Retreat & Program Opportunities:

Cretan Destination Retreats invite you to explore, share and enjoy your passion, in a place perfect for all three.

“Give passion a purpose and people will come. Share it joyfully, and you’ll create a community, build a team, forge a family.”
–Anonymous
Whether you are an organization gathering offsite to achieve strategic objectives, a focused facilitator guiding specific practice, or a family seeking to regroup, relax and bond; the place and program you choose will drive engagement, and the fun and friendships you create will confirm success.

Cretan Destination Retreats is actively seeking passionate people, professionals, and families who desire either to create an event or conduct a fully-fledged program missing only a place to land. If that’s you, the opportunities in our area of operation present a perfect chance to launch your best desires.

Celebrations

Hosting a reunion? Planning a wedding?

Considering a gathering where participants can strengthen historic relationships and create new friendships? We can host family celebrations and even customize any event with an itinerary of activities that deepens the bonds, natural joys, and memories such occasions offer.

Health-Focused Holidays

Looking for a spectacular place to get back in shape?

Crete, a tectonic plate so active over the past 1,000 years that it appears to be an invitation from God to study geology, offers a host of natural history sites easy to visit and explore. Recent gorges whose splits allow you to walk through a path 190 meters into the earth’s crust; flora and fauna whose adaptation to the various elevations and harsh environments inspire wonder; and landscapes that have challenged human culture and driven the individual and community ingenuity at the heart of democratic history. We can create a fun itinerary of wonder for a variety of ages to walk through and experience these vibrant landscapes.

Culinary Explorations

Want to inspire palates with the joy of new tastes and culinary techniques?

Local cooking, fantastic tavernas with menus offering sea-to-table & farm-to-table fare, and opportunities to work with local chefs; all will provide a heavenly learning experience to any foodie, and a growth opportunity for any food professional looking to spread his/her apron-wings and explore the unique traditions of the Cretan hearth and kitchen.

Natural History Experiences

See the physical world through God’s eyes.

Crete, a tectonic plate so active over the past 1,000 years that it appears to be an invitation from God to study geology, offers a host of natural history sites easy to visit and explore. Recent gorges whose splits allow you to walk through a path 190 meters into the earth’s crust; flora and fauna whose adaptation to the various elevations and harsh environments inspire wonder; and landscapes that have challenged human culture and driven the individual and community ingenuity at the heart of democratic history. We can create a fun itinerary of wonder for a variety of ages to walk through and experience these vibrant landscapes.

Historical Experience Tours

Explore Cretan history and see the history of humankind.

Our locations in Crete are within a sling or gunshot of a host of pivot points in Western Civilization’s history: The 6-million-year-old hominid footprints just found here in Kissamos and upending the theory that our ancestors arose from the African continent; the cities and tombs of ancient Minoan Culture; and the critical battle and campaign sites that turned the tide of fascism during World War II. History buffs of any epoch will find the experience of visiting sites and matching the footsteps of historical heroes and horrors a rich, once in a lifetime experience.

Practical & Creative Arts

Inspirational places to work, learn & create.

Painting, Ceramics, Drama, Writing, Photography and other creative fields will all find rich soil from which to grow and practice craft. In almost all cases our area will have historic sites of previous practitioners, contemporary resources and vistas that will inspire the craft; and all are easily interwoven into a fun program of practice & improvement.

Youth Programming

Leverage any program into an exciting inflection point for a young life.

Team building, skill enhancement, and educational journeys that organize chaperoned youth trips around one or several themes. We have the expertise and creativity to work with schools, non-profits, and facilitators to plan a program that meets those goals, while removing from facilitators the logistics of organization and execution, letting them focus on the passion they want to share.

Celebrations

Hosting a reunion? Planning a wedding?

Considering a gathering where participants can strengthen historic relationships and create new friendships? We can host family celebrations and even customize any event with an itinerary of activities that deepens the bonds, natural joys, and memories such occasions offer.

Health-Focused Holidays

Looking for a spectacular place to get back in shape?

Whether you are looking for a spectacular place to train with fellow triathletes or want only to join a like-minded group ready to shake off shackles of too much office work and screen time; we can set up itineraries of hard alpine training or easy hikes, swims and rides; either raising your fitness to elite levels or simply returning you—if not to your youth itself—then a more youthful and invigorated ‘you!’ And whether your chosen regimen involves cycling, hiking, running, or yoga, we can fashion an itinerary that will mix chosen activities with great, friendships, and an island lifestyle where playing hard in the sun means sleeping well under the stars.

Culinary Explorations

Want to inspire palates with the joy of new tastes and culinary techniques?

Local cooking, fantastic tavernas with menus offering sea-to-table & farm-to-table fare, and opportunities to work with local chefs; all will provide a heavenly learning experience to any foodie, and a growth opportunity for any food professional looking to spread his/her apron-wings and explore the unique traditions of the Cretan hearth and kitchen.

Natural History Experiences

Crete: See the physical world through God’s eyes.

Crete, a tectonic plate so active over the past 1,000 years that it appears to be an invitation from God to study geology, offers a host of natural history sites easy to visit and explore. Recent gorges whose splits allow you to walk through a path 190 meters into the earth’s crust; flora and fauna whose adaptation to the various elevations and harsh environments inspire wonder; and landscapes that have challenged human culture and driven the individual and community ingenuity at the heart of democratic history. We can create a fun itinerary of wonder for a variety of ages to walk through and experience these vibrant landscapes.

Historical Experience Tours

Explore Cretan history and see the history of humankind.

Our locations in Crete are within a sling or gunshot of a host of pivot points in Western Civilization’s history: The 6-million-year-old hominid footprints just found here in Kissamos and upending the theory that our ancestors arose from the African continent; the cities and tombs of ancient Minoan Culture; and the critical battle and campaign sites that turned the tide of fascism during World War II. History buffs of any epoch will find the experience of visiting sites and matching the footsteps of historical heroes and horrors a rich, once in a lifetime experience.

Practical & Creative Arts

Inspirational places to work, learn & create.

Painting, Ceramics, Drama, Writing, Photography and other creative fields will all find rich soil from which to grow and practice craft. In almost all cases our area will have historic sites of previous practitioners, contemporary resources and vistas that will inspire the craft; and all are easily interwoven into a fun program of practice & improvement.

Youth Programming

Leverage any program into an exciting inflection point for a young life.

Team building, skill enhancement, and educational journeys that organize chaperoned youth trips around one or several themes. We have the expertise and creativity to work with schools, non-profits, and facilitators to plan a program that meets those goals, while removing from facilitators the logistics of organization and execution, letting them focus on the passion they want to share.

Customized Itineraries

Never mind what we do well; What are your passions?

Are you looking for a way and a place to share your passions with others? We can work with facilitators to create custom programming that will serve and share those passions with up to 20 participants, creating experiences that make learning feel like a holiday, and make a holiday fill with growth. Your participants will take home not only photographs, but the relationships and living experiences at the heart of all our best learning moments. Some areas we think are perfect for our locale, and where we lack only the right person with the right passion are:

Retreat Slots Available for 2024

The above retreat slots can be adjusted depending on your retreat’s length and other scheduling needs.
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