Ionian Sea Greek Island Retreat Oct 8-15 2022

Ithaca, Greece

Andrea Russell
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82 reviews
Oct 8 - 15, 2022
Group size: 1 - 20
Ionian Sea Greek Island Retreat Oct 8-15 2022
Ithaca, Greece

Andrea Russell
  • Facebook verified
82 reviews

Oct 8 - 15, 2022
Group size: 1 - 20

About this trip

Ithaca is one of the smallest of the Ionian islands known for its serene natural beauty and ancient mythology. It is a stunning backdrop for practice, relaxation, and exploring ancient culture.  As the home of mythical Odysseus, Ithaca symbolizes the return to the haven, the discovery and the fulfillment. 

This retreat is held at Itha108, touted as one of “the most beautiful retreat centers in Europe”.  Envision yourself experiencing inspiring yoga and meditation classes, breathtaking panoramic views of the Ionian Sea, relaxing on sun-drenched terraces, finding serenity in quiet shady nooks, and soaking up the peace and tranquility of an ancient coastline steeped in mythology.   

Each day will begin with an hour-long class devoted to meditation and mindfulness techniques.  After breakfast, the daily three-hour Ayurveda and yoga classes are intended to go beyond the general group classes you may experience back home.  Throughout the week, we’ll build progressively on Ayurvedic and yogic wisdom as well as anatomical, alignment and energetic themes.

Each afternoon there will be ample free time so that you can relax in one of the peaceful places within Itha108 or you may wish to explore the islands.  Itha108 offers many terraces and quiet places for relaxation as well as a library filled with Indian artifacts, books, board games and music.  Three pristine and picturesque beaches, all within a five-minute walk, provide opportunities for a beach stroll, swimming, kayaking, or sunning.  Nearby hiking trails abound.  Quaint villages are within easy reach for the culturally curious. Water taxis can take you to near by islands.

In short, this retreat is for those seeking tranquility and a balance of practice, adventure, culture, and relaxation amidst breathtaking island views and mythical surroundings.


This retreat will allow you to unplug from your stresses and responsibilities, from electronics and newsfeeds, and remember what is really important to you. You will get the time you need for introspection so that you can reset and come home to yourself. You’ll go deeper into your yoga and mindfulness practice and learn to create new habits. You will be awe-inspired by experiencing one of the most beautiful places on earth. You’ll also be part of an open and inclusive community of fellow spiritual seekers.


  • seven nights of luxurious accommodations at Itha108 retreat center
  • three nourishing, organic and locally sourced vegetarian meals per day
  • coffee, tea, fruit, nuts, cakes and biscuts
  • daily Ayurveda, yoga & meditation classes, including use of yoga mats, bolsters, blankets, straps and blocks
  • extensive library
  • infused olive soap with basil, lavender, or sage
  • calendula face balm
  • group transportation to and from Kefalonia airport to Itha108


  • three gorgeous beaches are within a five minute walk from the retreat center
  • a magnificent 17 mile mountain range ideal for hikers and mountain bikers
  • kayaks and paddle boards are available to rent
  • there is a scuba-diving facility near by
  • cars, scooters and bikes are for rent
  • Homer’s Walk, an amazing walk through what are believed to be the ruins of Odysseus’ home as told by Homer in The Iliad and the Odyssey
  • Backgammon table, cards and other games
  • relaxing on the veranda, enjoying sea views
  • day trips to other islands by water taxi


  • feeling rested and restored
  • remembering what is meaningful and important in your life
  • with a deeper understanding of your constitutional makeup and how to cultivate healthier habits and routines
  • with a deeper sense of your yoga and meditation practice as well as how to practice at home
  • with tools for working with the mind
  • having connected with fellow spiritual travelers
  • with memories that will last a lifetime

Schedule and Accommodations


  • 6:30am | Biscuits, bread, tea/coffee
  • 7am | Meditation & Mindfulness Practices
  • 8am | Yoga practice
  • 10:30am | Brunch
  • 11:30am | Free time for exploring culture, excursions, beach, kayaking, hiking, solitude, etc.
  • 2:30pm | Light lunch
  • 3:30pm | Free time for exploring culture, excursions, beach, kayaking, hiking, solitude, etc.
  • 5:30pm | Dharma talk
  • 6:30pm | Evening practice
  • 7:30pm | Dinner

*The schedule is subject to change.


Itha108 places an intentional emphasis on indoor-outdoor living and ensures full use of the natural land and its treasures that extend to sweeping and hidden beaches below. The retreat center has seven luxury bedrooms in the main house and five Mongolian yurts that are staggered up between rocks, forests and winding walkways.

