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|Posted by moodhacker on May 21, 2019 at 3:20 PM||comments (0)|
Whether you are a photographer, creative or lover of life todays post is about joy.
One of my favourite things to do in life is to get on a plane to Greece because no matter how busy my year has been I know in my heart that I will put back what has been taken out of my creative well this year when I touch down on Greek soil.
For me the magic starts at the Athens airport and Greek folk if you are reading this I am sure you will know what I mean.
The nervous system seems to know its home!
It rolls over, it purrs, it knows it’s going to lie on a beach and become so hypnotized with good food, soft breezes, gentle joy and Kefi it kicks in immediately.
Kefi, like so many words in different languages never translates as the Greeks know it. It’s about joy, passion, living in the moment, togetherness, music and dance and more.
The above photos were taking of my husband on the last day of one of many of our Greek holidays.
I wanted a photo and had tried to make it happen the day before which ended in a rare fight. I found this amazing motorbike and the guy wouldn’t rent it to us. We drove out to this beautiful simple place on a ugly alternative and then hubs dug his heels in and refused. My sweet Italian wasn’t feeling it. We were leaving the island in a couple of days and I knew this window was closing but my philosophy has NEVER TO DO ANYTHING FOR A for a photo so I let it go.
Then later the next day he said ‘come on let’s go take some photos’. We rented the not so attractive bike, headed out to the beautiful spot and I started taking pics of him riding. Then he jumped off the bike and started humming the music to the sirtaki and just like that, on a dirt road, as the sun was setting with him and I dancing and humming we found our Kefi.
Sometimes I think Kefi is the secret to happiness!
There is a wonderful interview here unfortunately only in French or Greek that describes Kefi
Or you can catch a little bit of it here in this scene with Anthony Quinn in Zorba the Greek. I adore those words you would love any man to utter to another ‘will you teach me to dance’?
Here’s how I take Kefi home into my daily life:
Live in the moment – I try and stop living for tomorrow and live in the moment if whatever I am doing is enjoyable and not rush off to the next thing. Just sit, kick back and enjoy. Tomorrow will come but right here and now is amazing.
Relax – I find I get more done and am more creative when I take time out, have weekends and days away from the computer and meditate or relax during the day. Yes, when the sun is shining I take a long lunch break and even lie down during my work day and don’t feel slightly guilty about it because I know when I get up everything will be clearer.
Music – I make music a part of my life, it changes my mood takes me from lethargic to excited, feeling down to happy and helps me bring what I desire into my life. Yes folks I manifest to music!!
Dance – Even if it’s only for my husband I try and dance every day! Dance is the thing that connects us to joy and the forgotten wild women inside.
Share – There are so many ways to share our lives with others. Make a habit of sharing a meal with someone, share a ride home, an after walk or something that works for you. Actively share.
Let Go – If there is one thing that is tough to master it is letting go. Letting go of all the millions of things we think we should do and surrendering to them or delegating them to someone else. Once a day I let go of something. I allow things to be imperfect even if it’s a small thing and I am the only person that knows it, I just kiss goodbye to perfection and mentally let go.
So dearest folks, I hope you have enjoyed this little reflection on joy and life and hope you try and
bring a little Kefi to your daily routine.
this post was published in carla.couson.com in May 2018
|Posted by moodhacker on May 21, 2019 at 12:40 AM||comments (0)|
The Pyrrhichios or Pyrrhike dance ("Pyrrhic dance"; Ancient Greek: πυρρίχιος or πυρρίχη, but often misspelled as πυρρίχειος or πυρήχειος was the best known war dance of the Greeks. It was probably of Dorian origin and practiced at first solely as a training for war. According to ancient sources it was an armed dance.
Plato (Leges, 815a) describes it as imitating by quick movements the ways in which blows and darts are to be avoided and also the modes in which an enemy is to be attacked. It was dance to the sound of the aulos; its time was quick and light, as is also shewn by the metric foot called pyrrhic.
