Light Up 2023!

The Positive Habit Retreat

29th May – 5th June 2023

Light Up 2023!

The Positive Habit Retreat

29th May – 5th June 2023

Light Up 2023!

The Postive Habit Retreat

29th May – 5th June 2023

Light Up 2023!

The Positive Habit Retreat

29th May – 5th June 2023

29 May - 5 June 2023
Falasarna, Crete
Z
All Inclusive
14 Guests

Exclusive Therapeutic Wellness Retreat

With Clinical Hypnotherapist Fiona Brennan

Live the life you were born to live.

Five-star immersive retreat on the light filled island of Crete. 

Embark on the 7 MOST positively transformative days and nights of your life.

A life changing experience not just for you but for everyone you love. 

You will become the light that helps others to see. 

NOW is the time to put YOURSELF centre stage in your own life.

Fiona Brennan Ciaran Hyde Garden

Join Fiona and Ciaran in this bespoke, totally unique, therapeutic retreat designed to lighten your mind and uplift your heart. 

Join a tight-knit community of like-minded people in luxurious surroundings.  

As you connect to the group you will reconnect to the parts of yourself that have remained in the shadows for far too long. 

It’s time to rediscover your unique voice, to laugh out loud, to cry, and to create an unforgettable experience that will guide you for many years to come. 

Your future self will be so happy you invested in Light Up 2023.   

For many years to come, you will be sleeping more peacefully, feeling calmer and more powerful in both your personal and professional life. 

What's Included?

In short, EVERYTHING except your flights to Crete:

 

R Transfers by private minibus/taxi to and from Chania airport to the luxury villas

R 7 nights accomodation in private en-suite bedroom in one of the 5 luxury villas

R All meals, snacks and drinks (Please remember this is an alcohol-free retreat)

R Group therapy sessions each morning with acclaimed Clinical Hypnotherapist, Fiona Brennan

R Guided meditation sessions every day

R A one-hour full body massage (optional but no extra cost)

R Yoga & mindful movement every day

R Excursion: to the beautiful, world famous Balos beach & Gramvousa island by boat

R Excursion: Evening with dinner in Chania old town

R Sleep time/wind down hypnotherapy most evenings with Fiona Brennan

R Plenty of rest & reflect time each afternoon (except on excursion days) to relax by the pool or in the garden etc

Do you find it hard to make or even better take time for yourself? 

Have you been to therapy or considering it but are concerned it will be too hard and take too long? 

Do you feel that the responsibilities of life can become too much? 

Many of Fiona’s clients express similar concerns when they are struggling to stay positive in a world that is full of uncertainty.

When you are in the same routine day in and day out with the same people and the same challenges it is very hard to get a different perspective. 

In order to shift your mindset you need to change your circumstances. To step into the light and away from the noise. To step out of the familiar and into the beauty of the unknown. 

The range of guests that attended our inaugural Light Up 2022 retreat were people just like you. Many of them expressed excitement and nerves about embarking on such an adventure. Many felt guilty for prioritising themselves, taking time away from family and spending money on their own well-being. Some of our guests had families to look after with children and also parents getting older, some had their own businesses and/or demanding careers that left them with no free time.  Some of them had all of the above. Either way, each person came with courage and a determination to embrace the opportunity to really let go of what no longer serves them and to embrace a lighter, brighter, way of being in the world. We are so proud of the group and they continue to support one another. We have also organised a private follow on retreat in January 2023 entitled, ‘Keep the Light’ and will do the same for you if the Group wants it.

More about the Retreat

Light Up 2023 is more than a week’s pampering or a retreat from life –  it’s a life-changing experience that provides you with life-long tools, a supportive community, self-knowledge and above all self-belief.

We are alive for an average of 4,000 weeks. Can you take just one for yourself to make the most of your precious time on this planet? 

The group therapy sessions are a highlight of the experience. You will be guided under Fiona’s supervision to explore what it is specifically that has been holding you back so far and then provided with the practical steps to help you start to move forward. 

The yoga, meditation, massage and sound bath sessions will help you to release and to rejuvenate your energy. The downtime each afternoon is for you to connect to yourself, to reflect and to rest. The excursions and evening dinners are all about fun and connection. 

Like anything you have ever achieved in your life, your energy and work is required to make it happen. Positive mental health is a lifetime commitment and needs your devotion and attention. Fiona practises all that she preaches and will share with you her private insights into how to manage anxiety and fears when they arise. 

From a practical perspective you are in the very best hands with the  Retreat Manager, Ciaran, Fiona’s partner  in love, life and business. 

Ciaran’s attention to detail is second to none and he is always there with a bright smile to help you. As a graduate and lover of history, one evening, Ciaran will treat the group to a short seminar on the history of Crete. 

Please find below an sample of the structure and schedule below. Note the exact times and topics may be subject to small changes.

Meet the Team

Dimitris Gkioulos, Meditation, Mindfulness & Yoga Coach

Dimitris is a highly experienced Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher who worked with us at the highly successful Light Up 2022 Retreat last June.

