The island is filled with ancient history dating back thousands of years. Gain a unique sense of timelessness as you journey to places of power throughout the southern coastline. Each mountain, each cliff, each valley has a spiritual essence. Through traditional Huichol pilgrimage, we strive to tap into that natural energy to empower both ourselves and the place.
Join Brant Secunda to celebrate the blossoming of spring on the spectacular island of Crete, the Deer Island of Greece.
Find your connection to the gentle waters of the sea and the rugged mountains that rise up from the shores of secluded beaches. Immerse yourself in this healing environment to regenerate your body and soul.
Early Bird Discount
Register by January 1st
*Accommodations priced separately.
*Family, senior, and student discounts available.
Purify Your Body, Heart & Spirit
Crete is a place of healing, a place to nourish the body and replenish the soul. The tranquility of the island helps to clear the mind and the power of its sacred mountains and gorges fills the spirit with energy. Our annual retreat on Crete provides an opportunity to bring ancient wisdom into your modern life. The essence of the land guides the spirit and through daily shamanic practice, we strengthen our spiritual connection to nature.
“We have to realize that everything outside of us is also within us. We are the flowers, the trees, the earth, the fire, the sacred waters. We are not only a part of our environment, but a mirror of it as well.”
– Brant Secunda
Join us for a life-changing experience that can empower your life forever. Journey to this cradle of modern civilization to tap into the healing energy of the sea and learn to integrate your body, heart, and spirit to help guide you on your path forward.
The feminine power of the island is rooted in its inherent connection to the turquoise waters that surround her. Sandy beaches and hidden coves link land and sea, creating a harmony and balance deeply engrained in the landscape. The tranquility of the gentle waves and the warm water provide a relaxing environment in which to connect the outer world with your inner world.
The crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean provide a template for our soul. Through daily practices of purification and spiritual cleansing, we work to find manya-tuku (crystal clarity).
The warm waters of this land caress the soul and the sound of gentle waves purifies the mind. Throughout the retreat, you will discover ways in which to mirror the beauty of the sacred waters.
Crete is the 5th largest island in the Mediterranean and holds a significant part of Greek heritage and culture. It is considered the birthplace of western civilization and is home to countless historical sites found within Greek mythology. Crete was once the center of the Minoan civilization (c. 2700–1420 BC), currently regarded as the earliest recorded civilization in Europe. The island’s earliest human inhabitants date back to 130,000 years ago (approx. 128,000 BC) with Neolithic farming communities.
The Cretan landscape includes rocky mountain slopes, deep valleys, long gorges, and 650mi (1,046 km) of beautiful coastline. The tallest mountain on the island, Mount Ida, was the birthplace of Zeus. Crete is filled with archeological sites, including Knossos, Phaistos, Gortys, and countless others.
This retreat provides an opportunity to practice ancient indigenous practices in a community of like-minded individuals. Together we will sing traditional chants, journey on sacred pilgrimages, enjoy delicious meals, and purify our souls in the spectacular waters of the Cretan coast.
We honor the natural times of power throughout each day. Walk along the beach at sunrise, chant to the mid-day sun, and end the day by honoring the Sakaimoka (the spirit of the setting sun).