Relax in this Greek Island Paradise in the Ionian Sea
11 – 18 May 2019
LOCATION: ITHACA, GREECE WITH: JESSICA BELLOFATTO & CAROLINE GW
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Join us on a magical return Yoga Retreat to the beautiful island of Ithaca, Greece. We will stay at the unbelievably gorgeous Ithaca, which boasts organic mattresses, organic cuisine, 360 degree views, and a retreat center literally built into the landscape. This spectacular location will be our home for a week of deeply grounding and transformative Yoga, hiking, boat trips, spa treatments, and more!
OUR VENUE FOR THIS RETREAT
Ithaca is a Greek island retreat set in a place of outstanding natural beauty, providing a space specifically for peace, relaxation and practice. Ithaca, home of Ithaca, is one of the smallest in the Ionian island constellation that is radiating with Grecian authenticity. It’s shores play host to a long Homeric and mythical history whose many mysteries are sensed amongst animated panorama and secretive coves. Ithaca overlooks the sea and the eastern coastline of neighbouring Kefalonia from an elevated wilderness of olive trees and exposed rocks that provide the elements around which it is built, allowing its natural beauty to speak for itself. An emphasis on indoor-outdoor living ensures full use of the land and its treasures that extend to sweeping and hidden beaches below.
Jessica Bellofatto & Caroline Graham-Wood teach vinyasa-based practices, borrowing the breath inspired movement of the Ashtanga system, and blended with the precision and intelligence of alignment based systems such as Iyengar, Anusara and Ashaya. Students can expect a strong physical practice with mindful and creative sequencing, transformative hands on adjustments, music to fit the mood, and sprinkled with some chanting and philosophy to educate and inspire. Open to ALL Levels of Student.
The food on this retreat is AMAZING, locally sourced and organic. The breakfast buffet is a feast with homemade breads, fruit, Greek yogurt, fresh squeezed juice, coffee, tea, and more. Served overlooking the Ionian Sea in the morning sun, or in the shade of the trees/pergola. Lunch buffet under the pergola, afternoon tea and biscuit, and then Dinner served under a canape of stars and the moon reflecting off the ocean. Each meal is better than the last and is not only incredibly delicious but healthy!
Early morning pranayama and meditation session
Twice-daily yoga taught by Jessica or Caroline (at least two restorative sessions spread out over the course of the week will be included).
We have a choice of THREE Yoga rooms for our yoga sessions: a gorgeous outdoor shala shaded by trees and overlooking the sea, a circular higher outdoor shala with amazing views and morning sun, and a beautiful, quiet, sacred indoor shala, perfect if the weather is cooler or for deeply restorative sessions without any distraction.
Three organic, locally-sourced meals daily (one group dinner out is not included)
Homer’s Walk: an amazing walk through what are believed to be the ruins of Odysseus’ home as told by Homer in The Iliad and the Odyssey. This walk starts at the main square in Stavros on the island of Ithaca, where we first visit an archeological museum, and then wanders through the town and ends at the ruins where excavations have taken place to prove that the island really is Homer’s Ithaca.
Boat ride to Fiskardo for lunch and shopping
Infused olive oil soap: Basil, Lavender, and Sage, and Calendula face balm (made by the owner Ingrid!)
All yoga mats, gear, including bolsters, etc. Ithaca is perfectly equipped with PLENTY of props and gear unlike many other retreat locations! It’s a total joy for everyone to have two blocks, two straps, bolsters and blankets!
Internet throughout the retreat center and in all bedrooms/yurts
All transportation to retreat location
All local transfer costs
Alcohol/wine at meals is additional (although IS available onsite)
Fly to Athens and then book a flight from Athens (ATH) to Kefalonia (EFL). The airline to fly from Athens to Kefalonia is Aegean/Olympic. This is an easy one hour flight on a small plane and should cost about $200 RT or less. Before booking any flights, please check your itinerary with me as if more people can arrive at or around the same time, everyone can save money on transport. From Kefalonia, you will take a 40-minute ferry ride to the island of Ithaca! Trust me, it is worth the journey!
RATES & REGISTRATION
Sign up by November 1, 2018 for $150 Early Bird Discount!
Please note that JBY promotional codes may not be combined or used during any “Early Bird” periods, and are not valid for events or retreats hosted by an outside third party.
Per person rates for this retreat are outlined below. A non-refundable $750 deposit per person is required to secure your space, with the remaining balance due no later than April 7th, 2017. (eight weeks prior to the start date). After this date, payment in full is required when registering. Please use the button below to sign up.
Yurt, shared $1950 per person
India room, shared double $2375 per person
Jungaal room, shared double $2375 per person
Mango room, shared double $2375 per person
New York room, shared double $2375 per person
White room, shared double $2275 per person
Raas room, shared for couples $2375 per person
Any of the double rooms as a private single $3250 per person
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CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY
The $750 deposit is non-refundable. Cancellations prior to 8 weeks will receive a refund of monies paid, less the $750 deposit. Cancellations within 8 weeks of retreat date are non-refundable, with any outstanding balance fully payable. Since last minute injuries, illnesses, work emergencies, or deaths in the family unfortunately do happen, we HIGHLY recommend travel insurance.