Shakti Summer School
June 16 – July 13, 2019
VILLA SHAKTI CRETE – A Home for Boutique Retreats
Villa Shakti & Saraswati Studios is a beautiful sanctuary on the Greek island of Crete. Villa Shakti is a home of art and yoga. After spending nearly 2 decades training in classical dance in India, Colleena Shakti and her partner Matthew had the vision to create a beautiful home and movement studio in the vibrant Mediterranean nature.
The villa is pleasantly located on the ‘sunset side’ of Crete. The lush rolling hills from the Topolia Gorge down to the sea, are fertile and abundant. Fruits and vegetables swell on the trees and vines amidst the waving olive trees that fill the land. The sea and sunshine rejuvenate and inspire artistic reflection and healthy living. Villa Shakti is just 3 km from the spectacular hiking trails of the Topolia Gorge, a 10 minute drive to beloved local beaches and central to all the famous ones (Elafonissi, Phalasarna and Balos).
Shakti Summer School is a professional dance training program designed for the serious dance student who wants to reach new depths in their dance through focused study and hard work in a supportive environment. We keep the group size small to ensure lots of personal attention and our peaceful home environment offers an opportunity for students to connect with each other.
Application Period: March 15 – April 15
*space is limited, please don’t wait to apply
Class time is Monday through Saturday with Sundays free to rest and explore. Each Sunday before the start of a new session will include orientation and a welcome dinner.
Shakti Summer School is divided into 4 x 1-week sessions.
Register for more than one of the sessions and receive 10% discount on your tuition.
- Week 1 (June 16-23): Odissi Classical Indian Dance & Yoga – Curriculum Level: Intermediate
- Week 2 (June 23-30): Odissi Classical Indian Dance & Yoga – Curriculum Level: Beginning and Intermediate
- Week 3 (June 30-July 7): Indian Fusion Foundations – Curriculum Level: Beginning – Intermediate
- Week 4 (July 7-14): Indian Fusion Repertoire – Curriculum Level: Intermediate – Advanced
FOCUSED TRAINING PROGRAMS
Based on a students goals and skill level
Not sure which dates to come to Shakti Summer School?
Colleena has created Focused Training Programs based on a students goals and skill level.
While a course might be titled as “beginners”, experienced dancers also benefit from refining essential techniques and learning Colleena’s stylized approach to dance fundamentals. The longer a student stays and studies, the better.
Great momentum is gained through consistent, focused study.
Programs may be combined and continuing students are encouraged to stay the entire Summer School Month!
*Odissi Sadhana – Week #1
Skill Level: Intermediate / Continuing
Time Commitment: 7 days (June 16-23), 32 hours of training
This program is designed for continuing Odissi students who want to re invigorate their dance and refine the practice. Curriculum includes Yoga, Exercise & Therapeutics, Odissi Stepping, Anga Shudhi, Repertoire Review, New Compositions (Arasa in various or item), and Theory Class. This is a thorough training to get your Odissi dance back on track. Students staying through week 2 will have the opportunity to learn a new choreography based on skill level.
*Odissi Foundations: Week #2
Skill Level: Beginning – Intermediate
Time Commitment: 7 days (June 23-30), 21 hours of training
This weeklong program is designed for Beginning Odissi students. The curriculum offers new students an in depth study of Odissi techniques and vocabulary as well as theory classes on Mudra and Natya Shastra.
*Odissi Sadhana & Choreography – Weeks #1 & 2
Skill Level: Intermediate / Continuing
Time Commitment: 14 days (June 16-30), 53 hours of training
This program is designed for continuing Odissi students who want to re invigorate their dance and refine the practice. Curriculum includes Yoga, Exercise & Therapeutics, Odissi Stepping, Anga Shudhi, Repertoire Review, New Compositions (Arasa in various tal), and Theory Class. Students who stay for the whole 2 weeks will have the opportunity to learn a new choreography and polish repertoire items as well as exploring new material in theory class. (Students MUST fully participate in both weeks to learn the new choreography.)
