Corfu Retreat Center
When I set the goal of creating a retreat center, I researched several locations that offered a combination of natural beauty, rich culture, a serene atmosphere and easy accessibility without crowds. I was particularly interested in a location in the Balkans. I finally decided that Corfu, a Greek island in the Ionian Sea, was the ideal place. The island offers a complex history, diverse wildlife and beautiful Mediterranean beaches, landscapes and climate as it is much cooler and greener than the Eastern Greek islands. There is also a university on Corfu with which I hope to build a working relationship to attract student and other professional audiences.
I am currently seeking sponsors and potential investors to help me realize the permanent retreat center. If you are interested in collaborating with me on this project, please contact me for further details. You can also make a donation through PayPal below.
Old olive trees on a Corfu hillside.
A Corfu swimming cove.
My vision for creating a permanent retreat center on Corfu combines four areas of passion for me: yoga, theatre, healing and nature. The center I envision will provide a beautiful and tranquil setting for deep healing, creativity, growth and learning and encourage a lifestyle of connection with the natural world through breath, movement, sustainable consumption and intentional living. It will also provide jobs and contribute to the local economy. Such centers have always existed because they are universally needed. Help me to realize my vision and make my offerings available to those who are seeking them.
You can support my Corfu retreat center project by making a donation through PayPal.
A view of the Ionian Sea from the Corfu trail.
Holistic wellness is inclusive with human health being intimately connected to the health of the planet and all other living beings. Part of our healing process is to heal the natural world of which our animal companions are members. At this time there is an enormous need for education, action and sanctuaries that focus on the welfare of animals.
As a passionate animal rights activist, I have envisioned creating an animal sanctuary for many years. While living in Budapest I have become involved with Hungarian animal rescue groups and am currently fostering cats rescued from the streets. I have already met many fellow animal lovers through the rescue organizations and the veterinary school in Budapest, some of whom are interested in volunteering to help me set up an animal sanctuary as part of my permanent retreat center.
Corfu is famous for the writings of Gerald Durrell, the British naturalist and conservationist, who lived on Corfu from 1935 to 1939 with his family. It was where he met his mentor Theodore Stephanides, where he had his first animal menagerie and was the setting for his famous Corfu trilogy, My Family and Other Animals, Birds, Beasts and Relatives, and The Garden of the Gods. Durrell has been a hero of mine since I was a child and it feels right to found an animal sanctuary on the island that inspired his work.
Yoga, Ayurveda and animal welfare are deeply interconnected. The first principle of yoga is ahimsa or non-violence which encourages us to care for and refrain from harming all living beings. Ayurveda is now being applied to the health treatment of animals which I would like to implement at the sanctuary. I have already had success applying Ayurvedic principles to the care of some of my foster cats. Ayurvedic animal care could be developed into a specialized volunteer training program for holistic veterinarians through the sanctuary.
Once I have found a location on Corfu for the retreat center, my initial plans for the animal sanctuary involve creating a cat house and garden in order to care for rescued cats and to partner with rescue organizations in Greece and nearby countries to take in rescued cats and find them forever homes. With the exception of Turkey, street cats in the Balkans do not have happy lives and general education and TNR programs are needed. I would also like to prepare to house chickens and goats. Later, after acquiring the necessary land, I hope to take in rescued horses. Provision can also be made for various smaller species that are native to Greece.
Upkeep of the sanctuary will be integrated with the retreat center activities. All retreat participants will have the opportunity to volunteer with the animals. Specific retreats devoted to therapeutic interaction between animals and certain populations, for example refugee children, may be developed once the center has been established.
If you would like to support the Barefoot Vision Animal Sanctuary project with donations to begin our initial planning and organization, you may do so through PayPal.
If you would like to volunteer in creating and running the sanctuary, please contact me. My current need is for volunteers to help with outreach, fundraising and marketing.