The Mystery Centers of Mainland Greece:
Eleusis, Delphi, Epidaurus and the Temple of Poseidon
September 8th to 13th - SOLD OUT
This journey is intended for those who wish to deepen their attunement to the ancient Greek Mysteries and includes visits to some of the best-known sites on the mainland.
After a night in Athens we travel to Eleusis, where the cult of the goddess Demeter existed for many centuries. Here we will visit the site of The Eleusinian Mystery School and a sanctuary of the Goddess. We will then proceed to Delphi, considered by many to be the center of the known world in antiquity, the place where heaven and earth meet. Delphi was known as the center of worship of Apollo, who embodied moral discipline and spiritual clarity. Our visit includes a walk on the Archaio Monopati (Ancient Footpath) overlooking the sanctuary.
The next morning we will visit Epidaurus, an ancient Greek city on the east coast of Argolis, and site of the 4th century BCE temple of Asclepius, the god of healing. Excavations of the sacred precinct reveal that it contained the temples of both Asclepius and Artemis. From here we continue to The Temple of Poseidon on Cape Sounion, perhaps the most beautiful ancient site in the whole Aegean. Our final day will be spent in Athens with time to explore individually. Our journey will be interspersed with talks on the mysteries and the gods, and meditations on the spirit of sacred place.
People not attending the conference on Samothrace are welcome to join us for this post-conference journey.
Price for those traveling with the Open Center from the main conference: $1200 per person for accommodations in a double room, $1400 for a single room. This cost includes accommodations for the nights of September 8–12, all meals (except lunch and dinner on September 12th, which will be time for personal exploration in Athens), English-speaking tour guides, air fare from Alexandroupolis to Athens, travel in a luxury coach and entrance fees to sites.
Price for those meeting us in Athens on the evening of September 8th: $1060 per person for accommodations in a double room, $1260 for a single room. This cost includes accommodations for the nights of September 8–12, all meals (except lunch and dinner on September 12th, which will be time for personal exploration in Athens), English-speaking tour guides, travel in a luxury coach and entrance fees to sites.
Please note: It is possible to continue on after this trip to meet up with other conference participants in Southwestern Turkey to explore Ephesus and Didyma. Those continuing on will fly from Athens on September 12th to the island of Samos, birthplace of Pythagoras. After spending the night there, we will board a ferry and sail to the Turkish port of Kusadasi. From there we will travel a short distance to Selcuk/Ephesus, where we will meet up with the other post-conference group that visited Istanbul.
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