Workshops

Health and Wellness retreat 3rd June

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Ever feel stressed, overwhelmed, time-pressured, tired, exhausted, run-down, under the weather, or simply “not at your best?” If so, the Kalikalos Health and Wellness retreat is for you.
It starts from 3rd June and it is run byOwen Okie (M.Sc. Herbal Medicine, MCPP) andSusan Goldsmith (BSc(Hons) BA(Hons) MNMH) and it still has few places left. Book now to avoid disappointment to join this amazing workshop and enjoy the warm beaches of Greece.
Click here to read more information about this workshop:

http://www.kalikalos.org/health-and-wellness

 

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Healing and Guidance – One amazingly rich week.

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The seminar started as usual on time with a wonderful inclusive meditation.

A lot to learn, a lot to share, challenges and achievements creating a group and making it community.

Also from the staffers a huge thank to Edwin that supported our meetings and tought us about how to focus on the positive even still osberving and accepting the negative, never absolute negative but negative for each one of us in the present moment.

Big thank to Dave that from Findhorn brought tools about Holistic Education, Gropu dynamics management and effective non violent communication, over than Positivity into action a hug amount of laughter and joy flowing from him!

Big Thanks to all our FIRs, facilitators in residence offering only this week: YOGA, Facial Yoga, reflexology, Thai Massage, Reiki, Barbara Brennan sessions, Thai Chi and Five Rythms sessions.

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Thanks to Haleema for her words: “My time spent at Kalikalos I would describe as magical, the community, the people, the food and the love shared is abundance in itself. Sharing duties together, cooking food together and being amongst nature is a great healing and refreshing process for the soul. Edwin’s workshop was deep and intense and in return created a family bond never to be forgotten. My greatest lesson here was to experience people from all walks of life coming together for the purpose of expansion and love. Kalikalos is truly a magical place to be,  abundance! :)”.

More info from Ewin for next dates here in Kalikalos and in London for the winter.

“If you would like to share spiritual beach vacations in Greece with new friends working on healing and transformation, there is no better opportunity than this one.The June retreat has just ended. It was a very intense transformation, but also relaxing and opening us all to changes in our lives. We had an amazing group coming together. We all learned from each other.The beach time was amazing, the food was fantastic and the beauty of this place is just stunning.The next workshop will start on 4-th of September in Kalikalos and we have ongoing workshops in London.

We have a special early bird offer of 100 Euro off, bringing the cost down to 300 Euro. Kalikalos is considering rising the prices, so it is an excellent deal right now. It includes the workshop, shared accommodation and vegetarian meals. It requires full payment before July 1-st'”

Hope to have you on board for next worshops, hope to share with you these wonderful experiences in community!

Non-duality and Community Spirit in a Delightful Setting

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Flowers rained down on our taxi as it pulled away from Kalikalos a couple of weeks ago. Standing above the road, several members of the staff smiled, waved and blew kisses. This beautiful send-off capped a wonderful week and epitomised for me the ethos of this special place.

I had arrived a week earlier for James Eaton‘s non-duality workshop, and to escape the cold and rain of a British summer. James’ meetings turned out to be most profound. Through dialogue and sitting together in silence, James helped me to clearly see my assumptions about what life is and who I am, and how they contradict my direct experience in this moment. Beliefs were seen for what they are and began to fall away, leaving me with a sense of awe and deep gratitude for the mystery of existence. Outside of the meetings, watching the birds circling and swooping across the lush green valley I had a couple of a-ha moments of deep understanding.

I knew nothing about Kalikalos before coming and had no previous experience of community living. I came purely for the workshop but was very pleasantly surprised by what I found outside of it. Sharing in the cooking, cleaning and gardening proved to be a great way to get to know the staff and volunteers and engendered a true sense of community spirit, something that I feel is quite lacking in the Western world. During my time living in Peru I witnessed a strong sense of community, where people truly look out for their neighbours, friends and extended family. I think this provides a vital contribution to their level of happiness and sense of well-being in spite of material poverty.

And so for me it was wonderful to see people in Europe living this way. The connection I felt with people at Kalikalos and their sister centre at Anilio left me feeling uplifted and blessed. We danced in the forest, swam in the sea and had great conversations around the fire. There was even a rendition of Dolly Parton accompanied by ukulele. What more could a man ask for?

I very much look forward to returning to KaliKalos next year, to connect again with the hard-working and generous community and to teach an Introduction to Astrology workshop. And, hopefully, to receive another flower-strewn farewell.

by Mark Flaherty

www.mark-flaherty.com

Lasting Impressions from the Sustainable Economics Workshop

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Sustainable Economics Workshop, Kalikalos (June 2013)

With the community cooking and cleaning, the mountain walks, the beach learning sessions, the deep conversations, and the general atmosphere of people coming together to share a place and an experience, we were truly living the gift economy, if only for a week. 

I still feel the rich sense of community that was created in only a week by total strangers at the Sustainable Economics workshop.

Sitting at my computer here in Athens, the fresh scents of greenery growing all around and the seascape just out my window seem so far away.  Fortunately, all of the thoughts and feelings that the workshop and my stay at Kalikalos generated in me are fresh.

It was a week’s worth of in-depth, hands-on training in a micro sustainable economy.  This training rejuvenated me and left me better prepared to greet the challenges of life in a city that’s the epicenter of an enormous economic crisis.

Jonathan and his daughter sharing with the group

At the workshop, facilitated by the brilliant Jonathan Dawson of Schumacher College, we of course talked about the key concepts of sustainable economics.  We talked about the ecological limits to economic growth.   Jonathan introduced the main factors that create the imperative for economies to grow.

It’s a big aha moment when you realize that our economy that’s designed to grow forever cannot last much longer on a planet that doesn’t have the resources to support that growth.

All the while, Jonathan kept our spirits up with examples of solutions that are already being put into action, some of which have been around for a long time.  There’s actually so much going right, even after learning about all of the difficulties we face, it’s hard not to be excited about the sustainable economies that are emerging.

I was very impressed not only with Jonathan’s teaching styles, which incorporated many movement-oriented exercises to help our bodies learn  what our minds were processing, but also his approach to the subject matter, which always kept a focus on the positive things that are happening and the complexity involved in the issues at hand.  I very much appreciated his ability to zoom in and out of the subject, from a very detailed view of monetary systems to the expanded context of the evolution of economics.

Jennifer draws a causal loop system with the group at the beach

Although Jonathan brought the main framework for the workshop and guided us along it, he allowed for the group to really explore and dig into the ideas and the feelings that our discussions about sustainable economics brought up.  I was extremely moved by the amount of honesty, empathy, open-mindedness and compassion that I experienced at the workshop and Kalikalos every day, all day long.

With the community cooking and cleaning, the mountain walks, the beach learning sessions, the deep conversations, and the general atmosphere of people coming together to share a place and an experience, we were truly living the gift economy, if only for a week.

I can’t wait to see what the proposed Occupy Money workshop (which will hopefully take place on or around September 6-13) has in store.  I’m so excited about another opportunity to create community in a setting where we’re all learning more about the important issues of money and economics from each other.   My friend, Andrea Bonetti, and I will be offering systems thinking tools that help us think and act more holistically.  Hope to see you there!

by Jennifer Hinton

If this post has piqued your interest, and you are considering attending a future event at Kalikalos, please get in touch!