Unearth your Creative Side

A Journey to the heart of the Greek Isles

August 30th-6th, 2025
September 6th-13th, 2025

Unearth your creative side and join us for an inspiring journey to the heart of the Greek isles! Known for its turquoise waters, sun-drenched beaches, and charming seaside villages, we can’t wait to dive in and explore our creativity!

Unwind at our private villa with sweeping views of the Ionian sea, soak in the inspiration with daily art prompts, and pamper yourself with homemade authentic chef-prepared Grecian delicacies.

Along the way, we’ll lead you through creative prompts as we take time to gather inspiration from the beautiful places we visit. Our talented guest artists Kate Rebecca leach & Sarah Cray have designed custom workshops just for us from Underwater Worlds to Coastal Landscapes!

This journey is for anyone looking to explore their creative side and all of our activities and workshops are for beginners and seasoned artists alike! No Art experience necessary!

Our adventure begins in the seaside village of Nidri. Nirdi is not only known for its port and bustling nightlife but as the gateway to Lefkada Island’s most stunning scenery including forested mountains, waterfalls, beaches and most famously the crystal clear Ionian Sea.

Our journey continues as we discover hidden islands, coves, and beaches on our private charter boat, explore off-the-beaten-path locales like an eccentric folklore museum known for its handicrafts and embroidery, and dive into the local cuisine scene as we travel to local taverns, vineyards, and organic farms for a behind the scenes glimpse at all this region has to offer.

Visit the studio of a local artisan whose designs are inspired by century-old traditions, discover Greek cuisine with a hands-on cooking class, and capture your journey as we art journal our way through the Greek isles!

With an itinerary that celebrates local artisans, the surrounding landscape, and its people all with the soothing islands as a backdrop, we can’t think of a better way to rest, reset, and explore our creativity!

If you’ve been looking to take some time for yourself to reconnect and explore your creative side with an awesome group of women, consider this your invitation!

Why should you join us?

Umm…Greece, private villa, sun-filled days of creating..need we say more?! This is truly the adventure of a lifetime, and with all the hustle and bustle of everyday life (not to mention these uber-stressful times we’re living in), you deserve to take some space for yourself, that’s right! Not the kids, family, or your job, but something just for you!

So buckle up, buttercup, cause we’re offering an adventure to reset and explore your best self… It’s more than a retreat, it’s an experience, so let’s loosen up, get inspired, and above all, have fun!

Come Wander with us!

A peek into our adventure!

Where we’ll be staying

Perched atop the hillside set amongst beautiful lush foliage and ancient olive trees lies our private Balinese style collection of villas! With numerous meditation spaces, gardens and a larger than life infinity pool with breathtaking views of the ionian sea and islands,  this is THE place to unwind!

Designed by famed Italian architect Giovanni Bellagamba, East meets West with custom-made Balinese doors, water features, and handmade furnishings throughout.

Retreaters will be hosted in individual villas throughout the property. Each villa contains two en suite bedrooms as well as a shared ocean view living room for the ultimate comfort.

Be sure to check out our slideshow of this beautiful venue below!

Let’s Talk Food

Greece is famous for its delicious Mediterranean cuisine, and we are in for a treat with daily catered meals from local chefs, a word from them below: 

“Our aim is to offer you the culinary experience of true Greek cuisine the country is so famous for. Our chefs showcase the very best of Greek and Mediterranean homestyle cooking by using local and organic produce wherever possible and the abundant choice of vegetables locally grown on the island and its surrounding regions. Some examples include our sublime vegetarian eggplant moussaka with a light soya cream, spanakopita, colorful Greek salads, Santorini’s fava with spring onion and grape sauce, and the best baklava on the island!

Meet our Guest Artist

Week One – August 30th – September 6th

Meet Kate Rebecca Leach! Kate is known for her intricate watercolor designs and illustrations. Author and Fabric Designer her work is featured in collections across the globe and licensed throughout the US, Europe and the UK.

Inspired by nature, gemstones, and jewels, Kate’s work weaves in beautiful patternmaking with embellishments featuring iridescent washes of gold, copper, and silver.

From Underwater Worlds to Golden Waves & Moonlit Tides, we are beyond excited for the workshops she has planned!

VIEW MORE OF KATE’S WORK HERE

Meet our Guest Artist

Week Two – September 6th – 13th

Meet Sarah Cray! 

Sarah is known for her wonderful watercolor tutorials and as the founder & owner of Let’s Make Art. Artist and entrepreneur, she has inspired thousands of creatives to learn watercolor and live a more creative life. 

