Methoni Castle

Wouldn’t you love to extend summer just a little longer? Together with beach time, easy yoga, writing friends, and ancient marvels, spending 10 days under the Grecian sun is the best way we can think of to make the sweetness last.
For the October 6 to 15, 2018 writing and yoga retreat near Koroni, Greece, we’ve planned one afternoon excursion and a day trip which are now included in the cost of the program.
On or about the third day of our retreat we’ll visit Methoni Castle. Continue reading

Radical Restoration Bursary

Our 10-day, 9-night voyage into words and movement is less than four months away.
If you long to join us on this unique yoga & writing retreat by the Ionian Sea but need some financial relief in order to commit, we have a limited number of bursaries to offer.
If Greece is calling along with the urge to deepen your craft by writing in community, please send me an email in which you share your hopes for the retreat.
We are all beginners every time we come to the page or stretch out on the mat. So, whether you are harbouring a secret desire to begin writing, rekindling an old love for writing, or have been at it for decades; published or unpublished, this offer is open to you.

Accommodations are varied in style and price, so they’ve been listed separately. The little villas are quirky and charming and the apartments are fully equipped and have balconies.
Once we are there, we will organize outings and dinners according to participants’ wishes.
Dinners can be prepared independently or together, or taken in local restaurants. The town of Koroni is only a 15-20 minute walk along the beach
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We’ll help with travel arrangements.

We have a terrific travel agent who’s gotten us great flights at very reasonable prices, so let us know if you’d like her contact information. We’re also happy to pair people up if you’d like a travelling companion.

We’ve been deep in plans for this unique retreat and want to share some details and possibilities.
Currently, we’re exploring various travel arrangements with an agent to find the most convenient and least expensive options to arrive at Kalamata. So… if you’ve been dreaming of joining us but aren’t sure about travel, we’d be more than happy to help make that aspect as seamless as possible.
We’ll be arriving a day before the retreat begins to get settled and set up for your arrival, but if you’d feel more comfortable traveling with someone, we are happy to try to pair you with other participants.
There are still some lovely quirky villas available, but if you’d prefer a more private space, there are apartments available just steps away along the beach. Each one has two bedrooms and is 50 Euros/day for the entire apartment, plus a one-time 30 Euro cleaning fee. You can find details here:  Otherwise, you can choose from the funky little villas here: For the various prices of the available villas, click here:

We want everyone to have a richly inspiring experience, so we’ll be arranging afternoon/evening excursions to various sites of interest.
We’ve planned one afternoon excursion and a day trip which are now included in the cost of the program.
On or about the third day of our retreat we’ll visit Methoni Castle.
Built by the Venetians in the early 13th century on a rocky promontory, the castle is among the largest in the Mediterranean. Fourteen stone arches connect the castle to the shore. The symbol of Venice, The Lion of St Marc, dominates the castle gate.
At the south edge of the castle, floats a fortified isle, Bourtzi, built in 1500, which was a prison during the Turkish Occupation.
If weather permits, the beach near the castle is lovely for swimming.
We can stroll through the scenic town of Methoni to enjoy the well-preserved architecture. If there is time and interest we can also visit the catacombs of St Onoufrios (2km N of Methoni) and/or the Catholic monastery of St Leon.
This trip includes transportation and dinner.
On or about the 6th day of our retreat, we’ll take a day-trip to Pylos, Nestor’s Cave and Voidokilia Bay.
After stopping to browse shops and visit the harbour town of Pylos, we’ll drive about 12 kilometers for a hike to Nestor’s Cave which sits just below the ruins of the Paleo Kastro, the old Pylos castle.
As legend has it, this cave is where Hermes hid the 50 cattle he stole from Apollo.
In Greek mythology, Heracles slew all the sons of the King of Pylos except Nestor, who became king of Pylos himself. Nestor appears as a sage elder in both the Iliad and the Odyssey.
The hike is fairly rugged but worth it for the views alone – the higher you go, the more you’ll see, as the panorama takes in Voidokilia Bay, the Divari Lagoon of Gialova, and the olive tree-lined Peloponnesian Hills, the Bay of Navarino, and the city of Pylos.
After that, we can enjoy some beach time in Voidokilia Bay.
This trip includes transportation, lunch & dinner.

Both of these trips will provide us with unique opportunities for our writing practice.

AND… Right at Zaga Beach, there is a surf school where you can rent windsurfing equipment, catamarans, dinghies, sup, kayaks, and mountain bikes.


7:00 – 8:30 am: Gently ease into the day with Esana’s restorative yoga practice
8:45: Breakfast
10:00- 12:30  Guided writing practice with Deepam
Afternoons are free time
Every other evening we’ll gather for an artists’ salon around 8:00 pm