The Best Wellness Retreats in Greece

The peacefulness found in the Greek islands make them the perfect location for a wellness retreat
The peacefulness found in the Greek islands make them the perfect location for a wellness retreat | Courtesy of Olgaorly / Getty Images
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10 August 2020

Discover the benefits of self-care and solitude on the peaceful Greek islands. These wellness retreats offer a slice of the simpler life, sequestered away in verdant hills or drifting on the electric-blue ocean, where you can treat yourself to a few days of restorative yoga, nature walks and sailing.

8-day iyengar yoga retreat in Crete

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Escape to the picture-perfect island of Crete to practice yoga, stroll along the beach and hike up honey-hued hillsides. Over eight days, you will experience the lightness of mind, body and soul with twice-daily iyengar classes. In each, your instructor will lead you through a series of physical postures and teach you about breathing, concentration and meditative techniques. Spend the evenings getting to know fellow guests over the lacto-vegetarian, Cretan-style dinners that use fresh vegetables grown on-site, and then crash in the traditionally decorated rooms of the charming stone house.

8-day yoga holiday in Corfu

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Promising time to relax and recharge, this retreat is a chance to switch off and work on your wellbeing. Housed in a stunning villa with flower-fringed gardens, steps from Almyros Beach in Corfu, you are treated to a private room with a balcony and views across the ocean or mountains. Rise each morning to the soothing hum of the coastal winds before heading down to enjoy a day of yoga sessions – learning different styles such as yin, vinyasa, restorative, ashtanga and hatha – Greek-inspired vegetarian food and sunset drinks on the white-sand beaches.

8-day tantra yoga retreat with sailing and sea adventures in Kefalonia

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Find serenity sailing on Mediterranean waters on this coastal yoga retreat. Harnessing the power of the surrounding landscapes, your twice-daily tantra yoga sessions will take place on the deck of a boat and be infused with the smell of salty sea air and the sound of crashing waves. In the evenings, you’ll dock up and have the chance to explore traditional villages and dig into meals in local tavernas. Your transport-slash-accommodation will carve its way around the south Ionian Islands, stopping at secluded beaches and craggy caves where you can swim and explore. Not for the seasick; nights will be spent onboard in a shared or private room.

7-day boutique yoga and restore therapy retreat in Attica

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This healing yoga retreat follows a restorative process that first identifies your needs and then uses yoga sessions and massage therapies to inspire self-healing. Along the way, you’ll also receive kinesiology and acupressure treatments specifically tailored to you, and you’ll have plenty of free time for swimming in the seawater pool or hiking into the surrounding mountains. The retreat takes place in the picturesque suburb of Voula, and you will be staying on-site in shared rooms, or a private room for an extra fee.

8-day nature, beach, mindfulness and hatha yoga retreat in Mavrovouni

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Discover a deeper understanding of your psyche on this eight-day retreat. Combining hatha and nidra yoga sessions on a sunny deck, complete with guided meditation and fresh, Mediterranean-inspired brunches, the experience teaches you to release yourself from the confines of your mind and find inner peace. Alongside the daily classes, you’ll get the chance to visit the otherworldly Diros cave complex, an underground labyrinth of jagged stalactites and stalagmites and mirror-like water. At the end of each day, you can find respite in private or shared rooms at the retreat’s whitewashed accommodation.

8-day yoga holiday and writer’s retreat in Peloponnese

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Lose yourself in a world of your own making in this peaceful pocket of the countryside. Set on rocky shores overlooking the ocean, you can hide away in a beachfront hammock to put pen to paper, be it a work of fiction or personal thoughts. This retreat offers the flexibility to let your imagination roam, with optional yoga sessions and daily vegetarian meals. If you need inspiration, go for a wander through the olive groves, snorkel in the magical depths of the sea or share your writing over one of the evening campfires. Private rooms with shared bathrooms are available at the main house.

8-day unique yoga holiday and sailing trip around the Greek islands

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Sail around the Cycladic Islands, reap the rewards of daily yoga sessions and fall asleep to the rhythmic sway of the ocean on this enchanting trip. Sleeping in one of the sailing boat’s double cabins (with your companion or fellow guest), you will quickly get your sea legs as you learn the ropes of sailing. With stops at islands along the way, your daily yoga sessions will be backdropped by constantly changing landscapes of the Aegean Sea and coastal villages. There are also plenty of opportunities to plunge into the glass-like waters from the boat.

29-day 500 RYT Yoga Alliance hatha yoga teacher training in Athens

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If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a yoga teacher, this enlightening course is the perfect place to start. The training will equip you with the knowledge and experience you need to be a certified yoga instructor, taking you on a deep dive into the philosophies, history and ethics of the ancient discipline and teaching about anatomy and ayurveda – ultimately laying a solid foundation for either a successful career in yoga or your own personal practice. Students stay in shared double rooms in the hillside academy, which is based in historic Athens – one of Europe’s most captivating capital cities that you can explore in your free time.

These recommendations were updated on August 10, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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