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SUMMER JOURNEY

The Artist's Odyssey

18 - 24 August 2024

Corfu, Greece

BOOKINGS NOW OPEN!! (scroll down for booking info)

WELCOME TO THE

Artist's Odyssey

Greetings Art Lover! There is one thing we already know for sure: you are a beautiful, creative soul and we are delighted that you found your way to our sanctuary for curious creatives. We welcome you!

 

Below, you will find all details regarding our gathering, let's get you started!

The Artist's Odyssey is a kaleidoscopic arts retreat in Corfu from 18-24 August 2024. It's designed to dive
into a diverse array of conscious arts.

A Quest Designed to Awaken the Artist Within!

A WEEK OF WELLNESS

An Unforgettable Journey - A Holiday with Purpose and Meaning

This retreat offers a playful & potent balance of:

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Deeply Healing

Art Therapies

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Interactive and Immersive Workshops

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Highly Engaging & Educational Classes

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Authentic Connection

and Community

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Abundance of Healthy, Delicious Food

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Peace and Deep Relaxation

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Magnificent Nature - Blue Seas &  Vast Olive Trees

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Sublime Island Life

The Dawning of a New Artist's Odyssey

So what is The Artist's Odyssey, exactly?

Before we get into the details, it's important to share our motto - "Everything done with love, is art". From this point of view, everything can be an art, and everyone an artist. It all starts with intention. This is the foundation for this event, and all of our other offerings too. So it's a wonderful experience for all people, regardless of age or experience, which makes it great for children and families too!

 

The first of its kind, this gathering is designed to give attendees a multidimensional experience of art. To give some perspective, we almost named this gathering The 6D Retreat. Why? Because we are taking:

6 Different art forms over the course of

6 Days, directed by

6 Dedicated facilitators for

6 Delightful hours each day.

 

In a nutshell, this will be a 6 Dimensional Journey of creative discovery, for one dreamy week in Eden.

Each day we dive into one art form - Painting, Music, Dance, Theater, Storytelling/Poetry and Land/Nature Arts, etc. A completely immersive and intense, yet also fun and playful adventure.

 

And of course, it's in our nature to collaborate and experiment, so for sure there will be some unique co-creations between the arts, artists, and audiences, especially during our nights together.

This will be a chance for art lovers to dip their toes into new waters, to learn and engage in depth with extraordinary artists, and to spend a week nurturing that part of ourselves that has been (for most of us) lost since childhood.

We all have latent gifts lying dormant within us. Sometimes, we just need to give ourselves a little jolt to awaken the sleeping phoenix within.

We invite you to join us this August in Corfu for an unforgettable journey at The Artist's Odyssey. Together, under the fiery sign of Leo, we will walk through the fires of creation, so you can reclaim your phoenix wings and fly!

OUR VENUE

The Buddha Hall - Corfu, Greece

"An Artist's Dream! A Perfect Place to Make Artistic Alchemy."

 

Our home for the week is the Corfu Buddha Hall, one of Europe's premier retreat centers. Spacious and sitting on a mountain top blanketed with olive and cypress trees, the Buddha Hall offers not only incredible views of peaks and seas, but a rare combination of excellent group spaces too.

The only retreat center in Greece that boasts a large air-conditioned indoor space, as well as a sizeable outdoor dance/music venue. You can be sure that we will make a lot of magic in both of them! Simply put, this place is exquisite.

 

Side Note - while the Buddha Hall easily fits 100+ people, we are limiting our group size to 50 people, so that we can enjoy more intimacy and space!

OUR LOCATION

Corfu - The Magnetic Island of Magic

"A lush paradise - the perfect place for painting, poetry and playing music..."

 

All of this happens on the legendary island of Corfu, the greenest island in Greece, and a place incredibly rich in history and mythology. Perhaps it's because St. Michael's Ley Line (known as the Apollo line in Greece) passes right through the north-west of the island! Local legends say that Odysseus was shipwrecked and washed ashore not far from Arillas, where he was helped by a princess and warmly welcomed by the king before being aided back home. And take a look at the map below, you will see that Corfu is shaped like a mermaid, and Arillas sits right at her 3rd eye!

Arillas is also one of the fastest growing wellness destinations in the world, and it will not take long for you to see why - the place is magical and magnetic, and the energy simply divine. Corfu offers clean, beautiful beaches, great cafes and restaurants, stunning sunsets and a relaxed, friendly vibe that seduces visitors over and over again. Many come for a week and never leave!

READY TO BOOK?

All Booking Details

*The green price is the one currently available

WINTER PRICE

Early Rising Artists

€915

(€555 AO Pass + €360 BH Package)

Available Now!

SPRING PRICE

Artistes Nonchalants

€1035

(€675 AO Pass + €360 BH Package)

*12 Spaces Only (not available yet)

SUMMER PRICE

The 11th Hour Artists

€1155

(€795 AO Pass + €360 BH Package)

*12 Spaces Only (not available yet)

All prices include:

Artists Odyssey (AO) Pass - Access to all activities, classes, workshops, concerts, etc.
The Buddha Hall (BH) Retreat Package - Meals twice daily (breakfast & lunch). Besides food, and also covers energy & maintenance costs, space fees and basic office assistance. For full package list and price breakdown check our FAQ Page.

