Village PSY (Ψ): Pinakates, Mount Pelion, 18-27 August
2nd Encounter of Psychotherapies in the Mountain of the Centaurs entitled
The Argonaut Expedition: Purpose, Contact and Connection: A Journey in Therapy

Kondyli Publications are very pleased to announce, for a 2nd consecutive year, Village PSY, Encounters in Psychotherapy, to be held between August 18-27, in Pinakates, a picturesque village on the slopes of Mount Pelion. Following last year's successful ten-day event entitled "Centaur Chiron: Myth, Trauma, Therapy , the 2017 encounters of Psychotherapy at Village PSY(Ψ),is again inspired by the region and the myths associated with it, and bears the title : "The Argonaut Expedition: Purpose, Contact and Connection: A Journey in Therapy".

It is from the shore of Mount Pelion and specifically Iolkos, the city of Volos, that Jason and his Argonauts commenced their long and dangerous journey to retrieve the Golden Fleece.

Village PSY (Ψ)
The aim of the event is to make the Mountain of the Centaurs, known for its healing connotations and mythical past, and more specifically Pinakates, a traditional village protected by a presidential decree of 1979, to become this coming summer and over time a meeting place for psychotherapists and people interested in self-development. This year's theme touches many aspects of the psychotherapeutic process and initiates an open and fruitful interdisciplinary therapeutic dialogue.

Village PSY (Ψ) includes experiential workshops, presentations and parallel events. It is an ideal destination for those looking to combine their summer holidays with self-development.

Participants will have the opportunity to stay in guest houses in the village where breakfast will be included.

Village PSY (Ψ) aims at:
-The exchange of knowledge and ideas through an open dialogue and experiential activities among people from the fields of psychotherapies and related sectors -Spontaneous experiential expression, which gives space for personal development

Target Audience:
-General population interested in self-improvement.
-Fellow psychologists, counselors of mental health or other professionals, who have finished their studies and are looking to come into contact with different approaches in their professional development.
-All those who would like to continue their training in counseling or psychotherapy and wish to be exposed to different schools of psychotherapy. This includes students who wish to involve themselves in something which they do not know, and who in eight days can experience different approaches in order to arrive at what is the most compatible with their own interests.

The Idea
The initial idea came four years ago during a discussion between Dimitris and Atalandi, the organizers, under an old plane tree in the village of Pinakates. The discussion revolved around how psychotherapy connects with nature, and how this connection could be expanded to benefit more people. Beyond the personal connection of the organizers with the village of Pinakates, the inspiration for choosing the location stemmed from the need of a location where people can stay together, ensuring continuity, contact and sharing throughout the process. At Village Psy, everything is done in community, and that is the importance of the word “Village”.
In this context, the founders are collaborating with local hostels and restaurants and the village’s Cultural Association.

A note of welcome by the organizers

Our hope and longing for this summer, and many more to come, is that under the cool and flourishing shade of hundred year-old plane and chestnut trees, people with acommon interest in the theoretical and experiential understanding of the concept ‘healing of the soul’ and the importance of the natural environment in the therapeutic process, encouraged by experienced therapists, will come together, exchange views and knowledge and connect to one another.

Pelion, a place of great natural beauty, harmoniously combines holidays in the mountains and by the sea. As a mythical and therapeutic place it awakens all the senses to provide inner peace and serenity. Village PSY, during times of turmoil and crisis, not just for Greece, but for the whole of Europe, can become a place of meeting and contact, sharing and caring of the soul.

For Kondyli Publications
Dimitris Pantelis and Atalandi Apergi

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Village PSY (Ψ)
Encounters in Psychotherapy

Subject:"The Argonaut Expedition: Purpose, Contact and Connection: A Journey in Therapy"

Daily program
-Morning session (10:30 to 13:00) Experiential workshops in nature or outdoor spaces in the village, with up to 25 participants per facilitator.
-Evening session (20:30-22:00) A talk followed by a plenary session.

The program (all days or two four-day sessions):
18 August      Arrivals //Open call workshops//Welcome
19 August      Open call workshops//Argonaut expedition in the Pagasitikos Gulf
20 August      Dance Movement Therapy
21 August      Person Centered Psychotherapy
22 August      Body psychotherapy
23 August      Open call workshops//Argonaut expedition in the Pagasitikos Gulf
24 August      Art Therapy
25 August      Gestalt Psychotherapy
26 August      Focusing Experiential Approach/ Closure
27 August      Departure

The guests speakers for this year are : Nizetta Anagnostopoulou, Panagiotis Apotsos, Athina Dellaporta, Anna Karali, Christos Karapiperis, Alexandra Katsika, Lida Kofina, Adda Paizi, Rebecca Rodopoulou and Giota Roussakou

All 2017 participants of Village Psy will have the experience of embarking on a short Argonaut journey by boat in the Gulf of Pagasitikos (the price is included in the partcipant’s fee). During this sea trip, the Argonaut myth will be discussed in detail and psychotherapy- related themes that are associated from it will be brought up.

Participation fee with VAT
This includes participation in workshops and evening lectures

For reservations until 1/08/2017
-For four days 160 €, students / unemployed 100 €
-For the whole period 300 €, students / unemployed 200 €

For bookings from 02/08/2017
-For four days 250 €, students / unemployed 165 €
-For the whole period 400 €, students / unemployed 270 €

For anyone who is in the area and would like to attend a single workshop, this can be arranged upon request.
Participants will be given a certificate of attendance.

Accommodation is provided in traditional guest houses in Pinakates and neighboring villages at affordable prices. The special price we have ensured for Village Psy participants in a list of recommended guest houses locally amounts to 50€ per day including breakfast or 40€ without.

For those wishing to come with their children (aged 4-12 years) there will be creative morning activities in a safe and stimulating environment provided at low cost.

Other activities in the area
In their free time (13:00 to 20:30) the participants will have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty and the variety of options offered by the region: to swim in the calm waters of Pagasitikos Gulf or in the clear turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea, rest under the foliage of ancient trees, walk through the picturesque streets of Pinakates and the surrounding villages, go hiking on mountain trails, ride horses, taste fresh bread baked from a wood oven and a variety of homemade Pelion delicacies, visit the local Museums and take a ride on the little train of Pelion, the famous 'Moutzouris'.