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A self-discovery natural cosmetics

retreat program with botanical field-trips

Crete Island, Greece

October 12-19, 2019

Our holistic retreat invites You with the aim to boost your creativity, intuition, and sensory awareness through reflective activities and botanical field trips, while giving an insight into the very essence of a truly aromatic lifestyle. The beauty, abundance, and slow pace Crete offers is perfect to step out, to start a discovery, to learn. An opportunity to embrace connecting with Nature and Yourself, and engage on the path of authentic conscious living.

Experimental learning from the combined wisdom of an organic lavender grower, wild harvester, distiller, aromatherapist, natural cosmetics maker, botanical perfumer,
authentic brand creator & intuitive mentor.

Ildiko with her copper still
Jasmin flowers
Body Polish
Zita in her skincare studio
Cistus flower
Hydrosols in bottles

What The Power of Authenticity retreat program offers is an in-depth understanding of a sustainable personality, and guidance on dancing with multiple passions engaged with creativity, visual arts & holistic therapies.




Is this RETREAT for YOU?

The Power of Authenticity retreat has been created primarily for women who:


  Love being in nature and to meet plants in their environment,

  Enjoy travelling and discovering new lands and cultures,

  Ready to reveal how natural cosmetics and aromatic medicine relate, 

 Want to connect the dots from growing plants, harvesting and extraction methods, to using plant materials and formulating products, 

  Explore more about aromatic plants and how everything is connected in making herbal formulations and cosmetics,

  Curious, openminded, and like to connect with likeminded people,

  Interested in conscious living and aromatherapy,

  Having a deep desire to walk further on their aromatic path,

  Open to see the world with a holistic approach.


If you are captivated by scent and colour, mesmerised by the magic of plants, and are interested to know how you can work with them to create something beneficial for yourself or others, than this retreat is for you!



The Power of Authenticity

❀ Come with an Open Heart

and put preconceptions and expectations aside.


❀ Enjoy the Different Walks of Life

we people come from, and trust

the organic process to evolve for your best.

 Cultivate more awareness for small details

of Your Authentic Self and Natural Botanical Formulations

 Find the magic in natural scents. To work with them, to live with them as they add pleasure, joy and comfort to any practice and lifestyle.

 Raise Your Consciousness, Find Your Joy in the many moments of everyday life, and become more Trustfully Purposeful in turning your dreams into reality.



Our fragrant hands-on program

Our program is a special retreat, a combination of discovery field-trips and a series of aromatic workshops where we create all this space, time, dedication and support to bring you into a truly inspiring botanical experience.

What's in OUR HARVEST BAG for YOU?


An unforgettable field-trip

to the land of Labdanum. 

Understanding Cistus as a plant

and its extracts along with historical use and its role in perfumery.

We go beyond observations as we lose ourselves in the wonders of the Botanical Park of Crete. We make a contemplative creative pause to learn about the signature of plants, morphology and patterns and improvise on a botanical drawing workshop. 

How to respectfully collect, dry & process aromatic herbs? Some of our discussion topics on our trip to Wild Herbs of Crete, an artisan essential oil distillery and apothecary in a hidden mountain village at west Crete.


We discover the world of botanical perfumery. Learn how we create perfumes using only natural essential oils and extracts. Why natural botanicals are different, and what makes them a better choice for our wellbeing too?

We dive into a deeper understanding of vegetable oils, discuss how we use base oils and plants, and get to make our own herbal infusions.

We journey with lavender, experience uniqueness from geographical location, climate, growing, harvest & extraction methods.

You get inspiring guidance & self-reflection opportunities through the gentle power of plants and their transcendent messages. 


Body and nature awareness practices with yoga, meditation & walks.

Mindful presence, guided exercises and self-discovery support.

Self-care rituals and transformative ceremonies.

Conscious daily energy maintenance.

BONUS CLASS: Authentic Cretan Cooking

How could things be authentic or holistic, if we do not go as full circle as possible? Herbs are featured in cuisines since the beginning of history adding their aromas to signature dishes. Needless to say, there is nothing as good as fresh produce, and getting fresh means going local. That's exactly what we will do on this absolutely sticky class! You can put your hands on the fresh local veggies and spices and learn to prepare a full meal of classic Cretan dishes. And with it, the joyful way of sharing a full table of home-made plates. 

Our holistic TEACHERS


Ildiko Berecz

Creative Catalyst, Intuitive Guide & Holistic Life-Transformation Coach


I am ultimately connected to nature which is both a source of inspiration and a life-style worth living. While mostly spending my time on Crete, I bring along holistic life-changing experiences through highly-inspiring and transformative aromatic journeys. Essential Reflections is a holistic label I use for writing, photography and botanical creations. Plants, harvesting, distilling, herbal formulations & aromatherapy blending are all integral part of my daily life and teachings, just as therapy work, consultations, and empowering others. 

Essential Reflection website 

Ildiko Berecz website 


Zita Gyurokovics

Natural Skin Care Formulator, Botanical Perfumer & Holistic Aromatherapist


After planting 4000 lavender plants and establishing my own little lavender plantation in Hungary I went on and founded my premium holistic skin care brand Mar Galliti skin care & botanicals in 2017. I formulate and create all the products in my own studio/atelier. The values me and the brand stands for are very human, natural and instinctive. Sustainability, awareness, social sensitivity, the love of nature and animals are not only words for me, but my true philosophy, a part of my daily routine.  

Mar Galliti skin care & botanicals website



 7 days with lessons, coaching & guidance.

 Daily awareness practices with yoga, meditation & walks.

 4 aromatic field-trips, meet Cretan flora, local farmers & producers.

 4 holistic aromatherapy workshops with botanical formulations.

 All aromatic materials, ingredients, tools and packaging.

 Bonus Cretan cooking class on Mediterranean diet.

 Reflection & recreation time by the sea or in the village.

 7 nights accommodation in beautiful traditional Cretan stone houses.

 Half board with delicious food, including healthy snacks & refreshments.

 Transportation during the week in shared cars.

 Limited to a small group of 6 participants.

Retreat Package Types:

Type1 Private Single Room Retreat Package €1200

Type2 Shared Twin Room (shared by two) Retreat Package €1100

Type3 Shared Double Room (shared by two) Retreat Package €1100

Type4 Private Double Room (single occupancy) Retreat Package €1400

*Prices are per participant, and not meant to be divided by roommates.

The package does NOT include: 

○ International travel to/from Chania airport

○ Travel insurance

○ Airport transfer available (Chania International Airport €40 per person one way or shared)

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HOW TO JOIN The Retreat?

If you’d like to be part of an open-hearted learning circle, be more authentic, and as such contribute to a pure and heart-centred world, please give us the pleasure of telling us a bit about Yourself when applying. We are interested in your current self and some ideas of where you are heading to. If you can commit yourself to participating in our program, please send us an introduction to enrol your application. Upon receiving your inquiry with your personal introduction, we will get back to you to confirm your participation and discuss further if questions come up.


 Retreat packages:

 Type1 Private Single Room Retreat Package €1200

 Type2 Shared Twin Room (shared by two) Retreat Package €1100

 Type3 Shared Double Room (shared by two) Retreat Package €1100

❀ Type4 Private Double Room (single occupancy) Retreat Package €1400

*Prices are per participant, and not meant to be divided by roommates.

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