Wild Island Retreat
In the Summer of 2019 we will be jetting off to the quiet, remote island of Lefkada in Greece for a yoga retreat unlike any other. This beautiful island is way off the Grecian tourist trail, in the turquoise Ionian islands. Join us for 6 days of yoga, mindfulness, meditation, sunshine, exploration and delicious home-cooked food from the heart. You will love this retreat if single track dirt roads into the mountains don’t scare you, if you’re the kind of person who won’t rush for shelter when the rain comes, if you love slow sunrises and long lunches with a lot of laughs.
Saturday 31st August - Thursday 5th September 2019
Our private, luxury villa is located 2.5km from the village of Sivota with undisturbed views across the Ionian sea to Meganissi, Kefalonia and Ithaca. Each bedroom has a private bathroom, and shared communal areas include a spacious lounge, dining area and kitchen.
Step outside and experience colourful bougainvillea, geraniums and the delicate fragrance of jasmine inviting you to relax and meditate in the villa’s beautiful garden. The outdoor living areas comprise large stone terraces, an infinity pool, BBQ and jacuzzi.
Just a short walk down the hill you will find a quiet, pretty pebble beach.
*Massages available on request at extra cost
7.30AM Light breakfast available - homemade granola and fruit, for example
8.30AM Meditation and Yoga
10.30AM Brunch followed by a day spent at your leisure. Relax at the villa or explore Lefkada and the neighbouring islands by road, foot or hire a boat!
4.30PM Afternoon tea
5.30PM Evening Yin Yoga
Each morning we will begin the day with mindful meditation and an invigorating vinyasa yoga practice. Weather permitting, we will practice under the sun, breathing in the fresh sea air. Morning vinyasa classes will focus on improving strength and flexibility, we will practice partner yoga, inversions, arm balances and Pratyahara (withdrawal from the senses).
In the evenings, as the sun sets we will unwind from the day’s adventures with Yin yoga. All classes incorporate mindfulness, pranayama and meditation and are accessible to all levels.
Alastair will, as always, be cooking up a storm! Whilst we don’t stick to any regimented diets, our food is always wholesome and cooked with a lot of heart. Where possible we will enjoy fresh and delicious ingredients from the island. We will also cater your specific dietary requirements should you have any.
Due to the intimate and luxurious nature of this retreat, space is extremely limited (maximum 10 people) and comes on a first come, first serve basis. All rooms are shared in either double or twin beds. There are two rooms that can take three people - each room has a double bed and two single beds on a mezzanine. There is a surcharge of £30 for the double bed.
£1,350 per person in a single *NONE AVAILABLE
£1,075 per person sharing a twin
£745 per person sharing a triple *NONE AVAILABLE
A deposit of £300 is required to reserve your space, with the full amount due on or before the 31st May 2019.
Accommodation in a shared room
All meals: light breakfast, brunch, afternoon tea and dinner cooked by Ali
Drinks: a selection of red and white wine, beer and juices plus water, tea and coffee
Twice daily yoga with Kat
24hr support from your hosts throughout
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
Transfers or hire car to/from the villa or around the island during your stay
Activities or excursions
Other drinks (you’re welcome to bring your own)
GETTING TO/FROM AND AROUND LEFKADA
The thing with finding wild places is that they are usually impossible to access, and this one is no different. No matter where you fly into you will need to hire a car to get to the villa. If you aren’t confident driving or want to split to cost, let us know and we can hook you up with some the Wild fam to car share. Greece’s main airport is Athens, which you can access from most major international airports. As Lefkada is connected to the mainland you can drive from Athens, it’s about 6 hours. Or you can connect to a local flight to Preveza, which is the closest airport to Lefkada. You can also fly directly to neighbouring Kefalonia Island from London Gatwick, and then catch the ferry across to Lefkada.
We have structured these dates so that you can also explore another area of the country the following weekend if you choose to, without having to take any extra days off work.
However and whenever you choose to get here, we promise it will be worth it! Once you are here you are welcome to hang out at the villa and just relax, or you can hire a care and explore the island.
We’re Ali & Kat MacLeod. We love yoga, food and exploring amazing, wild places around the globe. Ali has been working in kitchens, restaurants and catering events for seven years in the UK and remote corners of Kenya. He’s a whizz in the kitchen and loves to experiment with creating hearty, wholesome meals with a touch of drama in his presentation. Kat is a yoga teacher who teaches with a distinctive Baptiste style; encouraging inclusivity, body confidence and helping students to make yoga work for them and not the other way around. Her classes are meditative, fun, challenging and thoughtful.