About Us

Why us?

We know there are plenty of retreats out there, so what makes The Big Calm special?

Package option or bespoke holiday

You are unique, and for every person’s busy life there’s a specific calmness antidote required. We can offer you a personalised, tailored holiday experience, so you get exactly what you’re looking for out of your stay with us. Our basic package always includes: morning yoga and meditation followed by breakfast; a session of late afternoon yoga; and daily group evening meals at local restaurants.

On top of that, you can decide what will best fit your needs in terms of activity and relaxation. If you have specific requests from the range of services we offer, let us know what you want to do and we’ll programme it into your week.

Programme features and total prices will be confirmed when booking – no surprises when you arrive.


Calm is for everyone

You’ll notice that each of our retreats is aimed at a specific profile of guest. We try to reach out to anyone we feel can benefit from a holistic wellness holiday experience and, in our opinion, that’s pretty much everyone! Some examples include our weeks for just single-parent families (childcare included during certain activities), and new for 2019 a 21 day habit and addiction breaking retreat, for anyone who feels it’s time to reframe a particular aspect of their life.

If you are part of a group wanting to theme a retreat in a particular way, we may be able to give you exclusive access to one of our currently free weeks, so please reach out if you think we can help.


The Big Calm Lifestyle – it doesn’t end here

Although we want you to have the best possible experience on one of our retreats, we don’t want your Big Calm experience to end after just a week or two. Our ethos is all about long-term sustainable benefits to enhance everyone’s lifestyle, and we actively encourage and help you to consider ways to continue positive well being practices long after you touch down on home soil.

Depending on where you are based, we will also put you in touch with any practitioners we know who can offer you further classes or sessions in whichever area you wish to continue pursuing. There’s no charge, and obligation to commit to any courses, this is just our offer to you, because it’s what we’re all about.


Meet the Team

Nigel Hawkins – Founder & Facilitator

The Big Calm is Nigel’s concept and vision: the result of wanting to help people find peace and balance in their lives, to give practitioners the chance to express their talents, and to bring these ideas together in the most conducive setting possible for healing. Following significant challenges during his own upbringing and the realisation of his innate desire to provide support to people in need, Nigel stumbled across the serene energy of Kefalonia and knew this was the place to invite those looking for peace and wellness inspiration.

A garden designer and builder in London during the winter, Nigel bases himself in Kefalonia for the summer season. He manages the retreat logistics, as well as delivering meditation, counselling and Reiki sessions.


If you’d like to find out more, or you’re ready to book your retreat, e-mail us on info@thebigcalm.com or call us on +44 775 986 2191.