Ithaca, Greece. 1st - 8th September 2018Greece's most mythical island - Ithaca. This beach is 5 min walk away...
Ithaca, rising steeply from the Ionian sea, at dawn.
“Ithaca was the symbolic end of Odysseus’s travels, the end of adventure. He had found peace”
The quiet, undeveloped island of Ithaca is for those who like to discover islands before being discovered by the masses. Lush green hills and valleys are perfect for exploring, with incredible views and plenty of sites of archaeological interest to peruse.
The retreat centre enjoys broad sweeping views of the sea and neighbouring island.
This is one of the beautiful, very quiet trails to the hidden beach coves; just 5 min walk down from the retreat! The clear turquoise sea is just gorgeous to bask, bathe, swim and snorkel in.
Itha108 is a Greek island retreat set in a place of natural beauty, providing a space specifically for peace, relaxation and practice. Everything has been created here with artistic flair and quality.
Ithaca, home of Itha108, is one of the smallest in the Ionian island constellation, simply radiating with Grecian authenticity. It’s shores and secretive coves play host to a long Homeric and mythical history. Itha108 overlooks the sea and the impressive, eastern coastline of neighbouring Kefalonia. An emphasis on indoor-outdoor living ensures full use of the land and it’s broad sweep down to hidden(virtually private!) beaches.
Early September can be a perfect time of the year to fully enjoy the retreat and its surrounding area, with typical sunny daytime temperatures up to early-mid 30’s degrees.
Beneath an expansive pergola are traditional Rajasthani sofas and coffee tables, carved spice boxes and Eastern lanterns. Help yourself to breakfast and snacks from the outdoor kitchen – a curved Kourasanit counter – complete with an inbuilt BBQ and a sunken drinks fridge. Handmade African wood doors lead from the kitchen to the al fresco dining area with far-reaching views of the Ionian sea and beyond, the hills of Kefalonia.
All the bedrooms in the main house are beautifully, stylishly designed and finished, all with their own ensuite bathrooms and terraces.
Whether you are a beginner or experienced; this Retreat, limited to a smaller group of 12-15 people maximum, is offered to meet you where you are.
Being away and resting from your normal routine, practicing yogic movement, stillness & contemplation and being more outdoors in nature, may help to give a fresh perspective and awareness on yourself and your life. You may prefer to take the week more as a retreat, with more silence and reflection during the free time. Or simply to just relax, restore and be on holiday!
Most importantly you begin from where you are….
What people say....
.. finally time to sit down and read through all those mails so full of sun soaked, energized and moving thoughts and memories that the whole group has taken home from our wonderful week together with James.
coming back to my family and friends in tarifa on thursday evening last week I found myself in the strongest and healthiest condition in years – not to speak of the delicous physical and spiritual exercise we went through – so I was truly ready for a solid re-tox – we partied during 4 days…….
hence I am ready for another retreat 🙂 / lets keep an eye on that. until then I will try to integrate the new inspirations into my morning routines and work on my Padmasana…
“Wow , what a great week we have all had . My first retreat and certainly not my last .
It’s been such a positive experience for me , I feel completely rested and recharged.
Not sure if that was down to the G&T or yoga & meditation or maybe both !
I’m planning on trying to practise meditation , I know it’s not going to happen over night but for now I will persevere .
Lots of love , peace and hugs “
Nicki x UK
“Thanks so much for the wonderful week at ‘Garden of Eden’. It was such a special place with a truly gorgeous garden; lush, verdant, bountiful and spiritually uplifting. We both loved it.
. Please can you put our names down for 2018?!
Thank you also for the great yoga classes and for all your help and encouragement in assisting us to make the most of what we have, and to better understand that we can indeed improve our health and wellbeing.
All the very best for the future – until the next retreat.”
Anne-Louise xxx UK
“I look back on an absolutely wonderful week.
I am continuing with yoga in Amsterdam with a great teacher in a beautiful place in Vondelpark, but it’s not easy to match the smell of the lemon and apricot trees around us and the view of the sea as well as your kind and pertinent guidance during the classes.
It was so inspiring to meet all of you and now we share the fond memories of a week in paradise 🙂
Take care and all the best wishes,”
An elevated wilderness of olive trees and exposed rocks provide the elements around which Itha108 is built, allowing its raw, natural beauty to speak for itself.
The central pergola provides the perfect chill-out area, with it’s own unique outdoor kitchen area and extensive sea views.
All rooms are ensuite and quite striking, in their simple elegance of mixing old with new. All bed mattresses are handmade with natural materials, ensuring a restful night’s sleep. All have air-conditioning /heating. Daily room cleaning offered.
All with own terrace or balcony, if on first floor.
Luxurious, light-filled, airy, ensuite yurts too, all with their own private terrace and sea view acroos the trees!
Yoga is practiced within the cool shade of the trees.
Or in a spacious, attractive, cool, indoor lower level studio.(underfloor heating just in case!!) A selection of massage therapies are offered too, normally practiced here or in shady area outside.
Typical Day – approx times, depending on temperatures
8.00am Yoga practice
9.30 am Breakfast
Freetime ( resting, relaxing, walking, reading, swimming etc….or nothing!)
Freetime ( resting, relaxing, walking, reading, swimming etc….or nothing!)
6.00pm Yoga session, finishing with longer relaxation
10.00pm Sitting quiet meditation
Everything is optional!
- Kayaks and other water sports for rent
- Car, scooter and bikes for rent -For those wanting to explore this tiny island, and delivered to you there. Sleepy little coves and villages, like Frikes and Ithaca’a capital, Vathy, are about 15-30 min drive away. If not too warm, walking is a delight everywhere on the quiet lanes and roads, as is jogging/running, with impressive views wherever you go!
