OPEN CALL FOR RETREAT FACILITATORS

LOOKING FOR AN idyllic space to host your upcoming retreat?

We have 3 dates now open due to a cancellation and rescheduling of dates in our 2024 upcoming retreats calendar and we’d love to have you here with us in Pelion, Greece! For these specific 3 dates we’re offering an exclusive 10% discount due to last minute booking. Please speak to nicholas@pelionhomes.com for more details on these special rates & a facilitator proposal.

Surround yourself in idyllic nature & beautiful pristine beaches. Our holistic retreat centre is located just off the beaten track, 600m up in the stunning Pelion mountainside, sheltered amidst an organic fruit orchard & nestled on our organic farm space offering breathtaking panoramic sea views.

If one of the below dates is a good fit, add your details and we'll be in touch to send you a programme outline with prices. Thank you!

WHY BOOK YOUR RETREAT WITH US...?

 

Villas & Room Allocation:

Typically we work with facilitators and cater for retreats and workshops, with food and accommodation in the villas for groups from our minimum number of 12 up to 28 participants in size. Please note we have a minimum stay of 5-7 nights for all retreats, unless under specially agreed circumstances.

Our three room types are detailed below;

  • Twin Shared Room: 2 comfy twin beds with a shared bathroom. Sometimes, these can be converted into private double rooms.
  • Private Double Room with shared bathroom: A snug double bed with a shared bathroom in the villa.
  • Private Double with Ensuite bathroom: Enjoy some privacy with a double bed and its very own bathroom.

Please Note: The availability of each room type depends on which villa you're booked in. Take a peek at the facilitator's booking sheet for specifics. And remember, we allocate rooms across several charming villas like Villa Iris, Villa Thalia, and more, based on your group size.

All villas must be populated and filled up as best as possible by the retreat facilitator before utilising another villa. Twin Shared Rooms must not be used as private rooms unless a special request has been agreed with by Pelion Homes, or due to limited capacity available and not being able to offer an alternative place/room.

 

Checking In:

Facilitators: We advise you to come in a bit early. This gives you a moment to feel the vibe of the villa, rooms, and surrounding nature. Also to visit the retreat centre. We advise facilitators to arrive prior to all participants - We strongly recommend this to ensure you have time enough to review the villas, and rooms and make any last-minute changes or adjustments if necessary. Arriving early will also allow time enough to visit the Shala & Retreat space to get a feel for the venue and surrounding nature.

Participants: You can settle in from 3:00 pm on your arrival day and should pack up by 11:00 am on your departure day.

 

Detailed Villa Layouts: All villas have air conditioning*.

Villa Selini:Ā 2 shared bathrooms & with pool (140mĀ²)

    • Room 1: Private Double - shared bathroom | (3.30m X 2.90m)
    • Room 2: Twin Shared - shared bathroom |Ā (3m X 2.80m)
    • Room 3: Twin Shared - shared bathroom | can be offered as Private Double with shared bathroom | (3.40m X 3.10m)
    • Room 4: Twin Shared - Ā shared bathroom |Ā (2.70m X 2.80m)

Above Room 4 in Selini as a Twin Room to demonstrate the difference in room setup.Ā 

 

Villa Iris: 2 shared bathrooms, 1 ensuite & with pool (125mĀ²)

  • Room 1 Master | First Floor. Private Double Room with shared bathroom (3.50m X 4m)
  • Room 2 | First Floor. Twin Shared Room with shared bathroom. Can also be a private double with shared bathroom. (2.3m X 2.80m)
  • Room 3 | Ground Floor. Twin Shared Room with shared bathroom. Can also be a private double with shared bathroom (3.80m X 3m)
  • Room 4 | Twin Shared Room with ensuite bathroom. Can also be a private double with ensuite bathroom. (3.60m X 4.10m). Please note this room is located on the villa terrace, externally by the pool, it provides full access to villa but is a little more private if guests requests this.

