What To Expect
Morning and afternoon yoga, Organic breakfast and lunch, Ila spa treatments, Tai chi, Qigong and Optional guided bedtime meditation with candlelit lanterns.

Sarah Barrett Wellness Retreat 15th-22nd May 2020

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The Place

Casa Lucia “An island within an island” a unique and tranquil sanctuary appealing to all ages and nationalities. It is pure bliss, run by Val OsbourneAndroutsopoulou and her daughter Zoe Valerie. Casa Lucia is just a 3km drive to the sea.

The Benefits

A seven day journey, taking time out for a healthier lifestyle. A total getaway to deeply relax, rejuvenate and take care of your mind and body. To embrace positive life changes.


“I am a teacher of Taiji, Qi Gong and Meditation and I have been doing courses in Corfu for many years in Casa Lucia. These are attended not only by Greeks from all over the country but many who come from other countries in Europe as well as the U.S.A. Everybody who has been to Casa Lucia has fallen in love with the place and insist that I continue there and nowhere else on the island. The hall is ample for working inside while the central lawn provides the perfect space in which to train and do movement work. Added to this Val and Zoe have always made my groups welcome on all levels. The rooms are comfortable, the food generous and wonderful, and there is even a nearby taverna a short walk away that we always enjoy visiting. All in all I cannot recommend Casa Lucia more highly.”

Tew Bunnag

Casa Lucia is a truly unique venue for classes, events, residential workshops and retreats as well as holidays! We really loved running our therapeutic Shiatsu bodywork professional training here– it is an ideal place for this type of workshop and we used the beautiful classroom as well as the soft lawns to do our practice. Working outdoors in the ravishing gardens really added that extra dimension to our training, giving everyone the opportunity to return to nature and experience the essence of Corfu’s beautifully green environment.

I adore this place, the villa, the rooms, the gardens, the pool, the beautiful labyrinth and of course the fireflies that shimmer during the spring and summer evenings. So welcoming and hospitable, Valerie Osborne has really done a wonderful job at Casa Lucia!

Ilaira Bouratinos, Principal at Oriental Medicine Training Centre

What To Expect







About The Teachers

Thierry Lambert

Thierry Lambert has been practicing yoga for 15 years. He qualified as a teacher in 2009 with the Inner Yoga Trust. The training encourages students to build a daily practice and to incorporate the ethics of the yoga philosophy into their life.

“yoga came into my life when I was struggling with depression and anxiety. It woke me up and made me realise that my lifestyle and habits were creating the difficulties. Gradually as my awareness increased I started to change and beside yoga I also changed my diet and started to study Macrobiotics.”

With our hectic lives there is a need to learn how to look after ourselves. Away from the stresses of modern living, a week of yoga is the perfect way to unwind and replenish our bodies, so you can get that zest for life again.


Zoë Valerie

The body is an expression of the genius of nature, it has an innate tendency towards joy, health and self-healing.We often end up leading a life where we do not listen substantially to our bodies so we disconnect from the precious wisdom we embody.Bodylistening is a combination of dance and movement techniques, body/mind andtherapeutic practices and contact, chiropractic and massage practices. It comes from twenty years of work and research through dance, movement and contact in artistic, educational and therapeutic contexts with people of all ages with and without specific conditions.

Motor and sensory skills are set into continuous evolution.With trust in the body the wisdom we embody is unleashed, instincts and aesthetic intelligence are supported and empowered bringing decompression, empowerment and healing to body and mind.

I remain permanently amazed and inspired by the potential of our physical, mental and creative skills and by how unlimited the evolution of our sensing and moving nature can be.

I deeply enjoy accompanying people in reestablishing a very practical contact with the wellness we are designed to enjoy.

Like when we were kids…

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Valerie Osborne-Androutsopoulou

“I was first introduced to t’ai chi by my great friend Caroline Merry who in 1979 showed me the form that she was then learning in London from Pytt Geddes, the first person to teach t’ai chi in England.  When the renowned teacher Tew Bunnag was invited to Corfu, I went to his first class and have continued learning with him ever since.  For several years I have been a qualified teacher of the European School of T’ai Chi Ch’uan, and together with Saskia Prifti, we organize and teach the local Corfu group.  Tew himself now concentrates more on the applications of t’ai chi and Qigong to our everyday lives and this is an aspect of the art that I find most rewarding and fulfilling”.

