Come into the heart of nature so you can find the nature of your heart.
This is a holiday style retreat that has a focus on a healthy lifestyle and will help you drop stress from your system. It's also good fun!
Just being in nature helps ease anxiety, improve sleep, release emotions, and increase energy and improve physical health. Add guided meditation, nature connection practices, yoga, dance and the warmth into the mix and you will find that these results are even easier to access!
You will be shown the tools that you can transfer back into every day life so you are not stressed as soon as your return to everyday life.
In May the landscape is lush with Spring flowers and a gentle heat is building. So we will go on adventurous hikes into the wilds and find deep relaxation through olive grove bathing. You will also have the unique pleasures of having Greek dances and a deep relaxing yoga session all held in the beautiful countryside and sandy beaches nearby. Have a peak at the itinerary for more information.
Space to Grow holiday retreats have been designed to take you further into health and wellbeing on all levels. You will be guided through a flowing structure that gives you freedom and variety so it also feels like a holiday.
So if you are wanting that Space to grow you will be warmly welcomed here!
The accommodation are simple but comfortable typical Greek apartments adjoining the retreat base in a quiet little area of Arillas. There are choices of a shared apartment or your own studio. There is also an option for those who want to find their own accommodation. I can provide information around this.
From a young child I have felt connected to nature and began 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 also attended retreats and received many years of coaching and therapy.
Ten years ago I was diagnosed with a chronic disease and this gifted me the deeper layers of awareness of the body and mind.
In my professional life and coming from the world of Horticultural therapy I have learned so deeply about the human condition. . This, and being a father to two now grown up children has helped me gain a deep understanding of myself and others.
I studied Land Use at university level and I am a trained aura mediator and mindfulness for health coach.
I live in Hastings UK and Corfu Greece.
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.
Paraskevi Terzi is a talented local dance teacher who will lead a workshop that revisits the Greek folk dances, tracing their connection with the land, so you can experience them as a source of knowledge , joy , grief and connection in a non-verbal frame.
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.
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.
A list of recommended accommodation options can be given.
Double bedroom in a spacious apartment with kitchen, bathroom, living room and balcony. On base. Less than a minutes walk to the countryside. A twenty minute walk through the countryside to the sea.
Shared bedroom in a spacious apartment with kitchen, bathroom, living room and balcony. On base. Less than a minutes walk to the countryside. A twenty minute walk through the countryside to the sea.
16:00 Check In with James.
Afternoon | Settle In & Relax . Book nature balancing session or post retreat activities. Get To Know Your Tribe
19:30 | Welcome Dinner at Taverna.