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Therapeutic Keys to Self Knowledge through Homer’s Demeter

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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 !
7 Days 6 Nights
Availability : 8 -14 September 2018
Min Age : 18
Max People : 20
Workshop Overview

Omorfi Zoi (Beautiful life), the leading Greek website in wellness and self-improvement, in cooperation with Dr. Lindy-Lydia McMullin, organise this 7-day workshop situated amidst the gorgeous Argolis landscape. 

In this workshop you will learn about the inner self and how Plato’s Ideas and Myths serve as indicators of the archetypes within and help to produce balance.

According to Athanassakis and Wolkow (2013), the Homeric Hymns were used with Lyre music in mystical ceremonies to invoke the presence of the deities by naming and praising their particular attributes. Discourse with the deities was largely seen as therapeutic interventions that assisted well-being, improved quality of life and facilitated the process of inner knowledge. In Plato’s Phaedrus, Socrates claimed, “I must first know myself as the Delphian inscription says; to be curious about the old myths while I am still in ignorance of my own self, would be ridiculous” (c.370 BC/2005, p. xxiii).

It is clear that the ancient Greeks were concerned with self-knowledge; to know the self, one had to have recourse to both empirical as well as theoretical knowledge. Martin (2005) has pointed out that poetic myth-writing is part of a process through which the human mind evolves, as it explores multiple levels of meaning. Both myth and ritual are known to complement the process of internal transformation through emotional experiences and moments of revelation.

Platonic thought emphasised that proper education provided an environment to bring out what was best in the soul. Education in music was a discipline, and music was important because rhythm and harmony found their way to the inner being. While rituals brought change to character, music transformed the inward movements of the mind, producing inner serenity.

Learn by travelling – Travel by Learning!

Closest Airport

Athens International Airport (Google Map)

Workshop Location

Drepano, Peloponnese, Greece (Google Map)

Pick up Location

Nafplio KTEL Bus Station (Google Map)

Pick up times

At Day 1 of the Workshop

Languages

Workshop language: English
Spoken language: English

Instructors

Dr. Lindy-Lydia McMullin

Accommodation

7 Days / 6 Nights @ 3-4* Countryside Resort / Traditional Guesthouse

Price Includes

  • 6 Breakfasts & 6 Lunches
  • 26 hours of Lectures
  • 2 Hands-on 'lost arts' Workshops
  • 6 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)

Notes

Workshop Highlights

Enter into a simulated atmosphere that brings the ancient world into present time, experiencing what memories emerge through the Muses and Demeter. Connect to the land and the culture of ancient Greece, awakening the inner philosopher and poet within, and the gods and goddesses as elements and attributes that are within.

 

  • Explore the archetype of Demeter as Earth Goddess
  • Llearn how to practice Nepsychia, a western meditative practice (McMullin , 2017) that encourages non-judgemental observation of inner thoughts as images in deep, reverend silence.
  • Discover the Secrets of the Ancient Theatre of Epidavros & the Asklepieio
  • Listen to and experience the Hymn of Demeter with Lyre Music in deep relaxation over five sessions.
  • Savour Traditional Greek Cuisine, made of local, seasonal products
  • Visit an Organic Olive Oil Domain
  • Experience Elegant Nafplio
Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Drepano, Greece

Welcome to Greece. Make your own way to Nafplio KTEL Bus Station in Peloponnese, where our representative will meet you and transport you to Drepano- a small village- and the hotel.

In the early evening, you can join us for the official greetings from the organisers and the workshop instructor. We will introduce you to the theme of our workshop and get to know each other.This is your first night in Greece, and what a great opportunity to meet your fellow attendees, eating a dinner all together! Yeia mas!

Day 2Lectures

Mild morning exercise and a hearty Greek breakfast starts your first full-day of lectures with Dr Lindy-Lydia McMullin. You will be introduced to the theoretical part of the workshop, to matters like: ‘The Sacred Eleusinian Mysteries”, “The archetype of Demeter as Earth Goddess”, “The archetype of Narcissus”, “The practice of Enkoimoiseis”, “The nature of the Lyre through the Myth of Hermes and Apollo”.

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. During the afternoon lessons there is the experiential part of the workshop. Listen to and experience the Hymn of Demeter with Lyre Music in deep relaxation every day. Also, learn how to practice Nepsychia, use Artwork to record the symbols that emerge through our dreams, share and enact
some of the deeper insights.

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 Lindy-Lydia McMullin 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 Lindy-Lydia McMullin lectures and experiential sessions 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 will have lectures and practice with Dr Lindy-Lydia McMulli all through the morning, with interim breaks!

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 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!

We will transfer you to Nafplio’s 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
Τhe theoretical part
Dr. Lindy-Lydia McMullin
  • We will enter the space of the Sacred Eleusinian Mysteries through the myth of Demeter and Persephone as recorded by Homer in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter.
  • We will explore the archetype of Demeter as Earth Goddess, who brings balance through initiation, as she undertakes to find her daughter Persephone (explored as the archetype of self).
  • We will connect with Narcissus as the golden flower of revelation, extracting its true meaning rather than the one it has been given, through the modern use of the word.
  • We will enter the Temple of Healing and become acquainted with the practice of Enkoimoiseis, therapeutic sleep and dreaming as necessary tools of recovery and revelation.
  • We will explore the nature of the Lyre through the Myth of Hermes and Apollo, drawing on its symbolic nature as a vehicle that unites and leads the way.
Τhe experiential part
Dr. Lindy-Lydia McMullin
  • We will learn how to practice Nepsychia, a western meditative practice (McMullin , 2017) that encourages non-judgemental observation of inner thoughts as images in deep, reverend silence.
  • We will listen to and experience the Hymn of Demeter with Lyre Music in deep relaxation over five sessions.
  • Use Artwork to record the symbols that emerge through our dreams.
  • Share and enact some of the deeper insights that emerge from our experiences as body
Workshop Instructors
Lindy -Lydia McMullin

Dr. Lindy-Lydia McMullin

Lindy McMullin is an international workshop leader, educator, researcher and therapist. She holds a BA in Education, Psychology & Criminology, a post Graduate Certificate in Western Esotericism, a Master of Science (Cum Laude) in Transpersonal Psychology and Consciousness Studies and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, where she investigated the application of Ancient Greek Myth and Music in Personal, Professional and Transpersonal Development.

Her MSc research was on the importance of integrating spiritual, religious and mystical experiences into everyday life.
Lindy was born in South Africa and has lived and worked in Greece since 1978. She is co-editor of Metamorphosis through Change (Cambridge Scholars), author of A Soul’s Journey, The Essence of a Spiritual Path towards the Transpersonal (Archive Publishing) and Homer’s Demeter: Therapeutic Keys to Self Actualization (to be published in 2018 by Cambridge Scholars Press).

Her life’s work is dedicated to guiding those who wish to traverse the rugged but breath taking expanse of the unconscious, in search of integrity, humility and freedom.
Her life-long spiritual experiences as described in her autobiography, her experience as an educator from kindergarten through to post graduate tutoring and her work as a supervisor and therapist has provided her with the expertise to safely guide those who wish to know more about the self. www.quantumgreece.com

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

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.

Meals

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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