Ikarian Retreat

The second annual Ikarian retreat.

This event sold out before it could be announced. Meanwhile, you're welcome to follow along as we explore and relish.

This September, Luminere will host the second (somewhat) annual Ikarian Retreat. Many know that my family is from this enchanted island and that I like to return frequently. Last year, ten women joined me as we explored this Blue Zone island and they learned about its rich culture, breathtaking scenery, and beautiful people. This year, I've decided to bring a slightly smaller group so that I can focus us more on not only these aspects but also on the fundamentals of the wellness retreat. Blue Zones, which are a few places around the globe that have the highest life expectancy with the greatest quality of living, include Ikaria. That's why this Greek isle lends the perfect setting to my wellness retreat. And it's getting quite popular! Not only are there a lot of interested participants but there's been some press generating as well. My favorite is the latest edition of the Pan-Icarian Magazine that featured the retreat last September.



Here are the details:

When: September 14-22
Where: Ikaria, located in the Aegean Sea; also a night in Athens in the Old World Plaka that is overlooked by the Acropolis

  • short hike to an ancient castle
  • yoga on the mountain Atheras
  • a local festival, or pangiri
  • unparalleled healing mineral and hot springs
  • amazing beaches
  • body treatments and massages
  • guided meditations
  • really beautiful people

Fee: $1800 that includes everything but food, wine, and extra excursions.

Experience why Ikaria has been determined to be a Blue Zone, one of just a few places on earth with the longest life expectancy with the highest quality of living. Read more here at the New York Times.

Pan-Icarian Magazine

Spotlight in Fall 2016, pg. 33.

Past Ikarian Newsletter issues:

Ikaria Retreat and Renew, Feb. 11, 2016

Ikaria, Getting to Know You, Mar 3, 2016

Ikarian Blue Zone, Mar 10, 2016

Ikariotokis, Your New Moves, May 15, 2016

What's in the Middle, June 1, 2016

Ikaria Loves An Intelligent Woman, June 20, 2016

My Ikarian home.

My Ikarian home.

Afoot and light-hearted, I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me, leading wherever I choose.

Henceforth I ask not good-fortune--I myself am good fortune;
Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,
Strong and content, I travel the open road.

The earth--that is sufficient;
I do not want the constellations any nearer;
I know they are very well where they are;
I know they suffice for those who belong to them.

Still here I carry my old delicious burdens;
I carry them, men and women--I carry them with me wherever I go;
I swear it is impossible for me to get rid of them;
I am fill'd with them, and I will fill them in return.

You road I enter upon and look around! I believe you are not all that is here;
I believe that much unseen is also here.

                                                                                                                                                                - Walt Whitman