Greece is a short, cheap flight away, and offers an escape to a friendly culture, innumerable islands, endless sunshine, beautiful beaches and turquoise waters.
The Greek people are warm and welcoming. They have a strong sense of family and community while being laid back and relaxed. You will enjoy excellent sea food, and fresh Greek salads made with locally produced olive oil and feta cheese. One of their specialties is also slow roasted lamb, not to mention the delicious array of desserts.
Numerous islands have some of the best beaches in the world. Chartering a yacht with a skipper is a delightful way to see the islands and enjoy spectacular nature. You will dock in charming little ports surrounded by cobbled streets, shops and restaurants.
Be sure to take home some local organic olive oil, honey, lovely textiles, leather sandals, and more.
Lefkada Island is verdant with some of the best beaches in the world. The beautiful Porto Katsiki beach is a 15 minute drive from our retreat villas. On the scenic drive from Preveza there are many small villages and breathtaking views of the sea. You can drive along the coast or through the winding roads that take you through the cooler central mountains. The main town of Lefkada, with numerous shops and restaurants, is a popular port for charter sailing boats. Further along there is a charming village called Nidri, with plenty of shops and restaurants.
Nearest to us is the quaint village of Vassiliki. Set in a beautiful bay in view of our villas, Vassiliki is popular for sailing boats, and wind and kite surfing. Diving and snorkeling equipment and tours are also offered. Vassiliki has a small port dotted with restaurants, shops and cafes. There are beautiful beaches nearby and small coves for swimming.
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June - highs of 30C and lows of 14C - mostly sunny with cool, breezy evenings
September - highs of 33C and lows of 11C - mostly sunny with cool, breezy evenings
Euro. Cash only payments for villa massages.
Approximate exchange rate - €100 = £90
Loose comfortable layered clothing for yoga and meditation
Running clothes (optional)
Hand washing powder for running clothes
Good walking shoes
Bathing suit, hat, flip flops, sunglasses and sunscreen
Amphibious shoes for water activities or explore pebble beaches
Light down vest and jacket for cool, breezy evenings
Cash for massages - we don't take credit cards
Books from recommended reading list - only on meditation and yoga
Any favourite teas and snacks - you have your own fully equipped kitchen. However, all meals and snacks are provided.
Melina's Rooms - From €40.00
Melina's little shop - for gorgeous stylish designs made in Greece
155 Cocktail bar - hip cocktail bar opposite Melina's little shop
Ocean's Restaurant - great seafood restaurant with nice ambience
"Brian Hilliard and Shannon van Staden are leaders in their field when it comes to mindfulness and meditation. Brian is an expert guide - soft spirited, practical, full of empathy, tips and appreciation for the challenges of modern life. Shannon stylishly holds the space and ensures everything runs smoothly. Together they are a dream team on the wellness scene."
– DAISY FINER, Spa and Health Writer
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