Kim here. We are opening for our September part of the season! HURRAYYYY!!! Check here for availability. I'm still offering 20 min daily live meditations at 7.45am UK time - or you can catch up with them later. Times change through the year but you can find lastest info and access to meditations via this Facebook Group.
We are a small independent holiday company for solo travellers. We've 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 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. 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're not corporate. We're pretty standard human beings who love what we do.
Booking is now open for our 2021 season - we're already well over 50% booked up with repeat guests :)
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 usually have weekend retreats in The Peak District, North Wales and Anglesey. We're hoping to confirm dates later this year and add a venue in Ramsgate for late 2020 and 2021. We're holding off from confirming too much until we have a better idea of lay of the land. If you join the newsletter we'll let you know the moment we confirm something. Numbers very limited (during C-19).
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. Numbers are very limited once again.
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 be still 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 find stillness 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 :). 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. At the moment we're working on a website that will be dedicated to all things meditation, self compassion and seeing into our True Nature: talks, podcasts, meditations and interviews. 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".