ITHACA – The HEART of Living Retreat
2020 dates TBC
Comments a recent participant on the September/October 2019 experience:
Soften the lens
Unpick the knots
Refine the focus
Refuel for Autumn
Discover the HEART of Living on Ithaca
A week to EMPTY your Mind and FILL your SOUL
Movement – Meditation – Breath work
Sanskrit Chants – Guided Relaxation
Ayurveda - 5 elements & Nature
Peel back the layers
Disconnect to Reconnect
Join senior yoga teacher and Holistic Ayurvedic health counsellor Emily Reed in collaboration with Sanskrit teacher and international singer Gabriella Burnel to bask in last sunshine rays before Autumn.
DAILY RHYTHMS & RITUALS:
7.30am – Morning contemplations: breath work, meditation & sound/chanting
8.30am – Breakfast
11.15am- Movement practices- Yoga asana, creative movement
5pm- Afternoon practice- slow flow, restore, Yoga Nidra, Sanskrit sounds/chants
THE RETREAT INTENTION & PURPOSE:
The intention behind this retreat (aside from sunshine, sea, LAUGHTER and a break away) is a time to reflect on your overall state of health in body, mind, relationships and with life.
It is a time to learn and utilize tools that can transform and enhance wellness and prosperity on a daily basis.
It is a time to come together as a collective and generate positive intention within ourselves.
Through quantum physics and osmosis this is also a time for channeling greater wellness and sustainability to loved ones, our communities and society, for a happier, more harmonious world and planet.
To facilitate the retreat, it is important the venue becomes a stable and neutral space for all participants.
There are a couple of specifics we ask you to acknowledge during the week:
• The daily rhythms (meals times etc) and rituals (practices) are designed in line with our bio- rhythms to support and enhance your wellness and experience during this retreat.
• Vegetarian food will be served throughout the week at the venue (no meat, no fish).
• Meals this week favor lightly cooked organic vegetables, grains, legumes etc over raw foods (minimal salads) with the exception of fresh fruit. This will help strengthen the digestive health (AGNI) and support a deeper experience of the retreat and the practices.
• No alcohol is served at the venue during the retreat. There will be an official group dinner evening out where you of course have the option to choose as you wish.
Whilst alcohol /stimulants and meat/fish and eating late in the evening maybe a daily part of life for you – we ask you to be willing to omit these props and habits during your stay and observe the your body and mind without these substances. This all contributes to greater depth, experience and insight during the retreat.
Finally- it keeps the retreat venue as a neutral space for all.
We look forward to sharing this week’s adventure with you!
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Is this for ME?
If you want:
DAILY RITUALS: Movement, breath work, REST and reflection
Sanskrit chants and sounds (especially when the sounds/chants are designed to boost productivity, focus and overall health!)
Experience clarity, inner peace and calm
Learn 5 Elements insights - daily energy management tools to feel and LIVE better
To improves and support digestive health
If you are open to:
Share a week with an open, like-minded group from late 20s-70s
Bathing in turquoise waters
Vegetarian, authentic Greek food
Built in to the ancient rocky landscape, a short walk from the beach, is our venue:
Emily guides people to greater productivity, creativity, happiness and freedom in their lives by creating a supportive platform for their health and well-being.
Her key focus is “energy management”. She assists her clients and students to curb the “all or nothing” approach and “burn out” syndrome through her unique 5 Elements framework.
As a facilitator and guide she seeks to create a space and a structure that allows each individual to peel back the layers and flourish.
Emily is a well humoured, inspiring, 500hr ERYT yoga teacher/yoga teacher trainer; meditation teacher; Unitive Life and personal development coach; Ayurvedic Health Counsellor, therapist and Energy worker. She uses tools from ancient philosophies to assist the individual in discovering and living to their fullest potential. She offers one-to-one sessions for Yoga, Meditation, Ayurvedic consultations, wellbeing coaching as well as group workshops, courses and retreats in the UK and internationally.
Gabriella first came into contact with Sanskrit as a little girl hearing it from her parents. She went on to study it at school, at the University of Oxford, and continues her learning to this day both in London and with yearly visits to her teachers in India. The study of Sanskrit enriches her life, through the wealth of its magnificent scriptural texts and the sounds of the language, and she knows it can enrich yours too. Gabriella sounds Sanskrit daily and credits this with helping her navigate the vicissitudes of existence! Gabriella regularly records and has recently released a new album.
Alongside Sanskrit, Gabriella sings, teaches Alexander Technique and Yoga/Mediation, and leads monthly Vedic Chanting/Kirtan sessions in London and beyond.
2 hours daily of slow flow yoga, creative movement, meditation, breathing practices
2 hours daily sacred sound/music and chants at sunrise and sunset - experience how sound and chants can optimise health, wellbeing, productivity, and creativity
Discussions about the HEART of Living: Vedic philosophies (Yoga, Ayurveda, Sanskrit) and the 5 elements - tools for life.
7 nights accommodation
Transfer from the airport to Ithaca upon arrival (NB: ONLY if travelling 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 cookings for the duration of your stay using the best local produce
Homemade calendula face cream
What’s NOT included
Flights to Kefalonia, the neighbouring island to Ithaca. There is no airport on Ithaca. Ideally we take the same flight from London. 45 min bus from airport to sea-port. Private transit boat from Kefalonia (25 mins) to Ithaca. 15 minute bus from Ithaca port to venue.
Treatments/Massages- Thai, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Reiki
Private sessions with Emily - 5 elements one to one awareness sessions and affirmations; Ayurvedic consultation/digestive health; Personal Intuitive Energy management techniques
Private sessions with Gabriella- Sanskrit, sound, chanting, mantras, Alexander technique
Excursions- you are welcome to explore the island during the afternoons, hire a car, scooter, boat, snorkelling trip, paddle board hire.
Dining outside the venue
Guided hikes to the Mycenae ruins