With joy and gratitude, we invite to join us for a unique gathering to work on the theme of
Balancing Masculine and Feminine:
The Awakening of the Heart
with Brad Laughlin*, Vasiliki Skrekou & Eleni Skrekou
Using Polarity Integration Techniques, Movement and Dance
This will be a 4-Day Retreat, September 20-23, 2018, hosted at Amforeas Estate on Aegina Island, Greece
*Due to insurmountable circumstances, Brad Laughlin will participate to the retreat via the internet.
Are you longing for a life defined by love?
Are you called to evolve beyond outmoded, societal gender roles?
Are your concepts of “manliness” or “womanliness” limiting you?
Humanity is at the turning of a Great Age. We are moving from a patriarchal paradigm into a new paradigm of heart-centeredness and love. As the old cycle dies and the new one is birthed, we are being asked to review our attitude towards gender roles and to open to a new level of equality and love. The change begins inside each of us.
We are able to live in the heart to the degree to which
we’ve balanced masculine and feminine inside us.
How can we more fully live in the heart?
Embodying qualities of the heart—such as love, equality and balance between masculine and feminine—begins with a mental-emotional understanding.
Through the method of Squares**—a simple yet life-changing journaling technique—we will explore our perceptions of what it means to be a man or a woman in today’s world.
In group discussion, we will take a journey of discovery into the positive and negative sides of masculine and feminine energies, including societal gender roles, and open a doorway in consciousness into greater balance and wholeness.
Through sacred movement and archetypal dance, we physically integrate these polarities and begin to embody new levels of equality and love within. Hellenic Archetypal Expression, a dance form inspired by ancient matriarchal civilizations, revived to address today’s needs, will support us in gracefully integrating what surfaces from the unconscious into our individual and collective consciousness.
**The Squares technique is presented in the book, The Marriage of Spirit — Enlightened Living in Today’s World, by Leslie Temple-Thurston with Brad Laughlin.
We will also integrate our masculine-feminine balance and heart-awakening experience with a visit to a nearby ancient sacred site: the Athena-Aphaea Temple, one of the most well-preserved sites in Europe. Formerly known as the Temple of Jupiter Panhellenius, the great Doric temple is now recognized as dedicated to the mother-goddess Athena through the form of the mistreated, powerful priestess Aphaea—“the hidden one”. She is a potent archetype for our current times, in which the suppressed power of the feminine is reawakening and balancing with the out-of-balance masculine energies in the world.
What the Retreat Includes
- Brad and Eleni will lovingly guide us in the inner balancing of masculine and feminine energies and support us into the awakening of the heart through four group discussion sessions using the Squares technique
• Throughout the four sessions, Vasiliki will help us to physically integrate our mental-emotional breakthroughs with movement and dance inspired by ancient Greek, oriental and whirling movements
• Integration time at the local sacred site, the Athena-Aphaea Temple
• Guided meditation
• Time for Q&A
• Integration time in the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, in view of the island’s Apollo Temple
What You Will Receive
• A knowledge of the life-changing Squares technique
• New insights into the nature of masculine and feminine energies
• A deeper physical embodiment of masculine-feminine balance
• A new level of connection with the heart
• An energetic transmission to help awaken your heart and to balance masculine and feminine energies within you
• Free-flow performances of Hellenic Archetypal Expression, in the symbolic language of sacred archetypal movement.
About the Retreat Leaders
Brad Laughlin is the Executive Director of the international non-profit organization, CoreLight, which is dedicated to fostering outer peace in the world through developing personal inner peace. For over 20 years he has taught classes in the transformation of consciousness, using innovative ways of helping people awaken during these times of great change. He is the co-author of books, which offer tools, guidance, and inspiration for spiritual transformation through the teachings of non-duality. Brad facilitates journeys to sacred sites worldwide and is a co-founder of Seeds of Light, CoreLight’s humanitarian arm, serving marginalized communities and AIDS orphans in South Africa. He has a B.S. degree from Duke University and when not with his partner, Leslie Temple- Thurston, in South Africa, is traveling and offering events in other parts of the world.
