Spirit of Love

March 17-19, 2023
The Happiness Retreat - Spirit of Love
Spring Equinox Retreat for all - Family friendly
3 days - 2 nights

I invite you to join me in a profound celebration of Life, on a unique Eco - culture sanctuary, amidst unspoiled nature, and enter the space of true freedom, abundant bliss, and deep connection with mother Earth. For the Ancient Greeks, the Spring Equinox symbolised rebirthing as Persephone is ascending from the underworld and Nature is awakening and thriving.

Most spiritual awakening experiences happen when we attune with the life force of Mother Earth as she sings for us through the mountains, the rivers, the forest, and the plants helping us to remember and expand our consciousness.

Through a unique blend of embodied practices and bespoke rituals, (movement, breath, rhythm, pulse, sentient motion, sound, and voice), you will experience unconditional love, you will unleash your creative spirit and you will nourish your body with organic homemade meals, surrounded by the wealth of a loving community and the prosperity of the blooming nature around us.

Tap into the rebirthing power of the Spring Equinox and the healing power of the Elements of Nature, join me in "Spirit of Love" Retreat and plant the seeds of joy and passion in your soul!

Apostolia Papadamaki
The Happiness Retreat Founder & Embodied Spirituality Mentor

Guest teacher: Nikos Polychronides
African Percussion musician & Drum Circle Facilitator 

 

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The Happiness Retreat Spirit Contact Dance Apostolia Papadamaki founder dancing with the Tree photo Sea Eymere

 

Join us if you long to:

 

Celebrate the Spring Equinox

Uplift your Spirit with high vibrational energies

Align with the rhythms and the elements of nature.

Regenerate your Physical Body-Recharge your Energy.

Remember your birthright to be a free creative human.

Transform your “limitations” to infinite possibilities.

Sing and Dance

Be held by and belong to an inspiring circle of people.

Have a really good time doing all the above!

 

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Meet your teacher / Apostolia Papadamaki

Apostolia Papadamaki, founder of the Happiness Retreat

 

I am Apostolia Papadamaki, an internationally acclaimed choreographer, a transformational retreat leader, and an embodied spirituality master teacher.

I studied Contemporary Dance, Contact Improvisation, Yoga, and Alexander Technique in New York. As a lover of healing arts, and spirituality, I am trained in Shamanism, Meditation, Breathwork, Music, Voice, Diving, Craniosacral Therapy, and Rei-Ki collaborating with inspiring artists, healers, and teachers in many lands. I love to dream and I believe in infinite possibilities.

My highest intention is to keep opening the eyes of the soul and tuning into the frequency of Love no matter how life challenges me. The Happiness Retreat is an open-hearted invitation to share knowledge, experience, and joy with beautiful souls like you!

 

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Meet your guest teacher / Nikos Polychronides

Drum Circle Nikos Polychronides

 

Nikos Polychronidis has been involved in the research, study and promotion of the African percussion instruments of West Africa to the wider public since 2000. He began his studies in Athens at the "Taki's Percussion School" where he specialized in djembe and doundoun. He then developed knowledge in modern and classical percussion (Filippos Nakas Conservatory, Moschatos Municipal Conservatory) with teachers Petros Kourtis and Konstantinos Vorissis, while at the same time he participated in educational seminars with Ponda o Braian, Drissa Conne, Reiner Polak etc.
Since 2009 he has been traveling to the birthplaces of djembe music (Mali, Bourkina Faso) and since 2012 he has been working steadily with djembe grand master Harouna Dembele.
In January 2012, together with Stavros Dadous, he founded the "pangea world music center" whose main goals are the promotion and dissemination of various art forms to the wider Greek public and the promotion of Greek cultural wealth abroad.
From 2006 until today, he has taken part in a significant number of concerts, the highlight of which was the organization and participation of the festival "ritual drum festival"

 

 

Teachings/Practices

The Happiness Retreat - Spring Celebration Ritual - Yoga Practice

YOGA AND MINDFULNESS IN NATURE

CREATIVE DANCE AND AUTHENTIC MOVEMENT

The Happiness Sharing Circle

 

 

Our Embodied Spirituality practices include

Yoga & Breath-work

Creative Movement & Dance

Vocal Exercises & Chanting

Spiritual Guidance & Ancestral Wisdom

Drum Circle

Sharing Circle  

Temazcal Ritual

Fire Ritual

Water Ritual

We ground ourselves, shaking and pulsing, releasing the tension, increasing blood circulation, and connecting with the cosmic energy of the Earth. Our breath expands into sound and our voice can be liberated. We enter a state of profound soul connection establishing a deep level of freedom - we reach our euphoric state of being.

