The Big Listen


(Infos for 2020 coming soon !)

The Big Listen

Retreat Dates: tba

Location: Oikia Karapanou, Aegina Island, Greece

guided by

Natasha Lythgoe*


Werner Pilz**

The Big Listen will provide a space where we come together to listen to what has purchase on our hearts and the stories that live underneath whatever work we do in the world. This programme brings together practices from the Buddhist tradition and Wilderness Practices (including Way of Council and the Medicine Walk) all held within an embodied perspective. An embodied perspective suggests that we come home to the body in an earthy physical sense (instinctive, grounded, playful and sensual). Weaving together these threads we discover our place of belonging and a deeper connection to ourselves and the wider community.

The Big Listen will be facilitated by two dedicated wilderness guides, Werner Pilz and Natasha Lythgoe.

A window into our time together...

During our time together we’ll come from morning meditation and mindful bodywork to soulful story telling, making time to listen deeply using the Way of Council model.

The afternoons will involve working with nature-based practices in the beautiful landscapes surrounding Oikia Karapanou. These tools and techniques alongside supporting contemplative self reflection, invite a deeper conversation between our most authentic selves and the wisdom found in nature.

The evenings will be set aside for integrating the threads of our days. To support this we may go night swimming, dancing, walking with the full moon and through creativity and play.

At the heart of the process there will be an opportunity to be alone with your own true self and wild nature, on the beautiful Moni Island (the Dragon Island as Gigi Coyle named it). The ‘solo’ is a rich and often unforgettable practice experienced by peoples throughout time.

Landmarks of this journey will be nature connection activities, meditations, way of council, the 4 shields of human nature, mirror of nature, body awareness, dance and a constant flow of exploration through the clear blue aegean sea, olive groves and volcanic rock.

Tuition Costs: Euros 350, Early Bird Rate (until 1st of July) Euros 300. Bursaries available for Greek participants

Please note that the Accommodation is costed separately from the tuition fees:

48 euros per night - Half board (Breakfast and supper).

Travel to and from Oikia Karapanou is straight forward. You take the ferry boat from Piraeus (port of Athens) to the island of Aegina (short transfer). There you can take a bus, taxi or even walk to Oikia Karapanou.

*Natasha Lythgoe -

**The program will be run in English. Für diejenigen, die deutschsprachig sind und sich in englischer Sprache nicht sicher fühlen, gibt es die Möglichkeit der Übersetzung durch Werner Pilz. Fragt einfach nach.

Only an hour by boat from Athens, Oikia Karapanou is a beautiful mansion from the 19th century, surrounded by a huge garden close to the sea. It has been restored to provide an atmosphere of peace and inspiration.