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.
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. If the government changes its mind about travel, we'll refund you in full.
We are introducing Personal Retreat weeks in Greece in early May and October. This is a much more pared back version of our main season offering and we've reflected that in the pricing.
Flights are into Preveza (also known as Aktio) airport and the free (on Sundays) transfer takes only 30 mins to get to the village. So no complicated transfer for your to organise and navigate. More details can be found here.
We run weekend retreats in The Peak District and North Wales. If you join the newsletter we'll let you know the moment we confirm something new. We're taking it slowly this year! We also offer A New Year Retreat that's very popular (currently fully booked but we have a waiting list in place). We occasionally run online day retreats too.
If you want to get a taste of what we do, Stop and Rest is resource that's free to use. It has meditations, short talks and writings.
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
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.
"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".