It was described by Xenophon in his work the Anabasis. In that work he writes that at a festival was held in Trapezus to celebrate the arrival of his troops in the city. The following is the part in which the pyrrhic dance is mentioned:
A Mysian who saw that they were amazed, retorted by persuading one of the Arcadians who had acquired a dancing girl to dress her in the finest costume he could, fit her with a light shield and bring her on to give a graceful performance of the 'Pyrrhic' dance. Thereupon there was a roar of applause, and the Paphlagonians asked if the Greek women also fought side by side with their men. The Greeks answered that these were the very women who had routed the king from his camp.
Homer refers to the Pyrrichios and describes how Achilles danced it around the burning funeral of Patroclus.
Pyrrhic Dance:ancient Greek war dance,warriors-dancers w/shield & sword/spear originally practiced as training for war-1927 Delphic Festival by @VeraCausa9
The dance was loved in all of Greece and especially the Spartans considered it a kind of light war training and so they taught the dance to their children while still young.
Athenians youth performed the dance in the palaestra as part of training in gymnastike.
The dance was also performed in the Panathenaic Games. There were three classes of competitors: men, youth and boys.
|Posted by moodhacker on May 16, 2019 at 10:55 AM||comments (0)|
A Greek beach is named one of the most impressive in the world in the best beaches in the world list published Guardian.
A total of 50 beaches areb devided by the Guardian in 7 different categories. In the category “Best for wow factor” are featured 12 impressive beaches, among them a Greek one described by the British newspaper as more of a cove than a beach, backed by cliffs and dense woods, with white sands and pebbles and clear blue waters.
It is Fakistra on the Pelion peninsula (mainland Greece), below Tsagarada village. It’s a steep walk down but it’s the sort of place that, apart from in July and August, you may well have to yourself.
See the whole list:
1 Source d’Argent, Seychelles
Source d’Argent, Seychelles
2 Dune du Pyla, France
Dune du Pyla, France
3. Shoal Bay, Antigua
Shoal Bay, Antigua
4 Cala Saona, Formentera
Cala Saona, Formentera
5 Glass Beach, California
Glass Beach, California
6 Starfish Beach, Panama
Starfish Beach, Panama
7. Fakistra, Greece
8 Flamenco Beach, Puerto Rico
Flamenco Beach, Puerto Rico
9 Koh Kradan, Thailand
Koh Kradan, Thailand
10 Playa del Amor (Hidden Beach), Mexico
Playa del Amor (Hidden Beach), Mexico
11 Greenfield Beach, Australia
Greenfield Beach, Australia
12 Bora Bora, French Polynesia
For 2019 , Five beaches in Greece are included in a “Top 40” list compiled by Guardian’s editors, with Voidokilia, in the extreme southwest Messinia prefecture topping the specific sites in the east Mediterranean country
Voidokilia is the external shore of a saltwater lagoon facing the Ionian Sea, just north of the harbor town of Pylos port.
The beach’s azure waters, a cave, the remnants of a medieval castle and the presence of numerous birds, including seasonal flamingos, are what attracted the Guardian to Voidokilia, which means “ox stomach”.
Other beaches located in Greece are “Kaladi” on the southwest Aegean island of Kythira
Palaiochori on Milos
“Super Paradise” on upscale hub Mykonos,
and Balos on the large island of Crete
|Posted by moodhacker on April 30, 2019 at 5:15 AM||comments (0)|
According to the director of the Folklore Center of the Academy of Athens, Aikaterini Kamilaki, the wreath was made with a rod of flexible and durable wood of vine or other, and was decorated with flowers and branches of fruit trees, such as almond, fig tree and pomegranate. It was decorated it with wheat and barley, and also with onion and garlic, to "extinguish" , according to traditon, the "bad eye".
