SSS: The Heart of ATS® Retreat with Philippa Moirai.

The Heart of ATS® Retreat

with Philippa Moirai

Postponed to 2021 – Stay tuned for dates

Immerse yourself in a wonderfully rich experience of American Tribal Style® belly dance with Philippa Moirai this Summer. Diving into a selection of dynamic movements from the FatChanceBellyDance® fast and slow repertoire, Philippa will guide you through 4 full days of ATS® focusing on strong technique and smooth transitions, individually and within groups.

Working with requests from those attending, classical and modern movements will be covered, with plenty of dance time. The first few days will be steeped in technique, building up to more complex concepts, advanced formations, musicality and creativity each day, with the opportunity to perform. 

ATS® has the amazing capacity to lift us up, ground us, help us connect with others and open our hearts! 

Open to all with a fundamental knowledge of ATS®. Both beginners and experienced dancers are welcome.  

A certificate of participation will be given at the completion of this course.  

Anyone who is a part of the FCBD SSCE program will receive an SSCE certificate as well.Treat yourself to all this and more, as you deepen your understanding of this elegant dance form, whilst connecting with other dancers in the beautiful inspiring setting of Greece!

Philippa Moirai

Taking her first ballet steps at the age of three, Philippa has had a lifelong passion for dance. Her dance background includes classical dance, fire performance, and performance arts. ATS® certified since 2007, Philippa is proud to be a FatChanceBellyDance® Sister Studio and a SSCE instructor too. Based in London, she is well known for her encouraging and informative approach to teaching and her elegant dance style; regularly teaching and performing both locally and internationally. She feels honoured to have performed with Carolena, Megha and members of FCBD®, and to have co-taught the General Skills Intensive and Teacher Training Course with Carolena on several occasions since 2011. In addition to directing Moirai Tribal belly dance troupe, Philippa is co-artistic director of the FireWater Collective, and a founding member of the International ATS® Sisters Collective and Ter’zíMoirai. 


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!



  • 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

Villa Shakti Double Share Room

€ 775


  • 23 hours Dance & Yoga training
  • Dorm room at Village Apartments (10 minute walk from studio)
  • 17 Healthy Vegetarian meals per week (1 dinner at local taverna is not covered)
  • Transportation (see Transportation section for more details)

      *ATS Intensive includes: Scheduled Airport Pick Up / Drop Off and 1 Day Trip

Village Apartment Dorm



  • 23 hours Dance & Yoga training
  • Dorm room at Village Apartments (10 minute walk from studio)
  • 17 Healthy Vegetarian meals per week (1 dinner at local taverna is not covered)
  • Transportation (see Transportation section for more details)

      *ATS Intensive includes: Scheduled Airport Pick Up / Drop Off and 1 Day Trip

Stay Offsite

€ 520


  • 23 hours Dance & Yoga training
  • Dorm room at Village Apartments (10 minute walk from studio)
  • 17 Healthy Vegetarian meals per week (1 dinner at local taverna is not covered)
  • Transportation (see Transportation section for more details)

      *ATS Intensive includes: Scheduled Airport Pick Up / Drop Off and 1 Day Trip


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: 5 pm Tuesday
  • Chania Port Pick up: 6 pm Tuesday


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


  • Day Trip: Beach and Taverna – 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 this program 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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