07 – 14 September 2019 | Ingrid Gottschalk |A week at Home from Home

07 – 14 September 2019 | Ingrid Gottschalk |A week at Home from Home

retreats 2019

Itha108 is a Grecian island retreat set in a place of outstanding natural beauty, providing a space specifically for peace, relaxation and practice.

 Ingrid’s Biography

Ingrid grew up on the Swiss-German boarder but found her home in London in the late seventies, where she began a twenty-year career in finance and raised three daughters. After initially discovering yoga in 2001, Ingrid decided to train as a teacher in 2010, specializing in Vinyasa Flow, at Brahmani Yoga, Goa, India.

Ithaca is the backdrop for her beloved project, Itha108, which she designed and managed over 4 years alongside teaching public and private classes for locals and holidaymakers alike. Ingrid has succeeded in her vision for Itha108 that combines her eye for lifestyle design with providing a beautiful space to practice, teach and share.

Destination and Transport:

The nearest airport is on Kefalonia, our neighbouring island and transit to the retreat is included in the price.

The price for the week:

  • £1000 per person based on two sharing a room in the main house
  • £1,250 per person based on single occupancy in the main house
  • £1050 per person based on two sharing the stone house studio
  • £1350 per person based on single occupancy the stone house studio
  • £1000 per person based on sharing a luxury yurt en-suit bathroom
  • £1,250 per person based on single occupancy luxury yurt en-suite bathroom
  • £950 per person based on sharing a yurt with en-suit bathroom
  • £1,150 per person based on single occupancy yurt with bathroom
  • £900 per person based on two sharing a yurt, shared bathroom
  • £1,100 per person based on single occupancy in a yurt, shared bathroom

 Price include:

  • Group transit from and to the airport by bus/taxi, sea taxi, ferry
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast/brunch, lunch, tea and dinner
  • Various hot and cold drinks/water/fruit/nuts/cakes/biscuits
  • Beach towels
  • Vinyasa flow yoga lessons each morning 1.45 – 2 hour
  • Yin or Restorative yoga each afternoon 1.5 hour
  • Yoga mats, blocks, belts, bolsters and blankets
  • Infused olive soap, Basil or Sage
  • Calendula face balm
  • Internet connection
  • Taxes

Excluding (available at an extra cost):

  • Alcohol
  • Soft fizzy drinks
  • Laundry & Ironing

Terms & Conditions:

  • non-refundable deposit of £200 when you book
  • final payment four weeks before the retreat starts 

Important:

  • Our water is collected rainwater and used in moderation, but not spare.  Six bedrooms in the main house are air-conditioned
  • Please bring your own yoga water bottle for refilling with filtered water

Dining overlooking the sea:

  • Breakfast buffet in morning sun/shaded by trees/or pergola
  • Lunch buffet under a pergola
  • Dinner served on a terrace under a canapé of stars

Food:

  • Vegetarian Mediterranean infused meals (mainly local organic products)
  • Special dietary requirements; please tell us in advance
  • Fish on request twice a week

Daily House Keeping:

  • Rooms and yurts are cleaned every morning
  • Mid-week change of bath and beach towels

Therapy and Treatments: 

  • A serene cool and shady area behind the main house is ideal for treatments or the indoor shala if you prefer
  • Thai Yoga Massage
  • A combination of Swedish Massage or deep tissue-sports massage

Beaches and Activities:

  • 3 beaches are less than 5 walking minutes below the retreat
  • Kayaks and other water sports for rent
  • Car, scooter and bikes for rent
  • Scuba-diving facility
  • Homers House; Odysseus Palace and birth place a 3.5 hour guided tour. Other walks are available depending on the month
  • A well stocked library
  • Backgammon table, cards and other games
  • Gift shop for browsing

Arriving and Departure Times:

  • Day of arrival the retreat is open after 15:00 and serves tea, fruit, cake and dinner only
  • Day of departure all rooms have to be vacated by 08:00, breakfast is served from 07:00
  • Retreat to be departed by 08:30 the latest
treatments

treatments

treatments

Katerina Karatzi
Traditional Thai Massage
“Traditional Thai Massage” or “nuad Thai” is an ancient healing system and one of the three main branches of traditional Thai medicine.
It is carried out on a mat on the floor and the recipient wears light clothing. The therapist uses thumbs, palms, elbows, knees and feet. It combines muscle compression, joint mobilization, acupressure (“sen lines”- Thai Meridians) and stretching. The strength might be soft medium or hard dependent on sensibility, flexibility and level of muscular tension.
It’s a wonderful combination of energy and physical exercise for body and mind alike with benefits such as: relief of myoskeletal pain, improvement of the posture and body alignment, improvement of the mobility in the joints, relief from stress and strain, creation of feeling of wellness and rejuvenation.
Sessions: Half -body, 60 min / Full body, 90-120 min
Traditional Thai Foot Massage (Reflexology)
“Traditional Thai Foot Massage” is known as a therapy to foster general good health and mental serenity. It’s a massage of the feet and also lower legs. It is both invigorating and deeply relaxing and uses hands, fingers, thumbs, stretching, acupressure and a rounded wooden stick with oil.
Thai foot Massage is really effective for tired feet, improves circulation and lymph movement, reduces stiffness and improves flexibility, lifts your mood and leaves you with a general feeling of tranquility, calmness and wellbeing.
Session: 60 min

