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Hellenikon Idyllion, where muses, nature and spirit combine harmoniously and creatively, is located directly on the beachfront in the typically Greek village of Selianitika - one of the quaintest villages on the north-west coast of the Peloponnese. The large (4000qm) grounds contain beautiful flower beds, lots of roses, lots of trees, lovely vine-covered pergolas, an orchard and a vegetable garden. In the orchard there are orange, lemon, grapefruit, fig, pomegranate and olive trees. As well as grape vines.
The scent of jasmine, roses and other flowers wafts on to the balconies and patios.
Cyclades are dotted around and birds build their nests in the branches of the big silver poplars, which rustle in the wind and provide welcome shade in summertime.

konzert im garten

in the Garden of the Muses the beach, 10 meters away from our "Garden of Muses"

There are villa apartments and bungalows for individuals and families, as well as for groups of up to 70-90 people - choirs, orchestras, drama troupes, school classes etc. - all are welcome! All through the year we offer a sophisticated cultural and artistic program which includes courses in various instruments, orchestra, chamber and choir music, singing, dancing, theatre, painting, archaeology, antique Greek philosophy and literature as well as classical and modern Greek.

For rehearsals and concerts there is a grand piano (Schimmel) in a glass pavilion. Other rooms with pianos , cellos, contrabasses - even a set of drums - are also at your disposal. In the garden you will find both a covered and an open-air stage for concerts, theatre productions and dance performances. A library with journals, music and books with a cultural tenor adjoins a communal room with a television and a large fireplace for cosy winter evenings. We are happy to help you organize your concerts and performances and to combine them with excursions to classical Greek sites if you so wish.

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About the Hellenikon Idyllion

What is the Hellenikon Idyllion? There are many answers to that question: a holiday resort, a youth hostel, a leisure centre, a hotel, a skill centre, a place for exhibitions, performances and lectures, a place to practice, a music academy, a mini-university, a place for intercultural encounters. Every answer is right in a small part, but wrong in a larger one. So what is the Hellenikon Idyllion, really? 

It is the fulfilment of the lifelong dream of the founder, owner and manager Andreas Drekis. Already as a young man he realized that every human being has the same goal in life: They want to be happy. But most people are mistaken in how they want to reach this goal. They think wealth, sway and prestige can make them happy. These paths rather lead people away from happiness. More important is the education of spiritual and intellectual abilities. The one who is open for beauty and harmony in the world, the one who is able to muse about the former scholars and philosophers, the one for whom the world becomes transparent for the divine will easier find to the true and unceasing spring of happiness. 

Therefore Andreas Drekis invites us to come to the Hellenikon Idyllion, amongst an idyllic huge garden at the sea, like-minded people from all over the world, families, single travellers and creative groups, who all aim for the same goal. Thereby the emphasis is on music and the recollection of the ancient Greek times’ treasures.  The Hellenikon Idyllion offers suitable premises for rehearsals of singers and musicians of every kind, choirs and orchestras. The owner also arranges good opportunities for them to perform in public and to open the world of the muses to other people. Once a year a course, which is unique in the whole world, takes place, where young people from all over the world bring the language of the ancient Greeks back to life and freshly think about their pronounced views. All these groups and courses make an effort to enable intercultural friendship and mutual understanding. 

Aren’t there other institutions with the same ambitions and results? The one that has been to the Hellenikon Idyllion for a while will say: No, definitely not! The Hellenikon Idyllion only exists in Selianitika and only in the person of Andreas Drekis.


The Grandpiano in our Garden of the Muses

Attisch Philosophieren Ecke

“Speak and Philosophize Today in Ancient Greek”

“Speak and Philosophize Today in Ancient Greek” With 50 Stuents from U.S.A. In our Garden!

Impressions of our musical and cultural site

Have a look at our short Video about Hellenikon Idyllion Video

as well as our Fotoshow-Video.

Here you can find our accommodation options:

Accomodation Inside Selianitika

For more Information about Hellenikon Idyllion visit

the Program    2019


The first Program Preview

The first program preview 2022

On the occasion of the anniversary "30 years Hellenikon Idyllion" - the Garden of the Muses by the Sea in Selianitika NW Peloponnese

  Invitation to two unique projects for the promotion of ancient Greek language and philosophy!

 Dear Ladies and Gentlemen

 may I ask you to forward the following promotion projects to appropriate responsible teachers of Ancient Greek and also theatre pedagogues and music teacher. The projects should promote the Ancient Greek language and enable the pupils to participate in a philosophical cultural exchange. We are the musical-cultural site Hellenikon Idyllion - the Garden of the Muses - in the North-West Peloponnese, for more information please visit our website www.idyllion.eu.

 With kind regards

 Andreas Drekis

 Invitation to promote ancient Greek learning and philosophical practice through A) astute dialogues at philosophical micro-symposia B) through a theatre project and through heavily discounted to free accommodation in our Garden of the Muses as well as through stately programmes of economically supported cultural exchange projects!

 A .                 The Micro-Philosophical Symposia of 7 to 10 minutes are dialogues between students, also possible with their teachers, in Ancient Greek.

 For this project there is a 50% discount on accommodation, i.e. 10 Euro per person / day in our Hellenikon Idyllon and one or two free culinary symposia in our Garden of the Muses with invited young Greeks and Greek women for further cultural exchange!

 B. For the theatre project "Helike Athanatos" we provide free - up to 20 persons - accommodation for 14 days in our musical-cultural site "Hellenikon Idyllion" on the NW Peloponnese directly on the beach. 