Prices above DO NOT include: Flights, accommodation, airport transfers or local transportation.
Except for the opening evening, no other dinners are provided. Dinner time kept free to enjoy local Greek cuisine.

Simple Two Step Booking Process:
· STEP 1 ·
→  BOOK YOUR RESERVATION  ←
€500 Deposit

(Required now to secure your reservation)

3 Payment Options: Credit Card, Bank Transfers or PayPal.

*Please Note: The deposit is non refundable. See cancellation policy below.

· STEP 2 ·
→  PAY REMAINING BALANCE  ←
€415 (Winter Price)

During Registration/Check In on 18 August, the remaining balance needs to be paid in Cash.

(Bank Transfer also possible, but would need to be done 1-2 weeks before the gathering starts)

Book By Card Now:

**Hint: Pay by Bank Transfer and save €32 on booking fees.

Paypal is also possible. For either option, please send request by email:

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  • Practical Details
    Dates: 19 - 25 May 2024 Registration time: 17:30, 19 May, 2024 Location: The Corfu Buddha Hall in Arillas, Corfu, Greece: BH Website: https://www.corfubuddhahall.com/ Max Capacity: Event limited to 50 Participants.
  • What is included in my booking?
    Your booking combines two main parts: 1) Your NEO Gathering Pass and 2) The Buddha Hall Retreat Package - NEO Gathering Pass - All activities including performances, classes, workshops, sound healings, etc. The access pass is between €80-€110 per day (depending on when you book) and that cost covers all of our expenses, including artist and teacher fees, staff wages, flights, accommodation, food, equipment rental, sound engineering, photo/video, decoration etc. - Buddha Hall Retreat Package - Meals twice daily from Mon-Fri (breakfast and lunch), plus one dinner on the first night (Sunday) and one breakfast on the last day (Saturday). Office Assistance from the Buddha Hall staff, providing information to help you find accommodation, airport transfers, car/scooter rental, and more. Full use of the Buddha Hall property including their indoor space with Aircon, outdoor concert space, their swimming pool, wifi, unlimited filtered water, coffee and teas etc. The Buddha Hall package is 60 euros per day. Half is for food, the other half is for energy use & maintenance, room rental, basic office support, etc. The daily cost breakdown: 10 euros for breakfast (abundant all you can eat - includes coffee, tea, milk, plant milk, orange juice etc) 20 euros for lunch (abundant all you can eat vegetarian - includes coffee, tea, milk, plant milk etc) 30 euros for the Buddha Hall Staff (office assistance, cleaning, care-taking, land management, supplies, wages etc.)
  • What is NOT included in my booking?
    Flights & Airport Transfers Accommodation Local Transportation Dinners (except for the welcome dinner on the opening evening which is included.)
  • Accommodation
    Please Note: The Spring in Corfu is quiet, not too busy and with plenty of options. But still best to book and arrange accommodation as soon as possible. Simple rooms in Arillas average €35-€45 per night, but more luxurious options can be found for €100 and more. Generally, the majority of attendees prefer to stay in the village near the beach where there is an abundance of accommodation options. We highly recommend Green Corfu, a local tourist office that specializes in finding the best room for visitors to Arillas. They can also help you to book airport transfers and local transportation, and all of these services are provided for free. Check out their website for more details: www.greencorfu.com/ The Buddha Hall has a few simple rooms on the premises and they book fast as well. If you wish to stay at the Buddha Hall, please contact their office as soon as possible: office@corfubuddhahall.com Alternatively, you can search for yourself on https://arillas.com, which has almost every hotel and B&B in the village listed on their website.
  • Transportation
    Two parts - Airport Transportation and Local Transportation: Airport Transfers - Arillas is located about 1 hour drive from the airport, and an airport taxi is about €75 one way. It's a bit less if you pre-book an airport shuttle. It's considerably less if you share a taxi/shuttle with another participant. 3-4 weeks before the gathering starts, we always share shuttle contacts, and we also create a shared google spreadsheet to help you connect with other participants to share rides. Local Transportation - The Buddha Hall is sitting on the tallest peak in the area, about 2.5kms from Arillas Beach. A local shuttle service is available, and can be booked for an additional cost (about €10 per day). The shuttle only goes between the BH and Arillas Beach at fixed times, several times daily. For those who want more freedom and flexibility, we recommend people rent/share cars, scooters or electric bicycles. We provide recommendations for trusted transport contacts after you complete your booking.
  • Children Info
    Can I bring my children with me? Of course! While The Movement Gathering is designed mainly for adults, children are always invited to join the fun! We welcome children of all ages to this retreat, and we even offer basic childcare so parents can fully enjoy the experience too. Please Note: Parents will need to sign a waiver form which relieves us of any legal liability, and makes you 100% responsible for your children during our time together. Regarding Child-care - we will have specific times, likely starting after breakfast and end when lunch starts. Before breakfast and during the free afternoons your children will need to be in your care. Legally, we and the Buddha Hall need to tell you that children must be attended at all times, especially by the pool. - During our evening activities, we ask parents to keep their children close, and we will keep an eye on the kids collectively. Although we have some fun and celebratory evenings planned, we generally regard night time as being the time to slow down, tune inward and prepare for a good nights sleep. - Discounted Children’s Food package: Under 5 years: no charge, below 10: 75% discount, below 15: 50% discount. Final note: While we wish for the children to have fun and feel free, we also ask parents to help us maintain the meditative aspect of our gatherings, especially at night during concerts and those sensitive moments of beautiful silence between songs and sessions.
