ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAYS IRINI’S CENTER
Landscape drawing and painting is done in beautiful surroundings
within grounds that contain a wide variety of subject matter.
One seeks to record the light, atmosphere and colours but
it is a daunting task, given the sheer dynamism of the natural
Once we stop seeing nature as passive, something
to be trampled upon, exploited or even protected, a whole
new world opens us. Where does a ray of light begin and where
does it end. According to physics, there is no
boundary to light, it reaches out to infinity. So
how do we decide where the line is exactly?
As C. Cennini explained in his "Craftsman
Handbook" a number of centuries ago "Painting calls
for imagination in order to discover things not seen hiding
under the shadow of natural objects, to give them shape and
present to plain sight what does not actually exist. Painting
deserves to be enthroned next to theory and be crowned with
The Fundamental provisions for entering the
profession according to him are "enthusiasm, reverence
Basho, a Japanese poet and the master of haiku
said, around 1670: "learn about a pine tree from a pine
tree and about a bamboo stalk from a bamboo stalk" meaning
that the poet must try to detach his mind from himself and
enter into the object and share its delicate life and feelings.
For adults the experience can prove upsetting.
Connecting so closely with parts of the non-human world -
a plant or animal - will release all emotions we suppress
about ecological catastrophes and can turn into despair and
anger. Do we need to own and express our grief about what
is happening to the natural world rather than switching off?
It is up to us. Accepting we are part of the Earth
can give us a sense of confidence, pleasure and wonder which
will reflect on our work.
Rose Hilton, Bio Art resident tutor, well
known for her unique use of colour imparts her skills during
three and five day courses, in spring and autumn. Please enquire
for further details.
IRINI, a Bio Art member, shaman and lecturer,
organises three and five-day workshops at the Aghios Athanassios
farm for body alignment and grounding. Please enquire for
Eleni Sanikou, painter and experienced teacher
of children and adults, will show you how to draw magic pictures
in five three-hour sessions, while listening to Mozart and
enjoying fabulous al fresco lunches at the Elis farm.
Manon Kairi professional painter and
part time guide will impress you with her love for the ancient
world, amuse you with the side stories on the games and make
a visit to the ancient sites unique while also offering instructions
and assistance to beginners.
SUMMER 2006 – PLATIANA
In Greece, in the West of Peloponese,
near ancient Olympia, there is a mountain side with an ancient
castle-city on top called Aipy. On this mountain side there
is a forest with pines and oaks as well as a vigneyard and
an olive grove and still there is space for living, working
For this summer, Irini’s Center, member of Bioart, organises
there weeklong workshops on various complementary Healing
Arts that will assist you to reconnect with that wonderful
and unique being hidden somewhere deep inside you and longing
to come out.
As this is the first year that we will find
ourselves on this beatiful site, we will combine Stretching,
Chi Qong, Dervish Whirling and Belly Dancing with the Shaman
Dance and Shamanic and Mayan Ceremonies.
There will be Reiki attunements, and Shamanic Arts experiential
workshops as well as Healing Sounds workshops.
You can always enjoy a private session of Zen Shiatsu or Reflexology
or Reiki by appointment. As well as a Shamanic Healing session
or a Sound Healing session.
There are camping facilities on site with
hot and cold water and breakfast and one meal is offered per
There are rooms to let in the nearby villages and luxurious
hotels in Krestena, Olympia and along the coast, just a twenty
minutes drive away.
In the same direction and the same distance there are the
endless sand beaches on the Ionian coast in Kato Samiko and
Kaiafa where you will also find healing warm water springs.
OPENING CEREMONY Saturday 17th of June, 18:30
on the site of Agios Athanassios, 2klm before the village
of Platiana on the road from Krestena to Andritsaina in the
department of Ilia. To get there you have to drive through
Platiana and then take the upper road where the Rally thakes
place, and finally follow the sign posts.
18th to 23rd of June 2006
LIFE Shamanic workshop to help you find out
how to finally weave your own life exactly the way YOU want
it to be! With Irini Sanikou
DERVISH WHIRLING The Dervishes praying and merging with the
whirling of the Sferes in the Universe. Introduction into
drumming. With Nikolas Souliotis
Arrival on the 17/6 and departure on the 24/6
25th to 30th of June 2006
ALCHEMY OF THE BODY Waking up the body’s
tendons and energising the body with Sound.
Spiritual Therapy and letting go. Night Ceremony. Healing
your relationships with your Ancestors.
Fire Ceremony and Temascal (dry Sauna). Dreaming and nurturing
Moving Meditation and Meditation on the basic challenges in
life. With Alexander Elion. Arrival on the 24/6 and departure
on the 1/7
2nd to 7th of July 2006
OF THE 7 ENERGY CENTERS / CHAKRAS with
Chi Qong exercises, their function according to Caroline Myss,
and their Sound.
SWIMMING DRAGON a simple Chi Qong for a good digestive system,
weight loss and beautiful complexion…. The dragon ‘s
movement represents the movement of the energy in the Universe.