 It is an invitation for pupils and students learning Ancient Greek, as well as musical theatre pedagogic teachers to a beautiful play called HELIKE ATHANATOS which has been performed three times in our country as well as in yours since6 years.

  Important !!!               Funding for these projects is possible through funding programmes such as Erasmus+ School or programmes of the state!

  The projects are explained in more detail below:

 A. Micro-Philosophical Symposia!

 In exchange for discounted accommodation, you will need to record 2 to 5 videos (depending on the size of the school class and their level of knowledge), each containing a philosophical dialogue in ancient Greek, and send them to us electronically one month before your arrival. Each of the dialogues will be designed in small groups as a micro-philosophical symposium based on an ancient Greek philosophical quotation or a stanza of a poem such as Homer, which they can choose themselves.

 The videos must include the quote or poetic stanza in Ancient Greek and in English as the title, as well as the names of the participants and their school at the end. Also, you must give us permission as a project of the Hellenikon Idyllion to upload the videos for publication on Youtube.

 Attached with the videos, send the text of the dialogues in both ancient Greek and English and in your language by email. The best of these philosophical video dialogues with the translated texts will be admired on Youtube and will be a beautiful memory for you as well as a constant companion in your life!  

 After projecting the videos, you will perform the content live as theatre in front of our guests and Greek students. Ideally, the dialogue participants should have an equal share of speaking time so that all participants can be heard. Teachers can also participate in the dialogue. Both in the video and then

 The symposium can be musically accompanied live on site and/or a musical contribution can be made at the end of the performance.

 This can also be provided by one or more participants. For example, something could be sung in Greek or a suitable piece of music could be played. The participants are therefore largely free to design their own musical contributions. The musical contribution is optional and not a condition for the video.

 We will make sure that Greek pupils or students also participate! They could also bring their own contribution and perform everything in a joint programme.

 Afterwards, there will be a joint exchange with everyone and we will invite the students to a meal. In this way, we would like to promote the encounter and exchange between the performers, the guests and the Greek students.

 In addition, we will be happy to introduce you to other Attic philosophers who have arrived from different cities and countries.

In addition, we will be happy to introduce you to other Attic philosophers who have arrived from different cities and countries, in order to create an international creative connection between you Attic speakers. If you wish, we can compile a list of all the participants in order to promote exchange and make contact more easily. For this we need your consent to collect your data. This data will only be used for the exchange of contacts and to publicise future projects. Please let us know if this is desired when you register. 

 The projects are valid for class trips until 15 May 2023 except from mid-May to mid-September each year, as Greek schools have exams and holidays during this period and it is therefore not always possible to organise a meeting.

 If the students do want to come as a class, you can apply for funding for a cultural exchange project through appropriate programmes in your country or Europe and thus keep the costs to a minimum. 

 Registration for a trip to us is possible at any time and can be cancelled free of charge until mid-February 2022.

 If you have any further questions, you can always contact me, Andreas Drekis, by phone at +30-26910-72488 (WhatsApp) or send an email info@idyllion.eu.

 With best wishes for creative enthusiasm

 Yours, Andreas Drekis

 Founder and Director of the Hellenikon Idyllion, the Garden of the Muses

 Kyanis Aktis 20

GR-25100 Selianitika

E-mail: info@idyllion.eu

Mobile: 0030 69 72 26 33 56 WhatsApp

 If you know any Greek teachers or theatre educators who are interested, please forward the project to them.

 B. Theatre play ...Helike Athanatos... or in search of the sunken Atlantis!

 Free accommodation for 14 days in the Garden of the Muses on the NW Peloponnese.

 For people interested in Ancient Greek and for individuals, school classes and students who are active in music and theatre.

 Invitation for pupils and students learning Ancient Greek, as well as teachers of Greek and Μusic theatre pedagogy to a theatre play, which will be rehearsed and subsequently performed with us and at the local festivals, as well as in other local venues.


 15 Sept. 2022 to 15 May 2023 and from 15 Sept.2022 to 15 May 2023.

Further dates by arrangement


 The project is sponsored by us, so participation is free. Your own costs are only your journey to us and your self-catering, there is an opportunity to cook for yourself. We will also be happy to give you tips on how to get to us at a reasonable price, such as excursions to the ancient sites of Olympia, Delphi, Ancient Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus and the Acropolis of Athens.


 Anyone who can speak or is learning Ancient Greek can participate. What we expect from each participant is enthusiasm for learning Ancient Greek in practice. Each: participant:in will show his/her skills in a special theatre performance directly at the Greek sea, which will be a special experience.

This means that the libretto of an opera written in Ancient Greek will be rehearsed and performed in a musical theatre game in a particularly playful and not overstraining way during the 14-day stay.

Please note that the participants do the rehearsal on their own. There is no leader from our side who practices with the participants. It is therefore advisable to have one group leader per group of participants. It is still a prerequisite that a large part of the play in Ancient Greek has been practised by heart before coming to us.


 The libretto Helike Athanatos, which is to be performed, contains the love story of a young couple who survive the destruction by an earthquake of their own town Helike. Helike, however, remains immortal to this day. The town lies next to today's Egio only 14km from Helike and is gradually coming to light through the exciting excavations that began 40 years ago. We will gladly send you the libretto in advance.


 Helike Athanatos on Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaT20RSp4pw the first small video


 Helike Athanatos, an eleven-minute excerpt from the premiere of the libretto as a play in Ancient Greek on 14 October 2015 with pupils from Husum Grammar School.Moreover, was performed again on 26 November 2015 in the hall of the Husum Gymnasium.