Vasiliki Skrekou is the owner and director of Amforeas Leisure and Integration Estate on the island of Aegina, Greece. Amforeas, meaning sacred vessel, is a guest house and retreat center founded to facilitate the transition of consciousness from duality to synthesis and unity, thus re-creating our “ancient future”. Her academic background includes a B.A. in Business Administration and an MSc in Consciousness and Transpersonal Psychology. She has been teaching laughter therapy and certifying Laughter Yoga leaders since 2008, initiating the Social Laughter Club movement in her country. Her theatrical experience includes acting, writing and producing. For the past four years, she has been developing Hellenic Archetypal Expression, which is a blend of psychological astrology and hieroglyphic bodily movements from ancient Greece, the Orient, Sufism and bodynamic psychotherapy for the purposes of healing and integration. She offers Hellenic Archetypal Expression in personal sessions and retreats with Amforeas Estate as her base.
Eleni Skrekou has studied Economics (BSc) at the University of Athens in Hellas and Archaeology (MA Archaeology, Msc Geoarchaeology) at the University of Reading in Great Britain. On the search for wellness, she specialized in Eating Psychology at the Institute for Psychology of Eating, Boulder, Colorado, USA and in Expansion Method, an innovative, Hellenic method of immediate empowerment through the release of core toxic emotions. She offers personal sessions as a MindBody Wellness Coach and is Events and Floor Manager at Amforeas Leisure and Integration Estate on Aegina Island in Greece. In the context of her ongoing research for the creation of simple and effective tools for empowerment and embodiment, she is currently focused on ways in which the early stages of human existence, from conception to childhood, establish and shape the quality of behavior and health throughout adult life. Under the guidance of Brad Laughlin, she experienced the transformational power of the Squares Technique and learned to lead teams into its implementation.
About Amphoreas Leisure Estate
Amforeas Estate is about 15 minutes walk from Aegina town, and 800 meters from the temple of Apollo. Set amidst a peaceful orchard of pistachio, olive, pomegranate and fig trees, the estate was chosen as a family residence 15 years ago, due to its privacy and calm surroundings, while at the same time providing the possibility of immediate access to the lively town of Aegina. With its ten independent spaces, its protected surroundings, outdoor pool and theatre, combined with its location, the estate offers a whole-inclusive experience of comfort and soul-soothing modalities. For the past three years, Amforeas Estate serves as a hospitable womb for the blossoming of Hellenic Archetypal Expression, a psychosomatic technique utilizing the ancient alphabet of bodily movement for integration and healing.
The retreat will be held in English.
The cost of the retreat is 890 euros (double-occupancy).
The early-bird special price, for registration by August 17, 2018, is 690 euros.
CoreLight student discount: If you are an active student in Spiritual Warrior Training or Enhanced Self-Discovery or are a graduate, and if you register by August 17, 2018, the price is 650 euros.
We offer a special Greek resident discount, please call us for more information.
The trip includes:
- shared accommodation in a double room,
- all meals beginning with dinner on Thursday and ending with breakfast on Sunday,
- Aphaea Temple entrance fee, and
- round-trip transportation to/from: Aegina port-Amforeas and Amforeas-Aphaea Temple.
The trip does not include:
- transfers to/from Athens airport,
- boat transfers to/from Aegina Island,
- and alcoholic beverages.
For single occupancy, please add 200 euros to the cost of the retreat. Due to limited single rooms, in order to assure your preference, please register asap.
A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of 300 euros is required to reserve your space. This is paid by credit card to Amforeas Estate. The balance is payable to Amforeas Estate upon arrival on September 20.
Upon registration, we will send you more information regarding transfer details from Athens airport to Aegina Island. Please plan to arrive at Athens airport no later than 1 pm on Thursday, September 20, as this will ensure enough time to transfer to Piraeus Port to catch the last ferry to Aegina.
If you would like to plan your trip to Aegina from/to the airport and/or travel to other parts of Greece before or after the retreat, please let us know, and we will put you in touch with our dear friends and travel guides at Inspiration Ventures, Katia and Maria Mavrelli, who can help you.
If you would like to arrive a day or more early or stay longer at Amforeas Estate, this can easily be arranged by contacting Eleni Skrekou at firstname.lastname@example.org or +30 (698) 19 94 118.
For more information and to register for the retreat, please contact Eleni Skrekou at eleni@ amforeas-estate.com or +30 (698) 19 94 118.