Dreaming Wide Awake

The Happiness Retreat Dreaming Wide Awake transformational life experience Delos Mykonos Greece
Set your Soul free and Dance your world into being!
Led by Apostolia Papadamaki and joined by Toby Israel
8 days - 7 nights

We invite you in a transformative journey of conscious dreaming and reach a source of unlimited creativity and wisdom. Our eco-luxury hideaway in sun-kissed Mykonos will become our serene home for 8 days while we unfold our rolling flow practices in Delos island, one of Greece’s most powerful sacred sites. 

During our Full Moon retreat week by the birthplace of the Gods, we will meticulously guide you to become a Dreamer of Dreams, so that you can invoke this untapped source of spiritual guidance and manifest miraculous events for yourself, your loved ones, and your community.

This holistic journey is for you, who are longing to embody your dreams through breathwork, meditation, yoga, dance, storytelling, chanting, journeying & journaling.

If this call excites your spirit, see below all the details about this once in a lifetime journey that we have prepared for you with an abundance of love.

 

Apostolia Papadamaki
Spiritual artist and transformational retreat leader

Toby Israel 
Storyteller and creative experiences designer

 

Mykonos and Delos islands

The Happiness Retreat - Blue Aegean Sea - Cyclades

 

The Happiness Retreat Dreaming Wide Awake transformational life experience Delos Mykonos Greece - Delos Ruins

Mykonos is an island with a bohemian soul. A whitewashed paradise in the heart of the Cyclades, this dream-worthy destination is gifted with exceptional beaches, dreamy villas, a cosmopolitan aura, beautiful people that coexist with white rural houses, windmills, mystical rocks, wild beauty, world famous sunsets and above all the iridescent - Aegean light.

Just a breath away from Mykonos stands Delos, one of the most sunlit islands of the Aegean sea, imposing the splendor of the Greek spirit. A Unesco world heritage site, the birthplace of the immortals (the twin deities God Apollo, the god of light, and Goddess Artemis) Delos, sets you into a “dreaming wide awake” mode.

The numberless Ancient monuments reveal the glory of the island that represented a spiritual and cultural center for the ancient world. Some of the most significant remains are the three Temples devoted to the god Apollo, the sanctuary of Artemis, the House of Cleopatra, the temple of Dionysus and the famous "Lion Rue" with its nine marmoreal lions. 
 

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In our Dreaming Wide Awake journey, you will

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Arise in deep union with the elements of nature and receive the wisdom of the sacred ancient Greek land.

Revel in the enduring legacy of the Ancient Greek Myths, grounded in the soil of ancestral collective consciousness.

Communicate with your Dreamer self: see your path with greater clarity and call in new intentions.

Make conscious choices about what you are manifesting through your dreams.

Integrate gratitude and infuse your world with positive dreams in every moment.

Expand your awareness with simple creative rituals to restore wholeness.

 

Apostolia Papadamaki

The Happiness Retreat - Apostolia Papadamaki - Beach

Apostolia Papadamaki is an internationally acclaimed choreographer, a traveler, performer, and teacher. An ongoing life learner, Apostolia studied Contemporary Dance, Contact Improvisation, Yoga and Alexander Technique in New York. A lover of movement, arts, and spirituality, she also studied Shamanic practices, Music, Voice, Scuba Diving, Craniosacral Therapy and Rei-Ki collaborating with inspiring artists, musicians, and teachers in many lands. Endowed with profound spiritual insight and being thankful to life, Apostolia founded The Happiness Retreat to share her knowledge, experience, and joy with other beautiful souls.

 

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Toby Israel

Toby Israel - The Happiness Retreat

Toby Israel is is a vagabondess and storyteller with a metaphorical closet full of hats. She currently works as a creative facilitator, editor, and writer, and as Content Manager at NuMundo, the digital platform for the global regenerative movement. In addition, Toby is a trained Empowerment Self-Defense Instructor and Yoga Teacher, and regularly facilitates workshops and retreats to empower, inspire, and transform. She is a full-time lover of movement, food, and words, expressing light and dark through many forms of dance, poetry, songwriting, and more. For the moment, Toby lives in Costa Rica. (She came for a masters degree in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies from the UN-mandated University for Peace—and stayed for the papaya, sunshine, and conscious community.) .

 

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Apostolia Papadamaki practicing day dreaming amongst the ancient ruins on sacred Delos island greece

When one is asleep, there is something in consciousness which tells us that what presents itself is but a dream.

Aristotle, “On Dreams”

For the Ancient Greeks, dreaming was an opportunity to understand existence beyond the “awake” state. By following the right diet, dancing, singing and cultivating mental focus, they would prepare themselves for their dreams. Dreams in ancient Greece were seen as an opportunity for mortals to connect with higher divine energies capable of inspiring miraculous healing.
 

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Teachings / Practices

All of our daily sessions are carefully designed to help you connect, during waking hours, with the unconscious mind, the soul, the psyche, so that when Hypnos, the Greek god of sleep comes, your unconscious can bring you the healing dream. As ancient Greeks believed, dreams and the physical body are inextricably linked, and it is through dreams that one can practice ‘knowing thyself’ and experiencing divine eternity—the teacher and the healer we all have within us.