So far the play has been performed 3 times, 2 times by the Husum Grammar School and once by the Vienna Grammar School. You can experience scenes of this in the link.

You can find more information at More detailed information on the current status of the excavations in Helike can be found on the specially created website of the archaeological project http://www.helikeproject.gr/ and in a Film from BBC https://youtu.be/xeTsMx8iAvA

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 Free accommodation will be provided for up to 20 participants in two- to four-bed rooms. 

 During the rehearsal period, we will organise excursions as well as frequent culinary meetings and dance evenings in our garden. We will also visit the excavations at Helike for further inspiration.


 We will perform the play at an open air festival as well as in a Greek high school.

 The recorded texts will then be brought to the attention of the theatre-goers via loudspeakers with suitable background music selected by your director, while everyone in their role, whether in the choir or as a protagonist, will bring the play to life with suitable movement and atmospheric facial expressions. At the same time, the translation into Modern Greek is projected on a screen. In addition, the performance will be recorded on video.

 We are eagerly awaiting your response and will be happy to answer any further questions you may have. We also accept proposals with a piece of music and/or theatre related to Greek literature that you have chosen, by special arrangement.

 Contact and more information and enquiries can be found at

 Andreas Drekis

Kyanis Aktis 20

GR-25100 Selianitika

e-mail: info@idyllion.eu

Mobile: 0030 6972263356 WhatsApp

 The libretto Helike Athanatos as a play has been performed three times by three different classes from Husum and Vienna in ancient Greek! In the link here you can see an excerpt of the play by the 18 pupils of the Gymnasium Husum who were learning Ancient Greek on 14 Oct. 2015 and who were invited together with their three teachers for a fortnight for the final rehearsals. 

 It was a unique and fascinating success in direction and acting!

Synopsis of the libretto -Theatre play

 The libretto of the opera Helike Athtnatos (Helike immortal) begins in ancient times with the story of a pair of lovers, Diotima and Kleanthes, who survive the destruction of their home town Helike by an earthquake. The dramaturgical turning point is the change to the present, where an excavation team led by the archaeologist Dora is searching for the sunken city. This search is shattered by a modern earthquake, but at the same moment it brings to light part of the ruins of the temple of Poseidon and the city. The opera ends with a triumphant celebration in honour of archaeology, the Greek homeland and undying love, with choral singing and ancient and modern Greek dances.

 Scene description

 Scene 1: It begins with the meeting of the representatives of the town of Egion, located very close to the sunken city of Helike, and potential backers. Led by Dora, an archaeologist from Egion, they discuss where exactly Helike sank. With her arguments, Dora was able to convince the representatives of the city of Egion of Helike's cultural and touristic importance and persuade them to start its immediate location and excavation work.

Scene 2: The second scene takes us into Helike's past. The focus is on a pair of lovers, Diotima and Kleanthes, who prepare an offering for Poseidon and lay it on his altar. The offering is an amphora with a text of love carved on it by the couple. The lovers then set off for a philosophical symposium to which they have been invited.

 Scene 3: There, a piece of ancient guest culture is presented, into which one is introduced by a philosophical discussion dealing with the question of man's task in life. Does he have to pay more attention to the common good or rather to individual desires? The questions remain in the room.

 Scene 4: After the symposium, the couple returns to their cottage, which lies above the town. It is a quiet, starry night and they are both singing about their love. Suddenly the earth shakes. There is great excitement. Diotima and Kleanthesdecide to help the people in the city. It is impossible, however, as the city is flooded by water at the same time. All the people and houses go under. Shaken and saddened by the sinking of their home town and angry with Poseidon, they leave the scene.

 Scene 5: In the fifth scene we jump back to the present. Dora, the archaeologist, and the representatives of the city of Egionhave gathered again to discuss the future of the Helike project. The atmosphere is tense, opinions controversial, when Steven, a geologist and amateur archaeologist from the USA, suddenly bursts into the meeting with an ancient coin that was found at the presumed site of the sunken Helike. On it are images of Poseidon's head with the word Helike on the obverse, as well as his trident on the reverse. Perhaps from Helike itself? Now there is great hope for Helike's exact location soon!

 Scene 6: Dora, Steven and their co-workers stand in the middle of an excavation site with ancient finds. The investors and representatives of the city of Egion appear to get an overview of the status of the current finds. The investors express the citizens' displeasure at the results, which so far have been too unimpressive, and press Dora with their impatience, to which Dora vigorously resists. At this moment, the earth suddenly shakes once more. Cries of scream arise, a wall collapses and, miraculously, pillars of the temple of Poseidon appear completely unexpectedly. Astonished, everyone shouts together: "An earthquake has destroyed Helike, an earthquake has brought it back to life!"


Scene 7: One evening after the earthquake, in the middle of the excavation site where statues and parts of the temple of Poseidon have risen, a party is held to celebrate the rediscovery of Helike. There is dancing and dining until a couple resembling the ancient pair Diotima and Kleanthesstumble across an object. The two take it in their hands and discover that it is an amphora on which a poetic love text has been carved. The poem that Diotima and Kleanthesimmortalised on the amphora 2,500 years ago. All the assembled guests examine the amphora in amazement. The couple read the text aloud to everyone. Everyone shouts: "Helike Athanatos, Eros Athanatos"! Now the archaeologist Dora invites all the representatives of the city of Egion as well as the participating guests of the Hellenikon Idyllion and its management to celebrate the great success together.

 Note ! The first scene can be exchanged with the second scene as the beginning!

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 Realisation of the project

 Andreas Drekis, writing the script of the libretto in 2012

Dr. Franz Knappik, now a professor at the University of Berlin, wrote the texts for the libretto in ancient Greek in 2012.

