Autumn Yoga Retreat to Itha108 in Ithaca, Greece

4 - 11 September 2021
From £1295
 
Extend your summer and come and join Jeff Phenix for an amazing yoga retreat in Greece.  This will be a week of transformative yoga, meditation, sun, fun, great food and relaxation at the elegant and stunningly beautiful yoga retreat of Itha108.
 
A Greek island retreat set on Ithaca, one of the smallest Ionian islands and home to the legendary hero Odysseus - it is nestled amongst olive trees with breath taking far reaching views of neighbouring Kefalonia and the gorgeous Ionian Sea only minutes away.  
 
 The perfect destination to immerse yourself in yoga and return home feeling recharged and rejuvenated.

"I finally got around to doing one of Jeff's yoga retreat's 10 years after my teacher training. It was worth the wait!  Jeff’s teaching and classes were  so inspiring and I met some wonderful people.  I have returned home full of energy and ready for anything! "  Serena, 2020 

The Venue 
 
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. The many social and quiet spaces allow guests to enjoy the landscape and relax.
 
 It is owner Ingrid’s labour of love with every detail of the retreat being meticulously considered.  From the crisp and elegant minimalism of the main Venetian style building to its carefully curated interiors with every object handpicked with a globetrotters flair.
"Jeff is a natural leader, inclusive and available to everyone. He inspires you with confidence whatever level you are. His kind, fun and playful style sits above a serious, dedicated approach to instruction. He absolutely takes you with him even when it gets challenging! " Jane

The Yoga

 
The long morning practice will be a dynamic, creative, playful and explorative ‘deep slow flow’ asana practice and will include meditation and pranayama.  By emphasizing the breath, mindfulness & skillful action and building up through a range of appropriate options – students, from the less experienced to the more advanced, will discover how to work peacefully at the level appropriate to them.
 
The afternoon session will be a mellower, soothing and nurturing practice, delving into areas such as yin yoga, restoratives, pranayama, chakras, yoga nidra and meditation.  This will totally bliss you out!
We will finish in time to relax and maybe even indulge in a pre-dinner swim.
 

There are several yoga shalas, which we will use, dependng on day and time to get the best views and experiences.

  • outdoor shala 80m2 shaded by tree’s overlooking the sea
  • indoor shala 70m2, lower ground floor with natural light
  • drop-in shala 70m2, amazing views exposed to late morning sun. (not always available)
 
 

Things To Do

Between yoga sessions there will be plenty of time for fun and relaxation.  The venue offers lots of lovely relaxation spots, a well stocked library and board games or you can treat yourself to a massage. 
 
 There are 4 beaches within a 5 - 10 minute way where kayaks and other watersports area available.  Boats, montain bikes, scooters and cars can be hired and tours of the historical sites of Holmers House and Odyssey's Palace and birth place can be arranged..
 
We will have 1 afternoon off yoga during the week to allow for an optional  group boat trip or longer excursion.

Food Philosophy

Food at Itha108 is fresh, sumptuous and made up of local produce. All vegetables are organic and sourced from the best of what Ithaca and neighbouring Kefalonia has to offer.

Plentiful, home-cooked menus blend traditional Greek cuisine with a contemporary style. For the retreats, mainly vegetarian food is promoted, although freshly caught fish is available on request a couple of times a week.

Allergies and food intollerances (but not preferences) can be accommodated as long as you let us know in advance.

Accommodation .

There are only 8 rooms at this venue so spaces are limited. We can offer a small number of single rooms, and rooms and preferences are allocated on a first come first serve basis.  To see pictures and more details of the individual rooms click on the links in the prices section below.
 
  All bedrooms can be either single or double occupancy. All are en-suite and air-conditioned, coco-mat mattresses, wood panelled ceilings and views across the Ionian sea towards Kefalonia. Each bedroom has a unique identity.
 
The Mongolian yurts are light and airy inside, sleeping between one to two people. They contain comfortable beds with mosquito nets, coco-mat mattresses, stand up fan and en-suite bathrooms. Pathways and steps provide access to the yurt platforms, each with outdoor seating, positioned high among rocks and trees with beautiful sea views.

What my Students Say

A week away being taught Yoga asana, meditation, pranayama, chanting and Yoga Nidra by the most amazing and authentic Yoga teacher, next to the sea in the Greek sunshine. Eating delicious food, sharing stories, ice creams, and so much laughter. What is there not to love? Thank you, Jeff, for a fabulous week of yoga in Greece, I loved every minute. As a Yoga teacher myself, it was such a treat to be taught by someone who teaches with such love and passion it radiates outwardly. Five hours on my mat each day being lead through such a wonderful practice was perfect, I loved being the student. Thank you 

 Carly

I have done a lot of retreats (over 20!) and your yoga retreat in Greece was honestly right up there... firstly for your top teaching, but also for the lovely place and the great Greek food.  

A particular word on the yoga though: it was challenging but you always gave alternatives so no one found it impossible, plenty to learn even for the more expert. What I really liked was the imagery and the metaphor, quite original to you, which accompanied every pose, made us smile and helped each of us to ‘find our edge’!  
I have rediscovered my shoulders and a sense of deep calm pervades... I’m safely back from Greece, feeling a million dollars! Loved it all. 

Nick

I just returned from Greece after my 4th yoga retreat with Jeff. As usual it was just the right mix of yoga, meditation and mindful stillness - all practiced with a great group of like minded yogis. Jeff has a very natural ability and his easy playful style of teaching encourages the best out of his students. I love it and returned home feeling amazing. Cant wait for my 5th retreat which will be in Goa! 

Julie

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Details and   Booking

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  • GETTING THERE
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To book:

If you have a UK bank account you can book through the website below.  If not please contact us and we will be happy to help you with your booking
retreats@phenixyoga.com 
T.07954 578 439

There are only 8 rooms at this venue so we can only offer a limited number of singles.  Do consider coming with a partner or friend or for women coming on their own we can put you with another single woman.  All rooms  have twin beds with the exception of Old Library and Rass, which have a double bed. Twin beds can be set up as a double

To confirm your space a deposit of £500 is payable on booking. The balance is due 12 weeks before the retreat.  If this retreat cannot go ahead due to Covid 19 your money would be fully transferable or refundable less a £150 admin fee.

India Room & Old Library 
First Floor Luxury ensuite rooms with balcony and stunning seaviews
Sharing  per person:  £1645
Single: £2295

New York, Rass, Mango,  & White Room 
Ground floor ensuite rooms with  ocean views
Sharing  per person:  £1395
Single: £1995

Metta Yurt
Luxury yurt with ensuite
Sharing  per person:  £1395
Single: £1845

Yurt 1
Yurt with ensuite
Sharing  per person:  £1295
Single: £1795

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price includes:

  • Group transit from and to the airport EFL Kefalonia by bus/taxi, sea taxi or ferry 
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast/brunch, lunch, tea and dinner 
  • Filtered water, teas, coffee, biscuts and snacks    
  • Beach towels
  • Yoga mats, blocks, belts, bolsters and blankets
  • Infused olive soap, Basil or Sage
  • Calendula face balm (made on Ithaca)
  • Hair dryers
  • Internet high speed 
  • All taxes

Not included:

  • Flights
  • Organic wine/Spirits (cork charge brought in from outside)
  • Soft fizzy drinks 
  • Laundry & ironing  
  • Individual tranfers other than the group option

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