Windsurfing has taken me to many places around the world. Beaches with white sand and big waves. Beaches with pink sand, beaches with stunning sunrises and sunsets. Beaches with palm trees and coconuts. If I close my eyes I can still take myself to each and every one of them. I can still remember the smells, the sound, even how the air felt like on a quiet morning. I can still see my friends catching the last waves before sunset. I have fond memories of the days when I would just get all my windsurfing equipment in a board bag and travel for a new adventure. For me, there is nothing like escaping to a beautiful beach!
Over the last 15 years I’ve visited more than 23 greek islands, in search of good conditions for windsurfing along with a suitable environment to relax on non-windy days. I have endured more than my fair share of unhealthy meals, old-fashioned decor, tiny or screeching beds and rooms without air-conditioning. One of my favourite destinations for an active holiday is Paros. Paros is one of the Cyclades island group and it is located in the central Aegean Sea, 3-4 hours from either Rafina or Piraeus (the east and south ports of Athens, respectively) – depending on whether you take the fast boat or the conventional one. Nowadays, Paros also has a new airport which you can reach in only 40 minutes from Athens via Aegean Airlines.
Golden beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, famous for the water sport facilities, crystal clear water and sandy beach. It is a worldwide destination for windsurfers, due to the superb conditions for both beginners and experts who sail under the refreshing wind and rich sun of the Aegean sea. The beach is located 20km away from the main port of Paros and 12km from the airport.
My 3 day (2 nights) escape is all about re-establishing a healthy connection with your body, soul and mind though practicing sports. We will practice windsurfing, stand-up paddling, SUP fitness and we will also have some relaxing stretching sessions. If we don’t have enough wind for windsurfing during the day, I will run a fitness session on the beach instead.
Expect a weekend full of windsurfing, SUP and fitness, beautiful views, fun experiences, relaxation, and discovery! I want you to return home having experienced the real pace and the flow of the island and having gained the necessary energy to navigate through autumn and winter.
If you like being active on your holidays, love the beach and sharing adventures with newly-found friends, this is an escape you can’t miss out on!
Who can join the escape:
This escape is open to all – whether you are a beginner, intermediate or experienced windsurfer, whether you have prior experience with stand up paddling or not, whether you have prior experience with exercise or not, I will make sure that you get the most out of the weekend!
Daily life during your retreat on Paros:
08:30-08:45: Wake up bell
13:00-18:00: Free time (Windsurfing, swimming, relaxing, exploring the island)
18:00-19.00: SUP / SUP Fitness
19.30 onwards: Dinner & night out
*The program is flexible to allow modifications depending on weather conditions and guests’ needs and specific requirements.
Our standard package includes accommodation in an apartment for 4 persons and the cost is 170 EUR
*The apartment is air-conditioned, comfortable, with one double bed room with its own bathroom and balcony. Plus a fully equipped kitchenette with two single beds and a second bathroom. It is equipped with direct phone line, TV, wi-fi and daily maid service.
**If you want more privacy during your stay, please contact me.
The deposit payment is 60 EUR (non-refundable).
Full payment is due by September 14, 2016.
Please inform us as soon as possible if you need to cancel, so that a place may be offered to another. Cancellation will incur a 20 EUR cancellation fee before registration closing; surplus will be refunded up until 48 hours before retreat commencement (50% refund in this time).
Alternatives to bread and dairy products can be offered at meals, but we cannot necessarily help with more specialised diets (including vegan diets) and we are not able to provide guaranteed no-wheat, no-gluten food. If you have a medical condition, please let us know either on your registration form or by phone if you need particular foods and we will be in touch to let you know if we can help.
What to bring:
You shall be needing your swimsuits, rash guard or wetsuit, sunscreen, flip flops, active wear, workout shoes, hat, sunglasses, towel.
Warm clothing is also a good idea as it can be quite chilly on Paros in the early morning or evening.
2 nights shared accommodation in a 4 person apartment overlooking Golden Beach (Fri & Sat)
Breakfast and lunch (Saturday & Sunday) prepared with fresh local products
Daily windsurfing class (3 classes in total over the weekend, subject to suitable wind conditions)
Premium quality windsurfing equipment to practice on your own (Sat)
SUP exploring tour around Golden Beach / SUP fitness session
Stretching sessions after daily activity
Fitness class (in case of no wind)
Private beach with beds and umbrellas
Wi-fi internet access throughout the hotel
Access to the watersports team throughout the day for any support needed
What is not included:
Transportation to Paros
Souvenirs and items of a personal nature
Please plan to arrive between 12.00 & 15.00pm on Friday 23rd September; we finish after lunch (13.00pm) on Sunday 25th September.
**Please contact me if work commitments necessitate arrival outside standard arrival time or if you feel you may have difficulty taking part fully. If you are unable to come for the whole duration, please advise when making the booking to discuss this, as I encourage people not to miss part of the retreat by arriving late or leaving early.
**Please register at the latest 10 days before the start of the retreat, which is the 14th of September.
For those of you who want a sneak peak of the venue, please visit Golden Beach website!
Remember: this life is a gift, and the truth is we only get one chance to make it right!
Looking forward to seeing you on Paros!
To join my retreat, please drop me an email or use the form below!