The use of greenery, mainly, and less of the flowers, was the main feature of the May wealth tradition that symbolised fertility. In rural areas, quite often, a bunch of green branches of olive, fig tree, neat, orange and other flowers was placed over the front door, and that was enough according to folk tradition to bring luck, health and wealth to th family of the house. Nettle and garlic were necessary among them to avert the bad spirits from the home and its inhabitants
According to the Professor of Classical Archeology at the Aristotelian University, Michalis Tierios' writings, the branch of the walnut or the wreath, probably has its roots in aentiquity: "It is known that in ancient Greece such branches or wreaths were used very often in major feasts and celebrations of the public, private and religious life. In addition, it is remarkable that at a major celebration of Ancient Greece at the ancient month, Thargelianus, which corresponded, approximately, to the May month of nowadays, the construction of a branch analogous to today' May wreath was included . This branch was not made by flowers, but with branches of fruit trees, including also onion and garlic. "
Nowadays we have established wreaths of wildflowers or garden flowers, which we place at the main entrance of our homes during the May month. We still want to believe, that today's May wreath which we often buy from flower shops, and is often nothing more than a beautiful and fragrant flower composition, still brings health, good luck, peace, happiness and euphoria. Surely, however, its construction gives euphoria to the elderly and the young, escaping from the cities seeking the joy of spring in the blooming nature.
info and photo(above), fb Doucie Arnaouteli
photo( below): Herbs' wreath of May from Smari village in Crete, fb
|Posted by moodhacker on February 19, 2019 at 1:30 PM||comments (0)|
As you walk around the overgrown site of Ancient Olympia, birth-place of the Olympic games, you may visualize in 360º and 3D the glorious, inspiring monuments that once stood there, by using the Mobile Optical Illusions is the market leader of AR & VR Apps for 3D Reconstructions of Archaeological Sites.
While in Olympia don’t miss to enter Virtually in the temple of Zeus and stare at one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the giant gold and ivory statue of the father of twelve Gods seated on his throne!
But there are also more spots and Greek archaeological sites where you can 3D enjoy the ancient glory , and "virtually walk throuth it" by using the ap p, personally or through group participation
First, at the Acropolis Athens
You may view Parthenon complete with its decorations and even step inside to see the giant golden ivory statue of the goddess Athena!
Using Moptil’s tablet or VR goggles you can visualize all Acropolis temples and statues as they were 2000 years ago. As you walk around the heritage site you can enjoy the temples that has not survived through the centuries, like the temple of Zeus, the temple of Diana the 9m statue of Athena Promakhos and many others. Stand by the Parthenon Priest or the Priestess of Nike temple while she is pouring olive oil on the altar!
Features include full reconstructions of the ancient buildings of Parthenon, Temple of Nike, Erechtheion, Propylaea, Theater of Dionysus, Temple of Zeus, Diana (Aphrodite), Ergani, Augustus (Roman period), the Bronze Repository, Arreforeion, the entire South slope, all the large altars
You may also find Moptil's at the Ancient Lindos in Rhodes, the Minoan Palace of Knossos in Crete, Delos, Kos and Delphi. Soon we will also be in Cartegena of Spain
Moptill's team has developed the interactive tool to enjoy the most well known Monuments of Heritage Culture, fully reconstructed. Every project of Moptil involves 3D artists, Graphic designers, programmers, painters, archaeologists and many others. Moptil has created an ecosystem of professionals, that gives her the ability to develop many projects in parallel.
MOPTIL has steadily managed to enter into the Greek tourism sector and has received numerous awards and mentions, as well as the congratulations of the Minsitry of Greek Tourism Mrs. Elena Kountoura, the former Prime Minister of France Fraancois Hollande, and many more
|Posted by moodhacker on February 18, 2019 at 2:00 AM||comments (0)|
" Green roofs can reduce the retention of heat in urban areas, help to cool down buildings and thereby lower their energy use, and even pull some carbon dioxide from the air and feed it back into plant growth. Plus, they look cool." writes the Washington Post undelining also ¨
the psychological benefits of such intitiatives as green roofs according to new research. I
In a study published in the journal Environmental Psychology, the University of Melbourne’s Kate Lee and a group of colleagues found that interrupting a tedious, attention-demanding task with a 40-second “microbreak” — in which one simply looks at a computerized image of a green roof — improved focus as well as subsequent performance on the task.
The research adds to a growing scientific literature on the health advantages — psychological and otherwise — of being exposed to views of nature in urban settings, for instance through the presence of parks or trees. Research in this area is so far along, in fact, that researchers are considering whether it might be possible to identify the right “dose” of nature that people need to receive in order to actually reap significant health benefits.