 

Villa Thalia: 1 shared bathroom, 1 toilet W/C & with pool (91mĀ²)

  • Room 1 Master | First Floor. Private Double Room with shared bathroom (3.90m X 3m)
  • Room 2 | First Floor. Twin Shared Room with shared bathroom. Can also be a private double with shared bathroom. (3.40m X 3.10m)
  • Room 3 | Ground Floor. Private Double Sofa Bed Room with shared bathroom (3m X 2.65m)

 

Villa Dioni: 2 ensuite bathrooms & with cooling pool (75mĀ²)

  • Room 1 Master | FirstĀ  Floor. Private Double Room with ensuite bathroom (3.80m X 3m)
  • Room 2 | First Floor. Twin Shared Room with ensuite bathroom. Can also be a private double with ensuite bathroom. (3.20m X 2.80m)

 

The Stone House: 1 ensuite bathroom & 1 shared bathroom (68mĀ²)

  • Room 1 Master | Ground Floor. Private Double Room with ensuite bathroom (3.25m X 2.90m)
  • Room 2 | First Floor | Twin Shared Room with shared bathroom (3m X 3.40m)

 

Villa Jasmine: 1 ensuite bathroom & 1 shared bathroom withĀ pool (145mĀ²)

*Air conditioning is in living room only.

  • Room 1 Master | First Floor. Private Double Room with ensuite bathroom (3.50m X 3.10m)
  • Room 2 | First Floor | Private Double Room with shared bathroom (3m X 4.70m)
  • Room 3 | First Floor | Twin Room with shared bathroom (3m X 3.15m)

 

The Mansion & BungalowsĀ with external terrace & pool (200mĀ²)

  • Room 1 | Private Double Room with ensuite bathroom
  • Room 2 | Private Double Room with ensuite bathroom
  • Room 3 | Private Double Room with ensuite bathroom
  • Room 4 | Private Double Room with ensuite bathroom
  • Room 5 | Private Double Room with ensuite bathroom
  • Room 6 | Private Double Room with ensuite bathroom
  • Bungalow 1 | Private Double Room with ensuite bathroom
  • Bungalow 2 | Private Double Room with ensuite bathroom
  • Bungalow 3 | Private Double Room with ensuite bathroom
  • Bungalow 4 | Private Double Room with ensuite bathroom

 

 

The location.

This paradise is tucked away in the Pagasitikos Gulf in eastern Greece. It is situated on the western side of Mount Pelion and close to the village of Agios Georgios Nilias. The whole area is full of lush green vegetation, relatively untouched and characterised by sweeping mountain vistas, forests, waterfalls, enchanting villages & pristine hideaway beaches.

Pelion Homes Orientation Map

Walking To The Retreat Centre from The Villas.

Path to Retreat Centre

Approximately 5 minutes, up a slight inclined stone path, from Villa Selini it is approximately 7 minutes. Please be aware of this for any participants with mobility issues.

 

Walking To The Retreat Centre from The Mansion.

Walking distance to the retreat centre is approximately 5 minutes from the village, up a slight inclined stone path, please be aware of this for any participants with mobility issues.

Travelling to Pelion Homes.

From Volos (30 minutes drive)
From the city centre or ring road, head towards 'Agria'.
Once you reach 'Ano Lehonia', turn left towards 'Agios Vlassios', 'Agios Georgios' & 'Pinakates'.
Pass the outskirts of 'Agios Vlassios' village and carry on the main road. Turn left at the sign for Taxiarhes Monastery, Aloni Theatre & Pelion Homes. After 150 meters turn right on the small road to the villas.

From Athens (4 hours)
Get onto the main E75 motorway, this will take you all the way to EO Volou Larisas / A12 / E92 / EO6. Exit toward 'Volos / Velestino'.
Continue on EO Volou Larisas / A12 / E92 / EO6 - Once you reach 'Ano Lehonia', turn left towards 'Agios Vlassios', 'Agios Georgios' & 'Pinakates'. Pass the outskirts of 'Agios Vlassios' village and carry on the main road. Turn left at the sign for Taxiarhes Monastery, Aloni Theatre & Pelion Homes. After 150 meters turn right on the small road to the villas.

