Pure Bliss: Luxury Greek Island Yoga Retreat on Ithaca, June 25- July 2, 2016

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Did you miss our 2016 retreat? Check back soon. We will be hosting again in Greece AND we have one scheduled up in southwest France at a beautiful chateau in the Dordogne region.

Affordable luxury in Greece. Join us in June 2016 for a once-in-a-lifetime 7 night yoga retreat to Greece on the beautiful island of Ithaca. You will have the opportunity to soak up life’s simple pleasures, disengage from your habitual patterns of living and gain a fresh new perspective while treating yourself to the most picturesque yoga retreat location overlooking the Ionian Sea.

Our exclusive Greek island yoga retreat will help you find inner balance by rejuvenating your body, mind and soul through twice daily yoga sessions, yoga nidra, daily meditation, and organic locally sourced meals. Your time in Ithaca will be balanced and restorative. Between yoga sessions you will have the opportunity to swim at nearby beaches, explore the island by foot, sunbathe, or perhaps read that book you’ve been wanting to read for so long. The yoga retreat also includes a snorkel trip that includes a visit to some of Ithaca’s most beautiful beaches, favorite snorkeling spots and picturesque villages. You also have the opportunity to add on spa treatments like: Thai Yoga Massage or Deep Tissue Massage OR excursions like: a walking trip to Homer’s School, kayak rentals, or scuba diving.

“As you set out on your journey to Ithaca, pray that your journey be a long one,
filled with adventure, filled with discovery.”

– Constantine P. Cavafy

Yoga at Itha108 with Autumn Adams

Outdoor yoga shala in the morning light.

Outdoor yoga shala in the morning light.

International yoga instructor Autumn Adams seamlessly blends her education in Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga into dynamic, flowing classes that gently challenge her students to break old habits and move beyond perceived limitations. Autumn’s skilled hands-on adjustments will help you find your perfect alignment.

Autumn will be teaching a fun all-levels energizing vinyasa flow every morning that will conclude with a sweet Savasana or yoga nidra.

Each evening yoga class will be a deeply restorative class that blends elements of both restorative yoga and yin yoga. Autumn may also include Marma Point Self Massage in the evening classes or asana workshop if needed. Our evening restorative class will always include bolster supported heart opening postures, hip openers, gentle twists and stretches for the hamstrings, neck and shoulders. These quiet, contemplative classes are designed to balance and restore the body, mind, and spirit. Autumn will finish evening class with a guided meditation or yoga nidra.

Autumn will be available for private yoga lessons throughout the week ($65/hr).

The Island of Ithaca

We will be calling the beautiful island of Ithaca home during our 8 day yoga retreat in Greece. The island of Ithaca is located northeast of the island of Kefalonia and west of mainland Greece in the Ionian Sea. You may have heard of Ithaca before in Homer’s The Odyssey. The island of Ithaca, also spelled Ithaka, is known as the home of the mythological hero Odysseus. Homer’s School is also located on Ithaca.

The island is dotted with quaint villages serving local and international dishes and beautiful beaches with sapphire blue water. The island of Ithaca is perfect for those looking to explore by foot, boat, or taxi. A 17 mile mountain range is available for exploring by foot or mountain bike and if the sea is calling you, local scuba diving and sea kayaking may also be arranged.

Ithaca is one of the last “off the beaten path” destinations amongst the Greek Islands. The island is characterized by the warmth of it’s people, seaside villages, and delicious food. We can’t wait to help you explore.

Itha108 Our Beautiful Luxury Retreat

Relax and unwind.

Relax and unwind.

Itha108, our host on Ithaca, is an absolutely stunning resort where no detail has been overlooked. The minute you arrive you will feel your body begin to relax. Itha108, sitting high up on the hillside overlooking the Ionian Sea and the nearby island of Kefalonia, seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor living with plenty of opportunity to soak up the views and enjoy the fresh sea air.

