Preview 2016

At first we want to inform you about the artistic equipment which can be used after making an agreement by individuals
and families with their children
The atmosphere is not only offering relaxation but also a good inspiration
in the Garden of the Muses directly on the beache

We have several stage areas. In the upper part of the property there is a 70 square meter large stage with a wooden floor and a 100 square meter large court space. This can be used for theatre or musical performances.
On the right a pavilion exists of 35 square meter size.There is a baby grand piano which can easily be pulled onto the large stage. See our website for our annual program and for pictures.
This shall serve as an inspiration for a visit. You are very welcome to carry out your own project with us. The second, lower stage at the front part of our yard is also canopied and centred in a 4000 square meter orchard and flower garden.
The distance to the upper stage is roughly 70 meters. If you hire all of the facility, it would be possible to open a third or fourth stage next to bungalow number 2 only 30 meters away from the beach and an area next to the open air baking stove.
These two stage areas are protected from rain and sun by a canopy decorated with naturally grown grape-vines.
A number of practice rooms are available such as the music pavilion, the club room basement, and two further practice rooms, each 15 square meters in size. They are all equipped with mechanical pianos and can be locked.
On top of this there are 4 E-pianos, a cello, a double bass, 3 concert drums, a drum -set and two congas. This can be used anywhere.

Hellenikon Idyllionmit Harfe

Our 5 differnt support programs
for the 2016



Call for an international competition to promote ancient Greek language and classical philosophy

To whom it may concern:
Directors of studies on ancient languages (particularly ancient Greek), modern languages, linguistic studies and other study areas such as history, classics, philosophy and arts.

Dear Madam / Sir,

"Hellenikon Idyllion" for several years now is an international meeting place for cultural exchange in music, drama, literature and arts.
Following our competition in ancient Greek 'AGON ARETES` held in 2005, the international competition for the composition of a libretto for the opera "HELIKE ATHANATOS" in 2010 and the competition in ancient Greek AGON ARMONIAS in 2012( ), we announce herewith a new competition. The aim is to advertise and promote ancient Greek language and philosophical thinking,by the application of communication tools.

This project is adressed to pupils (from the age of 13 years) and students (up to the age of 28 years) who are meant to work together in groups of 2-3 persons.
To become eligible for the program it is not necessary that each member of the group has learned acncient Greek but it is requiered tht at least one member holds basic knowlege. As concerns the rest of the group, the main point is to show their real interestn in it. 
More Informations

The deliverables are as follows:

1) All participants are obliged to create a video clip, as described in task 1 below,that has to be produced by each group

2) All participants are obliged to fulfil the requirements of one of the tasks 2 and 3 on a free choice basis 
3) It is also possible to complete both task 2 and task 3
Each task deliverable will be graded separately. A group of participants can win only one first prize.


1. Make a video clip of at least 10 seconds duration with a maximum of 300 seconds duration
Make a video clip, which will illustrate the practical importance of teaching and learning of ancient Greek. 
Theme indicative examples:
To make comments on how ancient Greek acts as a stimulant for mind sharpness and creative imagination as well as providing harmony in life.
To search for famous personalities who once studied ancient Greek and have benefited from this.
To collect statements from celebrities as well as from current scholars who have commented on the benefits of learning the ancient Greek language.
It is up to the participants to choose the form of their contribution: a short play, an image, or any other illustrative product with their comments included. You are most welcome to leave your imagination to create. There is not any restriction on theme choice.
2. Describe your ideas about an advertisement campaign to demonstrate the benefits of learning ancient Greek (1/2 page)
The aim is to investigate means to promote the study of ancient Greek by the younger generation and thus to provide young people with direct access to the riches of the written cultural heritage of the ancient Greek world. We leave it up to your imagination!
3. Bring former students of ancient Greek language together
Write down your ideas about the way(s) on how to bring former students of ancient Greek together and how the desire and interest of people who have not been practising ancient Greek for years would be rekindled.

