Christine D’Ercole Retreat

Writing and Riding

Oct 16-21, 2022|6 days|Costa Navarino

About This Event

“The most powerful thing anyone can say to us, is what we say to ourselves”.

Spend a week with Christine for a very special WordShop Series event, WordsWork: a 3-part progressive WordShop series, designed to take a deep dive into your inner dialogue.

Over the course of 5 days, participate in three live, in-person WordShops with Christine and take a closer look at your self-talk story, identify the words that aren’t serving you, and practice the skill of editing, and the art of rewriting your life’s story.

We all talk to ourselves. Our self-talk is one of the most important conversations we have and has a tremendous impact on our quality of life. Learn to hone the skills of listening with vulnerability and editing with curiosity through Christine’s powerful story-telling and guided flash writing and journaling experiments.

In between WordShop days, you’ll ride right alongside Christine on two unique bike rides through beautiful Costa Navarino, Messinia, Greece. Guided by local professionals, you’ll embrace physically challenging climbs and perhaps she will even throw down a spontaneous ‘time trial’ on the flats! These experiences will feed back into your WordShops, providing more food-for-thought along your journey.

Leave the week with a greater command over the profound and practical tools you’ve acquired. You’ll be stronger in your practice of managing self-talk and confident in your agency to own your story.

A message from Fenia, Operations Executive at Travelgems:
“I am so excited to guide you through Christine’s unique retreat at the amazing Costa Navarino! I will be here to walk you through every step of the way, so please contact me at for any assistance you may need!” 

3700€/per person

About the retreat leader

Christine is a public speaker whose work is rooted in self-talk. Our conversations with ourselves have a tremendous impact on our quality of life. Her WORDSHOPS™ are workshops in self-talk, providing profound and practical tools for editing our self-talk in real time.

Developing the skill to manage our inner monologue not is not only empowering, it is life-changing. Christine has a very down-to-earth authentic style that puts participants at ease, creating a comfortable space to face what we are really saying to ourselves.

Her one-hour Wordshops involve story-telling and an interactive flash writing experiment, culminating in a tool participants can easily take away and practice immediately. Her work covers topics from body-image to addiction and loss to corporate cultural growth and team-building.

WordsWork is her three-Wordshop immersive retreat course, designed to offer time and space away from regular life, in order to take an even deeper dive on self-talk. With additional journaling and guided writing experiments, you’ll have the opportunity to experience closer guidance from Christine on cultivating the art and skill of editing your self-talk. The goal is to establish a personal practice of mantra-making, and walk away feeling confident in your agency to own your story.

She is also a decorated competitive track cyclist, a Masters World Champion and 10X National Champion. As such, she brings a wealth of knowledge to her role as one of the original cycling instructors at Peloton. Her classes are grounded in the science of cycling and the power of words. Her unique style of mindful motivation inspires members of the Peloton community, reaching thousands of devoted riders every day.

She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, former Teacher Trainer for Schwinn Indoor Cycling and has been in the fitness industry for over 20 years.

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About the hotel

The Westin Resort has been voted one of the best resorts in Greece and one of the foremost holiday destinations in Europe. The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino was voted #12  of Top 30 Resorts in Europe: Reader’s Choice Awards 2020. It features an amazing selection of deluxe rooms, family rooms and suites in a privileged seaside location on a verdant hillside that affords an alluring mix of golf, sea and pool views.





Emphasis: Mind

Arrival at Westin Resort, Costa Navarino

9:00am-1:00pm & 3:00pm-6:00pm Bike Fitting at Navarino Outdoors

6:30pm-7:00pm first writing experiment assigned

7:30 pm: Welcome Dinner & Start of Retreat

9:00am - 10:00am: Breakfast with Christine

10:00am - 12:00pm: Wordshop-

12:00pm - 3:00pm Free Time

3:00pm - 3:30pm Bike Fitting (optional) ​

3:30pm - 5:30pm Ride

5:30pm- 6:30pm Free Time

6:30pm - 7:30pm: Second writing assignement

7:30pm: Dinner

9:00am - 10:00am: Breakfast

10:00am-12:00pm Guided Tour in Palace of Nestor

12:00pm-1:00pm Free Time

1:00pm - 3:00pm Luxury Picnic

3:00pm -5:00pm Wordshop to picnic's location

5:00pm-6:30pm Free Time

6:30pm-7:00pm Third Writing Assignment

7:30pm: Dinner with Christine

9:00am - 10:00am: Breakfast

10:00am - 12:00pm: Wordshop and fourth writing assignment

12:00am- 1:00pm Free Time

1:00pm -7:00pm Day Cruise

7:30pm: Dinner

9:00am - 10:00am: Breakfast

10:00am - 11:30 Final Wordshop

12:00pm- 3:00Pm free time

3:00-4:30 Bike ride

4:30-7:30 Free Time

7:30pm: Dinner with Christine

9am - 10am: Farewell Breakfast

10:30am: Check-Out


Disclaimer: This is an indicative schedule that is subject to change as we move closer to the retreat date. 

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Event Highlights

5-night accommodation

5 breakfast meals

5 dinner meals

2 Bike Tours

1 Luxury Picnic

1 Guided Tour to Nestor’s Palace

A mediterranean cruise


3700€/per person

in Double Occ. room


4200€/per person

in Single Occ. room

what’s included

  • 5-night accommodation
  • 5 breakfast meals
  • 5 dinner meals
  • 2 Bike Tours
  • 1 Luxury Picnic
  • 1 Guided Tour to Nestor’s Palace
  • A mediterranean cruise

what’s not included

  • Airfare to/from Greece – We strongly advise you to book flexible airfare tickets
  • Arrival and departure land transfers from and to hotel
  • Accommodation tax per person per overnight stay
  • Tea, soft drinks and beverages
  • Lunch meals
  • Optional activities
  • Whatever is not mentioned clearly in the inclusions

more info

We strongly advise you to book flexible airfare tickets
1. Do riders need to use clip-in pedals, or will toe cages be an option?
The following pedal systems will be offered: Shimano MTB, Shimano SL, Keo Look (all these are clip-in pedals). Additionally: flat pedals 

Please bring other pedals with you. The pedals do not cost additional rent!

2. Will a helmet and cycling shoes be provided with the bike?
They rent helmets but not shoes.
3. Will there be anyone in a car following the ride in case the ride ends up being too difficult?
Yes,  supporting vehicle including technician will be following both rides.
Please inform us about your height and the pedal system you will use. 

Language: English

Airport Transfer: Available upon request

Cancellation Policy: Deposit amount is non-refundable | Should you wish to cancel your participation one month or less before the start of the retreat, 100% of cancellation fees are applied.

Important Info: In case there are Covid-19 restrictions or restrictions related to any other pandemic that prevent guests from traveling the total amount paid will be refunded.

Dietary Needs: Should you have any special dietary need/allergy, kindly let us know in advance in order to be able to better accommodate you in the best possible way.


Transport: For Christine’s retreat at Costa Navarino, you can fly into two different airports:

  • Athens International Airport (ATH)
  • Kalamata International Airport (KLX)

From there, you can book a transfer to the hotel

  • ATH to Costa Navarino (duration: 3h30min)
  • KLX to Costa Navarino (duration: 50min)