 Adaptation as a play by Pr.Werner Schulze ,Vienna

Dr. Birger Hutzfeld, scenic adaptation

Gabriele Muhl, director

Dora Katsonopoulou, director of the excavation project Helike


  Contact, more information and registration

 Andreas Drekis

Kyanis Aktis 20

GR-25100 Selianitika

E-mail: info@idyllion.eu

Mobile: 0030 69 72 26 33 56 WhatsApp

  From 02. July to 16. July 2022, our unique support project Ancient Greek Speaking and Philosophising Together will take place for the 30th year. 

 under the direction of the German classical philologist Florinan Feicht. There will be two more seminars in August and September 2022 with additional top-class teachers! More information and exact dates will be announced in January, but if you are interested you can contact us in advance to be personally informed in time!

July 02. - July 16. 2022
Speak and philosophize in ancient Greek today! (In the 30 years!)

We speak ancient Greek together and discuss the thoughts of Plato, Isocrates,Aristoteles... The course has been held in the Garden of the Muses for 30 years.

Ἀττικιστὶ διαλέγεσθαι - τριάκοντα ἔτη - ἐν τῷ κήπῳ τῶν Μουσῶν -

Ἀκμάζοντος τοῦ θέρους κατὰ τὸ σύνηθες φίλαι καὶ φίλοι μέν τινες φιλέλληνες ἐν τῷ καλουμένῳ κήπῳ τῶν Μουσῶν ἁθροίσονται ὡς συναττικίσοντες. Οὗτος δὲ ὁ κῆπος, μέγας καὶ ἐπίσκιος καὶ παραθαλάττιος ὤν, εὑρίσκεται ἐν τῷ Ἑλληνικῷ Εἰδυλλίῳ.
Καλλίστη δὲ γενήσεται ἡ ἡμετέρα διδασκαλία πολλῶν καὶ ἄλλων φιλελλήνων τῶν λόγων μετεχόντων.
∆ιὰ μὲν οὖν τοῦτο παρακαλοῦμεν πάσας καὶ πάντας ὑμᾶς ἐκ πάσης τῆς οἰκουμένης,
αἳ/οἳ χαίρετε τῇ τῶν ἀρχαίων σοφίᾳ καὶ τοῖς λόγοις αὐτῶν, προσελθόντες συνδιαλέγεσθαι ἡμῖν. Ποία δὲ γενήσεται ἡ διδασκαλία; ∆ὶς τοι τῆς ἡμέρας ἐν τόπῳ χαρίεντι τοῦ κήπου συλλεγόμεθα καὶ αναγιγνώσκομεν γράμματα ἀρχαῖα ἐξηγούμενοι αὐτά κατὰ τὸ ἔθος τῶν φιλολόγων.
Οὐδενὶ δὲ ἀνάγκη ἔσται ἐξ ἀρχῆς ἀττικιστὶ ὥσπερ Γοργίας μακροὺς λόγους προφέρειν. Ἔξεστι γὰρ παντὶ τὸ πρῶτον μόνον ἀκροατὴς γενέσθαι. Ἀλλὰ ταχέως ὄψεσθε ὡς ῥαδίως ταῖς τῶν ἀρχαίων Ἑλλήνων λέξεσιν διαλεγόμεθα. Μελέτη γὰρ τὸ πᾶν, ὥς φησι Περίανδρος.
Ἡ δὲ ἐν τῷ Ἑλληνικῷ Εἰδυλλίῳ διαγωγὴ οὐ μονον ἐκ διαλόγων σύγκειται, ἀλλὰ καὶ ἄλλα γένοιτο ἄν πολλά. Πολλάκις γὰρ μουσικοί τε καὶ ἄλλοι τινὲς παιδείαν τιμῶντες ἐν τῷ Ἑλληνικῷ Εἰδυλλίῳ διατρίβουσιν, ὥστε συναυλίαι καὶ ἀκροάσεις τινὲς γίγνονται ἑσπέρας. Καὶ οἷόν τε ἂν εἴη ἄλλον τόπον θεάσασθαι καὶ δρᾶμά τι ἐν ἀρχαίῳ τινὶ θεάτρῳ.
Ὁ δὲ διδασκαλίαρχος ἐκλογὴν τινα Ἔργων παρασχήσει.
Ἐάν τι πλέον καὶ ἀκριβέστερον θέλητε μαθεῖν – περὶ μάλιστα τῆς νυκτερινῆς διαμονῆς καὶ τῶν δωματίων καὶ τῶν λοιπῶν – εἰκὸς ἄν εἴη ὑμᾶς ἐν καιρῷ πυθέσθαι τοῦ τῆς διδασκαλίας καθηγητοῦ

Κυρ. Florian Feicht
Schützenstraße 14
12165 Berlin
E-Mail: flofeicht@googlemail.com
Tel.: 0170-5835320

ἡ τιμὴ ἡ τῆς ἐν πολυκλίνοις δωματίοις διαμονῆς: τριακόσια καὶ πεντήκοντα εὐρώ. ἡ τῆς διδασκαλίας τιμή: πεντήκοντα εὐρώ.