Competition Jury

The competition jury will consist of four subject experts from different European countries.
Chairman of the jury:

Members : 
Joulia Diamantopoulou. Sixth form teacher for classical Greek, Athens, Greece
Florian Feicht. Sixth form teacher for ancient Greek language, Heidelberg, Germany 
Werner Schulze. Composer, scientist and former professor at the University of music and fine arts in Vienna, Austria
Dr. Dora Katsonopoulou (Cornell University). Archaeologist, Director of Excavations at ancient Helike, Achaia, Greece and President of the Institute for the Archaeology of Paros and the Cyclades
Andreas Drekis. Promoter of the concept and sponsor of the competition. Founder and Director of ''Hellenikon Idyllion'' in Selianitika, Greece.


The decision of the jury is final. It is not refutable and not subject to appeal.
There are first and second prizes for all three tasks, based on artistic value, innovative thought and originality. 
It is possible to grant more than one first and second prize per task.We reserve the right to publicize the names of the winners and the result of their work on the internet and in the press.

Registration and deadline

Please,in order to participate in the competition,  register in groups of 2 to 3 people until 15 March 2016 inclusive. Please send to our address your name and post address, as well as the address of your school or university and of your ancient Greek teacher. A confirmation of the receipt of your application will be sent to you by e-mail.
Please send your contributions either by e-mail or by giving a link to your video clip. It is possible to accept more than one result per group. The deadline is 30 April 2016. The e-mail address is
Should you have any further questions do not hesitate to contact us. It also is possible to call us on 0030-2103461034 (between December and March) or 0030-2691072488 (between April and December).
You will be informed about the results of the competition via e-mail.

Prize for the 1st and the 2nd place will be ascribed several times.

The jury will assess the submitted contributions according to the criteria as above mentioned.
One or more first and second prizes are awarded. All groups will receive a participation certificate.
1st prize: 2 weeks of free accommodation in a double or three bed room at "Hellenikon Idyllion" in Selianitika, Greece, with the possibility - if desired - to participate in the 2-week seminar on ''Speaking and Philosophizing in Attic ancient Greek (13-27 August) if your stay coincides with this time period.
2nd prize: 1 week of free accommodation in a double or three bed room at "Hellenikon Idyllion" in Selianitika, Greece, with the possibility - if desired - to participate in the  1-week seminar on ''Speaking and Philosophizing in Attic ancient Greek (13-27 August) if your stay coincides with this time period.
More information  available in our Program 2016
Further funding projects in Hellenikon Idyllion (music, theater, language courses) can be found at ->

Andreas Drekis
Founder and director of the Hellenikon Idyllion
Selianitika, January 2015
It is emphasized that all the participants of the above cultural project are granted free accomodation subject to terms. 
Two characteristic such projects are the scheduled future free accommodation of a 60-strong orchestra with choir in order to give an opera performance based on our libretto 'Helike Athanatos' written in the ancient Greek language. Last October, a 18 students strong group of ancient Greek language class of a high school from Husum, Germany, played the libretto in the form of theatrical performance in the Hellenikon Idyllion.
The relevant videos may be found as footage in our YouTube Chanel as well as in the following links :


We hope that you will enjoy them . 
In case a music or theatrical group already exists or is possible to be formed in your school you are welcome to perform relevant projects in cooperation with us.


b) Speak and philosophize in Ancient Greek 
in the Garden of the Muses

24st Anniversary Celebration ! 
13 – 27 August, 2016 at the Hellenikon Idyllion

Travel to Greece and improve and deepen your knowledge of Attic Greek. Which friend of Hellas wouldn’t be tempted? In the entire world there is only one opportunity to do so.
Students from many countries and backgrounds assemble in a large, shady garden on the rocky shores of the Gulf of Corinth
and discover to their surprise that they can converse, read and discuss stimulating ancient texts all in the language of ancient Greece. 