Other psychological benefits of nature views have also been captured in recent literature. In one study, research subjects who viewed a 12-minute nature documentary before playing a game that involved managing a fishery resource engaged in more sustainable behavior.
The new study appears to break ground by showing an effect — and a benefit — from a much smaller and shorter-lived nature exposure.
In the research, 150 students were asked to perform a cognitively demanding task called the Sustained Attention to Response Task (SART). In the task, respondents view a series of individual numbers, between 1 and 9, on a computer screen. Each number flashes by very rapidly — in under a second — and the research subject has to press a particular keyboard key as rapidly as possible — unless, that is, the number is 3.
In that case, subjects have to catch themselves and not respond — which is difficult to do, given the habit built up of repeatedly and rapidly clicking the key.
This goes on for a large number of trials — 225 of them, requiring about five minutes in total to complete — making the task both difficult and also fairly taxing. No wonder, then, that it is regarded as a test of one’s ability to keep focus and attention over a period of time.
In the current study, students had to complete the SART task not once, but twice. However, they received a 40-second “microbreak” in between the two trials. During that break, their computer screens flashed either to a digital image of a city building roof covered in concrete, or one covered with grass and flowers. Then, they completed the remainder of the SART trial.
The green roof view that half of research subjects observed during their “micro-break.” (University of Melbourne)
Afterward, the students exposed to the green roof scene not only reported that it felt more “restorative,” they performed better on the task. In particular, they showed less fluctuation in response time, and made fewer errors of “omission” — failing to tap the keyboard key when they saw a number other than 3.
“Nature can provide cognitive benefits in much shorter timeframes, and in smaller amounts than previously demonstrated,” the authors concluded.
For anybody who toils all day at task after task in an office building, it’s hard to miss the implications. “Modern work drains attention throughout the day, so providing boosted ‘green micro-breaks’ may provide mental top-ups to offset declining attention,” said lead study author Kate Lee of the University of Melbourne by e-mail.
Alas, for many of us in the United States, going to an office window and looking out at a green roof next door remains impossible — for now, anyway.
Lee reminds the findings are generalizable beyond green roofs. “Viewing different types of nature (parks and forests) can also boost attention, research shows,” she commented. “Based on this we would hypothesize that other types of urban greening that show similar vegetation characteristics to those studied previously may also boost attention.”
"There’s always a brief walk outside — if not to a park, then at least to somewhere you can see a tree", concludes Washington Post
|Posted by moodhacker on February 17, 2019 at 10:15 AM||comments (0)|
Taking a photo each day and posting it online has complex benefits say researchers who say it supports improved wellbeing. A study recorded what photos people took, what text they added and how they interacted with others on the photo-a-day site for two months.
This is a popular social phenomenon, with Instagram having over 1.5million photos tagged #365 for each day of the year while there are thousands of members of Blipfoto, a key photo-a-day site.
A study co-authored by Dr Liz Brewster of Lancaster University and Dr Andrew Cox of the University of Sheffield recorded what photos people took, what text they added and how they interacted with others on the photo-a-day site for two months.
They found that taking a daily photo improved wellbeing through:
- Community interaction
- The potential for reminiscence
- Taking a moment to be mindful, and looking for something different or unusual in the day were seen as positive well-being benefits of the practice.
One participant said: "My job was a very highly stressful role... There were some days when I'd almost not stopped to breathe, you know what I mean... And just the thought: oh wait a moment, no, I'll stop and take a photograph of this insect sitting on my computer or something. Just taking a moment is very salutary I think."
- It also led to more exercise and gave a sense of purpose, competence and achievement.
Another participant said: "It encourages me out of the house sometimes when I could just sit on my backside with a cup of tea. I'll think maybe I'll take a walk down on to the seafront and before I know it I'm two miles along the coast. "
- The online contact helped people to manage loneliness and grief as well as meeting new people with shared interests. Several participants had taken early retirement and found that the contact established via photo-a-day replaced some of the daily office chatter that they missed.
"There's the banter in the workshop or the office or the place where you work. And perhaps [photo-a-day] offers that... Because I'm having conversations with people that I would perhaps have had in the workplace.
The online interactions created a community based on the photos and accompanying text.
"It could be a rubbish photograph but if somebody commented on it, it made it worthwhile."
