Join us in Lesvos. Enjoy Greece and see our work.
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.
Retreat goers will visit the WWBT Wellness Center, meet the refugee community, help build a special project, brainstorm new ideas to improve the situation, and walk away with a better understanding of one of the greatest crises of our time.
Throughout the trip, we also 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.
All retreat profit is used to support WWBTs operations on the island and our mission to provide displaced people with a place to experience happiness, dignity, and purpose.
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
Due to its location, Lesvos has become the epicenter for refugee migration to Europe, with over one million people passing through the island since 2014.
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.
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.
Xander and Zoë are the founders of When We Band Together.
We started this organization 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 share WWBT’s important work. We believe the world changes when people have greater proximity to one another. This trip is a bridge serving that mission. We look forward to sharing this experience and spending time with you!
We look forward to sharing this experience and spending time with you!