Swedish (Holistic) Massage with essential oils:
Swedish massage is consisted of five basic techniques:
• “Effleurage”, that is fast gentle movements that elevate body temperature
• “Petrissage”, that activates smoothly the muscles
• “ Tapotement”, gently raps with the side of the palm
• “Friction”, where with the help of all fingers are massaged the hard and the inflexible muscles
• “Trembling”, where with the entire palm put pressure while vibrating the hard joints of the muscle.
Swedish massage is applied to the whole body from the head and face to the legs and it helps reduce muscle tension, improves circulation and metabolism, removes toxins from the tissues, decreases stress and balances the body’s energy.
Sessions: ( back, hands, neck)-45 min / Full Back Body- 60 min/ Full body and Face- 90 min

Biography
Katerina Karatzi was born in Chalkida, Greece, in 1986.
At the age of 18 she moved to Athens to study as an “Inspector of Public Health”.
For the past 8 years she has been a professional African dance performer, giving classes to adults and children.
Five years ago, her fascination for the human body led her to train as a Holistic massage therapist, also learning Traditional Thai massage and Thai foot massage from renowned teachers.
She continues her training, receiving instruction on the Pilates method and other types of massage.

11 Under-the-Radar Yoga Retreats You’ll Want to Book Now

11 Under-the-Radar Yoga Retreats You’ll Want to Book Now

Reviews & Press

Our vacation-wanted ad: Have mat, will travel. Skip pedestrian sightseeing tours, questionable food, and creaky joints. Bring on sacred sights, built-in yoga friends, real nourishment, and communion with our mat twice a day. Oh, and move the needle of our life, por favor.
There are at least 108 reasons to embark on a yoga retreat. Instead of fleeting fun, take a deep dive where landscape and heart intersect. Cross your desert, row your boat, and chase your star—bookending the day in Downward Dog. Forget scrambling for a hotel gym or trying to translate “organic, gluten-free, vegetarian, and Ayurvedic” in another language. For yogis, getting away doesn’t get better than a yoga retreat.

But where to start? We scanned the yoga globe and scoped out 11 off-the-beaten-mat gems to spark your wanderlust. From Cuba to Costa Rica, Iceland to India, bathe in the forest, soak in the spring, sing with a villager, dance in the jungle, bow to the world’s wonders, or simply sit in silence. The choices are as infinite as yoga itself.

Yoga and Serenity on the Island of Ithaca, Greece

July 29–August 5, 2017 and August 5–12, 2017
Bow to the azure waters of this mythical island with little more than passing sailboats and grazing goats to distract you. Home to legendary hero Odysseus, some say this sleepy isle hasn’t changed much since Homer’s epic poem. Ithaca is, perhaps, the perfect place for yoga. There are only a few thousand permanent residents on the wild, jagged patch of land, and the elegant Itha108 Yoga Retreat & Creative Resort has no traffic to speak of. Seattle teacher Jodi Boone is leading two back-to-back retreats for sunbathing, stargazing yogis who want to step back in time. Start the day with meditation and an active Hatha practice from the wooden yoga platform, and wind down with yin and restorative from an indoor shala. In between, dive into the silvery waters of the Ionian Sea, get a Thai yoga massage, or cozy up in an Indian daybed on the veranda. The lodge is carved into a rocky hillside with a crisp white minimalism, every object handpicked with a globetrotter’s flair—Indian artifacts dotted around the stone fireplace, for instance. Indulge in mushroom polenta tarts and cinnamon-butter griddled peaches, all seasonal, organic fare straight from the island (or the one next door).

Learn more jodiboone.com
Read full article: http://www.yogajournal.com/slideshow/11-under-the-radar-yoga-retreats/#6

25 of the best yoga holidays and retreats

25 of the best yoga holidays and retreats

Reviews & Press

Yoga trips can change lives but finding the right one may sap your core strength before you’ve even started. Our picks – from Goa to Greece via Yorkshire – will make your quest more relaxing.

You can’t move for downward dog opportunities these days. The explosion of yoga in western countries means there’s a studio on every other street and such a variety of styles and options, that choosing a holiday or retreat can be overwhelming. So where to start? It makes sense to try a weekend away before committing to a whole week. One possibility is to choose a teacher you know or like the sound of and see if they’re running anything that suits. Or you could pick a venue you fancy and see what teachers are hosting holidays there. Think about what you want too – some combine yoga with other activities (maybe good for those with non-yogi partners), some are vegan, some don’t ban booze – it’s always worth asking before you book.