From Coastal Landscapes to Grecian Florals we are beyond excited for the workshops she has planned! 

VIEW MORE OF SARAH’S WORK HERE

Where We’ll Be Creating

Workshops will be hosted in the estate’s beautiful open-air shala so we can create while surrounded by nature and ocean breezes, talk about magical!

Meet our Featured Local Artist

Meet artisan jewelry designer Eleftheria Logothetis. Eleftheria creates designs using the ancient tradition of the Karson stitch. With over 200 years of history, this embroidery technique is completely unlike any other in the world. 

Eleftheria describes her designs as  “A love story for Karsan embroidery, the art of which has been passed down from generation to generation with respect for tradition and the history it represents.” 

We are excited to not only see how this art form began with a visit to the folklore museum of Karya but to visit Elixriso Designs Studio to see how this artist is carrying on and modernizing these beautiful traditions! See more of her work here

VIEW ELEFTHERIA’S WORK HERE

A Word From Your Host

Hi Everyone! Cassie here, founder of Wandering Women Retreats and art and travel lover!

I can’t tell you how excited I am to share Greece with an awesome group of gals! With over a decade of experience in the travel industry and as a professional artist, it’s been a long time dream to merge the two and offer unforgettable journeys that both nurture your creative side and immerse you in local culture. 

I’ve cooked up a seriously dreamy itinerary that has a taste of it all! We’ll not only be visiting different mountain and seaside villages throughout Lefkada, but with creative workshops, beach days for relaxing and artisan visits, this retreat is chock full of inspiration! 

So join me for a relaxing escape to the Grecian Isles! 

Our Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Athens, Day Trip to Nidri, Welcome Celebration and Dinner

Arrival in Athens, group transportation to get you from Athens to the Villa will be provided with a fun day trip and pitstop before arriving in Nidri. 

Settle into our hilltop oasis, take a dip in the pool, and get refreshed! 

Join us in the evening for a fun opening ceremony followed by a delicious al fresco grecian buffet Welcome Dinner.

Day 2: Sea Glass & Pebbles/ Among the Olive Groves Workshop, Walking Tour of Nidri, Artisan Shop Visit, Art Journaling Session

We’ll start the morning off with a nice brunch before we dive into our first creative session! 

Week One features Kate Rebeeca Leach’s Sea Glass & Pebbles Workshop where Kate will go over all the techniques and tips for creating her signature abstract Pebbles and Sea Glass with watercolors and iridescent inks.

Week Two features Sarah Cray’s Among the Olive Groves Workshop where Sarah will go over all the basics for creating olive leaves and trees inspired by the surrounding olive groves.

After an afternoon snack we’ll head into Nidri to explore its eclectic downtown and stores. We’ll stop in at a family-owned shop to hear the story behind the handcrafted olive wood creations they are known for.

Enjoy some free time in Nirdi to explore its many shops, cafes or enjoy a drink harborside and people-watch as the boats come in.

Join us in the evening for an art journal session followed by a delicious chef’s dinner made just for us.

Day 3: Visit to the Mountain Village of Karya, Folklore Museum Tour, Family Hillside Tavern Meal, Local Artisan Jewelry Visit and Studio Tour, Lefkada Town Shopping

This full-day adventure starts with a journey into the nearby mountains to the hilltop village of Karya. Home to a Folklore Museum, we’ll learn all about this region’s traditional weaving and embroidery techniques that have been handed down over the centuries. Enjoy free time to explore this village famous for its woven arts and handicrafts.

Our journey continues to an off-the-beaten-path village and home to a family-owned tavern boasting delicious rustic dishes that this region is famous for. Sit down for a one-of-a-kind from-scratch meal prepared by mother and son with views of the surrounding mountainside.

Coming full circle we’ll travel to Lefkada Town to the studio of local artist and jewelry designer Eleftheria Logothetis. Eleftheria will share how she’s carrying on and modernizing the embroidering traditions through her jewelry. After a studio tour we’ll enjoy free time to shop her beautiful collection and take home a piece of history.

Enjoy free time in Lefkada Town to explore its collection of shops before heading back to our oasis. Join us in the evening for another fabulous dinner with ocean views!

Day 4: Private Charter Boat Tour, Island Hopping, Cave Swimming and Beach Picnic, Golden Waves & Moonlit Tides/Coastal Landscapes Workshop

Join us on our very own private charter boat for the day! After a scrumptious breakfast, we’ll head down to the docks to meet our adorable little boat, and off we’ll go!

