The whole Yoga Rocks team are delighted to be your hosts for an incredible retreat. Expect life enhancing yoga and fabulous food at Agios Pavlos, Crete in 2022! Helen and Phil began Yoga Rocks together, gathering an incredible fun loving and friendly team that ensures all desires are catered for. Philosophically and practically, we aim to turn work into play, making your holiday experience light and carefree. Phil and Helen grew up in England though lived outside the UK since the end of the 90s. They have explored an unusually large and varied selection of fascinating places around the globe and were together for more than twenty years. Now leading more separate lives we still love running the retreat and sharing our amazing kids.
Since 2010 we’ve spent summers on Crete, just along the coast from Agios Pavlos and in 2019 we made Crete our full time home. We look forward to using all our considerable experience and resources to make your yoga retreat a holiday from which you will return feeling refreshed and revitalised.
Over the years the Yoga Rocks community is becoming stronger and wider as guests, team and teachers form this crazy deep and fun network. We are honoured and humbled to be a part of this.
Phil, whose father was from Crete, worked with tourists for many years in Amsterdam, occasionally teaching yoga and diving deep into Thai Yoga massage before becoming the magical dynamism behind Yoga Rocks. He feels forcing life or yoga is counter productive and is the master of leaving things until the last minute in the most intelligent and creative way. Phil hopes you’ll enjoy your retreat ride and find the progression you’ve stopped looking for.
After years of constant presence Phil is less hands on these days but is still very much a part of the retreat. A massive foodie, he often pops up at meal times to hang out with the happy guests spreading his cheerful chatty vibe.
We think about 2005ish Phil and Ian used to work on opposite sides of the main shopping street in Amsterdam, allowing for relaxed neighbourhood bonding. Interested in yoga, but with flexible time keeping, Ian once turned up for one of Helen’s workshops just in time for savasana! From then he has developed his own steady, yet undercover, yoga practice.
He has been a regular visitor since the beginning, so when we needed a little more consistent help around the retreat, Ian seemed the perfect man for the job. A night owl, he is the one who will welcome you in if you arrive late. Pictured here with his partner Betty, we love having Ian around and guests appreciate his perky efficiency.
Helen’s fascination with yoga began as a child and by the age of 20 a more intense interest in yoga was emerging. From here, her practice gradually developed into a lifestyle. Ten years on a teacher training in 2005 awakened a deep dedication for showing people how a practice which begins on the mat can lead to a happier and more balanced existence in the real world.
Before Yoga Rocks Helen spent five years teaching yoga, primarily in Amsterdam, as well as shorter stints in more tropical locations like Thailand and Jamaica. Now she bumbles enthusiastically around Yoga Rocks, sometimes lucky enough to lead retreats which she loves.
We have an ever changing team of incredible helpers that return year after year. Constantly amazed by their supportive enthusiasm we are incredibly grateful to them all. Everyone brings their own unique qualities and energies, engaging with the guests and helping make the retreat experience an unforgettably amazing holiday.
At Yoga Rocks we celebrate the similarities between yoga styles rather than looking for the superficial differences. The teachers we invite have in common a wish to spread BIG love, openness and joy. We love the highs of the physical and other yoga practices, but also understand how taking this energy out of the retreat to brighten the lives of those who we love, as well as those who we may not love quite so much, is the where the real challenge begins.