THE SOUND OF LIFE Sound exercises for you to feel your own
vibration and find the sound of your own healthy body. And
finally feel your tribe healing YOU! With Irini Sanikou. Arrival
on the 1/7 and departure on the 8/7
16th to 21st of July 2006
MINUTE CHI QONG, IMMITATION OF THE FIVE ANIMALS
a simple but dynamic Chi Qong for the allignment of the body
and mind with a very beneficial result on your health. With
THE MASK OF THE OLD ENERGY AND THE MASK OF THE NEW ENERGY
Shamanic workshop for you to realize the Face you are living
with and if you do not like it, connect with your own Face
of Power. With Irini Sanikou
Arrival on the 15/7 and departure on the 22/7
23rd to 26th of July 2006 (4 days)
DANCING AS AN EXCUSE… basic techniques,
breathing, Taoistic exercises, Chakras, choreography, improvisation,
relaxation and self-massage. With Gerorgia Laskou
Arrival on the 22/7 and departure on the 27/7
31ST of July to 4th of August 2006
TO THE BASIC TECHNIQUES OF ZEN SHIATSU for you
to learn the way energy flows inside your body, learn to find
relief from stress and learn to balance so much your own energy
as well as helping your close friends and relatives. With
Christina Kouli and Filitsa Giannakopoulou
Arrival on the 30/7 and departure on the 5/8
6th to 11th August 2006
and balancing of your own energy by opening the meridians
to allow the vital energy to flow unhindered.
SHAMANIC DELIGHTS AND WILD DREAMS Shamanic workshop to learn
how to live with a generosity of spirit, transform “learned
helplessness” and realize that it is the vibratioon
of Love that neutralizes the vibration of Fear. With Irini
Arrival on the 5/8 and departure on the 12/8
20th to 25th August 2006 W O M E N
O N L Y
the Dance of Life, the Dance of Fecundity. With Sylvia Serena
BUSINESS Shamanic workshop to reconnect with
your female nature. Going through all the stages of your life
as a woman and healing it. With Irini Sanikou
Arrival on the 19/8 and departure on the 26/8
Christina Kouli, Master in Astrophysics at the University
of Amsterdam. Four years in China she studies Chinese, Tai
Tji Chuan and Accupuncture. Now graduating from the European
Shiatsu School in Athens. Reiki 3rd degree.
Filitsa Giannakopoulou, Face massage, Swedish massage. Now
graduating from the European Shiatsu School in Athens. Reiki
Alexander Elion, Mechanical Ingeneer from the Polytechnic
School of Patras. Athlete from 1992-1999 at competition level.
One year and a half in Mexico and Guatemala he studies Natural
Therapies, Meditation, Therapy through Fasting, Inner field
Healing, Yoga, the Therapeutic Wheel and works with Crystals.
Nikolas Souliotis, musician and Drumming teacher. Traditional
Greek drums, Indian, Brazilian, African drums. Byzantine music.
Has played with many music groups in Greece and abroad.
Whirling dances since 1997, Sacred Dances, Yoga, Reiki and
Georgia Laskou, Economics, Internationalist, Performer (dance,
singing and acting).
Irini Sanikou, Holistic Healer and Shaman. Works with Chi
Qong and Tai Tji Chuan for the last 25 years. Shiatsu practitionner.
Works 17 years with Lynn Andrews, writer and Shaman. Has visited
Australia and worked with sound with the Aborigine women in
the desert. Gives workshops in her Center in Athens, the Iris
center in Amorgos, with Diodos in Pilio and in Ukiah in northern
Sylvia Serena, Born in Cyprus, she started with classical
ballet at a very early age, came to Athens and then went to
San Fransisco and New York where she studied modern dancing
with well known teachers and performers, she worked with too.
In New York she discovered Belly Dancing near Serena Wilson
and she introduced it to Cyprus as an art to be taught in
Dancing schools. She followed workshops in Egypt, Syria and
Lebanon. She teaches in her school in Cyprus and performs
on a regular basis.
Camping 5 Euros per person per day Meals 10 Euros a day, breakfast
and one meal
Four day workshop 100 Euros Six day full time 250 Euros
SPECIA L OFFERS
- early registration (1 month in advance) 20% discount
- the second person of the same family 30% discount
- the price for two workshops is: 250 euros for the first
and 150 Euros for the second or this price can
be exchanged with volunteer work
- When paying two workshops in full you get a bonus of a private
session of your choice
- When taking three workshops, the third one is free!
INFORMATION Call us at 0030 210 9234 912 and
mobile 0030 697 36 24 009
Visit our sites: www.irini.therapeia.gr and www.olympic_bioart.com
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Chi Kong Workshop
Our body consists of energy 98% and matter
only 2%. We experience this energy as electricity or heat
and just like electricity requires particular stations for
production, distribution and control, so does our body’s.
Those stations are called CHAKRAS, a Sanskirt word meaning
Wheel, because they continuously rotate around their axle.
Chakras are responsible for all of our body’s
functions, emotions and way of thinking.
During five days, for three hours each day,
we will energise our charkas with easy Chi Kong exercises,
where mind and movement are attuned and working with our breath.
We will then examine the way each charka reflects
on our emotions and how those emotions and our way of thinking
make us loose vital energy allowing sickness to establish
itself in our body or gain energy to be healthy and full of
power and joy.
We will tone each charka to enhance its alignment
by strength and vibrations of our voice.
Visits to the sites of Ancient Olympia
and to the coast for swimming are also included in this course.