overview

Location: Ithaca, Greece

Join Jessica Bellofatto, veteran yoga teacher of 25 years and counting based in East Hampton, NY and Caroline GW, master yoga teacher based in London, England on a magical Yoga and SUP Retreat to the beautiful island of Ithaca, Greece. We will stay at the unbelievably gorgeous Itha108, 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, stand up paddleboard lessons, hiking, spa treatments, and more!

accommodations

Itha108 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 Itha108, 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. Itha108 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.

food and dining

Meals are 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!

activities

Every morning will start with pranayama and meditation session. You’ll enjoy twice-daily yoga taught by Jessica and Caroline (at least two restorative sessions spread out over the course of the week will be included). Stand up paddleboard lessons will be offered three times over the course of the week with weather and conditions permitting. We’ll move with daily hikes and experience 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. We also will have a boat ride to Fiskardo for lunch and shopping!

Travel Details

Pricing

  • $1,950 - Yurt
  • $2,375 - India room
  • $2,375 - Jungaal room
  • $2,375 - Mango room
  • $2,375 - New York room
  • $2,375 - White room
  • $2,375 - Raas room
  • $2,375 - Luxury Yurt, double occupancy
  • $3,250 - Any of the above-listed room

Check In

2:00 PM

Check Out

10:00 AM

Directions

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! Alternatively, you can fly directly to Kefalonia from most places in Europe. Trust me, it is worth the journey!

Terms and Conditions

A non-refundable $750 deposit reserves your place on this retreat. Your room preference is not confirmed until your actual rate is paid in full. Full retreat payment is required 6 weeks before the retreat start date. Cancellations before 6 weeks of the retreat start date are entitled to a full refund of monies paid, less the $750 deposit. Cancellations within 6 weeks of the start date will not receive any refund. Since work and life emergencies, illnesses, and deaths unfortunately do happen, we HIGHLY recommend travel insurance to protect against unforeseen circumstances.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

accommodations
yoga Twice-daily yoga taught by Jessica (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. In addition, stand up paddleboard and sup yoga session will be offered three times over the course of the week (weather and conditions permitting). Early morning pranayama and meditation session.
meals Three organic, locally-sourced meals daily (one group dinner out is not included)
tips
taxes
gift bag Infused olive oil soap: Basil, Lavender, and Sage, and Calendula face balm (made by the owner Ingrid!)
group excursion 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
journal
airfare
alcohol Alcohol/wine at meals is additional (although IS available onsite).
transfers
reading material
fitness classes
workshops