The Pranarama Island Retreat
About This Event
Steeped in ancient history, Ithaca is not just a Greek island but a quest for a life of meaning, maybe even for our purpose or dharma. That’s what lies behind Homer’s Odyssey as our hero strives to overcome the many obstacles placed in front of him to reach his Ithaca.
During our week together at Levendis Estate you will find your own Ithaca as you experience a bespoke journey complete with daily yoga, meditation and journaling to support you in creating your very own odyssey. Incredible organic, home made food, a gorgeous infinity pool, scenic hiking trails and a luxurious beach will be your pillars of relaxation as you look deep within to discover and evolve your dharma. Ithaca exists for each of us in a very different way and this retreat will gift you the time, opportunities and ingredients to support you in traveling your own path. You will leave this week not only with a renewed sense of meaning and purpose but with a beautiful hand made journal, filled with your own personal stories and adventures.
Katie from the USA: "I felt physically, mentally and spiritually elevated to a new level of connection. The food was prepared with love, both for our bellies and from the earth, the accommodations were exactly true to the photos and felt like a pristine home away from home. And Donna, being the loving natural leader she is, guided us in two daily yoga flows, modifying the practice to what we needed to feel good. Perhaps the most telling of my experience is that I cannot wait to return yet again, this time to the Greek Island Pranarama Retreat in June, which cannot come soon enough!" Joana from Portugal: "Sri Lanka was a week in Paradise. Everything around me was being taken cared of without me noticing, with so much love! All I had to do was show up on the mat to practice a variety of Yoga styles, on the table to share the most delicious prana filled (contact info blocked) and in between I was immersed in a spectacular nature and surrounded by wonderful people to discover peacefully throughout the week. Let's do it again Donna!" Caitlin from the UK: "It was the perfect balance of relaxation, personal space, socialising, health, revitalisation and warmth with a healthy dollop of yoga (for all levels) with a beautiful crew of humanitarians of all varieties from all walks of all living and working in all corners of the world. Donna is an absolutely superb and beautifully generous host, and shares everything energetically she has with you. She holds space for you to get whatever you need from the retreat, gives you continuous, genuine encouragement and guidance, and creates one of the most peaceful yogic ambiances I’ve ever encountered, all within a carefully selected zen backdrop for you to remember that you’re important too and mother nature is holding you." Carolyn from the UK: "I spent the pre-Christmas retreat with Donna in Sri Lanka and was blown away by the personal transformation not only I but my co-retreaters underwent. I arrived with a head full of fog, a body full of bloat and limbs that were working seriously under-capacity. What I left with was a calm soul, glowing skin, a flat tummy, a new love for yoga and myself and new life-long friends. In a nutshell, Donna’s retreats are holistic heaven, on earth."
- Daily yoga and meditation with Donna Williams from the Blissology tribe
- A private, one on one, yogic coaching session to work on your practice or anything else yoga or life
- A beautiful journal to capture your stories and create your own adventure
- Organic home made meals, straight from the garden prepared by a top chef
- Infinity pool, pristine beaches and gorgeous hiking trails
ScheduleA day on an Emergencyoga retreat usually starts with incredible nature views and here on Ithaca you will wake up to the crystal blue Greek waters, grab some fresh fruit and perhaps take a soulful tea made from herbs from the Estate's gardens and just watch the sky awaken.
Our morning yoga and meditation class will start at 07.00 and by 09.00 we'll be sitting down to a hearty, fresh breakfast. For the next few hours your time is your own unless you want to book in to enjoy your private, one on one yogic coaching session with Donna. Otherwise it's pool or beach time or an opportunity to explore the island, or maybe even just chill out read and sleep.
Lunch is served around 13.00 followed by more relaxing holiday time or maybe a massage or hike depending on your energy levels.
Our evening yoga and mediation class is from 17.30 - 19.00 followed by dinner served up by our nutritionist / chef. Evenings might end in a movie night at the outdoor pop up cinema on the Estate, star gazing or even some yogic dance. Whatever happens after dinner you're guaranteed a blissful slumber as the beautiful silence envelopes Levendis Estate and you sink into sweet and magical dream land.
Venue HighlightsSea views, extensive gardens and our own infinity pool
A semi-private beach just a few minutes walk away
Fresh vegetarian meals and local organic Greek cuisine served daily
Locally made toiletries, linens and towels ready to go in your eco-chic Greek home
A private car to drive around the island
Authentic lux service direct from the estate owners
AccommodationsWe will have the luxurious, eco-chic Levendis Estate, on the island Ithaca all to ourselves - and this is a deliberately small retreat of just 12 people. The accommodation is made up of four, two-bedroom cottages built on the original family land of Levendis owners Mal and Spero and in traditional Ionian style. There are four twin rooms and three double rooms which can be shared or used with single occupancy. Each cottage has a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom and two sunny patios, all with spectacular sea views. Natural toiletries made on the estate from its olive oil and herbs are provided as are bath and beach towels, 'jelly shoes' for walking around the estate and cars for getting around the island. Levendis Estate also runs its private 'coffee shop' where we will be taking our meals and where guests can borrow books from the little library or gather other supplies they need for their stay. It's important to note that there is no wifi at Levendis Estate although there is reliable mobile phone reception and 3G / 4G.
- Free Parking
- Tour Assistance
- Yoga Studio
- Gluten Free
Menu/CuisineAll meals will be served family style at our Estate 'coffee shop'.
Breakfasts will be fresh fruit, home made muesli, local teas, vitamin filled juices and some eggs or waffles or other hot accompaniment.
At lunch time we'll enjoy light fresh salads made Greek style and likely gathered directly from the Levendis garden.
Dinners will be an opportunity to try a number of traditional Greek vegetarian dishes served up family style with great company and extraordinary conversation.
All meals are vegetarian and gluten free although traditional Greek breads and gluten free alternatives will be served as side dishes with many of our meals.