From Thessaloniki (2.45 hours)
Follow A1 to EO Volou Larisas / A12 / EO6 in Feres. Take the EO6 exit from A1
Continue on EO Volou Larisas / A12 / EO6 to your destination as above.

 

 

The shala & retreat space.

Conveniently located only a few minutes walk away from theĀ Pelion Homes villas, in Agios Georgios, Nilias. Offering breathtaking panoramic views overlooking the Pagasitikos Gulf and Pelion mountain. A unique and wonderful venue that you will fall in love with. Where you can breathe, unwind and relax whilst embarking upon a new and enlightening spiritual journey. A place where you will be submerged within nature and find your inner self.

TheĀ Yoga retreat centreĀ and Bedouin tent is easily accessible and allows up to 24 people when the tent is enclosed, and 32 people to practise yoga or other activities at one time when the tent walls are open. The fully protected internal tent space is 70 mĀ². The open air yoga retreat decking area is 130 mĀ², perfectly shaded by trees surrounding the venue. The venue also offers 360 panoramic views overlooking the Cherry tree orchard and sea views towards Pagasitikos Gulf.Ā  The tent is fitted with mosquito nets, ceiling fans and a wood operated air heater for extra comfort dependent on the season.

Props wise, you will have use of the below at the shala; If you are hosting a large group, please ask that all participants bring yoga mats with them to ensure everyone has a mat during the retreat.

  • 18 high quality LiForme & 5 medium quality yoga mats
  • PA Sound System (bluetooth connectivity)
  • 20 meditation pillows
  • 20Ā blankets
  • 40 cork bricks
  • 12 yoga straps
  • White board & pens

For more information

 

 

 

Heartwarming plant based food, made with love!

Located next to the retreat centre on the Pelion Homes farm, is a large communal space where the retreat guests can relax and enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner dependent on your preferences. The food is cooked in the kitchen by our talented chefs, using locally sourced ingredients from our farm and around Pelion. You can expect an infusion of traditional vegetarian & vegan dishes with a mouthwatering twist. The chef's are able to cater for a number of dietary requirements, including gluten free. Any requirements and food allergies, must be provided in advance to arrival.

The dining area itself has a wrap around balcony, with stunning views overlooking the village of Agios Georgios, Pelion mountain and the sea below.

Please note: All villas include some complimentary snacks & refreshments prior to arrival; Coffee, tea, fruits, nuts, salad, bread, eggs.

 

 

 

Retreat Agreement.

Please note following acceptance of retreat dates, a retreat agreement will be provided detailing all the terms and conditions for our collaboration.

Payments & Bookings

To reserve a place on a Pelion Homes Retreat, a non-refundable deposit is required, this deposit will be 30% of the full retreat payment based on 12 participants (twin shared accommodation) unless otherwise agreed. The deposit is paid at the time of booking. The full payment (outstanding amount) is to be paid no later than ninety (90) days prior to the retreat start date.

Cancellations

  • Cancellation refers to the act of not being able to facilitate the scheduled retreat. In the event of cancellation, certain fees may be applicable depending on the timing of the cancellation. It is important to note that a cancellation will only be considered effective if we receive written confirmation via email.
  • Please be aware that the 30% deposit paid at the time of booking is non-refundable. However, if the cancellation occurs more than ninety (90) days prior to the retreat start date, any payments made, excluding the non-refundable deposit, will be refunded.
  • On the other hand, if the cancellation takes place less than ninety (90) days before the retreat start date, the entire amount paid will be forfeited and non-refundable.
  • Should you choose to reschedule the retreat, the 30% deposit will be forfeited and cannot be transferred. In order to secure a future date, a new deposit will need to be paid.
  • Lastly, cancelling the retreat after ninety (90) days prior to the start date will result in the outstanding amount being forfeited.

CancellationĀ of the retreat by Pelion Homes

Pelion Homes is committed to providing its services with the utmost dedication and to the highest standard. In the event that a significant alteration to a reserved retreat becomes necessary, Pelion Homes will promptly notify the facilitator. The facilitator will then be presented with alternative date options for the retreat or the option to receive a refund. If the cancellation is caused by factors outside the jurisdiction of Pelion Homes, such as Force Majeure, Pelion Homes shall not be held responsible for any external expenses incurred by the facilitator or the client due to such modifications.

