Paper Doll Militia Aerial Retreats

Crete, Greece

How can you spot an aerialist? The size of our lats, our activewear, and our idea of a “relaxing vacation.

Join our Paper Doll aerial family of high-octane aerialists who don’t like to sit still either. Travel to Greece for a week of aerial escapades, creative play, epic adventure, and healthy food galore… all in the serene and gorgeous surroundings of Chania, Crete. Train with Paper Doll Militia’s Sarah Bebe Holmes and Rain Anya, who will be offering daily workshops in aerial skills, technique, choreography, and their unique creative approach, with additional classes in handstands and flexibility. This retreat is open to all levels, so all are welcome! Our meals feature a fusion of traditional Cretan cuisine and contemporary fare, all prepared by a local chef. The excursions are epic and not to be missed. Fill yourself up with swimming, sunning, snorkeling, hiking, and experiencing all the beauty that Crete has to offer. Rejuvenate your soul with the sea and the sun while meeting like minded aerialists from around the world.

May 6-13, 2020 – Sold Out (waiting list only) 

Trapeze, Lyra, Silks, Rope, Handstands, Vertical Theatre Method (Creative Approach to aerial arts)

May 16-23, 2020 – Sold Out (waiting list only)

Silks, Rope, Sling, Handstands, Vertical Theatre Method (Creative Approach to aerial arts)

Aerial Level

We welcome people of all levels who have some experience with aerial arts. All of our aerial classes have two instructors so that we can work with people at their level.

Please do not sign up for this retreat if you have never taken aerial classes before. If you are unsure of your level please contact us and we can discuss where you are at.

Sample schedule:

Those who know us know we love to pack it in. At our retreats you will have over 30 hours of studio time with Rain Anya and Sarah Bebe Holmes, co-artistic directors of the company. All of our workshops are optional, so we leave it up to you to find the perfect balance of training hard and relaxing by the pool.

8:30 – 9:30am BREAKFAST
9:45 – 10:15am Warm up
10:15 – 12:15pm Workshop 1
12:15 – 1:00pm  Handstands or Creative Exercise + Cool Down

1:15 – 2:45pm LUNCH

3:00 – 4:30pm Open Studio Time
4:30 – 4:45pm Group Warm Up
4:45 – 6:45pm Workshop 2
6:45 – 7:00pm Group Cool down

7:15 – 8:15pm DINNER

8:15 – 10:00pm Evening Activity

There are variations in the schedule to accommodate our excursions and outings throughout the week

Cost

We have several pricing options to help fit your budget. There are limited spaces for each of these options. They are first come, first serve.

Room Early Bird
Until Nov.15
Full Price
After Nov. 15
Double Room (on a memory foam sofa bed) € 1,500 € 1,700
Double Room (in a single bed) € 1,600 € 1,800
Shared King(2 in one bed)
Price by person
€ 1,500 € 1,700
Private King with shared bathroom € 1,800 € 2,000
Private King with en suite bathroom €1,900 €2,100

* Prices are listed in Euros. To pay in a different currency, the amount will be determined by the equivalent value of your currency on the date of payment.

Payment Methods

Payment options specific to your currency will be provided to you upon registration. We accept a range of various payment methods including, bank transfer, checks, and transferwise. We can accommodate most major currencies from around the world.

Return Retreaters!

If you have come to one of our retreats you are in the family. Take an additional €150 off your total price this year. If you are signing up for both weeks, lucky you, you get to use this discount for the second week.

Price Includes

All meals, classes, transportation to and from aerial studio and all group excursions, excursions, drinks on cocktail night

Additional Costs

Massage, Alcohol (other than on cocktail night), shopping / gifts, transportation for extra activities. We also highly recommend that you purchase an individual travel insurance policy.

Significant Other Pricing (not attending the workshops)

Cost: €400; We have a limited amount of slots for significant others at the Villas.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Excursions

We take you on two outings around Chania to enrich your senses with the beauty of the island. Each Excursion Day has two options that you can choose from.

Excursion Day 1

The Monastery Hike

Find inspiration and fresh perspective through gazing over the sea cliffs and hiking on the winding paths which pass by ancient ruins and untouched landscape. This epic hike ends with a refreshing swim in the Aegean Sea.