The crew has created a custom itinerary just for us of different islands, hidden coves, caves and secret beaches! Enjoy a swim or choose from SUP or snorkeling! We’ll stop for a special beach picnic along the way.

After resting from a day in the sun, join us at the golden hour and paint the day’s inspirations with a special watercolor workshop!

Week One features Kate Rebeeca Leach’s Golden Waves & Moonlit Tides Workshop taking inspiration from our day at sea Kate will go over all the steps for creating beautiful oceanscapes with gorgeous gilded iridescent moons and suns.

Week Two features Sarah Cray’s Coastal Landscapes Workshop, where Sarah will go over all the tips and techniques for creating soothing coastal landscapes.

Join us in the evening for another delicious chef-prepared dinner.

Day 5: Underwater Worlds/Grecian Florals Workshop, Cooking Demonstration with Local Chef, Sunset Art Party 

After a scrumptious brunch, we’ll dive into another amazing workshop!

Week One features Kate Rebeeca Leach’s Underwater Worlds Workshop where Kate will go over techniques for creating whimsical underwater scenes and sealife.

Week Two features Sarah Cray’s Grecian Florals Workshop where we’ll gather inspiration from the island’s flora as Sarah goes over steps for creating luscious Grecian-inspired florals.

After a morning of creating, join us and we explore Greek cuisine with a cooking demonstration by our in-house chef, followed by a family-style lunch.

Enjoy free time to swim, visit one of the many meditation spaces,explore the grounds and soak it all in. 

Join us at sunset for an Art Party where we’ll have lots of fun group projects and prompts, followed by another chef-prepared dinner catered just for us.

Day 6: Historic Mill Visit with Olive Oil Tasting, Vineyard Visit with Wine Tasting , Village Visit to Agios Nikitas , Kathisma Beach

Savor the countryside and dive into the local cuisine scene as we celebrate the region’s local farms and vineyards! Our first stop will be to a historic Olive Oil Mill, where we’ll get a behind-the-scenes tour and olive oil tasting with time to shop their collection of local farm products.

Our journey continues with a vineyard visit at a local winery where we’ll sample different wines this region is famous for. After sipping it up, we’ll head to the funky beach town of Agios Nikitas where we’ll have free time to shop and grab a bite to eat from one of the many idyllic seaside cafes.

Our adventure continues with a visit to the stunning Kathisma Beach,  one of the most famous stretches of white sand and turquoise waters in the area. We’ve reserved daybeds right along the beach so we can lounge like the queens we are while soaking in the most gorgeous views.

After resting from a day of exploring, join us in the evening for another scrumptious chef’s dinner.

Day 7: Watercolor Postcards Workshop, Optional Spa Treatments, Free Time, Grecian Goddess Party & Photoshoot, Closing Celebration & Farewell Dinner

We’ll start our day on a colorful note with our last creative session. We’ll continue working in our travel journals along with creating a fun series of watercolor postcards inspired by the week’s workshops.

The afternoon is yours to enjoy as you please, with plenty of free time to create or pack away all your cool artisan finds! Optional spa treatments are available to book for the ultimate pampering.

Join us in the evening for a Grecian Goddess Party that includes an epic photoshoot with the ionian islands as a backdrop, followed by a fun closing celebration and special farewell dinner under the stars.

Day 8: Breakfast and Departure

We’ll share one last opening circle and breakfast together before departing for Athens. Remember to stay in touch with your new creative besties and we hope you wander with us on our next adventure!

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS OUR PROSPECTIVE ITINERARY. SMALL CHANGES MAY BE MADE DUE TO WEATHER, DESIRES OF THE GROUP AND UNEXPECTED OPPORTUNITIES

(such as spontaneous adventures, can we say heck ya?!)

This is one of our more off-the-beaten-path adventures! 

Due to the remote and unique location of our destination we’ll be arranging a day trip transfer from downtown Athens and are requiring our retreaters fly in a day early to ensure they meet the transfer. We’ll depart as a group on a private charter bus for a fun day trip with a pit stop before arriving at the villa in the early evening.

For the Return – We’ll be providing a group transfer directly to Athens from the Villa. 

*Please note that these transfers are on the longer side, around 4-5 hours, but we think it’s part of the adventure. We’ll all be together road-tripping it up with fun stops along the way, not to mention seeing some beautiful countryside!

Spots are limited!

