Alexandros Spring Community Workcamp

Join the Spring Community Workcamp 2, 3 or 4 weeks that Help Open Up the Alexandros Centre!

1 – 31  May 2020

€90/week

We open our doors and windows at the beginning of May and give the whole place a fresh Spring cleaning, unpack various equipment, get the inside and outside kitchen ready, prepare the ground floor for the up-coming workshop groups and brighten up our garden with colourful flowers and create a small vegetable garden to supply the kitchen with fresh spices.

We are looking for volunteers who enjoy the energetic starting energy, love to collaborate, offer their physical work to prepare the place for  of the summer season  which will be filled with life, joy, tears and laughter.

Additional works needed to be done for the 2020 season are: Erect Yurt and get the tent places ready, repair and sew the sanctuary cotton roof, finish outside pavement  and build a solar system for hot water supply on the roof of the out-door kitchen. Finish and repaint the Sanctuary. Our bright downstairs workshop space will get a new wooden floor and there is always plenty of maintenance to be done in the opening period.

Please email if you would like to join us at our spring community workcamp.

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ABOUT SEBASTIAN JAMES

Sebastian is a psychologist and therapist working both in the private and corporate sector. He’s a graduate of five-year training in psychodynamic work with groups, three-year family system therapy training and five-year training oriented in Gestalt. In his work he focuses on direct communication, honesty, effectively handling stress, cooperation, body awareness, relaxation and play. Sebastian led workshops in the Czech Republic, Germany, France and Greece. He has been to Kalikalos four times before.

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ABOUT MARTIN VASQUEZ

Martin is the Co-founder of the Czech improvisation league and for several years has been its president. Martin is also the Founder of the Czech Improv Institute – the biggest school of improvisation in the country. He holds a Ph.D. in psychology of communication and is a regular coach of TED speakers. As a trainer and mentor he works with top management in companies like Lego, Microsoft, Vodafone, Heineken or Nestle. He is married and has two daughters.

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ABOUT SEBASTIAN JAMES

Sebastian James is a psychologist and therapist working both in the private and corporate sector. He’s a graduate of five-year training in psychodynamic work with groups, three-year family system therapy training and five-year training oriented in Gestalt. In his work he focuses on direct communication, honesty, stress management, cooperation, body awareness, relaxation and play. Sebastian led workshops in the Czech Republic, Germany, France and Greece. He has been to Kalikalos four times before. He is a certified trainer of Radical Honesty.

 

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ABOUT MARVIN SCHULZ

Marvin is an artist, he has written and published two books, produces and performs music around Europe. He has lived with and learned from Radical Honesty founder, Dr. Brad Blanton over the course of 5 years. Marvin has radically changed his life at the core from being a consultant for multi-million dollar corporations in New York into being a free noticer and designer of his life, actively involved in Radical Honesty work as one of the first European trainers over the past 3 years.

“I think most human suffering and depression is caused by a lack of close connection to fellow human beings. Once we start opening up to the world around us–tell our story, express ourselves directly, and share our thoughts and feelings–we can create a future of our own design. I want to help you acquire the necessary tools for sharing yourself honestly with the world, get over past hurt and upset, and learn to stay in the present moment while working towards a happy future.”

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Radical Honesty with Marvin Schulz & Sebastian James

1 — 8 AUGUST 2020

€590 to €740 

A week-long Radical Honesty workshop on the beautiful Pilion peninsula in Greece

Who said Radical Honesty and Deep Relaxation don’t go together?

If you want to fully explore the world of Radical Honesty but value your quiet and leisure time as well, this retreat is perfect for you. Join long-term Radical Honesty practitioners and Prague-based flatmates Marvin Schulz and Sebastian James for a week of self exploration, in-depth training in Radical Honesty and raw adventures on the pristine Pelion peninsula.

The mornings are dedicated to your formal training in Radical Honesty, teaching you the skills to live your life out loud and play more. The afternoon is filled with beach time, trips to nearby waterfalls or simply hanging out and enjoying nature and each other’s company.

Our Daily Routine

Each morning, before breakfast, we’ll do an (optional) session of yoga and meditation. At 8:30, we’ll eat breakfast – fresh fruits, locally-made bread, real Greek yogurt and organic porridge. Since we are an active part of the Kalikalos community, we will all help out with food preparation at times.

From 9:30 till 1:30, after breakfast, we’ll come together for our Radical Honesty group session. The sessions will include an introduction to Radical Honesty; a deeper dive into RH; and learning through theory, discussions, sharing and exercises on how to be radically honest. We’ll do group and paired exercises as well as hot seat work.

At 1:30, we’ll break for lunch.

