We are a small independent holiday company for solo travellers who are interested in self-reflection and meditation. Our 2016 dates and prices are now live. We offer:
Lefkada, Greece: 'Right on the Beach' retreat style holidays on this beautiful island, with optional courses. We keep the numbers low, around 12. ALL rooms are offered for solo occupancy and EVERYTHING is optional. Do as much or as little as you like (we really, really mean that).
In the UK: weekend retreats 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.
Sicily: We'll be offering week long retreats in Sicily for 2016. The week will be strongly rooted in meditation and with a period of 3 days silence in the middle (full details will be available as of December 2015)
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 about finding some personal space to simply 'be'. Serenity Retreat provides solo travellers with an opportunity to stop the world and get off for a while...
Our main programme runs throughout May, June and September on the Greek island of Lefkada. Our guests have been asking us for something more local to the UK and so we now have further UK Weekend retreats (dates are being added all the time, so do bookmark the page....).
We've also decided to add more meditation specific weeks in Sicily (or somewhere in Italy if we don't find the right place in Sicily). Our regular guests 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 (which is why we do our 'Sort of Silent' UK retreats), but in fact, silence is incredibly restful and highly recommended. Your mind needs a holiday too!
Becoming a Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher
We've had meditation and mindfulness at the heart of our holidays since our first season back in 2010. We know how popular meditation and mindfulness is at the moment and being able to teach it is a great gift. We offer a week long intensive teaching retreat in the UK. At the end of the week you'll be on your way to becoming a fully certified Zenways Meditation and Mindfulness Instructor. And as a side effect your own practice will develop. Everyone wins!
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Serenity Retreat chooses to share its success. We will donate a minimum of 5% of our profit to a number of charities.
Our average review score is 5, it's not saying that we're average!
Prices for 2016 are now online...
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!