Space to Grow Holiday Retreat. May 2024.

Arillas Magouladon, Corfu 490 81, Greece

James Elphick
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Duration: 6 days
Group size: 5 - 10
Space to Grow Holiday Retreat. May 2024.
Arillas Magouladon, Corfu 490 81, Greece

James Elphick
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6 reviews

Duration: 6 days
Group size: 5 - 10

About this trip

Find the qualities of a healthy and balanced life in the beauty of Corfu. May 23rd to 28th 2024.

With a small team of expert facilitators you will learn to access your vibrancy, purpose and balance again through a blend of deeply connected nature connection practices, breathwork, yoga and rejuvenating holiday experiences.

Within a small group of no more than eight you will find this a unique experience that differs widely from the pack em in style retreats.

Here you will have the chance to have the guidance to find an easier way to live in the world.

On the beautiful beaches and within the magical olive groves of Corfu you be guided back to your simple and pure nature so you can thrive in the world again.

You will be held in a structure that allows you to be led and unwound into the relaxed Greek way of life.

Here you can drop your worries, open your hearts and lift up your head.

Over the five days you start to feel at ease again, a feeling  that you may have forgotten.

You will go back with renewed energy and purpose helping you lead the life you really want to lead.

With limited spaces a deposit is required to confirm your spot.


When I stumbled across the Mastrogiannis country retreat whilst out on one of my country walks I was immediately sure that it would be the perfect setting for a Space to Grow retreat.  A tastefully designed villa and a traditional farmhouse are nestled in seamlessly into the landscape. A tangible sense of peace and comfort and holiday!

I knew it would be the setting as my own system started to unravel and unwind! 

I have had a lovely conversation with the owner Maria. A warm and gentle Greek soul who is in touch with her surroundings and her guests. 

Showing me around I was impressed with the facilities it has to hold a retreat. A yoga/seminar room, a pretty communal eating area for breakfasts and dinners and the acres and acres of wild landscape available to drop into.

As my eyes gazed out to the sea view I felt happy to make arrangements with Maria to hold amazing retreats here!

Rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis, so early booking is recommended.

About me.

James Elphick.

Over the last twenty years I have helped people connect deeply with themselves. Coming from the world of Horticultural therapy I am convinced nature is our greatest teacher and healer.

Ten years ago I was diagnosed with a chronic disease and this gifted me the deeper layers of awareness of the body and mind. I have healed this through deep embodiment work in nature and living in my truth.

I studied Land Use at university level and I am a trained aura mediator and mindfulness for health coach. I have witnessed many people move through huge breakthroughs and shifts through 1.1 sessions and retreats. I have also attended lot's of retreats and received many years of coaching and therapy.

I live in Arillas in Corfu where I feel the land and Greek way of life suits my Soul.

Guest Teachers.

Christina Valeska will bring a relaxing Yoga from the heart session to you. She has over twenty years experience and is specialized in Yoga Therapy. In her classes you benefit from her experience and education in holistic medicine, Ayurveda, bodywork and energy work. Her intention is to meet every student where they are and to guide them into a deeper connection with their body and soul.

Corfu and Arillas.


This is how Homer described the Nature in Corfu around 2.800 years ago…“Here* are planted tall thriving trees – pears, pomegranates, apples with glistening fruit, sweet figs, rich olives. The fruit of all these never fails or flags all the year round, winter or summer; here the west wind is always breathing – some fruits it brings to birth, some to ripeness. Pear upon pear matures to fullness, apple on apple, grape-cluster on grape-cluster, fig on fig.

”*In Scheria/CorfuHomer, The Odyssey, Book VII, 800 BC

 The Emerald isle in the blue Ionian sea still holds this allure. This beautiful and magical island has captured so many hearts and souls and it’s easy to see why.

 You will be naturally under her spell!

Arillas. Your base and destination for relaxation. 

Nestled in the North West of the island surrounded by green hills and protected by offshore islands lies a jewel far removed from any loud tourist resort.

 A small town that attracts those who want to discover themselves in a deeper way. The whole area is bustling with positive energy and you will feel the warm welcome from all those that spend time here. The area has a beautiful coastline, fine sandy beaches, and crystal clear waters. It is a place to relax, have fun and be immersed in all the beautiful nature that surrounds it.

