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You can book a Greek wellness retreat hosted by Maria Sharapova

Tennis legend Maria Sharapova is hosting a three-night transformative program at bespoke wellness retreat Amanzoe in Greece.

From 23 to 26 September 2024, the programme will focus on building resilience through a combination of physical challenges and lessons in mental endurance.

Maria Sharapova – Aman’s Global Wellness Ambassador

Maria has drawn on her decades of experience to build a retreat that leaves participants renewed, inspired and equipped to navigate life’s challenges with grace. From immigrating to the USA at five years old to pursue her tennis dream, to transitioning from her career as a tennis legend to mother and entrepreneur, Maria’s journey has been marked by overcoming numerous challenges. In addition to the retreat, and as part of her ambassador role, Maria has curated a half-day Strength & Recovery experience at Aman New York, available year-round. Places for The Building Resilience Retreat at Amanzoe are limited, however, further retreats across Aman destinations will be announced in due course.

The retreat

Led by Maria and Amanzoe’s expert wellness team, against the serene backdrop of the Greek countryside, the programme is divided into three parts: understanding mental resilience, skills for building resilience and resilience in action.

All meals, in-room snacks and a curated Aman Essentials Wellness Kit (including an Aman Ocean Bottle, Maria’s favourite Aman Skincare products and essential oils) complement the retreat, which also includes ample free time to relax and enjoy Amanzoe’s tranquil setting.

1. Understanding mental resilience

After Maria’s introduction and lunch, the first day starts with a guided meditation focused on cultivating inner strength and acceptance. Maria then leads a group discussion on her journey towards mental resilience and approach to challenges, before a Hamman treatment or Anatripsis (soft tissue) therapy to cleanse and detoxify the body and mind.

2. Skills for building resilience

Day two begins with a group Pranayama breathwork and sound bath session, this is followed by a healthy al-fresco breakfast in Amanzoe’s bostani garden. In the afternoon, enjoy a hiking and outdoor strength workout designed to develop stamina before a mind and body agility session with Maria on the tennis court.

3. Resilience in action

The day commences with group Trataka (candle-gazing meditation) at the Yoga Pavilion, followed by breakfast and a dynamic strength workout focussed on mobility with Amanzoe’s fitness instructors. Cellgym and contrast therapy follow in the afternoon, recommended to increase mental alertness, promote better sleep, and facilitate recovery from physical and mental fatigue. The day closes with a tennis clinic from Maria, who will also host a dinner with the group that evening.

Staying at Amanzoe

Set amongst the olive groves and Aegean vistas of Amanzoe’s hilltop location, the retreat is designed to help cultivate a strong mental foundation, find emotional balance and equip participants with the tools to navigate the demands of the everyday.

The accommodation draws inspiration from classic Greek architecture with a choice of Villas or standalone Pavilions which open onto terraces with private plunge pools and views of the sea. Guests can explore rich local culture with experiences such as a farmhouse visit, an introduction to a local beekeeping family, scuba diving and exploring ancient ruins.

Nura, one of the onsite restaurants showcases the traditional flavours of Mediterranean cuisine whilst Nama serves delicious sushi and Japanese dishes.

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