Internal Alchemy & Damo Qigong Course

Early morning meditation practice
06:00 - 07:30
07:30 – 08:30
Course theory
09:00 - 10:30
Noon meditation or Damo Qigong practice
11:00 - 12:30
12:30 – 13:30
Afternoon Resting Time – Activities
13:30 - 17:30
18:00 – 19:00
Evening meditation practice
20:00 - 21:30


King Pyros - Ioannina Airport is our meeting point and after journeying up into the Mountains for about an hour, we reach our destination, Megalo Papingo!

Spring has arrived and the scenery is breathtaking! 

We move into Avragonio Traditional Guest Houses, a unique project in its kind. A collection of little houses each one complete with its own bedroom, sitting room and bathroom, all built with wood and stone, following the local, traditional architecture.

On the first day we settle in and make ourselves comfortable and cosy!

The next morning, as throughout the course we meet in the Meditation Room at 06:00 for morning meditation practice until 07:30 am; then a healthy, nourishing breakfast follows from 07:30 – 08:30 am. Theory class on Internal Alchemy begins at 09:00 until 10:30 am and is complemented with either noon meditation or Damo Qigong practice until 12:00 midday.

Homemade, traditional vegetarian lunch is prepared for us and enjoyed in the village tavern with local produce, fresh salads and fruit from 12:30 to 13:30. Local cuisine and warm hospitality provide the potent combination for venturing into the mountain. Afternoons are leisure time to appreciate the amazing surroundings, to be inspired and to relax in beautiful Nature. 

During these two weeks several excursions have been planned each on a separate day and with free afternoons in between. One may join these activities, or not, as one feels.

  • Visit the natural water basins Rogovou that are found on the outskirts of Megalo Papingo village.
  • Easy walk to neighboring village Mikro Papingo and then on to Kokkino Lithari on Astraka towers, to enjoy the spectacular views and scenery 
  • Trekking to the Springs of Voidomatis River - and return
  • Trekking from Monodendri south to Kipi village admiring stunning beauty and the amazing arched, man built, stone bridges of Misios, Kokkorou and Plakida.
  • Rafting on the Voidomatis River
  • Vikos Gorge: we travel by van to Monodendri village, go trekking along the Gorge until we arrive at village Vikos were we leave the Gorge and return to Megalo Papingo 
Dinner is waiting for us at the local tavern at 18:00 until 19:00 with vegetable specialties and fresh salads.
Evening meditation from 20:00 to 21:30 brings peaceful closure to the day and restful sleep. 

The above schedule will be modified according to the needs of the participants and weather conditions.