Yoga

The Happiness Retreat - Yoga Practice in Koufonisi

Yoga and active breathwork will nourish your body and silence your mind. Guided meditations and drum journeys will lead you into the deepest self-insights and most powerful creative dream states.

Spirit Contact Dance

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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, Air, Fi, e and Earth, Spirit Contact Dance will inspire you to embody your dreams creatively, trust your soul’s wisdom and reach a euphoric state of being.

Myths and Storytelling

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Storytelling and journaling will lead you down intoxicating paths of consciousness and revelation. Explore the untapped potential of your mind and spirit through guided and open journaling, creative writing, and sharing of stories. Dive deep into the well of your inner being, and bring it into the light. You can write your world into being, too!

Sharing Circle

Everybody joining The Happiness Circle

Our Sharing Circle, a sacred inclusive space that will support you to feel free to express who you are and how you feel without fear of judgment, 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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Nutrition

The Happiness Retreat Esco Essence Master Chef Raw Food Artist Dreaming Wide Awake

 

Esco Essence, our in house star chef and raw food artist, will make sure you get all the benefits of a delicious and nutritious diet, rooted in the gastronomic treasures of the islands. He carefully selects organic products for their healing qualities and he will prepare for you the most healthy, tasteful and colourful dishes. Esco will captivate your senses, share with you his recipes and definitely inspire you to continue a healthy lifestyle after the retreat.

 

You will enjoy an abundance of gourmet vegan and vegetarian meals, snacks and healthy smoothies throughout the retreat.

 

Fanari Complex Villas & Suites

Located in an idyllic area of the Northwest coast of Mykonos, our happiness nest offers stunning views of the Aegean sea. It is tucked away in a serene, secluded paradise of breathtaking scenery near the interesting and mysterious Cyclades lighthouse, on the cape of Armenistis. 

The Happiness Retreat - Villa Fanari / pool
The Happiness Retreat - Villa Fanari / bedroom
The Happiness Retreat - Villa Fanari / common spaces
The Happiness Retreat -Spaces I private pool
The Happiness Retreat -Spaces I relax pool area
The Happiness Retreat - Single bedroom ensuite bathroom -SpacesI
The Happiness Retreat -Spaces I - Bedroom -detail

What is included

8 days / 7 nights of stay 
Daily: breakfast/ brunch buffet, dinner, water, fresh fruits, tea, and digestive infusions
Daily: Yoga, Breathwork, Meditation, Spirit Contact Dance 
Opening & Closing Sharing Circle
3 Sessions of Myth /Story Telling
3 Dream Journeys with Shamanic Drum
Full Moon Cacao Ceremony
3 Boat excursions to Delos island

Entrance fees to the Archaeological sites of Delos island 
1 Hiking beach excursion
Free access to the private swimming pool
Car transfers from the Villas to nearby beaches and all our group excursions.
Mindfulness living all day long 
All meals are vegetarian, special dietary restrictions can be accommodated (e.g. gluten-free).
 

What you need to add

Your flight/ferry to Mykonos Island
Your transportation from Mykonos airport to the Villas 
Your travel insurance

The Happiness Retreat - Relax under the sun and meditate - Greece

 

Accommodation options & prices

Shared Triple Room / 1969€ per person
Shared Twin Room / 2169€ per person
Single Room / 2669€ per person

All rooms are very spacious and have their own private bathroom. Kindly send an inquiry form for payment options.

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Itinerary

The Happiness Retreat - sunset in the Aegean

Monday, May 13th, 2019 

Arrivals until 16.00
17.00 /  Retreat Orientation, Breathwork, Meditation, Sharing Circle. 
19.30 / Dinner, Dream Storytelling, and Chanting  

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, May 14th -17th

08.00 / Yoga, BreathWork, Meditation in the pool area or at the beach
10.00 / Breakfast / Brunch 
11.30 / Boat excursion to Delos Island or to a secluded beach where we will practice Spirit Contact Dance embodying our dreams amidst the sacred ruins
16.00 / Free time / Integration
18.30 / Sunset Dinner 
20.00 / Drum Journey / Dream Journaling 

Saturday, May 18th

Sunrise Meditation 

Full Moon Cacao Ceremony 

Dream Incubation Ceremony

Sunday, May 19th 

A free day after breakfast
19.00 / Dinner
20.00 / Sharing Circle 

Monday, May 20th, 2019 

Retreat Closing Circle at 09.00 am
Departure after 12.00 pm 

 

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How to get there

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by Air

Mykonos island has an international airport serviced by domestic flights from Athens and direct flights from several European countries.


by Ferry

Mykonos is easy to reach from Athens' two ports, Piraeus and Rafina.
Blue Star Ferries (www.bluestarferries.com) 
Hellenic Seaways (www.hellenicseaways.gr) 
Sea Jets (www.seajets.gr)