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Initiation to Ancient Greek Medicine

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May 18, 2019
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Why Join Us !

  • Experience the Greek Healing Tradition in Modern life
  • Listen to our selected English-speaking lecturers and healers
  • Learn by travelling
    Travel by learning
  • Enjoy life at its best !
8 Days 7 Nights
Availability : 18 -25 May, 2019
Min Age : 18
Max People : 30
Workshop Overview

Omorfi Zoi (Beautiful life), the leading Greek website in wellness and self-improvement, in cooperation with Akadimia of Ancient Greek & Traditional Chinese Medicine, organise this 8-day workshop situated amidst the gorgeous Argolis landscape. 

In this workshop we will deal with the teachings of Hippocrates and the later ancient Greek physicians who concentrated in gaining a deeper understanding of human nature and disease.

We will attempt to gather ancient knowledge and see how it can be used in the modern world. We are going to explore the vast tradition of Ancient Greek Medicine, its schools and philosophy, the numerous treatment methods and especially the use of acupuncture and medicinal herbs.

Learn by travelling – Travel by Learning!

Closest Airport

Athens International Airport (Google Map)

Workshop Location

Argolis, Peloponnese, Greece (Google Map)

Pick up Location

Nafplio KTEL Bus Station (Google Map)

Pick up times

At Day 1 of the Workshop


Workshop language: English
Spoken language: English


Dr. Alexandros Tilikidis
Mr. Constantinos Grivas


8 Days / 7 Nights @ 3-4* Countryside Resort / Traditional Guesthouse

Price Includes

  • 7 Breakfasts & 6 Lunches
  • 26 hours of Lectures
  • 2 Hands-on 'lost arts' Workshops
  • 1 Experiential Classroom in the Outdoors
  • 7 Sessions of Mild Exercise / Easy Walk
  • Guided Nafplio Highlights Walking Tour
  • Guided Walking Tour of Ancient Epidavros
  • Guided Tour at Organic Olive Oil Domain
  • Free time to Explore Nafplio Town
  • Transfers for all day-trips as per itinerary
  • Arrival & Departure Transfers from/to Pick up Location

Price Excludes

  • International & Domestic Airfares
  • Transfers & Activites not detailed in the Itinerary
  • Drinks, Beverages & Meals not detailed in the Itinerary
  • Personal Expenses
  • Tips to Guides & Drivers
  • Excess Baggage Charges
  • Visa & Passport Fees
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Costs Incurred in case of Illness
  • Greek Overnight Stay Tax (2018)


Workshop Highlights

In a scenery of unparalleled natural beauty, we will follow the steps of Hippocrates and Asclepius in Ancient Epidavros, the place where the first healing centres of the western world were created. We will get the healing vibes and feel rejuvenated and replenished through a complete experience of the world-famous Greek hospitality.

  • Understand Hippocrates' basic Acutherapy Points
  • Harvest Greek Medicinal Herbs & Learn their basic uses
  • Discover the Secrets of the Ancient Theatre of Epidavros & the Asklepieio
  • Savour Traditional Greek Cuisine, made of local, seasonal products
  • Visit an Organic Olive Oil Domain
  • Experience Elegant Nafplio

Day 1 Arrive in Palaia Epidavro, Greece

Welcome to Greece. Make your own way to Palaia Epidavros’ KTEL Bus Station in Peloponnese, where our representative will meet you and transport you to the hotel.

In the early evening, you can snack over a delicious fresh-fruit buffet, and join us for the official greetings from the organisers. This is your first night in Greece, and what a great opportunity to meet your fellow attendees. Yeia mas!

Day 2Lectures

Mild morning exercise and a hearty Greek breakfast starts your first full-day of lectures with Dr Tilikidi, the Director of Akadimia of Ancient Greek & Traditional Chinese Medicine. For the next three days you will be discussing the basic theory of Ancient Greek Medicine. Amongst other, you will be introduced to matters like: ‘The 4 elements’, ‘The Defensive energy and pathogenic factors’ and ‘The meaning of illness and how to confront it’.

At lunchtime a delicious fare of hot traditional meal will be waiting for you. Everyday there is plenty of time to rest before the afternoon sessions. Learn the art of the Greek siesta and enjoy free evening at your leisure.

Day 3Local Tours & Lectures

Today pack you day-backpack as we have designed a day of excursions for you. Our first stop is Ancient Epidavros with the Asklepeio, the famous healing centre of the ancient world. Our Certified Guide will tell you all about the magnificent structures that make this unique archeologically site. What is the mystery behind the Abaton and the Tholon? What socio-political conditions facilitated the evolution of the Epidavros Theatre?

