- April, 7 – 17
- May, 5 – 15
- September, 15 – 25
- October, 13 – 23.
These latest holistic and well-being retreats take place at the birthplace of the healing sciences and arts, Epidaurus, where in 400 BC Asclepius, the man-god of healing, had his sanctuary, where the ancient world came for cures that ranged from dream therapy to brain surgery, millennia before this knowledge was re-discovered by the modern world. Leave behind the familiar and find yourself in a country richly endowed with history, beauty and simplicity. Free yourself to rediscover your passions, your creativity and your ability to balance and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
The constants are the unparalleled majesty of High Groves Estate, the beauty of the Aegean Sea, the wonderful Mediterranean food, now considered the healthiest in the world, and the de-emphasis of rigorous scheduling in favor of tranquility, culture and fun. High Groves, our “base” throughout your stay offers the security of a nurturing environment, with no packing and re-packing required! You will meditate amidst the temples, amphitheater and sanctuaries of the medical center of the ancient world; you will share a quiet afternoon of reflection with a 2,500 year old olive tree that has witnessed the journey of humankind from that golden period until today.
You will bathe in hot sulfur springs that still rise from the active volcano whose eruption, millennia ago, submerged parts of this ancient Greek settlement, whose ruins can be seen by snorkeling in the warm shallow waters along the coast. You will dwell in a grand stone manor house, situated in a 400 acre private agricultural estate, eating organic vegetables and fruits, strolling through its vast orchards, vineyards, forest paths, and mountain perches. At night, you will see more stars than you ever thought existed; you will sleep the dream-healing slumber of the gods whose spirit still dwells in these ancient hills.
Into these days of gentle calming and daily movement practices will be sprinkled small adventures to nearby islands, whose fishing villages offer not only the atmosphere of a by-gone time, but whose spirited hospitality and rustic Mediterranean cuisine will charm you to your core. Through a guided journey into nature, and the nature of your own being, by the end of your stay, you will know yourself more deeply, appreciate yourself more fully, and understand that all time is for you.
Day 1: Arrival. Enjoy a welcome lunch and rest. After lunch have a introductory tour of the estate. After 7 pm you will have some free time for yourself and a fantastic massage. Includes: (D).
Day 2: Start the day with a walk to Ancient Olive Tree and spend time meditating. Participate in harvest or other farm activity. In the evening attend movement session and massage. Dinner at Taverna Kaloyeriko. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Before breakfast enjoy an early meditation. At 9.30 am attend movement session and proceed to the tour site Aesclepion. Lunch at village taverna Aegaeio. Walk to site of a small ancient theater. Conclude the day with a relaxing massage. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: After your daily meditation hour and delicious and healthy breakfast participate to the harvest or other farm activity in the open air. In the midday hike to sea and have a meditation session. Take a picnic lunch at sea view. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: In the morning, after meditation and breakfast, take a moment for personal goal review. Guided walk to Nauplio and Palamidi. Lunch in old town Vassillis. At 5 pm attend the movement session. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Before breakfast enjoy an early meditation and attend movement session. Lunch at Lodge House a roast lamb. In the evening enjoy a meditation. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: After your morning meditation and breakfast. Coach to Methana for thermal baths or volcano hike. Water taxi to Poros village. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: After your daily meditation hour and delicious and healthy breakfast participate to the harvest or other farm activity. In the evening personal goal review. Dinner at the taverna Koliaki. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Take a water taxi and reach Spetses Island. Lunch at Petralis. Tour of Bouboulina Museum. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 10: Home Departure. End of the tour. Includes: (B).
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