A Fusion Dance residency with Irina Akulenko

*This Retreat is Postponed*
until June/July 2024

Yoga Dance Alchemy



Come nourish your mind body and soul with this decadent deep dive into true mind, body and soul healing with Deb Rubin’s signature Dance Therapeutics Fascia & Spiral Unwinding.  Unlock your optimal body and elevate your dance mastery in the oasis of retreat paradise. 

Treat yourself, after 3 years of pandemic shut down and virtual training, to this luscious, supportive, immersive experience of community, embodied Yoga, Dance Alchemy and hands-on assists to transform you from the inside out. 

Stay on or offsite. 



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JUNE / JULY 2024 - More Details Coming Soon!

The Program


Through world-class fusion belly dance technique, soulful artistry development, and Deb’s Signature Dance Therapeutics spiral unwinding methods to unlock your full freedom body and movement mastery, dancers will experience a blissful, transformative week that deeply nourishes you: body, mind and soul!  

Refill your cup, inspire your dance life, and become the dancer you’ve always dreamed to be, while relaxing and re-connecting to your global dance family in person!

Indulge in the full immersive “Embodied Artistry Lifestyle” which focuses on health, dance, yoga, nature and togetherness.  Learn Deb’s signature methods to unwind the tension from your body, create and build your belly dance from the inside out, and elevate your artistry as you explore your unique voice and creative expression!  

A full spectrum of dance techniques and tips for fluidity and control will be complemented with plenty of personalized feedback and thoughtful adjustments. 

Hands on assists from Deb during your Therapeutics & Yoga sessions will allow your body to release tension and unlock more flexibility, fluidity and freedom, as you awaken new layers of awareness and intelligence in your body.  Through this study you will gain valuable tools to take home that guide your own self healing and release of unhealthy holding patterns.

Let yourself get filled up by inspiration, artistry, health, vibrancy, and creativity, so that you can step into becoming the dancer and artist you truly crave to be.  And step back into your life feeling inspired, rejuvenated, and deeply nourished!

Students of all levels welcome…

Retreat Includes: 

  • Daily Yoga & Deb’s Signature Dance Therapeutics methods of spiral unwinding and fascia flows to unlock your full body freedom and feel amazing, flexible, and strong in your body, to prepare for dance.
  • Fusion Belly Dance technique, drills, combos, pathways, and Deb’s Signature stylization to unlock deeper serpentine slink, fluidity, precision, & mastery in your movements
  • Artistry Development to ignite your soul and express yourself through dance. 
  • Intro to Deb’s signature ‘Embodied Artistry” path of Leadership, Holistic Lifestyle, & Embodied Performance
  • Development, to help you unlock your own unique voice, free your creative genius, increase your confidence, and create your life as an extension of your art. 
  • Creative work and creating dances together. 
  • Mind and body renewal practices, and nervous system re-sets.
  • Restorative time in Nature—with some of our workshops on the beach!

For questions regarding accommodations at Villa Shakti Crete, please contact: shaktischoolofdance@gmail.com


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. 


Deb Rubin, MA, CMT, RYT is an internationally-acclaimed Fusion Belly Dance Artist, Teacher Trainer, Mentor, and Coach, who has spent the last 15 years teaching and performing all over the world, and spent the last 20 years supporting dancers and leaders how to get out of pain and unlocked in their optimal body, to ignite their full potential as an artist and empowered human, create their dream life, and launch their legacy.  Known as the ‘Queen of Slink” for her deeply intoxicating serpentine dance, Deb has a BA in Psychology & Pre Med from Princeton University, a MA in Holistic Health Education, and Massage Therapy, Yoga, and Myo-Fascia release trainings from both Eastern & Western academies.  She has brought together her 25 years of study and professional experience in the fields of mind/body medicine, Yoga, neuroscience, holistic health and somatics, to create her signature Dance Therapeutics Movement Mastery Program and certification, which fuses the ancient wisdom of Yoga & Dance with modern somatics and leading-edge fascia research specifically tailored to your belly dance body, to offer you a truly integrative path to unlocking your optimal potential and becoming the dancer and creator you’ve always wanted to be. Deb is also the founder of Shakti Embodied Feminine Leadership Academy, coaching and mentoring women to unlock their full potential on stage and in life, to create their prosperous, soul-purpose life as an extension of their art.   

FB & IG: @bellylady

Study with Deb online: Studio.DebRubinDance.com 

daily schedule

(Approximate Schedule – Subject to change)

  • 9-10 am – Morning Yoga Practice
  • 10-11 am – Breakfast
  • 11-2 pm – Dance Session in Studio
  • 2  pm Lunch
  • 2:30 – 5:30 pm – Beach time / Day trip
  • 5:30-7:30 pm – Site Specific Work
  • 8 pm Dinner (sunset time)

AccommodationS & PRICES (2023)

(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)

Early bird discount if you register before April 30, 2023! Enter debrubinearly100 in check-out to receive $100 off!

*Village Apartments are a 10-15 minute walk from Villa Shakti through the beautiful countryside.

(up to 4 per room, single beds, shared bathroom, includes meals and transport)

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!


  • 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)

Early bird discount if you register before April 30, 2023! Enter debrubinearly100 in check-out to receive $100 off!

*Transportation NOT included to/from Villa Shakti.  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. We do offer transportation option for a package fee (email us for details)

Includes 4 lunches, as well as our Welcome Dinner and Farewell Brunch.

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 booking.com. 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 need your own rental car for this option to get to/from your accommodations. Greece is a very popular summer destination so book soon!


  • 25 hours Training in 6 days
  • 7 Healthy Vegetarian meals on site per week 
  • Transportation NOT included

Early bird discount if you register before April 30, 2023! Enter debrubinearly100 in check-out to receive $100 off!


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!


Check IN Day  – Welcome dinner feast served at sunset on the veranda!

Daily Breakfast served for all participants staying onsite

Lunch and Dinners provided most days – 1 lunch and 3 dinners will be off-site 

Check OUT Day  – 9 am Farewell Breakfast

Off-site guests are provided 7 meals (welcome dinner, farewell brunch and 4 lunches)


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 16 (open level) or July 23 (advanced level)

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 Port or Airport Pick up at 5 pm


  • Chania Port or Airport Drop off at 12 pm (departure from Villa 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.

Please Note: No late arrivals allowed after 9 pm on check-in day. 

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. 

registration open!


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