DANCE. REJOICE. RELAX.
You wake up to the sounds of waves lapping on the beach under your terrace.
You step outside, breath deeply, and take in the blue-green of the water and the serenity around you.
You inhale the scent of wild thyme and oregano growing on the mountain, next to your room.
You join the group of women you developed an intimate bond with, on a terrace overlooking the opposite island, for your morning twerkshop.
You dance and let loose in the open air, sipping a Freddo Cappuccino (Greek iced coffee).
You have breakfast, a smoothie bowl or a greek omelette, and take time to yourself relaxing at the beach.
After a siesta to recharge, you meet the group for an afternoon activity- a local herbs workshop, led by a Kalymnian chef. She takes us on a hike to see how the herbs grow in nature, and we make a wild sage pesto, tasting our creations.
Later, we go out to a bar, and dance with the locals to Greek and English music.
Sounds dreamy, right?
What is this retreat all about?
If you've been to summer camp as a kid (and also if you haven't),
You might know - there is something special about experience of a group spending a week together.
Every day feels full.
Every friendship you make at camp is a special type of bond.
Every activity you do, feels a little wonderous.
Because you're different there.
You're open to trying new ways of being.
The Booty & Soul Summer Retreat is the summer camp you wish you could attend as an adult.
It's play, fun, dancing. It's an adventure.
It's also relaxing, grounding, heart-expanding. It's therapeutic.
What are the main things I should know?
DANCE WORKSHOPS with Gal BePole
DATES September 15 – September 20, 2024
PRICE (EARLY BIRD) €1200 (accommodation, breakfast, workshops and activities included)
PAYMENT PLANS pay in one payment and save handling fees, or reserve a spot by a deposit and up to 6 monthly instalments to be paid in full by July 1, 2024
ACCOMMODATION is included in your package
PARTNER PACKAGES available! Bring your friend, relative or spouse to join in the fun too!
Enjoy Dance classes, Activities, and Relaxation Time
So exciting! So what does it include?
5 days of workshops and activities September 15 – September 20, 2024
8 hours booty-focused dance training in the open air
4 hours of additional movement workshops
Guided meditation and self-reflection sessions
Sailing in Paradise - half day trip around island and beaches
Local herbs walk & cooking class
"Art for non-artists" workshop
Welcome Dinner on first night
Farewell Dinner on last night
Sunset drinks at the best cocktail bar on the Island
Daily pool and beach time to chill
Accommodation in a double studio including en-suite shower/bathroom and a kitchenette
What does it NOT include?
Travel - Flights, ferries, etc.
Travel insurance - highly suggested you book your own
Food - there are plenty of shops for you to cook your own & affordable restaurants, plus 2 dinners and snacks throughout the retreat
Price per person: €1200 (Early bird price!)
Accommodation is in a double room (2 people in a room).
When you register, you'll have the option of specifying who you'd like to room with - a dancer in the retreat you know is coming, a partner coming with you, or be paired up with a new friend!
Cool, what are the payment options?
Full payment - pay the full price of the retreat at once, using a credit card. We will incur all processing fees so you will save about €50-90 this way. The price you see is the price you pay.
Deposit and instalments - pay the €400 deposit on the website using your credit card, and the rest will be divided to up to 6 monthly instalments, to be paid in full before July 1, 2024. Please know that each instalment will incur a €15 fee for an int'l transfer (for example, if the instalment is €200, you will have to transfer €215), and any conversion or wire transfer fees on your side.
Can I bring a friend / relative / partner?
Yes! Bring them to join in the fun and participate in the social activities (dinners, drinks and sailing trip) and share a room with you. Just book them a Partner Package and experience your dance camp with your partner.
What's the group size and level?
10 participants at most (not including partners). I keep our retreat small as I want you to have a unique intimate experience hanging out with your retreat community , exploring Kalymnos and receiving personal attention in your classes.
The retreat is open to beginner, advanced beginner and intermediate dancers. The dance classes will offer a range of variations, beginners can focus on the fundamentals and more advanced dancers can fine-tune techniques and flow.
The dance classes are a safe space for you to learn in, built in a gradual way so you will not be overwhelmed. You might be challenged, but I believe in helping you get out of your comfort zone by 30%, not by 300%. I'm here for you 💗
Wake up to this view
When should I plan to arrive & how do I get there?
Plan to arrive September 15 around mid-day (12:00-16:00) and leave September 20 mid-day (12:00-16:00).
Ways to get to Kalymnos:
Fly from Athens to Kalymnos. Be aware that flights usually leave very early in the morning and can get canceled because of strong winds so it's a little risky. It can be a bummer to rush on the last day to get to the airport and miss the last activity.
