Dreaming Wide Awake

The Happiness Retreat - Dreaming Wide Awake, Delos
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 to join us in an immersive, transformative journey into the full potential of your divinely exceptional soul. Our peaceful hideaway in sun-kissed Mykonos will become our serene Cycladic home for 8 days while we unfold our rolling flow practices in Delos one of Greece’s most powerful sacred sites. 

During our enchanting retreat week, as the Full Moon’s silverlight rises from Delos Island, the birthplace of Apollo the Sun God, we will meticulously guide you to become a Dreamer of Dreams, so that you can manifest miraculous events for yourself, your loved ones, and your community.

 This holistic journey is for you, who are longing to enter the realms of dreams with your spiritual heart, you who are seeking to learn how to enter “Dreamtime,” and you who wish to embody your dreams through breathwork, meditation, yoga, dance, storytelling, chanting, journeying & journaling.

If this call excites your spirit, join our Dreaming Wide Awake Happiness Retreat, embrace your light, raise it into consciousness, and receive the gifts that already reside within you

With Love & Light

Apostolia Papadamaki
Spiritual artist and transformational retreat leader

Toby Israel 
Storyteller and creative experiences designer

Mykonos and Delos islands

The Happiness Retreat - Mykonos Windmills

The Happiness Retreat - Delos Ancient Greece

Mykonos is an island with a bohemian soul. A whitewashed paradise in the heart of the Cyclades, this dream-worthy destination is a breath away from the legendary uninhabited island of Delos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Together these islands form a cluster, officially characterized as “a region of particular natural beauty” protected by special laws.

Exceptional beaches, dreamy villas, a cosmopolitan aura, and beautiful people coexist with white rural houses, windmills, mystical rocks, wild beauty, world famous sunsets and above all the iridescent - Aegean light - shared with the neighboring sacred island of Delos, the birthplace of the Gods which transforms you and sets you into a “dreaming wide awake” mode…

Both Mykonos and Delos are deeply connected to Greek mythology, Mykonos taking its name from the grandson of Apollo, and Delos being the birthplace of the god Apollo and the goddess Artemis, a place of spiritual significance since ancient times, with ruins and temples of great archeological value.

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 our 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.

Endorse your unique gifts to honor and respect your importance.

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

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

Set yourself free by manifesting your unspoken emotions (and listening to others) within the safe space of our circle.

Expand your awareness with simple creative rituals to restore wholeness.

The Happiness Retreat - Blue Aegean Sea - Cyclades

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.


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, Fire 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

Sharing Circles 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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Apostolia Papadamaki

Apostolia Papadamaki - teacher - yoga retreat

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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The Happiness Retreat - sunset in the Aegean

Monday May 13th 2019

Arrival until 16.00
We will meet at 17.00 for Breathwork, Meditation, Sharing Circle. 
Dinner at 19.30 
Storytelling and chanting at 20.30 


Sample Daily Schedule

08.00 / Yoga, BreathWork, Meditation 
10.00 / Breakfast / Brunch 
11.30 / Boat excursion to Delos Island 
Spirit Contact Dance / Embody our dreams 
16.00 / Free time / Integration
18.30 / Sunset Dinner 
20.00 / Drum Journey / Journaling / Sharing Circle.
22.00 / Rest 


Monday May 20th 2019 

Closing Circle at 09.00 am
Departure after 12.00 pm


On certain days / nights we will have: Sunrise Ritual, Full Moon Ritual, Invocation Ritual and Dream Activation Ritual.

On Saturday 18th July, we will co-create with dancers and musicians who will blend gracefully with us and participate in a unique ritual performance under the Full Moon light.



The Happiness Retreat - Healthy nutrition vegan vegetarian food - Mediterranean cuisine

Our retreat diet will be rooted in the gastronomic treasures of the islands.

Two vegan/vegetarian meals will be served in a buffet setup every day, and you will have the chance to taste excellent local cheeses such as kopanisti, tyrovolia, and anthotyro, local recipes such as mostra, a gourmet dish of rusk, tomato and kopanisti cheese, and a variety of Greek dishes incorporating raw local ingredients such as capers, organic vegetables, fish and eggs. Our culinary journey will showcase the most healthy elements of the Mediterranean diet, while also giving you the opportunity to taste traditional recipes dating from ancient Greek times.

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

Options and Prices

Shared Triple Room / 1769€ per person
Shared Twin Room / 1969€ per person
Single Room / 2569€ per person

All rooms are very spacious and have their own private bathroom.


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What is included

All teachings, classes, experiences by Apostolia and Toby

8 days / 7 nights of stay 

Daily breakfast / brunch and dinner

3 Boat excursions to Delos island as well as the entrance fees to the Archaeological sites of Delos island 

Transportation from the Villas to all our group excursions.

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


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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.

Car ferries - operated by Blue Star Ferries (www.bluestarferries.com) - tend to be comfortable but slow, taking approximately seven hours to get to the island, while modern high-speed catamarans - Hellenic Seaways (www.hellenicseaways.gr) and Sea Jets (www.seajets.gr) - are more than twice as fast, but not as steady in rough seas.