  • Can I Volunteer?
    Yes! We typically have between 8-10 volunteers for each event and have a lot of fun holding space and co-creating behind the scenes. Please note: We offer a free pass (Value of €600) to our retreat in exchange for 4 daily hours of light work. However, volunteers still need to purchase their Buddha Hall retreat package which is €360 and includes most meals. More details will be provided after you apply. Please apply using our contact form and make sure to share your skills and areas of special interest.
  • Can I apply to teach or offer my artistry?
    Yes, however all roles for our 2024 have been filled. If you would like to apply to one of our events in 2025, please email us with your EPK and all of your links to: thegatheringcorfu@gmail.com Please note: due to high volume, we are not able to respond to all applicants.
  • Can I offer/sell my products?
    Unfortunately no, at these smaller gatherings we will not provide a market/bazaar.
  • Photography & Videography
    This event will be photographed and filmed. Photography and videography are art forms that we cherish and utilize to capture all of our special moments together. As such, we have made it an essential and celebrated part of our process. So by booking your week with us, you are agreeing to be photographed and for your image to be used in our future marketing. You can request to not be in the foreground of pictures, and we will also honor any request to have a specific photo removed. However, the pictures are always tasteful, and no one in our 10 year history has ever requested to have their photo removed :)
  • Directions to the venue
    You will find a map with our location on the bottom of the home page. Most people will fly into Corfu's only airport CFU, and take a taxi, shuttle or rental car to Arillas. We recommend you contact the Buddha Hall office team for guidance in getting to Arillas. This service is a part of their Buddha Hall package: office@corfubuddhahall.com
  • What are the house rules?
    No alcohol, drugs or sacred medicines of any kind allowed. We kindly ask that you join us in a clear and sober state of mind. There will be plenty of euphoria without the need of any substances.
  • What should I bring?
    The Buddha Hall has a limited number of yoga mats, we recommend you bring your own. Please bring your own reusable water bottle (The BH provides fresh filtered water) Bathing suit, beach/shower towel, sun lotion, sun glasses, sun hat for the beach and BH Pool! Walking shoes - a beautiful island to explore! Mosquito/bug repellent Please Note: Several shops around Arillas sell just about everything you need.
  • Banks and ATM's
    There is no bank in Arillas, but there are 3 ATM's. There are many banks in Corfu torn. Closest bank to Arillas is 8kms away in Sidari.
  • Weather in Corfu
    As you can imagine, Spring time weather in Corfu is unpredictable and even is possible though usually brief. In the Summer it can get quite hot, especially mid day. Fortunately for us, the Buddha Hall has AC, so we are well protected. We have both indoor and outdoor options, so rain or shine, hot or cold, we dance in comfort and style :) In the Spring we recommend bringing layers, the nights can get quite chilly. The Buddha Hall's pool is a perfect refresher on a hot day, so do bring your towel and a bathing suit.
  • Cancellation Policies
    For all NEO Gatherings: All sales are final. We offer a full refund if you cancel within 48hrs of booking. After those 48 hours, there is no refund of your initial Deposit. If you are unable to join us, you can choose to sell or transfer your ticket to someone else, or you can choose to move your booking to a future gathering. We will honor your booking for one calendar year. In case that we, the organizers, need to cancel the event, we will offer a choice of full refund or ticket transfer to the next event.

If you have any other questions, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions Page
If you still have questions after, please email our office using the contact form below.

What About The Program?

We have been working on the program, and all we can say at this time, is that it's coming together so beautifully! Without a doubt, this journey is going to be inspiring and juicy! We plan to reveal the program and paste it here in the Spring. In the meantime, we kindly ask for your patience, as we are as excited to share it as you are to see it :) Coming soon!!

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See You This August In Corfu!
A one of a kind experience awaits you!

While healing and transformation is always a natural and delightful consequence of our journeys together, our main focus is on the enjoyment of authentic creativity. We seek to enjoy simple being, the joys of friendship and community, good food and beautiful nature.

 

It's the combination of these things, that makes our time together so special.

We look forward to celebrating some blissful Summer days with you on the emerald island, painting, singing, dancing and storytelling. Enjoying sweet sunsets, starry skies, and amazing food are all guaranteed, but the real treasures will come from the exciting discoveries and spontaneous magic we will create and experience together. Over and over again.

See you soon in Corfu!!

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