SSS: Odissi Program.



Aug 16-Sept 5, 2020

This Odissi Classical Indian Dance training program is ideal for the dancer who wants to work hard, refine details, develop both physical and inner strength and delve in to a culturally rich artistic tradition that allows us to live the path of Yoga and Dance as a means to realize our highest potential!  We welcome our regular students of Shakti School of Dance as well as new students to join in this special summer training.

This year we are offering 4 weeks of intensive Odissi training for various levels.  We suggest the serious odissi student join as many weeks as possible to get the most out of their training time.  A momentum is gained through consistent and focused study!

While the first week is required for beginners, experienced dancers will undoubtedly benefit from refining essential techniques and learning Colleena’s stylized and meticulous approach to Odissi dance fundamentals.  Students will be divided into working groups according to their level of proficiency.  Continuing students who have learned choreographies will spend time refining and “polishing” repertoire items or possibly new compositions, arasa or choreography based on their ability. 

Our daily curriculum includes: morning yoga, exercise and therapeutic practices, Odissi stepping techniques, anga shudhi practice, repertoire review, new compositions (arasa in various or item), and evening theory class.  Theory classes focus on culture, history and context of Odissi classical dance, music theory, Indian aesthetic theory, yoga philosophy and more.  32 hours of dance training in total is spread over an alternating schedule of 6 hours (Mon, Wed and Fr) and 4.5 hour days with afternoons off (Tues, Thurs, Sat).  Saturdays include a group day trip to one of the many incredible beaches of archeological sites of the island.  The schedule and program is designed to maximize students study time and accelerate their growth in Odissi dance.

Weeks 1-3 are open to Odissi students of all levels, while Week 4 is for students enrolled in the Odissi Diploma Program.  Drop-in classes are available to all levels during week 4: yoga class from 9-10 am and odissi stepping from 11 am – 12 pm.

We are also offering weeks 1-3 *ONLINE* if you are unable to attend live this year. Click HERE for more information.

To find out more about the Diploma Program, please CLICK HERE

Week 1: Aug 16-22

Level: *Beginning / Intermediate 

*Required for new and beginning level students.

Week 2: Aug 23-29

Level: Continuing Students / Intermediate 

*Required for SSD Odissi Diploma Program Students

Week 3: Aug 30-Sept 5

Level: Continuing Students / Intermediate 

*Required for SSD Odissi Diploma Program Students

Beginning Odissi Students: Week 1 *required. We welcome brand new students to join Week 1 and continue on through weeks 2-3 if they choose.  Everyone needs to start some where!  Odissi is open to all applicants who have an open mind and thirst for learning a highly refined classical dance form deeply rooted in culture and religious tradition.  Please keep in mind, Odissi as a classical dance form requires a significant degree of stamina and fitness, a strong sense of self discipline and a willingness to participate in specific cultural practices.

Odissi Diploma Program students: Week 2 & 3 required. Odissi Diploma Program students are required to attend Week 3 & 4.  Tuition for the training is included in annual Program fees, however students will need to register for their accommodation option.



  • Dance & Yoga Training
  • Accommodation of your choice (or chose the ‘off site’ option and stay nearby)
  • Healthy Vegetarian meals at Villa Shakti
  • Select Transportation (see Transportation section for more details)

Not included:

  • Flight to Greece
  • Snacks and meals out at Tavernas or cafes (see your course schedule for details)
  • Your own personal rental car
  • Extra excursions, trips to town or private taxis

Stay at Villa Shakti Double Share Room:

1 Week ~ €1,100 /

2 Weeks ~ € 2,150

3 Weeks ~ € 3,200


  • 32 hours Training per week
  • Double Share Room at Villa Shakti
  • 17 Healthy Vegetarian meals per week (3 dinners at local tavernas are not covered)
  • Transportation (see Transportation section for more details)

Stay at Village Apartments Dorm:

1  Week ~ € 1,030

2 Weeks ~ € 2,010

3 Weeks ~ € 2,990


  • 32 hours Training per week
  • Dorm room at Village Apartments (10 minute walk from studio)
  • 17 Healthy Vegetarian meals per week (3 dinner at local tavernas are not covered)
  • Transportation (see Transportation section for more details)

Stay Offsite (Lunch included, Transportation NOT included):

1 Week ~ € 655

2 Weeks ~ € 1,260

3 Weeks ~ € 1,865


  • 32 hours Training per week
  • 7 Healthy Vegetarian meals per week (1 meal per day at Villa Shakti)
  • Transportation *NOT INCLUDED* (please rent a car)

SSS Terms and Conditions for dancers pre-registered for SSS 2020:

Due to the current situation with the Corona Virus, we are giving several options for your participation in our summer programs. Please inform us of any changes you would like to make to your participation no later than one month prior to the start date of the session you are registered for. If you make further changes, you will be charged a 50 euro admin fee. Thank you for your patience and careful consideration. Visit here for the options


Room Options:

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 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.