The online text was used to provide personal narratives, reminiscences, and explanations of repeated images.
"I'm ever feeling down or something it's nice to be able to scroll back and see good memories. You know, the photos I've taken will have a positive memory attached to it even if it's something as simple as I had a really lovely half an hour for lunch sitting outside and was feeling really relaxed."
The researchers said the practice is "an active process of meaning making, in which a new conceptualisation of wellbeing emerges."
By Science Daily
Materials provided by Lancaster University. Note: Content may be edited for style and length.
|Posted by moodhacker on February 8, 2019 at 4:15 AM||comments (0)|
After thirty nine people lost their lives in Greece from flu, government authorities and the Greek Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO, HCDCP) reminded the public to get immunized, while there is a shortage of flu vaccines currently in the Greek pharmacies
The 21 victims succumbed during the past seven days, experts told a press briefing in Athens. Only two days ago, the death toll stood at 22.
General Secretary of Public Health Ioannis Basskozos called on citizens, at this very moment, in the mid of February to get the flu vaccine, while no vaccines are now available at pharmacies.
"We have ordered 50,000 vaccines to be in the Greek market by the end of the week," Mr Basskozos said, without giving a substantive answer on why the country has been left run out of vaccines, since the possible wave of flu was expected by the epidemiologists to peak at thsi period of time and on. Mr Basskozos, in fact, insisted that the health system is at its best, comcerng also the situation in the ICU.
"We have the largest number of ICUs in operation in recent years, 552 ICU beds are available across the country," said Baskozos, in an effort to show that the seasonal influenza epidemic is under control and that the health system is succeeding to handle the epidemic and the vulnerable target of influenza patients
However, the list of dozens of patients - about 60 on a daily basis last month - waiting to find an ICU bed intruded into chambers and corridors, cancels the Secretary General's assertion in the most sad way.
The Greek CDC (HCDCP) scientists characterized the spread of influenza greater than an other seasons, this year. At least 15% of the population is currently infected with influenza , with children and generally young, productive people being affected by the prevalent influenza strain, pandemic A (H1N1). There have been already two deaths of children, while nine children have been hospitalized in ICU - two of them still remaining in the ICU in critical condition. The recommendation of the scientists to parents regarding children with flu symptoms is timely communication with the doctor within the first 48 hours and whenever a severe and rapid deterioration occurs. They also said that the influenza epidemic could be exploited by schools and educators to introduce and learn the hygiene measures and their importance. It should be noted that all nine children hospitalized in ICU were not vaccinated against the flu. Of the 165 of the adults patients who were admitted to ICUs, only 15% were vaccinated while 85% of the patients were people of the high-risk groups and should have been immunized.
Greece is still lagging below the 75 percent threshold which the WHO has set for the vaccination of people belonging to population segments at high risk of complications, he said.
In the previous flu season 2017-2018, KEELPNO had recorded 42 fatalities, down from 108 in the winter season 2016-2017, according to the official data.
|Posted by moodhacker on November 12, 2018 at 6:25 AM||comments (0)|
Some 55,000 professional and amateur athlete participated in the 36th “Athens Marathon. The Authentic”, on November 11 in the Greek capital, breaking last year’s record of 51,000 participants.
The event included the 42,195-meter Marathon Race, the morning 5km and 10km road races, the power walking race, the afternoon 5km race, the kids’ and Special Olympics race.
The 36th Athens Authentic Marathon took place in the Greek capital on Sunday, with the participation of a record number of 55,000 runners from 106 countries. People of all ages took part in the event, which had people running 5 and 10-kilometer routes, and also a special one for children and another one for people with special needs.
Around 18,750 runners competed in the historic 42-km route from Marathon into the Panathenaic Stadium (Kallimarmaro), with participants passing through areas affected by the fires which devastated the area in July.
Mayor of Marathon, Ilias Psinakis said this year’s race was dedicated to the 99 people who lost their lives in the East Attica wildfires and also held a one minute silence in their honour.
Brimin Kipkorir of Kenya won the 36th Athens Marathon, beating Ethiopia’s Tesfa Wokneth by almost two minutes.
