The Seminar

This experiential seminar unravels in the ripples of the Ionian Sea sailing in the summer months, across the waters of Cephalonia, Ithaca, Meganisi, Kalamos and other lesser-known neighboring islands.

However, you can alternatively enjoy this seminar in Mani Peloponnese (an area that spreads across both Messinia and Laconia), anytime throughout the year. It is within the nature of love to need time and as such this seminar needs 7 days (6 nights) to unfold. However, in both cases, some of the specific locations and their respective activities, are susceptible to change depending on the weather. But don’t worry, we will check with you before finalizing the exact locations! Irrespective of any differences, the experience remains the same as you sail on Ionian blues or journey Mani’s mountain slopes and sea shores to rediscover how you can energize your love.

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We seek love, scouring the horizon in search of that infamous connection which stands the test of time, a connection where trust allows us to expose ourselves intimately; both emotionally and physically.

We sift through our friends, inspect our workplace, rummage our hobbies and resort to apps in hope of finding a remedy to our loneliness. We hope that love will hold a mirror to who we are and complete the reflection. Many experience true love, others relish in short-lived doses of love but most of us experience difficulty holding on to the love we once enjoyed. 

Suppose you’ve found your love, how do you keep it energised? How do you keep it exciting and invigorating, but more importantly, how do you keep it meaningful? Fulfilling? How do your characters rub together and charge? Ignite movement? Which differences spark change? Is there such a thing as positive collision? Or is it only similarities that pull you forward? What is it about your love that enlivens the both of you?

This is the Topic examined in our experiential seminar! Hit the “Experience” tab above to read all about the dialectic games and activities that unravel in your week.

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  • DAYS 1-3
  • DAYS 4-7

In the first three days you will rediscover the spark that energizes your love. In the beginning of love, we fall for all the details of our lover’s character, the peculiarities in the way they laugh, the way they like their coffee too sweet and the way they hook their thumb in the loop of our belt. Naturally, then, the beginning of this experiential seminar starts with unravelling what energizes your heart and mind in the company of your lover.

It is the real and unfiltered qualities of your characters that hold the power to energize your love. If you recognize them for what they truly are; understanding the values behind your actions and the thinking processes behind your choices.

Through our Sophia’s Best Dialectic Games we will look at three sets of qualities that come to define you and your love. The context and activities are specifically designed to allow for freedom of expression – to spark spontaneity, honesty and realness. Never just a verbal conversation, but a humorous and playful game that brings to light your personal thinking processes.

The qualities you will explore:

  1. The true nature of your personal character; balancing the line between the outward image you portray and the inward meaning of your true self
  2. The true nature of your partner’s character; understanding where the idealizations of our partner’s end, and their true potential begins. 
  3. How your two characters come together; recognizing the distinction between opposing and contradictory traits, whilst finding the differences that can energize you.

Sophia’s Best and Local Mentors will have you snorkeling and fishing, hiking and camping, dancing and singing, as opportunities to rediscover each others unique qualities. Will you tug ropes on sails filled with Aegean winds or sprawl your bodies on deck to absorb sunlight? Will your partner press their fingertips into mountain rock and climb or keep the campfire warm to cook? Acutely aware of you and your partner’s behaviors, you will peer into each others actions and choices. Peeling off archetypes or tropes, stereotypes or labels, you will recognize each other for your authentic idiosyncrasies. Reigniting the qualities that inspired your love in the first place.

In adventurous tasks in island ports and quests between cobbled villages, you will unravel your similarities to uncover differences, and rummage through your contrasts to find those qualities that you truly have in common. Curiosity may lure you into a wobbling canoe, whilst curiosity may lure your partner into the colors of a canvas. The same surge of freedom may send you charging down the river and your partner into the world of paint. On the other hand, you may notice the similarities you thought you shared are, actually, inherently different. Is swimming a source of thrill for you and a source of peace for them? Are conversations a source of connection for them and a source of pleasantries for you?

 It’s extremely challenging to establish the true source of similarity and even more challenging to recognize which differences could potentially be constructive and creative. Between colorful houses leaning over the sea or wooden tavernas leaning into mountain rock, you will explore the qualities of your characters that cause friction and those that ignite the spark that energizes your love.

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Your nights always come to a close with the clinking of cutlery and voices, and the gentle freedom of letting yourself go. Delicious food appears then disappears before you whilst words and thoughts fill the air. And as the sky lulls into the solace of evening stars, you let yourself linger and cozy into the sentiments.  

The next four days you will rediscover the way you and your partner can maintain your spark, creating a relationship that energizes both of you and your love for one another.

Love inspires the coming together of two individuals, but it’s difficult to establish what that really means for your day to day reality. Differences collide and patience is tried bickering over unwashed dishes and discarded shoes in the living room. Whilst similar lifestyles and shared schedules don’t always guarantee happily ever after. 

Sailing between polychromatic ports or walking between tucked away towns, we will again look at three qualities that describe your relationship and determine the energy that this creates. Sophia’s Best Dialectic Games will have you unraveling the way you think and bring to life the dynamic between you and your partner. Through clever, thought-provoking activities, you’ll realize the nature of your interactions. You will notice the qualities that drive you forward or pull you apart, and playfully observe each others creative processes. How do you envision your future together? How do you form your ideas of the future? How do you turn these ideas into goals? What needs are these goals addressing? Do your partner’s answers to these compliment your own?

