We are a small independent holiday company for solo travellers who are interested in self-reflection and meditation and we offer sole occupancy of studios and apartments.
At Serenity Retreat we offer:
Lefkada, Greece: 'Right on the Beach' retreat style holidays on this beautiful island, with optional courses. We keep the numbers low, around 18. ALL rooms are for solo occupancy ONLY. Everything is optional and everyone gets a great view of the beach, with no surcharge. Please note: We are already over 50% booked for 2018! A £150 deposit secures your place.
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. Fully booked for 2017.
March 2nd - 4th, 2018 we have a weekend retreat in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, working with silence, mindfulness and self compassion. Places are limited!
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.
Our meditation cushions go down a storm in Greece and the UK and so now we're selling them direct! You'll find them in our Etsy Shop.
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 as 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 :)
Projects in the pipeline. We have a number of things percolating: a self compassion retreat in the UK, online retreats for the winter, a new course called 'My Body, My Friend' and a book of the same name. 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.
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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.
"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.
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".
And thanks to Jane Alexander and the Daily Mail Travel Sectionfor this article. Not sure we would call ourselves chic, though!