Welcome to Create Retreats!

Welcome to our second home in the stunning Elounda Bay in Crete where you can relax, unwind, de-stress and experience the Cretan culture in all of its glory.

We combine a daily practice of Pilates, therapies, cultural excursions and great culinary experiences so you can discover the amazing culture and everything that Crete has to offer.

Our retreats include airport transfers in luxury cars, accommodation, daily breakfast/brunch and so much more. Please see our Group Retreats or Private Bespoke Retreats sections to find out everything that is included when you stay with us.

Our retreat is suitable for all ages and abilities so whether you’re a complete novice to Pilates or you’re an expert, treat yourself to seven days of bliss! We’ve provided a list of FAQs, but please get in touch to find out more or to make a booking.

Pilates – Culture – Crete

About Us

Gill is an expert in Pilates and its health benefits. Andreas was born & raised in Athens and has so much knowledge & passion about the beautiful island of Crete. Together they create a stunning and blissful pilates retreat & cultural experience.

The Pilates

Whether you’re a complete novice to pilates or you’re an expert, our pilates retreat is suitable for everyone. Whatever your age or fitness level, we will guide you through all of the moves, and we will adapt them to your abilities.

The Culture

Crete is rich with culture and we want to share it all with you! From the traditional village of Kritsa through to the markets, olive groves, monastery and tavernas. We will take you on a journey off the beaten track that you’ll never forget.

The Retreat

Our retreat combines pilates with culture. You will practice pilates in beautiful surroundings, discover Crete, experience authentic cuisine & even learn the basics of the Greek language. Relax, unwind & treat yourself to 7 days of bliss.

What Our Clients Say

I was lucky enough to go on retreat during May 2019. I was a complete novice to Pilates but every class was wonderful and catered for all ages and abilities. The location is stunning, the Cretan cuisine is to die for and Greek hospitality is the best in the World! I had the most amazing time and came back a completely different person. This retreat offers everything – Pilates, culture, relaxation and the best therapy I could imagine. I can’t wait to go again!

Thank you for the practice programs and the beautiful music. But most of all, thank you for a wonderful week in Crete. I was a little apprehensive before I came, but I was immediately made to feel welcome. The group was very easy to get along with and was very inclusive.

I loved the Pilates and have continued to use the massage balls (one borrowed from the dog). The trips with Andreas were fabulous and the two meals will live long in the memory. You have both put a lot of thought and effort into making the week run so smoothly. So many thanks to both of you.

I came home feeling truly relaxed and refreshed. Just what I needed. Absolutely fab!!

This was my second retreat with Gillian and Andreas and was even more wonderful than the first . The pilates sessions are all unique, they push you to improve without putting any strain on your body and the setting is just amazing . Gillian and Andreas organise every little thing to make the stay memorable and relaxing . A truly relaxing and joyful experience! 

Gillian and Andreas are perfect hosts. Their knowledge and experience is outstanding and is equalled by the care and commitment they readily show to everyone attending their retreats.

Have you ever wondered if a pilates retreat was for you? Well believe me it is for everyone! In September 2016, I was fortunate to attend a pilates retreat on the beautiful island of Crete organised by Gillian Bennison-Souri. Everything from the start of the journey was structured, interesting and most importantly enjoyable. It was a coming together of strangers with a beautiful ending of friendship and a glow which followed us home to even the darkest dullest days of winter. Would I go again? Yes! I am and I can’t wait. So if you are a beginner or experienced it doesn’t matter. If you are shy or outgoing it makes no difference – you will be welcomed with open arms and you will live and love every minute!

The retreat was spot on: beautiful place to stay, good food, good company and fantastic Pilates classes which stretched our muscles and relaxed our minds. The balance between exercise and free time was just right. Would thoroughly recommend the organised trips, and it was great to have Gillian and Andreas on hand to give tips on how to make the most of the wonderful island of Crete. Looking forward to my next one!

Your local knowledge added to the experience e.g. recommendations for restaurants, opportunity to hear about the history of the island and introductions to locals.  I have already been on the retreat twice and hope to go many more times in the future.

Thank you for running such a wonderful pilates retreat.  Your programme fell into place beautifully and it was such a luxury to begin and end each day with a pilates session.  I had a sense of healthy well-being the whole week.

Create Retreats | Pilates Retreat Crete

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