Wine & Olive Oil Retreat – Early December 2024.

About Wine & Olive Oil Retreat in Evia

Join us for an incredible jouney of a lifetime!  Nowhere else in the world will you be as influenced by your inner quest than in this extraordinarily curated and inspiring retreat.

You are about to immerse yourself in a thoughtfully initiated retreat that has been designed to allow you to:

  • Experience the Greek countryside and nature in the center of Europe’s most ancient civilization on the island of Evia.
  • Enjoy revitalising yoga and mediation sessions inside the olive groves of your accommodation.
  • Taste locally grown wines and old local varieties.
  • Explore some of the South Evia’s finest olive groves and learn how the extra virgin olive oil is getting extracted, bottled and ends up in our table.
  • Familiarize yourself with applications of olive oil and watch a seminar of natural soap making.
  • Enjoy several Mediterranean cooking classes from local ladies and professional chefs and master the art of Greek cuisine.

Type: Recreate/ Explore/ Relax/ Meditate

Suitability: Singles, Couples, Groups

Location: South Evia

Duration: Early December 2024 (5 nights)

Sights & Activities: Wineries & vineyards in Central Evia with guided tours and wine tasting, visits in olive groves and olive oil extraction facilities, mediterranean cooking classes, natural soap seminar, daily yoga and mediation sessions.

Optional activities: Hiking in Mountain Dirfys (the highest top in Evia), rock climbing in Manikia Rocks, Mountain biking.

Cost: 1.500 EUR per person for single occupancy rooms/ 1.200 EUR per person for double occupancy rooms – Early Bird pricing (for reservations until 31st of May)

1.750 EUR per person for single occupancy rooms/ 1.550 EUR per person for double occupancy rooms

Deposit: 300 EUR*

Local guides: English speaking local guides and certified instructors are included in all activities with no extra charge

Please read carefully our cancellation policy down below before booking.

*: Cancellation Policy: Deposit amount is non-refundable. However, life is full of surprises & we totally understand. A booking cancellation will only be effective when we receive written confirmation of the cancellation and have responded having acknowledged the cancellation. That said, if written cancellation is received 15 days (the latest) prior to your arrival, your deposit will be refunded by 50% less 30 EUR administrative fee unless you want to transfer your participation in another retreat for another date within a year of your original booking (upon availability).

About our space

Zarka Villas

On the edge of the village of Zarka (Zarakes to non-locals) is a quiet valley set amongst the rolling and sometimes dramatic landscape of the southern region of the Greek island of Evia (Euboea in Greek). The Villas are a family owned & run resort.

Zarka Villas are situated at the edge of the old village (Mahala) of Zarka, a valley of abandoned houses – all traditional style with stone walls and stone tiled roofs – which were left to crumble and provide shelter to sheep and goats.

The valley retains a remarkable peacefulness and a gentle pace of life that resonates with the tinkling of sheep bells and the rustling of leaves from the breezes. Running north to south it is sheltered from the mainly easterly Aegean winds.

On the far side of the valley lies the new village of Zarka, a typical rural settlement consisting mainly of more recent homes, a small supermarket, a bakery, a pharmacy, butcher, post office, a cafe, a church and tavernas & bars.

Zarka Villas is situated on nine acres of hillside olive grove, a restored traditional stone house, 2 newer stone villas, a large circular meeting hall and a delightful swimming pool & in-ground hot tub. This gentle rural setting, offering all modern amenities, is the ideal location from which to explore the wonders of Southern Evia.

The nearby towns of Aliveri, Karystos and Chalkida offer a wide variety of shopping opportunities, along with up-scale restaurants and night life. As they are all by the sea, stunning sunsets and other breath-taking views await you.

More info can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/zarkavillas/

What’s included in the Wine and Olive Oil Retreat

5 nights accommodation in natural stone-built villas inside an olive grove

Full board home cooked meals & nutritious snacks daily

Daily yoga and mediation sessions with certified instructor

2 Mediterranean cooking classes with professional chefs

A natural soap seminar with a local lady

A full day visit in 3 local wineries and vineyards (including wine tasting and BBQ)

A full day visit in local olive groves and a local cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil extraction facility

All tours, visits and activities include english speaking tour guides and certified instructors

Transfers to/ from the Athens International Airport and all local rides to wineries, olive groves etc.

What’s not included

Flight tickets to/ from Athens (We strongly advise you to check www.swoodoo.com for the best airfares (flight tickets search engine) – The airport to fly into is: Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH).

Alcohol drinks and beverages

Optional day activities and trips (mountain hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, etc)

Travel insurance

Whatever is not mentioned clearly in the retreat program

Pricing for the Wine and Olive Oil Retreat (Early December 2024)

1.500 EUR per person for single occupancy rooms/ 1.200 EUR per person for double occupancy rooms Early Bird pricing (for reservations until 31st of October)

1.750 EUR per person for single occupancy rooms/ 1.550 EUR per person for double occupancy rooms

A non-refundable deposit of 300 EUR paid online, is required to secure your space and confirm your reservation.