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RETREATS

GOLDEN SHADOW RETREATS

A Deep Remembering 

 

Melanie Ryan designs healing retreats that connect you with the beauty, magic, and creativity within you and around the world. 

 

Discover your true self. 

 

GREECE 2025

Dates TBA soon! 

 

Greece is full of beauty, mythology, philosophy, and poetry. It is the origin of holistic health, medicine and psychotherapy. Melanie leads off the beaten path retreats for professionals; educators, healers, therapists, doctors, nurses, caretakers, and those who have a sincere wish to connect with ancient wisdom for healing the mind, body, heart and soul.

Greece is the home of holistic health and healing. Melanie connects you to the myths and legends that hold these forces of healing: from Apollo to Chiron, Asclepius to Hippocrates. Melanie will take you to sacred sites for prayer, ritual and transformation. You will heal in the medicine waters of Poseidon and the soil of Gaia, Mother Earth. We will eat organic food and dream in the lush, beautiful flower gardens. We will immerse ourselves in a healing sanctuary in the mountains of Chiron, the wounded healer and rest and rejuvenate our mind, body, heart and soul. 


As a Jungian inspired psychotherapist and healer, Melanie uses archetypes to make the unconscious conscious. Greek Mythology and philosophy provide images and symbols that represent humanity and all of its drama. Discovering your archetypes and the hidden forces within your psyche are part of this journey. “Know thyself,” as Socrates said, is what enables us to live more fully and with joy. 

 

Melanie’s Greece retreats are based on the Golden Shadow Method, a path of awakening your full human potential. It is a nature-based immersion into ancient wisdom that is educational and transformational. Melanie provides a safe and nurturing container for deep rest, healing and transformation. As part of her clinical practice, she has lead groups for over 20 years. The 2025 retreat will be her 5th time to Greece. 

GREECE June / July 2025 

Exact dates TBA

4 days Athens 

7 days Mount Pelion 

 

Max of 10 travelers

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ITINERARY

 

4 days in Athens, staying in the beautiful and picturesque Plaka old district. Walk the temples of the Agora where the Greek philosophers Socrates and Plato taught. Climb the acropolis to the Parthenon and see the sacred olive tree of Athena. Swim in the medicine waters of Poseidon and visit his temple. 

 

7 days on Mount Pelion, the sacred homeland of the mythical centaur, Chiron, the warrior, master herbalist and known as the “wounded healer”. Chiron was gentle and loving. He mentored Hercules, Achilles, and Asclepius, the Greek God of Healing, in the use of herbs for healing. Asclepius then mentored Hippocrates, the archetypal physician. 

 

Mount Pelion is off the beaten track, a beautiful and very special place where the land is wild and pure. The beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world and hug the mountainous terrain.

 

On this retreat, we will have sacred time in temples, caves and gardens.

Activities & other options:

  • Visit a local farm festival in the mountains

  • Visit the Ancient Grandmother Tree

  • Healing Fire Ceremony

  • Soul Retrieval Sessions

  • Massage

  • Yoga & meditation 

  • Stone art class

  • Drawing or napping in the garden

  • Explore local villages & artisans

  • Organic cooking classes

  • Intuitive Pottery Workshop with local artisan

  • Guided hikes

  • Beach day & amazing fish dinner by the sea

(Some activities cost extra)

 

Package Includes:

  • A single room hotel accommodations in Athens

  • A single room on farm of Mt Pelion. 

  • Group transfer to and from Athens.

  • Group transfer for one beach day on Pelion. 

  • Group transfer one lake day and Poseidon temple excursion. 

  • Yoga

  • Meditation

  • Stone art class

  • Fire Ceremony

  • Breakfast daily

  • 2 farm to table dinners 

 

Excluded:

  • Airfare 

  • Lunch 

  • Dinners (except the 2 included)

  • Alcohol

  • Souvenirs

  • Snacks

  • Water

  • Taxis to and from airports

  • Taxis on Mt. Pelion

  • Entrance fees to sacred sites & museums

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GREECE 2024 Photo Album

GREECE 2019 Photo Album 

RETREAT VIDEO

ACCOMODATIONS

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