Join Jessica Bellofatto on a magical yoga and stand up paddleboard (SUP) retreat to the beautiful island of Ithaca, Greece. You will stay at the unbelievably gorgeous Itha108, which boasts organic mattresses, organic cuisine, 360 degree views, and a retreat center which is literally built into the landscape. This spectacular location will be your home for a week of deeply grounding and transformative yoga, SUP lessons, as well as Jessica's signature SUP yoga classes, hiking, spa treatments, and more!
Itha108 can accommodate 20 people in various accommodation: 6 luxurious double bedrooms in the main house and 3 Mongolian yurts that are staggered up between rocks, forestry, and winding walkways. All rooms are facilitated with en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, mosquito nets, coco-mat mattresses, wood paneled ceilings, and views across the Ionian sea towards Kefalonia.
The 3 Mongolian yurts are light and airy inside. They can accommodate up to four people. The yurts contain comfortable beds with mosquito nets, coco-mat mattresses, plenty of shelving, and shared outdoor bathrooms carved into the rocks with a sea grass roof. Pathways and steps provide access to the yurt platforms, each with outdoor seating which is positioned high among rocks and trees with beautiful sea views.
Named after the Indian furniture in this room, the ceiling is a carved Jungaal wood stained with cool blues and sunny yellows. There is a large double or twin bedroom at the end of the first floor corridor.
The room is named after the Jungaal wood used to make the furniture and feature ceiling in this room. Jungaal has a double or twin bedded en-suite room on the first floor, neighboring the sitting room.
The room is named after the sustainable mango wood used throughout this room. It is lighted with a sunny yellow hue. Mango has a double or twin-bedded room on the ground floor, just off the entrance hall.
Named after the New York loft style furniture, the room has a simple combination of teak and metal. New York room is a double or twin bedded en-suite room on the ground floor at the far end of the bedroom corridor. There are shuttered doors which lead onto the veranda which has an Indian Charpoy sun bed with large hand embroidered Rajasthani cushion. Tucked away around the corner, you’ll find an over-sized hammock and hand woven cushions.
The name of the room is derived from the white washed wood used throughout this room - the bed headboards, desk, and wood paneled ceiling. The White room is a twin bedded en-suite room located on the ground floor, between Mango and New York rooms. There are shuttered doors which lead onto the veranda which has an Indian Charpoy sun bed with large hand embroidered Rajasthani cushion.
Named after the boutique hotel in the walled city of Jodhpur, Raas inspires most of the Itha108 furniture - a fusion of modern and traditional. Raas is located on the ground floor and it is the only bedroom on the left hand side of the house, separated from the others by the entrance hall. There are shuttered doors which lead onto the polished white veranda which has a cream linen cushioned sun bed with never ending views of the Ionian Sea and Kefalonia.
There are many social and quiet spaces that allow the guests to enjoy the landscape and relax. The perfect chill out spot is tucked away at the back of the house. You can soak up the sun or relax in the shade on one of two antique Rajasthani swings set with linen cushions. You can choose a view of the Ionian sea or wild oak trees. This area is also used for massage therapy.
The library houses Indian artifacts, family photographs and paintings, board games, and music. A comfortable sofa and two armchairs are arranged around a stone fireplace. Sea views and a gentle breeze through shuttered French windows lead on to a cool minimalist first floor terrace with views of Fiskardo, Kefalonia, and the setting sun.
Beneath an expansive pergola, there are traditional Rajasthani sofas and coffee tables, carved spice boxes, and Eastern lanterns. Help yourself to have breakfast and snacks from the outdoor kitchen - a curved Kourasanit counter beneath the bamboo pergola - completed with an inbuilt BBQ and a sunken drinks fridge. Handmade African wood doors will lead you to the al fresco dining area with far-reaching views of the Ionian sea and the hills of Kefalonia.
The indoor shala is connected with a sculpted white staircase spirals down to this earthy 70 square meter space with an African wood floor and under floor heating. Natural light cascades in from a large picture window that showcases the hewn rock from which Itha108 was carved. Shower and loo facilities are on the same level.
The outdoor shala is an 80 square meter wooden platform built around wild oak trees and rock. You can practice beneath a canopy of dappled shade and soften your gaze on the sea. There’s an outdoor bathroom nearby, carved into rocks with a sea grass roof.
