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Serenity Retreat - meditation, relaxation, space.

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 we offer:

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.

Beachside Restaurant

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 :)

Projects in the pipeline.
We have a number of things percolating: a deep-diving self compassion retreat in the UK for an intimate group of four, a book may be written and who knows what else may turn up. 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.

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

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

We've been reviewed in the Guardian 10 Wellbeing Retreats

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".

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

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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