Fresh, sumptuous meals include organic vegetables and the finest ingredients sourced from the best of what Ithaca and neighbouring Kefalonia have to offer. Plentiful, vegetarian home-cooked meals blend traditional Greek cuisine with a contemporary style.

“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” ~ Rumi

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What to Expect

  • Affordable luxury
  • Divine locally sourced vegetarian meals
  • Professional, world class yoga instruction and attention to detail
  • Uninterrupted views of the sea
  • An opportunity to explore an off the beaten path Greek Island
  • The time to enjoy life’s simple pleasures
  • Yoga nidra for healing and deep relaxation
  • An awesome yoga community and lifetime friendships

Yoga Retreat Dates

June 25, 2016 – July 2, 2016

Greece Yoga Retreat Pricing (all prices listed per person):

Budget Accommodation (2 yurts available)

  • $1120 USD/ Double Occupancy (Twin) in Mongolian Yurt with Shared Bath
  • $1550 USD/ Single Occupancy (Twin) in Mongolian Yurt with Shared Bath

Accommodation in Main House (1 room & 1 studio available)

  • $1790 USD/ Single Occupancy (Twin) with En Suite Bath
  • $1280 USD/ Double Occupancy (Twin) with En Suite Bath
  • $1280 USD/ Double Occupancy (Double Bed) with En Suite Bath
  • $1850 USD/ Single Occupancy Stone House Studio (Double Bed) with En Suite Bath
  • $1410 USD/ Double Occupancy Stone House Studio Double Occupancy (Double Bed) with En Suite Bath

Retreat Price Includes:

  • Twice daily yoga (each session is 90-120 minutes) with international yoga instructor Autumn Adams
  • Roundtrip transportation between the retreat center and the airport in Kefalonia (via bus, sea taxi, and taxi)
  • One afternoon snorkel/boat trip
  • Accommodation
  • Local, organic vegetarian* meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
    *fish available on request
  • Various teas, coffee, water, fruit, nuts, cakes and biscuits
  • Beach towels
  • Local infused calendula, rose, hibiscus, lavender olive soap
  • Calendula face balm
  • High speed internet
  • Gratuity

Retreat Price Excludes:

  • Flights
  • Spa Treatments
  • Alcohol and Soda
  • Evening meal out (1 night)
  • Souvenirs
  • Excursions (diving, kayaking, sightseeing, etc.)
  • Car, scooter, mountain bike rental, etc.

Registration extended until May 31! Book now to reserve one of our last spots.

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Media

Itha108 Featured on CNN
Itha108 Featured on Condé Nast
Ambuja Yoga & Itha108 Featured on Direct Holidays UK


Daily Yoga Schedule*

6:30-8:00am Coffee, tea and Greek biscuits available
8:00-9:45am Energizing Vinyasa Yoga
10:00-11:30am Brunch
11:30-2:00pm Free time
2:00-3:00pm Light snacks available
3:00-5:00pm Free time
5:00-6:45pm Evening Yoga (Yin or Workshop) + Yoga Nidra
7:30-9:30pm Dinner
9:30-11:00pm Free time (journal, soak, shower, etc.)
11:00pm Lights out

* Schedule is subject to change.

Each morning will begin with an energizing vinyasa yoga practice that will awaken both the physical and energetic bodies. Morning practice will be held outdoors on the exquisite tree shaded yoga platform. Following yoga we will have a sumptuous brunch on the terrace.

The afternoon is free for you to explore nearby beaches, visit Homer’s school, try out kayaking, snorkeling, or scuba diving, indulge in a massage or schedule a private yoga session with Autumn. **Activities may incur additional charges.**

Light snacks will be available mid afternoon.

At 5:00pm the group will reconvene for our evening yoga practice, which will be either a soulful, sweet restorative-yin practice or an educational asana workshop. The evening yoga schedule will be determined shortly prior to the retreat start date. Evening yoga classes will be held on the outdoor yoga platform or in the indoor yoga studio.

