Why We Re-designed our Greek Island Retreat
“Love is joy and pleasure. It is Eros – passion, attachment, desire even lust that makes us really alive.” – Carol Pearson
I have had the chance to do a lot of reflection this year and after the recent photography workshop in Puglia, I came home excited and energized TO REWORK a retreat we had already launched in Greece.
Why? What I realised on the way home was the greatest gift we could give someone is a connection to their passion.
Passion is the ultimate connector to life, it ignites our souls, it connects us to the people around us, our creativity, to achieving how we want to live in life, to getting up and dancing, and most importantly it connects us to what’s in our hearts.
Passion makes us want to jump on a plane, get out a sketch book and draw even if we have never done it before, to tell the person you love that they make a difference in your life, to go on an adventure, write a chapter in your life’s story or to go out of your comfort zone even though it scares you. Passion makes you get out of bed early to go ice-skating or do something that makes sense to you but no-one else. Passion is the fastest road to Joy.
Passion makes you feel really, really alive. We are all potential geniuses if we find our true passion!
So for this very reason, we re-worked the retreat.
In this special retreat on the island of Lesvos, four friends want to inspire and guide you to find what brings you joy, connect you to your passion and the desire’s in your heart and to show you how to live creatively.
Long-time residents of Lesvos Claire Lloyd and Matthew Usmar Walkswithdogs offer an invitation to share their lives in a beautiful authentic Greek village where community is paramount. They are opening their home, their hearts, the places they love and their creativity to give you a true insight into the reality of living creatively in every sense.
One of the things that we are rarely told in life is that we are creators. We may hear that we are creative but rarely that we are creators and our lives are a form of art and the best way to create them is with passion.
Most of us pass our lives NOT understanding what our true LIFE’S DESIRES are how to ignite that passion within us.
Together with my hubby, Francesco Cataldi the four of us combine our expertise as artists, photographers, creators of beautiful spaces, naturopath and life coach to help you uncover your deep desires, embrace them and how your passion and creativity can drive the next part of your life. The goal is JOY!
Each day will be a mix of focus sessions to inspire and motivate you, art lessons, healthy delicious local food, yoga or swimming, walks, boat trips and long table lunches in our favourite tavernas and at Claire and Matthew’s home. There will be breathing and grounding techniques to assist you to access your intuition and downtime to reflect on our discussions, about your path, practice your new found love of drawing and art. The evenings will be spent together around a table reflecting on the day, enjoying local food and the thing the Greeks do so well, Kephi (enjoying life in the moment). Oh, and did we mention there will be Greek dancing!