• Next Retreat: Rhodes Island, Sept 26 - Oct 2, 2023

    GREECE

    POETRY

    RETREATS

    with Luka Lesson

    Poet, Rapper & Educator.

     

  • Be Inspired.

     

    Over five days in the quiet and rustic village of Monolithos, Greek-Australian poet Luka Lesson will employ 16 years of experience to facilitate a series of workshops that will uncover the oral traditions and history of the place his ancestors called home.
     

    Aimed at all skill levels, the sessions will include visits to Ancient sites, a look at the history of spoken word poetry in Greece, as well as group writing sessions and performance workshops. The retreat will then culminate in a private showing of participants' work in a supportive environment.
     

    This program is designed to allow each writer to be inspired by their surroundings, fully supported in expressing themselves, and then celebrated as their unique stories are revealed.
     

    The Rhodes Poetry Retreat package includes all meals, transfers, accommodation, writing workshops and visits to ancient sites

    with one of Australia's most experienced poets,

    in one of the most beautiful places on earth:

    the Greek Islands.

  • What's Included?

    Expertly facilitated writing workshops ✔

    Entry into 3 ancient sites ✔

    Nature walks & beach visits ✔

    Six nights accommodation ✔

    All traditional meals ✔

    Transfers to and from Rhodes Airport ✔

    Transfers to and from Ancient Sites ✔

    Notebook & writing tools ✔

    Curated connection with poetry community ✔

    Safe sharing & feedback sessions ✔

    Intimate performance by Luka Lesson ✔

    Group sessions and presentations ✔

    Location, Location.

    The Rhodes Poetry Retreat is located in the village of Monolithos on the Island of Rhodes, Greece. Just a 45 minute flight from Athens, Rhodes enjoys the most days of sunshine per year of any island in the Mediterranean.

     

    Positioned just off the coast of Turkey, the island hosts a number of significant ancient sites, including the Acropolis of Lindos, the Acropolis of Kimissala, as well as the largest still inhabited medieval town in the world: built by the Knights of St John during the Crusades.

     

     

    The Village of Monolithos.

    Although the North of Rhodes Island is busy, the village of Monolithos in the South is tranquil and idyllic. Inhabited by only 70 full-time residents, the village is one of the few remaining traditional mountain villages of Rhodes.

     

    As rustic as it gets, Monolithos is your mentor Luka Lesson's family village, from which his grandfather and great-grandfather migrated to Australia in 1927. This connection to the village is what turns the Rhodes Poetry Retreat into a family affair - a connected and deeply authentic experience. Not just 'a group of poets writing poetry in Greece', but Greece writing poetry through the hands of the poets.

  • Accommodation & Pricing

    Thomas Hotel Shared Double Room

    AUD $3300

    7 Available

    All inclusive access to the Rhodes Poetry Retreat plus a shared room with one other poet. Room includes one ensuite bathroom, writing desk and balcony with panoramic view.

    Thomas Hotel Single Room

    AUD $3800

    6 Available

    All inclusive access to the Rhodes Poetry Retreat plus a single private room to yourself with ensuite bathroom, writing desk and balcony with panoramic view.

    Limeri Hotel Shared Double Room

    AUD $3500

    2 Available

     

    All inclusive access to the Rhodes Poetry Retreat plus a shared room with one other poet. Room includes ensuite bathroom, writing desk and balcony at the beautiful Limeri Traditional Guesthouse.

    Limeri Hotel Single Room

    AUD $4100

    1 Available

    All inclusive access to the Rhodes Poetry Retreat plus a single private room to yourself with ensuite bathroom, writing desk and balcony at the beautiful Limeri Traditional Guesthouse.

  • Luka Lesson

    the facilitator

    Luka Lesson is a poet, rapper and educator of Greek heritage born in Australia. His work crosses between the history of his family homeland, the fiercely political and the vulnerably self-reflective.

     

    A former Australian Poetry Slam Champion (2011), Luka has featured at the mecca for slam poetry: the Nuyorican Poet's Cafe (NYC), performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and toured with respected UK rappers Akala & Lowkey.

     

    Luka's work has been featured in publications such as: Southern Sun: Aegean Light (2011, ASP), Poems From A Green And Blue Planet (2019, Hachette UK), and Solid Air (2019, UQP). Luka has been a poet-in-residence at the Scottish Poetry Library, appeared at Sydney Writers' Festival, Hong Kong Literature Festival, Ubud Writers' Festival and more.

