Meditation on the beach

About Us

The founders Nasos and Julie Anne built Zest in Greece from a passion to help others...

A holiday can temporarily take you out of your daily life, but rarely will it offer an adventure that can change the way you live. We invite you to join us for a rejuvenating, transformative experience that will provide you with an exhilarating break from your normal routine and deliver incredible results in just one week! The week is all about you and you can decide what you prefer to participate in whether it is Yoga and Tai Chi that appeals to you, or mountain hikes and corrective postural exercise. You can choose to join in or relax depending on how you feel. We are always on hand to advise and motivate you so you get the best from your week. We hope the week will give you a chance to connect with your true self and what sings to your soul.

 Julie and Nasos had several successful years developing and establishing "Zante Zest", their first health retreat, on the Greek island of Zakynthos. In 2016, they decided to expand to the mainland Greece. Julie & Nasos expanded the Zest brand with "Zest in Greece" where they have set up a new personal health retreat in an idyllic setting. Giving another option to experience the beauty of Greece. Located in Messinia in the south-west Peloponnese. This enables us to run all year round retreats with much easier access from Athens and kalamata airports for our guests to get to us directly.

 The team at the retreat offer a wealth of experience in rejuvenation and relaxation, giving their best to make your time enjoyable, happy and healthy in beautiful surroundings. The team has a varied base of skills ranging from Personal Training, Hiking and Outdoor sports instructors to more Eastern forms of exercise in Yoga, Tai Chi and Belly Dancing!! There is one rule at Zest in Greece and that is each member gives their absolute best to keep everyone happy and smiling by having lots of fun!!!

Our aim is to not just to make you feel healthier and fitter whilst you spend your time with us but to go away knowing that you have our continual support and lifelong friends.

Julie and Nasos

Your Instructors

Nasos is a Tai Chi and Chi Kung Practitioner, as well as a Personal Trainer and Juice Therapist. He completed his juice therapy academy at the Jason Vale, Juice Master HQ . In his late teens he was a promising Basketball athlete, however he was devastated when injury ended his career. He lost sight of his true self and to fill the void, spent many years unhealthy and suffering from continuous chest problems, from smoking and drinking. In his 30's he decided to take control of his health, quit smoking and retrain in his passion of Tai Chi, Chi Kung, Physical Fitness and Healthy Living.

Nasos has the understanding of experiencing the difficulties of quitting addictions and shares a great wealth of knowledge in practical ways to help quit addiction when other techniques have failed. Nasos believes that as well as a healthy attitude to food and exercise, continual personal development and a thirst for knowledge has helped him to rebuild his future and go back to his true self... He is living proof that this is something that we can all achieve no matter the situation we may be in.

Julie Anne has over 20 years experience within the Health and Fitness Industry, Originally qualifying in Sports Therapy, she has developed her knowledge by undergoing continual personal development in Spinal Rehabilitation, working within a Chiropractors, for many years and for the NHS. As a Personal Trainer her skills include Yoga, Pilates, Corrective Exercise, Aqua Aerobics and many more. Julie Anne has studied in Eastern healing techniques, focusing on dietary awareness and the ancient healing of Shiatsu and Thai massage. Since working for the NHS, Julie Anne became aware that in today’s society there is cry for prevention not cure as our health service becomes more and more in demand. Having experienced both sides after a near fatal car crash, and having to regain her own fitness and health, it gave her the motivation to help build Natural Zest and help others to get on to the right track of a healthy mind, body and spirit!

Between them they have attracted like minded people who share a passion for Health and Well being and their networks include some fabulous, highly experienced Yoga and Tai Chi Teachers from around the world, who run events throughout the year.
The team at the retreat offer a wealth of experience in rejuvenation and relaxation, giving their best to make your time enjoyable, happy and healthy in beautiful surroundings. The team has a varied base of skills ranging from Personal Training, Hiking and Outdoor sports instructors to more Eastern forms of exercise in Yoga, Tai Chi and Belly Dancing!! There is one rule at Zest in Greece and that is each member gives their absolute best to keep everyone happy and smiling by having lots of fun!!!
Our aim is to not just to make you feel healthier and fitter whilst you spend your time with us but to go away knowing that you have our continual support and lifelong friends.