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Retreats began 27 June

We were happy to begin the season at the end of June. Those arriving have reported a smooth entry procedure into Greece.

We’ve made the retreat a safe, relaxed space we can enjoy together. Retreats will continue with low numbers while we work out the fun yet careful working of the retreat in Corona times.

Where we are now

Corona fast became a major moment in our cultural history this spring. While Corona has rapidly changed our lives, happily some countries, Greece especially, are now operating almost normally within the country with little viral spread.

The retreat is running as usual with a few safety measures in place. See the full retreat schedule for more info or check out our long stay retreat options – if you fancy a safe extended holiday with us.

General tourism opening 1 July

From 1 July all airports opened. EU citizens and those of several other countries can now enter Greece. Most EU countries now have direct flights to Greece with randon testing for corona only. Direct flights from the UK and Sweden are prohibited but will be allowed in from 15 July. Arrivals must complete a form to allow easy contact in case of say corona on their plane. There’s more information here  https://travel.gov.gr/#/

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’ve offered and continue to offer full refunds at any point. Should you not feel comfortable travelling when the retreat comes around you are covered. We thought this fair so you didn’t need to stress as corona spiked, petered out or threatened to re-emerge. Past the biggest spikes in Europe possibly things begin to feel a lot better.

We’ve tried to avoid unnecessarily changing the schedule. When a retreat must be postponed eg. as the Greek government is not allowing hotels to operate as happened in the Spring or the teacher or guests are unable to travel we’ll contact the group. If you want to know the current thinking on your retreat week please contact us.

The schedule on the website we hope will not be subject to much change from now on. Please click long term retreats from July for stays through the summer. It’s a new offering in response to the corona times.

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.

Crete situation

On 4 July we’ve had just 20 cases on the island to date and only one known case over the past month.

Totally preventing the spread we thought was optimistic but has been achieved by the Greeks here. The Greek, possibly paranoid, approach to health has helped prevent a mass spread.

On 4 July Greece has just over 3500 cases. Extensive tracing of contacts continues and can continue at the low level of new cases. Deaths from corona are currently less than 1 per week.

Phil lounging on the beach, looking more relaxed than he normally does on the 13 April! No imminent arrival of guests in sight. More movement is currently in place.

Positive hopes

Greece became a role model within Europe of how to effectively contain and reduce the spread of corona virus. Now their challenge is to safely navigate the tourist season.

Hopefully the outdoor lifestyle here as well as safety stuff in place will reduce any transmission potential within Greece. It’s not the same sitting at a cafe or our dining area in the open air by the beach with a sea breeze as it is sitting in a ski chalet or a restaurant in N. Europe. We have plenty of space and plan to use it while reducing guest numbers so we and guests are more relaxed.

All fingers crossed that we get as quicker disappearance of Covid 20 as it appeared. The Greek situation is charted here

Updates

We’ll try to keep you up to date here if we have any relevant local news. This article is in Greek but worth putting through Google translate about the Crete corona success. Our feeling throughout is that best to ignore the hype and ups and downs of this spread and see how things are at the time as it’s an unusually changeable situation. If you are into mapping the Greek coronavirus situation is here. This site is best if you like up to date figures and charts.

We are grateful very to be here.

The wild beach near Yoga Rocks