Force Majeure

  • Natural Disasters/Acts of God: Earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, and other natural disasters or extreme weather events.
  • War & Civil Disturbances: Acts of war (whether declared or not), terrorism, insurrections, riots, civil unrest, or rebellions.
  • Governmental Actions: Expropriation, condemnation, government-imposed embargoes, or changes in laws and regulations which render performance illegal or impossible.
  • Epidemics & Pandemics: Outbreak of disease, health emergencies, or any governmental or international body's restrictions related to health crises.
  • Labour Strikes & Disturbances: Strikes, lockouts, or other industrial disputes that are not initiated or reasonably foreseeable by the party seeking to claim relief.
  • Utilities & Infrastructure Failures: Prolonged shortages or outages in essential utilities such as water, electricity, gas, or essential infrastructure breakdowns, including the internet.
  • Other External Events: Any other event or circumstances beyond the reasonable control of the parties, including fires, explosions, or unforeseen accidents.

Any of the above events listed as Force Majeure are beyond the control and jurisdiction of Pelion Homes, and therefore, can not be classified as Cancellation by the host.Ā  It is highly recommended that you obtain travel insurance that provides coverage in the event of such circumstances. In the event of a Force Majeure, Pelion Homes will collaborate closely with the facilitator to offer alternative dates for rescheduling at no additional cost. The initial deposit or, in the case of a fully paid amount, will automatically be transferred to the new retreat dates. In the case the facilitator/s decides not to move forward with newly suggested retreat dates, Pelion Homes will not be liable to cover the cost of any expenses incurred or provide a refund.

Minimum Participant Numbers

The minimum participant group number (12) must be met, if it falls beneath this, the facilitator will be liable to pay the difference in attendance based on the twin room rate as agreed for the retreat.

Facilitator - Complimentary Accommodation & Food

Accommodation will be provided with complimentary food to the lead facilitator in attendance on the condition the confirmed participant number in attendance meets 12 people or above. If it falls below this number, there will be an amount charged based on 50% of the retreat twin room rate.

Support Facilitator - Complimentary Accommodation & Food

If a retreat organiserā€™s partner or co-facilitator wishes to stay in the villa and eat at the communal space, they will need to pay 50% of twin room rate. If the participant attendance meets 14 people and above, the accommodation and food charge will be complimentary for this person.

 

 

Travelling to and from.

Athens, Thessaloniki & Volos transfers to Pelion Homes can be arranged with our private minibus. We schedule a designated pick up time and location in order to ensure smooth pick up with our driver. There is a minimum of 10 people for minibus booking. Contact nicholas@pelionhomes.com for a tailor made offer.

 

 

We provide a number of nature-based activities with transportation, such as Yoga / beach trips, kayaking, hiking and foraging in the sublime forest. We've been offering guided excursions for many years and can take you to the most beautiful and hidden locations around Pelion. All excursions are planned out to ensure they smoothly fit in with your retreat programme timings.

 

 

 

The village of Agios Georgios.

Located only a few minutes walk from the retreat centre, the traditional and beautiful village of Agios Georgios offers a few nice spots for a coffee, and bite to eat. Feel free to ask us for recommendations.

Slow mindful walks to full day hikes.

There are lots of beautiful hikes you can follow or be led by one of our trusted guides, in and around the retreat centre and the mountain. Ask us for more details, or check out our app below.

Pelion Homes Mobile App:

Feel free to also download your personalised Pelion guidebook-app!
We created this mobile app for our guests, recommending places that you might like to explore and enjoy whilst visiting Pelion! It also keeps you updated with events that you might want to attend, provides information about suggested day trips and much much more. iPhone LinkĀ |Ā Google Play Link

 

 

 

 

Enjoy a massage treatment.

Enjoy a 1 hour treatment. Efsevios incorporates; Thai, deep tissue, trigger point, reflexology and reiki techniques to create a massage that is unique to each person to match each body's needs and release physical as well as emotional blockages.Ā 

 

 

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