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A GATHERING FOR WOMEN

Reviving Ancient Sisterhood

On the island of Ikaria, a sacred temple in honour of the goddess Artemis was built in the sixth century BC, in the village of Nas. While the Ikarians built it to honour the maiden goddess as the patroness of sailors, and the protector of the wild, it was also as a symbol to honour Artemis as the symbol of fertility and the feminine.

Today, as the ruins of the temple still stand, we know that women performed many spiritual rituals there – they gathered to commune with nature, for healing of themselves, one another, and the world around them.

  

In the spirit of reviving the rituals of the ancient women of Artemis, we are reinstating what women have known to be true for centuries – that we, as women – were made to be together, to collaborate, to support each other, and to be in sacred community.


Reviving the Ancient Sisterhood Traditions

In this six-day gathering, an intimate group of women will experience the magic of sisterhood, authenticity and a deep connection to the island that was expressed so easily in ancient times.

This will be a place for women of all ages and backgrounds to come together to recalibrate, incubate, dream, slow down, heal and reconnect to their own innate wisdom. As one of the homes to the fertile goddess, Ikaria will be the perfect place to experience:

Celebration - In a circle of sisters, we see many individual expressions of being a woman. There is no elite, no division, but a warm acceptance of all the colours, shapes and sizes. Sitting in circle held by the wild elements of Ikaria, we will share our stories, appreciate and support each other in our individuality, dreams, and choices, to encourage incredible freedom in one another.

Mastery - Sisterhood encourages the expression of our full power as women. It is a supportive journey of mastery over our deep instinctual nature, our thoughts and our physicality. As we shape our inner world, we discover the power to manifest our dreams in the outer world. Connecting to our instinctual nature through deep movement practices, yoga classes, and with the deep wisdom of the island herself that will enable this unfolding. 

 

Honour - Sisterhood is a path of honouring our sensuality as women. There will be space to celebrate the sensual aspects of being a woman, supported by the surrounds of Ikaria: as we eat nourishing organic food prepared in traditional ways, swim in pristine beaches, walk and hike on spectacular trails, forage for wild herbs, soak in the healing hot springs, absorbing the wild elements of the island with all of our senses.

Stillness - The feminine principle is receptive. In stillness we open to inspiration, we connect deeply with ourselves, so that we are able to hold space more deeply for our families, children, and communities. The healing properties of Ikaria are the perfect backdrop to help us come into to our bodies and truly listen. There will be deep sunset mediation sessions on the healing rocks of the island, where each woman will have the opportunity to dive deep into her own experience of ‘receptivity’.

Creativity - While we have the ability to birth new life, women also have the capacity to birth their dreams to life in the same way. We have a responsibility to express this creativity, be it through creating a family, a community, harmony, works of art, dance, music or anything that calls us – in our own unique and original way. Using stillness, movement, the deepening connection to each other and to the island, we will have the opportunity to open to our own creative impulses.

We need these sacred principles now more than ever, if women are to impact the world in ways that are truly needed.

JAMI SAMS, THE THIRTEEN ORIGINAL CLAN MOTHERS

‘When women are no longer lost, asking others to tell them what they should do or how they should live, there will be great changes in our world. This is not to say that the friendships and bonds of women are not to be used; on the contrary, the support of other women who have walked the same path is paramount.’

Your island experience includes:

Accommodation

 

5 nights in the village of Nas including locally grown breakfast, lunch and dinner for the entire stay. 

 

Accommodation for the gathering is at various locations in the village. All rooms give the feeling of having nature ‘right at your doorstep', with most rooms enjoying views of the sea. Nas is situated as the perfect base to explore the island and get immersed in the culture.

 

The gourmet breakfasts at Thea’s Inn include fresh eggs and goats cheese from our organic farm, locally baked bread, hot coffee, and yogurt with Ikarian honey, famous for its healing properties.

Activities

You can participate in as many or as few of the following as you like:

  • Yoga classes

  • Meditation classes 

  • Group processes facilitated by a specialist teachers 

  • Mountain walks

  • Visit to the Hot Springs in the village of Therma

  • Beach visits

  • Organic farm visits and gathering produce 

  • Dinner at Afianes Winery

Additional costs and information

  • Transfers to and from Ikaria airport to the village of Nas are included.

  • You will need to purchase your own return flights to Athens and from Athens to Ikaria. 

  • You will need to arrange your own Travel Insurance.

To reserve your place

This gathering of women will be hosted by Thea Parikos and Simone Leona Hueber for an intimate gathering of 12 women. This ensures that every woman gets the very best out of her experience.

If you are interested in reserving your place, please contact us for more detailed information at theaparikos@gmail.com