Expressive Writing Retreat In Pelion

  • by Dimitra Didangelou
A six-day writing retreat in Greece designed by the psychologist and author Dimitra Didangelou to help you enrich your self-connection through writing and nourish your soul, mind and body.

A creative oasis for self- renewal and mental well-being.

Dimitra’s approach through expressive writing techniques encourages life reflection, self-exploration and creative expansion. The workshops are useful for all individuals, while the practice of expressive writing can particularly benefit those seeking to gain insight into their inner lives, increase self-awareness, listen to their inner voice and connect with their full creative potential.

Here are some activities you can expect from your retreat:

- Daily workshops on expressive writing in natural landscapes

- One-on-one session with Dimitra

- Meaningful structured conversations on subjects inspired by the ancient Greek philosophy

- Excursions to the astonishing beaches, yoga, acupuncture, massages, horse riding, swimming, hiking available onsite

- Dinners with delicious local dishes and wine

- With places limited to 12 participants, it’s a good idea to secure your place early!

For bookings contact Dimitra through e-mail.

The retreat will take place in Pelion peninsula, one of Greece’s most undiscovered areas. Pelion is in the Greek mainland, which is home to some of the most beautiful beaches, forests and hiking trails in Greece.

You will be accommodated in Pinakates, a hidden gem in the mountainous hills, village of less than 200 inhabitants, one of whom is Dimitra. We will organise your trip from the airport to the village, where you will stay in the traditional stone houses typical of the region.

The place is surrounded by forests paved with hiking trails and in 20’ driving distance there are beaches with crystal clear water and traditional fishing villages. Workshops will take place in a variety of spectacular natural scenery.

Dimitra Didangelou  is a psychologist MSc, science journalist and author. After filling thousands of pages for personal and professional purposes, she quickly discovered the power of the written word. Her specialization is therapeutic and expressive writing, helping people gain insight into their lives, listen to their inner voice and enhance their creativity. Alongside founding and editing a web-magazine that explores psychology, she is the founder of “Expressing MySelf Institute” offering therapeutic writing workshops and sessions.

Her training includes Advanced Study in Therapeutic Writing (The Center for Journal Writing in Denver, CO, USA), an MSc in Psychology and the Mass Media, a BA in Psychology and a Certificate in Philosophical Counseling and Psychotherapy. Dimitra is a published novelist and her short stories have been distinguished in many writing contests.

See Dimitra’s TED speech HERE  

Learn more about Dimitra HERE

The cost:

- Early Birds until 30/4: 490 € (double room shared)

- After 1/5: 540 €  (double room shared)

- For Single Room: extra 200 €

In order to hold your place, we take a non-refundable deposit of €250. The balance of the fees will be due on July 31st. Once paid, fees are non-refundable except in the event of our cancellation.

You can book with a friend and we’ll put you in a room together or we’ll match you with someone. The accommodation will be in a family run traditional guest house.

Each studio is independent with a private bathroom and a private kitchen. Note that there is no internet connection in the guest house, but there is wifi at the coffee shops and the taverns.

Space for workshops is limited to 12 participants to ensure lots of individual support and a nourishing environment.

Included in the price:

- Bed and breakfast

- One individual session with Dimitra

- Workshops with Dimitra

- Various evening events, including guided conversations

- Welcome dinner and drinks

- Snacks and material during the workshops

Not included:

- Airfares

- Transfers from/to the airport (we can organise it or book a taxi for you).

- Travel Insurance Meals, with the exception of the welcome dinner (in the village there are two taverns which serve local traditional dishes and two coffee-shops with snacks. You can have a meal between €5-10).

Optional Extras:

- Yoga, massage, acupuncture

- Horse Riding, hiking, swimming and ride with the traditional steam train     

We recommend first checking the flights to the closest airport of Volos (45′ from Pinakates) where Easy Jet has cheap flights.

Flights go to either Athens (4 hours driving to Pinakates) or Thessaloniki (2,5 hours). Both Athens and Thessaloniki are nice cities to spend some time or days.

The nearest city to Pinakates is Volos, about 40’ driving and there is a connection to Pinakates by  bus.