Our retreats aren’t just about the wonderful things we’ll see and do but about building relationships; that’s why we like to keep our groups small and intimate. This enables us to travel like a local and have an inside look at all the region has to offer!  This retreat is limited to 14 guests.

THIS ALL-INCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE INCLUDES:

  • 8 days & 7 nights accommodations at a private luxury villa
  • Group Transfer & Day Trip from Downtown Athens to Nidri
  • Return Transfer from Villa to Athens 
  • Private transportation to and from all destinations/activities
  • Intimate group limited to 8-14 women
  • Tips for our guides, drivers, AND villa staff
  • All Inclusive Meal Package, Daily Chef prepared Brunch, Afternoon Snack & Dinners, including refreshments.
  • Walking tour of Nidri with artisan shop talk
  • Private Charter Boat tour of the islands with optional SUP, snorkeling 
  • Beach Picnic
  • Organic Olive Oil Mill Tour with Olive Oil Tasting
  • Vineyard Tour with Tasting
  • Visit to Mountain Village of Karya
  • Visit to Folklore Museum, featuring traditional embroidery and weaving artisans
  • Local Family Tavern Meal
  • Local Artisan Jewelry Visit with Private Shopping
  • Lefkada Town Visit
  • Visit to Agios Nikitas
  • Kathisma Beach Visit 
  • Cooking Demonstration 
  • Grecian Goddess Party
  • Private Photographer and Grecian Goddess Photoshoot with Album
  • Four Creative Workshops!
    • Week One: Sea Glass & Pebbles, Golden Waves & Moonlit Tides, and Underwater Worlds with guest artist Kate Rebecca Leach
    • Week Two: Among the Olive Groves, Coastal Landscapes, and Grecian Florals with guest artist Sarah Cray
      And a group Watercolor Postcards Workshop!
  • Daily Art Exercises and journaling prompts to get your creative juices flowing!

Sweet Extras

A private Facebook Group so you can get to know your fellow  

A curated bag of goodies, aka the most amazing swag bag ever, including art and local finds!  

A dedicated on-site host to make sure you have the most amazing time ever!

*This is a Wandering Women all-inclusive LUXE retreat! Luxury accommodations, chef-prepared meals along with a  private charter boat excursion & photographer are included in addition to our amazing itinerary and day trips!

Accommodations for this retreat are double occupancy inside beautiful ocean-view villas throughout the property. Each villa houses an intimate group of  4 participants and features two en suite spacious bedrooms (each equipped with two separate beds)  as well as a shared ocean-view living room for the ultimate comfort! 

 Cost for this luxury all-inclusive experience is: $6625

(Airfare not included)

A $1000 Non-Refundable deposit is required to hold your spot balance due by February 15th, 2025

Ready for Adventure?! Fill out our simple booking Request form below and we’ll be in touch with deposit info and more!

Register Here

What our retreaters are saying

Say What?! Testimonials from our fellow Wandering Women

Something I will remember for the rest of my life!

“What a spectacular trip! I knew it sounded good on paper, but the real-life version was more than I could have ever imagined. Thank you for all the hard work you put into making this retreat something I will remember for the rest of my life”

Jocelyn K

The trip of a lifetime!

“ Wandering Women put together a fabulous venue, a great mixture of workshops, tours & amazing food. The friendships I made only sweetened the whole experience. If you’re on the fence, don’t be! Treat yourself – we’re all so worth it! “

Jill V.

Unique & Unforgettable! 

“This retreat was the perfect blend of adventure, rest, and creativity. The luxe experience with activities that were off the beaten path made it unique and unforgettable.” 

Molly D.

VIEW MORE OF OUR TESTIMONIALS HERE

WHAT ISN’T COVERED IN THE COST?

  • Airfare from your hometown to Greece
  • Travelers Insurance (required for this retreat)
  • Any extra tours, meals, or excursions that you choose during your free time if you choose to go.
  • Transportation and lodging outside of the retreat dates, should you choose to arrive early or stay later in Greece
  • Anything you buy in the markets or on various outings.

Faq’s

Book with Confidence –  A note about Covid 19

We have a great team in place that is monitoring the global pandemic and travel advisories on a daily basis. In the event we need to cancel the retreat due to Covid 19, retreat participants will be offered the option of moving funds to a rescheduled departure date. We are also requiring all participants to get travel insurance with a “cancel for any reason” policy. We want you to feel fully comfortable and confident when booking that you are covered!