- Scuba-diving facility
- Homers House; Odysseus Palace and birth place a 3.5 hour guided tour. Other walks are available depending on the month
- A well stocked library
- Backgammon table, cards and other games
- Little Gift shop for browsing
Facing West, there are many delightful sunsets to be enjoyed and appreciated over dinner.
Delicious, Vegetarian Mediterranean infused meals (mainly local organic products).
Fresh Fish/seafood offered a few times for dinner, if requested by group.
· Breakfast buffet in morning sun/shaded by trees/or pergola
· Lunch buffet under a pergola
· Dinner served on a terrace under a canapé of stars
The place is very artistically designed and presented, with lovely features such as this staircase, leading to a very comfortable library…. housing Indian artefacts, family photographs and paintings, board games and music. A comfortable sofa and two armchairs are arranged around a stone fireplace.
Sea views and a gentle breeze through shuttered French windows lead on to a cool minimalist first floor terrace with views of Fiskardo, Kefalonia and the setting sun.
Apart from your own room, there are so many private areas to enjoy and relax in. Such as these swing chairs below!
There is a choice of 3 very secluded, almost completely private, cove beaches, all within 5-10 min walk from the retreat.
The water is crystal clear and warm.
1st-8th September 2018 – 7 days
You book by paying a non-refundable deposit of 485 euros. 12-15 people maximum.
Then the remaining fee, depending on what type of accommodation you choose will be payable 3 months prior to the course via bank transfer in English pounds sterling to UK bank account.
Accommodation options & Prices:
Please bear in mind that providing you follow the travel advice as below and choose a compatible flight time to arrive as a group: All these prices include all the transfers both ways from Kefalonia airport to the Itha108 retreat, including minibus and ferry/sea taxi transits both ways. This is an added bonus and not common practice!
Very costly if you do it on your own.
1) For sharing a twin room in the house or a luxury yurt, all with ensuite bathroom inside, you would then pay 650 pounds sterling per person more. Taken as a single option you would pay 250 pounds sterling single supplement charge more for the week.
2) For sharing a normal yurt with a choice of 2 shared bathrooms inside and outside, you would then pay 550 pounds sterling per person more. Taken as a single option you would pay 200 pounds sterling single supplement charge more for the week.
3) For sharing a normal yurt with ensuite bathroom you would pay 600 pounds sterling per person more. Taken as a single option you would pay 200 pounds sterling single supplement charge more for the week.
4) For sharing the Stone House Studio (largest room!), ensuite bath and shower room, you would pay 700 pounds per person sterling more. Taken as a single option you would pay 300 pounds sterling single supplement charge more for the week.
Please visit venue website for more lovely photos and details, to help you choose.
Interesting UK newspaper article to read on Ithaca here
- Group transit from and to the airport by bus/taxi, sea taxi, ferry
- Breakfast/brunch, lunch, tea and dinner
- Various hot and cold drinks/water/fruit/nuts/cakes/biscuits
- Beach towels
- Yoga mats, blocks, belts, bolsters and blankets
- Infused olive soap, Basil, Lavender, Sage
- Home made Calendula face balm
- Internet high speed
- All taxes
Daily House Keeping:
· Rooms and yurts are cleaned every morning
· Outside areas swept
· Extra towels and sheets on request
· Hair dryer on request
Flights, massages, alcohol, fizzy drinks, laundry and any other excursions or car/bike rentals whilst at retreat aren’t included.
Destination and Transport:
The nearest airport is on Kefalonia, ( approx only 3 hours flight from W. Europe) the neighboring island, and transit to the retreat is included in the price. A private bus takes you from the airport to Sami port for the ferry or for a private sea taxi to Ithaca. The crossing takes 10-30 minutes depending on your option. You arrive at Piso Aetos, Ithaca then your journey continues another 20 minutes by car/mini bus to the retreat.
Important: The transit is only included if you are 12 or plus guests travelling together. Any person travelling outside the group has to bear their own costs. (up to 200 euros or more!) Only one group transit, both ways, is covered.
Flying to Athens and travelling on a bus to Patras or Astakos for a public ferry can be arranged at your own expense.
Direct flights to Kefalonia (EFL) start from end March to early November from the UK.
From April/May to October direct flights to Kefalonia from various places in Europe.
Otherwise Flights via Athens. From Athens to Kefalonia (EFL) an early morning or late afternoon flight taking one hour.
This varies from year to year and is only a guideline
Arriving and Departure Times:
- Day of arrival the retreat is open after 15:00 and serves tea, fruit, cake and dinner only
- Day of departure all rooms have to be vacated by 08:00, breakfast is served from 07:00
- Retreat to be departed by 08:30 the latest
- Retreats run from Saturday – Saturday.
“James, you are a very inspirational teacher, full of wisdom and for me a gentleness that for the first time in my life when undertaking any form of exercise doesn’t make me feel stupid and ebb away at the little confidence and self esteem I have. Instead you beautifully encourage what is there in each person and enable small steps to begin to flow into life changing moments. Just that simple movement you showed me of opening your heart in a Yoga posture has helped so much and I find myself thinking and putting it into practice in small ways through out the day. Pondering too not just the physical aspect of those words but also the mind aspect and what that might mean for my life, they seem to have somehow resonated deep within me.
Blessings and thanks “
“ Thank you for a second wonderful week. It was just as special as the first .. and six weeks after returning home, memories of beautiful sunsets, beautiful people, laughter and healing yoga are still with me.
Thank you for your teaching and for making the week happen :)”
“I just wanted to say a very big thank you for the amazing week. It really did exceed all expectations.
I absolutely loved all the yoga and was still feeling Zen like at boxing with Rhona on Weds night!
My best wishes,”
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