BEST FOR SUN
Hatha in Ithaca, Greece

Itha 108, Ithaca, Greece

International teachers lead different weeks between May and October at Itha108, a gorgeous island retreat just five minutes from the Ionian sea, where accommodation is split between a Venetian-style house and five Mongolian-style yurts. All levels will enjoy weeks with Laura Gilmore, director of Bristol City Yoga, who teaches two, two-hour long hatha yoga classes a day, the second being a restorative class. Fish is served for those who want it, alongside the veggie meals.
• From £925pp (in a yurt) sharing for 7 nights, 20 guests. Next runs 1-8 July, bristolcityyoga.co.uk B

Full article: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/jan/01/25-of-the-best-yoga-holidays-and-retreats

Marc Newson’s 10 Favourite Things

Marc Newson’s 10 Favourite Things

Reviews & Press

Australian designer and 
Qantas ambassador Marc Newson on the things that bring him the most joy.

1. WIM DELVOYE He’s a contemporary artist who does upholstered pigs [Usak, 2001, top left], and he tattooed some pigs once. He also makes gothic dump trucks.

2. ITHA108 I love this yoga retreat in Ithaca, Greece, which is run by my friend Ingrid Gottschalk and overlooks the sea.

3. RICHARD STEPNEY I see him for haircuts at Fourth Floor whenever I’m in London.

4. A WOODEN tanuki — a Japanese raccoon dog — is my most treasured household item. They are good luck. It just sits by the front door and looks at us.

5. OLIVE OIL The best souvenir I’ve brought home is a 15-litre can of fresh-pressed olive oil made on our land in Ithaca. It sounds exotic, but everyone does it there; it’s like mowing your lawn. It’s a lovely reminder of summer and we use it every day.

6. CLARIDGE’S in London is my favourite hotel.

7. SCOTT’S OR 34 in London are my favourite food spots. I also love Harry’s Café de Wheels pie 
van in Sydney — it’s a must-visit when I am home.

8. the LOUIS VUITTON SUITCASE that I designed. The suitcase is incredibly lightweight with an unparalleled large interior volume. This is due to the anodised aluminium extendable cane being relocated from inside the trunk to the outside, adding both structure and strength, as well as substantially increasing the all-important interior packing space. It also removes the awkward bumps and ridges normally associated with internal cane mechanisms.

9. MY GRAND PRIX BUGATTI I started to collect cars about four years ago. This is one of my favourites.

10. FOUNTAIN PENS I love fountain pens because they get used to you. The nib changes. They develop an angle according to your movement, which is why you should never lend your fountain pen to anyone else. I have designed two fountain pens — one for Hermès and one for Montblanc [left] — and 
I love writing with them.

Full article: http://www.vogue.com.au/vogue+living/design/galleries/marc+newsons+10+favourite+things,41344

13 – 20 October 2018 | Louise Groenbeck & Lars Damkajaer | Yoga, Silence, Meditation, Transformation

13 – 20 October 2018 | Louise Groenbeck & Lars Damkajaer | Yoga, Silence, Meditation, Transformation

retreats & classes

Our program alternates between Hatha yoga, Yin yoga, meditation and mindfulness. Meditation and Hatha yoga will fill our morning practise for the purpose of creating vitality and energy.

In the afternoons we will dive into a practise of self inquiry with yinmind yoga. Yinmind yoga is yin yoga infused with a mindful aproach.

Yin yoga is a meditative and immersive yoga style, where we focus more on the experience rather than the form. It is aimed at the connective tissue of the body, which is stretched and smoothed to release old tension and brings new vitality to the organs in the body while quieting and observing the mind.We are specialised in yin yoga and mindfulness and therefore the base of our teachings is a fusion between thoose two and this we call yinmind yoga.

A whole day is dedicated to meditative immersion in silence. When we are silent, we can experience and discover our bodies and senses with greater intensity. The silence will also make it clearer what draws us away from the present moment and we will be able to work with these challenges with attention and awareness.

In between the morning and afternoon yoga sessions, we will daily go to one of three beautiful beaches, just 5 minutes away on foot. The climate in October corresponds to a warm Danish summer, which makes it possible to swim in the sea, sunbathe or take a personal excursion to Kioni or Vathy – one of the beautiful island towns for shopping and cafes.

There is also the possibility of a guided island hike or you can just relax on the spot – read, take a nap, receive a massage, etc.

Everybody can participate, however, it is recommended to practice both yoga and meditation some time up to the retreat so that you are prepared for 6 days of daily practice.

The retreat is facilitated by Louise Grønbeck and Lars Damkjær. They have held yoga retreats in Denmark and Morocco for the past 6 years.

Louise Grønbeck is the owner of Yoga Vesterbro studio, Copenhagen, Dk. www.yogavesterbro.dk

Lars Damkjær is mindfulness and yoga teacher, author, etc. www.larsdamkjaer.dk

Our aproach to yoga is non striving, but with a sense of self inquiry, where we respect the bodys natural limitations and the fokus is functional, not alignmentbased. By honoring the body we have today, we explore the possibility of letting go – at least a little – of the pressure to perform, fix, optimize and attain things through yoga. If there is a goal, it would be to let go of all preferences and engage fully with this life – just as it is.

Email: kontakt@yogavesterbro.dk