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The team at Agios Pavlos beach and beach bar

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 2024! 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.

The view of Agios Pavlos bay to Yoga Rocks from beach taverna

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.

Yoga Rocks on a sunny day
Yoga Rocks on a sunny day
Sam and Ross on the terrace near the sea on yoga retreat
The kitchen at Yoga Rocks
Yoga Rocks sheep yoghurt breakfast
Ian and Boobie at Greek yoga retreat
Drinking Greek coffee on the beach near Yoga Rocks
Yoga Rocks buffet area on a sunny day
Cat on a spiky mat at yoga retreat
Helen Reavill teaching and running retreats at Yoga Rocks, Agios Pavlos

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.

Yoga Rocks retreat very near this stunning beach
Yoga Rocks retreat very near this stunning beach
Friday night out on Yoga Rocks retreat in Crete
Boat trip to Preveli river from Yoga Rocks retreat, Crete
Triopetra beach with Yoga Rocks crew
Yoga Rocks night out on yoga holiday in the taverna in Triopetra
Hammock and happy campers on yoga holiday in Greece
Dancing in the kitchen at Yoga Rocks Crete
Lila and Ivan and a crocodile
Smiling a lot on yoga retreat in Greece
3 wise men on Friday night from Yoga Rocks retreat in Crete
Yoga Rocks crew head to Spili for shopping

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.

Liz and Betty at the final night meal out at Yoga Rocks Agios Pavlos
Liz and Betty at the final night meal out at Yoga Rocks Agios Pavlos
Carin doing dancer pose by the sea at Yoga Rocks retreat Agios Pavlos
Hammocks at Yoga Rocks retreat Crete with Bryony and Lila Mogwai
Ivan and Phil on the yoga deck ayt Yoga Rocks Crete
Yoga retreat silliness at Yoga Rocks in Greece
Cretan yoga holiday
Yoga Rocks retreat with wild cats in Crete
Warm sunny weather on yoga holiday in Crete
Hanging out a totally natural beach near Yoga Rocks retreat in Crete
Ekapadaraja kapotanasana with Melissa and Dan on yoga holiday Crete
Taverna night out for delicious Cretan food at Yoga Rocks, Crete
Love at Yoga Rocks retreat in Greece
Hanging out at the retreat
Reading in the sun on retreat
Phil and Betty hanging out
Yoga Rocks toilet roll
Lila the Yoga Rocks cat
The Yoga Rocks kitchen
Ardha chandrasana or half moon on the terrace at Yoga Rocks Crete