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Greece 2016

The 2016 OPA Astrology Conference and Sacred Sites Journey in GREECE

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OPA is organizing an incredible event in Greece. The program consists of an Astrology Conference in Athens, (May 27 to 30, 2016), and a tour in sacred Sites (Mainland and Islands: My 31 to June 9, 2016). This is a special opportunity to return to the Hellenistic roots of Astrology, and connect with the greater astrology community in Europe.

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About the program:

Part I - The Conference (May 27-30, 2016)

OPA is delighted to organize a conference in Europe, bringing together different cultures and astrology perspectives. Speakers from across Europe (incl. Greece itself) and the United States will present fascinating lectures, pertinent to our times.

See below the full list of speakers and topics

The great majority of the presentations will be offered in English, as most Greeks speak English. It all begins on Friday night with a welcome gathering - cocktail party - at the Royal Olympic Hotel where we will be spending the next several days. This property is a classic, elegant, five-star hotel with all amenities in a superb location opposite Zeus’s temple, and near the Acropolis. On Monday May 30, we will offer OPA’s signature Peer Group as a post conference intensive. This will be another opportunity to take part in what is a rich, fun and rewarding way to expand your personal and astrological horizons.

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Royal Olympic Hotel

GREECE CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, MAY 27

18:30 – 20:30 - Welcoming Cocktail At the Royal Olympic Hotel (site of the conference)

SATURDAY, MAY 28 (9:00am to 5:30pm)

Alexandra Karacostas (US) “Relationships: Keep it simple!”

Aleksandar Ismirajic (Serbia) “Reincarnation in Astrology”

Lunch break

Sol Jonassen (Norway) “Eros & Psyche – Sexuality, Sensuality, and Vitality”

Roy Gillett (UK) "How Can the Global Economy Survive? An indepth study of its astrology inspired by the Greek situation"

SUNDAY, MAY 29 (9:00am to 5:30pm)

Roy Gillett (UK) “Principles before rules: Planetary Regeneration”

Angela Tiki (Greece) “Mars Retrograde with the 2016 Cycle”

Boaz Fyler (Israel) “Sex, Lust, Gender and Sexual Orientation in the Chart”

Lunch break

Maurice Fernandez (US) “A new understanding of the 12th house”

Ioannis Rizopoulos (Greece) “The synthesis of Tropical and Sidereal zodiac: Theory and practice”

MONDAY, MAY 30 -

Morning: Guided visit of the Acropolis (optional, not included in price)

15:00 – 18:00 – Post Conference - OPA Peer Group Work with Maurice Fernandez and Arlan Wise

Special Panel about Greece and the Global Economy

with Roy Gillett, Oner Doser, and Ioannis Rizopoulos

 

COSTS - Astrology Conference only

Including: May 28-29 conference program + 2 lunches + May 27 Cocktail party

(Cocktail party (May 27): first 50 participants free

Until March 23 - 320 USD | 287 EURO 

Until May 28 - 355 USD | 320 EURO 

POST OPA WORKSHOP 40 USD | 35 EURO

Accommodations at the Royal Olympic (space limited)

Double room (sharing with one person): 74 USD | 65 Euros per person per night 

Single room: 142 USD | 126 Euros per night

Click this link for payment instructions and registration

Part II - Sacred Sites Journey - Post Conference (May 31 - June 9, 2016)

Following the inspiration from the conference, the journey will depart from Athens on Tuesday, May 31, for island and country adventures with a local 'Greek God Complex' twist. Imagine yourself, walking the land of Zeus (Jupiter) and Chiron, sailing on the mythical Aegean waters overlooking the Santorini volcano, visiting the striking islands of Paros, Delos, Santorini and Mykonos while watching the most colorful sunsets as the sun dips into the deep blue and turquoise sea. You can be assured of a memorable, educational and transformative experience!

Beginning on the mainland, we will travel to the charming seaside town of Nafplion, one of Greece’s older capitals. It is a lovely historic port with its medieval fort, cobblestone streets, quaint shops and restaurants. En route we will visit Mycenae which was a major center of the Minoan civilization in the second millennium BC, and the ancient theater at Epidaurus. This was the birthplace of Apollo’s son, Asclepius, an eminent healer in the pantheon of the gods and goddesses. Today the theatre continues to be admired for its exceptional acoustics and for its capacity to hold up to 14,000 spectators.

We will visit scenic Delphi, one of the most sacred sites in Greece, considered the navel of Gaia, and a site of important rituals, including the Delphi Oracle. It is where Apollo was worshipped in ancient times. Nearby, we will go to the Tholos, the picturesque sanctuary honoring the goddess Athena, where we will learn about the myths of Pythia and their mysterious and powerful influence during times of war and peace at the site of the Delphic Oracle. This area has been a vital and important region since 1400BC, both in the ancient and modern worlds. Delphi is located on beautiful Mount Parnassus where the village is boldly situated on its hillside.

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Delphi - Navel of Grandmother Earth (Gaia)

After our mountain ventures, we board an inter-island ferry to the sunny, traditional and rocky island of Paros which we will use as a base for our visits to the islands of Mykonos and nearby smaller Delos, where no one is allowed to spend the night as to preserve its spiritual integrity.

About the Island of Delos:

Delos, a Unesco World Heritage site, is one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites in Greece. In the ancient times, the myth of god Apollo, god of light, and goddess Artemis, the twin offspring of Zeus by Leto, having been born there rendered the island sacred: no mortal would ever be allowed to be born on its land. But, a cradle of gods as the island has been, no mortals would ever be allowed to die on it either.

