The Art of Life N.P.O.

Om Shanti is“the sound of the universe & peace ” .

We welcome you to our retreat place which is located in a small mountain village called Amiras (around 700 mtr. high) at the south coast of Crete, the island of light..After living on Crete since 1986 i was drawn to this area which has the quietness of the mountains and the vastness of the Libyan Sea just in front of the house. The energy is so pure , amazing and therefor perfect for yoga retreats , yoga holidays , Satsang . And maybe some questions about yourself and life will be answered through the stillness of the place and the harmonic energy . Our first priority will always be the simplicity of yoga and spirituality.

Around the retreat center you can hike in one of the only pine forests in Crete or relax on one of the most beautiful beaches i know of Crete all about 20 min away and driving through pure nature to get there.We have Minoan temples, gorges in the area.It is still like Crete many years ago with empty beaches and nice places to visit.. There are also some small villages for shopping etc and beautiful tavern's located along the seafront.Sunbeds and umbrellas are still provided for free in most places.

You can relax here. Let the soul dangle and come back into harmony with what you really are.The place radiates a harmonizing and healing energy that our soul desperately needs in this hectic time..

Om Shanti Yoga & Healing Crete is located 60 km from Heraklion airport you can come by bus or we can transfer you to our center or arrange a car for rent.

Anja Abinaya & Kostas Siddharth

Originally born in South Germany, I came to Crete, the island of light, after completing my apprenticeship as a stage designer and studying art and technic. I already had realized that life is much more than what the eyes can see, the the inner journey had begun and yoga & meditation came into my life as well as different energy healing methods.and massages..

I am a trained Hatha Yoga teacher (Iyengar & Shivananda yoga, Flow yoga & Yin yoga ) and a Reiki master. In 1993 I started my yoga education in Crete in Heraklion after being the first time in India and in 2001 I did my yoga teacher training in the Bahamas. I also got my 1, 2 and Reikimaster initiation in those years and i learned various Massages, now I teach more than 20 years here and wherever i am.

I opened the Yoga & Healing Center Om Shanti and run it now with my life-partner Kostas Siddhart (who is from Crete and is also on the path of truth) He is cooking the delicious vegetarian food (Yogic, Ayurvedic and Cretan, all organic and from local traders) He is also responsible for our vegetable garden & since his passion is music and he was a DJ for many years, he also plays the beautiful spiritual music (ambient, chill out, mantras) during the seminars and leads through the dancing meditation.

We have spent many winters in India, me deepening my practice studying with Iyengar & Sivananda yoga teachers.Also in ashrams where we had been learning & deepening pranayama and meditation techniques as well as a yoga that goes much further than the physical exercise. Vipasana , Advaita Vedanta, the question Who am I ...and Kirtan ( i also play Harmonium) are supporting me since many years.The last few years we have been with the enlightened master Mooji ji a lot , for his satsangs in Rishikesh. & we are member of the Mooji sangha group.

Yoga also puts me in my center again and again and shows me what is essential in life, namely to meet things with serenity and joy. I try to pass this on, among other things, in my seminars and yoga classes..

We are very happy to share our experience with you.

May love and light be with you,
Abinaya & Siddharth

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YOGA means UNION. HATHA YOGA is the union of the sun & the moon, male & female to become ONE.

“You think of yourself as a citizen of the universe. You think you belong to this world of dust and matter. Out of this dust you have created a personal image, and have forgotten about the essence of your true origin.”

Jalaluddin Rumi


Yoga holidays are always in between the retreats ( 8-10 in the morning, a healthy and rich brunch after and then the whole day for yourself.. ) the classes vary between classical Hatha yoga to balance sun & moon ,active & passive which combines pranayama , meditation, asanas ,singing of mantras ... Yin Yoga with Sound healing & sound bath at the end ... Flow Yoga etc.

Meeting on Sundays with other Yogis, we have a special Soul & body event 10.00am -around 1.30 pm whith 2 hours of yoga ( various styles each Sunday )and after Shavasana with sound healing and we will end with an amazing vegan/vegetarian brunch with fruit salad , smoothies, coffee , tea , yogic Ayurvedic food , Mediterranean and Indian influence and more..please book your spot in advance for 35 euro

The groups we hold in the center are small (6-10 people) so everyone can be taken care of individually .We will learn together, practice, meditate, laugh and rejoice, and perhaps we will find that "PEACE THAT IS BEYOND UNDERSTANDING that we all search for ...Om Shanti Abinaya..

Pranayama technics. Bairova,,Bastrika, Kapalabhati, Anuloma Viloma: Breathing technique to reduce thoughts, profound cleansing of stress and tension. Preparation for meditation.

Yoga holiday classes 08:00-10:00 in the morning:

  • Group Yoga session - 15€ per person (from 3+ people)
  • Yoga session for 2 people - 40€


Reiki Sessions:Reiki Initiation level I, II, III

Indian Head Massage,Back Massage Foot Reflexology, Shiatsu

Sound massage and Bachremedies with Asimina

Lotus meditation

netti netti meditation: I am not this.
itti itti: I am peace, happiness and love.