After lunch, we’ll be free to hike through the lush green forest, lay on a white sandy beach, swim in the Aegean Sea, chill at the village tavernas, lounge in the hammocks, talk amongst ourselves, apply what we learnt in the morning sessions.

From 6 PM to 8:30 PM is community time, when 2 or 3 of our group will garden and cook together, or help later on with the clean-up. Dinner will be served at 8:00, and after eating we can talk, dance, sing, drink, play and hang out. We can practice being radically honest with each other and converse about how we can live our lives in love and in contribution to others.

View this youTube video about Radical Honesty in case you haven’t to date experienced it or read one of Brad Blanton’s books.

Alexandros-Kalikalos

Our host in Greece is the Alexandros Center for Holistic Education whose vision is: “A world where authentic community and sustainable living are the foundation of all aspects of our society.” And their mission is: “Pioneering holistic education through the medium of authentic community from the heart of Greece.” For more information about Kalikalos, please visit www.kalikalos.com.

Food!
Included in the price of the workshop are vegetarian/vegan meals prepared from local produce.

The 1st is arrival day with registration in the afternoon and the welcome meal at 8pm. The 8th is departure day, after breakfast everybody helps to get the rooms ready for the next group – like the group before got the rooms ready for you.

STAYING AT THE GUESTHOUSE KATIES: Who prefers to stay at a more secluded and beautiful place closer to the sea may choose the option ‘Guesthouse twin’  (15 walking minutes to the Alexandros center). In this case you will pay your accommodation separately and directly to the guesthouse. For further information please contact friederike@kalikalos.com

 

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ABOUT URSULA OHSE

Ursula is both a certified trainer in Focusing and Biography Work. She works with individuals and groups in her own practice in Germany as well as online and facilitates workshops in different countries e.g. Lanzarote. She is devoted to assisting people in
finding meaning in their life and to live a truly authentic life that arises from connection to one’s inner voice. She is also passionate about listening (see free listening on her website) and is trained in The Art of Hosting Innovation. Ursula lived for 16 years in Scotland.

www.potential-coach-focusing.de

email: u.ohse@t-online.de

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ABOUT JAN GOLDEN

Jan Golden has been learning Tai Chi for 26 years. He is a disciple of Ma Bao Guo of Shanghai from whom he learned the spiralling Hun Yuan Xing Yi Tai Chi forms and qi gong. He was also an Indoor Student to the late Grand Master Tian Yin Jia of Hangzhou, from whom he learned the Old Yang Middle Frame Tai Chi form. This is the original Yang Family form, as Tian Zhao Lin grew up wth the Yang Family as an adopted brother. He is currently learning the Snake Style Tai Chi Form from Bob Boyd, second disciple of Ip Tai Tak, who was the first disciple of Yang Sau Chung, which contains the secret breathing technique that Grand Master Tian was unable to transmit in time. His mentor is Chris Chappell from Real Taoism in London and he is a Dzogchen student of Namkhai Norbu. His website is www.taichi-ireland.com

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Deep Adaptation Retreat with Jem Bendell & Katie Carr

19 — 26 JUNE 2020

from € 620

INNER RESILIENCE FOR TENDING A SACRED UNRAVELLING

The emerging realisation that climate change is becoming a destructive tragedy, not just an urgent challenge, is profoundly disorientating for many people. How are we to feel? What are we to do? What might become the purpose of our lives and work in the face of imminent societal breakdown from climate chaos?

You are warmly invited to join us for a week of dialogue and reflection with people working on this Deep Adaptation agenda. We will focus on nourishing the inner resilience for us all to help make this a kinder and more sacred unravelling of life-as-we-know-it. We will draw upon the experiences of participants, a range of experiential exercises as well as facilitated connection and exploration that welcomes emotional, spiritual and somatic ways of being and (un)learning, as well as the intellectual/cognitive. Our aspiration is that we will support peaceful empowered surrender to our predicament, where action can arise from an engaged love of humanity and nature, rather than redundant stories of worth and purpose.

This retreat is for you if you:

– are engaged around the implications of climate breakdown for your personal and professional      future
– sense that a week in nature with people on a similar path could support your journey and healing

View from balcony of the center

Within a safely held and gently facilitated space, we aim to explore the possibilities for meaning, purpose and joy amidst the climate tragedy, whilst cultivating the practice of welcoming the whole range of human emotions, including those that are painful and usually pushed away. The focus is on inner adaptation rather than policies for reducing the harm from societal collapse. The retreat is part of a wider movement on Deep Adaptation. Our hope is you leave better able to host future gatherings on this agenda, and feel more peaceful in your ability to be alongside and support others in their own journeys.

