Village PSY (Ψ): Pinakates, Mount Pelion, 24-29 August, 2019
Fourth Encounters in Psychotherapy in the Mountain of the Centaurs entitled:
"Achilles heel: Strength, Vulnerability, Responsibility, Therapy"

Kondyli Publications are very pleased to announce for a fourth consecutive year, Village PSY (Ψ): Encounters in Psychotherapy, to be held August 24-29, in Pinakates, a picturesque village on the slopes of Mount Pelion. The 2019 Encounters in Psychotherapy at Village PSY(Ψ) are again inspired by the region and the myths associated with it, and bear the title:"Achilles heel: Strength, Vulnerablity, Responsibility, Therapy". It is at Achilles parents' wedding in Pelion that the goddess Eris tossed the golden apple of discord sparkling a vanity-fuelled dispute among Hera, Athena and Aphrodite which eventually led to the Trojan War, a war that lasted ten years where Achilles stood out for his strength, courage and loyalty. He was the bravest, handsomest and greatest warrior of the army of Agamemnon but died in battle when a poisonous arrow landed on his "heel", his weak mortal spot. Achilles had spent some of his childhood on Mount Pelion reared and trained by Centaur Chiron.

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 presidential decree in 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. During their stay, participants will have the opportunity to stay in guest houses in the village.

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

Target Audience
- Psychologists, counsellors 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 -Students who would like to continue their training in counselling or psychotherapy and wish to be exposed to different schools of psychotherapy -Members of the general population who are interested in self-improvement.

The Idea
The initial idea came six years ago in a discussion between Dimitris and Atalandi, the organisers, 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 for a place 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 a common 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.

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) 2019 Encounters in Psychotherapy
Subject:"Achilles heel: Strength, Vulnerablity, Responsibility, Therapy"

Daily program
-Morning session(10:30am to 13:00pm) Experiential workshops in nature or outdoor spaces in the village. -Evening session(19.30pm-21.30pm) Continuation of morning workshop followed by discussion.

The program (5 days of workshops):

24 August       Arrival /Open call workshops
25 August      Gestalt Psychotherapy
26 August      Dramatherapy
27 August      Existential Psychotherapy
28 August      Playback Theatre /Closure
29 August      Departure

The guests speakers for this year are : Evgenia Georganta, Ioanna Kato, Katerina Manolaki Lambros Yotis, Lia Zografou, ,
For early bird reservations until end of June 2019
For five days 160 €, students / unemployed 100 €
For bookings in July and August
For five days 190 €, students / unemployed 140 €

(Participation fee with VAT. It includes participation in morning and afternoon workshops) 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 neighbouring villages at affordable prices.
Other activities in the area
In their free time (13:00 to 19:30) 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'.