These are the topics of our Sophia’s Best Dialectic Games these next four days:

  1. Distinguishing quality over quantity; prioritizing the quality of one another’s behavior over the quantity of acts
  2. Understanding the difference between disagreement and conflict; evaluating if each other’s thinking processes are opposing or contradictory
  3. Exploring the ways you create a life together; is it the hobbies, preferences and responsibilities you share that build a future? Or is there another quality at play?

Every relationship is an ongoing interaction. The quality of your relationship represents the quality of your interaction. Interaction produces energy; the interaction may be constructive or destructive and so will be the energy that follows. If there is no interaction, there is no energy. Calm blue pools around Ithaca’s coast or humble tones of green in Messinia’s mountainscape, will be the playground for you to navigate this interaction of yours.  As you walk entangled island streets or chart intersecting mountain streams, you’ll venture through your own crossings. With the guidance of a Sophia’s Best Mentor, you’ll explore the many fields and levels of interaction. 

Playfully looking into the moments your characters come together; when your actions affect one another and experiences intertwine with each other. Looking towards bettering the quality of your interactions in the way you communicate your emotions, participate in each others passions, or share each other’s thinking processes. Balancing the line of constructive and destructive conflicts to discover the differences that could ignite positive change. As long as the quality of your spark is creative, every passing touch and collision produces energy. Feed it, nourish it, and in return, it will energize you too.

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As the ball of sun beams between pefka trees or cool waters laps against port walls, you will explore the ways two people create together. Local Mentors will instigate spontaneous informal activities involving creation. As you cook or paint, improvise acts or dance, you examine the way you and your partner manifest your ideas. Paying close attention to your methods; the thinking processes leading your actions and the reasons directing your choices. What do you create together? How do you create? More importantly, are both your individual characters present in the creation? Or do your needs, purposes and goals merge into one? Embraced by the dots of Peloponnesian town lamps or Ionian port lights, you’ll savor in the meanings of your creations. You spend your days with your fingers laced together without any knots or tangles in your heart and mind. 

Seven days come to a close. You’ll have sailed and hiked through all your truths; over your similarities and under your differences, squeezed through every tangle and interaction, igniting the spark to energize your love. And when you take your final swims in the Ionian or your final steps through the Peloponnese, you will you look into the eyes of your lover and remember why the Ancient Greeks called their beloveds their soulmates.

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What is Included

  • This experiential seminar has been specifically structured and designed in a way that embodies the thinking processes characteristic of the Path “Energize”, whilst the Topic Love” is the heart of your experience.
  • Two Sophia’s Best Mentors accompanies you throughout the day to reveal an insight on this Topic as it exists in the environment around you and within you.
  • Dialectic Games and Activities that work hand-in-hand with the illustrative activities to stimulate your mind and animate the insight as an experience
  • The experience unravels from morning to evening for seven days.
  • Each day is filled with illustrative activities inspired by the people, culture and environment of this program’s location. Each activity serves as an opportunity to gain insight on the Topic and challenge your way of thinking authentically and naturally.
  • We spend the entire day and evening together. As such, every moment is organized in detail and provided for in full; from activities to food and beverages. We’ve made sure your appetite (intellectually, emotionally and gastronomically) is well taken care of. 
  • Seafaring practices and activities, include but are not limited to;
    • Sailing between the islands Lefkada, Cephalonia, Ithaki, Meganisi, Kalamos and their lesser-known neighboring islands 
    • Exploring secret coves and beaches accessible only by sea 
    • Daytime adventures into island ports
    • Overnight stays at colorful Ionian ports 
    • Anchoring overnight in coves lit by the lantern moon 
    • Sea-centric activities are as limitless as the horizon; from swimming, fishing, seashell picking and snorkeling to our own unique Sophia’s Best games
    • Arts and crafts on the boat’s deck or pebbled seashores

*This seminar is also offered in Mani, Peloponnese (an area that crosses Messinia and Laconia). Illustrative Activities will be set in both mountain villages and seaside towns. In addition to arts, crafts, and cooking, you can expect there to be walking, hiking, wine-tasting and activities involving local produce. Contact us, if you’re interested in specific details.

  • A “boat-load” of food, snacks and refreshments as you sail 
  • Special lunches and dinners hosted in the local tavernas of ports 
  • Dinners onboard in the embrace of evening coves
  • All meals are authentically Greek made with local, organic produce 
  • Local beverages; including wine 

What is not Included

For sailing in the Ionian, our original price does not include transportation to the first port in Lefkada and does not include the sailing boat nor captain. For the Peloponnese, our price does not include transportation nor accommodation. Excluding these factors from our original price leaves room for flexibility around your personal needs and budget. Perhaps you need a boat for six instead of eight? You might also be a captain or have your own captain in mind? Likewise, in the Peloponesse, you may prefer a van or would like to come with your own car? Maybe you enjoy luxury hotels or prefer local homes? It is up to you. 

Although we do not provide these services, we collaborate with accommodation and local transportation providers as well as sailing boat charters. There are multiple options at hand, so we can decide together upon a choice that respects your personal needs and budget. 

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