The Lion District, occupying the north end of the ruins, is named for the famous Terrace of the Lions (7th century BC). Here at least nine elegant lions made of Naxian marble guarded the sanctuary, looking out to the Sacred Lake. This arrangement recalls the avenues of guardian animals in Egypt, such as at Karnak.

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Island of Delos - The Terrace of the Lions

Paros is known for its whitewashed cubic houses and impressive neoclassical mansions. In the middle of the village stands a well preserved 13th century Venetian castle offering an amazing view of Parikía, its main town. A special day in Paros will be spent at the Spiritual Center Taos , originally established by Israeli Zen Master Nissim Amon, for meditation, Chi-Kung, and yoga...and then of course, beach time!

We will also explore the artsy, glamorous streets of Mykonos, with its sand side bars, famous town and windmills.

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Tao's Center in Paros

Our last destination, the spectacular volcanic island of Santorini, legendary home of Atlantis with its dramatic cliffs plunging hundreds of feet into the sea, is our last stop. We will visit the site of Akrotiri, the Minoan Age settlement which was destroyed in the Theran eruption about 1627 BC. It is a stunning sight as we walk through an entire town with remarkable multiple story houses, even domestic plumbing, excavated from the ashes of the great explosion. You can envision the civilization of ancient Atlantis on Santorini’s majestic cliffs and shores. We will also sail to the caldera on a private tour boat, hike and explore the surrounding area. Our day will end on board our vessel with a special catered farewell dinner on the unforgettable waters of the Mediterranean Sea. 

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Volcanic Island of Santorini

SACRED SITE JOURNEY ITINERARY

Tuesday May 31, 2016

Departure from the Royal Lympic hotel for Argolis region - destination Nauplion

Stop: Canal of Corinth Visits : Mycenae and Epidaurus sites and museums

Overnight in Nauplion

Wednesday June 01, 2016

Departure to Delphi - late afternoon arrival

Overnight in Delphi

Thursday June 02, 2016

Sacred Ceremony  for Delphi

Visit: Museum

Overnight in Delphi

Friday June 03, 2016

Departure to Athens for ferry departure to Paros (5:00pm)

Overnight in Paros

Saturday June 04, 2016

Tao's Spiritual Center: Meditation, Chi-Kung, and Yoga

Afternoon beach time or town visit

Overnight in Paros

Sunday June 05, 2016

Delos – Mykonos Guided tour Duration: (Approximately 10 hours)

Special visit and ceremony on the island of Delos

3h stay in Mykonos - You can walk around the windmills, visit the museum and the area of Little Venice, or if you like, stroll through the town to enjoy its elegant shops and boutiques…but don’t lose track of time… the main town of Mykonos was built as a labyrinth to baffle pirates in the 19th century, and it still baffles tourists today!

At 17:00 departure from Mykonos..

Overnight in Paros

Monday June 06, 2016

Transfer to the pier for departure to Santorini.

Overnight in Santorini  

Tuesday June 07,2016

Visiting: The excavations of Akrotiri

Perivolos beach, free time 

Megalochori, stop to explore the village

Prophet Ilias Monastery

Oia village, free time to walk around and watch the famous sunset

Overnight in Santorini 

Wednesday June 08, 2016

Visit of the volcano Nea Kameni Island (hike to the crater)

Hot springs (swimming)

Dinner and sunset on board of boat. We will anchor close to Thirassia island, In the north cape of Santorini, and enjoy a buffet dinner on board! We will admire the magical view of Oia village with its small famous white houses! The end of the excursion comes on sunset time, the boat sets sails and the sun dives to the sea as we dine on Greek cuisine.

Overnight in Santorini 

Thursday June 09, 2016

Transfer to the airport of the port for departure (alas we must)

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Map of Sacred Sites Journey (May 31 - June 9, 2016)

COSTS

Full Program- Astrology Conference and Sacred Site Journey

Including:

- Astrology Conference + 2 lunches and welcome cocktail

- Accommodations (14 nights) and breakfast 

- Ground and Sea Transport (for Sacred Site Journey)

- Qualified English speaking Tour guide and site entree fees (for Sacred Site Journey)

- Paros spiritual center (June 4)

- Santorini sunset boat dinner (June 8)

- Astrology, Yoga, Fun, and Greek ambiance!

Until April 1 - 3950 USD (sharing room) | 4950 USD (single room) 

Until May 15 - 4200 USD (sharing room) | 5200 USD (single room) 

REGISTRATION FEE (non refundable): 1000 USD (included in the price)

Total amount must be paid by April 1 (no refund on full sum after this date)

Registrations after April 1 (if space still available), must be paid in full.

Fee does not include:

- Flights to Athens, and departure from Santorini

- Lunches and dinners, unless specified

- Visit to Acropolis (May 30)

- Post Conference Event (May 30)

- Tips to drivers and guides

- Extravagant shopping sprees!

For registration or questions about the program, contact Maurice Fernandez and Alexandra Karacostas: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Astrology Conference only

Including: May 28-29 conference program + May 27 Cocktail party

(Cocktail party (May 27): first 50 participants free, otherwise 30 euros/35 USD)

Until April 1 - 340 USD | 299 EURO 

Until May 28 - 355 USD | 320 EURO 

POST OPA WORKSHOP 40 USD | 35 EURO

Accommodations at the Royal Olympic (space limited)

Double room (sharing with one person): 74 USD | 65 Euros per person per night 

Single room: 142 USD | 126 Euros per night

Click this link for payment instructions and registration

 Cancellation fee: 

Conference: 50% until April 25, no refund after April 25

Full Journey: no refund after April 1

With blessings for an Olympic experience!
Yassou OPA!