Eremito - A unique place, in which find harmony and wellbeing, through a soul experience

A unique place, in which find harmony and wellbeing, through a soul experience

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The Happiness Retreat / Embodied Spirituality & Wellness Retreat for Men and Women

The Happiness Retreat / Embodied Spirituality & Wellness Retreat for Men and Women

21 - 26 October 2022

Join me to a 6 days mystical journey, in an Eco Luxury Hermitage, well hidden in the beckoning silence of the Umbrian hillsides, where nature whispers the song of your soul, empowering you to celebrate a rebirthing encounter with your self and like minded people.

Expand your life force in a spectacular natural surrounding of 3.000 hectares of protected Forrest and embody wellbeing through Restorative Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness, Water Healing and Creative Movement. Serene sunrises, sunny spring days and starry nights, will hold space for you, to harvest the deeper longings of your heart, while healing circles, fire rituals, relaxation sessions, fire and full moon rituals, will harmonize your body -mind -spirit, securing a deep restorative sleep during the nights.

This 6-day self-mastery journey invites you to be silent for 3 days from spoken and written words (outside the sessions), and detox from digital media, so you can rise anew and become who you wish to embody.

It is a joyful gathering of the heart, for you, that you long to receive a multitude of miracles, entering the bliss of your infinite self, opening the gate for a happier and wonderful life.

Apostolia Papadamaki
The Happiness Retreat Founder & Teacher


Located in the heart of Italy, between Rome and Florence, Umbria is one of Italy’s most renowned regions for natural beauty, historical heritage, culinary tradition, and artistic patrimony. Untouched landscapes in the green of winding valleys make Umbria a region that amazes every visitor.

Dense wood and mountains, hills and olive groves, aromatic vineyards, enchanting rivers, fascinating castles, medieval villages, and abbey churches stand out like jewels from the skyline.

The Venue: Eremito Hotelito del Alma

A unique place, a lay hermitage located in an isolated spot, where one can breathe and sense the atmosphere characteristic of Umbrian hermit places; here the combination of nature, peace and silence encourages being in touch with one’s soul and inner self. Eremito is one of the most recognized Design Hotels in the world and the perfect place for a digital detox.

Your teacher

I am Apostolia Papadamaki, an internationally acclaimed choreographer, a transformational retreat leader and an embodied spirituality teacher. I studied Contemporary Dance, Contact Improvisation, Yoga and Alexander Technique in New York. As a lover of healing arts, and spirituality, I am trained in Shamanism, Music, Voice, Diving, Craniosacral Therapy, and Rei-Ki collaborating with inspiring artists, healers, and teachers in many lands. I love to dream and I believe in infinite possibilities. My highest intention is to keep opening the eyes of the soul and tuning into the frequency of Love no matter how life challenges me. The Happiness Retreat is an open-hearted invitation to share knowledge, experience, and joy with beautiful souls like you!

Embodied Spirituality Practices


Our Restorative Hatha Yoga practice, in conjunction with the principles of Biomatic Anatomy, will bring harmony to your body, mind and emotional state. Apostolia is transmitting her knowledge gracefully through her heart, voice, and hands. Her Yoga class, a unifying blend of Pranayama, Asanas, Mantras, and Meditation is a powerful tool for self-transformation.

Creative Movement

Contact Improvisation intertwines with Meditative Dance as a form of communication between your inner spirit and the spirit of every other human and living being. A full sensory experience, that merges with the elements of Water, Earth, Air and Fire, that will alow you to follow your inner «impulses», to overcome all restrictions and become free to “dance” your fear, happiness, passion, hope and many more as you reach a euphoric state of being.

Water Healing

An aquatic bodywork that will enable you to embody the art of true belonging and trust oneness in the fluidity of the sea. We all come from the womb of our mother and we have experienced “floating”. Water is conductive so it can help us remember our true nature, it can facilitate a rebirth experience

Sharing Circle

Sharing Circle will support you to release old patterns and fears, shift perspective and activate new decisions, while simple yet profound rituals will teach you how to fully enjoy your experience and be grateful to yourself, your community and the earth.


Vegetables and herbs are organic, grown in the resort gardens. All the food is prepared on a daily basis by an Italian gifted in-house chef and is of high quality and exquisite taste, inspired by healthy  “Umbrian recipes coming from monastic Mediterranean tradition.

Breakfast and lunch are served in the garden table, surrounded by trees and with fabulous views in the woods.

Dinner (4 courses plus local wine)  is served seated in the Refectory and it is an experience on its own as it is served in pure magnificent silence engaging guests to participate in a ritual beautifully and purposefully orchestrated by the hosts.
What is included
6 days / 5 nights of stay

Breakfast buffet, Lunch and Dinner (four courses, vegetarian), water, local wine, tea, and digestive infusions

Daily Yoga, Meditation, Biomatic Anatomy,  Creative Movement

Sharing Circle

Water Healing Session

Full Moon Ritual

Sunrise  Meditation

Fire Ritual

Indoor Jacuzzi and Steam Bath

Hikes & Experiences in nature


Shuttle transfer from Fabre Ficulle station to and from Eremito

What you need to add

Your transportation costs

Your travel insurance

A Sample Day

(Itinerary will be send to all the participants a week prior to the retreat)

7.30 / Prayer at the Chapel

8.00 / Yoga & Meditation

09.30 / Breakfast

11.30 / Forrest / River Hike

13.30 / Lunch

15.00 / Free Time / Private Sessions

17.00 / Water Healing Session

19:30 / Silent Dinner

20.30 / Outdoor Fire Ritual


Chek in / Chek out

21st October 2022: Room check-in at 15.00 / Our first Retreat practice starts at 17.00

In case you arrive in Eremito earlier you can leave your luggage and rest at the Reflectory or take a Jacuzzi!

26th October 2022: Room check out at 11.00

We highly recommend you, to stay an extra day/days in Eremito after the retreat, in order to integrate the retreat benefits.



Accommodation will be an experience as we will be staying in “celluzze” the cells used by the hermits in past times. Each room has a wrought iron bed with a foam memory mattress, a stone-carved desk set into the wall,  a shower, a private toilet, and beautiful vistas in the green valley, the perfect vehicle for our journey to inner peace.  


Early Bird Prices until 15/3/2022

Shared Twin Room / 2160€ per person

Single Room (Celluzze) / 2460€ per person

Normal Prices

Shared Twin Room / 2360€ per person
Single Room (Celluzze) / 2660€ per person

Practicing Silence

All participants will receive detailed instructions to prepare spiritually before our journey.

We will keep silent from words during the 2nd, 3rd and 4th days of our retreat, maintaining the silence with mindfulness and wisdom. For any real necessities, you will be able to communicate with the retreat leader.
A Retreat Journal and a pen are mandatory while books and reading are not suggested.

Yawning and sighing are allowed and will be encouraged during sessions as well as chanting and singing.

All electronic devices (including phones) will be off during the 3 silent days. Eremito hotel has no wi-fi, no tv, and no phone reception. In case you need to communicate with your family during the retreat we will instruct you how to do it on a set date/time.


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