Yoga Retreat

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a secret desire to begin writing, rekindling an old love for writing, or have been at it for decades; published or unpublished, this offer is open to you.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


Yoga, Nature & Art ~ an 8-Day Retreat in the Cloud Forests of Ecuador with Esana and Alison

Our lovely yoga instructor has teamed up with Alison Braun for a wondrous adventure in Ecuador.

26 Nov 2016 – 03 Dec 2016

Here’s the link to all the juicy details:

Our retreat in Valfabbricia, Italy was such a wild success we have already booked our time there for next year.
Radical Restoration will be returning to Le Torrace in Umbria April 11 to 21, 2015.
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It’s not the rise

nor the fall of

slope, or the sweet

trill of new birds,

not the melt of

truffle on the tongue,

nor the kindness of

our host, his wife

or his helpers, but Continue reading


We rave every day about the tastes on our tongues. Giorgio, Leela and their helpers succeed in evoking moans of pleasure as table music at each breakfast, lunch and dinner. From the surprise of a crunchy cheese muffin-like thing at lunch, to a vellutata di Zucchine (soup) to a brioche with red cabbage, aubergine and cheese, roasted lamb with garden rosemary, Farro Perlato with porcini mushroom, to home-cured prosciutto and Caciotta cheese slices with truffles, all the way to Crema Catalana and Colomba Pasquale, every mouthful a surprise and a bit of a swoon. Our plates are always spanking clean after each meal.

The meals have served as inspiration for our writing as well as being the marker for the passage between activities. Many have remarked that although each repast is a veritable feast of taste and choice, none of the foods are too rich or too sweet, and we often leave almost directly from the groaning board of lunch for a long walk up and down or down and up these beautiful country roads, or book a taxi to take us to nearby Gubbio, Assisi or Perugia. Continue reading

Roman Amphitheatre 2
Italian Excavation

In Grade Nine she read I Claudius
In Grade Six, The Eagle of the Ninth,
But in Grade Three, she read about Pompeii
buried beneath molten lava and
volcanic ash

the book said archeologists
unearthed people
frozen in their daily lives
fossilized forever
by disaster’s sudden flow

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Today, after our morning yoga, wonderful breakfast and writing practice on the terrace, AND a sumptuous lunch,  the group set off with Stefano and Marco, our two animated taxi drivers, to zoom along the winding hills to Assisi.

Sue had asked participants what they hoped to write while here and taking their responses into account brought some terrific prompts about travel and holidays. These prompts launched us into the writing as well as into our day of being tourists. Continue reading

Spring light in new leaves

Spring has sprung in Umbria.

Each morning on a Radical Restoration retreat we begin at 7:00 a.m. with some gentle, self-compassionate yoga that helps us get in dialogue with our bodies and our Selves. We breakfast in companionable, communal silence to allow that dialogue to continue. And at 10:00 we are welcomed back to our voices in the two and a half hour writing workshop. After lunch, which so far this trip has been delicious – as every meal here has been so far (we’ll leave that for another post), we’re free to do whatever takes our fancy.

Today three of our troupe hiked for five hours along the old Franciscan pilgrims’ trail, through the spectacular Umbrian countryside, ending up at the Cathedral of Saint Francis in Assisi. The rest of us hiked more locally, napped, rested, and soaked in the Italian spring sunshine. Continue reading