The retreat is going to take place in a world-class sport climbing destination which is a magical and beautiful place on its own. Earth Play Retreats will push your climbing and help you to reach your climbing goals and will work individually with people to help improve movement and proficiency in climbing. You will be indulged in guided yoga and meditation sessions. This retreat is going to be romantic for couples.
You will be accommodated in Harry's Paradise in private or shared double room. A maximum of 12 people can be accommodated in the house. It is located on the northern part of Kalymnos at a tranquil village called Emporios.
Kalymnos is a world-class sport climbing destination. It is magical and beautiful place. What makes this adventure retreat different from other retreats is that Earth Play Retreats bring two American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) climbing guides who can push your climbing and help you to reach your climbing goals. Earth Play Retreats will work individually with people to help improve movement and proficiency in climbing. They guarantee that you will climb at least a grade higher by the completion of the week together on the rocks.
This is a great trip for new climbers, too. Both Dale and Heidi have taught hundreds of people the art of rock climbing. This is the perfect chance to learn to climb in a safe and friendly environment with amazing instructors. It is a little more relaxing and mellow than the other trips and it is perhaps the best trip for couples, as this retreat will be very romantic.
You will have climbing outings daily. These are not guided climbing outings. You will tour to the best crags that Kalymnos has to offer and be incorporating mindful movement and breath work into your climbing days.
You will be provided with a motor bike or a bicycle to get around the island. There will also be plenty of time to explore the island by motorbike or bicycle. There are lots of adventurous activities to partake in on this island.
Heidi Wirtz is a climber, yogi, and philanthropist at heart. She holds a deep love of connecting with nature, sharing her passions and inspiring others to follow their dreams. She has been guiding in the outdoors for over 15 years and is a certified wilderness first responder, has level two avalanche training, and has had extensive training in alpine and rock guiding. She has been climbing for over 20 years, letting her passion for adventure and exploration lead her to exotic and remote places around the world. Heidi has pioneered new routes up unclimbed big walls and mountains.
Dale is an internationally licensed mountain guide (IFMGA) and technical director of the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). Never one to focus on a single aspect of climbing, Dale is an accomplished all-around climber with high-end skills that cover all disciplines of climbing including; sport, trad, mixed, ice, and alpine. Dale has competed in the invitation-only Ouray Ice Festival, and has climbed routes throughout the lower 48, Alaska, Canada, Peru, Ecuador, and Spain. Dale has a quality that he loves helping both new and experienced climbers to achieve their goals.
This retreat will take place in Harry's Paradise, Kalymnos, Greece. It is located on the northern part of Kalymnos at a tranquil village called Emporios. It is a lovely and picturesque small village with little houses and narrow alleyways. A few accommodations are available in Emporios as well as some cafes, tavern, and nice beaches located within walking distance from the village.
The chapel of the village has a beautiful whitewashed bell-tower with a blue dome. Emporios is the beginning as well as the destination of some of the most beautiful walking paths on the island. It is in walking / biking distance from many big and interesting rock-climbing sectors and hosts three of the most challenging ones, styx, francois guillot, and kastri.
Emporios is also an interesting sailing destination, offering shelter to a significant number of sailing boats every year. Most of these sailors tend to return again and again, which is indicative of the quality of the place. The people of Emporios are genuine, open-handed, warm-hearted people who will try to make your stay unforgettable. No wonder why some people who come here consider it a piece of heaven here on earth.
You will be provided with six breakfasts and four dinners. If you like Greek food, you are going to love this retreat. This retreat will feature seasonal local produce amazingly prepared in the Greek fashion by the lovely hostess. They even make their own olive oil and cure their own olives. If you are interested in a cooking class, that can also be arranged for a very reasonable rate.
You can have scuba diving, snorkeling, horseback riding, or guided rock climbing.
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