Cyclical Femininity Women's Yoga retreat with Julie and Eugenia
Come join us for a week of deep relaxation, self discovery and joy.
Eugenia and Julie will be sharing their love for women’s work and knowledge of women’s cyclical nature through women’s circles and Iyengar women’s yoga.
They started collaborating at YogaOnCrete in 2015 and have since supported each other in their journeys as women, participating in each other's work, sharing and holding space for each other as friends, and celebrating the smaller and larger joys of life as sisters.
Every day at the retreat includes a morning meditation & women’s yoga practice based on the Iyengar yoga tradition, and a late afternoon women’s circle, both designed to explore the energy of each phase of your feminine cycle.
You will have the chance to swim daily in the cool, turquoise Mediterranean waters at quiet beaches, explore the idyllic unspoilt surroundings of Chora Sfakion, and be nourished by wholesome local food cooked with love by our wonderful cook Maria!
The retreat will awaken your deep knowing and intuition, so that you will find your path and walk it, supported by like-minded women from across the world. You'll experience a deep sense of relaxation and alignment with your body, your womb, your calling, your past, your future, your lineage, your pleasure.
"The Cyclical Femininity Retreat helped me reconnect to my menstrual cycles, to my body & my emotions. Julie and Eugenia guided us through the different phases of our cycle and helped us to connect to the different archetypes of our menstrual cycle, using many profound tools, such as yoga, movement, talking, drawing, meditation. I really liked their softness and professionalism, leading me to reconnect to certain parts of myself that I usually don’t get in contact with. The balance between Julie and Eugenia’s work was perfect to both feel the alignment within ourselves and glowing outside. Exchanging with other wonderful women of different ages felt very empowering and I loved the amazing vegan mediterranean food! Thanks to all the team for creating this sacred space. 🙏💓" 2020 retreat participant
”Thank you Eugenia and Julie for your deep dedication, for the joy and love you shared with us!” 2020 retreat participant
This powerful retreat will give you:
- A greater understanding of your cyclical nature through yoga, meditation, creative movement, art and life coaching
- Self-care practices to take back home
- A playful, safe and supportive group of maximum 10 women
- A chance to soak up the magical Mediterranean
“I had an incredible time at YogaOnCrete - a wonderfully relaxing experience with a warm welcome, lovely food and amazing yoga teaching. Thank you so much!” 2020 retreat participant
- Daily morning 1-hour meditation and Iyengar yoga session tailored to the menstrual (for menstruating women) or moon (for post-menstruating women) cycle
- Twice daily Women's Circles
- Professional and experienced yoga instructor (Eugenia) and life coach, movement & menstrual therapist (Julie)
- Option for private life coaching or menstrual therapy sessions with Julie (not included in course cost)
- 7 nights' accommodation in traditional guesthouse located near beach
- 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners included
- A round trip to the beautiful Sweet Water beach
- Linen and towels provided
The week begins with an opening Women's Circle and introductory, grounding movement session at 6.00 p.m. on the day of arrival, in order to meet and allow women to fully arrive to the retreat, followed by a delicious vegetarian dinner cooked by our wonderful intuitive cook Maria. All other days will begin with a 1-hour morning yoga and meditation class with Eugenia, based on Iyengar yoga, but also incorporating Hatha Flow yoga elements (usually 8.30-9.30 a.m.), each class focusing on one of the phases of our menstrual and/or moon cycle, followed by a Women's Circle (9.40-10.45 a.m.), following the theme of each of the phases. After brunch guests are free to relax and enjoy the beach and sunshine, receive a massage treatment or private life-coaching or menstrual therapy session with Julie, or explore the village and region. In the late afternoon is the Intuitive Movement Women's Circle (usually 18.00-20.00), again focused on and exploring further one of the four phases of our menstrual and/or moon cycle, and the day's programme closes with dinner.