He is the owner of Yoga First Studio Chania (www.yogafirstchania.gr) and organises and teaches at yoga retreats and workshops in Crete, Greece and  beyond.  

He is also the trainer for “Train Your Mind 40h TT” in Yoga First Academy and a lecturer in “Yoga & Mental Wellness” in collaboration with psycotherapists, and the inspirer of the “Yamas ~ Food Project” a culinary project combining mindful eating and cooking in yoga retreats. 

He has completed many yoga teacher trainings including 200h of Yin Yang Yoga, 200h of Vinyasa Flow Yoga and a 100h course on Mindfulness Meditation. He has also completed a 60h Thai Yoga Massage Training and has attended various workshops such as the three-day Yoga Workshop with Sean Phelps.  

Heidrun is a German masseuse with many years of experience. She lives in Crete and worked with us at the highly successful Light Up 2022 Retreat last June.

Heidrun also performs highly effective ‘sound bath’ meditations complete with singing bowls and gongs and will be doing one of these sessions during the Retreat in addition to individual massages for guests (both included).

 

“A truly magic lady – her massage was so intuitive and healing but the sound bath took healing and emotional release to a whole new level. I felt like I released years probably decades of suppressed emotional trauma during the placement of the bowls in the sound bath – it was so freeing and I felt so much lighter. Amazing experience – years of therapy didn’t scratch the surface of these repressed memories and emotions yet they were processed and released during the sound bath – amazing.”

MM – attended Light Up 2022

Book with Confidence!

N.B. If for any reason the Retreat is cancelled by the organisers then a full refund including the booking deposit will be made as soon as is practicable.

Ryanair flies direct to Chania and we will notify you when they are available to book.

You will come away from this life-changing experience having cleared away a major block in your life that will no longer hold you back. You will create a lifestyle plan for yourself that covers all 6 pillars of lifestyle medicine:

1. Sleep
2. Exercise/movement
3. Stress management 
4. Nutrition
5. Avoidance of risky substances 
6. Relationships & belonging

Discover

The Luxury Villas

Nestled into the hillside overlooking the beautiful beach  of Falasarna are 5 luxury villas which will be your home for the Retreat. The views are spectacular and the villas are pretty special too as you’ll see from the photos.

Each villa has a private pool with lovely panoramic sea views, a garden area with an outdoor lounge, big terraces and BBQ.

Inside each villa there is a modern open plan area with a living room area, a fully equipped kitchen and a dining area on the ground floor.

The Bedrooms

On the ground floor you find one bedroom with a double bed and an en-suite shower bathroom, and a small wc with a washing machine.

The top floor of 4 of the villas has two more double bedrooms. Each bedroom offers a private en-suite shower bathroom and has access to a lovely balcony with outstanding sea views. Every bedroom is air-conditioned. One of the villas is all on one level and 2 of the bedrooms are non-sea view.

DISCOVER

Location & Nearby Attractions

Food & Drink

Delicious Gourmet Food

Daily Seasonal Breakfast

A fresh and healthy range of fruits, cereals, Greek yoghurt and bread is provided buffet style every morning.

Coffee, Tea, Water, & Assorted Beverages

Coffee, a range of teas, water (still or sparking), fruit juices, smoothies are provided and available for self-service. Please note this is an alcohol-free retreat.

Lunch

A healthy and nutritious buffet lunch is provided every day consisting of salads, Greek specialities and fresh breads.

Dinner

Delicious meat, fish and vegetarian options are provided in our buffet each evening. Sample a range of Greek specialities from moussaka to calamari.

INFORMATION

Programme/Timetable

The retreat is structured in such a way that there will be a balance of group therapy/mediation/reflection sessions with free time to relax by one of the pools or to visit the local town and beach. There will also be 2 excursions – one to the beautiful Balos beach and one to the charming and bustling town of Chania.

Information

What’s included?

Absolutely EVERYTHING – except the cost of your *flights (see full list in drop-down below).

You literally don’t have to put your hand in your pocket for the entire week!

*We will help you to book your flights by giving you notice as soon as the schedule is announced.

Cost of retreat including:

  • 7 nights luxury accommodation
  • Full board nutritious Mediterranean food prepared by our private chef.
  • Exclusive group therapy sessions with Fiona
  • Daily yoga and meditation classes with Dimitris
  • A full body massage with Heidrun
  • A healing sound bath with Heidrun
  • Two exciting excursions:

€4,250 (private sea-view room)

€3,950 (private non-sea view room)

However – YOU can avail of the

EARLY BIRD PRICE UNTIL NOVEMBER 30th ONLY …

€3,800 – Private Sea view Room – (12)

€3,500 – Private non-sea view  room – (2)

Pay a €500 deposit now and nothing until next year. Then pay in 3 affordable instalments of:

€1,100 by 1st February 2023
€1,100 by 1st March 2023
€1,100 by 1st April 2023

(payment plan prices based on sea view room)

We will work with you to make it as easy and affordable as possible.

There are a very limited number of spaces in this highly exclusive retreat. We keep the group small so that you get the attention you deserve.

