ITHACA – The HEART of Living Retreat

2020 dates TBC

Comments a recent participant on the September/October 2019 experience:

We arrived on the island a group of people, a group of people from many parts of the world, all different and most of us having never met before. There was the overpowering feeling that we were all meant to be there at this specific time.

Through the peaceful and gentle rhythms of our days created by you both (Emily & Gabriella), it was wonderful to see everyone opening up like the petals of a flower and sharing with each other the healing power of our environment. The love and harmony was palpable and was helping us to recalibrate our lives, to find a breathing space and to go forward in a positive way.

I will never forget this week and all the beautiful souls we met and shared with, especially you both.
The magic of Ithaca lingers on.

Great thanks and much love
— M. Bruce, London


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.  




7.30am – Morning contemplations: breath work, meditation & sound/chanting


8.30am – Breakfast


11.15am- Movement practices- Yoga asana, creative movement


1pm- Lunch


5pm- Afternoon practice- slow flow, restore, Yoga Nidra, Sanskrit sounds/chants


6.30pm- Dinner



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!





Email Emily: Greek island retreat

Email Gabriella: Greek Island Retreat

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

  • Laughter!

  • Bathing in turquoise waters

  • Silent mornings

  • Massage/Treatments

  • 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

  •  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. 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

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).