a trip to feed the soul
We take small groups on thoughtfully crafted, all-inclusive trips that allow open-minded travelers to experience two different worlds with the goal of making a positive impact and fostering deep human connection.
Throughout the trip, we explore traditional Greek villages via exclusive experiences led by locals. We cook local cuisine, visit ancient castles and sea-side villages, and participate in activities that make up the authentic Greek lifestyle.
We also get proximate to one of the greatest issues of our time - the global refugee crisis. We visit the amazing work and initiatives WWBT supports, sit in community with refugees to understand their experience, and join some of the classes and programs that are helping them maintain strength, dignity and purpose. We then use retreat revenue to create something beautiful together, and leave understanding how to be stronger advocates for them.
EVERY DOLLAR MAKES A DIFFERENCE
A significant portion of our retreat revenue is used to support local, often refugee-led, initiatives that provide displaced people with the happiness, dignity, and purpose that we all need to feel.
Furthermore, all of our retreat expenses - from the hotel we stay at, to the restaurants we eat at, to the buses we travel in and excursions we take - support locally owned businesses. Many of these businesses have struggled while enduring an economic depression and a significant dip in tourism due to the refugee crisis.
In short, every dollar we spend on this trip really counts towards something special.
the gateway to the west
Lesvos is a large Greek island in the northern Aegean Sea, just off the coast of Turkey. Ancient olive trees and stone home villages dot the rolling hills that make up the landscape.
Living in those homes are some of the kindest people we've ever met. Locals are always amongst friends and family, sipping Greek frappe's in the morning and laughing over Ouzo in the evening. True to its' Greek roots, conversations often revolve around philosophy and politics.
Due to its' location, Lesvos has become the epicenter for refugee migration to Europe, with over a million people passing through the island since 2014.
Xander and Zoë are the founders of When We Band Together.
We started this company after volunteering in Lesvos in 2015. We're committed to helping fund impactful initiatives that better the lives of refugees while keeping in mind the local people and the land.
This retreat is a way for us to share what has become an incredibly special place for us and continue to serve our mission. We look forward to sharing this experience and spending time with you!