Crete Retreat 2024

Aug 10-17, 2024

Eleventh International Yoga and Creativity Retreat in Greece with FRANÇOIS RAOULT & NATHALIE ALVAREZ

Fly to Athens and take a plane or ferryboat to Heraklion. After the retreat, you can drift towards other islands like Santorini by boat. Our days together will begin with early pranayama practice in the yoga hall overlooking the ocean. The core of the morning sessions will then explore the foundations of a Yoga practice through the cycles of classical poses. These energetic sessions will aim to build strength, stamina and increase flexibility. In the afternoon you can go to the beach or explore the island and the nearby villages.

The late afternoon classes will be devoted to restoratives poses, savasana and deep listening to sacred music of all traditions. Nathalie will propose creative sessions of symbolic art as a theme interwoven with the Yoga sessions.

(Art supplies provided)



François Raoult, M.A., ERYT500, C-IAYT

François is the founder and director of Open Sky Yoga Center in Rochester, NY and has taught yoga since 1975. For a decade, he toured Europe with an avant-garde puppet theater and composed music for the plays. The manipulation of string puppets led him to explore yoga and tai chi. He conducts seminars, international retreats and teacher training worldwide. He also leads international retreats with his wife Nathalie in India, Mexico, Crete and Venice…. A graduate of the Ecole Nationale de Yoga in Paris (with direct disciples of Sri Krishnamacharya) and among the first french yoga instructors to study in Pune,India with Sri B.K.S. Iyengar from whom he received a Junior 3 certification. François also has explored meditation, ayurveda and experiential anatomy. Certified in Gong and Laughing Yoga(!). François completed the international Sound Healer program in Spain and also holds a master’s degree in Ethnomusicology.


Nathalie Alvarez

Nathalie is François’s partner in life and co-creator of the Journey to India. A pioneer in the fields of massage and transpersonal therapy since 1981— Nathalie directed L’Ecole du Corps Conscience, based in Montpellier, France. Nathalie’s work combines expression, symbolism, mandalas and color therapy.


$2250 Double Room

$2550 Single Room (if available)

Non-refundable deposit $500 (balance due by March 1)

(includes all classes, all meals, 7 nights lodging, rooms with AC and private bath)

No Refunds after June 30

Download and print flyer: PDF

For more information: Francois Raoult

Option Fee
Non-refundable deposit $500
Double Room Balance $1750
Single Room Balance $2050
Double Room Full Payment $2250
Single Room Full Payment $2550