Lefkada, Greece: 'Right on the Beach' retreat style holidays on this beautiful island, with optional courses. We keep the numbers low, around 14. ALL rooms are offered for solo occupancy and EVERYTHING is optional and EVERYONE gets a great view of the beach with no surcharge.
In the UK: A New Year Retreat with the focus being on the restorative and transformative power of silence - especially suited to those who have never experienced silence in a retreat setting before. Use the timetable to work for you, so do as much or as little as you like. The only thing we ask is that you honour the silence.
Sicily, Italy: We are offering two week long retreats in Sicily in October 2017. Each week will be rooted in meditation and with a period of 3 days silence in the middle as well as daily yoga and qigong. There are trips up Mt Etna and Taormina to be had and of course some fabulous Sicilian food.
At all of our events you get to do as much or as little as you like. We really, really mean that - we welcome extroverts, we 'get' introverts and there's always a home for the 'something in the middle overts'. Your holiday - you choose how you want to spend your time.
Fundamentally, serenity is an inside job - we intend to show you that when you come and visit.
The 'Retreat' concept is less about sack cloth and ashes and more about retreating to a slower pace of life. It's there for the choosing on the island. Serenity Retreat aims to provide its guests with an opportunity to come to rest and relax. Learning to relax even though the mind feels very busy is a real gift. Our qigong, meditation and courses aim to help you learn not to take that busy mind so seriously and to develop a healthier relationship to it. Being able to relax when the mind is going ten to the dozen is a skill that can be learned and it will serve you well in the 'real' world.
Our main programme runs throughout May, June and September on the Greek island of Lefkada.
At New Year we run a partly silent retreat. A great way to start off the year. Ideal for a pit stop from the hurly burly of external forces, (especially after Christmas!) and a great chance to meet your own internal ones!
For two weeks in October we have more meditation-specific weeks in Sicily. Our regular guests have been getting the meditation bug and feel that they are ready for a longer week of meditation and some silence. Silence can feel like a very scary proposition to those who haven't truly experienced it before but it can be incredibly restful and so we highly recommend it! Your mind needs a holiday too! Trust your gut - if you feel grabbed by the notion of silence but a bit scared (scared is v normal) then it may be time to take the plunge....
Ireland - we're planning to have some sort of retreat weekends in Ireland, right on the Wild Atlantic Way. These weekends will be all about resting, engaging with the natural world, having some silence and catching your breath! Watch this space....
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We featured in The Times as a 'Top 50 Spa Holiday':
"It’s great for solo travellers interested in spirituality and personal growth or just pure relaxation, and tends to attract people who have started to question their lives and who want to live more meaningfully".
Set up by Zen meditation teacher Kim Bennett, Serenity Retreats are aimed at solo travellers looking for self development. The week long retreat has an easy-breezy approach and while there are mindfulness walks, guided meditations and excursions on offer, nothing is compulsory. "Our emphasis is on giving our guests space", Bennett says. "Our accommodation is on the beach and we encourage guests do nothing other than watch the sea and the mountain for a restorative effect".
And thanks to Jane Alexander and the Daily Mail Travel Sectionfor this article. Not sure we would call ourselves chic, though!