“I count myself lucky to have had Tew Bunnag, Pytt Geddes, Caroline Merry, Lito Seferiadi and Napoleon Xifara as my main teachers.  I try to follow the dictum: Receive, absorb, pass it on”.


  • 8.00 - 9.30am

    Morning yoga session with Thierry Lambert.

  • 9.30 - 11.00am

    Organic breakfast.

  • 2.00 - 3.00pm

    Daily Organic lunch, to include a vegetarian option.

  • 6.00 - 7.00pm

    Early evening Yoga session with Thierry Lambert.

  • 10.00pm

    Optional late meditation session before bedtime to calm the mind .

Dinner will be available for guests from 8:00pm.

 T’ai Chi sessions will be offered Tuesday and Thursday at 11am -12pm.

Throughout the week, each guest will receive a 1 hour one to one body listening session with Zoë Valerie, the date of the one to one body listening session will depend on Zoë’s availability. On Saturday the 16th of May from 12:00 to 1:30 there will be a group body listening session with Zoë Valerie for all guests.

Casa Lucia is a converted olive press. The buildings were lovingly restored and converted by Architect Dennis Androutsopoulas. They consist of a collection of beautiful but simple cottages with oodles of Corfiot charm. The cottages can accommodate 2-3 friends together. There are also 2 available cottages for single occupancy.
The gardens are simply beautiful. Abundant with olive trees, bougainvillea, roses, geranium, citrus, peach, and fig flourish around green lawns. Bignonia, jasmine, and vines provide shade and screen the sparkling pool.
BA flights are daily from Heathrow, London. EasyJet flights are daily from Gatwick, London.
We recommend Bambooza, run by Helen and Costas. They will be happy to deliver a car to Casa Lucia for you. Contact +30 2661 093601.
Please could you kindly advise us if you have any dietary requirements, allergies or health issues.
The event room has high ceilings, vaulted arches and thick stone walls. Equipment for yoga is provided here including mats, blocks and belts.


QiGong literally means working with breath and constitutes an immense variety of exercises that teach us to expand and use our breathing to create and store energy or “chi”, thus promoting relaxation, improved blood circulation, heart regulation and many other benefits to our health and well-being.   They are usually performed standing, but can also be done sitting or lying down if necessary.  T’ai Chi is a moving QiGong.

T’ai Chi  Ch’uan is an internal  martial art, originating in China and based on the I Ching (Book of Changes) employing the interplay of  Yin and Yang and the qualities of the  Five Elements (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water).   Familiar to most people as a series of movements practised in slow motion, it is often referred to as Meditation in Movement.   However  the forms should progress  gradually from the slow (Earth), to flowing (water), and the fast martial (fire).  Action is coordinated with the breath and the overall aim is relaxation through awareness and soft concentration to develop a  joyous mind in an energetic body.  “Ch’uan” meaning a fist reminds us that it is an art of fighting/self-defense, but learning to spar is to learn how to use our own energy and that of our partner in wisdom and compassion.

One of the great advantages of QiGong and T’ai Chi is that it can only get better and more interesting as we grow older.

ILA Face & Body Therapy

Ila is about sharing, with women and men around the world, the ability to self-care, love and honour the individual essence within each one of us, loving who we are in all our completeness, so that each one of us can shine. What could be more beautiful than that? To be luminously ourselves. To enjoy a harmony between mind, body and spirit. To live in a state of grace.

We pledge to care sensitively for your energy levels and soul body, as well as for your skin.

We believe society needs to re-remember what ‘beauty’ truly means, and we hope our products provide a path for you to remember too.

How Do I Sign Up?

Retreat cost £1250.00 pp. To reserve your place, a £250 deposit is required upon booking. The remainder of the balance will fall due 28th February 2020. Payment plans available if required. Please note flights are not included in the price.