IN HARMONY WITH NATURE ACCORDING TO GREEK PHILOSPPHY
"The Greek symposium was an aristocratic activity, a tightly choreographed social gathering where people drank together, conversed, and enjoyed themselves in a convivial atmosphere. They were bedecked in garlands. The people conversed, often about specific topics, as in Platos Symposium, and some recited poetry or played music. Jokes, gossip, and games of skill and balance enlivened the evening, as did professional musicians and dancers. The well-conducted symposium was a center for the transmission of traditional values, as well as an event that provided liberation from everyday restraints within a carefully regulated environment."
The idea of wellbeing from a Greek perspective always refers to the wholeness of being, that is body mind and soul. The intellectual attitude is an essential function of wellbeing.
The fourth day of the program is dedicated to a different kind of feast. We have designed a special symposium on our beautiful site in open air. Our guests harvest vegetable and herbs (meat is on offer on that day) and cook in our kitchen together with our professional cook. Then we eat all together in the yard.
...and an especially designed game with cards that ignites discussion amongst participants based on the ideas of Aristotle on FRIENDSHIP, Plato on LOVE, Epicurus on HAPPINESS etc.
Epicurus says: Not what we have but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.
In a special place up to the mountain, where a vineyard and a winery are finely placed, there is an open air theatre. At sunset we ran a session that combines "farewell to the sun" meditation, theatre and philosophy (in a simple way). We have prepared a set of lines from Ancient Greek Drama and the whole group pronounce them loudly. Each of the participants picks up a line and suggests a round of discussion on that line.
A dinner will follow around this winery.
All our sessions are spiced with philosophical lines that address the idea of wellbeing, communication and long and happy life.