The retreat is hosted within an intentional community which lives lightly and beautifully on the verdant green and blue shores of the Aegean. The food is mostly locally sourced, all home-cooked and vegetarian. A stunningly wild beach is a 20-minute walk away, while old villages are nearby through forests. We can only host 18 participants (12 at the centre and 6 at a nearby guesthouse), so early booking is essential.

You are invited to bring a reading, practice or insight to share that is helping you to explore living lovingly and actively in the face of climate-induced collapse.

The coastline near the retreat centre is the Mediterranean at its best

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

Jem and Katie will be travelling overland and as lightly as possible from their homes in the UK to Greece. We encourage participants to do the same, and offer a significant discount (15%) for those who do. Please contact alexandros@kalikalos.com

SCHEDULE

Saturday, the 1st day, is our arrival with check-in, registration and the welcome meal in the evening. Dialogue and reflection will begin after dinner with an opening circle. The 2nd day includes a welcome circle with our hosts, the volunteers of Kalikalos. From the 3rd day onward our rhythm will flow as follows:

8:30am – 9:30am Breakfast
9:30am – 10:00am Opening Circle
10:0am – 01:30pm The activities on each day will be emergent, but will include shared practices from participants, ritual,
outdoor activities, creative/expressive activity, and gentle movement
1:30pm Lunch
2:30pm – 6:00pm Free time for individual or shared reflection (beach, forest, villages).
6:30pm Karma Yoga (supporting the community)
8:00pm Dinner
9:15pm – 10:30pm Optional evening activities (some activities such as Ecstatic Dance are organised at nearby centres).

On one of the days the morning session will involve a walk. The flow of the daily sessions above is indicative; actual activities will be woven organically from the programme above in response to the emergent needs and wishes of the group.

In the spirit of collaboration and community-building, you will be asked to contribute about 4 – 6 hours/week to some center tasks like food preparation or joining the washing up team.

Afternoons are leisure time – to enjoy marvellous beaches, to dive into a wild untouched nature with great hiking paths and waterfalls…..   or just hang out in a hammock to rest….

On your departure day you will be asked to clean and prepare your room like participants of the previous group had prepared the room for you.

We expect that places will fill quickly. You will be notified within three weeks of your application about whether your place is confirmed, at which point you will be required to make payment, and request your accommodation option.

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Yoga retreat with Halina Rozensztrauch

Halina Rosenstruch

21  –  28  August 2020

from €590

Early bird discount Euro 70 if booked before 31 March 2020!*

Immerse yourself in whole – bodied experience of yoga. Follow threads of your physical and subtle anatomy into your body, your questions, your heart longings. Pause… to connect, with the nature of this ancient land, the timeless sea, the rhythms of the sunrise and sunset, the blue sky during the day and the night full of stars and wonder. Rest in that tangible awareness of being held by a greater reality.

This Retreat carries invitation to soften the constant doing and trying… In that moment there is an opportunity to be in touch with the basic experience of living without trying to change anything, just being…and then…unwinding begins, rivers begin to flow, direction emerges, life begins to breathe more freely and our inner landscape becomes more available to inspire our life with meaning, solutions, clearer directions and renewal.

Sunrise Aegean

Meditators at Alexandors

1st day:   Arriving in the afternoon with registration and welcome meal at 8pm. Our practice will begin after dinner with the first Restorative yoga session in the evening to unwind after the journey.
From the 2nd day onward our rhythm will flow as follows:

  • 2nd day:  Earth ~ 1st Chakra – Feet & Legs – Grounding into being here
  • 3rd day:   Water ~ 2nd Chakra – Hips & Pelvis – Let the river flow
  • 4th day:   Fire ~ 3rd Chakra –  Core & Belly – Tending the inner fire
  • 5th day:   Air ~ 4th Chakra – Chest & Heart – Breathing space
  • 6th day:  Space & Light ~ 5th & 6th Chakra – Neck, Shoulders & Head – Room for it all
  • 7th day:  Whole Body ~ 1st – 7th Chakra – Presence

The flow of actual workshop might be weaved creatively from the program above in response to the journey of our group process.

Yoga on beach

Daily schedule:

  • 7:40am – 8am Meditation
  • 9:30am – 11am Hatha Yoga
  • 11am – 12noon Felt Inquiry
  • 12pm – 1:30pm Yin Yoga
  • 1:30pm Lunch
  • 2:30pm – 6pm Free time/beach time
  • 6:30pm Karma Yoga (2-3 times a week)
  • 8pm Dinner

*Prices: include the workshops plus accommodation.

All rooms are en suite twins with a marvellous sea-view and a balcony, except for one triple with lovely sea-view but without balcony.

  • The Early Bird discount excludes single-room bookings and will be taken off the balance due to pay.
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