Despite Coronavirus we had an incredible 2020 season. The retreat felt like a safe, relaxed space we enjoyed together through the safer part of the summer. A bit like an oasis in a Corona desert. Totally privileged to have been here and shared 2020 with some of you. We felt a lot of appreciation for the open but safe space we held through the summer. Needed respite for many.
Anne wrote: I’m still very grateful for the 2 weeks I spent with you. It feels like my second home. Miss you and the beautiful ocean and nature. The good part is that I’m positive and loaded with energy.
Where we are now
Greece happily avoided the corona troubles most of Europe suffered in the spring and summer of 2020. Currently we have a relatively low level of corona in Greece and the country has left the strong lockdown as of 11 January. While much of Europe is in the thick of a third wave it will, of course, not be the time to travel, possibly not the time to make travel plans. We have a belief that as the weather warms and vaccination programs move into full swing that come April things will become more open. Hopefully then we can all feel safer as well as less hemmed in and the opportunities to forget about the winter and have some healing respite will seem realistic for folk.
Arriving in Greece
Currently you can still travel to Greece. There is a passenger locator form to fill in. From all origins, given the high level of corona throughout the world, Greece requires a negative Covid test in the 72 hours before entry. This was the case in the Spring lockdown and will doubtless be relaxed once again in the Spring for the tourist season. All info on the latest rules is here: https://travel.gov.gr/#/
Currently we are closed but are still mulling the idea of long term winter guests. A place people can live in a bigger, safer more inspiring bubble than is possible elsewhere. Of course working, walking, swimming, sunbathing when the weather allows and healthy eating will play a nice part.
Most likely we won’t get this option together or not until early Spring. It needs our energy as well as a critical mass of interested guests. If the possibility excites you feel free to drop us a note and we can keep you informed if this idea looks like it might become more than an idea 😉
For a feel of this check our 2020 long stay page out
Yoga Rocks and our Corona response
We have been and will be here to help folk navigate any changes that the situation makes necessary. As it is was fast moving we offered full refunds at any point throughout 2020 and will do so in 2021.
In accordance with Greek regulations on Corona we’ve taken part in 15 hour educational seminars aiming to ensure the safe operating of the hospitality sector. We made some changes so the space was as safe as it could be while also having a relaxed atmosphere.
Totally preventing the spread we thought was optimistic was achieved by the Greeks here through the spring until the return of tourism. The Greek, possibly paranoid, approach to health in the early days prevented a mass spread.
Crete has corona cases. Currently 0-20 a day on the north coast of the island. At this low number extensive contact tracing is taking place reducing the chance of a more general outbreak. In the spring travel to Crete was restricted and Corona all but disappeared from the island. The winter approach to the Corona situation was hotly debated within Greece. There is more spread in the north of the country where it’s colder. The summer 2020 plan of folk holidaying but not spreading corona due to the outdoor nature of life in Greece in the summer appear to have been vindicated which lends some optimism to our 2021 plans. Greece had a ressurgence of corona in September from the northern boarders and in the areas that had already become cold and where outdoor lifestyles of coffees in the square had been swapped for inside living and socialising.
Phil lounging on the beach in early corona times before tourism had begun!
On the bright side this summer seemed to help the Greek idea that tourism could open and a general spread be very limited due to the outdoor lifestyle in the summer on a Greek beach holiday.
We’ll try to keep you up to date here if we have any relevant local news. If you are into mapping the Greek coronavirus situation is here. This site is best if you like up to date figures and charts. The best English language daily updates on the Greek corona situation is found here – it has a breakdown of the Greek cases per island as well as provinces on this island.
We are grateful very to be here.