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Greek Island Yoga & Meditation Retreat
September 10, 2016 - September 17, 2016
“There is more to life than increasing its speed”
Step in to the land of the Gods
10-17th September 2016
The soft sound of waves lapping at the shore….A gentle sea breeze…
The early morning September sun warming your face… Practicing yoga and meditation overlooking a turquoise sea
Journey with Emily Reed and Jack Harrison to the magical island of Ithaca…
Let us take you on an enchanted week long ESCAPE
Ithaca is an island seeped in ancient mysticism- the home of Homer’s Greek hero Odysseus and of Itha108. The venue is a unique and wonderful eco- sanctuary which offers a wonderful space for yoga, meditation and a place to just “be”. Using local stones and materials from the island as well as creative yet simple designs, the owner has sealed her heart (and exceptional eye for design!) in to every detail.
We will practice 3-4 hours each day in one of the 3 yoga shalas at Itha108.
Sunrise morning meditation/contemplation, pranayama and a more energising physical practice.
Sunset sessions will be more appropriate for the evening vibe- a mixture of gentle yoga, restorative poses, yoga nidra (guided relaxation) and kirtan. Jack is an international musician, folklorist and yoga teacher. In the evening yoga practice he will soothe us to his haunting, mystical music which will transport the soul! See here for more on Jack.
Ithaca is one of the smallest Ionian islands, radiating with Grecian authenticity. The retreat overlooks the sea and eastern coastline of neighbouring Kefalonia from an elevated wilderness of olive trees and rocks with a hidden beaches nestling below.
All bedrooms can be either single or double occupancy. All are en-suite and air-conditioned with mosquito nets, coco-mat mattresses (natural/eco design), wood panelled ceilings and views across the Ionian sea towards Kefalonia. Each bedroom has a unique and eclectic design from traditional Indian/Rajasthani or Greek to New York savvy.
There is a choice of staying in the luxury house or options of staying in an authentic, luxurious Mongolian yurt.
The three Mongolian yurts are light and airy inside, sleeping between one to four people. They contain comfortable beds with mosquito nets, coco-mat mattresses, plenty of shelving, and share an outdoor bathroom carved into the rocks, with a sea grass roof. Pathways and steps provide access to the yurt platforms, each with outdoor seating, positioned high among rocks and trees with beautiful sea views.
Peek here for pictures of accommodation
These are the rates if you are booking directly through Emily Reed. This retreat is being advertised on other platforms and prices can be slightly higher to allow for commission rates from advertiser.
£950.00 per person based on two sharing a room in the main house ·
£1200.00 per person based on single occupancy in the main house ·
£850.00 per person based on two sharing a yurt ·
£1050.00 per person based on single occupancy in a yurt ·
£780.00 per person based on sharing a dormitory in a yurt, sleeping up to four
£1100 per person (based on a couple sharing- one double bed) The Stone House – this is a divine little private lodge… ideal for couples or treat yourself:)
£1,300 for single occupancy in the Stone House
DEPOSIT: £200 non refundable payment to be made to secure your place and room.
- 3-4 hours daily of yoga, meditation, pranayama, satsang/music
- Transfer from the airport to Ithaca on the Saturday afternoon NB: ONLY if we travel as a group. Not for single transfers. If you arrive separate from the rest of the group you need to make your own way to Ithaca.
- Authentic and delicious Mediterranean cooking of three meals a day for the duration of your stay using the best local produce.
- Daily housekeeping
- Towels on request
What’s NOT included
- Flights to Ithaca from London. NB We will ideally all travel together on the same flight. We will send you flight times with Thomas Cook which seem to offer the best rates to Kefalonia the neighbouring island to Ithaca.
- Treatments/Massages- Thai, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Reiki
- Excursions- you are welcome to explore the island during the afternoons
- Meals out etc
If this has struck a chord deep within… we wholeheartedly welcome you to join us on this mystical island retreat.
The name Ithaca means ‘the homecoming’- let this be a week to “Come Home” to yourself.
HOW TO BOOK
Contact: Me here.
ABOUT EMILY & JACK
Emily is a “seeker”. She is continually inspired to live the fullest life she can through yoga philosophy, meditation and ayurveda.
Emily discovered yoga in 2001 whilst searching for a remedy for chronic insomnia. She later encountered the healing power of ayurveda whilst in Kerala in 2006. Little did she know then that these ancient practices were to open up a deep chasm of intrigue, study and adventure.
Through the yoga practices Emily helps people understand the power of the mind and ways to harness it. Emily encourages people to feel from within- sensing the subtleties of yoga and the unconscious habits of the body and mind. She helps people develop an awareness of the physical body through slow flowing movement with attention to alignment. Her sessions incorporate pranayama (breath work) and meditation techniques to help people experience the therapeutic and more profound aspects of yoga. These ingredients offer a well rounded, completeness to her sessions.
Emily is RYT500hrs (ERYT200&300hrs) qualified. She teaches on the ISHTA yoga Teacher Training in London. She continues to travel and study with her teachers namely Alan Finger, Clive Sheridan, Rod Stryker and Emil Wendel. She spends time each year in an ayurvedic community in Tamil Nadu, South India where she studies Ayurvedic philosophy and theory with her wonderful teachers Dr A.R. Ramadas and Dr Ram Kumar. See here for more
Jack Harrison is a yoga teacher, singer and folklorist. He has worked and studied in all three of these areas for the last 30 years and has recently begun to blend them together in his Yoga Music Workshops which include yoga, music and mythology.
He is an experienced Anusara Inspired and Ashtanga Yoga teacher, has a Master’s degree in Irish Folklore and is a lecturer in Irish Heritage at University College Galway, as well as the designer of exhibitions at the top heritage attractions in Ireland.
In January 2007 Jack was invited to Yoga Thailand to record a live album based on merging the yoga music tradition with Irish music and song. The result was the album Wind Across the Sea. Since then, this music has gone from strength to strength with Jack playing at concerts and workshops all over the world. In July 2011 he has released his second yoga album The Enchanted Island—Yoga Music from the Western World.