As the sun climbs up we go under the shade, at a model Organic Olive Oil Domain. We learn about the history, the life-cycle and harvesting of this sacred tree. We witness the stages of production and from our host we learn about the bottling process. If the weather allows, we will be gathering under the olive trees for a tasty savoury snack, celebrating this amazing ‘natural juice’.

After a good lunch and some siesta, we meet with Dr Tilikidi in the afternoon. Free evening to enjoy under the Greek summer sky.

Day 4Lectures & Optional Workshop

Today you have the opportunity to solely focus on Dr Tilikidi’s lectures all through the day. During this afternoon’s break we will be offering you the chance to participate in a hands-on ‘lost arts’ workshop on how to make homemade: Goat’s Yogurt; Coughing Syrup or Traditional Spoon Sweets.

Day 5Lectures & Nafplio Walking Tour

Today you meet with Mr. Grivas, a Botanist with a MSc on the use of medicinal plants in Mount Athos, who gives regular lectures on subjects like ‘Greek and Chinese herbs’.

This afternoon develops in a very entertaining way as we visit the former capital of Greece, the elegant town of Nafplio. This very romantic seaside town has often been called the ‘Naples of the East’ and not in vain, as we will discover during our Nafplio Highlights Walking Tour. Our knowledgeable Guide will walk us through monuments like Vouleftiko and the Trianon, as we witness Nafplio’s supreme architectural beauty and colourful history. We will also get a chance to walk at Arvanitia, a stone-paved seaside track with stunning views of the Argolic gulf.

At the evening you have free time to spend in Nafplio. Would that be, dinner and ice-cream under the bougainvilleas or a cold cocktail with views of Bourtzi?

Day 6Lectures & Optional Workshop

This is another full day of lectures with Mr. Grivas, as you continue to explore Greek Herbology issues like the ‘History and evolution of the Ancient Greek Medicine’ and the ‘Properties, use and preparations of basic herbs’.

During the midday break we will be offering you the second and last of our “lost arts” workshop. Try homemade recipes and take home what you make.

Day 7Lectures & Greek Herbs Recognition Walk

Pack your day-backpack for a guided walk in the outdoors by Mr. Grivas himself. We will learn how to identify and harvest Greek Herbs in the right manner. Oregano, Aloe Vera, Lavender, are some of the protagonists of the Greek landscape and often found in home first-aid kits of many Greeks. This walk is designed to engage your mind and heart alike.

We still get plenty of time for rest before the afternoon sessions delivered by Mr. Grivas, that are also our last ones.

Day 8 Debriefing & Departure

After our breakfast and morning exercise we will gather all together for a debriefing of our experience: What we enjoyed most? What we would have liked to do different? and How we can make the best of our new knowledge? We have also prepared for you a small ceremony where you will be getting your Certificate of Attendance!

A bus will take you from the hotel to Palaia Epidavros’ KTEL Bus Station. From there you can make your own way back to Athens or continue your travels to other Greek destinations. We wish you farewell!

Workshop Contents
Basic Theory of Ancient Greek Medicine
by Dr. Alexandros Tilikidis
  • Historical data, Asclepius & Hippocrates
  • Fire-Water
  • The 4 elements
  • The trinity of the human nature (marrow, blood, gut)
  • Of the Soul, the Humors & the Inborn Life
  • Of the Defensive Energy & Pathogenic Factors
  • The Meaning of Illness & How to Confront It
Greek Acupuncture
by Dr. Alexandros Tilikidis
  • History of Acupuncture
  • Acupuncture as a World-Wide Treatment Technique
  • The Idea & Ethics of Greek Acupuncture
  • Greek Acupuncture & Rebirth of Ancient Greek Medicine
  • The wide use of Needles in Ancient Greece
  • Greek Acupuncture's System
  • The Meridians of Hippocrates
  • Relevance between Hippocratic & Chinese Meridians
  • The Location, Action & Therapeutic Indications of each Point
  • Relevance Between Greek & Chinese Points
  • Extra Points of Greek Acupuncture
  • Combining Greek Acupuncture Points for Treating the Internal Organs
  • Analysis of Diseases based on the Idea of Fire-Water & The 4 Elements
  • Using Greek Acupuncture Points for Treating Diseases
Greek Herbology
by Mr. Constantinos Grivas
  • History & Evolution of The Ancient Greek Medicine: its different Schools & Philosophical concepts
  • Introductory Presentation of Greek Medicinal Herbs
  • Properties, Use & Preparations of Basic Herbs
  • Practical Identification & Collection of Important Greek Medicinal Plants in the Epidavros Outdoors
Workshop Instructors
Alexandros Tlikidis
Constantinos Grivas

Dr. Alexandros Tilikidis

Dr. Alexandros Tilikidis, born in 1966 in Athens, Greece graduated from the medical university of Patras, Greece in 1991. As a western medical doctor he received the medical specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2001. He started his studies on acupuncture in 1994 in Athens, Greece. In 1996 he studied in TIANJIN UNIVERSITY of TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE Basic Theory of TCM, Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine with Professors Liu Gongwang and Zhong Qiangwei.

