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.


Eleni Mandani – Guest Practitioner: Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique.

After 20 years in the Greek and international business arena, Eleni began pursuing a greater purpose in life, and was introduced to the practice of Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique:

I have been trained in QHHT hypnosis method, Level 2 and I am practicing it in UK and in Greece. I have lived incredible experiences through my clients while they were undergoing the QHHT session. I am a Reiki Master and a Teacher. I witness amazing results in its application and It is a great honor and happiness for me to teach Reiki. I also practice energy healing, energy transmission and space clearing. With the help of my Archangels guides, the Universal Energy of Love and shamanic techniques I travel in time and space in all dimensions and realities to heal past, present and future issues. Last but not least, I have the ability to communicate with the Higher Realms and I channel messages and valuable advises to my clients.

It is really a great joy and happiness for me to be able to help my clients whilst I am experiencing this beautiful, loving and powerful energy in my daily life.

Eleni will be joining The Big Calm as a guest practitioner for our Quantum Healing retreat from 7-14 June 2019, offering both group regression and healing sessions, as well as private 6-7 hour 1:1 QHHT. Please book early to avoid disappointment


Ashok Dass - Guest Practitioner: Massage Therapist

My name is Ashok and I’d like to share with you my journey of healing, spiritualism and a passion for helping others which led to the opening of my professional massage therapy service, Pamper Mobile Massage, based in London’s Heathrow area.

Having qualified at Hammersmith & West London college with a diploma as a Indian head massage practitioner in 2001, I have had a lot of fulfilment in making people feel good.

Practising and taking massage courses since 2001 has been exciting and informative for my growth as a massage practitioner. I studied a traditional Thai massage course in Thailand, as well as hand reflexology, Swedish massage and an Ayurvedic foot reflexology course. At the moment I'm studying trigger point massage which can really help pain and tension.

The treatments I offer are customised to the client's needs, as I offer a relaxing, deep tissue & Indian head massage.The relaxing and deep tissue massage includes various different techniques which can help in many ways and enhance the experience.

Ash will be bringing his talents to both of our September retreats so book in now to be assured of some top quality pampering. You can read more about his background and services at www.pampermassage.me



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.