Typical Menu:

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


Flights: Travel TO Villa Shakti

The closest airport to fly into is Chania (CHQ) Airport, just 1 hour from Villa Shakti.

Heraklion Airport is 3 hours from Villa Shakti.

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.

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 for Off-Site Guests:

If you wish to have your own car, we recommend booking 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
  • Local Taxis to Kissamos or Local beaches: Local rates apply.  Please book directly.

TRANSPORTATION for On-site Guests:

The cost of transportation is now included in your tuition

Scheduled Shuttle Transportation Includes:  (Times are fixed, no exceptions.)


  • Chania Airport Pick up: Sunday at 5pm
  • Chania Port Pick up: Sunday at 6 pm


  • Chania Port Drop off: Sunday at 11 am
  • Chania Airport Drop off: Sunday at 12 pm


  • Day Trip #1: Local Beach and Taverna – Tuesdays 3:30 – 9pm
  • Day Trip #3: Elafounissi, Phalasarna or Paleochora Beach and Taverna – Saturdays 3:30 – 10 pm

Transportation Terms of Use for on-site guests:

Please meet our driver at the scheduled times, the driver can not wait for late passengers.  If your flight arrives or departs at another time than the scheduled shuttle pick up/drop of times,  you can easily get a local taxi to/from Airport to Chania Port to enjoy some time there and then meet at the scheduled time and location to catch your ride to Villa Shakti.  

Steps of Application Process & Payment:

Program fills up on a first come, first serve basis


Fill in Application completely – Partially filled out applications will not be considered.  You should receive an email within a few days that we have received your application.  Please make sure to list your first and second choice of accommodation options. 


You will receive an email with a reply to your application within  a week.  Either: “ACCEPTED” to program, or “WAITLISTED” for this program.  We are filling the program on a first come first serve basis, so please don’t wait to apply!



If accepted to join the program, along with your acceptance letter you will receive an Invoice based on the accommodation option you chose in your application.  If your first choice is full, we will try our best to provide your second choice of accommodation.  In order to keep your place in the program you will have 1 week / 7 days to pay your invoice in full or you will forfeit your confirmed place and be put on the waitlist.

If “waitlisted”, don’t worry there are always people who adjust their plans last minute and often spaces will open up.  We will email you with news as soon as we can.


~ Pack your bags for Greece!!!

Upon completion of your payment you are fully registered for Shakti Summer School at Villa Shakti Crete!!!!  You will receive an informational email with a PDF about how to prepare for the program and for Shakti Summer School ~ Greece.  Another email will be sent to participants before the program starts with more information about arrival and updates.

Official Cancelation Policy:

The Shakti School of Dance /Shakti Summer School cancellation and refund policy is in place to guarantee the fair allocation of slots in the program to students who have been accepted and are ready to commit.

Your registration payment to SSD/SSS is not refundable, returnable or transferable to a future workshop or to another person. No exceptions. Even in the case of medical or family emergencies, etc.  Because there is an application and selection process, students can not ‘sell their spot’ in the program to another person.

Please register with full awareness of the agreement you are entering into.

Payment (via Paypal), as well as this ‘Mandatory Waiver Form’ must be completed upon acceptance in the given time period to guarantee enrollment in the Intensive sessions.

Health/Safety: Student agrees to inform SSD/SSS Administration of any health conditions or important medications they are taking. Student assumes full responsibility for her/his safety and all risks of participating in this training and while enrolled at SSD/SSS. We hold no responsibility for any such illness or injury that a student sustains while enrolled in the program.

Students who cancel will not be eligible for refunds as per our official cancellation policy.

*By completing your payment, you have agreed to our refund terms and conditions already.

Application period closes: May 15, 2020.

Late applications considered, but not guaranteed.

We look forward to welcoming you to Villa Shakti Crete for SSS 2020! 

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