“This week long wellness retreat on the Pelion peninsula, overlooking the sea from dawn until dusk was like a gift from every Greek god possible. ”
Pelion Peninsula | Wellness retreat by the sea | Pilates | Tai Chi | Neuro Linguistic Progamming (NLP) | QiGong | Meditation sessions | Optional therapeutic massage treatments | Infinity swimming pool | Rooms with sea views
Description of Wellness retreat in Greece by the sea
This wellness retreat on Greece’s exquisitely pretty Pelion Peninsula is all about giving yourself a week to heal, recharge and balance your energies. This is a small group break, pilates retreat and general holistic healing holiday led by two expert Greek wellness trainers: Ioannis, a pilates expert, acupuncturist, massage therapist and reflexologist. And Ioanna, a psychotherapist and social clinical psychologist, specialising in healing and self-development. Part of the reason why the Pelion Peninsula is so special is because it wraps itself around its own sea, the Pagasitic Gulf and we are very lucky that our health retreat overlooks this calming waterscape. The week consists of the following:
Pilates, Tai Chi and meridian stretching:
Each day we will work on a gentle stretching programme that works the entire body, using a revitalising mixture Tai Chi and Pilates, all taking place outdoors on our terrace that overlooks the sea. We will adapt our programme to suit your physical needs, age and experience with pilates and Tai chi and we are more than happy to welcome beginners. The Pelion is perfect for newcomers to these wellness practices.
Solution-oriented group sessions:
During the week we will lead a series of group sessions using systemic psychotherapy techniques such as Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Non-Directive Intervention. Both of these techniques add to our all round holistic approach towards emotional development, aiding self-realisation and working on healing obstacles from the past.
We will have regular sessions of QiGong, which fuses a mixture of martial, medical and spiritual healing, working on posture and breathing as well as mental focus. Again, we welcome beginners, and this restoring technique can be practised by all age groups and people with mixed physical abilities. All these techniques are simply about reawakening and strengthening the body.
Meditation and Singing Bowls sessions:
We like to end our day with some meditation, using singing bowls to help aid relaxation, using sonic and sensory vibration. Serenity is the ultimate aim at the end of every day, again overlooking the sea for the perfect background.
We also welcome the opportunity for our guests to create a personal training and wellness plan during their stay, and have additional therapies available, such as therapeutic massage or reflexology.
Our health retreat
We welcome guests in small groups of maximum ten people to stay in our boutique style guesthouse, with all meals provided. Meals are prepared using local ingredients and, not surprisingly, we offer nutritious and delicious menus. As well as our terrace overlooking the Aegean Sea, where we practise our pilates and other stretching sessions, we have an infinity style swimming pool, where you can ease your cares away while keeping an eye out for dolphins swimming below. Guests share rooms at our wellness retreat, enjoying the stunning sea views from each of them. We are just ten minutes’ walk from the local village which has three tavernas, a local shop and a bar. And, most importantly, our local sandy beach is only two minutes’ walk away.
The price of our pilates and wellness retreat includes:
- Accommodation in twin bedrooms, some ensuite. - Use of swimming pool and towels - Morning Tai Chi and pilates - Group self development sessions, QiGong and meditation sessions - All meals, including wine at dinner, with the exception of one night out at a local taverna which should be paid for locally.
We are happy to arrange a group transfer to and from Thessaloniki airport, at a cost of €40 per person, each way.
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Don't think that you have to be a pilates master or super fit. Beginners are so welcome. Don't miss the local walking trails. They are divine.
Shared twin rooms with sea views, some ensuite
Healthy and nutritious meals. All dietary requirements catered for.
Accommodation, all meals except one dinner at local taverna, most activities, swimming pool.
About this holiday company:
A locally run retreat, with highly trained experts for all wellness techniques, but also dedicated members of the Pelion community, taking part in conservation and local walking group activities.
Responsible tourism: Wellness retreat in Greece by the sea
Our house, just above the water's edge, forms a natural break between the forest and the sea and so it is not uncommon to hear a nightingale in May and June, see a tortoise cross the footpath or find yourself surrounded by an array of colourful butterflies and camouflaged insects darting between wild flowers. This is an incredibly unspoilt corner of Greece and to preserve this we have planted only the minimal amount of cultivated plants in the vicinity of the house and left the surrounding slopes bare to encourage the colonisation of forest flora. We also have a responsibility in ensuring that the olives trees which dot our slopes, some of which are hundreds of years old, are preserved. With careful pruning and management we are gradually achieving this and through doing so expect our harvest to improve. We harvest our trees in January and February and take our olives to the local press in Argalasti to produce our own extra virgin organic olive oil which we serve to our customers.
At the beginning of the season there is always much work to do clearing up the beaches. Winter storms will bring debris onto the beach and although there is a huge amount of wood which is swept in by the tides, to a greater degree plastic in all shapes, forms, colours and sizes finds its way. This needs immediate removal and recycling. It is a big job and we take an active role in ensuring that the beach is left debris free for the summer months. During the peak season of July and August, when the Greek people take their holidays, there is greater pressure on the local community to keep the beaches and the villages clean and tidy and free from litter. Although most of the people using the beaches are local and our location is surprisingly unspoilt as far as tourism is concerned, there is little awareness about litter in Greece and we are helping to create awareness about this by setting an example in clearing the beach daily ourselves and also strategically placing bins and empyting them regularly.
To preserve the local design of the region we have constructed our house in the local Pelion style using the services and the expertise of local builders and craftsmen to achieve this. Our stone masons, carpenters, plumbers and electricians all come from a village within a few miles of the house. We have purchased from local suppliers all our materials, i.e. Pelion stone slates for flagstones, Pelion stone roof slates and Pelion stones for the stones walls. Some of the most basic of techniques have been employed in the construction from using an old fashioned band saw for making the window frames, ledges, doors and cupboards to the fashioning of individual stones on site for the flagstone terraces and stone walls. We have continued to use the services of the local builders and tradesmen in the ongoing maintenance of our property thus still creating a source of income for them. With regard to local tourism income we have four locally owned tavernas in the village which are guests frequent. We also recommend our guests hire cars and taxis through local firms.
We encourage our guests to use the ancient footpaths to explore the local area on foot. The opening up of the footpaths in Pelion has been backed by local walking groups and a local charity called the Friends of the Kalderimi who are actively involved in both preserving and improve the local walking tracks that once were the ancient mule tracks of Pelion. They have volunteer groups and working parties who meet regularly on footpaths to carry out work, relying on donations to achieve this. The footpaths exist in incredibly beautiful areas, criss crossing the mountains and stretching down into the seaside villages. Many of the footpaths are well known and well trodden by walkers but others are in danger of disappearing. As we are located just above a beautiful footpaths which is frequently in use and especially by our guests we invite them to contribute to this worthy cause.