The center is designed specifically to provide the space for practice and relaxation, with varied spaces to explore, read, or relax. The charming library has a stone fireplace, with a gentle ocean breeze that comes through shuttered French windows. This opens to a fantastic minimalist terrace with views of the neighboring islands and the setting sun. The sun-soaked veranda at the front of the house has panoramic sea views, and the design elements include comfortable daybeds, traditional Rajasthani furnishings and lighting. Both indoor and outdoor yoga and meditation practice spaces are available for our exclusive use.

Within the main house there are two rooms with a double bed (ideal for a couple or single) and four rooms with two single beds. The main house has en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning with mosquito nets, coco-mat mattresses, wood paneled ceilings and views across the Ionian sea.  Each bedroom has a unique identity.

The five Mongolian yurts are light and airy inside. They contain two comfortable single beds with mosquito nets, coco-mat mattresses, and plenty of shelving. The yurts have 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.


Food at Itha108 is fresh, nourishing, and made up of local produce. All vegetables are organic and sourced from the best of what Ithaca and neighboring Kefalonia has to offer. Plentiful, home-cooked menus blend traditional Greek cuisine with a contemporary style-simple, yet artfully prepared. Vegetarian fare is on the main menu, although freshly caught fish may grace the table at some meals.  Dietary needs can be accommodated.

Organic olive oil has been produced on Ithaca as long as anyone can remember. The olives are cold-pressed by the local press to preserve all their healthy qualities. This is a single press process, producing an oil that is pure and translucent, a beautiful pale green in color, slightly sweet to the taste because of its low acid content, a little peppery, and rich in Vitamin E. It’s a perfect accompaniment for salads, pasta dishes or dipping in bread.

Travel and Arrival

  • A valid passport is required and must be valid at least six months after the date of travel (May 2023). It’s highly recommended to obtain travel insurance.
  • The neighboring island of Kefalonia is the closest airport with direct flights from Europe and indirect flights from Athens, Greece.  From Europe check RyanAir and EasyJet for low cost options.  From Athens to Kefalonia, an early morning or late evening flight with Olympia or Aegan Air takes one hour.
  • Plan to arrive to Kefalonia (EFL) airport by noon on Saturday. Upon arrival at Kefalonia airport the group will meet at a restaurant just outside the arrival gate. We will depart from the airport just after noon and take a minibus to the port of Agia Efimia (approx. 1 hour). From there we will take a water taxi or ferry to Ithaca (10-30+ minutes) where we will take a twenty minute taxi to Itha108 our destination for the week.
  • 60 days prior to departure for the retreat please supply your flight information.
  • Every effort will be made to accommodate your itinerary and include you in the group transfer however any person traveling outside the group will incur additional expense.
  • The group will depart Itha108 by 9 am on Saturday for Kefalonia.  Your departing flight must be in the afternoon or later.

Weather and Climate

We will be enjoying a delightful climate during our retreat. This is the most comfortable time to be on the Ionian Islands, with reliably sunny days, sea water ideal for swimming and water recreation.  There will be easy access to island infrastructure like ferry service and water taxis. Temperatures in early October have a high of 75°F and a low of 60°F. Wind speeds are usually no more than a moderate breeze in the afternoon and evening.


To protect the safety of all participants Itha108 has rigorous health and safety measures in place.   Participants shall also be solely responsible for complying with all COVID-19 entry requirements of the destination country.


This retreat will likely sell out quickly. It is encouraged to place your deposit soon so that you can secure your place and begin planning your magical and transformational retreat.

A non-refundable and non-transferable $500 deposit secures your space in the retreat. The full amount is due July 1, 2022. Refunds will be granted as per the the Yoga Retreat Agreement and Release of Liability. A signed copy of the waiver secures your registration.

For Yoga Alliance registered teachers 30 hours of continuing education are available with this retreat.

Costs associated with passports (required), airfare, flight changes, airline baggage fees for any and all baggage, medical and travel insurance, vaccinations, gratuities and taxes for personal services, spa services, and tours/excursions must be met by the participant.

Cancel for any reason insurance is required. Cancel for any reason travel insurance ensures you are covered should any unexpected event arise. A personal, political, environmental, health or weather-related incident or pre-existing medical condition may prevent or interrupt your travels. Although we cannot advise on specific policies or providers, you may find this or this guide helpful.

What’s included

  • Daily Classes
    Each day you will enjoy 4-5 hours of meditation, yoga, and Ayurveda
  • Luxury Accommodations
    7 nights at the pristine Itha 108 retreat center
  • Vegetarian Meals
    3 organic, locally sourced, vegetarian meals each day
  • Transportation
    group transportation to and from Kefalonia airport to Itha 108 retreat center
  • coffee, tea and treats
    daily coffee, tea, fruit, nuts, cakes and biscuits
  • Self Care Products
    olive oil soap infused with your choice of basil, lavender, or sage and calendula face balm
  • Daily Meditation
  • Airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Passport Fees
  • Off Site Excursions

Available Packages

Luxury Yurt Single
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There is one spacious yurt on the property with one double or two twin bed along with with fans and ensuite bathroom. The yurt has a veranda with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea. This yurt can be a single or double occupancy, if you have a friend who can join you, it can be opened for double occupancy.