"Διακελεύομαι δή σοι πάλαι παρακεκλημένῳ τῆς τῶν λόγων ἀντέχεσθαι φιλοσοφίας. Καθάπερ γάρ ἐστι φυλακτικὸν σώματος ὑγίεια, οὕτω ψυχῆς φυλακτικὸν καθέστηκε παιδεία. Ταύτης γὰρ προηγουμένης οὐ πταίειν συμβήσεταί σοι περὶ τὰς πράξεις, ἀλλὰ σῴζειν ἁπάσας ὡς ἔπος εἰπεῖν τὰς ὑπαρχούσας σοι τῶν ἀγαθῶν κτήσεις. Χωρὶς δὲ τῶν εἰρημένων, εἰ τὸ τοῖς ὀφθαλμοῖς βλέπειν ἡδύ, τὸ τοῖς τῆς ψυχῆς ὄμμασιν ὀξυδορκεῖν ἐστι θαυμαστόν. Ἔτι δὲ ὥσπερ ὁ στρατηγός ἐστι σωτὴρ στρατοπέδου, οὕτω λόγος μετὰ παιδείας ἡγεμών ἐστι βίου». Letter from Aristotle to Alexander

The seminar, a project of the Hellenikon Idyllion, has been offered by the center's founder Andreas Drekis for twenty years as a special opportunity for students of ancient Greek. His hotel also hosts musicians and artists, whose concerts and performances enliven many an evening. A short trip to see objects of interest and a production in an ancient theatre is also possible.
The Hellenikon Idyllion is located on the north coast of the Peloponnese near Aigion, a Greek vacation destination thanks to its particularly alluring and relaxing character. Accommodation is available in rooms with 3-4 beds for student participants. Single and double-bed rooms are also available to adults upon request. 
The price for accommodation in the 3-4 bed rooms and for the course is 250.- Euros. It is a promotion project  of Andreas Drekis, Hellenikon Idyllion

Andreas Drekis,
Hellenikon Idyllion, GR. -25100, Selianitika (Egion),
Tel. 0030/26910/72488 Mobil. 0030/6972/263/356

and....Word-News in Ancient Greek !


b) 13-27 August


Ἀττικιστὶ διαλέγεσθαι
ἐν τῷ κήπῳ τῶν Μουσῶν

13 – 27 Αὐγούστου 2016

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.
Τοῦδε δὲ τοῦ ἐνιαυτοῦ πρόκειται ἡμῖν ὡς ἀναγνωστέος Όμηρος μελετῶσι. Ὁ δὲ διδασκαλίαρχος ἐκλογὴν τινα κομψοτάτων στίχων τοῦ Όμήρου 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
Email: / Tel. 0170-5835320

ἡ τιμὴ ἡ τῆς ἐν πολυκλίνοις δωματίοις διαμονῆς: διακόσια 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. 0030/6972/263/356

New in this Year!

  • Modern Greek Courses at “Hellenikon Idyllion” –
    Διδασκαλία τῆς Νέας Ἑλληνικής Γλώσσας στό “Ἑλληνικόν Εἰδύλλιον”  
    Under the direction of the greek Philologist Giota Diamanti 

    Τhis summer  there will be a class of Modern  Greek language courses for those who are either familiar with Ancient Greek or come into contact with the Greek language for the first time. The language of instruction is English. Private tuition, charged additionally, is also offered to those who need further support.

    Τῷ δε τῷ θέρει ἔσται τμῆμα διδασκαλικόν τῆς Νέας Ἑλληνικής Γλώσσης, εἴτετοῖς ἤδη διδαχθεῖσι τήν Ἀρχαίαν Ἑλληνικήν, ἤ τοῖς πρωτοδαέσι περί τῆς Ἑλληνικῆς Γλώσσης. Ἡ Ἀγγλική ἐστίν ἡ τῆς διδασκαλίας γλῶσσα.
    Ἐπί πλέον διδασκαλία τῆς Νέας Ἑλληνικῆς, ἐπί προστιθεμένῃ ἀξίᾳ, παρέχεται ἰδίᾳ τοῖς χρήζουσι περαιτέρω ἐπικουρίας.

