Zuna Tribe ONLY - Yoga Retreat

It's finally here! We're so excited to be leading this 8 day / 7 night retreat on the stunning Greek island of Ithaca. Join your fellow Zuna Yogis for a week of deep practice, affordable luxury, and good times, led by Zuna Yoga founders Everett and Katherine. Enjoy sun-soaked days, surrounded by endless views of the deep blue Ionian sea. Make time for dreaming and philosophizing. Reunite with yogis from your own training, and meet new like-minded yogi friends from around the globe. Start planting seeds for new ideas and creative collaborations. Shake off the dust that may have settled over your radiant authentic self since you finished your training. Drink a tall cool glass of smarana: self remembrance. It's the foundation of Zuna Yoga practice and tradition.

This retreat will follow a less rigid format than you've experienced at your yoga teacher training. It will be laid back and fun, with plenty of free time to balance out our juicy practices. All yoga, meditation and yoga nidra sessions are optional.

This retreat is not open to the public. It is being offered for Zuna Yoga 200 and 300 hour yoga teacher training graduates only. Want to bring a Zunafied friend or partner? Please send us an email to discuss details.

 

Location : Ithaca & the Ionian Islands

The seven Ionian islands, which run from the bottom of the Adriatic to the Peloponnese, are amongst the greenest in Greece, studded with olive groves and vineyards. There's a distinct Italian feel to the Ionians, the imprint of medieval Venetian rule, yet each island has its own character.

Ithaca (Ithaki), where our yoga retreat is taking place, is one of the smallest of the Ionian constellation. It's an unspoiled gem with pristine coves and sparkling clear waters. This is a picturesque island steeped in legend: it was the home of King Odysseus from Homer's "The Odyssey." This peaceful island offers plenty for adventurous types, boasting a magnificent 17 mile mountain range ideal for hikers and mountain bikers, as well as scuba diving, stand up paddle boarding and sea kayaking. There is a wide choice of beaches to suit all tastes.

We'll 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 sports (23°C), and easy access to island infrastructure like ferry service & beach tavernas. Temperatures in late May / early June average at 23°C on Ithaca, climbing to highs of 26°C. Night-time temperatures rarely fall below 16°C. Wind speeds are usually no more than a moderate breeze in the afternoon and evening.

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The Retreat Center
Itha 108

The gorgeous retreat center, Itha 108, is set in outstanding natural beauty. The hillside retreat overlooks the sea and the rugged east side of the neighboring island of Kefalonia. Pollution-free, the views are stupendous, and the air and climate are perfect for our meditation & pranayama practice.

Structures are nestled in an elevated wilderness of olive trees & exposed rocks, all of which was used to build the property. There's an emphasis on indoor-outdoor living here, which ensures full use of the land and its treasures, that extends even to the sweeping & hidden beaches below, just a 5 minute walk. It is designed specifically to provide the space for practice & 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 & meditation practice spaces are available for our exclusive use. All yoga props are provided.

Accommodations

The property sleeps 24 in total, with several different options & price points. All the guest mattresses are high-end CocoMat mattresses, renewable resource-based made without metal coils ... you'll sleep like royalty. Local, handmade amenities include olive oil soap infused with basil, lavender or sage and calendula face balm.

The six luxury bedrooms in the main house can be either single or double occupancy. There is one room with a double bed (ideal for couple or single) and five rooms with two single beds. All have en-suite bathrooms and are air-conditioned with mosquito nets, wood paneled ceilings and views across the Ionian sea towards Kefalonia. Each bedroom has its own unique identity.

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The stone house studio is ideal for a couple or a luxurious single, with a double bed. The studio is light and spacious with an open bath tub and modern shower fittings hidden in a corner. A fireplace enhances the high ceiling, the French door with views to the sea is particularly beautiful with the evening sun shining through and another door leading to a shaded sitting area provides a flow of air. The shower outside is adds a touch of out-door living and especially refreshing after a long swim in the sea. The studio is fan cooled.

