Shakti Summer School Greece

Professional Dance & Yoga Retreats at…

Villa Shakti Crete

Yoga ~ Art ~ Nature

Villa Shakti is a beautiful sanctuary of art and yoga in the vibrant Mediterranean nature on the Greek island of Crete. The sea and sunshine rejuvenate and inspire artistic reflection and healthy living.

Colleena Shakti invites you home!

Shakti Summer School is a professional dance training program offering weeklong immersions on various dance styles and is designed for the serious dance student who wants to reach new depths in their dance through focused study and hard work in a supportive environment. The group size is kept small to ensure a lot of personal attention and our peaceful home environment offers an opportunity for students to connect with each other in the breathtaking landscape.

Programming includes residential training with Colleena Shakti in Odissi classical dance or Indian Fusion.  We often host guest teachers for a variety of topics.  All programs include daily yoga and meditation.  You have the option to stay on site or independently nearby.

2021 Programing

Applications CLOSED

Greece is OPEN for tourism!  Regarding entry into the European Union, some countries may still be restricted… Please visit your local Greek Embassy online for up to date travel notifications.  We hope to dance with you soon!  

*If you cannot attend live, we are also planning to conduct some f the Summer School classes online.

Our 2021 Program Includes:

Earth, Sand & Sea: A Dance Residency with Miriam Peretz ~  July 13-19

Indian Fusion Formation: Level 1 ~ July 22 – 28

Odissi Classical Dance Training: All Levels August 1-14

Week 1 ~ August 1-7  /  Week 2 ~ August 8-14

Odissi Classical Dance

WEEK: 1 ~ AUGUST 1-7

WEEK: 2 ~ AUGUST 8-14

Both weeks are a Multi-Level Program

*Beginners must attend week 1

Our Odissi Classical Indian Dance training program at Shakti Summer School is ideal for the dancer who wants to work hard, refine details, develop both physical and inner strength and delve into a culturally rich artistic tradition that allows us to live the path of Yoga and Dance as a means to realize our highest potential.


LEARN More about ODISSI at Shakti Summer School:

Indian Fusion Formation

An Accredited Dance
Training Program ~ Level 1

July 22 - 28, 2021

A Union of Indian & Middle Eastern Inspired Movements

Indian Fusion Formation is a structured dance training program designed to progressively impart the techniques, training methods and theories behind this beautiful dance form – Indian Fusion Dance as developed by Colleena Shakti.  



A Dance Residency with ~ Miriam Peretz

July 13-19, 2021

An immersive dance experience with the natural world

Over the six day immersion dancers will journey both deep into the heart of Miriam’s signature Nava Dance format, as well as receive tools in score work, improvisation and site specific installation.  Distilling down to our most raw elements, returning to our sacred flow….

LEARN More about Miriam's Dance residency
at Shakti Summer School:

Villa Shakti Crete

A Home for Boutique Retreats

Villa Shakti Crete is a beautiful sanctuary of art and yoga on the Greek island of Crete. After spending 2 decades training in classical dance in India and touring the world , Colleena Shakti and her partner Matthew had the vision to create a beautiful home and movement studio in the vibrant Mediterranean nature – a place to rejuvenate and create art without distraction.

The villa is pleasantly located on the ‘sunset side’ of Crete. The lush rolling hills from the Topolia Gorge down to the sea, are fertile and abundant.  Fruits and vegetables swell on the trees and vines amidst the waving olive trees that fill the land.  The sea and sunshine rejuvenate and inspire artistic reflection and healthy living.  Villa Shakti is just 3 km from the spectacular hiking trails of the Topolia Gorge, a 10 minute drive to beloved local beaches and central to all the famous ones (Elafonissi,  Phalasarna and Balos).


9-10: Yoga, Pranayama & Meditation
10-11: Breakfast
11-2: Dance Classes
2-3: Lunch
3-6: Rest and Relax
6-7:30: Theory Class or Day Trip to local beaches

*Sunday is typically a rest day and check in/out day – please check schedule in each program. 