Book Now as:

The cost of this five-star retreat is excellent value for money. All the components of one-to-one therapy with Fiona and the quality of accommodation, food and the experience offered we estimate would cost circa €6-€8k in Ireland.

N.B. If for any reason, the Retreat is cancelled by the organisers then a full refund including the booking deposit will be made as soon as is practicable.

Value for Money: 10/10

“It was fantastic value for money, to have so much access to you Fiona and your expertise and brilliance not only in group therapy but all the individual chats and support you provided. There was such loving care at an individual as well as a group level. The facilities, catering, trips were all first class. I think for what the retreat provides you should charge more !!” 

MM

Overall: 5/5

“Value for money 10/10. I felt I got super accommodation, food, travel & sightseeing plus all the sessions with Fiona, Dimitris & Heidrun. Money well spent.”

GO'C

What's Included?

 In short, EVERYTHING except your flights to Crete:

 

R Transfers by minibus/taxi to and from Chania airport to the villas

R 7 nights accommodation in one of the luxury villas – private en suite bathroom and balcony (sea-view rooms)

R All meals, snacks and drinks (Please remember this is an alcohol-free retreat)

R Group therapy sessions each morning with acclaimed Clinical Hypnotherapist, Fiona Brennan

R Guided meditation sessions every day

R A one-hour full body massage (optional but no extra cost)

R Yoga & mindful movement every day

R Excursion: to the beautiful, world famous Balos beach and Gramvousa island by boat

R Excursion: Evening with dinner in Chania old town

R Sleep time/wind down hypnotherapy most evenings with Fiona Brennan

R Plenty of rest & reflect time each afternoon (except on excursion days) to relax by the pool or in the garden etc

The Retreat is for those who:

 

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are commited to working on themselves therapeutically as part of a group and not seeking only individual therapy;

R

are not suffering from serious depression as defined by a medical practitioner;

R

are content to have an alcohol-free experience (this is crucial as alchohol cannot be mixed with therapeutic work);

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have an average level of physical fitness to enable them to participate in all activities (walking, gentle yoga, comfortable in water).

Testimonials

What They Say

Light Up 2022

GO'C

Overall: 5/5

“Value for money 10/10. I felt I got super accommodation, food, travel & sightseeing plus all the sessions with Fiona, Dimitris & Heidrun.  Money well spent.”

MM

Overall 5/5

An absolutely beautiful healing and life changing experience, excellently planned and delivered, all needs were met in a safe space to facilitate healing of deep emotional wounds. Fiona and Ciaran so walk the walk and are amazing role models for living in joy and in the present.

DN

Overall: 5/5

Wow, the retreat exceeded my expectations in every way. On a practical level, it is not often that you can say that the photos in the Ad are exactly what the place are like. I just couldn’t have imagined that there was a place as beautiful as this. It was so amazing. And as for lighting us up……. 5 doesn’t even begin to be high enough of a score.

AS

Overall: 5/5

Very well organised beforehand and throughout.  I thought the Zoom calls beforehand were a great idea to break the ice so that it was not too daunting when we all met up in person.  Fiona and Ciaran were both approachable and made sure everyone was happy which made the experience very relaxed and carefree.” 

MH

Overall: 5/5

”The Retreat was amazing, well beyond my expectations. It was so well organised and the facilities were fabulous. The content and experiences included in the Retreat were first rate and beyond.”

GD

Overall: 5/5

“A very special voyage to self discovery, which truly exceeded any expectations. Life lessons & beautiful connections to cherish, Wellness & Therapy, time for oneself. A fine balance of group participation & engagement to alone time & rest, connecting with the natural elements, feeling safe & supported to embrace the tears & laughter. So grateful for the privilege.”

Information

Amenities

WiFi

Fast WiFi is available throughout each villa.

Pools

Each villa has a large outdoor pool with an incredible view over the bay. There are ample loungers and parasols for relaxing by the pools.

Bedroom Comforts
Super comfy beds to let you sleep deeply and peacefully at the end of your day. Each bedroom has air conditioning and an en-suite bathroom. Fluffy towels, shower gel, soaps and shampoo are all provided.
Terms & Conditions
The Terms and Conditions contains a waiver and cancellation policy which you will be required to sign before you book. It is a requirement that you take out travel insurance which will cover any eventualities.
Code of Conduct

We would respectfully suggest that participants turn in for the night no later than 11pm as the following day’s schedule starts at 7am. Attendees are reminded that this is an alcohol-free retreat and the emphasis is on health and wellbeing. Attendees should participate as fully as possible in all scheduled activities. Participants should behave at all times in a respectful manner to other guests and staff.

Have a Question?

Contact the Retreat Manager

Join us at Light Up 2023!

Register now to secure your place!

Register now to reserve your place on this exclusive retreat. Please note the booking deposit of €500 secures your place and is non-refundable except in exceptional circumstances. Payment of the remaining amount can either be made in one go or in 3 instalments. By paying your booking deposit you are stating you have read and will abide by the cancellation policy contained in the Terms and Conditions.

29 May - 5 June 2023
Falasarna, Crete
Z
All Inclusive