*Indian Fusion Foundational Technique: Week #3
Skill Level: Beginning – Intermediate
Time Commitment: 7 days (June 30-July 7), 30 hours of training
This program is designed for Beginning to Intermediate dance students who wish to clearly establish the techniques and develop the nuances of Colleena’s unique Indian Fusion Dance. Some basic Belly Dance experience is required. Indian dance experience is helpful, but not required. We suggest students explore Indian classical dance in the Odissi Week #2 Summer School course in unison with this Fusion week. Fusion techniques and vocabulary are established such as: foot and hand positions, arm patterns, postures, spins, traveling steps and belly dance vocabulary will build up into steps and dance combos. Dance theory classes include: Indian Aesthetic theory, basic anatomy for dancers, terminology and stylistic influence.
*Indian Fusion Choreography: Week #4
Skill Level: Intermediate- Advanced
Time Commitment: 7 days (July 7-July 14), 30 hours of training
This program is designed for the intermediate to advanced professional fusion dancer wanting to challenge themselves with complex motifs, intricate layers of detail, fast tempos, complex rhythms, fast spins, strong full bodied contemporary movement and the subtle art of expression / storytelling in dance. Each day begins with classical dance technique – Odissi, Ballet or Kathak techniques. Building up from the Indian Fusion foundational techniques seen in week 3, we will shift the focus to advanced dance concepts, such as: choreographic tools, performance techniques, group dynamics, authenticity in Indian movement, captivating expression and storytelling through gesture (abhinaya). This program offers students more personal feedback and tailored assignments. *Students applying for this course MUST send in a recent performance video (link) along with their application.
*Indian Fusion Essentials: Week #2, 3 & 4
Skill Level: Intermediate
Time Commitment: 21 days (June 23-July 14), 81 hours of training
This 3 week program is a comprehensive introduction to Colleena’s Indian Fusion style. The first week will root students strongly in Odissi classical technique and offer insight into traditional Indian pedagogy. The second week of this program will survey the techniques used in Indian Fusion Belly Dance and the last week will incorporate stronger movements and concepts of contemporary dance with higher levels of intricacy in Indian dance nuance.
Beginning = Basic fitness, self-discipline in the classroom, understanding of what ‘professional’ dance training means and willingness to explore new possibilities in dance.
Intermediate = Higher level of fitness and skill, 2 + years of dance in the style which you are applying for: Odissi or Belly Dance, professional classroom etiquette, ability in: spins, footwork and more complex movement patterns. *to join week 4 students are required to send in a video of their performance.
Villa Shakti: Double Share Room (2 per room, shared bathroom)
The rooms at Villa Shakti includes bath towel set, Greek beach towel, bedding and blankets, table fan, WIFI, access to apartment kitchen, spacious living room and dining area, cable TV. Places are limited. The house is strictly vegetarian.
Village Apartments: Dorm Style (4 per room, shared bathroom)
These traditional restored apartments are a 5 -10 minute walk from Villa Shakti on peaceful a country road. The apartments are in a rustic traditional village with a plentiful organic garden, traditional orthodox church, goats, a fresh spring fountain and many flowers!
Finding other Local Accommodation
If you are looking for a bit more privacy, you will find many other villas and apartments nearby our village of Aikirgiannis (Topolia). We suggest you have a look at Airbnb, VRBO as well as booking.com for best options. We recommend looking in the Topolia area and no farther than Kissamos so travel time to classes are not an issue. You can use the FB event page to post if you are looking for others to share a villa with you. We suggest you have your own rental car for this option. **Book your own accommodation well in advance! Greece is a very popular summer destination and all the rooms will book up!
Our in-house catering team are mainly local Greek women with a passion for cooking! We enjoy offering a healthy Vegetarian take on local Cretan recipes. Cretan and Greek cuisine is full of roasted vegetables, rices dishes, cucumber salads and of course, a decadent selection of homemade local cheeses! Occasionally we change up the menu by preparing mild Ayurvedic Indian food or Italian pasta, etc. All meals are served buffet style – all you can eat! Special dietary needs such as vegan, gluten free, and allergies can be catered to with prior notice. *Our villa is strictly Vegetarian in celebration of life! Yet we can offer you local goat, sheep and cow cheese and a range of farm to table dairy products as well as eggs.