During this retreat, you will enjoy early morning pranayama and meditation sessions along with two daily yoga classes taught by Jessica. There will be at least two Restorative sessions spread out over the course of the week. You will also have a choice of three yoga rooms for the yoga sessions, a gorgeous outdoor shala shaded by trees and overlooking the sea, a circular higher outdoor shala with amazing views and morning sun, and a beautiful, quiet, sacred indoor shala, perfect if the weather is cooler or for deeply restorative sessions without any distraction.
Stand up paddleboard and sup yoga activities will be offered three times over the course of the week if the weather and conditions permit it. You will enjoy daily hikes. A boat ride to Fiskardo and Homer's Walk will be featured during this retreat as well. Finally, you will be gifted with an infused olive oil soap made with basil, lavender, and sage, and a calendula face balm made by the owner, Ingrid.
Itha108 is a Greek island retreat set in a place of outstanding natural beauty, providing a space specifically for peace, relaxation and practice. Ithaca, home of Itha108, is one of the smallest in the Ionian island constellation that is radiating with Grecian authenticity. It’s shores play host to a long Homeric and mythical history whose many mysteries are sensed amongst animated panorama and secretive coves. Itha108 overlooks the sea and the eastern coastline of neighbouring Kefalonia from an elevated wilderness of olive trees and exposed rocks that provide the elements around which it is built, allowing its natural beauty to speak for itself. An emphasis on indoor-outdoor living ensures full use of the land and its treasures that extend to sweeping and hidden beaches below.
During this retreat, you will enjoy locally sourced and organic. The breakfast buffet is a feast with homemade breads, fruit, Greek yogurt, fresh squeezed juice, coffee, tea, and more. Served overlooking the Ionian Sea in the morning sun, or in the shade of the trees/pergola. Lunch buffet under the pergola, afternoon tea and biscuit, and then Dinner served under a canape of stars and the moon reflecting off the ocean. Each meal is better than the last and is not only incredibly delicious but healthy!
Thai massage is an ancient healing system that uses a combination of passive yoga stretches, stimulation, and manipulation along energy lines, compression, and acupressure. The treatment is carried out on a mat on the floor with the client fully dressed and the body is compressed, pulled, stretched, and rocked in order to clear energy blockages and relieve tension. The practitioner uses not only hands, but also forearms, elbows, knees, and feet to work the client's body. In this process, the elements and the flow of energy throughout the body are balanced, muscles are released and stretched, joints are opened, and internal organs are toned, inducing an overall feeling of deep relaxation, rejuvenation, as well as physical and mental well being.
Thai massage therapy sessions with Adriane Klumpp are always tailored to individual requirements with varying degrees of intensity to the massage. Sessions can include more dynamic elements such as rocking and shaking as well as more deep static compression on specific acupressure points. She also uses herbal compresses, liniments, and balms, and incorporates cupping therapy. This treatment is available at an extra cost.
Chi Nei Tsang is a very effective and unique form of bodywork which works directly on the abdomen, organs, and their associated emotions. The abdomen houses not only your internal organs but is also the place where you ‘store’ all of your unresolved emotional issues, so the importance of this area to your overall health and well-being cannot be overstated. Your 75-minute session will include an initial consultation and will be tailored to your personal needs by Adriane Klumpp.
An accumulation of toxins, repressed feelings, knots and tangles or a general tightness in this area can affect your health and eventually show up as digestive dysfunction, such as aches and pains, lack of energy, and backache, or manifest as feelings, such as worry, stress, or anxiety. Chi Nei Tsang helps to unwind tensions, releases negative emotions, relaxes, detoxifies, and restores a balanced energy flow to the abdominal area. This treatment is available at an extra cost.
The full body massage, given by Mersini Taliouri, is a combination of tranquil therapeutic massage that combines Thai, Ayurveda, deep tissue massage, sport massage, trigger points, and Swedish, with the purpose of relieving the body of negative stress, lack of exercise, and intense lifestyle. This treatment uses different techniques, with the fingers, elbows, knuckles, forearms, and fists unblock your muscles, joints, and blood flow that have been blocked. This treatment is available at an extra cost.
Please book your flight to arrive at Athens International Airport (ATH) and then book another flight from Athens International Airport (ATH) to Kefalonia Airport (EFL).
After your arrival to Kelafonia, please take a ferry to Ithaca. The usual duration of this ride is 40 minutes.