Paper Doll Militia Aerial Retreats
Week 1: April 30 – May 7, 2023 – Silks, Trapeze, Lyra & Vertical Theatre Method
Week 2: May 10 – 17, 2023 – Silks, Rope, Sling & Vertical Theatre Method
Registration NOW OPEN!
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. 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.
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 25 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.
There are variations in the schedule to accommodate our excursions and outings throughout the week
To read more about how we are ensuring the safety of the participants, as well as the local communities we are visiting, please CLICK HERE for our retreat COVID-19 safety info page.
We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance that includes medical insurance. Check with your health care provider to see if you are covered for international travel. For more information on travel insurance click here.
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.
Get your Early Bird Discount if you sign up by Feb 1st, 2023.
|Room||Early Bird||Full Price|
|Double Room (on a memory foam sofa bed)||$ 1,900||$ 2,100|
|Double Room (in a single bed)||$ 2,000||$ 2,200|
|Shared King(2 in one bed)
Price by person
|$ 1,900||$ 2,100|
|Private King with shared bathroom||$ 2,200||$ 2,400|
|Private King with en suite bathroom||$2,300||$2,500|
* Prices are listed in US Dollars. To pay in a different currency, the amount will be determined by the equivalent value of your currency on the date of payment.
** Private King rooms are all SOLD OUT for both weeks
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 Wise. 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 $200 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: $600; 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.
Falassarna 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 an 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.
How to reserve your spot
Choose the week you are registering for and fill in this short form.
Arrival Day: April 30, 2023
Retreat Days – May 1 – May 6th, 2023
Departure Day: May 7, 2023
Arrival Day: May 10, 2023
Retreat Days – May 11 – May 16th, 2023
Departure Day: May 17, 2023
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 day trips 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 ($200 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.
Retreat Cancellation / Postponement due to world events
In the unlikely (hopefully) event of a world event which causes worldwide travel restrictions we will stay in close contact with you and provide two options for how to proceed:
1) Your payment can be transferred in full to any other Paper Doll Militia program, including future Greece or Panama Retreat dates and/or towards private lessons, workshops or teacher training. 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 $100. This fee will go towards our administration costs and up front expenses.