Workshops & Retreats

"The more we discover the miracle of our own body structure, of our individual movement patterns and emotional habits, the more we realize that we are at home. Our body is our primary home. I will share with you the secrets of my own pathway and practice. I will guide you where to “see” in order to discover your body & soul and how to become creative researchers and defenders of your own beauty. Everybody is welcome. I believe that every human can find a new way of living through mindful movement. In my teaching methods there are no boundaries of age, body form, nationality, identity."

Apostolia Papadamaki

 

THE HAPPINESS RETREAT

http://www.thehappinessretreat.gr

THE HAPPINESS RETREAT CONCEPT

The Happiness Retreat is an invitation into a powerful life transformation. An open hearted and truthful experience through Yoga, Dance, Mindfulness & Riuals in the blessed ancient land of Greece. Envisioned by its founder Apostolia Papadamaki, an internationally acclaimed choreographer, performance artist, spiritual thinker & teacher, THR promises a holistic life experience. Awakens the senses in breathtaking locations, offers bespoke accommodation, nourishes with healthy Greek dishes mindfully prepared with seasonal and organic ingredients. But most of all opens up the space for bliss with its heartfelt practices: a harmonious blend of Yoga, Dance, Singing, Sharing Circles and Rituals in Nature that expand the conscious self and integrate spirituality. Being thankful to her course of life, Apostolia is sharing generously her insightful guidance, empathy and personal attention to all the beautiful souls that are joining our small numbered retreats as well as our tailor made corporate yoga and wellness retreats.

BIOMATIC ANATOMY

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Skeleton and bones, the way to movement freedom. We will explore our skeleton construction, our joints and how they operate while practicing Asanas, to create the greatest possible space while moving. The lack of space between the joints restricts mobility and very often leads to the creation of pain. I will teach you how to increase the mobility and the flexibility so that motion becomes much lighter and relaxed. At the same time, touching specific bones of the body, release tensions , creates mental euphoria, deepens consciousness and awareness of the our shelf. Learning how to think of bones when we move, motion becomes much lighter and relaxed and muscles work with minimum effort becoming efficient and elastic.

  • We learn the techniques of tracing the bones-tracking of bone and moving the bones.
  • We practice mindful belly breathing and the function of the thoracic diaphragm. We re-connect with our natural breath flow and feel more grounded, balanced, open and present.
  • We help each other with mindful touch to recognize the maximum range of movement of our basic joints, aiming to capitalize on when practicing any kind of movement.

After 20 years of ongoing studies and research on movement Apostolia, founded Biomatic Anatomy, an holistic and experiential approach to movement that expands to Pulse Impulse Dance and Floating Body. (on the water surface) Biomatic Anatomy applies to Yoga , Pilates ,Martial Arts and any other kind of movement .The word Biomatic comes from the Greek word Bios which means Life.

Apostolia believes that everybody is a potential artist, everybody can find fulfillment through movement, every body can be a healer of his shelf. In her methods there are no boundaries of age, body structure, nationality, identity.

FLOATING BODY

On the sea shore in warm shallow waters OR In the Pool (1m-1.20m depth) OR In a Spa or Jacuzzi.

We work in couples, floating someone in our arms and let him move gently and slowly, surrendering and trusting our hands . We breath and move together.

Gentle, gradual twists and manipulations as well as passive stretches will raise our consciousness for how much freedom we can have when we move. Many associate water with the body's deepest states of relaxation. We all grew up in the womb of a mother. Our body consists of 70% water. The support of water takes weight off the vertebrae and allows the spine to be moved in ways impossible on land.During Floating Body exercises a range of emotions can come up and be released into the process of continuous flow. Our connecting with the breath, takes on a new dimension while floating in the water trusting ourselves to the hands of a partner. Experiencing both giving and receiving this most nurturing form of bodywork can help heal any wounds of separation we carry and renew our sense of connection and oneness with others. We become one with the universe.

 

 IMPULSE DANCE

We begin by grounding ourselves,in the safe space of a circle, shaking and pulsing to release tension, increase blood circulation and connect with the cosmic energy of the Earth. As we pulse in different levels, our breath expands into sound and our voice can be liberated. We enter a state of profound ancestral connection and our shaking movements  awaken the sacredness of our body and manifest the power of its expression.

Music invites us to a deep level of freedom - we reach a euphoric state of being. Our inner “impulses “ for movement transform into dance and we start interacting with each other playing with space and time experiencing a dancing and pulsing community of creative harmony. We are deeply connected with all there is and we become the “Dance”.

Structured through Apostolia’s deep experience in contact improvisation, contemporary dance ,Osho Kundalini meditation, traditional and sacred dance forms, this spiritual language of ImPulse Dance speaks where words fail;  an abundance of bliss in the heart of existence is created.