OR

Balos Beach

Balos is famous for its turquoise waters, the wild natural beauty and the beautiful exotic scenery.

 

Excursion Day 2

Boat Ride & Snorkeling

Immerse yourself into the mediterranean with a boat trip, cruise over the water with the majestic mountains in view on the island (sometimes with snow still on top) we will explore beaches and bring along some snorkels to see some underwater wonders.

OR

Beach Bar Hang Out

Chill under the umbrella, order your favorite cocktails, swim and lie by the shore. Enjoy true Mediterranean downtime in sun and style.

Mealtimes

Each villa is stocked with yummy and healthy goodies for a do it yourself breakfast. Get up when you want and help yourself to a variety of tea, coffee, juice, cereal, yogurt, eggs from the chickens that live at the villas, breads and nut butters, for a variety of dietary needs.

On our excursion days we explore some of the local cuisine when we take everyone out for lunch and dinner on the town. We’ve hand selected top-notch cafes and restaurants in Chania, beachfront and in the heart of the old harbour, which makes for a unforgettable Cretan dining experience.

Eating Local

All of our food is locally sourced from the Island of Crete and prepared by a local chef. He considers all dietary needs and allergies and provides a well balanced diet to rejuvenate, cleanse and keep your body nourished. We also have a vegetable garden and chickens at the Villas so you can gather your own eggs and veggies for some extra breakfast flourish.

How to reserve your spot

Register with the links found at the bottom of this page, tell us about yourself, we want to get to know you. As soon as we have your registration details we will provide you with the best way to pay depending on which country you are coming from. We accept payment forms from all over the world. Payment in full is due to confirm your place. We will keep in close communication with you once you have registered to answer any more questions, provide you with a full packing list and let you know of any essentials you should know or bring.

Registering for BOTH retreat weeks

Take advantage of the 4 days off to really take in the beauty of the island. The 4 days (3 nights) between the retreats, consist of departure day from week 1 , 2 days off, then arrival day for week 2. You can choose to take these days to go off and adventure around Crete or beyond. Or you can book your room for the break days and stay to chill at the villas and have short daytrips around Chania, of which there are many. Accommodation on break days are booked out on a first serve basis, so if you want to stay with us on break days please let us know as soon as possible. Prices vary depending on your room type. Food is not provided on the break days. Our return retreaters discount (€150 off) will apply to your tuition on the second week.

Cancellation Policy

50% refund up 60 days before the1st day of retreat

25% refund up to 30 days before the 1st day of the retreat

In extreme circumstances (such as illness, injury, or death in the family), we will provide special refund options if given proof or medical records.

International Travel

Crete is a very safe island, you do not need to get any vaccinations and there is no visa required, you DO NEED to have at least six months left before your passport expires.

Crete Here I come!

You have a choice of two airports in coming to the beautiful island of Crete. Chania Airport – 30 minute drive from accommodation Heraklion Airport – 2.5 hour bus journey across Crete, we will pick you up at bus depot which is 15 minutes from the accommodation. The bus costs €15.50 each way and leaves every 30 minutes.

Both airports are easy to travel into and out of if the connections work out easily enough fly into Chania we suggest going there. However, some European cities fly direct to Heraklion, so the added bus journey may actually work out to be easier. If you have questions about what the best option is we are happy to answer questions.

Please aim to arrive / depart to / from airport or bus station between 8am-8pm on the official Arrival day / Departure day. If you arrive outwith these times you will need to arrange your own transportation to / from the accommodation.

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Reservation

Week 1 – Sold out – Waiting list only

May 6th, 2020 – Arrival day
May 7 – 12th, 2020 – Retreat days
May 13th, 2020 – Departure day

Trapeze, Lyra, Silks, Rope, Handstands, Vertical Theatre Method (Creative Approach to aerial arts)

Register Here

Week 2 – Sold Out – Waiting list only

May 16th, 2020 – Arrival day
May 17 – 22nd, 2020 – Retreat days
May 23rd, 2020 Departure day

Silks, Rope, Sling, Handstands, Vertical Theatre Method (Creative Approach to aerial arts)

Register Here 

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