* Please note that we will NOT be refunding cancellations for any reason, including if you yourself contract covid before the retreat and can not attend. Due to the planning, logistics and upfront costs of these events we have a strict no refund policy regardless of circumstance. We are requiring retreaters to get trip insurance for this very reason, trust us the peace of mind alone is worth it!

Our full Cancellation Policy can be Viewed on our FAQ Page Here

Absolutely! All of our workshops and activities are for beginners and experienced artists alike! We’ll provide you with creative prompts but you will be at your own pace and it’s completely up to you how you’d like to use your art journal and creative time.

Yes, a travel insurance policy is required in order for you to attend the retreat. Trust us, it’s worth it! Stumped on what policy to choose? Don’t worry we got you, our welcome packet has info on trip insurance and more!

The remaining balance after deposit is due on or before February 15th,  2025. We will send a payment link before the due date so you can complete payment.

The rooms on this retreat are double occupancy. In the event you are traveling solo we will do our best to pair you up with someone we think you’ll match well with.

Cute Story I met one of my besties on an art retreat where we shared a room! Little did we know we only lived 20 minutes apart and we have been inseparable ever since!

Greece  is famous for its delicious Mediterranean cuisine, and we are in for a treat with daily catered meals from local chefs, a word from them below: 

“Our aim is to offer you the culinary experience of true Greek cuisine the country is so famous for. Our chefs showcase the very best of Greek and Mediterranean homestyle cooking by using local and organic produce wherever possible and the abundant choice of vegetables locally grown on the island and its surrounding regions. Some examples include our sublime vegetarian eggplant moussaka with a light soya cream, spanakopita, colorful Greek salads, Santorini’s fava with spring onion and grape sauce, and the best baklava on the island!”

We really want to give you a taste of the country through its food, in most cases we will have vegetarian options (if notified in advance on your registration form)  but unfortunately severely restrictive diets and other food sensitivities can not be accommodated.

For Arrival – Due to the remote location of our destination we’ll be arranging a day trip transfer from downtown Athens and are requiring our retreaters fly in a day early to ensure they meet the transfer. We’ll depart as a group on a private charter bus for a fun day trip with a pit stop before arriving at the villa in the evening.

For the Return – We’ll be providing a group transfer directly to Athens from the Villa. 

*Please note that these transfers are on the longer side, around 4-5 hours, but we think it’s part of the adventure and we’ll all be together road trippin it up, not to mention seeing some beautiful countryside!

When booking your flight please fly into Athens International Airport. We recommend booking your flights at least 90 days before the beginning of the retreat.

Weather in Lefkada will be pleasantly warm during the days, with temperatures ranging in the low 80s. Evenings can cool down, and we’d recommend packing layers and a light jacket or cardigan.

It is your responsibility to be up to date on what the visa requirements are for entering the country.

That is completely up to you and depends on how much shopping you plan to do. ATMs are available to you and credit cards are taken at some major retailers.

Greece is best explored on foot. There will be lots of cobblestone streets so opt for comfortable shoes, sneakers or sandals.For our day trips we’ll be most the day outdoors.Plan outfits that will work for exploring but will also be nice enough for a relaxed dinner in town. Layers are always a great idea!

The last thing we want is you having to lug a ton of supplies around so we’ll send a minimal list of art supplies such as your favorite brushes, art journal and watercolor set! We’ll also include a simple packing list and tips a couple months before the retreat.

We also recommend that you bring an extra bag (a collapsible duffel or tote works great) to bring home your goodies you have collected on our shopping trips. Greece is known for its artisan and handicraft markets, so trust us you’ll want the extra room to take back your one-of-a-kind finds! The temperatures will vary, so don’t forget layers, pack a bathing suit, sweater and a light jacket!

One of our main goals is to lift up our fellow female creatives! When we set out to create Wandering Women Retreats we thought about all the wonderful female artisans around the world. What’s going on in their studio, what inspires them and how can we be inspired in return? Each of our retreats highlight a different woman artist with visits to her workspace and talks about her journey and creative process. 

From floral foragers to textile designers to mixed-media painters we strive to spotlight a diverse group of female artisans. On each of our retreat pages you’ll find a bio for our featured female artist for that particular trip.

Still have questions? We got you! Visit our FAQ page.

Interested in a custom retreat for you and your tribe? We can create custom private retreats for your group that is tailored to your interests. Unique experiences, boutique accommodations and off-the-beaten-path locations are our speciality! Reach out through our contact page for more info!

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