All sessions are held on the yoga deck under the olive trees so you can enjoy your connection with the sea, the trees, and the hills.
The fourth day of the week is a rest day from classes, with no yoga or women's circle; an optional excursion can be arranged, including a guided hike through a gorge of the region (usually the magnificent Aradaina gorge) or other season appropriate hike, ending at the beach (approx. €25 depending on number of participants going).
All brunches and 5 dinners are offered at the house, while on two of the nights guests are free to dine out in the village restaurants (not included in the course cost; approx. €15 for a full meal including drinks). Individual excursions (e.g., hikes, boat trips) can also be arranged at an extra cost.
On the last day, departure can be arranged after brunch.
The number of women participating is limited to 14, to create a warm and friendly atmosphere, to ascertain that individual attention is given in the sessions and to create a safe and supportive group dynamic.
The morning practice with Eugenia, Iyengar Yoga teacher and YogaOnCrete hostess and owner, will start with a 20-30 minute meditation and end with a long relaxation. We will use the prescious elements of alignment and focus on detail of the Iyengar yoga style to approach asana practice, and will look at how the body can feel free and open, when allowed to experiment, flow, and be breathed into.
Through the practice we create a more bright, centred, spacious awareness of our being so we enter everyday life more confident, true to oneself, and happy. We will uncover the vitality and joy that is present in the body when we slow down, listen to its needs and make space to receive its wisdom, while we will also look at the body's natural potential for physical and emotional healing.
For women in particular leg-work is important to ground and connect to mother earth, and set the base for a dynamic pelvic floor, which is an essential condition for the spine to unfold, extend and grow, symbolically also creating the ground for this unfolding and growth to happen in less tangible parts of our lives. Another area we will be focusing on is the wonderful potential of an alive belly (the centre of our womb, our life-force and energy), where the forces of earth and sky meet and can be balanced. Eugenia will also offer particular practices for the four phases of the hormonal and/or moon cycle (follicular/waxing moon; ovulation/full moon; luteal/waning moon; menstruation/new moon), for menstruation and menopause to balance and contain hormonal and emotional fluctuations.
Each late morning and then also in the afternoon, we will gather for a women’s circle exploring deep connection to yourself, other women and our cyclical nature.
Julie, life coach, menstrual and creative movement therapist, as well as Awakening Women Circle facilitator, will hold space for us to dive deep into exploring the feminine cycle through movement, art and rituals. The sessions will start with a womb relaxation, then enter into a healing journey and we will complete with more relaxation and sharing.
In each circle, we'll experience initiation into another phase of womanhood, another way of entering pleasure and creating oxytocin (the love hormone!), another phase of our cycle, of the moon, of the sun:
** Inner Girl: Finding Peace and safety for our little girls (follicular phase / spring / waxing moon)**
**Creative Woman: Healing the mother-daughter relationship (ovulation / summer / full moon) **
** Alchemical Woman: Fully embracing our sensuality (luteal phase / autumn / waning moon) **
** Lineage Woman: Taking our place in our ancestral lineage (menstruation / winter / new moon) **
Whether you have a menstrual cycle, are going through or have passed menopause, these phases apply to the subtle energies that affect a woman and her creative potential throughout life. If you're experiencing (pre-)menstrual pain, menopausal, fertility or sexuality issues, you're likely to find release, opening and a way forward.
Women's circles are a beautiful safe and supportive space to share, practice listening with compassion, allow yourself to follow your heart and be held by a group of like-minded women.
On some afternoons before the Women’s Circle you can join authentic Greek cuisine cooking classes with our excellent, intuitive and super creative cook Maria, another powerful woman of the YogaOnCrete team. Her warm nature and dedication to her spiritual practice, shines through her wonderful dishes (every week there is at least one guest who wants to take Maria back home with them!!). In combination with fresh, pure ingredients (many from organic local farms), her food is happy food, even for people who are not accustomed to a vegetarian cuisine. During the cooking classes, which will be a practice of awareness, rather than learning recipes, you will have the opportunity to practice sourcing cooking wonders from your own intuition and creativity.
