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These group holidays in Crete have evolved through
several successful years. We dance, play with myths and create rituals
together to enter deeply into the sacredness of the land and connect consciously
with the inner landscapes of our lives. We also walk, talk, go to the
beach and feast on the wonderfully healthy fresh Cretan food.
For me, and countless others, Crete is a place of transformations and miracles. It is not a place to escape to so much as to enter into our essential being, our relationship with nature and spirit. People come here as seekers and their lives are changed. My intention in offering these holidays is that we give something back by being here consciously, joyfully, with gratitude, with the energy of our dance and humility of spirit.
Entering deep within and emerging renewed and replenished: these are the rhythms of the labyrinth. The journey to the centre is not straightforward: we need to dance all our rhythms many times to approach the mystery of our lives, what we need and what we are here to give. On the other hand, revelation or epiphanies can come as a gift at any time if we are open to receive.
Practising the 5 Rhythms every day, the natural ecstatic energy of Azogires, the magical power of the river valley and the sun soaked olive terraces, the views down the gorge to the sea and up to the rugged horizons, allow us to experience the rapture of creation, inspire us to dance our dreams. Entering the incredible dark of the sacred cave, steeped in legend, many have overcome fear and felt healed by the infinite mystery in the heart of earthís darkness. Then we swim and play in green sea caves, trek to the ancient healing temple at LissosÖand finally create and dance in our own labyrinth, one by one, held and witnessed by the circle.
swimming in caves near Azogires
The centre at Azogires is very simple: a converted farmhouse providing a dance space, kitchen and a patio where we eat, and a separate building with 8 twin ensuite bedrooms with balconies and superb views. A short and spectacular drive away is the sea and beautiful beaches around the resort of Paleochora. There are also two friendly tavernas in the village for drinks and simple meals.
A new holiday with Cora Greenhill and Rose Flint
Azogires, SW Crete
In Following the Thread, Rose Flint will help us discover the
connecting links between Crete and Avalon. ëDeep within the mysteries of
both Crete and Britain stands the figure of Ariadne, Mistress of the Labyrinth.í
We will again dance, (though not so much), write, and create ritual to
deepen our exploration of this connection and the meaning of the labyrinth
journey in our lives.
Waves by WavesSeptember 5 - 12
with Cora Greenhill and Ian Tranter
near Aptera, NW Crete
The basic ingredients are dancing the 5 Rhythms each morning, visiting sacred sites, connecting with the timeless spirit of the place, creating ritual, and relaxing by the sea - all in a beautiful and ideal new venue right by the sea and really convenient to Hania Airport.
Akrimios is a hotel/centre right on the sea facing the Akrotiri peninsular
in N.W. Crete. It has been designed, built and is run by Ingrid and Petros,
a Cretan/Austrian couple, and their family. Petros is a renowned Cretan
traditional musician (see picture!)and a farmer.They
have built a beautiful, private group room with a huge patio over the deep
blue sea see picture above). Akrimios is a meeting place for local musicians
and artists, as well as foreign guests. There is a tiny private beach below
the hotel, and other beaches close by.
Postscript June 2000
Having recently returned from Crete, and spending time
at Akrimios, Iím glad to report that the venue is even better than I originally
thought! I had time to explore the beaches nearby, and there are several
that are wonderful, but I wonít divulge their different secrets! Iíve discovered
that the site at Aptera, is believed to have been the largest Potnian*
(Minoan) settlement in W. Crete, though the early remains have been
mostly overlayed by the later continuous occupation, especially Roman.
Much to explore there, right on our doorstep!
What can I say? Weíre going to have a wonderful time.
If youíve got the chance of doing both weeks, go for it - you wonít want
to come home after one! I donít know quite what will be in store at the
village festival, but Iím sure it will be a great send off from Aptera
and start of our tour! Iím thrilled that several people have already booked
on Paths of the Priestess: it is a long held dream of mine to take dancers
to these unique sites where sacred dance was once the way of life of our
shamanic ancestors, to feel the connection to the places through our bodies
and respond with our own dances, poems, and rituals of healing for ourselves
and the world. More detailed information about the journey will reach you
in August, as well as a ëwhat to bringí list for both weeks
Ideal as an extension to the previous week, starting at Aptera with a local village festival, then travelling East to visit some of the famous Potnian sites of Knossos, Archanes, Mt Juktas, the Eileythian cave and, of course, the unmissable archaeological Museum at Heraklion.
Our last three days will be at the small resort of Istro, from where we visit the smaller Minoan sites at Gournia, the island of Mochlos, and Karfi, towering above the Lassithi plateau. We can descend the awesome Skotino cave, and visit the lovely convent at Palliani built around a two thousand year old, still sacred myrtle tree.
On this week we will experience the continuity of spirituality and culture, the connection to sacred space and the relationship to the land that is still so tangible everywhere in Crete. We will share our responses to the different energies of these powerfully healing and transformational places, and allow rituals to suggest themselves.
The itinerary will be flexible so that we can follow the group energy,
but there will also usually be the option of relaxing on a beach if youíve
Please note, there will not be taught 5 Rhythms on this second week,
but there will be opportunities to dance! We hope that many of you will
have been on Waves on Waves, so that the waves will continue within and
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