Odysseues in Hellenikon Idyllion

Odysseus and the Sirenes", 1909, H. Dreiper

The aesthetic charm of the cultural and musical events that take place in the garden of the muses in Hellenikon Idyllion, seldom extent to the limit, that Odysseus had to experience with the Sirenes...!

c) Summer and Winter

Hellenikon Idyllion – Selianitika, Gulf of Corinth, Peloponnese, 

Possibility for participation in cultural activities 2016/17
 with subsidy of accommodation

for students/pupils and teachers

is offered by the “Hellenikon Idyllion” in t “Garden of  Muses”
 next to the Greek sea

You are invited to “Hellenikon Idyllion“, in  the “Garden of  Muses”, an intercultural and artistic holiday centre,  to relax, be inspired or  develop your own skills in composing or practising music, philosophising, playing drama, painting and  dancingin the middle of a stunning fruit, grape and flower garden next to the beach, where you are allowed to pick a variety of fruits.

There are two stages where concerts are taking place, in our practice rooms (equipped with pianos, cello and string bass) you are allowed o be creative yourself. Additioally there is a library where you have time for your studies, apart from that there is WiFi all over the garden.

Everyone between 17 and 28 years of age is eligible to apply. It is possible to apply separatelyor as a group of two or more people, accompanied by your  teachers .

Please send us your application with CV, stating your skills and hobbies as well as your ideas on a creative project of yours, that you would like to present during your time in the Idyllion. The theme of the project should be refered to the ancient Greek culture.

You should send us at least two possible dates for your stay.

Please note that we are reducing the price of the accomodation in order to the effort and the thematical value of your project, judged by ourselves. When you are lucky we may offer you a convenient free apartment taking into consideration your creative suggestions and your participation in their implementation.

                              For further Information :

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Helike Dora Hellenikon Idyllion From our Theater performance HELIKE ATHANATOS in ancient Greek language

d) Concerts and Opera project - Invitation for Orchestras and Choirs and creative groups

Dear friends, our centre for music and culture "Hellenikon Idyllion" at the northwestcoast
of the Peloponnese offers choirs and orchestras an ideal forum to prepare concerts or just to rehearse intensively. In the flowering garden creative work can be combined with recreation and international contacts.

Composition Competition 2009/2010
Opera „HELIKE ATHANATOS“„Helike – Immortal“- Triumph of Archaeology -
„Helike – Immortal“ 
The story is based on an idea of Andreas Drekis, Text and literatur - Libretto - in Ancient Greek by Franz Knappik. 

Special offer: Orchestras and choirs, who are willing to perform one of the prize-awarded operas, have the opportunity to stay at "Hellenikon Idyllion" free of charges for 14 days, for final rehearsels and a performance of the opera in Greece. More information about the opera

Konzertbühne am Meer

Invitation for Greek learning classes to perform a musical drama
Project in favor of "Hellenikon Idyllion"

Learn classic greek and experience the culture with music and performance in the Garden of the Muses and the Epicurus.
Enjoy the melody of this language and cultivate your spirit with its unique expressiveness. Enhance your positive power, stimulate your fantasy!

We invite you to come to the „Hellenikon Idyllion“ right next to the seaside, located at the coast of the western Peleponnes in Selianitika, near Egion.

Bring your excitement and your creative ideas with you to learn the language of Sokrates, Platon, Pindar and Homer. Combine inspired dialogs or poetic verses and the music from renowned composers (eg. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven) with your acting, dramatic and choreographic expression into a successful synthesis.

You can choose any classic music you want.

We would like to promote your choice of learning Antique Greek by offering you accommodation for a reduced price that has only the purpose of covering our costs. 

If you want to, we can plan and organize your concerts in highschools and suitable halls.

Please tell us when and with how many attendees you could come here and we will contact you immediatly!

We look forward to hearing from you and would love to give you more information.

Hellenikon Idyllion

Andreas Drekis,

tel. 00302103461034

e) Classical Sounds and Sea !

Supported project of “Hellenikon Idyllion”:
11th – 25th of September 2016 (other dates on request **)
and from 2th Okt. to 4th Nov. 2016
To all Orchestras, Choirs, chamber musicians, duos, soloists, singers, conductors, composers,…

You would like to gather new experiences and share your passion for music with likeminded people?