The classes will depend on participation, so if interested please ask for details!
Eugenia initially studied Psychology in Athens and went on to receive an MSc in Sport Psychology in Wales. She then began practicing yoga in 2004, while studying Contemporary Dance in Scotland.
She gained a Yoga Teacher qualification from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres in Spain in 2005 and in 2012 received her Iyengar yoga teaching certification. She attends workshops with teachers who continue to inspire her, namely Constantinos Giannetakis, Donna Farhi, and Angela Farmer. She is currently living with her husband, Nikolas, between Crete during the retreat season and Rhodes during winter.
Her classes strive to create a safe and nurturing environment. The focus on the breath, as a powerful tool for developing awareness of the body and quieting the mind, is integral in her teaching, also incorporating elements of her Vipassana meditation practice.
Ultimately, her interest lies in integrating an analytical/psychological approach, emotional expression through movement and voice, and the development of awareness and connection with our spiritual essence through yoga and meditation, in light of a holistic approach to well being.
In 2012 Julie decided to make a drastic change and re-align her life to her values. She left her strategy consulting career in London to study yoga in India and become a certified co-active life coach. Her life purpose is to be the heart beat that attunes you to your inner frequency. Julie combines her extensive coaching, yoga, dance and business consulting experience to help clients find their calling and unique voice. She specialises in ikigai (life purpose) and feminine empowerment coaching.Having recently settled on Crete, she spent the last six years travelling and giving workshops and sessions across India and Europe, and going deep into spiritual practise in her spiritual home Auroville in South India. She is certified as a Unesco creative movement therapist, an Awakening Women’s Temple leader and is a Madretierra menstrual therapist. Julie coaches a wide variety of clients internationally, online and face to face. In addition to (online and live) 1:1 sessions, she facilitates retreats, workshops and coaching training as well as monthly online gatherings and women’s circles. Her own experience has given her a keen understanding of what it takes to switch careers successfully. Transitioning from academia to corporate life to starting her own coaching and dance therapy practice taught her the importance of loving what you do and being authentic. Julie loves her work which gives her the freedom to combine personal, professional and spiritual growth. A common theme in client feedback is that Julie´s style is natural, warm and impactful. It is a natural extension of what she enjoys doing – creating a safe space, creating clarity and transformation. She loves her dance, yoga, art and meditation practice, and is passionate about conscious femininity and spreading cyclical awareness which she shares about on her Facebook group and Instagram account New Moon Sisters.
Find out more on www.maitreecoaching.com.
“You have changed my life and given me the confidence to open up and live with joy and ease. You’re an amazing coach who opens people’s hearts. Thank you!"
“"A most refreshing and inspiring experience to be reminded of the things that make me feel truly joyful and empowered. There were times when my usual negative mental/emotional patterns emerged, and it was extremely helpful to have the tools there and then at hand to work with these patterns with awareness and love :-)”
"Julie taught me to acknowledge my values in my decision making which has made such a difference to my life. She is a joy to work with and I would recommend her to anyone.”
“Julie helped me a lot to accept myself the way I am right now. She has such a good energy and a very gentle and good soul. Her wisdom has a special grace that has an immediate effect when she speaks.”
- (all inclusive) per person per week
- €660 shared accommodation in twin non-ensuite room (with use of communal bathroom).
- €760 shared en suite accommodation (3 in a room) or single non-ensuite (with use of communal bathroom).
- €810 shared en suite twin or double room.
- €1100 single en suite accommodation (please note that single room availability is limited).
- €540 non-participating partner sharing a room.
- €650 work-exchange option (only one place per week): about 2-3 hours’ help per day with light household tasks (e.g., washing dishes, cleaning yoga studio) that does not interfere with the attendance of all classes. Accommodation in triple room.