YOGA, GREEK DANCE, GREEK CULTURE, LIVE MUSIC & MORE
September 16th to 23rd, 2024
Hosted by Apostole Grosso and Madleen Alsabbah
Join Paul & Madleen in Finikounda
a coastal village of Messinia where his grandmother was born in southern Peloponnese of Greece.
From language to food to dancing, this retreat will offer you a full Greek cultural experience.
In the stunning Greek village in the Peloponnese, you will be able to live life slowly – breath by breath – just like the locals do. This trip is meant to be an antidote to the overly stimulating and, at times, overwhelming world in which we live. Our goal, every day, is to help you remain as present and in the moment as possible.
This retreat offers you the opportunity to get off the beaten path and focus entirely on yourself and your well-being – physical, mental and spiritual. The daily yoga, calming sound healing sessions, breathtaking Mediterranean surroundings – and so much more – will facilitate your personal growth and benefit your health in numerous ways.
Your hosts have intimate firsthand knowledge of the area and invite you to participate in enriching experiences including:
Meditation and practices on the beach
Yoga & Breathwork
Greek dancing and language
Local excursions: Olive oil education and tasting, waterfall hike, boat tour.
Delicious, authentic Greek food and native village life
This retreat goes beyond bringing you to Greece – one of the most beautiful places on earth – by offering you a raw cultural experience which will leave you yearning for more.
Perhaps the most fundamental part of that experience is "filoxenia," (love towards the stranger), an ideal which Greeks have held near and dear to their hearts since antiquity. This means that you will be welcomed with open arms, a smile, great respect and friendship.
Our group will be staying at the Hotel Estia, a lovely seaside hotel run by a woman whose family embodies hospitality and who is a longtime family friend. You will enjoy a variety of fresh and delicious Greek cuisine daily. There is also plenty of free time for you to sightsee, enjoy the sun, swim in the sea, rest, read and relax.
All guests will be sharing a room with one other guest. A lot of time will be spent outside of the rooms and we’re focused on creating an equal experience to interact with the community and culture for everyone.
"This transformational retreat had more than just stars aligned. It included unique human souls, full moon, wonderful weather, the Holy Spirit & The God-I serve, Mother Earth‘s bounty, the history of the land and heritage of the people, the spirits of the Greek gods, and so much more I didn’t even realize that were present.
Madleen and Paul gifted me with their guiding wisdom, authentic self, and their own gifts, talents, and humbleness throughout this beautiful retreat. They created and held space for me and others as well as for themselves.
I am forever, changed and grateful. Truly life-changing!"
What this trip includes:
Accommodations (seven nights)
Breakfast and dinner
Cultural excursions and activities
All classes and offering listed above
Luxury Transportation from Athens to Finikounda
Luxury Transportation to excursions
Please note, if you have any vegan dietary restrictions, we do not provide accommodations for this. Greece does not offer many accommodations for vegans. There are vegetarian options available.
You will be responsible for:
Airfare from your home to Athens
Lunch (breakfast and dinner provided)
Any additional person expenses such as shopping, souvenirs, etc.
The full itinerary will be released in coming months as the retreat dates come closer.
If you're looking to rejuvenate yourself, decompress and have an experience to remember in pristinely beautiful surroundings, we want you to join us!
About Your Hosts
Paul Grosso (aka Musical Mindset)
Paul "Apostoli" Grosso was born in Chicago but raised during yearly summer trips to Greece. In his ancestral Greek village he spent countless weeks immersed in the Mediterranean lifestyle and learned firsthand from his own relatives about everyday, all-natural health and wellness practices.
After high school, Paul spent three years living in Greece and studied music performance at the Hellenic American University in the heart of Athens. At that time, he struggled with health problems and addictions which he overcame through inner work, self-reflection and natural remedies.
Paul started Musical Mindset as a natural culmination of his personal odyssey to inspire others, share his music and provide healing to the world.
Madleen Alsabbah (Move with Madleen)
Madleen is a 200-Hour certified yoga teacher. Since completing her teacher training in 2018 she has taught a variety of yoga classes including Hatha, Gentle, Vinyasa, Slow Flow, Kriya and Yin.
Her yoga practice has inspired her to listen to her body and intuition in better aligning what serves her heart and overall well being.
Her time in Greece brings her back to her homeland in Palestine where she is unfortunately unable to travel due to the war circumstances. She is reminded of the importance of slowing down and taking care of one another during her time in Greece which is very similar to the lifestyle in Palestine. Greece has a very special place in her heart for this reason.
Madleen's passion for serving cacao and hosting Cacao Ceremonies developed after seeing the impact it made on her through generational and trauma healing. It has inspired her to feel compassion, forgiveness and love for herself and others. She believes her mission on earth is to inspire those around her to express their authentic self and believes cacao and yoga are wonderful tools in allowing the space and vulnerability in doing so.
She loves incorporating breathwork, yoga and cacao together as they help us open up and align with the physical and energetic chakra system in the body. Madleen looks forward to connecting to one another into the same energetic frequency through the wisdom of cacao, breath and yoga practice.