Ithaca, Greece

Healing the Heart: Meditation Retreat - July 22-29 2017

Healing the Heart

Have you had trouble feeling the depths of your heart? Is it tough for you to experience serenity? Is peace, happiness and clarity too good for you to experience in person!? If your answer is somewhat yes to any of these questions, think no more…and join us for this heartwarming meditation retreat at Itha108 in Ithaca, Greece. This tiny unspoiled island is the mythical hometown of Odysseus in Homer’s The Odyssey and serves as an ideal sanctuary for our journey to the heart.

Join Heather Prete, mindfulness meditation instructor, and Chandresh Bhardwaj, renowned spiritual advisor, for a heart-centered awakening experience. The retreat is mindfully designed to heal your heart and help you discover your innate purpose through powerful, yet gentle, meditations and talks.

Heather shares mindfulness meditations to open your heart, while Chandresh leads you into his guided mantra meditations to heal your heart. It’s the powerful, and much-loved, combo of mindfulness and Eastern traditional meditations offered respectively by Heather and Chandresh!

Along the way, immerse yourself in Greek culture through visits to important archaeological sites, meditative hikes, beach time, and sunset watching. Optional daily yoga is also available to awaken your body and open you up to heightened levels of awareness.

Let’s help you shift from head to heart! Join us!

Instructors

Chandresh Bhardwaj

Spiritual advisor, author and speaker 

cbmeditates.com

Chandresh is a LA-based spiritual advisor, international speaker, and author of the bestselling book, Break the Norms: Questioning Everything You Think You Know About God and Truth, Life and Death, Love and Sex. Chandresh hails from seven generations of Indian spiritual healers. Initially bound to the financial world, he quit his Wall Street job to launch the nonprofit Break the Norms Movement with the intention of awakening the human awareness from its conditioned self. He is a world traveler who frequently speaks about spirituality across the globe—from Europe to Asia and the Americas. “Spirituality is a borrowed knowledge,” says Chandresh. “We must meditate to experience our own version of it.” His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote the foreword to Chandresh’s book, praising his “innovative teaching style” and “natural talent for spiritual matters.” Chandresh teaches weekly meditation classes at the DEN Meditation studio in LA.

Follow Chandresh on Instagram @cbmeditates

Heather Prete

Mindfulness meditation instructor, facilitator and coach

heatherpretemindfulness.com

Heather is a LA-based Self-Compassion teacher, UCLA-certified Mindfulness facilitator, and Mindfulness in Recovery coach. She began her formal training with Tibetan Compassion practices in 1998 and has received instruction in the U.S. and Asia. Heather spent time training PhDs at the Tarzana Treatment center and working as a guiding teacher for Mindful School’s online adult courses—which were featured in Time magazine’s cover story, “The Mindful Revolution.” She also worked with those in recovery at Alternatives Treatment Center, Westside Treatment, and BLVD Centers. Since 2000, Heather has remained committed to yearly retreats ranging from seven to 30 days in length and has completed three teacher trainings. Heather teaches weekly meditation classes at the DEN Meditation studio in LA.

Adell Bridges

Yoga Instructor 

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Adell is a UK-based yoga instructor, currently travelling the world to share her love of yoga. Her background as a gymnast plays a meaningful role in the playful and creative style of her teaching, which she intertwines with pranayama, yoga philosophy, and anatomy to take the physical practice into a journey of inner awareness and acceptance. Adell trained in India before setting off to teach at festivals, workshops and retreats around the world. She shares her own yoga journey in hopes of inspiring and serving others in theirs.