Testimonials for James and Space to Grow


There is something very comforting to feel a man’s gentle presence in communion with nature. James leads with a sense of connection derived not from a need to teach or prove something but from having walked his path and found his calling.

James, your guidance is so helpful and beautiful. Your voice is so soothing. Thank you for the reminder of rooted connection with self, community and all living beings. I really needed that. It helped me at a time of turbulent emotions.

James was incredibly professional yet accessible. His warmth and presence allowed a safety that was immediate. I recommend a 5 day retreat as the layers continued to peel until I met my essence. This was the most transformative spiritual experience I have ever had and I will continue to treasure it forever.  

What’s included

  • Breakfast.
    Meet together on a verandah for a beautifully presented and healthy Greek breakfast each morning.
  • Nature healing.
    Through deeply led practices you will find the peace and deeper allowance for all that you are. You will be led through quiet trails, magical olive groves and seascapes to find that connection.
  • Sacred site day trip.
    You will visit the magnificent AngeloKastro. an ancient site suffused with magical energies and powerful ley lines. We will explore the masculine and feminine energies within and without.
  • Yoga classes.
    You will have two morning sessions to stretch, open and enliven your whole system.
  • Somatic experiencing.
    Deep dive into the nature of your body.
  • Celebration evenings.
    We will celebrate your arrival with a feast and music and the same for all that you have found on the last night.
  • Arillas events.
    You will be invited to local events that may include concerts, dancing, drum circles and other alternative events in Arillas.
  • Greek Village trip.
    Explore the windy paths and traditional Greek houses and colours of this beautiful hillside village.
  • Boat trip to iconic bay.
    We catch the boat to the beautiful twin bay of Porto Timoni. There is a swimming challenge for those that want to participate once there!
  • Lazy Taverna Lunches.
    What better way to spend lunchtime than with new found friends and overlooking the Ionian sea.
  • Flights and transfers
    I can give information for transfers. Car hire or taxis are recommended for your spare time.
  • Dinners.
    Apart from the first evening where dinner is provided you will have the choice of some excellent tavernas and restaurants for lunches and dinners.
  • Travel Insurance.
    It is strongly recommended that you take out insurance to cover cancellation, sickness etc.

Available Packages

Double bedroom

Your own room with comfort and charm! 

Picture yourself in a dreamy space that has beautiful views over the olive groves, in a peaceful area promising a peaceful night's rest and a delightful morning.

Don't wait, as there are limited double bedrooms and on a first come first serve basis.

Be the one to seize this opportunity and secure your ideal escape. Your dreamy getaway awaits, and it's yours for the taking. 

Deposit: £747
Double occupancy room.


Cost-Effective Comfort

Sharing a bedroom not only enhances the social aspect of your retreat but also offers an economical option for budget-conscious travelers. You get all the comforts and amenities of a private room while making the most of your investment. After all, great experiences are even better when you share them with others.

Deposit: £497

Available options


Day 1.
Welcoming you onto the island with food and song!


16:00  Check In with James.

Afternoon | Settle In & Relax . Book nature balancing session or post retreat activities. 

19:30 | Welcome Dinner at villa, music and getting to know your tribe.

Your Organizer

James Elphick
6 reviews
From a young child I have felt connected to Spirit and nature often found meditating under trees much to my parents bewilderment! Over the last twenty years I have helped people connect deeply with themselves, mainly through nature therapy and also through 1.1 sessions and retreats. I have worked within land therapy for many years with a wide range of people learning so much about the human condition and how it thrives and heals by being in nature. I love the warm nature of Greece and love witnessing the effect it has on people!