Luxury Yurt Double
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There is one spacious yurt on the property with one double or two twin bed along with with fans and ensuite bathroom. The yurt has a veranda with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Deposit: $500
Main House Villa Double
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Located on the Main House Villa ground floor. There are 4 bedrooms with distinct character:  New York, White Room, Mango and Rass. Each room has its own en-suite bathroom, A/C, and veranda with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Deposit: $500
Main House Villa Single
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Located on the Main House Villa ground floor. There are 4 bedrooms with distinct character:  New York, White Room, Mango and Rass. Each room has its own en-suite bathroom, A/C, and veranda with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Deposit: $500
Main House Luxury Villa Double
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The Luxury Villas have two twin beds or one double bed as well as a private balcony, en-suite bathroom, A/C, and breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Deposit: $500
Luxury Cave Single
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The Luxury Cave has one double bed and one twin bed as well as a private terrace, en-suite bathroom, and a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean Sea.

Deposit: $500

Your Organizer

Andrea Russell
82 reviews
I’m an Ayurvedic health counselor, yoga and meditation teacher, and neurovascular therapist living in Madison, Wisconsin. I have been in private practice and teaching since 2000. My classes and retreats integrate Ayurvedic wisdom, meditation and a mindful approach to asana that brings attention to anatomy, optimal alignment, strength, breath, and inner awareness. This practice cultivates abounding health in body and mind while inspiring you to live a more grounded and compassionate life. I offer a variety of trainings, workshops, and retreats, both locally and abroad. I have a deep love for travel, local food, and spending time with my pitbull Lucy. I look forward to working together. Gratefully, Andrea P.S. Head over to to get my full story!


Yoga was gentle and relaxing. Food was surprisingly good. My cabin was rustic. My bedroom was so small, the twin bed filled half the room. I didn’t realize I’d be sharing a cabin with another person. I was grateful the shower was modern and wonderful.
By Carol Brown for Spring Wisconsin Retreat on May 24, 2023
Hi Carol, I am so glad we were able to retreat together! I am so sorry to hear you did not did not realize booked a shared cabin and could be sharing a room in a cabin with another person. When registering you choose the cabin bedroom single, the description is included below. The Cabin Bedrooms, have a private bedroom and shared living space. The rustic or modern hermitage singles are cabins where you do not share a cabin and you have the cabin to yourself. I am happy to give you a discount on your next retreat and will update the descriptions to hopefully be more clear in the future. Cabin Bedroom Single A private room within a house or hermitage with a shared kitchen/kitchenette, sitting area, and bathroom. With care, Andrea
By Andrea Russell on May 24, 2023
Thank you for a relaxing, reflective weekend.
By Barbara O'Connell for Spring Wisconsin Retreat on May 19, 2023
Everything I'd hoped for and more! Andrea was so welcoming, warm, and personable. I loved her yoga class and hope to take more in Madison. The location was perfect too - beautiful, serene, clean. I felt safe there and was able to fully focus on my goals for this retreat. One zillion stars out of five - I hope to do this again soon!
By Ashley Silbaugh for AWAKEN Meditation and Yoga Retreat on Apr 07, 2023
Food and beverages were amazing -- some of the best I have ever enjoyed. The grounds were impeccable. The accommodations were beautiful. The staff was kind and accommodating and had a great sense of humor, too! The retreat leader and assistant were simply the best. Wherever they travel I travel!
By Tracy Wrycha for COSTA RICA RETREAT February 3-9, 2023 on Feb 13, 2023
Stunning jungle setting at the Imiloa Institute with amazing gourmet vegan meals and mocktails. The staff go above and beyond to make sure you feel comfortable. Andrea yoga, meditation and Ayurvedic teachings are heartfelt and skillful, and enhanced by her radiant positivity. And Rebecca's yoga later in the day kept me grounded all day. The excursions were exciting and beautiful...on the mangrove kayaking trip we saw sloths, monkeys, and so many lovely birds. Everything is so well planned and top notch!
By Joey Retzler for COSTA RICA RETREAT February 3-9, 2023 on Feb 11, 2023
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My time at the Christine Center for Andrea's retreat was just wonderful. I came away not just feeling refreshed and centered, but with actual tools to move forward with...and so much to think about! Andrea embodies all of the things she talks about, you can see it...feel it. Her knowledge of Ayurveda, the body, nature, and how it all ties into each other, is incredible. Anyone who has the opportunity to experience learning from Andrea should make it a priority to do so!
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