Follow Adell on Instagram @adellbridgesyoga

The Venue

“AND AS YOU SET OUT ON YOUR JOURNEY TO ITHACA, PRAY THAT YOUR JOURNEY BE A LONG ONE, FILLED WITH ADVENTURE, FILLED WITH DISCOVERY.” 
–CONSTANTINE P. CAVAFY

Itha108 is a boutique yoga retreat center and creative resort in Ithaca, Greece. This small island is famous for being the mythical hometown of Odysseus in Homer’s The Odyssey. The space overlooks the sea and the eastern coastline of neighbouring Kefalonia from an elevated wilderness of olive trees and exposed rocks. An emphasis on indoor-outdoor living ensures full use of the land and its treasures that extend to sweeping and hidden beaches below. Itha108 is comprised of a mixture of traditional Greek bungalows and yurts—each room is different, featuring a unique, boho-luxe design and artisan furnishings. The resort features various living rooms and common areas, a spacious yoga shala, and outdoor terraces—perfect for massages and watching the sun set. This breezy gem of a resort is the perfect place to indulge in the magic of this mythical island and find inspiration for your journey ahead.

The Food

A nutritious diet is crucial to a successful retreat experience. You will enjoy 3 healthy, high-vibrational, sumptuous meals made from fresh local produce. All vegetables are organic and sourced from the best of what Ithaca and neighbouring Kefalonia has to offer. Plentiful, home-cooked menus blend traditional Greek cuisine with a contemporary style. Most meals are vegetarian–with the exception of freshly caught fish. We happily accommodate vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free diets, as well as any food allergies.

Lodging

Stone House Studio

The most spacious and private option 

Sea view
Ensuite bathroom w/ bathtub
Outdoor shower
AC and fireplace
Double bed

SINGLE:

$3,000 SOLD OUT

DOUBLE (shared bed):

$2,600 SOLD OUT

Main House Suite

Sea view
Veranda access
Ensuite bathroom
Air conditioning
Double bed or twin beds

SINGLE:

$3,000 – 1 SPOT LEFT!

DOUBLE:

$2,400

Yurt

Sea view
Outdoor seating
Ensuite bathroom (luxury only)
Mosquito nets
Twin beds

LUXURY DOUBLE:

$2,000 – 1 SPOT LEFT!

REGULAR DOUBLE:

$1,800

QUAD:

 $1,500

*A non-refundable deposit of $750 holds your space.

Activities

• Daily talks and guided meditations by Heather and Chandresh

• Mindfulness meditations

• Mantra meditations with Tibetan singing bowls

• Daily yoga

• Beach time

• Meditative hiking

• Activities to discover Greek culture

• Visits to ancient archaeological sites

Sample Schedule

7 – 8 am: Coffee, tea and fruit

8 – 10 am: Yoga and meditation

10 – 11 am: Breakfast

11 – 2 pm: Workshop

2 – 3 pm : Lunch

3 – 5 pm: Excursion or free time

5 – 7 pm: Evening meditation and workshop

7 – 8 pm: Dinner

8 – 10 pm: Guided meditation and sound healing

Details

• The nearest airport to Itha108 is on Kefalonia, the neighboring island. We will provide transportation–ferry and bus transfers–to and from the airport on the first and last days of the retreat. The journey takes about an hour.

•The retreat begins at 12 pm July 22nd and finishes at 8:30 am July 29th. Please try to plan your travels accordingly.

•This retreat includes 3 healthy meals a day prepared by Itha108’s chefs.

•If you are a US citizen, you do not need a visa to enter Greece. Please ensure that you have a valid passport prior to the retreat.

•Please note that this retreat is all inclusive, with the exception of airfare.

•This retreat is hosted in collaboration with the DEN Meditation studio in Los Angeles.

Reserve Now

*A non-refundable deposit of $750 holds your space. Your remaining balance will be due two months before the retreat start date. We will send follow up information regarding payment to your email once you reserve. Sign up before May 1st 2017 to get early bird prices!

*Retreat prices are per person. You must make separate reservations for each person in your group. In our follow up questionnaire you will have the opportunity to request your roommates and we will make sure that you are placed together.

Stone House Single: $3,000

Stone House Double: $2,600

Main House Single: $3,000

Main House Double: $2,400

Luxury Yurt Double: $2,000

Regular Yurt Double: $1,800

Yurt Quad: $1,500