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R E T R E A T S
Karen will be collaborating on several retreats this year - keep checking back for updates
2020 Retreat Schedule
4th-11th June Women's Wisdom Retreat with Christel van der Meer & Karen
27th September-2nd October YOGIKI 2020 with Niki Perry & Karen (FULL)
4th-11th October 7 days of Restoring You with Carly Day & Karen
11th-18th October Yoga Immersion with Olympia Tsarohi & Karen
Women's Wisdom Retreat
4th-11th June 2020 with Christel van der Meer, Karen & the Tree of Life Team
The Tree of Life House is situated in Vassiliki on the stunning Island of Lefkada, it takes its name from the 250 year old olive tree in the heart of the house. The house has been carefully built around the tree and this gives the house a special natural atmosphere. Tree of Life House is a luxury 5 star Villa with complete security & privacy.
It is located in one of the most beautiful areas in the South West of Lefkada. With a panoramic view of the bay and the Ionian Sea with all its Islands, this is a "dream come true" place for everyone. You are within walking distance of the beach and the pretty fishing village with its many taverna's.
The house has a swimming pool, sun loungers, sun terraces, an outdoor jacuzzi and air-conditioning in all rooms. At the highest point of the terrain a yoga platform has been realised with a phenomenal view of the sea.
Tree of Life House breathes space both inside and out. It is a magical place for reflection, to retreat, to recharge, to meet like-minded people, to dive into the depths and to re-calibrate.
We invite you to experience the beauty of this unique place yourself during this retreat.
What You'll Receive
Christel van der Meer, Karen Bennet & The Tree of Life House team, give you a warm welcome to this delightful 7 day Women's Wisdom Retreat.
Just like the old tree in the Tree of Life House, you live between Heaven and Earth. Your pelvis connected to the earth and your mind connected to the heaven. And your compassionate heart in between. How do you learn to live in this balance? And how do you achieve full embodiment and expression as a woman? This is only possible if you take root! Being in a safe space with other women is a great way to sink deeper and dare to lean more into grace.
Through the wise teachings of Christel, the sharing of experiences with each other in this beautiful setting, and through the grounding and connecting yoga practices with Karen and the nourishing and healthy food served by our friendly and welcoming hosts Angelique & Audrey you will gain:
Less Fixation more confidence
Deep relaxation and fulfillment
More connection to the energy in your pelvis
A fulfilled and flowing heart
How to ground and contain yourself
The "Art of Doing Nothing"
Less control, more surrender
A clam head and a peaceful vital body
To trust and be curious
Practical tools to continue at home
Who is it for?
For women who feel like a holiday in a divine place in combination with diving deep within, working on personal development, spirituality and yoga!
Or maybe you recognize this?
• You want to get everything out of life
• You long for more peace and fulfillment
• You want to do more with your intuition
• You have a sense of .... 'there is more' ....
• You need some time and space for yourself
No experience of yoga necessary - all levels of practitioner catered for.
Christel van der Meer has developed as a coach in the field of meaning, personal development and (spiritual) awareness. She was taught by Hans van den Muijzenberg, Miranda Mac Pherson, Reinoud Eleveld, Joyce Vlaarkamp, Sifra Nooter and Kim Robinson. Her specialty is working with women and connecting the head, heart and womb.
Keywords: safe, welcome, cheerful, healing and inspiring.
The accommodation options for the retreat are as follows:
Single guest in 3 person shared room with shared bathroom, sea view,
balcony and air-conditioning €1374 Limited availability
Single guest in 2 person shared room with shared bathroom, sea view, direct access to shared terrace and air-conditioning €1374 Limited availability
Single guest in shared double room with shared bathroom, sea view,
balcony and air-conditioning €1474 FULL
Single Occupancy Room with own bathroom, sea view,
balcony and air-conditioning €1774 FULL
Your 7 night stay will include:
7 nights accommodation at Tree of Life House
Daily Yoga classes with Karen, each class incorporates asana, pranayama & meditation.
Inspiring daily teachings & women's circles with Christel Van Der Meer.
All meals and drinks (except one evening meal at a local taverna)
A substantial brunch and 3 course evening meal daily. All meals are lovingly prepared and cooked by our wonderful hosts Angelique & Audrey. Wherever possible the produce is organic and locally sourced.
A 60 minute massage with Karen with the opportunity to take further massages if you wish
A boat trip with optional snorkeling
Transfers to and from airport
Time to relax, unwind & restore your tired body, mind and soul.
Time to experience nature
Space to simply be
Extra drinks outside of those offered with your included meals
Any Food not served on site at the Tree of Life House
To secure your place please contact
27th September - 2nd October 2020 with Niki Perry & Karen
(FULL with waiting list)
7 days of Restoring You
4th-11th October 2020 with Carly Day & Karen
Lefkada is a lush and mountainous Island set in the azure blue of the Ionian Sea. The Tower Villas are nestled into the mountainside set into the olive and orange groves above the bay of Vassiliki giving a view of the bay and the Islands of Ithaca and Kefalonia in the distance. It is a secluded resort with a peaceful environment to unwind and relax yet within walking or cycling distance of the fishing villages of Vassiliki and Ponti and the local beaches.
