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Serenity Retreat - meditation, relaxation, space.

We are a small independent holiday and retreat company for solo travellers. Our Greek holidays have been positively featured in places such as: The Guardian, The Times, Psychologies Magazine and National Geographic Traveller to name a few and we're very proud of that. We've been around for a while, since 2010 in fact, and we love the fact that for the last few years around 60% of our guests have rebooked from previous years. We hope you'll enjoy our 'Right on the Beach' retreat style holidays on this lush and green Ionian island. You'll have the option of joining us for a course too, if you'd like. We offer a very happy welcome to anyone who's interested in self-reflection and meditation, along with sole occupancy of seaside studios and apartments. The sea is of the crystal clear Greek blue and invitingly beautiful variety.
We're based in Lefkada, Greece for our retreat holidays, in the UK for our weekend retreats and in Deepcar, Sheffield for our day retreats and courses

We're not corporate. We're pretty standard human beings who love what we do.

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 middlers. 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 website is pretty comprehensive but if you still have a question feel free to drop us a line.

'Kim is wise, warm and very very funny! It's amazing to come across someone who is no frills, real, honest and willing to be vulnerable and talk about her own learning in her teaching. Kim's meditations and courses got a lot of us through the first covid lockdown. She has a unique ability to create a safe space even in an environment where we all felt so disconnected. I always have my eye out for what she's doing next and everything I have done with her has been hugely rewarding. Her teaching is from the heart but practical. In difficult times I often remember her advice just to take it moment by moment. Would recommend Kim unreservedly to absolutely anyone' - Jess

Beach Front View

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 be still even as the mind feels very busy is a real gift. The environment is conducive to just that. We learn from Mother Nature as we watch the sea, the mountains, the trees and allow ourselves to be right where we are, just as the sea, the mountains and the trees have no argument with being right where they are.

Our main programme runs throughout May, June and September on the Greek island of Lefkada. But for 2022 we'll be having Personal Retreats at the very beginning and end of the season.

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 :). 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. If you'd like to get the early heads up, feel free to subscribe to our (dreadfully infrequent) newsletter.

Reviews

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'Kim is a wonderful inspirational teacher. She is patient, kind and encouraging. She brings enthusiasm, knowledge and gentle humour to her teaching. Her compassion and wisdom shine out' - Barbara

Serenity Retreat chooses to share its success. We donate a minimum of 5% of our profit to a number of charities.

Our average review score is 5 and we're happy!

We've been reviewed in the Guardian AGAIN!

January 2019: 10 of the Best Meditation Retreats in the UK and Europe

January 2014: 10 Wellbeing Retreats for 2014

National Geographic Traveller. We're featured in the Top 5: Meditation retreats in Europe.

We're very proud to be in Psychologies Magazine - July 2018. You can see the article here.

"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".

Our latest review in the Daily Mail, January 2018
Confessions of a Retreat Junkie

As well as 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".

Queen of Retreats reviewed us too! Check out our page on their site.

Metro had this to say:

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".


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