Earth, Sand & SEA

Dance residency with Miriam peretz

July 7-13, 2023

Earth, Sand & Sea

An Immersive Dance Exploration with the Natural World.

6 nights. 5 full days. Stay on or offsite.

Registration now open

The Program

Shakti School of Dance presents:
a Dance Residency with Miriam Peretz

An immersive dance exploration with the natural world,

distilling down to our most raw elements, returning to our sacred flow.

This dance residency is a rare opportunity to work closely in a small focused group on dance technique in the studio and site specific performance in the dramatic nature of the island of Crete.


Open to dancers with experience in any dance form. There will be a mix of technique challenge, easeful movement, improvisation, and play.


Miriam Peretz is an internationally celebrated dancer who has devoted her life to empowering and healing women through the art of dance, ritual practice and community building. Over the course of her lifetime career, she has developed two signature dance format’s, Nava Dance and Integral Dance. Nava Dance is rooted in Miriam’s extensive training in Central Asian dance, however also integrates devotional whirling and mystical practices from her personal spiritual path as a dervish. Integral Dance is a holistic practice weaving together contemporary dance, somatics, martial arts, and cross-cultural/cross-religious themes.  Both formats embrace Miriam’s belief in the potential of movement and dance to facilitate physical, spiritual, and emotional healing on a personal and communal level. Her love of dance has led her on an extraordinary life-long journey in search for ways to use the arts as a bridge between people of different backgrounds and spiritual traditions. Miriam has travelled extensively throughout the Middle East and Europe, taught and performed at festivals around the globe and has completed a masters degree in dance at Mills College of California. Miriam embraces dance as a uniquely powerful means of expressing deep emotion and spiritual yearning, and therefore the perfect embodiment of prayer.

For questions regarding dance curriculum, please contact Miriam directly:

Questions regarding your stay at Villa Shakti or the registration process, please contact Shakti School of Dance at:  

Please read our updated Terms & Conditions Page before you register, which includes: *School Cancellation Policy, *School & Villa Shakti Policies, *Health & Safety in Covid Times, and *Assumption of Risk. 

daily schedule

(Subject to change)

  • 8:30-9:30 am – Breakfast
  • 10 am – 1 pm – Dance Session in Studio (3 hrs)
  • 1:15 pm – Lunch
  • 2:30 – 5:30  pm Beach time/Day trip
  • 5:30 – 7:30 pm – Site specific work (2 hrs)
  • 8:30 pm – Dinner (2 Dinners out in Taverna not included)

AccommodationS & PRICES

(2 per room, shared bathroom, includes meals and transport)

The rooms at Villa Shakti includes bath towel set, Greek beach towel, bedding and blankets, table fan, WIFI, access to apartment kitchen, spacious living room and dining area, cable TV.  Places are limited.  The house is strictly vegetarian.


  • 25+ hours Training
  • Double Share Room at Villa Shakti
  • 15 Healthy Vegetarian meals (dinners at local tavernas are not covered)
  • Transportation (All Day trips, Airport Pick up and Drop off shuttle)

*Village Apartments: These traditional restored apartments are a 10 minute walk from Villa Shakti on peaceful a country road. The apartments are in a rustic traditional village with a plentiful organic garden, traditional orthodox church, goats, a fresh spring fountain and many flowers!

(4 per apartment, single beds, shared bathroom, includes meals and transport)

The rooms at Village Apartments includes bath towel set, towel, bedding and blankets, table fan, WIFI, access to apartment kitchen, spacious living room and dining area, cable TV.  Places are limited. 


  • 25+ hours Training 
  • Double Share Room at Village Apartments
  • 15 Healthy Vegetarian meals per week (dinners at local tavernas are not covered)
  • Transportation (All Day trips, Airport Pick up and Drop off shuttle)

*Transportation NOT included to/from Villa Shakti only.  This option is for those staying offsite, and want to rent a car.  You will be responsible to drive yourself on our daily nature trips and to arrive/depart Villa Shakti from Airport.

Includes lunch and Welcome Dinner only.

If you are looking for more privacy, you will find many other villas, Airbnb and rentals nearby our village of Aikirgiannis (Topolia).  We suggest you have a look at Airbnb or We recommend looking in the Topolia area and no farther than Kissamos so travel time to classes are not an issue. You can use the FB event page to post if you are looking for others to share a villa with you. You will might need your own rental car for this option to get to/from your room. Greece is a very popular summer destination so book soon!