Muriuki Shelmith Nyawira from Kenya was the first woman to finish the race, coming in at 17th spot, followed by Koech Rebby Cherono from Kenya ranking 21, and Eleftheria Petroulaki from Greece came in at 30th place.
With tears in her eyes, the Greek Olympic gold medalist Athanasia Tsoumeleka stopped running and began walking through a black-clad crowd lining the street,.fourteen kilometres into the Athens marathon.
That was because she had just reached Mati, the grief-stricken coastal village near Greece's capital, Athens, where 99 people lost their lives to devastating wildfires some three months ago.
"It was as if you were breathing the souls of the people that perished," Tsoumeleka, winner of the women's 20km walk in the Athens 2004 Olympics, told Al Jazeera.
"The race felt like it was honouring the lost lives.
"You could see that the people were trying to be happy and support us but there was endless grief in their eyes," the 36-year-old said.
The record 18,750 participants from 105 countries ran the historical 42km route of the Athens Classic Marathon on Sunday, cutting right across Mati and passing through decimated forest areas as well as blackened and burned houses.
Banners saying "I will not forget" and "99 victims" were hung along the way, as black balloons flew into the sky.
The spectators, many of whom were dressed in plain mourning black or dark t-shirts emblazoned with the words "I love Mati", cheered and clapped to encourage the passing runners.
|Posted by moodhacker on November 12, 2018 at 4:50 AM||comments (0)|
George Patoulis: "We aim to offer the opportunity to Attica Region to become the place of the earth where Health travelers would be cured and revitalized."
The 4th Panhellenic Congress of Thermal Medicine at Kamena Vourla, Central Greece, closed its works today, October 14th 2018, announcing important scientific findings on Holistic, Wellness and Thermal Medicine, by the participation of Greek and international experts.
"Thermal tourism is the niche market and privileged particularity of our country that upgrades the Greek cities and regions to Health and Wellness destinations unique to the world travelers. Greece is rushing to meet the chance of the Health and Wellness Travelers’ boom expected in the near future, who rediscover in Greece the first Medical Tourism destination of antiquity", the President of Central Union of Municipalities of Greece (KEDE), President of Athens Medical Association (ISA), and President of the National Council of Health Tourism ELITOUR, George Patoulis stated in his speech.
Addressing the specialized audience of Greek and international holistic and medical scientists at the at the 4th Panhellenic Congress of Thermal Medicine in Kamena Vourla, Mr.Patoulis stressed that in 2025 Health Tourism is estimated to become worldwide the 2nd largest industry after health and pharmaceutical industry, and presented the unique comparative advantages Greece has, over most of the international Health Travel destinations, for the development of spa and medi-spa tourism. G.Patoulis called the official state to collaborate closely with Greece’s local and regional government for the exploitation of the 750 natural mineral Thermal springs that are found in Greece .
The 4th Panhellenic Congress of Thermal Medicine titled "Updating of Thermal Medicine in the Light of the Holistic Approach" is co-organized by the Hellenic Academy of Thermal Medicine and the Central Union of Municipalities of Greece, under the chairmanship of the Professor of Dermatology and President of the Hellenic Academy of Thermal Medicine Konstantinos Kouskoukis, and has been held by the participation of prominent Greek and foreign scientists of Holistic Medicine, representatives of foreign embassies, representatives of Greece’s local government, and also politicians and representatives of the Tourism and investment sector of Greece..
The President of the Hellenic Academy of Medical Medicine, Konstantinos Kouskoukis, presenting the newest findings of Complementary and Thermal Medicine, stressed that “the updating of Thermal Medicine is critical for Greece, firstly due to the demand shown by international travelers and patients on complementary therapies, secondly due to the inclusion of Thalassotherapy Units and Centers of Thalassotherapy in Primary Health Care, as well as the application of the provisions on patient mobility for holistic and thermal therapies in the European Union countries "
President of KEDE Giorgos Patoulis especially congratulated for his Action Plan on the exploitation of the Thermal Springs of Kamena Vourla , the Mayor of Kamena Vourla- Molos- Ag. Konstantinos, Ioannis Sykiotis, who, "made a breakthrough on Municipal Development in the field of Thermalism, and succeeded in highlighting the healing wealth of his region to Greek and international travelers, starting by the renaming of the Municipality of Molos- Agios Konstantinos, to Municipality of Kamena Vourla- Molos Konstantinos so as to re- launch a Thermal Tourism brand name to the area "
"We are aiming to establish Greece as one of Europe's largest Thermal centers, but still, the 696 of the country's 750 Thermal Springs remain untapped.