Dinner will be served al fresco in the late evening. Followed by time to unwind, swap stories, play a game of backgammon or read a good book.

Lights out is encouraged by 11:00pm.

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Ithaca Travel Info

Airlines that fly into Kefalonia, Greece (EFL)

Airline From
Air Berlin Vienna
 Aegean Athens
Austrian Innsbruck, Vienna
Blu Express Rome-Fiumicino
easyJet London-Gatwick, Manchester, Milan-Malpensa
Etihad Athens
Jet2.com East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds-Bradford, Manchester
Monarch Airlines Birmingham and Manchester
NIKI Graz, Vienna
Norwegian Air Shuttle Oslo-Gardermoen
Olympic Athens
Ryan Air Bergamo, London-Stansted, Pisa
Thomas Cook London, Birmingham, Manchester
Thomson London, Manchester, Cardiff
Vueling Rome-Fiumicino

Arrival and Departure Information

Please plan on arriving in Greece no later than June 24, 2016 and on Kefalonia by noon on June 25, 2016. Upon arrival at Kefalonia (EFL) the group will meet up at Icarus Restaurant just outside the airport entrance. At Icarus you are encouraged to eat breakfast/lunch, take a swim, etc. while we wait for the remaining group members. Autumn will meet arriving group members at the airport and escort them to Icarus Restaurant. We will depart from Icarus just after noon and take a minibus/taxi to the port of Sami (approx. 1hr.). From Sami we will take a water taxi or ferry over to Ithaca (40+minutes) where we will be shuttled to Itha108 our destination for the week.

Arrival Day Schedule*

<12:00pm Arrive Kefalonia/Icarus Restaurant
12:15pm Depart Icarus for port of Sami
1:15pm Arrive in Sami
1:45pm Depart Sami for Ithaca
2:45pm Arrive Ithaca
3:30pm Arrive Itha 108
3:30pm Orientation
4:00pm Check-in to rooms
5:30pm Opening Circle
6:00pm Yoga (60 minutes)
7:30pm Dinner

On Saturday July 2, 2016 we will begin our day with an early breakfast and depart Itha108 no later than 8:15am to arrive at the port for the 9:00am ferry to Kefalonia. Upon our arrival in Kefalonia we will have a minibus shuttle us to the airport for our return flights. Please do not schedule your departing flight before noon on Saturday.

Those arriving after noon on June 25th and departing before noon on July 2nd will be responsible for their own transportation to/from Itha108 and the airport in Kefalonia.

It is recommended that you prepare your bags for departure on Friday night.

Departure Day Schedule*

7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Load the minibus/taxis
9:00am Depart for Kefalonia
10:00am Arrive at Sami,Kefalonia
11:15am Arrive at Kefalonia Airport (EFL)

*Schedule subject to change.

Ferries that service Kefalonia and or Ithaca

  • Kefalonian Lines
  • Ionio Pelagos
  • Strintzis Ferries
  • Odysseus Sea Taxi
  • Find more information at greeka.com

Bus Service to Kefalonia

KTEL 25+ Euros from Athens to Kefalonia(via bus and car ferry)

Greece Visa Requirements

U.S. citizens may enter Greece for up to 90 days for tourist without a visa.  Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay. You need sufficient funds and a return airline ticket. Citizens of the E.U. and many other countries are not required to have a visa if traveling on a regular passport. For more detailed information take a look at The Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.


Reservations and Payment Information

Reservation Information

To reserve your spot contact Autumn through our contact form, fill out the Student Health and Liability Waiver, the Retreat Registration Form and send your non-refundable deposit or pay for your retreat in full. Please contact Autumn if you will be paying only your non-refundable deposit at this time or if you would like to be on a payment plan; otherwise you will find your registration forms and Paypal payment information here.

Payment Information

A 50% deposit holds your place for this retreat. Final payment must be received by May 31, 2016. Ambuja Yoga currently accepts Certified Cheques, Paypal, and Square (Cash and Personal Check are accepted from Central Oregon residents). Payment plans are available on request. Reserve your space today!