“Hellenikon Idyllion”, for several years known as a meeting place of music and culture, would like to invite you to perform music together, exchange experiences, create new ideas, build up friendships and enjoy the pleasure of the beautiful “Garden of the Muses” next to the sea as well as the atmosphere of the typical Greek coastal village Selianitika, Gulf of Corinth.

Spectacular final of each week of this cooperation is going to be a public concert which repertoire should focuses, besides pieces of your own collection, partly on compositions of themes from the field of ancient Greek culture. We are going to send you musical suggestions and tips regarding this topic with the registration confirmation, which are nothing else than ideas. You are more than welcome to call out your own imaginations!

You are free to use our musical stock: a music pavilion with its concert grand, two stages, practice rooms equipped with pianos, a violoncello, a string bass and timpani.

Apart from that you are allowed to pick the seasonal fruits of our 4000 m2 garden as figs, kaki fruits and 5 different types of grapes.

You will be accommodated in two-room apartments together with another two up to five participants. The flats have a fully furnished kitchen. These will cost you 70-100€ per week, what represents 50-60% of the standard price.

Your registration is due on the 15th of April 2016. Please send together with your application your musical skills and experiences, as well as your e-mail-address or further contact details.

After expiry of the registration period we are mailing those personal information to all attendees, so that you are able to get in touch with each other, make first agreements and start preparations.  

In case you aren’t able to join the entire two weeks, please send the dates of your stay with your application, too.

** To all chamber musicians, duos, soloists, singers, conductors, composers,… that are not able to make it in September - we would be more than happy to have around to similar conditions also with “non-music-making” company at an other time of the year:  
In winter we do have special permissions, please check our website:

With your registration you declare your agreement, that we reserve the right to record and publish rehearsals as well as the final concert.

We are looking forward your participation and creativeness!

Warm regards from the “Garden of the Muses”

Andreas Drekis,
Director and Founder of “Hellenikon Idyllion”

Phone: 0030 2103 461034

26th March to 2dt April 2016

"Piano course at Easter"

with the pianists Ellen Kaufmann (Munich) and the Jazz -Pianist Sam Hyltonttp://

Piano concert on 31st of March in Hellenikon Idyllion
and on 1st of April at the cultural center of Egio

in Hellenikon Idyllion

14th - 21th May
30 young musicians from Hamburg "Stααtliche Musikschule"
Further information coming soon

Jugend-StreicherForum der JMS Hamburg

Conductor: Tomasz Lukasiewicz

The dates of the concert soon will be announced here.

22nd - 26th May, 55 young singers from Germany

The Christophorus-Kantorei

For more informations click the link below

Christophorus-Kantorei Griechenland english

Concert Programme GR 2016 english

The dates of the concerts soon will be announced here.


27th - 4thJuly
Guitarorchestra consisting of 25 young poeple

The ancient Theater of Egeira 35 Km from Hellenikon Idyllion,the unique place where
our orchestras and choirs perform!

The young orchestra from Böblingen play the Sorbas dance
in the ancient Theater of Egeira.They have been at Hellenikon Idyllion for the fifth time .

21th - 25th July

Performance of Aischylos’ tragedy

with the TEATER TETAS, 11 artists from Indonesia,
in two ancient theatres
and in the new theatre of Egion

Directed by Prof. Werner Schulze
University of Arts Vienna

A support project of Prof. Werner Schulze, Andreas Drekis - "Hellenikon Idyllion" and Indonesian embassy in Athens.


Prometheus alle

More Informations: / TEATER TETAS
und Video


Πέμπτη 21.30 EGIO, New Amphitheater (OPEN AIR)

22.07.Παρασκευή 21.00 SELIANITIKA in Hellenikon Idyllion(OPEN AIR)Indonesian–Greek Art & Culture Evening (private event)

21.00 KASTRO CHLEMOUTSI, Chlemoutsi Medieval Castle Kyllini
Φεστιβάλ Κάστρο Χλεμούτσι


Goji berries and many fruits for you
from our "Garden of the Muses" in Hellenikon Idyllion