Kim here. Strange and uncertain times, I hope everyone is taking the appropriate actions to keep themselves and their loved ones safe and well. Jools and I will be in touch with anyone who's booked a holiday with us on a rolling week by week basis. We are doing our best to think outside the box to ensure you still get the opportunity of a holiday with us, but understand if you would prefer to cancel - weird old times... We may see about having weeks available in July and August, and extending through till the end of October. We aren't expecting balance payments right now, or for the foreseeable future, obviously. We totally get that no one wants to commit to anything with so much uncertainty in the air. Neither do we!
As we're sure you can understand, these are challenging times for us and many many other small businesses. Your support this year or next will be greatly appreciated.
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I have been (and will continue) to live stream meditations from the Facebook page every day for 20 mins at 10am and 6.30pm.
I've also been posting short talks to the (newly formed!) youtube channel if you wanted to take a look, I'll also post them to the blog page. There will also be recorded meditations on there in the fullness of time.
We're also hoping to offer online courses by donation at some point (need to get our heads around the best way to do this!). Some folk have already asked how they can donate - thank you!
Wishing every single one of you well, and hoping to see you in less challenging times.
We are a small independent holiday company for solo travellers who are interested in self-reflection and meditation and we offer sole occupancy of beach-side studios and apartments. At Serenity Retreat in Lefkada, Greece, we offer 'Right on the Beach' retreat style holidays on this beautiful island, with optional courses. Our Greek retreats have been positively featured in The Guardian, National Geographic Traveller and Psychologies Magazine, to name a few!
Booking is now open for 2020. Our maximum number of guests per week is 16 and we're already over 65% booked up (81% of whom are returning guests - now THAT makes us happy).
All rooms in Greece are for solo occupancy ONLY. Everything is optional and everyone gets a great view of the sea and mountains, with no surcharge for the privilege. A deposit of £150 secures your place, £100 of which is refundable up until 8 weeks before you travel.
We have weekend retreats in The Peak District, North Wales and (new for 2019) Anglesey. Self Compassion is at the heart of them all, and for 2019/20 we've added some Winter Weekend Hibernation Retreats and a Breathing, In Nature Retreat. A 'Who Am I, Really' retreat is on the cards...
Also in the UK: A New Year Retreat with the focus being on the restorative and transformative power of silence and self compassion - 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.
Read about our carbon offsetting of flights and what you can do to minimise the affect your holiday may have on the environment.
At Serenity Retreat 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.
This photo is the view from upstairs at Tassoula. All the studios and apartments have this sort of sea view. This isn't holiday company flannel. Really. Everyone gets this sort of view.
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 mindfulness movement, meditation and our 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 as the mind is going ten to the dozen is a skill that can be learned and it can 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 :) - FULLY BOOKED. Use the message box at the top of the page if you'd like to be added to the waiting list.
Projects in the pipeline. There is always something bubbling away, some things will come to fruition, some things will remain as ideas. Either way, we'll keep you posted on here. If you'd like to get the early heads up though, feel free to subscribe to our (dreadfully infrequent) newsletter.
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Serenity Retreat chooses to share its success. We donate a minimum of 5% of our profit to a number of charities.
For 2019, Serenity Retreat has offset all the carbon from flights taken by guests
"Take a breath and refocus yourself on these wonderfully
afordable beach-front meditation-based holidays for solo
travellers on the laid-back island of Lefkada. Led by Zen
Buddhist teacher Kim Bennett, they offer meditation
sessions with the option to join other wellbeing sessions
and enjoy treatments and trips. Rejuvenate with sea and
mountain views, just a 30-minute drive from the airport"
We had our first mention in the Sunday Telegraph Travel Section in April:
"For a beach holiday that is also a retreat, head for the island of Lefkada in Greece where Serenity Retreat offers just that: guided walks, qigong and meditation. It's geared towards solo travellers and you can do as little or as much as you want- and I'd say the place is tranquil rather than silent. Should you want to try complete silence, the company offer weekend silent retreats in Yorkshire as well".
"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".