The five Mongolian yurts are light and airy inside, sleeping one or two people. There are two luxury yurts with two single beds each and en suite bathrooms. One larger yurt offers two single beds an an en suite bathroom. Two of the yurts contain two single beds each, sharing indoor and outdoor bathrooms. They include comfortable beds with mosquito nets, plenty of shelving, and share an outdoor bathroom carved into the rocks, with a sea grass roof. Pathways and steps provide access to the yurt platforms, each with outdoor seating, positioned high among rocks and trees with beautiful sea views. Yurts are fan cooled, which will be very comfortable at this breezy & mild time of year.

 

The Food

Food at Itha108 is fresh, sumptuous and made up of 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 & Meditarrean flavors with a contemporary style. For our retreat, mainly vegetarian food is featured, although freshly caught fish is available on request.

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.

We'll be dining overlooking the sea:
* Breakfast buffet in the morning sun, shaded by trees
* Lunch buffet under a pergola
* Dinner is served on the terrace under a bright starry night sky.

We can accommodate your special dietary requests such as vegan / gluten free.  Let us know if you would like a vegetarian only menu, or the inclusion of fish / seafood.

 

Beaches and Activities
  • * Three beaches are a five minute walk just below the retreat
  • * another beach can be reached after a 15 minute walk through the hamlet of Agios Ioannis
  • * Stand up paddle boards, kayaks and other water sport for rent
  • * Boat rental for cruising (with skipper)
  • * Car, scooter and bikes for rent
  • * Scuba-diving facility
  • * Local museum
  • * Homers Palace; Odysseus' birth place an amazing 3 hour guided tour
  • * Short and long walks & hikes, with or without a guide
  • * A well stocked library
  • * Backgammon table, cards and other games

 

Therapy and Treatments
  • * A serene cool and shady area behind the main house is ideal for treatments, or your room or indoor shala if you prefer
  • * Thai Yoga Massage
  • * A combination of Swedish Massage-shiatsu-hot stone or deep tissue-sports massage

 

Daily Schedule

6:00am - 8:45am Sunrise practice
8:45am - 9:45am Breakfast (silence is optional)
9:45am - 12:00pm Free time
12:00pm -1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm - 5:30pm Excellent time to explore the beach or village
5:30pm - 7:00pm Sunset asana / meditation / yoga nidra
7pm Satsang / philosophy

* Schedule subject to change.

 

Each morning will begin with the juicy Zuna Yoga practice you know and love. This is an intense 2 hr 45 min hatha vinyasa session, with a long savasana followed by pranayama, meditation, mantra or yoga nidra. Following our practice, we will have a sumptuous breakfast on the terrace. Silence is optional at breakfast.

The afternoon is free for you to explore nearby beaches, visit a museum, try out kayaking, snorkeling, or scuba diving, charter a boat, indulge in a massage or schedule a private session with Everett. **Activities may incur additional charges.**

A mediterranean lunch buffet will be served to anyone who's hanging at the retreat center during the daytime. Light snacks will be also available mid afternoon.

At 5:30pm the group will reconvene for our evening yoga practice, which will be either a slow flow, restorative, or an educational asana workshop. The evening yoga schedule will be determined shortly prior to the retreat start date. Evening yoga classes will be held on the outdoor yoga platform or in the indoor yoga studio.

Dinner will be served al fresco in the late evening. Followed by time to unwind, swap stories, play some games or read a good book.

Lights out is encouraged by 10:00pm.