Set among the local nature of olive trees and private gardens sit the architecturally designed villas we will come to call home. The towers are built on a spectacular spot on a hillside with sunshine all day. The villas give you an unobstructed panoramic view of Vassiliki Bay, the valley and the surrounding Islands. The combination of green and blue creates the ultimate scenery of the Mediterranean Islands.
The Tower Villas are a unique combination of design and country chic, in its distinctive Mediterranean architecture of local sandstone. The towers are built with respect for and conservation of its natural surroundings, blending into the environment as if they have been there forever.
All villas feature a private pool, with sun-loungers and umbrellas, and a garden with lawns, olive trees and Greek herbs. The result is an effect of brilliant splashes of color and a unique combination of rustic and modern design elements. Each Tower Villa is individually designed, showing its own atmosphere while remaining faithful to the traditional architecture of Greece.
All modern amenities and conveniences are provided to ensure an experience of total comfort in an elegant setting, while touches of luxury details have been added. All the villas have WiFi, air-conditioning, a fully-equipped kitchen and laundry facilities and each room is en-suite. Towels and linens are provided.
The mornings will begin with your herbal tea in Sage Garden. We will then sit for a short grounding meditation followed by an energising yoga practice, pranayama and longer meditation practice. After this we will join together for our healthy brunch in our unique outdoor dining area overlooking the bay. You will then have time to rest and digest at your villa or by your pool, or if you’re feeling energetic and adventurous to take a walk in the valley or to the local beach and town, or maybe if you have your own transport you may prefer to explore the near-by stunning west coast beaches, voted as some of the best beaches in the World. Or perhaps you prefer to take a 1-2-1 or just relax and receive your massage; we will be on hand for these daily. The afternoon Pilate’s class will help you to stabilise and strengthen your body before we take our early evening yoga class to gently unwind and restore the body and mind. We will then finish our day with a delicious dinner before you unwind and clear the mind for a good night’s sleep.
Two days of the week we will also offer an excursional activity between the regular classes in the morning and afternoon. On two other days we will offer a yoga and pilates workshop in the afternoons instead of the regular classes, these will be followed by a yoga nidra practice to help our bodies and minds relax deeply.
What You'll Receive:
A calm, friendly, fun and down to earth atmosphere where you can do as much or as a little as you want to. Experienced teachings, insights and body work from Karen & Carly to help you to restore and reconnect to you. A beautiful location offering the perfect environment to to unwind, reconnect and revitalise.
Carly Day is an experienced pilates teacher, yoga teacher and massage therapist. With a twinkle of eccentricity, an air of inner calm, and what some might describe as, refreshing and open-minded views on the ways that we live our lives, she will get you right as rain in no time!
Carly has a lifelong devotion and committed intention to share her knowledge of the human form to inspire others to take care of themselves and the community we live in. Carly want’s people to realise the wonder of their bodies, their minds and their innate ability to deepen their insight.
Having had the fortune to work with some amazing practitioners, gaining experience and functional knowledge of anatomy, physiology, postural and biomechanical assessment, biodynamic and sustainable nutrition, remedial bodywork and myofacial release, prophylactic taping, electrotherapy and exercise prescription. She focuses on the prevention and rehabilitation of the body and the mind, Carly is very well placed to help you to better understand your body.
The accommodation options for the retreat are as follows:
Single guest in twin room €1199
Couple in double room €2298
Single guest in private room €1629
7-nights stay in luxury accommodation.
All meals at Tower Villas:
A menu of nutritious, tasty and healing vegan macrobiotic food cooked by our professional chef Kostas. Meals will comprise of daily morning pre-practice tea, a substantial post practice brunch, an afternoon snack and two course evening meal. We will also be following the 16:8 fasting principles whilst on retreat to help best support our body and mind. As well as all your on-site meals, we will also be including two meals out on your excursions.
7 morning meditation, pranayama and energising flow-yoga practice
5 Pilates classes
5 evening yoga meditation and pranayama classes to unwind and restore.
2 afternoon workshops aiming to integrate the principles Pilates into your Yoga practice and the opportunity to explore certain postures, groups of postures or transitions.
Yoga Nidra Sessions to help you unwind and restore
A 30-minute massage with Karen or Carly
A snorkel safari and lunch at a local fishing village or a herbal excursion in the local valley with local phytotherapist Aris.
A local guided hike with Karen to the stunning Agios Filis beach with lunch at a local village taverna included.
Complimentary tea and coffee in your villas.
Any drinks aside from those offered as complimentary
Also available locally, at an extra cost, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Cycling, Boat trips, snorkeling and kayaking, all of which we would be very happy to arrange for you on site.
To secure your place please contact
PLEASE NOTE THERE IS AN OPTION TO BOOK THIS RETREAT WITH THE FOLLOWING RETREAT with OLYMPIA TSAROHI AS A 2 WEEK IMMERSION
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND A SPECIAL RATE PLEASE CONTACT KAREN
If you are visiting this beautiful Island and wish to create your own private retreat then please contact Karen to discuss this further.
The packages can be either focused on specific areas of your practice helping to deepen, support and advance your practice - like having a week of one to ones. Or they can be structured to a specific need i.e. to aid detoxification & cleansing, to support general health and well being, to manage stress and anxiety, to support the body and mind post injury or illness, to help ease women’s health issues or a combination of all of these.
Packages are completely tailor made to you or your group and can be either yoga only or can combine yoga and massage.