Blue Zones Retreat, Ikaria, Greece 1st – 9th July 2019

Join me, Mary Valle, for a deliciously, amazing foodie retreat to Ikaria, Greece…it is time to relax and reward yourself.

Immerse yourself in 9 glorious days and 8 nights of traditional Greek village life and culture. We will be learning about this Blue Zone region of the world, with one of the world’s highest concentration of centenarians, it is known as the island where people forget to die…what is the secret to their longevity, joy and peacefulness? There will be cooking, discussions about the food and the secret to living longer the Ikarian Greek way, and of course there will be dancing, fun, swimming and time for relaxation… returning back home inspired and rejuvenated.



The retreat includes:

  • 8 Nights accommodation
  • Return transfers to and from Ikaria airport
  • Welcome drink and mezedes on arrival
  • Daily Ikarian style breakfast
  • Most lunches and dinners
  • Transfers to excursions on the island
  • Hands-on Cooking classes
  • Ikarian knowledge about longevity and the Blue Zones
  • Honey tasting
  • Winery tour
  • Farm visit…get ready to get your hands dirty…gathering whatever is in season, collecting eggs, milking goats and back in the kitchen to prepare lunch.


Additional highlights:

  • Enjoying and taking part in the local panayiri (festival)…be ready for some dancing!
  • Spending the day at the spa town Therma and swimming in its theraputic hot mineral spring waters
  • Visit the monastery of Theoktistis
  • Swimming in the Aegean sea
  • Hike and picnic
  • Farewell dinner
  • Surprises


Retreat exclusions:

  • International flights to and from Greece
  • Travel insurance


$4197 per person twin share

Single supplement available on request

Payment plans are available for this retreat

Booking terms and conditions apply


Early bird

Book by 14th February 2019 to receive a signed copy of Mary’s cookbook and to go into the draw to win a personalized, 3 hour, one-on-one cooking class worth $295 with Mary.


“Nestled in amongst the Greek islands near the shores of Turkey sits the rugged Ikaria, a place of legends and enjoys a fascinating history. Arriving there is easy with a short shuttle flight from Athens airport then a transfer to the hotel in Nas enjoying spectacular views along the way. Forget your busy scheduled life once you arrive on the island! People don’t live forever if they are stressed by schedules! Relax and enjoy a full realm of activities that may not follow the itinerary, but it all gets done when the weather or day is right. Don’t worry, there is lots to do such as a fantastic personal winery tour where you can taste fabulous Ikarian wines and maybe buy a bottle or two to take back home, or you may enjoy the bee farm and honey tasting. Ikarian honey is amazingly delicious and healthy. (Make sure you bring an empty suitcase for the kilos of honey you must bring back with you!) There is a monastery visit, thermal springs, time on the farm picking your own fresh produce to cook later and plenty of free time to enjoy the local Nas beach, or simply read a book with the most stunning views from the Inn.

Learning to cook the Greek way, is fun and easy and the best part is you will get to eat it later. We had the most beautiful food for the entire stay, and the Greek coffee is the best way to start your day.

There are over 100 festivals on the island and you are sure to go to one. The food, atmosphere dancing and especially the music under the stars will hypnotise you into wanting to buy a house and move to Ikaria permanently.

I highly recommend Mary’s Ikarian Retreat for a taste of everything, particularly some of the most delicious food you will ever eat.”

– Sue Naether

Ikaria 2017


I had the pleasure of sharing the simple joys of the Ikarian lifestyle with Mary Valle. The Food for the Soul Tour was an amazing experience and time to reflect on the importance of the simple things in life. I loved the group we travelled with and great friendships were formed with others who had a passion for wellness. The Mary’s kitchen cooking experiences were hands on and diverse and I am already cooking some of my Ikarian favourites for the family back home. Ikaria is a unique place so different to the more commercial islands but with a heart and soul that invites you to visit again and again. Without wanting to give too much away expect sunshine, a relaxed pace and the warmth and hospitality of the community. Thank you Mary for a wonderful experience.

-Effie Krambias
Ikaria 2018

It was such a pleasure to be part of your trip Mary. You made the adventure so much fun and I will definitely make positive changes in my life (already have) as a direct result of Ikaria. I absolutely loved the farm visit/cooking demo, winery visit, and the paniyiri was an unforgettable experience. They were experiences I could only have had through a local. I also loved hearing first hand from Thea about Ikarian life and concepts. I hope these talks will stay with me and bring positive change. It is such a special place where the simplicity of life is the key message. I absolutely loved the Ikarian holiday!

-Donna Leigh
Ikaria 2018



For more information contact Mary


mobile: 0412 324 846


For travel bookings and payment contact Jodie


mobile: 0410 302 105

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