πυθέσθαι ἔξεστι καὶ τοῦ κτίστου καὶ κυρίου τοῦ Ἑλληνικοῦ Εἰδυλλίου καὶ ταύτην λαμπρῶς τὴν διδασκαλίαν χορηγοῦντος

Κυρ. Andreas Drekis
Hellenikon Idyllion
GR. -25100
Selianitika, Egion
Tel.: 0030/26910/72488
Mobil: 0030 69 72 26 33 56(WhatsApp)


Ὦ φίλε Φαῖδρε, ποῖ δὴ καὶ πόθεν;
Παρὰ τοῦ Ἀνδρέας Δρεκίς, ὦ Σώκρατες, πορεύομαι δὲ πρὸς αἰγιαλὸν ἔξω του κήπου συχνὸν γὰρ ἐκεῖ διέτριψα χρόνον καθήμενος ἐξ ἑωθινοῦ. Οὐκοῦν βούλομαι περιπατεῖν τι.
Καλῶς γάρ, ὦ ἑταῖρε, ποιεῖς. Ἀτὰρ εἰς Ἀνδρέας, ὡς ἔοικεν, φοιτᾷς.


Πάνυ γε, μετεῖχον γὰρ τῆς διδασκαλίας τῆς ἀρχαίας ἑλληνικῆς γλώττης ἐν τῷ Ἑλληνικῷ Εἰδυλλίῳ.
Τί ἐστι τὸ Ἑλληνικὸν Εἰδύλλιον ;
Πρὸς ταύτην τὴν ἐρώτησιν πολλὰς ἀποκρίσεις ποιοίμην ἄν.
Ἀποκρινοῖο ἄν.
Καὶ μήν, ὦ Σώκρατες, ἀρέσκοι ἄν γέ σοι τὸ χωρίον · πρῶτον μὲν γὰρ ἀναπαυτήρια οἰκήματα καὶ καταγώγιον καὶ σμικρὸν πανεπιστήμιον καὶ Ἀκαδημεία μουσουργοῖς ἐστίν. Πρὸς δὲ τούτοις, ἐπιτήδειος ἐστι τόπος πᾶσιν, ὅσοι περὶ τὰς τέχνας σπουδάζουσιν οἷον περὶ τὴν μουσικὴν ἢ τὴν γραφικὴν ἢ τῆν δραματικὴν.
Πάντα δὴ ταῦτα, ὦ φίλε Φαῖδρε, θαυμαστὰ καὶ ἄριστα γε φαίνεται, ἀλλ᾽ὅ τι τὸ Ἑλληνικὸν Εἰδύλλιον ὄντως ἐστὶν οὐ δοκεῖς μοι σαφέστερον πω ὁρίσαι. Ἄρ᾽ ἔχεις εἰπεῖν τί τῷ ὄντι τυγχάνει ὂν αὐτὸ, καὶ τοῦ ἕνεκα ;
Ἀλλ᾽οὐκ ἔχω ὅ τι ἀποκρίνωμαί σοι. Καίτοι μυριάκις γε περὶ τοῦ Ἐλληνικοῦ Εἰδυλλίου παμπόλλους λόγους εἴρηκα καὶ πρὸς πολλούς, καὶ πάνυ εὖ, ὥς γε ἐμαυτῷ ἐδόκουν· νῦν δὲ οὐδ' ὅ τι ἐστι τὸ παράπαν ἔχω εἰπεῖν. Οὐδὲν ἧττον ἐγὼ δή σοι πειράσομαι διηγεῖσθαι· Τὸ μὲν οὖν Ἑλληνικὸν Εἰδύλλιον ἐξέπλησε, ὡς ἔπος εἶπειν, τὸ ὄναρ τὸ τοῦ κτίστου καὶ κύριου καὶ ἐπιστάτου τοῦ κήπου, Ἀνδρέας Δρεκὶς τοὔνομα.
Εὐθὺς γὰρ δὴ νέος ὤν, συνέγνω μὲν ὅτι σχεδὸν καὶ ἰδίᾳ ἑκάστῳ καὶ κοινῇ πᾶσι άνθρώποις σκοπός τις εἴη καὶ τοῦτ᾽ ἐστὶν ἐν κεφαλαίῳ εἰπεῖν ἡ εὐδαιμονία. Οἱ πολλοὶ δὲ, ὠς αὐτῷ ἐδόκουν, πλανῶνται ζητοῦντες τὰ πρὸς αὐτὴν, ἡγούμενοι πλούτῳ καὶ ἐξουσίᾳ καὶ δόξᾳ εὐδαίμονες γενήσεσθαι. Αὗται δὲ αἱ ὁδοί τοσούτου δέουσιν ἄγειν τοὺς ἀνθρώπους πρὸς τὴν εὐδαιμονίαν ὥστε αὐτοὺς ἀφιστᾶσιν ἀπ᾽ αὐτῆς.
Τῇ γὰρ εὐδαιμονίᾳ μᾶλλον συμφέροι ἂν τὸ παιδεύειν τὰ τῆς τε ψυχῆς καὶ τὰ τοῦ νοῦ. Ὅστις ἄν οὖν ἁπλῶς δέχηται τὸ κάλλος καὶ τὴν ἁρμονίαν τοῦ κόσμου, καὶ δίκην τῶν τ᾽ ἀρχαίων καὶ φιλοσοφῶν ἐνθυμεῖσθαι δυνατὸς γίγνηται καὶ αὐτῷ τὸ θείον τοῦ κόσμου ἀποκαλύπτηται, οὕτος δὴ εὐρήσεται ῥᾶον οὐ μόνον τὴν ἀληθείαν ἀλλὰ καὶ τὴν ἀρχὴν καὶ ῥίζαν τῆς εὐδαιμονίας.
᾿Αληθῆ λέγεις.
Τοιγαροῦν ὁ Ἀνδρέας, φιλόξενός τε καὶ μεγαλοπρεπής ὤν, συγκαλεῖ πρὸς τὸ Ἑλληνικὸν Εἰδύλλιον ἐν μεγάλῳ κήπῳ κείμενον πλήσιον τῆς θαλάττης, παντοδαποὺς ἀθρώπους, ξένους βουλομένους ἀναπαύεσθαι, ἀλλοὺς τ᾽ὁδοιπόρους καὶ κρουματοποιούς, ὧν οἱ μὲν εἰσιν κατ' ἐμπειρίαν μουσικοί, οἱ δὲ κατὰ τέχνην, καὶ ᾠδούς, οἳ ἐν τῷ κήπῳ τῷ μεταξὺ τῶν οἰκοδομημάτων ἐν μέσῳ ὄντι κρούσουσι καὶ ᾄσονται ὡς τέρψοντες τοὺς παρόντας, ὕστερον δὲ καὶ φιλοσόφους ὠς φιλοσοφικὰς διατριβὰς μετ᾽ἀλλήλων διατρίψοντας. Καὶ δὴ καὶ θαυμαστή τοι καὶ πάντων ἄλλων διαφερούσα ἡ διδασκαλία τῆς ἀρχαίας ἑλληνικῆς γλώττης , ἣ κατὰ τὸ πάλαι ἔθος ἡμῶν φιλεῖ γίγνεσθαι καὶ εἰς αὐτὴν φοιτῶσιν πάντες σπουδαῖοι καὶ σπουδαίαι φιλέλληνες ὡς συναττικίσοντες.
Ποία δὲ γίγνεται ἡ διδασκαλία;
∆ὶς τοι τῆς ἡμέρας ἐν τόπῳ χαρίεντι τοῦ κήπου συλλεγόμεθα καὶ ἀναγιγνώσκομεν γράμματα ἀρχαῖα ἐξηγούμενοι αὐτά κατὰ τὸ ἔθος τῶν φιλολόγων.
Θαυμάσιον γ᾽, ὦ φίλε. Οὐδὲν γὰρ τοιοῦτον, ὅσα γε τὰ νῦν ἐμοὶ δοκοῦντα, πώποτ᾽εἶδον. Ἄρ᾽ ὑπάρχει καὶ ἄλλοθι τι ὅμοιον ;
Οὐ μὰ τὸν Θεόν. Ὅστις γὰρ ἂν χρόνον τινὰ ἐκεῖ διατρίψῃ, ἐρεῖ σοι τοιοῦτον τόπον ὅτι οὐδαμοῦ γῆς ὑπάρχει, εἰ μὴ ἐν τοῖς Σελιανιτικοῖς τῆς Ἑλλάδος παρ᾽ Ἀνδρέας Δρεκὶς.

