Organization: Hellenic Society of Ecopsychology and Integrative Health
On the island of Calypso of the Odyssey (Ogygia), according to Callimachus, at the southern tip of Europe that has preserved more than any other its authentic and immaculate nature, with the unprecedented and intense energy that you feel from the first moment you reach the place, we will have the opportunity to spend five days of freedom, internalisation, self-knowledge, awakening and well-being. Awakening is about our identification with our authentic, free and primitive nature in complete harmony with the environment we will be in.
The program includes experiential workshops of Ecopsychology, Ecotherapy and Mindfulness, connection with the body, soul and spirit, with the elements of the surrounding nature, different experiential seminars in the incomparably beautiful landscapes and beaches of the island. Our goal is to benefit mentally and physically after a long period of stress but also to interact with the environment in which we find ourselves with respect and gratitude as the basis of Ecopsychology is the mutual relationship of Human-Nature.
The accommodation will be in nature, with Camping tents in the area of Sarakinikos for the best grounding and contact with the most primary side of ourselves. However, there is the possibility of accommodation in the very few accommodations of the island if this is desired.
Our main base will be the beach of Sarakinikos, so named by the Saracen pirates who once traditionally used the island as a base. Sarakiniko, like most beaches of Gavdos, is one of the most enchanting beaches in Greece.
It is located in the innards of a bay facing north. It is a dreamy blonde beach with shallow waters, against the backdrop of a wild landscape with dunes and sea cedars. The beach provides some basic amenities such as rooms, rental cars, some taverns and mini market.
A few words about Gavdos
The island stands between Africa and Crete, almost in the middle of the Libyan Sea and is the southernmost tip of Europe, its last border with the south. The whole island belongs to the NATURA 2000 network and is protected by Greek and European legislation. In Gavdos there are metamorphic rocks, Neogene layers with marine fossils, as well as sandstone deposits of the late Pleistocene. Although the island is not characterized by high altitude, it has several valleys and seasonal streams. The human presence in the area dates back to Neolithic times.
The vegetation in Gavdos is macchia, wooded and phryganic. On the north side there are extensive sand dunes with junipers. In terms of its flora, the complex is considered one of the most important sites in Europe, as a relatively large number of African plant species are found here. The area is also of great importance for migratory birds. Important bird species in the area include the Cormorant (Phalacrocorax aristotelis desmarestii), the Artemis (Calonectris diomedea) and the Puffinus yelkouan.
THE CEDARS OF GAVDOS
Gavdos is known for the ancient cedar forests. It is a destination of great ecological interest, as the sea cedars (species Juniperus macrocarpa and Juniperus phoenicea) form some of the most important ecosystems in Crete- the cedar forests- that grow on the sand dunes of the south of Crete and its’ islands. The ecological importance of sand dunes is enormous for the biodiversity and the existence of rare animals and plants. Their roots are found in the sand and connect and create a huge web of communication between them. One, through observation can feel these trees working their net!
Cedar has been known since ancient times for its properties not only the healing ones, but also in many ancient cultures it has been respected also for for its spiritual properties such as purification, protection, eternity, power and interpretation of messages from inner self
Friday 18/06/21 (Sarakiniko):
14.00 Arrival, settlement and registration
17.00-18.00 Opening ceremony
18.00 -20.00 Ecopsychology Workshop
Saturday 19/06/21 (Sarakiniko, Faros (Lighthouse) and Kastri):
09.00- 10.30 Mindfulness and Yoga
11.30-14.00 Ecopsychology Workshop
14.00-17.00 Lunch and free time
17.30 Departure for Sunset at the Lighthouse
18.00- 20.00 Ecopsychology Workshop
20.00-21.00 Sunset, relaxation and integration
21.15 Dinner in Kastri
Info: The historic lighthouse of Gavdos, the southernmost in Europe, dates back to 1880 and was finally rebuilt in 2003. The new complex includes a café and the lighthouse is now a museum for the history of the lighthouse with photos and its old equipment. The lighthouse of Gavdos is nowadays one of the most important sights of the island, with endless views of the blue sky and sea from this unique geographical point.
Sunday 20/06/21 (Potamos- Ai Giannis)
10.00 Departure by boat to Potamos
10.30-11.00 Arrival at Potamos- swimming
11.00-13.00 Rewilding experience, Potamos Gorge
13.00-14.00 Free time
14.00 Departure by boat to Ai Giannis
14.15-17.00 Free time
17.00-19.00 Ecopsychology Workshop
19.00 Dinner at Ai Giannis-Return
Info: Potamos is a beautiful beach with tiled sand and fantastic waters formed at the exit of a small gorge with enchanting geological formations of clay. Around the sea cedars reach the beach. The rocks have fossils while in the gorge we will find clay, known for its properties.
Ai Giannis Beach: Ai Giannis is a beautiful secluded sandy beach, in a wild landscape that is more reminiscent of Africa than Europe. The Discovery Channel has previously voted it the 2nd best beach in the world, after a beach in Hawaii . There are only sea cedars, pines and beautiful geological formations around.
Monday 21/06/21 Hiking (Korfos – Tripiti beach)
08.00- 09.00 Breakfast
09.00 Departure for Korfos
09.30 Start of hiking- Forest Bathing- Mindful Hiking
11.00 -12.00 Arrival at Tripiti beach, swimming
12.00-13.00 Climb to the southernmost tip of Europe – Grounding, meditation
13.00- 16.00 Time of integration, relaxation and contemplation
16.00-18.00 Laboratory of Ecopsychology
18.00 Departure for return to Korfos
20.00 Dinner in Korfos in a tavern in the area
Info: The beach of Tripiti is located in the southernmost point of Gavdos, but also in Europe. In its eastern part it has sand, while in the western part, up to the «nose» of Gavdos, it has large round stones and pebbles. The landscape on the southernmost beach of Europe is magnificent with a trademark of the three large natural arches, the Camarellis, which are formed at the eastern end of the beach. From these holes it gets the name Tripiti. Above the Camarelles there is a huge chair made by some Russian scientists, in which one can climb and gaze at the vast South Cretan Sea
Access to the beautiful Tripiti is on foot, from a path that starts from Korfos. The distance is 3.5 km and the route is through pine-covered areas. Also, during the course we will meet abandoned farmhouses built of stone in the area of Alyki.
Tuesday 22/06/21 (Sarakiniko)
08.00-09.00 Breakfast, Meditation
10.00-12.00 Laboratory of Ecopsychology
12.00-13.00 Group sharing
13.00 Closing ceremony
Price: 420 euros
Early bird: 330 euros until May 1
Registrations until May 20 with a deposit of 150 euros
Limited number of participants
Conducting language |: Greek and English
Refund policy: Refund of advances until June 1. In case the Retreat is not held due to the pandemic or other factors concerning the organizers, the amounts given by the participants will be refunded in full immediately.
What is included:
Fares within the island (buses and boat)
Organization of Retreat
Certificate of participation recognized by the International Ecopsychology Society (IES)
20% discount on tuition fees on the 2nd IES Training of Hellas School and inclusion of the hours of experiential workshops
What is not included in the price:
Transportation to and from Gavdos
Accommodation and meals
Camping tents (for any difficulties with the camping equipment, please contact the organizers)