A word from your guide, Paris Paraschos
My name is Paris Papachristou Paraschos, I’m 44 years young and I’ve been visiting the magical island of Samothraki for 29 years. I’ve been involved in sports since I was 8 years old and over the years, experimented with different sports to see what fits me best. I ended up in mountain running and especially long-distance races. I have several races to my credit, the highlight of which was the 270 km race that took place last May.
Samothraki adventure is an idea that came to me during my last visit to the island. During this visit, I attended the Breath and Life Mastery Rebirthing Training and I had a powerful vision. This vision inspired me to create a hiking seminar that would take place on the beautiful and sacred island of Samothraki.
I believed that the natural beauty of the island, combined with the physical and mental challenges of hiking, would be the perfect setting for people to reconnect with themselves and find personal growth, empowerment and resilience.
Participants will experience the island’s stunning scenery while also challenging themselves, physically and emotionally, to dive into a deeper connection to themselves and the world around them; and to keep this life energy source after completing the seminar.
Benefits of Samothraki Adventure include:
- Physical fitness: Hiking in the rugged terrain of Samothraki is a great way to improve overall fitness and cardiovascular health. The challenging trails and steep inclines provide a great workout for the legs, core, and lungs.
- Increased knowledge: Learn about the island’s history, culture, and natural environment, as well as tips on hiking safety and navigation.
- Adventure: Samothraki is a beautiful island known for its rugged landscapes and raw beauty. Hiking with an excellent guide is an exciting and adventurous way to safely explore it.
- Cultural and social experience: Meet new people and experience the local culture and way of life.
- Increased Mental Well-being: Spending time in nature has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety and improve your overall mood. The peaceful surroundings and natural beauty of Samothraki will clear your mind and eliminate feelings of stress and tension.
- Greater Connection to nature: Develop a deeper appreciation and connection to nature by immersing yourself in the natural environment of Samothraki. This can lead to profoundly understanding the importance of preserving and protecting our natural resources.
- Personal Growth and Development: The challenge of hiking in the mountains is an excellent opportunity for personal growth and development. The physical and mental demands of the hike can help to build confidence, resilience, and determination.
- Educational Opportunities: Samothraki is home to a wide variety of plant and animal species, and a hiking provides an opportunity to learn about the island’s unique ecology and geology.
- Energetic Purification: By spending time immersed in wild nature, eating minimally, exercising, sleeping under the stars, as well as simply being present with “what is”, the mystical terrain of Samothraki cleanses you to the core. Not only will you look much fitter and younger, you will be bursting with Life Energy and prepared to take on whatever is coming up in your life.
In Samothraki, the veil is thin.
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More about Samothraki Island
Connection to Νature
The island of Samothraki is known for its natural beauty and is often referred to as a “green island.” People have a strong connection to the nature of Samothraki, and many feel a deep sense of awe and respect for the island’s rugged landscapes, lush forests, and crystal-clear waters.
The island is also known for its rich cultural heritage, with a history that dates back thousands of years. Many people feel a strong connection to the island’s ancient roots, and they find comfort in the knowledge that they are living in a place that has been revered and cherished by generations before them.
Despite the island’s small size, its natural beauty has a profound impact on those who visit. People are often struck by the peacefulness and tranquility of the island, and they find themselves feeling rejuvenated and refreshed after just a few days in this beautiful environment.
The people of Samothraki are proud of their island and its rich history, and they work hard to protect and preserve its natural beauty for future generations to enjoy. Whether it’s through conservation efforts or simply by living in harmony with the island’s natural rhythms, the people of Samothraki have a deep connection to their home, and they feel a sense of responsibility to keep it safe for those who come after them.
Unique Ηiking Trails
The hiking trails in Samothraki are known for their breathtaking beauty and unique terrain. The island is home to a diverse range of landscapes, from rolling hills to cliffs, waterfalls, and dense forests, making it a true hiker’s paradise. Here are some of the reasons why the hiking trails in Samothraki are so unique:
Scenic Views: The hiking trails in Samothraki offer spectacular views of the Aegean Sea, the surrounding hills and forests, and the unique topography of the island.
Diverse Terrain: Samothraki offers a range of trails for hikers of all levels, from easier forest walks to challenging mountain hikes. The trails are designed to showcase the diverse landscape of the island, providing a unique and exciting experience for hikers.
Rich Flora and Fauna: Samothraki is known for its rich and diverse flora and fauna, including endemic species and unique ecosystems. As you hike, you’ll encounter the island’s rich and varied wildlife and plant life, providing a truly immersive experience in nature.
Cultural Significance: Many of the hiking trails in Samothraki take you to ancient ruins and sacred sites, providing an opportunity to connect with the island’s rich cultural history and heritage.
Peaceful Environment: The hiking trails in Samothraki are relatively unspoiled and less crowded compared to other tourist destinations, providing a peaceful and quiet environment for hikers to enjoy.
In conclusion, the hiking trails in Samothraki offer a unique and unforgettable experience, combining stunning scenery, diverse terrain, rich flora and fauna, cultural significance, and a peaceful environment, making it a true destination for hiking enthusiasts.
Ηistory of Samothraki
Samothrace, a Greek island located in the Aegean Sea, has a long and rich history. Archaeological evidence shows that the island was inhabited as early as the Neolithic period. In the 8th century BCE, the island was a center of worship for the Great Gods, the most important of which was the god of the winds, Aeolus. The Sanctuary of the Great Gods, located on the island, was a major religious center and pilgrimage site in the ancient world.
During the Hellenistic period, the island was ruled by various kingdoms and was an important center of trade. In the 2nd century BCE, the island was conquered by the Romans and became a Roman province. The Sanctuary of the Great Gods continued to be an important religious center during this time, attracting visitors from all over the Roman Empire.
In the Middle Ages, the island was ruled by various Byzantine and Crusader states before falling under Ottoman control in the 15th century. The island remained under Ottoman rule until the Balkan Wars of 1912-1913, when it became part of Greece.
In the 20th century, the island was the site of significant archaeological excavations, which have revealed many important artifacts and structures from its ancient past, including the famous Nike of Samothrace statue. Today, the island is a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors from all over the world to its stunning natural beauty and rich cultural heritage.