian cuisine. The ingredients are mainly sourced from their own garden, providing nourishment for both body and soul.

The view over the cliffs of Triopetra across the clear, dark blue sea and a sleeping cat in Greece.
© Milena Magerl

Practice yoga overlooking the blue ocean

Early in the morning, before the daily sadhana in the shala on the upper slope, you can start the day in silence. Walk along the white strip of sand or take a dip in the crystal clear water.

Or you climb up onto the outdoor terrace in semi-darkness, close your eyes and sit in meditation. Some time later you can feel the warmth on your face as the sun peeks out from behind the hill.

Later, you can practice asanas overlooking the sea. On cooler days, a light-flooded room provides a home for your yoga practice. Its understated design allows you to focus on the stunning nature you can see through the windows.

During your free time you can explore the surrounding area. The landscape is ideal for hiking, but of course you can also spend wonderful afternoons on the beach and laze around without feeling guilty and consciously create peace for inner work.

A group of yoga students meditate together overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and the sunset.
© Milena Magerl | Larissa Klöpfel

The evening hours are dedicated to bhakti rituals such as chanting mantras together as the sun sets over the deep blue sea or sharing spiritual thoughts by moonlight.

These are precious hours of dedicating your individual energy to something greater than yourself, while recognising the divine love in everything around you: the sea, the Mediterranean landscape, the sun and the moon as well as the yogis and yoginis next to you. It is a great source of love for life and everything involved.

Four yogis gaze at the night sky above the yoga ashram in Triopetra.
@ Petros Haffenrichter

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