Mindfulness is a meaningful way to reduce suffering and increase our physical and mental well-being. The clear awareness of our inner and outer experience that is cultivated through mindful attention, nurtures a wise, caring and non-reactive response to life.
Mindfulness is particularly helpful in dealing with all forms of stress, and in enhancing our quality of life.
Through insight meditation – sitting, standing, walking, and in mouvement, with simple hatha yoga exercises -, as well as exercises and some group discussion, this retreat will offer a wide spectrum of formal and informal mindfulness practice.
Who is this retreat for?
If you have never meditated or know little about mindfulness or meditation, this is an opportunity to learn and build foundations for mindfulness practice in your daily life.
If you already have some knowledge and/or practice, you will be able to take it to another level and strengthen your practice.
If you have a regular meditation practice and knowledge of the founding principles of mindfulness meditation, enjoy six days of tranquillity in this beautiful setting with several hours a day of formal mindfulness practice, while enjoying a wonderful holiday in rural Greece.
2018 Mindfulness retreat
The traditional, unspoilt village of Lafkos on the Pelion peninsula offers a beautiful setting for an authentic experience.
Comfortable accommodation is available for single, double, or triple occupancy so you can bring your friends, or make new ones while you are there!
On-site facilities include a swimming pool and tennis court. Afternoon/evening trips to different beaches and coastal villages will be offered.
|Sunday evening||7:30pm – Welcome dinner and Introduction|
|Workshops (Monday to Friday)||7:45am – 8:30am – Morning meditation|
|8:30am – 9:30am – Breakfast and swim (swimming pool)|
|9:30am – 12:30pm – Mindfulness workshop (20-minute break included)|
|1pm – 2pm – Lunch|
|Afternoons and evenings are free to explore the village, relax by the pool or the sea, or for excursions. The restaurants in the village serve dinner for about 10€. Means of transportation will also be available to go to the beach.|
|Saturday||7:45am – 10am – Morning meditation, breakfast and Conclusion.|
* Optional: you can choose to take part in an excursion to an island at the end of your stay
The retreat is organized and run by Liz Carey Libbrecht. Liz is an energy psychology therapist and mindfulness teacher, qualified to teach the 8-week MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) programme (trained by the Centre for Mindfulness, Massachusetts Medical School, USA). She is presently a student of Marc Coleman (Spirit Rock teacher) and Martin Aylward at the Mindfulness Training Institute. She has been doing yoga since the 1980s and meditating since the late ‘90s.
The hotel Lago Raxi is situated in the beautiful landscape of the Greek peninsula Pelion, on the outskirt of the authentic traditional village Lafkos.
Comfortable rooms are available for one, two or three people; a perfect opportunity to come with friends or to meet new people.
The hotel has a swimming pool and a tennis court. Excursions to the different nearby beaches and villages will be offered in the afternoons and evenings.
19 – 25 August 2018 (high season)
Price of the retreat: 290 €
2 – 8 September 2018 (mid season)
Price of the retreat: 275€
All meditations and all workshops are included in the total price of the retreat, which is a price per person that varies depending on the season (August or September).
Payment via PayPal on this site or by bank cheque made out to Liz Libbrecht, sent to the following address:
8 rue Eugène Vial, 69600 OULLINS
***Airfare, local transport between the airport and Lafkos, drinks bought at the hotel and other personal expenditures, as well as evening meals are not included in the price (with the exception of the welcome dinner the first evening).***
The retreat ends after the closing session on Saturday morning.
The hotel prices are quoted per person, half-boardThe retreat ends after the closing session on Saturday morning, and vary according to the season (August or September) and the type of room chosen. Reservation and payment directly to the Lagou Raxi Hotel, Lafkos.
HOTEL RATES (6 NIGHTS)
19 – 25 August 2018 (high season) IN FRENCH
2 – 8 September 2018 (mid season) IN ENGLISH
Transport and getting there
Lafkos in located on the southern end of the Pelion peninsula approximately 3 1/2 hours from Thessonoliki and about 4 1/2 hours from Athens.
By airplane: flight to Athens or Thessaloniki (it is preferable to take a direct flight to limit time spent in transport).
Two shuttles (taxi) will be leaving:
- From each airport to Lafkos, the first late morning (around 11:30am) and the second early afternoon (around 2pm/2:30pm), on 19/08 and 2/09.
- From Lafkos to each airport, at 10:30am on the last day, Saturday 25/08 or 8/09 (when booking your flights, plan 3.5 hours for Thessaloniki or 4.5 hours for Athens, plus two hours).
This service will cost about 60 euros per person, each way, depending on the number of people, and is to be paid directly to the driver. The precise departure time will be determined according to demand.
You must pre-book if you wish to use these shuttles, which we are making available specifically for the participants of this retreat.
If you wish to arrive sooner or leave later, we can help you to organize a taxi for the day and time that suits you. The cost is 200€ per car and per journey, to be paid to the driver, irrespective of the number of passengers. There can be up to 4 passengers per cars – provided there is not too much luggage.
There are also inter-city buses you can take from either airport to Volos, with a second bus or taxi available to bring you into Lafkos. Click here for more information on bus routes from either airport.
To arrange taxis, contact Liz on 06 60 54 51 79 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or you might prefer to rent a car to explore the area more on your own.
What last year’s participants have said about the retreat
« I really liked the progression of the exercises, the way in which each person was supported with kind attention during and outside of the sessions. The place is magnificent, calm, without the crowds of tourists one would expect in July in Greece; an ideal setting for meditation. »
Pascale B. (Mindfulness retreat, Lafkos, July 2017)
« Thank you for these five days. I have fond memories and enthusiastically tell others about it. »
Michèle G. (Mindfulness retreat, Lafkos, July 2017)
« I’ve got only positive feedback: discovering authentic Greece… making new friends and enjoying good food… guided meditations outside… »
Marie M. (Mindfulness retreat, Lafkos, July 2017)
Deposit and Cancellation Policy
To secure your place for either date in 2018, a deposit of €150 or full payment is required.
Full payment must be made by 18 June for the August retreat, and by 1 July for the September retreat.
Cancellations can be made up to 90 days prior to your retreat and you will receive a full refund (minus a €20 administration fee) or you may transfer funds to another retreat date or participant.
Cancellations made from 61-90 days prior will receive a 70% refund or you may transfer to another participant to attend the mindfulness retreat in your place, or attend another event in the future.
Cancellations made from 0-60 days prior will NOT be issued a refund, but can still transfer to another guest to attend the Mindfulness Retreat in your place.
For further information on the 2018 mindfulness retreat, contact Liz by email email@example.com or phone her on +33 (0)6 60 54 51 79.