Breakfast: Coffee/tea, fruit, toast and spreads, yogurt, granola, porridge, smoothie.
Lunch: Main dish, 2 salads, bakery breads, spreads, vegetable side dishes, local olive oil / olives, ice teas infusions.
Dinner: Main dish, salads, bakery breads, spreads, bean dish (protein), vegetable side dishes, local olive oil / olives, and desert!
Weekly Meal Plan:
Sunday (Check IN Day) – Welcome dinner feast served at sunset on the veranda at 7pm!
Monday – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tuesday -Breakfast, Lunch (*Dinner Out)
Wednesday – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Thursday – Breakfast, Lunch (*Dinner Out)
Friday – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Saturday – Breakfast, Lunch (packed for travel), (*Dinner Out)
Sunday (Check OUT Day) – Breakfast
Arrival / Departure
Guests will want to arrive to the closest airport: Chania (CHQ). Airport it is a 1 hour drive to the villa. Heraklion is 3-4 hours drive. *Students MUST arrive in time for orientation meeting on Sunday evening.
You will need to plan in advance for your own transport. Villa Shakti accommodation does not include transportation and we are located in the rural nature of Western Crete far from buses and taxis.
Transportation is key when thinking of a trip to the island of Crete.
Most visitors on Crete rent a car to enjoy exploring the wild nature and beaches. This is what we always recommend to guests since there are many secret beaches and isolated trails to discover on the Western side of the island within an hours drive.
*Car Rental Coordination:
We often suggest students coordinate themselves into teams of 3-5 people sharing a rental car. Students can coordinate through our FB event page. Villa Shakti does not coordinate transport. We suggest that whoever has volunteered to drive for everyone, they are exempt from paying for petrol or get a discount on their rental contribution, etc. since they are offering their service for others. For best rental car rates, book online. Prices are approximately €25-45 per day / per vehicle. Non EU licensed drivers will need and International Driving License to drive in Greece.
*Other Transport Options:
- Taxi booked directly from Airport to Villa Shakti: Approx. €100
- Villa Shakti Airport Pick up/ Drop off: €60 per person – Please email us to book your pick up at least 24 hours in advance. Cash payment only
- Local Taxis to Kissamos or Local beaches: Local rates apply. Please book directly.
PRICE / TUITION (euros)
32 hours of instruction (525 €)
- Stay at Villa Shakti (includes 17 meals and tuition): 975 €
- Stay at Village Apartments (includes 17 meals and tuition): 905 €
- Offsite accommodations (includes daily lunch and tuition): 630 €
21 hours of instruction (345 €)
- Stay at Villa Shakti (includes 17 meals and tuition): 795 €
- Stay at Village Apartments (includes 17 meals and tuition): 725 €
- Offsite accommodations (includes daily lunch and tuition): 450 €
30 hrs of instruction (490 €)
- Stay at Villa Shakti (includes 17 meals and tuition): 940€
- Stay at Village Apartments (includes 17 meals and tuition): 870 €
- Offsite accommodations (includes daily lunch and tuition): 595 €
30 hrs of dance training (490 €)
- Stay at Villa Shakti: 940€
- Stay at Village Apartments: 870 €
- Offsite (lunch included): 595 €
PROGRAM PRICES – with 10% Discount:
ODISSI SADHANA & CHOREOGRAPHY (Weeks 1&2 – 53 hrs):
- Stay at Villa Shakti: 1593 € (10% discount applied)
- Stay at Village Apartments: 1467 € (10% discount applied)
- Offsite (lunch included): 972 € (10% discount applied)
INDIAN FUSION ESSENTIALS (Weeks 2,3,4 – 81 hrs):
- Stay at Villa Shakti: 2489 € (10% discount applied)
- Stay at Village Apartments: 2219 € (10% discount applied)
- Offsite (lunch included): 1476 € (10% discount applied)
FULL PROGRAM (Weeks 1-4, 113 hrs):
- Stay at Villa Shakti (includes 17 meals): 3285 € (10% discount applied)
- Stay at Village Apartments (includes 17 meals): 3033 € (10% discount applied)
- Offsite (lunch included): 2043 € (10% discount applied)
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