We will sit in a circle as a tribe, holding a safe and sacred space for one another. We will drum together remembering our tribal roots. We will learn how to speak words of gratitude, share our intentions for new beginnings and set the foundation for our soul to give us what we need at the present moment in time.

Movement, breath, rhythm, pulse, sentient motion, sound, and voice practices will create a heartfelt space where the mind forms and borders are not leaders anymore, where freedom of expression is unconditional.

We will guide you on how to be happy to be seen, to be heard, and to be free to express yourself through voice and movement, harmonizing body, mind, and soul so you can embody your true loving nature.

Our circle will support you to be "ridiculously" creative, to express yourself in ways you can never imagine, to find the courage to “fail” and create again and again and again until you are happy and free because you will feel this amazing trust in the beautiful unknown you! 

 

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Price

Double room accommodation 380€ per person

Triple or quadruple spacious maisonette accommodation 360€

For single accommodation please contact us for availability.

 

Registrations & Bookings

A non-refundable, 120 euro deposit is required upon booking to reserve your place. Places are limited to 12 people.

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Included in the price

Accommodation for 2 nights in an eco-luxury stone build guesthouse with coconut bedding

Organic farm-to-table meals. Dinner on Friday, 3 meals on Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Sunday.

2 Yoga & Breath-work sessions

2 Drum Circles

2 Creative Movement & Dance sessions

2 Voice & Chanting sessions

Temazcal steam bath ritual

Fire Ritual

Hiking excursion to the Waterfalls and Water Ritual.

 

Not included

Transportation to and from Re-Green Eco culture Center

Private sessions with Apostolia

Re-Green Eco-culture centre

Re-Green is an Eco culture centre surrounded by majestic mountains, rivers and waterfalls where ancient Greek Nymphs still preside their free spirit over the fountains. A 250 years old stone built mansion combines tradition and elegance perfectly, offering spacious and pleasurable stay. Accommodation is shared in spacious rooms, renovated and decorated with natural living principles and immense love.
Regreen, Seliana - Panoramic view
The Malloca / Practice Room
Regreen - Bedroom

Nutrition

The Happiness Retreat Regreen Nutrition

The Happiness Retreat - Spring Celebration Ritual Nutrition

Our vegetarian nutrition will follow the philosophy of self-sufficiency and sustainability, with fresh vegetables and fruits from the garden of Re-green, cultivated with love and care. Simple Greek tastes will offer you pure, therapeutic, and delicious meals. An experience to remember on Sunday afternoon- the garden –stone oven – Pizza Party with garnishes of your choice.

 

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Itinerary

Friday 17.03.2023

13.00-16.00 / Arrivals in Regreen
17.00 / Session I, at the Maloca.
19.30 / Dinner
 21.00 / Outdoor Fire Ritual, Song, Dance, Drum Circle.

 

Saturday 18.03.2023

08.00 / Yoga and Breathwork
09.30 / Breakfast 

11.00 /  Session II, at the Maloca or at the Waterfall
13.30 Lunch 
15.00 / Temazcal Steam bath Ritual 
18.00 / Session III, at the Maloca.
19.30 / Dinner
21.00 / Drum Circle and Dance Meditation with Nikos and Apostolia

 

Sunday 27.11.2022

08.00 Yoga and Breath-work
09.30 / Breakfast 
11.00 / Silent hike & Session IV in Nature
13.30 / Lunch and Regreen Market with local products
15.00 / Closing Circle
17.00 / Departure from Regreen

 

FIRE RITUAL

EMBODIED SPIRITUALITY SESSION

How to get there

From Athens, Greece

Carpooling (if there is space) with participants that travel from Athens.
We will organize our transfer in the best and more convenient way for everybody, sharing transportation expenses.

Public Transportation
From the Athens Airport take the Airport Express Bus X93 that leaves at
approx. every 20 minutes from the Airport and go to the Kifisos
Intercity Bus Station (1h trip). At Kifisos catch a bus to Akrata which leaves almost every half hour (2hr trip). The Regreen team will pick you up from Akrata Village and take you to Regreen (30min drive) at a small cost.