Pilates wellness retreat in Greece

“A week long wellness retreat on the Pelion peninsula, based at a small boutique guesthouse overlooking the sea, with infinity pool and vegetarian meals.”

Highlights

Pelion Peninsula | Wellness retreat by the sea | Pilates | Tai Chi | QiGong | Meditation sessions | Optional: therapeutic massage and reflexology | Infinity pool | Rooms with sea views | Beach two minutes' walk away

Description of Pilates wellness retreat in Greece

This seven day pilates wellness retreat in Greece is a chance to recharge your batteries, recover and get back into balance. It’s a small group holiday, lead by Ioannis, who is a Greek wellness trainer and expert in pilates, acupuncture, massage therapy and reflexology. The holiday takes place in a beautifully designed stone house in the Pelion Peninsula, built by local craftspeople. The Pelion surrounds the Pagasetic Gulf and the retreat overlooks this beautiful waterscape.

This week long retreat includes pilates, tai chi and meridian stretching, with a gentle stretching programme each day on our terrace overlooking the sea. We adapt the programme to match each individual’s physical needs and are delighted to welcome beginners. We will also have regular QiGong sessions, which is a combination of martial, medical and spiritual healing, focussing on posture, breathing and mental focus to reawaken and strengthen the body. Again, beginners are welcome and QiGong suits all ages and physical abilities.

A feeling of serenity is the aim for each day, so we like to round off every day with some meditation, using singing bowls which produce a sonic and sensory vibration. Guests are welcome to develop a personal training and wellness plan for their stay, and we can offer additional therapies, including therapeutic massage and reflexology.

A maximum of 10 people stay on any retreat in our boutique guesthouse, where we provide nutritious vegetarian food. Pilates and stretching sessions take place on our terrace overlooking the sea and we also have an infinity pool. Rooms are shared, with fantastic views over the sea from all of them. The local village is a 10 minute walk away and has three tavernas. The nearest sandy beach is just two minutes’ walk away.

The price includes accommodation in a twin room (some ensuite), pool towels, morning tai chi and pilates, QiGong and meditation sessions, all meals with wine at dinner, except for one night in a local taverna which guests pay for. We can arrange group transfers from Thessaloniki airport, for €45 per person, each way.

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2021: 11 Sep
Top tip:
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.
Trip type:
Small group
Activity level:
Leisurely
Accomm:
Shared twin rooms with sea views, some ensuite
Meals:
Healthy and nutritious meals. All dietary requirements catered for.
Included:
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.
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Environment
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.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

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.

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Reviewed on 20 Sep 2019 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was watching dolphins swim past while we practised Qi Gong Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2018 by

This holiday is perfect for switching off - the idea of the wellness together with the Pilates is to relax your mind and body in a beautiful location. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2018 by

The most memorable was being taught Pilates and meditation by Ioannis Davros. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Aug 2018 by

I loved the whole thing. The Pilates, meditation and Chi Gung tuaght by Ionos made me feel like a new woman after the week in Pelion...the sumptuous home cooking and amiable comraderie around the square table hosted by Pip and Nick...the splendid accommodation with views across the water to mountains. There is no one stand out. It was as a delight all round. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Nov 2017 by

The Pilates, meditation and Qi Gong sessions were held in a stunning setting on the terrace by the water - morning and evening, the lapping Pelion sea worked its spell. Ioannis the instructor/therapist/healer is a special individual, and his instruction is imbued with gentle humour. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Nov 2017 by

There is something very special about the tour operator we went with. It's a complete getaway. You can't help but feel calm and slow down. I was there for 2 weeks - the pilates/wellness week with the marvellous Ioannis and then the yoga week with the angel like Molly. Read full review

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