     

    Luka has always used poetry and rap writing workshops as a form of activism, helping people to articulate and perform their work for the past 15 years in education centres worldwide, amplifying countless marginalised voices in the process. Luka's poems and rap verses are being studied on official school curriculums throughout Australia, and unofficially by rebellious educators worldwide.

     

    Luka's latest major project: Agapi & Other Kinds of Love, premiered at the National Museum of Australia during the exhibition Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors & Heroes.

     

  • "I have attended many poetry retreats in Greece.

    Luka's poetry retreat is, by far, the best.

    It was one of the greatest experiences of my life."

     

    - Lisa, Poet.

  • Rhodes Poetry Retreat: Sample Program

    Retreat Sample: Day 1

    Breakfast at Thomas Hotel

     

    Workshop

    Modern Greek Poetry Traditions

     

    Visit to the Acropolis of Kimissala - Workshop:

    Homer and The Odyssey: Mythology or Metaphor?

     

    Lunch

    Siesta or Swim

     

    Visit & Solo Writing Time:

    Monolithos Mountain Walk

     

    Dinner at Monolithos Taverna

     

    Retreat Sample: Day 2

    Breakfast at Thomas Hotel

     

    Workshop

    The Village Within

     

    Visit to the Village Mill: Workshop

    The Ancient Greek Types of Love

     

    Lunch

    Siesta or Swim

     

    Visit & Solo Writing Time:

    Acropolis of Lindos

     

    Dinner at Panorama Retaurant

  • Love for the Rhodes Poetry Retreat.

    The Rhodes Poetry Retreat has scored a 10/10 rating from 100% of its visiting poets.

    "I loved the authentic experience the retreat offered. It was wonderful to be away from urban life and tourist traps. The week was a blissful mixture of both rigorous writing and relaxation. I enjoyed being disciplined every day and writing at every turn and vista we were offered. This in turn gave me the intimacy I needed with Rhodes and my company of poets. It really felt like a 'retreat' and I hope it remains so.​"

     

    - Adelaide Friday, Byron Bay

    "It was a privilege to break bread, do life and WRITE POETRY in Monolithos. That was the highlight: the village, the immersion in place-based writing/learning and of course Luka is the man!"

     

    - Zechariah Soakai, New Zealand

    "I never really considered myself a poet, having not written poetry since I was a child. Having shared a week with Luka and the crew, I have vowed to put my pen to page everyday because of how generative and wonderful this practice has been. If you're even tossing up whether to come along, prioritise this experience! It is impossible to quantify how much it has meant to me."

     

    - Babette Moules, Melbourne

     

     

     "The best week of my life."

     

    - Tessa Theocharous, Melbourne

     

     

    "I have attended many poetry retreats in Greece. Luka's poetry retreat is, by far, the best. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I will be back! Luka is an inspiring poet and teacher."

     

    - Lisa Jeffery, USA

     

    "In the Village of Monolithos, under the care of Luka and his family, I experienced peace, inspiration, support and camaraderie. The community of the Village welcomed us with open arms, feeding us physically, emotionally and spiritually. It was an experience that brings tears of gratitude to my eyes. "

     

    - Hanna May, Mudgee

  • PAYMENT OPTIONS

    If you are ready to book, please fill out our short application. Once approved, we will get back to you with a link to pay your deposit. We will hold your spot for 48 hours. Once we receive your first payment, your room will be confirmed and we will send you more details, arrival & departure info, our participant agreement and intake sheet for dietary restrictions or special requests.  

     

     

     

     

     

    PAYMENT PLAN

    (4 equal payments)

     

    +Pay 1/4 of the cost before July 26th

    + Final 3 payments due on August 26th,

    Sept 26th & October 26

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ONE PAYMENT

    (best value)

     

    +Pay in full before June 26th and recieve $200 off

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Announcing: The Greece Poetry Retreats Scholarship Program.

    This year, for the first time, the Greece Poetry Retreats team is giving away a free place for one lucky poet.

     

    After 4 years of running the program, one person is going to have the time of their life in the village, writing their hearts out, visiting ancient sites, enjoying the sunshine and swimming in the mediterranean - on us!

     

    You just have to get your own flights from your home town to Rhodes Island and the Scholarship placement will take care of the rest.

     

    To enter, just fill out the form at the link below.

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