Arriving in Corfu and meeting the fellow guests was a good way to start a lovely holiday. Along the way, we all bonded, so by the end of the week we felt like a family, especially when we shared morning meditations and beautiful breakfasts prepared for us with love and care by Margit, James's co-host. James immediately helped us all to feel comfortable and along with magical Margit taught us how to release our inner child and to remember how to play and to be silly again. I think we all learnt to let go of a lot and to feel free. For me, I learnt to relax and reset my brain, after a stressful year. Through James's breathing and meditation techniques I learnt to be calm again, which was magical. Through Margits Somatic Healing we listened to our bodies and healed our nervous systems (to be followed up on for sure) Margit and James are a "natural' at what they do here. Calm, kind, funny and just lovely. I had a beautiful week with them. We visited a couple of other places and walked amongst the many Olive Tree Forests that cover the Island. It was beautiful. Many, many thanks to you both. Sending love. Jacqui ❤️
By Jacqueline B for Space to Grow Holiday Retreat. May 2024. on Oct 06, 2023
Ah Jacqui thank you for your big smile and heart and all that you brought to the retreat. Your wisdom shone through each day and it was a pleasure to witness you drop deeper into love with yourself 💓
By James Elphick on Oct 08, 2023
Amazing! This was the first retreat I had been on, so wasn’t sure what to expect. I just knew when I saw the opportunity that I had to go. I wasn’t disappointed! From the moment we arrived at the Villa we had the warmest of welcomes and James and Margit were an amazing combination. James soothing with his meditations and gentle nature. Margit the perfect host for the most amazing breakfast and somatic therapy. I arrived tense, a little stressed with a mind brimming with all sorts from the everyday stress of life. I left feeling revitalised, uplifted and feeling a whole lot lighter, metaphorically speaking. Arillas makes the perfect setting with Nature all around. I can’t wait to return. Thank you 🙏
By Sarah B for Space to Grow Holiday Retreat. May 2024. on Oct 05, 2023
Thank you for being the courageous, open, magical yet down to earth woman you are. You went on a real journey and found your way beautifully. Hope to see you again. 🙏
By James Elphick on Oct 06, 2023
I travelled to Arillas with my adult son. We really enjoyed our time on the island and on the retreat. I enjoyed meeting like minded individuals and sharing our stories. The daily meditations, healthy breakfasts together, walks and somatic experiences created a space to explore my inner world In a gentle and heart felt way. I am grateful for the opportunity to take time out and to enjoy being present and wander thoughtfully in the magnificent olive groves. What an amazing place to do this kind of inner work. Much thanks to James and Margit for holding and creating this space and opportunity. There gentle caring way gave us all a moment to reflect and shine. To release and learn deep inner truths about ourselves.
By Janet W for Space to Grow Holiday Retreat. May 2024. on Oct 05, 2023
Thank you Janet. It was such a ease and a pleasure having you on the retreat. Grateful for your deep and quiet wisdom, and your openness to all the activities. Big kudos to Jules for jumping in and helping balance the masculine energies and finding his space to grow on the retreat and the basketball court! 🙏
By James Elphick on Oct 05, 2023
James really embodies each of his words and allows you to experience them with joy, serenity and depth. I felt welcomed, grounded, safe, free and very happy with him and the group and also deeply supported by the Corfu beautiful nature. Here you can enjoy the birds singing in the early morning, smell the beautiful fig trees scent, connect with the peace of olive groves while beeing led by the soothing voice of James. You feel your body through yoga and Greek dance, dive into the turquoise waters, eat delicious mediterranean food, sing in the car, discover historical sites and chapels , get connected to your inner beeing, share what you wish to share, be silent when you need, visualize the life you want, let time go, make new friends, give yourself love. This retreat is a real gift for your soul and your heart... I intuitively felt the call for this experience and I am very grateful for everything I received during this special magical week. Thank you James for beeing who you are and for all that you shared with us!
By Christel T for Space to Grow Holiday Retreats. on Jul 03, 2023
Magical Christel. Thank you for bringing your inner child with her wide eyed wonder to Corfu. Grateful for your ideas and insights and the singing in the car!
By James Elphick on Oct 05, 2023
Thank you to James who led this wonderful retreat, showing a gentleness and intuition which created a safe place to just 'be'. I was able to be really immersed in the essence of 'Space to Grow', and benefitted immediately, surrounded by the abundant nature of exquisite Corfu. James was helped by his friend, Margit who added her beautiful, personal touch to some of the activities, and provided guests with delicious Greek breakfasts taken on a sunny terrace, surrounded by nature. This experience also created some new, fresh friendships which I hope will be there for some time... Thank you.
By Sarah R for Space to Grow Holiday Retreats. on Jul 01, 2023
Sarah the adventurer bringing your great spirit to Corfu. Thank you for the connection you brought the whole group. Your enthusiasm was contagious for everyone. Keep walking those parts and climbing those mountains 🙏
By James Elphick on Oct 05, 2023
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