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The Root Retreat


When is the time to seriously improve your health & fitness?

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3-9 November 2024

Once again The Root is taking place at the foot of Mt. Taygetos, in the picturesque village of Kardamili. Come and experience the best of hiking and wellness.

A retreat for demanding individuals who seek an experiential way to leave the weight of the daily routine behind and spend some valuable “me-time” in pristine mountain nature, yet enjoying the sights and sounds of the sea.

The Root is a 7-day comprehensive retreat that focuses on total self transformation via 3 key elements weight control, detox massage and stress management.

The essential core of the program is the daily uphill trek on stunning and clearly marked mountain trails. Your wellness is supplemented by 2 daily yoga sessions, a massage, body empowerment and evening talks.



Diapori Suites, Kardamili

A newly built (2020), 25-rooms boutique hotel, just off the village with swimming pool, and awesome views to the ocean’s big blue.

2.5h-3h driving distance from Athens

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3-9 November 2024

* Privately also organised for small groups or companies any date upon request.

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For the needs of our retreat, we have privatized “Diapori” a beautiful boutique hotel, of 25 guest rooms and suites, located just off Kardamili in West Mani, Peloponnese (https://diapori-hotel.gr). We will be spending our time in this great, new property by the seaside where we will find refuge after our days exploring the beautiful Mt. Taygetos’ slopes and forests surrounding us.

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We have our own chef, Emilios, who will be preparing locally inspired recipes using the freshest of ingredients packed with nutritional value. The emphasis is on vegetarian/ vegan menus. During our week together we will avoid stimulants in what we consume, so no caffeine and no alcohol will be served or found anywhere in the premises. It is also prohibited for you to bring any!

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Yes, there is Wi-Fi in your bedrooms. However, we ask you to minimize use of telecoms’ technology during the hikes and in all public spaces. For planning purposes, we suggest you make any necessary calls in the privacy of your room.

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There is no need for enhanced training for our retreat, but for best results we will ask that you build up your cardiovascular capabilities in the meantime. Our hikes are really beautiful though some are challenging and range from 9kms to 13kms (3.5h to 5h duration). In addition, we ask you to reduce your caffeine/alcohol intake two weeks in advance of the program, for better results.

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We do not count calories but our philosophy is to eat healthy, with enough nutrients to provide all necessary energy for your daily activity. Be assured we can also work around your needs and personal goals.

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The weather is expected to be mild with temperatures between 12ºC early morning to 25ºC at midday. Scattered showers may also be encountered during the hikes. This is the time of the year that all seasons may be present in just one day. Hence, please see below our list of proposed gear and clothing.

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  •  1 Trail-running shoes with an aggressive sole. Buy these in time and break them in, wear them a few times before our trip (A sturdy sole is very important - as all trails are rocky)
  •  1 Camel pack with bladder - at least 1.5lt, ideally 2.0lt
  •  1 Walking / trekking sticks (preferably telescopic)
  • 3 Long sleeved, light colored, quick dry shirt
  • 1 Swimsuit
  • 1 Buff (neck protection)
  • 3 Hiking socks (smart wool or similar)
  • 1 Sunhat
  • 2 Long pants
  • 1 Warm fleece jacket
  • 1 Sandals for walking around the property
  • 1 Lightweight rain jacket
  • 3 T-shirts (dry-fit)
  • 1-2 Yoga attire
  • 1 Sunscreen
  • 1 Sunglasses
  • 2 Shorts
  • 3 Sweat clothes/comfortable clothes
  • 1 Sleeping attire
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In order to preserve the ecosystem, your personal laundry will only be done twice a week (on Tuesday and Thursday). You can pack accordingly.

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  • Booking & Cancellation Terms: 
  • 50% of the cost is required upon booking and signing in.
  • The balance is usually due 1 month prior to arrival. 

The program itself met its objectives 100%. I came out of this feeling rejuvenated, full of positive energy and a lot fitter. The trails were all at the right level of difficulty and got progressively challenging as the days went by, allowing our bodies to adjust.
The program's diet consisted of well prepared and thought of recipes that tasted amazing as well.
The "cherry on top" is how the results have stayed with me after my return home. My metabolism has been reset and is now much faster. I feel energetic to perform my daily tasks and look forward to exercise. 
I would recommend the Root to anybody wishing to get a fresh start both in body and in spirit and to see tangible results in a short period of time, irrespective of their current level of fitness. 
So, once again, a heartfelt THANK YOU! It has been a truly amazing experience!

The location was great, the hikes well planned and your team always on the ball. The hotel was very nice and cosy. 
The chef was amazing and set new dimension in vegetarian cooking!
“The Root” a truly unique, challenging and inspiring experience.
The venue was great, the organization excellent and the team of professional trainers was truly amazing.
A reviving, mind, sole and body reset. Haven’t felt so good for years!! Can’t wait for the next one!

The Root offered me an incredible opportunity to challenge myself both physically and mentally. On offer is a week of hiking, yoga and incredible food. The hikes are long and arduous, the yoga along with a daily massage soothes your aching muscles and the vegetarian food (I’m not vegetarian but it was amazing), offers a balanced AND really delicious opportunity to ‘cleanse’.

My 6 days at the Root, I left fitter, healthier and with a renewed sense of clarity/self. I highly recommend it for individuals who seek to kickstart a new beginning, I honestly have found it transforming.

What a fantastic week!!
Amazing walks!
Amazing activities!
Amazing team!
Amazing food!
Amazing results!
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I did the Root and I loved it so much that I had to come back. Who wouldn’t want gorgeous walks, delicious foods, finding old friends and meeting new ones? Truly an invigorating experience. I am going back to Athens with a mental & physical restart.

Thank you to the Amazing Team.
When is #3?

So thrilled to be part of The Root from the start. Everything was just perfect! The walks on the amazing mountains, the lovely food – healthy but always delicious. Especially the energy of our group and the amazing staff.
Thank you a million for the experience.
The only thing I left behind was fat. Taking with me a very positive feel.

What a week!!!
Every day a different root/path, amazing views!
The staff has been very supportive, discreet and helpful.
Our group was very helpful. We encouraged each other.
Our accomplishment was a group work. We were all very connected.
Didn’t get bored not even a minute.
From one pleasant experience to the next. From yoga to massage, great food and time to rest.

Looking forward for the next.


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Tel: +30 210 6754300
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