Fly to Kos, an island that has an international airport, and take a ferry. They have multiple ferries a day, you'll get to enjoy a fun boat ride (I really love it) and you'll have more flexibility. You can also use this opportunity to spend a night or two in Kos before or after the retreat- Kos is a party island!
What's the schedule?
Please note this last year's schedule, and there might be changes in terms of content, instructors, and time, as well as weather conditions affecting outside activities. Rest assured the start and end time of the retreat will remain the same, so you can plan your travel in peace :) Please know that all dance and movement workshops will be conducted in the early mornings or sunset, on a terrace overlooking the water (not in a studio).
12:00-16:00 Arrival & Check-In
17:00-19:00 Gentle movement & meditation with Gal
19:30-21:00 Welcome dinner
Morning: Twerk Technique Workshop with Gal
Afternoon: "Art for non artists" workshop
Evening: Sunset Drinks at Micki's
Morning: Sensual Twerking Workshop with Gal
Afternoon: Sailing In Paradise, boat trip around the island
Morning: Dancehall Workshop with Gal
Afternoon: Local Herbs Walk & Cooking Class with Chef Sevasti
Evening: somatic dancing with Gal
Morning: Group Choreo with Gal
Afternoon: Pool Party at Fatolitis/Plaza
Evening: Goodbye dinner at Telendos
Morning: Gentle movement & meditation with Gal
Noon: Check Out & Departure!
What are the Terms & Conditions?
Please read these Terms & Conditions carefully. They include cancellations, refunds, and everything else you need to know.
By booking a the Booty & Soul Summer Retreat with us you are deemed to have agreed to these Terms & Conditions (which constitutes the entire agreement between you and me including the below Terms and Conditions relating to cancellations) and your booking will be accepted by me on this basis.
Cancellations by you
Bookings are not final until payment is received in full.
Tickets are non-transferrable.
Tickets are non-refundable under any condition, even if you can't come to 2024 retreat.
Cancelations will not merit a refund at any point in time, including if you made partial payments (for example, paid only the deposit, paid deposit + 1-3 instalments, paid in full, etc).
Refunds will be offered only in exceptional circumstances (immediate family member death or permanent incapacitating injury only). Illness (including getting covid)/ pregnancy/ non-incapacitating injuries / death of non-immediate family member (immediate = parent, sibling, child or spouse) or work commitments will not warrant a refund. I know it’s sensitive, but if you are asking for a refund in an exceptional circumstance, please provide the medical (or other) certificate for your exceptional reason to avoid any awkwardness or hard feelings.
If you are unable to travel to the retreat due to government restrictions (for example, your local area is a declared a COVID-19 hotspot), you will not be penalised, and may use the full credit of your retreat booking for the next retreat (within 12 months). You will not be refunded in such a case.
These T&C apply to partner packages and all ticket types of the retreat.
Cancellations by me
While every effort is made to ensure that your retreat commences as planned, in the event the retreat is cancelled by myself or by force majeure, no refund will be made. A credit for the sum of the retreat less unrecoverable costs will be given for the next retreat.
You will have the option of a credit for the value of the retreat to be used within 12 months without penalty, and in most cases every effort will be made to re-schedule a retreat at the very next practicable date.
Notice that credits received by a cancellation by me / force majeure will be valid for up to 12 months or the next retreat, the further of the two. For example, if a retreat is scheduled for 4 months and 12 months from the original canceled one, you can choose which one to attend. If the next retreat happens only 16 months after the original canceled one, the credit must be used for that one or forfeited.
Gal BePole reserves the right to cancel or revise any class time, activity, meal or excursion as necessary. For example, switching activities because of weather conditions, rearranging the schedule, etc.
I am not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking including but not limited to visas, vaccinations, travel insurance or non-refundable flights.
Liability & Insurance
Neither I, Gal Benron, nor the places where we will stay, are responsible in any way for your health and/or your personal belongings. You confirm that you are aware that Gal Benron, the retreat, the hotel, and any other place where we will be does not insure you or your luggage.
Any physical activity during the retreat is your sole responsibility, and any injury, damage or other harm will not be grounds for a claim.
Kalymanos is a wild island and as such, the steps, beaches and nature are untidy. Injuries and bruises may occur. By registering for the retreat, you confirm that you are aware of this and waive any grounds for a claim for this.
You confirm that you know that it is your responsibility to book health insurance, foreign travel insurance, baggage insurance, corona cancellation insurance, and any other insurance that you deem appropriate.