  • 25+ hours Training 
  • 6 Healthy Vegetarian meals per week 
  • No transportation at all


Our in-house catering team include a passionate Greek and Italian who love cooking healthy vibrant food!  We enjoy offering a healthy Vegetarian take on local Cretan recipes. Cretan and Greek cuisine is full of roasted vegetables, rices dishes, cucumber salads and of course, a decadent selection of homemade local cheeses! Occasionally we change up the menu by preparing mild Ayurvedic Indian food or Italian pasta, etc. All meals are served buffet style – all you can eat! Special dietary needs such as vegan, gluten free, and allergies can be catered to with prior notice.

*Our villa is strictly Vegetarian in celebration of life! Yet we can offer you local goat, sheep and cow cheese and a range of farm to table dairy products.


Breakfast: Coffee/tea, fruit, toast and spreads, yogurt, granola, porridge, smoothie.

Lunch:  Main dish,  2 salads, bakery breads, spreads, vegetable side dishes, local olive oil/olives, ice teas infusions.

Dinner:  Main dish, salads, bakery breads, spreads, bean dish, vegetable side dishes, local olive oil / olives, and desert!


July 7 (Check IN Day) – Welcome dinner feast served at sunset on the veranda!

Most meals will be served on-site, except 2 dinners at local tavernas. 

July 13 (Check OUT Day) – Farewell breakfast included


Guests will want to arrive to the closest airport: Chania (CHQ).  Airport it is a 1 hour drive to the villa.  Heraklion is 3-4 hours drive. We will have an orientation dinner on the evening of July 7 and a farewell breakfast on July 13. Check-in time is between 5 and 7 pm on July 7. Check-out time is 12 pm on July 13. 

Most visitors on Crete rent a car to enjoy exploring the wild nature and beaches. This is what we always recommend to guests since there are many secret beaches and isolated trails to discover on the Western side of the island within an hours drive.

Villa Shakti is in a rural location, so please be aware buses are not an option and taxis will need to be booked in advance.

Scheduled Shuttle Transportation Includes:

(Times are fixed, no exceptions.)


  • Chania Airport or Port pick-up at 5 pm 


  • Chania Airport or Port drop-off at 11 am 


  • Daily nature trips: each day we will discover new beaches and landscapes

Please meet our driver at the scheduled times, the driver can not wait for late passengers.  If your flight arrives or departs at another time than the scheduled shuttle pick up/drop of times, you can easily get a local taxi to/from Airport to Chania Port to enjoy some time there and then meet at the scheduled time and location to catch your ride to Villa Shakti.

If you wish to have your own car, we recommend booking online. Prices are approximately €25-45 per day / per vehicle.  Non EU licensed drivers will need and International Driving License to drive in Greece.


Program fills up on a first come, first serve basis!

Please see cost breakdown in Accommodation & Prices section (above).

Please read our updated Terms & Conditions Page before you register, which includes: *School Cancellation Policy, *School & Villa Shakti Policies, *Health & Safety in Covid Times, and *Assumption of Risk. 


Official Cancelation Policy

The Shakti School of Dance /Shakti Summer School cancellation and refund policy is in place to guarantee the fair allocation of slots in the program to students who have been accepted and are ready to commit.

Your registration payment to SSD/SSS is not refundable, returnable or transferable to a future workshop or to another person. No exceptions. Even in the case of medical or family emergencies, etc.  Because there is an application and selection process, students can not ‘sell their spot’ in the program to another person.

Please register with full awareness of the agreement you are entering into. Payment (via Paypal), as well as this ‘Mandatory Waiver Form’ must be completed upon acceptance in the given time period to guarantee enrollment in the Intensive sessions.

Health/Safety: Student agrees to inform SSD/SSS Administration of any health conditions or important medications they are taking. Student assumes full responsibility for her/his safety and all risks of participating in this training and while enrolled at SSD/SSS. We hold no responsibility for any such illness or injury that a student sustains while enrolled in the program.

Students who cancel will not be eligible for refunds as per our official cancellation policy.  *By completing your payment, you have agreed to our refund terms and conditions already.

We look forward to welcoming you to Villa Shakti Crete!

For questions not already answered on this website, please contact us