We call on the Local Government to insist in our effort to transform all health tourism areas of our country, the Blue Zones, and the Greek Regions into a chain of certified points of Thermal Tourism that will attract the Traveler to repeat his visits to Greece for his health and rejuvenation. We promise to do our best for Attica Region to become the cradle of Health Tourism of the 3rd millennium", concluded President of KEDE George Patoulis, who is running for Regional Attica governor next May
|Posted by moodhacker on November 12, 2018 at 3:05 AM||comments (0)|
Greek Nature: A Journey into the myth, is one among the very interesting educational programms launched by Oceanis Filyra, a Health Travel to Greece network , which designs and implements educational programs for children, as well as high aesthetics cultural activities for adults.
The cultural experiential programs are addressed to children and adults, especially also to to travelers and visitors in Greece, as well as expatriates children of the younger generations of the Hellenes Abroad
All Oceanis Filyra educational programs are approved by the Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs. The programs objectives are to create positive stimuli for children, aiming at creative thinking and acquiring new knowledge through experiential and interdisciplinary activities.The programs for children utilize modern theories of learning and enhance informal education while all are carried out by experienced and scientifically qualified staff..
Adult visitors have also the choice of a variety of cultural activities programs,aiming to discover unknown aspects of history and civilization and reach a deeper connection with the Greek Cultural Heritage.
The philosophy of the programs, such as "Greek Nature: A Journey into the myth","The journey of Water in ancient times. The journey of Water today", and more, is to familiarize the participating pupils with the ancient Greek mythical tradition, through an experiential walking tour, which is directly related to the world of nature.
In particular, pupils, through their participation in the educational program, cover t6he following variety of objectives:
Through their participation in the program pupils will be able to:
- Understand that many plants owe their names to Gods or heroes of the ancient Greeks and are closely related to the Greek mythological tradition
- Recognize the intimate relationship that ancient Greeks had with the natural environment, as well as discover the timeless belief that plants are a loyal partner in people’s lives.
- Comprehend the interaction between man and the environment, based on the values of environmental education.
- Develop their creative skills with group art activities, which will encourage the expression of ideas, experiences and emotions.
- Use dialogue as a way of expression to enliven narration.
- Develop interest in Greek mythology.
- Develop interest in the natural and man-made environment.
- Develop ecological consciousness and awareness.
AESTHETIC / VISUAL OBJECTIVES
- Develop creative skills by encouraging the expression of ideas, experiences and feelings through their works.
- Comprehend that art is a great way of expression.
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL-SKILL ACQUIRING OBJECTIVES
- Feel the joy of creation and acquire the ability to express their ideas.
- Comprehend the value of teamwork and collaboration and develop social virtues.
- Be entertained.
PARTS OF THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM:
Welcoming the pupils, taking some time to get familiar with the area of the J. & A. Diomedes Botanical Garden and be informed of its rules of operation.Concentration in a specific area where the educational program will be conducted.
Brief narration of plant myths using visual material and interactive discovery.
B. Research activity through observation in the area of the J. & A. Diomedes Botanical Garden
The children are divided into three groups and directed to the site of Historic Plants accompanied by the program interpreters. Each team through observation conducts research activities and presents the results of its research.
C. Creative Synthetic Activity
Pupils, while maintaining their groups,return to the venue of the program.They are encouraged to develop artistic activities, drawing inspiration from the myths they discovered in their research. Their artwork accompanies them back to the classroom as a reminder of their participation in the educational program.
Research-Design-Implementation of the Educational Program: Panoraia Kalompratsou, Historian – Paleographer MA
Venue: J. & A. Diomedes Botanical Garden
Age of children: 4–7 years old
Duration: 90 mins
Number of children per program: 25-30
Participation fee: 3 euros per child