Andreas Drekis
Hellenikon Idyllion
GR. -25100
Selianitika, Egion
Tel.: 0030 26910 72488

Mobil: 0030 69 72 26 33 56 (WhatsApp)

Teilnehmer des Kurses klassisch Griechisch sprechen und philosophieren

In the Garden of th Muses

Apartment in HellenikonIdyllion

More Informations with Fotos visit our site Accomodation


Vacation with culturally like-minded people at Hellenikon Idyllion

Grand piano, pianos and much more is available!

In our Garden of Muses childhood dreams and slumbering desires will be fulfilled, for families as well as travellers and creative groups… If desired, you can take a course, or you can just relax in the middle of an inspiring atmosphere.

We are situated in the original village Selianitika on the NW-Peloponnese, just two hours away from 5 of the most important archaeological sites: Olympia, Delphi, Alkorinth – Mykene – Epidaurus, which you can all visit in 3 day trips! The Akropolis in Athens and the museum are good to visit when you are arriving, coming from Athens and afterwards driving 2 hours to our place.

In addition, you can also reach us with your own car using the ferry. For that you can board the ferry in Ancona or Venice which will then take you to Patras. From Patras it is just another 30 km to drive.

For more information about the different arrival options have a look at the section "Arrival"

Here you can find our accommodation options:

Accomodation Inside Selianitika

Impressions of our musical and cultural site

Have a look at our short Video about Hellenikon Idyllion Video

as well as our Photoshow-Video.

The video shows the Greek song “Ta trena pou figan” sung by Christophorus Kantorei from Altensteig who has been staying here in 2016 for the second time. You can also see the choir in the picture mentioned above shown at the end of the video. They are singing in a catholic church of Patras … the choir leader was Michael Nonnenmann.

A guest with a video from his experience in the Garden of Muses is writing on 18th September 2018:

“… memories of my stay at Hellas two weeks ago! This feeling of happiness

has to be cherished for the whole of winter! Griechenland: à bientôt !


...and for more photos and information visit our program 2018

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In the following pictures you can see the sunrise from Hellenikon Idyllion and how the Garden of Muses is hugging the sea midday…

Read how guests describe the Hellenikon Idyllion:

„Garden of muses, what a wonderful idea! We came to the sea, but we really bathed our senses in the inland: in the sounds and the voices, the smell and the colors, the charm of wonderful people we met here and with whom we could live in harmony. Our suitcases are now a bit lighter as one week ago at our arrival, but we will for sure have to pay extra luggage for our hearts full of the good memories we created here.
Dear Andreas, how lucky that there are still „mis-placed“ like you, who live a dream, from which everyone benefits and lets other „mis-placed“ people find each other and this way, makes the world a little more straight and really richer. “

Thank you!
October 13, 2016. Your dancers from Wurzen + Werner

Projects, Courses and Guests, complete information

Old Greek and/or Modern Greek intensive language course with no set starting date! For students for their Graecum test as well as everybody else who wants to enrich their mind!

