Rise Blissfully Silent

The Happiness Retreat - Rise Blissfully Silent - Apostolia Papadamaki
Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic.


6 days - 5 nights

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 psyche.

During our blissful digital detox retreat days, you will embody wellbeing through the ancient practices of Yoga and Meditation, expand your life force breathing mindfully in unspoiled nature and reveal your creative self with celebratory Dances. Serene sunsets will hold space for you to harvest the deeper longings of your heart, through healing circle, fire ritual, and new moon ceremony, while at nights you will receive the gift of deep restorative sleep.

This self-mastery journey invites you to be silent for 3 days, from spoken and written words, digital media and books 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 wonderfull life.

Apostolia Papadamaki
The Happiness Retreat Founder & Teacher


 The Happiness Retreat - Apostolia Papadamaki - Rise blissfully Silent - Eremito



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.



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 first “Digital Detox” hotels in Italy.

Eremito Hotelito del Alma - Exterior
Eremito Hotelito del Alma - Interior

We will be residing in a mystical place, a beautifully restored ancient monastery, majestically located within a densely wooded hill in 160 acres of a gorgeous, river-strewn Umbrian landscape.

Eremito amplifies the sense of spirituality enchanting the eyes and the soul and is the ideal place for those who realize that peace and quiet are essential ingredients to find inner peace.

A member of the healing hotels of the world, this magnificent Eco Luxury Hermitage, consists of impeccably designed ”Celluzze” rooms modeled after ancient monk’s cells,  beautiful common spaces inviting guests to unwind and relax. Next, to the yoga room, there is the mystic spa area:  a steam bath and a Jacuzzi, in a background of soft Gregorian chants, a perfect equilibrium for body and mind and a miniature chapel in the tower to pray or meditate.




Your teacher

Apostolia Papadamaki in Eremitio, Umbria


I am Apostolia Papadamaki, an internationally acclaimed choreographer, performer, and a transformational retreat leader and 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!

Learn more About Apostolia's Journey




Apostolia Papadamaki practicing yoga in Eremito, Umbria


Our Hatha Vinyasa 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.


Spirit Contact Dance

Apostolia Papadamaki practicing Spirit Contact Dance

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, Spirit Contact Dance technique will teach you how to follow your inner «impulses» with the innocence of a child, 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.


Sharing Circle

Apostolia Papadamaki - 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. 


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The Happiness Retreat - Nutrition Eremito, Umbria


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.

The Happiness Retreat Rise blissfully Silent Dinner Eremito Umbria

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 Silent Dinner (four courses, vegetarian), water, local wine, tea, and digestive infusions
Daily Yoga, Meditation, Biomatic Anatomy,  Spirit Contact Dance, Sharing Circle 
New Moon Ceremony
Sunrise  Meditation
Fire Ritual
Hands-on -Italian Pasta making cooking class
Free access to indoor Jacuzzi and Steam Bath
Hikes & Experiences in nature 
Mindfulness living all day long 
Shuttle transfer from Fabre Ficulle station to and from Eremito 
What you need to add
Your transportation costs
Your travel insurance




The Happiness Retreat - Eremito - Umbria

Thursday, October 24

15.00 / Arrival and Welcome
17.00 / Sharing Circle, Orientation & Consecration of the Retreat
19:30 / Silent Dinner
21.00 / Outdoor Fire Celebration 

Friday - Monday October 25,26,27 (Silent days)

7.00 / Silence begins
7.30 / Prayer at the Chapel
8.00 / Yoga & Meditation 
10.00 / Breakfast
11.00 / Excursions and practices in Nature
14.00 / Lunch
15.00 / Free Time
17.00 / Spirit Contact & Impulse Dance or Steam Bath & Jacuzzi Session
19:30 / Silent Dinner
20.30 / Fire Ritual or Deep Relaxation session 

Monday, October 28

7.30 / Prayer at the Chapel
8.00 / Yoga & Meditation 
10.00 / Breakfast
11.00 / Italian Pasta hands-on workshop 
14.00 / Lunch
15.00 / Free Time
17.00 / New Moon Ceremony / Intention setting 
19.30 / Silent Dinner 
21.00 / Fire Ritual, Dancing, Singing

Tuesday, October 29

7.30 / Prayer meditation at the Chapel
8.00 / Closing Retreat Ceremony & Sharing Circle 
10.00 / Breakfast
12.00 and on Departure


Practicing Silence

Apostolia Papadamaki practicing silence - yoga - meditation


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

We will keep silent by not speaking to each other during the 2nd, 3rd and 4th day 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 is allowed and will be encouraged during sessions as well as chanting and singing.

All electronic devices (including phones) are not allowed 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.


Options and prices

The Happiness Retreat - Blissfully Silent - Eremito Residence, Umbria

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, private toilet and beautiful vistas in the green valley, the perfect vehicle for our journey to inner peace.  

Early Bird prices until July 15th, 2019

Shared Triple Room / 1460 euros per person
Shared Twin Room / 1560 euros per person
Single Room (Celluzze) / 1860 euros per person

Prices after July 15th

Shared Triple Room / 1760 euros per person
Shared Twin Room / 1860 euros per person
Single Room (Celluzze) / 2160 euros per person

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How to get there

The Happiness Retreat - Eremito Aerial photo

By air

Book a flight to Rome Fiumicino and Ciampino (about 2 hours), or Firenze ( about 2 hours) or Perugia (about  1 ½ hour) and then continue by train.

By train

Trains run every two hours from Rome and Florence central stations. You must choose the regional train for line Rome-Florence. Your stop is Fabro Ficulle and from there we will provide a shuttle transfer to Eremito.
If you take a train from Perugia you need to change train at Terontola-
For train itineraries and reservations you may visit www.trenitalia.com

By Car 

If you choose to arrive by car please see link for detailed motorway instructions.