Since 1997 he practices Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine in Athens, also he teaches the Basic Theory of TCM, Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine.  In 2004 he established a private school in Athens (AKADIMIA of ANCIENT GREEK & TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE) in order to spread and promote Traditional Chinese Medicine and to unite TCM with Ancient Greek Medicine. He has published the following books: The Basic Theory of TCM (1999), Chinese Herbal Medicine – Herbs and Prescriptions (2011), Greek Acupuncture, meridians and points according to Hippocrates (2013 in Greek and English) and the Basic Theory of Ancient Greek Medicine (2014).

Constantinos Grivas was born in 1965 in Athens, Greece. He graduated from the Agricultural University of Athens and completed his MSc in the Department of Botany, on the use of medicinal plants in Mount Athos. Fascinated by the Asian medical traditions he took the 3 year therapist degree from the Akadimia of Ancient Greek and Traditional Chinese Medicine, studying acupuncture, herbalism and massage techniques (Tuina, Shiatsu, Thai Massage etc.). He also studied Tibetan Medicine and Kunye (Tibetan Massage Therapy) with Tsering Tsamchoe (General Secretary of Central Council of Tibetan Medicine) and Aldo Oneto (International Shang Shung Institute for the study and preservation of Tibetan heritage and culture), as well as various other therapeutic methods. He still follows specialized seminars by Chinese, Korean, European or American professors and practitioners of holistic medical systems.

Since 2009 he gives regular lectures on the Greek and Chinese herbs, the history and theory of Ancient Greek Medicine, Acupuncture and other treatments, in the Akadimia of Ancient Greek and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He authored a book on Greek herbs and another one on the history of Ancient Greek Medicine, which are used as tools by the students of the corresponding classes.

Ecology is yet another area that attracted his scientific interests. He is working systematically on environmental studies and particularly the implementation of this knowledge on the management of wildlife and protected areas, as well as man-made ecosystems. Except of various scientific papers, he authored a book titled Agricultural Good Practice Guide (published by the Natural History Museum of Crete-University of Crete, 2006), which was used as a textbook by the Department of Agriculture of the Technological Educational Institute of Crete.

His practice in Japanese and Chinese martial arts, breathing and meditation techniques started back in 1983, when he was a first-year university student. The long and deep engagement with the history, practice and theory of the martial arts, gave him the opportunity to cross paths with teachers that had a profound understanding, both on the practical application, as well as on the philosophical aspect of these arts. He is still actively involved in the teaching of martial arts and very recently he published a paper on The influence of Japanese Budo in the West (collective volume Modern Cultural Perspectives: Japanese Influences, ed. C. Konstantopoulou, Papazisi, 2017).

Location & Meals

Palaia Epidavros

Epidaurus (Epidavros) is a historic region of eastern Argolida, Greece, and is located at the foot of mountains Arachnaio, Premium and Tithio, where -according to mythology- Asclepius was born.

The strategic location of Epidaurus, and especially Asklipio contributed to the remarkable growth of the city. The residents concentrated on shipping. The first settlement belongs to the prehistoric period and is located 12 km from the town of Ancient Epidaurus.


Nafplio,Nauplion or Anapli, the capital of Argolis, is one of the best known and most beautiful towns in Greece. Apart from its administrative function it is also an important tourist centre, busy all year round.

According to legend, the city takes its name from its founder, Nauplios, the son of Poseidon and Amimoni. In ancient times Nauplion was basically overshadowed by Argos, which used it as a port from the 7th century BC. The town has a very intriguing history, being under many occupations and always used as a canvas for architectural masterpieces.


The meals are delicious, homemade and healthy! Your lunch & breakfast menu is based on traditional Greek recipes. Most of the products are local, fresh and seasonal, as Hippocrates suggested. As you become familiar with traditional Greek tastes you will learn about the healing properties of food and of the way they are prepared.

Indicative Breakfast Flavours: freshly baked bread, olives, olive oil, oregano, tahini and honey, different kinds of local cheese, eggs, yogurt, nuts, seasonal fruits and vegetables and freshly squeezed fruit juice.

Indicative Lunch Meals: yemista (stuffed tomatoes and peppers), fish with green salad, goat meat casserole with macaroni, legumes, artichokes a la polita.

We decided not to include dinner in the package, to give you the opportunity to make the best of your free time, discover the nearby villages and meet with the locals! Our evening visit to Nafplio will be a great opportunity to get in touch with its gastronomic wealth.

If you have special dietary requirements you will have to tell us about them in the participant’s details sheet.

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