On the 4th of January 2018 the first Old Greek language course was held successfully!

A Swiss theology student has taken the language course over the span of 5 weeks with 75 hours of private teaching.

The private lessons with Greek Philologist and dramatics graduate Antonia Kyrilou who also speaks English, cost only 10 Euros per hour. When there are 2 or 3 participants at the same time, the cost will be even less!


Antonia Kyrilou

In the following you can read a message from the Swiss student:

06th of February 2018 from our guestbook

Dear Mr. Drekis

I have left Hellenikon Idyllion on Saturday and wanted to say a big thank you for the organization of my Old Greek language course and the accommodation at Idyllion. I had a great time and did not only learn Old Greek but also a lot about Greek history and philosophy. She has infected me with the passion for the ancient Greek language!

I am looking forward to coming here again and taking further lessons with my teacher.

Kind regards,

Jana Füglistaler

Anytime from November to April – a special cultural interchange project plus accommodation for only running costs. Start date is yours to choose! Other dates on enquiry.

Anytime from November to April – a special cultural interchange project plus accommodation for only running costs. Start date is yours to choose! Other dates on enquiry.


28. December 2021 - 25. March 2022

Antje Rux (soprano)

with us in the Garden of the Muses

Antje Rux (soprano) moved to Italy after graduating from the "Franz Liszt" Academy of Music in Weimar to study baroque singing with Roberta Invernizzi in Naples. She then continued her vocal studies with Renata Parussel in Würzburg. She received important impulses through master classes with Alberto Zedda, Fabio Luisi, René Jacobs and Maria Cristina Kiehr. She rounded off her artistic education with a year of acting studies at the "Michael Tschechow Studio" in Berlin. 

In 2009 Antje Rux received the interpretation prize of the "International Music Theater Festival Opera Oder Spree" and in 2010 she reached the final round at the "VII Baroque Singing Competition Francesco Provenzale" in Naples. In 2013 she was a scholarship holder of the "Alfred Toepfer Foundation" and in 2020 she received a scholarship from the German Music Council and the State of Berlin.

In opera productions she performed in Taranto in Paisiello's Le finte contesse. At the Théatre des Champs- Élysées Paris and at the Opéra La Monnaie in Brussels she sang in Passion by Pascal Dusapin, a production by Sasha Waltz under the musical direction of Franck Ollu and in 2012 Salomena in Boxberg's Sardanapalus at the Ekhof Festival in Gotha and at the Franconian Summer. Other title roles in baroque operas followed in 2016-2018: Annette et Lubin by Martini and Seelewig, the oldest German opera.
With Monteverdi's Orfeo she made guest appearances in 2014-2018 with the Freiburger Barockconsort, Sasha Waltz&guests and Vocalconsort Berlin in Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Lille, the Staatsoper Berlin and at the Bergen Festival. 

As a concert singer she appeared at renowned festivals: Bebersee Festival (Berlin), Mainzer Musiksommer, Magdeburger Telemann- Festtage, Internationale Orgelwoche Nürnberg, Fränkischer Sommer, Il Montesardo (Alessano/Italy), Festival Valle d ́Itria (Martina Franca/Italy), Forum Valais (Switzerland). Thereby Antje Rux worked under the baton of Georg Christoph Biller, Titus Engel, Antonello Manacorda, Achim Zimmermann, Siegfried Pank, Robert Göstl and others. 

Some concerts were broadcast by Deutschlandradio Kultur, RBB Kulturradio and SWR2. In 2016 a recording with cantatas by G. Ph.Telemann with the Leipzig Concert was released by Raumklang, and in 2018 the album "¿Donde son estas serranas?" was released. Mysterious Songs of Love and Beauty" with lutenist Lee Santana, M. Perl and A. Wahl on Carpe Diem Records. 


Informationen über die Konzerte und Programm finden Sie rechtzeitig hier und immer aktuell auf unseren Social-Media-Kanälen.

10.-13. April 2022

The S.O.S. Triolando 

with Steinecke - Klavier

Marco Onofri - Violine und Gesang

Geir Håkon Seljelid - Violine

Concert on April 14 at 8 p.m in the Garden of the Muses


Herman Rechberger: 7 Katzensongs

1) Sebstportait einer Katze

2) Katzen können überall schlafen

3) Erinnerungen einer Katze

4) Abendgebet einer Katze

5) Lied über zwei Katzen

6) Glück einer schwarzen Katze

7) Katzen aller Arten


Ludwig van BeethovenTrauermarsch aus der Symphonie Nr. 3, Op. 55

für 2 Violinen und Klavier arrangiert von Hans Sitt


Johan Halvorsen: 5 Miniaturen für 2 Violinen und Klavier, Op. 29

Intermezzo, Nächtlicher Zug, Elegie, Norwegisch, Perpetuum mobile


Neapolianische Lieder: 

'A tazza 'e cafè

Munasterio 'e Santa Chiara

Tu vuo' fa' l'americano 


April 17. - 24. 2022  ,

  Piano course and singing accompaniment  with the university lecturers Ellen Kaufmann (piano)  and Sam Hylton (jazz piano/improv), sixth year! 

    course program Refining prepared pieces of solo literature Piano accompaniment for singers Jazz piano for beginners and advanced Individual and group lessons Garden concert with invited guests free time

activities Exploring the coastal and wine-growing region with local citrus and olive plantations Visiting the mountain villages and monasteries in the hilly hinterland Relax in the garden of the muses Joint excursion to one of the nearby significant centers of history (Delphi, Mycenae, Epidavros, Olympia) with Greece expert Dr. MA Newid (LMU) 

Course fee: 230 euros (major subject), 150 euros (minor subject) Students and pupils: EUR 180 (major), EUR 100 (minor) Accommodation in the garden of the Muses Idyllion (bookable from 25 euros) Own arrival (Patras ferry or Athens airport)  Concert with all participants in the Hellenikon Idyllion in the Garden of the Muses and in the city of Egion 

Info registration at:  el-kaufmann@t-online.de and  samjhylton@gmail.com  

Concert on April 23 at 8 p.m in the Garden of the Muses


16. - 23. July 2022

The Leipzig Youth Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Ron Entleutner

for the seventh time with us!