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is now required for all Ambuja Yoga retreat attendees. Many policies will help cover theft, travel delays, and evacuation should you need it. It may also protect you in case of trip cancellation due to illness, death of a family member, etc. I recommend the following travel insurance companies: Travel Guard, World Nomads, and Allianz. Proof of travel insurance must be provided before arrival in Greece. I recommend purchasing your travel insurance immediately after you’ve booked your retreat and flight.

Ambuja Yoga Retreat Payment, Refund & Cancellation Policy

  1. The deposit amount is refundable until January 15, 2016 less any associated bank fees. After January 15, 2016 the deposit becomes non-refundable. However, if you can fill your space your deposit may be transferred to another individual.
  2. If written Notice of Cancellation is received between January 16, 2016 and February 15, 2016 the refund amount will be as follows: amount paid less bank fees (if applicable) less non-refundable deposit less $100 office fee.
  3. If written Notice of Cancellation is received after February 15, 2016 there will be no refund granted.
  4. If Ambuja Yoga must cancel the retreat due to illness, death, or extenuating circumstances 100% of money paid to Ambuja Yoga will be refunded within 30 days of retreat cancellation. Ambuja Yoga is not responsible for guest costs & expenses incurred in preparation for any canceled trips.
  5. Final payment must be received by May 15, 2016 unless otherwise authorized by Ambuja Yoga.

 


FAQ

1. Are tips and gratuities included?

Ambuja Yoga is covering basic gratuity for retreat lodging and meals. If you feel like your massage therapists (tip not necessarily expected), hotel staff (1 Euro/day), tour guides for scuba diving/snorkeling (2-10 Euros/pp), transportation (10-15% for taxis), beach trips etc. did an excellent job a tip is always greatly appreciated.

When dining out it is appropriate to round your bill up ex. your dinner bill is 18 Euros, so you’d round up to 20 Euros, a 10-15% tip is sufficient. Also, when dining out you may see things like a VAT tax on your bill (13% at time of research),  a service charge for bread and water (1 Euro), some restaurants will automatically round up your bill (so pay attention), and some restaurants don’t allow their servers to keep the gratuity, so you may want to ask your server.

2. Do I need a power adapter?

If you’re coming from the US or Canada you will definitely want an adapter and possibly a voltage converter or step-down transformer. You can find these easily online and many box stores. These are the types of outlets you may come across in Greece:

  • “Type C” European CEE 7/16 Europlug
  • “Type E/F” European CEE 7/4 or CEE 7/5 Schuko
  • “Type D” Indian BS-546 (5 amp “small” version)

3. Do I need to bring yoga props?

Mats, blocks, bolsters and straps are available for your use. I do suggest that you bring your own yoga mat (or mat towel) for hygienic purposes.

4. Is Greece safe for travel?

This has been a big question lately and people on the ground in Greece are saying yes. Travel is safe. Read my blog post here for more information.

5. What is the weather in Greece like in June and July?

June is the beginning of Greek summer, the rains have tapered off and both the air and the sea temps begin to rise. The average temperature for this time of year is 24°C (75.2°F), with high temperatures of 27°C (80.6°F) and lows of 16°C (60.8°F). The sea temperature also rises to about 23°C.

6. Is there wifi and/or cell service at Itha108?

Yes there is both internet/wifi and cell service at Itha108. You may like to inform your provider before departing for the retreat. You’re encouraged to step away from your wifi device as much as possible.

7. What should I bring for money?

Bring multiple forms of payment. I recommend bringing cash, credit and debit. Before departing on retreat be sure to inform your banking institutions of your travels.


Need more information?

Don’t hesitate to contact Autumn by phone 541-408-2884 or email at autumn@ambujayoga.com. If you’re in the Bend area I would love to set up a time to get coffee or tea and answer any questions you may have.


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