Retreat dates, Schedule and Fees For 2019
(Choose 7 or 9 days)
May: 13 -19 (+20, 21) / June: 10-16 (+17, 18) / July: 1 - 7 (+8, 9)* / Sept: 16 - 22 (+23, 24)
Our Ikaria Wild Retreats 2019 are designed to give you a deep reflective awareness of Ikaria Island and the Greek Seas. We offer presentations and activities to engage a community of intelligent, environmentally focused, and supportive people.
* Note: the July retreat has a special focus on travel writing. Contact us for the special writing workshop schedule.
retreat example schedule
Day 1: Introduction to Ikaria and its unique characteristics; day excursion to a mountain village; farm-to-table lunch on a traditional farm with cooking lesson; welcome dinner
Day 2: Morning walk in Ikarian mountains; visit to an old monastery; wine tasting at a special Ikarian winery; dancing at an Ikarian panigiri (night festival)
Day 3: Walk through a protected holm oak forest; visit a small fishing village and relaxation by the sea; evening presentation on the forest and protection of flora and fauna in Greece
Day 4: Explore Ikaria's unique architecture; visit to a hermit cave and monastery and learn about the 'anti-pirate' history of Ikaria; visit an archaeological collection; learn about the law of the sea; yoga by the sea.
Day 5: Soak it all in with a Free Day to explore Ikaria with suggestions from us on great relaxation spots in the mountains, sea or special villages, river canyons and activities. We provide you with the transportation to these special spots - you decide where you want to spend your time. Evening presentation together on Greece’s marine life and seas
Day 6: Visit to the other side of the island for hot springs and a short walk to ancient Roman aqueduct ruins; visit the Rock of Ikarus; transfer to a mountain bungalow near Drakano tower or other hotels; evening of discussion at Faros beach
Day 7: Morning walk to a secluded beach; visit archaeological museum and Ikaria’s ‘capital’ village; discover a natural hot spring; map out the constellations with a night walk to Drakano Tower; special home cooked dinner prepared by Valia!
Optional 2 Day Extension: Each Retreat will have a special 2 day optional extension, which may include visits to Ikaria’s most remote villages by boat, a special hiking excursion, a visit to Fourni Islands (ferry tickets extra), options for snorkeling and beaches, intensive yoga and meditation, and other events. Contact us for more information and your interests.
* The specific events and scheduling may vary with each Retreat, depending on the weather, local schedules and other conditions, but the above is a good example.
7 days w/out hotel: $945.00 per person; $1700.00 per couple.
7 days with hotel: $1225.00 per person; $2250.00 per couple.
9 days w/out hotel: $1215.00 per person; $2200.00 per couple.
9 days with hotel: $1575.00 per person; $2900.00 per couple.
- 10% Discount on all Retreats if you Apply before January 1, 2019!
Each retreat is limited to 10 participants maximum. (Min. 6 people). Please apply early as spots will fill up. On the application, please select all the dates you might wish to attend to find the right group for you.
Each Ikaria Wild Retreat 2019 Includes: hotel accommodations if hotel option is chosen; welcome dinner, daily transportation during the Retreat, our dedicated guides, walks, discussions about the Greek islands and seas, excursions, visit to a winery, live music event (schedule permitting), cooking lesson, yoga session, evening shares, and one farewell dinner cooked by Valia.
Each Ikaria Wild Retreat 2019 Does Not Include: hotel accommodations if option is not chosen; airline travel and other transportation costs to/from Ikaria and to/from participants' hotels; all meals/food expenses not expressly stated as being included; passport/ visa fees; all other personal expenses; travel insurance and medical coverage.
Please also read the Terms and Conditions for further information.
what you can expect:
- A dynamic retreat that will give you insider knowledge about Ikaria, Greece and the Greek Seas.
- An inspiring group of people who wish to learn about Greece's natural environments, the seas and islands.
- An international community that's gaining momentum to make an impact on protecting our seas, wildlife and lands.