Villa Shakti Classroom


Villa Shakti Double Share Room

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, don’t wait to apply!  The house is strictly vegetarian.

*2 Persons per Room

*Shared Bathroom

Village Apartments: Dorm Style

These traditional restored apartments are a beautiful 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 Persons per Dorm Style Apartment 

*Shared Bathroom

Find your own Local Accommodation

If you are looking for a bit more privacy, you will find many other villas and apartments nearby our village of Aikirgiannis (Topolia).  We suggest you look at Airbnb, VRBO or for the Topolia area and no farther than Kissamos so travel time to classes are not an issue.  You can use our FB event page to post if you are looking for others to share a villa with you. It is highly recommended to have your own rental car for this option and book your own accommodation well in advance!

*Recommended areas to search accommodations:  Topolia (closest village), Kalathenes, Drapanias Beach, Kaloudiana, Nopigia, Kissamos.


Our in-house catering team are mainly local Greek women (and a passionate Italian) who love cooking!  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!


Sunday (Check IN Day) – Welcome dinner feast served at sunset on the veranda!
Monday – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Tuesday -Breakfast, Lunch (*Dinner Out) 
Wednesday – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Thursday – Breakfast, Lunch (*Dinner Out) 
Friday – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Saturday – Breakfast, Lunch (packed for day trip)(*Dinner Out)
Sunday (Check OUT Day) – Breakfast



Guests will want to arrive at the closest airport: Chania (CHQ).  Airport it is a 1 hour drive to the villa.  Heraklion is 3-4 hours drive. *Students MUST arrive in time for an orientation meeting on Sunday evening.

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.


The cost of transportation  is now included in your tuition. 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 Pick up: Sunday at 5pm
  • Chania Port Pick up: Sunday at 6 pm


  • Chania Port Drop off: Sunday at 11 am
  • Chania Airport Drop off: Sunday at 12 pm


  • Day Trip #1: Local Beach and Taverna – Tuesdays 3:30 – 9pm
  • Day Trip #3: Elafounissi, Phalasarna or Paleochora Beach and Taverna – Saturdays 3:30 – 10 pm


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.


  • Taxi booked directly from Airport to Villa Shakti: Approx. €100
  • Local Taxis to Kissamos or Local beaches: Local rates apply.  Please book directly.


We are following all official protocol for Covid safety as per the Greek government. Travelers arriving in Greece are required to have a negative PCR certificate from a testing laboratory, for a Covid-19 test taken no later than 72 hours before arrival and complete an ‘Electronic PLF Document’ at least 24 hours before traveling. Find more information and the PLF form here:

If you live in Greece or have arrived over 72 hour prior to coming to Villa Shakti, we request that you again complete a rapid Covid test at a local clinic before you arrive. In addition, please continue with your self-empowered immune boasting protocol for health and safety. Vaccines are not required to enter Greece.

Application Process

Program fills up on a first come, first serve basis

Fill in Application completely – Partially filled out applications will not be considered. You should receive an email within a few days that we have received your application. Please make sure to list your first and second choice of accommodation options.

You will receive an email with a reply to your application within  a week.  Either: “ACCEPTED” to program, or “WAITLISTED” for this program. We are filling the program on a first come first serve basis, so please don’t wait to apply!


If accepted to join the program, along with your acceptance letter you will receive an Invoice based on the accommodation option you chose in your application.  If your first choice is full, we will try our best to provide your second choice of accommodation.  In order to keep your place in the program you will have 1 week / 7 days to pay your invoice in full or you will forfeit your confirmed place and be put on the waitlist.

If “waitlisted”,  don’t worry there are always people who adjust their plans last minute and often spaces will open up. We will email you with news as soon as we can.

~ Pack your bags for Greece!!!

Upon completion of your payment you are fully registered for Shakti Summer School at Villa Shakti Crete!!!!  You will receive an informational email with a PDF about how to prepare for the program and for Shakti Summer School ~ Greece. Another email will be sent to participants before the program starts with more information about arrival and updates.

Cancellation Policy

The Shakti School of Dance /Shakti Summer School official 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!

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