 

Yoga Retreat Pricing

MONGOLIAN YURTS

$1150 USD/ Double Occupancy (Twin) in Mongolian Yurt with Shared Indoor & Outdoor Bath Sold Out
$1350 USD/ Double Occupancy (Twin) in Mongolian Yurt with En Suite Bath Sold Out
$1400 USD/ Double Occupancy (Twin) in Luxury Mongolian Yurt with En Suite Bath Sold Out
$1550 USD/ Single Occupancy (Twin) in Mongolian Yurt with Shared Indoor & Outdoor Bath Sold Out
$1650 USD/ Single Occupancy (Twin) in Mongolian Yurt with En Suite Bath Sold Out
$1750 USD/ Single Occupancy (Twin) in Luxury Mongolian Yurt with En Suite Bath Sold Out

 

Main House

$1450 USD/ Double Occupancy (Twin) with En Suite Bath Sold Out
$1450 USD/ Double Occupancy Stone House Studio (Double Bed) with En Suite Bath Sold Out
$1750 USD/ Single Occupancy (Twin) with En Suite Bath Sold Out
$1850 USD/ Single Occupancy Stone House Studio (Double Bed) with En Suite Bath Sold Out

 

What's Included

* Group transit from and to the airport by bus/taxi, sea taxi, ferry
* Accommodation
* Breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner
* Various hot and cold drinks/water/fruit/nuts/cakes/biscuitsĀ 
* Beach towel
* Two daily yoga sessions with Everett & Katherine
* One half day snorkeling trip
* High speed internet

 

What's Not Included

* Massages, alcohol, bubbly drinks, laundry, green juices, and your international & domestic travel.
* Private yoga sessions * Extra excursions (diving, SUP, boat charter, biking etc)

 

Payment

A $500 deposit is required to hold your spot. The balance payment is due by April 15, 2017. terms and conditions

Enrollment Application

Arrival and Departure Information

Arrival

There are a few different options, depending on where you're coming from. The nearest airport is on Kefalonia (EFL), the neighboring island. There are direct flights to Kefalonia from the UK and from various other places in Europe. Check RyanAir and EasyJet for low cost options. Otherwise you'll be flying via Athens (ATH). From Athens to Kefalonia, an early morning or late evening flight with Olympia takes one hour.

Please plan on arriving in Greece no later than May 26, 2017 and on Kefalonia by noon on May 27, 2017. Upon arrival at Kefalonia (EFL) the group will meet at Icarus Restaurant just outside the airport entrance. At Icarus you are encouraged to eat breakfast/lunch, take a swim, etc. while we wait for the remaining group members. We will depart from Icarus just after noon and take a minibus/taxi to the port of Sami or Agia Efimia (approx. 1 hour). From there we will take a water taxi or ferry over to Ithaca (10-30+ minutes) where we will be shuttled to Itha108 our destination for the week.

If you time your travels to Kefalonia with the rest of the group, your transit to the retreat with a private bus and sea taxi (from Kefalonia) is included in the price.

Anyone traveling outside the group pays their own travel to the property. Another option if you want to explore the islands on your own is to fly into Athens, and take a bus to Patras, Astakos or Kilini. From any of those, you can hop on a public ferry.

Arrival Day Schedule

12:00pm Arrive Kefalonia/Icarus Restaurant
12:15pm Depart Icarus for port of Sami
1:15pm Arrive in Sami
1:45pm Depart Sami for Ithaca
2:45pm Arrive Ithaca
3:30pm Arrive Itha 108
3:30pm Orientation
4:00pm Check-in to rooms
5:30pm Opening Circle
6:00pm Yoga (60 minutes)
7:30pm Dinner

 

Departure

On Saturday June 3, 2017 we will begin our day with an early breakfast and depart Itha108 no later than 8:15am to arrive at the port for the 9:00am ferry to Kefalonia. Upon our arrival in Kefalonia we will have a minibus shuttle us to the airport for our return flights. Please do not schedule your departing flight before noon on Saturday. Our group transit back to Kefalonia is included in the cost of your retreat.

Those arriving after noon on May 27th and departing before noon on June 3rd will be responsible for their own transportation to/from Itha108 and the airport in Kefalonia.

Departure Day Schedule

7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Load the minibus/taxis
9:00am Depart for Kefalonia
10:00am Arrive at Sami, Kefalonia
11:15am Arrive at Kefalonia Airport (EFL)

* Schedule subject to change.