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10-Day Vocal Odyssey Retreat
frequently asked questions

  • Where should I fly to?
    For most people - especially coming from North America - the best destination would be to fly to Athens, the capital city of Greece. From Europe, there are often flights to the islands of Mykonos and Santorini. Those two islands are located closer to Amorgos.
  • How do I get to the Island of Amorgos?
    Amorgos has no airport, therefore a ferry ride is needed to the island. Either a longer ride (7 to 9 hours) from Athens (the port of Piraeus) or a shorter ride (2 to 3 hours) from the islands of Mykonos, Naxos, Santorini or Paros (all have airports). You can check all ferries/boats/airports information here For timetables, prices and actual booking of ferries/boats, this is the best app: Ferry Hopper There are 2 two ports in Amorgos: Katapola and Aegiali. So please check the options on both ports. The two main ferry companies are SeaJets (faster and smaller vessels) and Blue Star (Slower and bigger vessels). There are lots of daily domestic flights between Athens and the Cycladic islands (Mykonos, Naxos, Santorini or Paros). So you can plan your trip in a way that you first arrive to Athens, then you take a short domestic flight to any of the islands and from there a short boat trip to Amorgos. In this way you will be able to arrive gradually and gently while enjoying the beauty of the Greek islands.
  • Are the flights and ferries included in the retreat’s price?
    No, each traveller is responsible for getting to Amorgos, Greece and back home. Once you arrive at the port Amorgos on the 11th of October, a shuttle on behalf of our hotel will transport you to the hotel. On the last day of the retreat, the 21st of October, a shuttle will take you back to the port.
  • When does the retreat start, and when does it ends?
    You can check in at the hotel from 3 pm on the 11th of October. We start with dinner on that day and we finish the retreat with breakfast on the 21st of October and a check out time of 11 am.
  • How does a typical day look like?
    7:30 - 8:30 Class 8:30 - 9:45 Breakfast 10:00 - 13:00 Class 13:00 - 17:00 Lunch & Free time 17:00 - 19:00 Class 19:30 - 20:45 Dinner 21:00 - 22:00 Class (every other day) There will be a day off on the 16th of October. A day to rest, recharge, and explore the island.
  • What is included in the retreat?
    All Vocal Odyssey retreat activities 10 nights accommodation with an en-suite room with a private balcony and sea views Daily buffet Breakfast Dinner Transfers upon arrival and departure on Amorgos (port-hotel-port) 1 hour relaxing massage Personal retreat time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, write, swim, and just be) 10% discount on Face and Body treatments at the Spa Use of the Spa facilities (sauna, Hammam, jacuzzi, indoor heated seawater swimming pool, fitness centre)
  • What is NOT included?
    Travelling costs Lunch & Beverages (you can enjoy a meal either in the hotel or in the village of Aegiali) Travel Insurance (highly recommended to buy one).
  • If I am travelling solo, who will I share a room with?
    We’ll pair you up with a same-sex roommate to share your journey.
  • Are there any upgraded rooms?
    Yes, please get in touch if you wish to enjoy one of the exclusive rooms or suites. See more information here
  • We are a group of 3 friends, can we share a room?
    Yes, please get in touch for details
  • Can I bring my family? My kids?
    While we love kids, this is an adults-only retreat. Yet, we are always doing the best we can to accommodate different family scenarios. For example, if you are a woman who wishes to join the retreat while having your husband and child staying at the hotel with you and not joining the retreat, then we can find ways to accommodate your situation and have your family with you in Greece.
  • What if I don’t want to join one or more of the activities?
    All activities in the retreat are an invitation, nothing is obligatory. We warmly encourage you to join us all through the retreat. But any the same listen to yourself, to your body, and surely take a rest if needed.
  • Can you accommodate my dietary preferences or food allergies?
    We will have a range of dietary options available: gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and vegetarian. One month prior to the commencement of the retreat, we will send out an online form which you need to fill out in order to notify is with your dietary preferences and restrictions.
  • How do I secure my space in the retreat?
    In order to secure your place in retreats, we ask for a non-refundable and non-transferable deposit of 33% of the total price to be paid immediately, with the remaining balance to be paid 3 months prior to the commencement of the group. Please contact us for payment instructions.
  • What is your cancellation policy?
    Your deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. If you decide at one point not to pay the remaining of the amount, then we we won’t be able to send you your deposit back. Please understand that based on your deposit and commitment, your space in the retreat, your accommodation, your meals, transfers, taxes and more - All that will be reserved and paid to the hotel in full. There will be no refunds or discounts for arriving late, leaving early, illness or unexpected weather conditions. Also, please note that bank charges from payments made via PayPal and or international bank transfers are the responsibility of the participant. All currency calculations are valid on the date payment is received as listed by xe.com. If you cancel your participation for any reason, the cancellation policy that has been mentioned will apply, with no exceptions. We wish we could compensate people for unforeseen circumstances (injury, family emergency, etc.), but we have costs already incurred when reserving retreat centres. We have designed our cancellation policy to be as compassionate as possible in case your plans change. But to protect yourself further, we strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance. To cancel, you must send an email stating that you wish to cancel. In case retreats are cancelled from our end, all participants will receive a full refund.
  • Is laundry service available?
    There is a laundry service at our hotel but it is very expensive. We do recommend washing your cloths at the self service laundromat in the village of Aegilai which is 3-4 minutes drive or 20-30 minutes walk from our hotel.
  • What should I pack?
    One month prior to the commencement of the retreat, we will send out an information mail with the complete list of what to bring etc.
  • What will the weather be like?
    October is one of the best times of year to visit Greece. It's autumn time. The temperatures cool off dramatically, offering respite from the scorching heat of the summer months. Please bring a selection of closing for all weather types. It can get windy in the Cycladic islands of Greece. And when the wind comes - it can get cold, especially in the evening. It is very likely that weather will still be hot enough for us all to dip in the sea and enjoy chilling on the beach.
  • What about alcoholic beverages?
    Alcohol is not included. Our intention for this retreat is to focus on diving deep inwardly and meeting ourselves as we are. So, while alcohol will be available, we suggest minimising your intake while on the retreat.
  • How many will join the retreat?
    We are estimate the number of participants to be around 55 - 65 people.
  • When are you fully booked?
    In the past years, we have announced the retreat to be fully booked around 6 months before it started. This is, of course, only an estimation.
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