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
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