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The Ancient Healing Centers of Peloponnese
and the Holy Mountains of Minoan Crete

May 12-23, 2024

An Exploratory Journey at the Interface of

Sacred Geography and Sacred Geometry

With author Dr. Ian Baker

and artist Tiffani Gyatso.


The Ancient Healing Centers of Peloponnese and

the Holy Mountains of Minoan Crete


An Exploratory Journey at the Interface of Sacred Geography and Sacred Geometry

This adventurous journey exploring the healing and mystery traditions of ancient Greece and Crete and their interface with sacred geometry will be led by Dr. Ian Baker and Tiffani Gyatso. The trip will be limited to fifteen persons and involves hiking, exploration, contemplative practice, and the investigation and creation of art in places of spectacular beauty and historical significance. Overall, the trip offers a deep immersion in the ancient and contemporary cultures of Greece and Crete, while exploring the ways in which ancient Greek traditions of architecture, healing, initiation, and incubation (numinous dreaming) interface with Asian spiritual practices, art, and medicine.

Brief Itinerary

05/12 - Arrival in Athens

05/13 - Medicinal thermal springs of Orea Eleni and healing Sanctuary of Epidaurus

05/14 - Hike through the Lousios Gorge in the mountainous Arkadia region of central Peloponnese,             visiting Ancient Gortys and the cliffhanging Prodromou Monastery

05/15 - travel by boat from Nafplio to Tolo to visit one of the area’s hidden beaches. Fortress of Palamidi

05/16  - Archeological sites of Mycenae and Nemea and the Temple of Zeus. Karamitsos Winery.

05/17  - Flight to Heraklion, Crete. Minoan Palace of Knossos and the Heraklion museum.

05/18  - Village of Spili. Preveli Monastery and Preveli Palm Beach.

05/19  - Hike approximately to the summit of holy Mount Ida and connected with Rhea, the earth goddess of nature, animals, mountains, and caves. Cave of Zeus.

05/20  - Hike Samaria Gorge. Ferry to Sfakia and drive to Chania.

05/21  - Sanctuary of Asklepios, Greek God of Healing. After a swim in the rejuvenative waters at Lissos Beach, followed by a picnic lunch.

05/22 - Boat to Balos Lagoon, the most beautiful beach in all of Greece.

05/23 - Conclude with a scheduled 9:30 am flight from Chania, Crete, to Athens.



*The itinerary is created as a base of orientation subjected to change according to conditions. 

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Ian Baker, PhD earned degrees in History and Anthropology following earlier graduate work in Buddhist Studies and English Literature at the University of Oxford. He is the author of seven critically acclaimed books on Himalayan and Tibetan cultural history, environment, art, and medicine including, Tibetan Yoga: Principles and Practices, Buddhas of the Celestial Gallery, The Tibetan Art of Healing, The Dalai Lama’s Secret Temple, and The Heart of the World. He was designated by National Geographic Society as one of seven ‘Explorers for the Millennium’ for his field research concerning ‘hidden lands’ (beyul) in the Buddhist Himalayas. He is co-founder, with Dr. Nida Chenagtsang, of The Vajra Path, an initiative for bringing the practices of Vajrayāna Buddhism into interdisciplinary dialogue with the contemporary world as well as with parallel traditions across time and geographies.


  • The cost does not include international airfare to and from Athens; shopping and personal expenses; travel and medical insurance; gratuities for local guides and drivers.

  • It is understood that the itinerary may change according to weather conditions, the collective desires of the group, or other unforeseeable circumstances.


  • The per person cost includes airfare from Athens to Heraklion;

  • airfare from Chania to Athens;

  • ground transportation in 21-seater, air-conditioned buses;

  • accommodation in four and five-star hotels

  • all meals throughout the trip;

  • expert Greek guides;

  • supporting services of the trip leaders and assistants.

Tiffani Gyatso is an artist from Brazil, specialized in traditional Tibetan Thangka painting starting interest at Gandan monastery in Mongolia and further studies at the Norbulingka Institute in India from 2003 to 2006. She later dedicated her study of sacred geometry and Islamic art at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London. In 2018 she graduated in Visual Arts at Dulcina de Moraes University in Brasilia. Today she runs her own art retreat center at the Atelier YabYum in the mountains of Brazil and annually guides art groups to India, Nepal, and Bhutan. She is the author of the book, Life and Thangka. For further information about her life and work, please visit


Double Room: US$6.250

Single occupancy: US$6.950

The group size is limited to fifteen participants.

To register or for more information, please contact:

Contact Ian (US):

Tiffani (BR):


Cancelation policies

Trip must be payed on one time deposit (ask for bank details). If need to be canceled, then 50% will be refund until April 1st. No refund after April 1st, 2024.



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