Four big concerts are planned. More information coming soon


23. - 30. July 2022

The Böblingen Youth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Stephan Bergtold

in its eighth year with us!

Symphony Orchestra of the AEG Böblingen High School

Four big concerts are planned. More information coming soon

04. - 10. September

The Esterhazy Quartet with us
under the direction of
the violinist Vera Lorenz


It offers instrumental and chamber music courses according to spontaneous formations Including three concerts during this period

Registrations with Vera Lorenz Burggraf veralorenz.geige@gmail.com
and for accommodation with Andreas Drekis info@idyllion.eu 

Quartet/String Week with the Esterhazy Quartet Vera Lorenz and Nan Hong Kim-Herberth violins Ulrich Barth viola, Konstanze Friedrich cello


www.idyllion.eu info@idyllion.eu

Tel. 0030.2103461034 Mobile 0030.6972263356   

Time: September 4rd to September 10th 

Concert on September 9th Sept. is planned. More information coming soon


Description:  Development of ensemble technical basics, as well as the interpretation of string quartet literature, on request individual lessons. Aimed at children/adolescents and interested laypersons.

2 teaching units each on 3 days (10 a.m. - 12 p.m., 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.), one teaching unit each on 2 days (10 a.m. - 12 p.m.) Concert by the participants by arrangement at the end of the week, 1 concert by the Esterhazy Quartet The remaining days at leisure, excursions ect. 

Location:Idyllion Greece Hellenikon Idyllion Garden of the Muses  Language of instruction: German/English for all quartet members Korean Nan hongKim-Herberth Russian Ulrich Barth Italian Vera Lorenz 

Registration: directly to Idyllion. Please indicate the desired literature when registering and bring the corresponding sheet music/scores with you.  Tuition cost: €300/participant  Costs for board and lodging: see the Idyllion website

Registration for the string course directly by email to: veralorenz.geige@gmail.com or by phone or by WhatsApp 01776282792, please specify the desired literature


Joh. Pachelbel Canon
1653-1706 Sostenuto

W. A. Mozart Divertimento No. 3 in F major KV 138
1756-1791 Allegro

Jules Massenet Meditation from the opera Tais
1842-1912 Andante religioso

Fritz Kreisler Love joy
1875-1962 Lovesickness




Tomislav Butora Tango "Dolores
Leslie Searle Tango "Evening Shadows

Metallica Nothing else matters
arr. Apocalyptica

Georges Bizet Carmen Suite
1838-1875 Prelude Allegro giocoso
                                                            Entrエacte Andantino quasi allegretto
                                                            Habanera Andantino quasi allegretto
                                                            Entrエacte Allegro vivo
                                                            Toreador song Allegro moderato


Esterhazy Quartet Nuremberg

                                                            Vera Lorenz and Nan hong Kim-Herberth violins
                                                            Ulrich Barth viola
                                                            Konstanze Friedrich violoncello

The Esterhazy Quartet Nuremberg

The quartet is named after the Hungarian princely family Esterházy, with whom Joseph Haydn was engaged as Kapellmeister for 30 years of his life. It performs regularly in the Franconian region, but also abroad, for example in Italy and France. In 2015, the quartet was invited to Nuremberg's twin city Shenzhen in China.


Violin I: Vera Lorenz, born in Suhl, studied with Prof. Willi Horvath in Nuremberg and Prof. Rudolf Köckert in Munich. She is the founder of the Esterhazy Quartet and active as a freelance musician in various chamber music ensembles and orchestras.

Violin II: Nan Hong Kim-Herbert received her first violin lessons at the age of 3 according to the Suzuki method. She studied in Nuremberg with Prof. Valerie Rubin and with Prof. Ulf Klausenitzer. She completed her studies in historical music/ancient music with Prof. Anne Röhirg. Today she works as a chamber musician with various ensembles and orchestras.

Viola: Ulrich Barth, born in Sonneberg/Thüringen, studied viola at the conservatories in Weimar and Rostock. Subsequently, he worked for 20 years as deputy principal violist of the Clara Schumann Philharmonic Orchestra, during which time he performed both as a soloist and in chamber music. He studied law at the universities of Dresden and Leipzig and now works as a lawyer in Schwabach. Since 2019 he is a permanent ensemble member of the Esterhazy Quartet.

Violoncello: Georg Ongert studied at the University of Cluj (Klausenburg) and subsequently worked as a cellist in the Symphonic Orchestra of Sibiu (Herrmannstadt). He has been living in Germany since 1984. At present he works as a cello teacher at various high schools and as a freelance musician. He is a member of the Soirée Trio and cellist of the Pocket Opera Nuremberg.

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 In the Garden of the Muses

For more Information and Fotos about Hellenikon Idyllion visit the Program    2019

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The sea 10 meter from Garden!


For more Information and Fotos about Hellenikon Idyllion visit the Program    2019

and for more Informations with Fotos about Accomodation visit our site Accomodation