To find the sacred point, the point of stillness where everything exist at the same time. All within us, available at any given moment. Join us in this retreats

  • Each seminar is a group of 6-10 people.
  • All seminars are in English or German.
  • The beginning and end of the retreats are mostly on a Sunday but you are very welcome before or after the retreat.
  • The Yoga & Detox Seminars always start with the last quarter moon to help detoxifying.
  • At the airport there will be a car with the description to the center. Or we pick you up.The car will be shared with other people of the retreat. You can keep the car for the whole week.
  • There is also the possibility to come with a bus or a taxi to the center.
  • The double rooms are being shared at the retreat & in the price is included a 7-night accommodation, car, rich breakfast, 5 veg.dinners (as much as possible bio) , drinks , tee, coffee ,spring water from our tap & the Yoga program plus Yoga equipment .Also there is a dancing meditation & Kirtan ( can vary from retreat to retreat )..
  • By booking a retreat we kindly ask you for a deposit of 30% and the rest you pay it on arrival. For the cancellation until 2 month before there is a refund of 30%
  • Insurance is not included
  • New at Om Shanti is the wonderful belltent which is in pure nature in the middle of Olivetrees with seperate hammack and used as singel or double in the retreats ( price is a bit less )
  • We also have 1 small house separate from us which we rent when we are full in the center ( 3 min. walk) with kitchen ,bathroom ,living room & has 2 double rooms which can be used as single rooms to rent extra ( the price is slightly higher there & minimum 2 people )

YOGA & DETOX , Monday 08.-13.10.24

highlight is a cacao cermony with singing of sacred songs

Why to Detoxify?

the Cacao ceremony helps the body to heal, detoxify and to give your immune system a good boost.Cacao is packed full of vitamins and minerals and increases blood flow to the brain which helps to strengthen awareness and focus.

The connection between the body and the mind is a very real one, with the way your body feels playing a big part in how your brain functions and whether or not you experience a state of well-being. Keeping it free of toxins, free radicals, and other nasty things that can end up in our insides is essentially to maintaining a healthy life. Detoxing the body also through yoga brings additional benefits which cannot be achieved through diet only or by any other means of detoxing. Detoxing through yoga practice improves the function of internal organs and removes impurities from them. Detoxing through yoga practice leaves your body cleaner inside and more energetic outside


In this 6-day seminar, 3,5 days will be a cleansing process with smoothies, soups, green smoothies, juices, herbal teas and water. On the first , second & last day we will have some light vegetarian meal, salad , fruits and smoothies to begin and end the detoxification.


>Tongue cleaning & Jala Neti (Nose cleaning)
> Warm water with lemon to give a kick to the lever
> Daily morning and evening yoga (1 ½ hour of asanas, pranayama, meditation)
> Yoga nidra
> Morning smoothie
> Group sharing and inspiration
> 1 oil massage (with special flowers and herbs essences to detoxify from the skin)
> Midday smoothie
> Free time to go to the beach or just relax in the center
> Evening yoga session
> Evening veg - soup
> mantras, kirtan, free time
> internet detox available if you like

* All plants and herbs are collected on Crete by a friend of us.


Our house is an old stone house with garden & view to the Libyan Sea from all the rooms. There is space in the garden for relaxation in many private places. We have restored all rooms to the original style of the house with natural stone, giving a refreshing feeling for the summer. We have 3 double rooms which will be shared during the retreats and can be booked for Yoga holidays, the Retreats, as well as just for summer holidays, all with mosquito nets & natural Coco-mat mattresses.. Apart from the retreats you can use also the Yoga Shala for private practice. Our bathrooms are one closed shower with an old olive tree inside & one outside shower under the fig well various toilets and sinks.There is a space for having breakfast & dinner and also a fridge you can use and prepare cold plates.

Donation for a double room with breakfast,includes fresh Smoothy, yogurt, muesli,fruits, tomatoes . local & other cheeses. jam, local honey ,var. kind of bread , coffee, tea etc. (mostly bio & local products):

  • For single use of the room please ask for a price
  • By booking a room we kindly ask you for a deposit of 30% and the rest you pay it on arrival. For cancellation until 2 month before there is a refund of 50%.

Cooking lessons with our Chef Kostas (Siddhart) every Monday after the daily seminars, or by appointment.

Interested o organize your own retreat, just contact us.!

We would be delighted to welcome you soon!


The meaning of Satsang

Satsang is a Sanskrit word that means "gathering together for the truth" or, more simply, "being with the truth." Truth is what is real, what exists. So all there is, is Truth. Whenever something increases your experience of the Truth, it opens your Heart and quiets your mind. Conversely, whenever something, such as a thought, fear, or judgment, limits or narrows your experience of the Truth, the Heart contracts and the mind gets busier. We are all equally endowed with this capacity to discriminate the Truth. Thus, the true teacher, or satguru, is within you, and satsang, or being with the Truth, is endless. You have always been here in the embrace of your true nature as aware, loving space. You have always been in satsang.

New dates of Satsang will be announced soon.

  • Ramana

  • Satsang

  • Atmaji

  • Vivek Satsang

  • Sagarika Ma Satsang

  • Vivek Satsang

  • Sagarika Ma Satsang

  • Atmaji

  • Vivek Satsang

  • Atmaji

  • Diana

  • Yoga & Healing 1

  • Yoga & Healing 2

  • Yoga & Healing 3

  • Yoga & Healing 4

  • Yoga & Healing 5


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