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FREE Cultural retreat

Virtual retreat

FREE Cultural retreat

per person
April 23-25 (GR) & April 30-May 2 (EN)
3 days

Event Highlights

  • The meaning of words in our lives
  • The influence of Ancient Greek culture
  • Mental healing and empowerment
  • Distinguished experts share their knowledge



About This Event

Culture is the lifeblood of a vibrant society, expressed in the many ways we tell our stories, celebrate, remember the past, entertain ourselves, and imagine the future. The civilization of ancient Greece was immensely influential in many spheres: language, politics, educational systems, philosophy, science, and the arts. How relevant are the wise learnings of Ancient Greece during these turbulent times we experience? This 3-day virtual retreat is dedicated to the importance of the ancient Greek culture and its influence on our every-day life. Together with famous experts in their field, you will understand why Ancient Greece is fresh and relevant today. We will analyze the meaning of certain words and their symbolism in ancient Greece. We will also examine how ancient Greek culture inspires creative people. We will discuss about psychology, the relationship with mindfulness and nature and how it can empower our mindset. Interactive Sessions via zoom will be in English and Greek; different dates apply: 9am PDT, 12pm EDT, 18pm CEST, 19pm EEST Limited spots available. Please email us to secure your spot. In order to secure your spot, please send us your mail to confirm your participation and send you invitation via zoom

About Dr. Vassiliki Panoussi

Professor Panoussi's research focuses on Latin Literature of the Late Republic and early Empire, and on Vergil in particular. She is also interested in the study of women and gender in antiquity and in Greco-Roman religion. She is the author of Greek Tragedy in Vergil's Aeneid: Ritual, Empire, and Intertext (Cambridge University Press 2009) and Brides, Mourners, Bacchae: Women's rituals in Roman Literature (Johns Hopkins University Press 2019). She has co-edited a collection of essays on Emotional Trauma in Greece and Rome: Representation and Reactions (Routledge 2020). She has taught a range of courses on Greek and Roman literature and culture and all levels of Greek and Latin. She is currently at work on a book project tentatively entitled, The Goddess Isis in Roman Literature: Gender, Religion, and Ethnicity as well as on a project on the reception of Classical Myth in young adult literature and culture.

About Dr. Panos Valavanis

Panos Valavanis is a Greek anthropologist, art historian, archaeologist, and professor of Classical Archeology at the Department of History and Archeology of the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Athens. He studied Classical Archeology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and then at the University of Würzburg in Germany. Since 1980 he has been working at the University of Athens and since 2000 he has been a professor of Classical Archeology at the Department of History and Archeology of the School of Philosophy. He is also a member of the German Archaeological Institute (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut).

About Georgia Iliopoulou

Georgia Iliopoulou is the creator of ``The Thread``, a show regarding the Movement through tradition and art. She was born in Greece. She studied in Athens and Paris, majoring in international private law. In 1989 she started working independently in the field of culture. In 1991 she founded the cultural production company LAVRIS, and became its president and managing director. Since then, she has organized major cultural events with prominent international artists and become involved in the establishment of new cultural institutions in Greece, while at the same time actively promoting Greek culture abroad by participating in numerous festivals all over the world with important representatives of contemporary Greek creation of all genres (music, dance, and theatre).

About Polina Ellis

Born in Germany, Polina Sapouna Ellis holds a PhD in Classical Archeology from the University of Heidelberg. In her scientific career she participated for many years in the excavations of the well-known archaeologists Giannis and Efi Sakellaraki, in Crete, Kythira and Evia. Along with her career in archeology, she studied Art History and has been involved in painting on a professional level and has apprenticed with renowned painters such as Pavlos Samios. Her coexistence with finds and works of art of immeasurable value, and her need to be the same creator, led her, in addition to painting, to her great passion: jewelry. Ancient Greek culture is the source of inspiration for the designer. Through her designs, primordial symbolism is conveyed in an abstract way, which concerns modern man. Polina Sapouna Ellis started her career in the field of jewelry in 2011, founding the company POLINA ELLIS. He has participated in many exhibitions in Greece and abroad such as Paris, Basel, Dubai. Her jewelry is distributed in selected stores and museums around the world

About Niki Markogianni

Niki Markogianni has graduated from the Kapodistrian University of Athens with specialty in Neurology - Psychiatry. She has also attended the Arnica Research Center in Sweden, where she did a specialization in psychosomatic diseases. Markogianni has also knowledge of family therapy according to the Palo Alto California School. She is a holder of Eagala Advanced Certification and mentor. Since 2018 she is a freelancer and has founded Hippolysis, a center that rescues horses, offers them love and good quality of life and in return, the horses help humans through sessions of learning, therapy, and personal growth.

About Ioanna Kalypso Glypti

Ioanna Kalypso Glypti has studied Ancient Greek and Roman History, Byzantine Greek and Modern Greek. She has also studied Ancient Greek Theatre, Modern Greek literature, and Greek mythology.

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  • Language
    English; Greek

Daily Schedule

Day 1: The meaning of words in our life
Dr. Vassiliki Panoussi (only for the English version) and Dr. Panos Valavanis (only for the greek version) will analyze the meaning of the words we need today more than ever and the symbolism from ancient Greece through mythology, ancient tragedy, and philosophy.
Day 2: Ancient Greece keeps inspiring us
Georgia Iliopoulou and Polina Elis will discuss their works, the inspiration of ancient Greece and its power in our creativity.
Day 3: Mental healing and empowerment
Ioanna Kalypso Glypti will discuss Ancient Greek mythology, the Centaur Chiron and the importance of the name of Hippocrates, while Niki Makrogianni will explain why nature and horses had power in ancient Greece to this day.
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