Paper Doll Militia Aerial Retreats
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.
WATCH THIS SPACE FOR MAY RETREAT 2023
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.
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
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||Full Price|
|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 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.
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.
All meals, classes, transportation to and from aerial studio and all group excursions, excursions, drinks on cocktail night
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Crete is a very safe island 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.
“Save the Dates!”
Pencil these dates into your calendar! We will only open registration once it is clear that travel is open and available to / from Greece.
Week 1 – May 11 – 18, 2022
Trapeze, Lyra, Silks, Rope, Handstands, Vertical Theatre Method (Creative Approach to aerial arts)
Week 2 – May 21 – 28, 2022
Silks, Rope, Sling, Handstands, Vertical Theatre Method (Creative Approach to aerial arts)
How to reserve your spot
As soon as we receive your registration form, 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.
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.
In the case of Covid19 symptoms (fever, loss of smell or taste, etc…) a positive test, or are exposed to someone with Covid19 we ask that you do not attend the retreat. You will receive a full refund upon receipt of a Dr.’s note and / or positive test.
Postponement due to the Covid19 pandemic
The Catalina Aerial + Sail team are staying updated with any travel restrictions or virus news that might affect our ability to run this retreat safely. If the retreat is postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, you will have 2 options:
1) Your payment can be transferred in full to any other Paper Doll Militia program, including future Greece Retreat dates. There are no expiration dates for this credit, and you can choose option 2 at any time.
2) If we postpone the retreat and you wish to cancel your registration, you will receive a refund of tuition minus $50. This fee will go towards our administration costs and up front expenses.