ITHACA – The HEART of Living Retreat

September 28, 2019 - October 5, 2019



“Ithaca” means “home coming”. Journey to Ithaca. Journey back to your true self. Join Emily Reed & Gabriella Burnel for ITHACA – The HEART of Living Retreat Saturday 28th September – Saturday 5th October 2019

Soften the lens

Unpick the knots

Refine the focus

Refuel for Autumn

 Journey through a “5 Elements Framework” – a unique road map to the HEART of everyday well-being.  

Cultivate inner peace and connection in body, mind, relationships amongst busy modern day life.



Movement- Yoga asana & creative moves – Meditation – Breath work – Ayurveda – Sound – Sacred – Chants – Guided Relaxation – Unplug – Peel back the layers: Observe, Reflect – Rest



  • Streams of golden September sun warming your face as you breathe, meditate and move

  • Floating in turquoise waters

  • Infinite, deep blue horizons

  • Glowing sun sets accompanied by the sweetness of Sanskrit sounds, music and songs

 Did you know?

  • A regular daily routine for eating, sleeping, moving, breathing with appropriate time to pause, reflect and connect, optimises health, productivity as well as inner peace and calm.

  • Group chanting releases tension, increases endorphins, soothes the body, refines focus and will help free the (monkey) mind from agitation.

Let this be a week to UNPICK knots…

… A week to EMPTY your Mind and FILL your SOUL!

Join senior yoga teacher, 5 Elements framework coach, and Ayurvedic health counsellor Emily Reed in collaboration with Sanskrit teacher, Alexander technique therapist, and international singer & song-writer Gabriella Burnel for a final end of Summer Hurrah!

Discover the HEART of Living:  energy management tools to LIVE better IN LIFE.

Is this for ME?


If you want to:

  • Move, breath, REST and reflect

  • Enhance clarity, inner peace and calm

  • Learn Heart of Living- 5 Elements tools to feel  and LIVE better

  • Share a week with an open, like-minded group

  • Learn to manage and maximise on your energy levels


If you are open to:

  • Sound, music, chants and song (especially when the sounds/chants are designed to boost productivity, focus and overall health!)

  • Bathing in Greek island turquoise waters

  • Silent mornings

  • Massage/Treatments

  • Vegetarian, authentic Greek food

  • Self inquiry – peel back the layers


Built in to the ancient rocky landscape, a short walk from the beach, is our venue: 


Emily & Gabriella will hold the sacred space for the week as you journey through the 5 elements framework with movement, breath work, healing mantras, sound and chanting, and journaling/reflection amidst the abundant beauty of the 5 elements in the natural surroundings.

Soak up the late summer warmth

Re-set your body and mind



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.



Email Emily: Greek island retreat

Email Gabriella: Greek Island Retreat



  • 3-4 hours daily of slow flow yoga, creative movement, meditation, breathing practices

  • Energy management techniques- 5 Elements framework; Alexander technique for posture and ease

  • Daily sacred sound/music and chants –experience how sound and chants can optimise health, wellbeing, productivity, and creativity

  • Discussion about the HEART of Living: the 5 elements methods

  • 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 cooking including three meals a day for the duration of your stay using the best local produce

  •  Daily housekeeping

  •  Beach towels

  •  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 and take a transit boat from Kefalonia (35 mins) to Ithaca.

  • Treatments/Massages- Thai, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Reiki

  • One-to-one sound healing sessions and/or Alexander Technique with Gabriella

  • One-to-one HEART of Living- 5 Elements coaching and/or Ayurvedic digestive health consultations with Emily

  • Excursions- you are welcome to explore the island during the afternoons, hire a car, scooter

  • Dining outside the venue

  • Guided hikes to the Mycenae ruins

Accommodation PRICES  

MAIN HOUSE: All rooms have en suite bathrooms

SHARED twin: £1240



Private studio separate from the main house with en-suite and large double bed. This a lovely space, set aside form the main house and yurts.

SHARED: £1340

SINGLE: £1700



Set amongst the trees and under the starry skies, the yurts were designed by the owner of the venue- these are beautifully peaceful and exquisite spaces to sleep in. They are all designed to a simple and high standard. There are are options with en suite and a shared bathroom.

LUXURY YURT with en-suite:

SHARED twin: £1340

SINGLE:   £1590

YURT with en-suite:

SHARED twin: £1290

SINGLE: £1490

YURT with shared (separate shared bathrooms/no en-suite):

SHARED twin: £1140

SINGLE: £1340

For payment details & cancellation policy, please see BOOKING FORM. Full payment required by 1st April 2019.



Thomas Cook 

 OUTBOUND: Saturday 28th September 2019 

6am London Gatwick – Kefalonia 11.20am 

3hrs 20 mins Non-Stop 

Thomas Cook Airlines MT1460

Airbus A321


RETURN: Saturday 5th October 2019 

 12.20pm Kefalonia – London Gatwick 1.50pm 

 3 hrs 30 mins Non-Stop 

Thomas Cook Airlines MT1461

Airbus A321


Easy Jet also run flights to Kefalonia:

OUTBOUND: Saturday 28th September 2018

6.20am – London Gatwick – Kefalonia 12 midday

3hrs 20 mins Non-Stop

Easy Jet


RETURN: Saturday 5th October 2019

12.40pm Kefalonia –  London Gatwick 2.10pm

3hrs 30 mins Non-Stop

Easy Jet


NB: if you book separately please ensure you arrive at the same time as the majority to get the FREE transfer to Ithaca.

Flights will continue to increase we suggest you book sooner rather than later!


ITHA108s offers one return courtesy transit from KEFALONIA to ITHACA for a group of 12 persons minimum.

If we are less then 12 people meeting on the day- there will be an additional cost of 20 EUROS each way for the water taxi transport.

NB: If you cannot make it in time with the group you need to pay for your own transit from KEFALONIA (the neighbouring island to ITHACA).