Natural Remedies for Anxiety? How About A Greek Island!
May 3, 2010 at 6:46 PM

P1000909-resized-600I was telling some of my corporate clients about my planning for the upcoming IMD Summer workshop on the isle of Paros in Greece. One person asked, ‘why go that far away’? I guess to me it is obvious but I thought I would provide a brief rationale. When life and career stress and anxiety symptoms surface, it’s important to know how to deal with them.   What better place to reduce anxiety than on a beautiful Greek Island? What better place to gain a perspective on your life?

We help clients with “natural remedies for anxiety” on the lovely Island of Aliki. Reducing anxiety can be a difficult task, and IMD works with clients on a daily basis to reduce organization and career situational stress and anxiety while helping business leaders become more confident as well as successful.

IMD’s four day workshop course  is offered to a small group of participants on the isle of Paros as an opportunity to learn more about their personal style and working style.  The session assists individuals with mid life career change,  reducing stress and anxiety,  and career assessment. Often times this workshop provides an opportunity for leaders to examine their careers and gain a new perspective.

However this doesn’t convey the personal side of this choice. A quick story on the origins of this workshop location…

When the weather warms up and summer beckons my thoughts return to the country I grew up in-Greece. From May to October, my friends and I usually were on the Greek islands. Mykonos, Rhodes, Corfu, Paros, Ios, Santorini, Skiathos-all lovely islands all with different charms all sharing the fabulous Greek sunlight described by many authors including the American author Henry Miller in his travelogue “Colossus of Maroussi”.    In 1964 when I was 14, we were visiting a friend of my parents, a local Greek priest, to celebrate Orthodox Easter on the island of Paros. During our 10 day vacation one day my family decided to take a car tour of the island. Right about lunchtime, we happened on a very small fishing village, sparsely populated, with beautiful beaches, Aliki. As we walked out to the tip of the village and past the houses, the story goes, I pointed to my father and then to the land we stood on three-quarters of which was surrounded by the Aegean, and I said, ‘Dad, if you buy land in Greece you should buy this land’. My father, a action oriented business man, then turned and went back to the village, found the owner, negotiated a price ($650 dollars!) and a small parcel of land was his. (Of course, depending on the day and the frustrations my father faced building a house on the island, my words were considered by him as prophetic or very regrettable! Of course, I would often retort, ‘what on earth were you doing listening to a 14 year anyway!))

Many years have past, my father has passed away the house he built has aged, however the house has seen and taken care of many members of my extended family and friends for years.

The village has grown but it still is a fishing village. The characters that populated the village have grown old and now their children are replacing them in many of the same roles. In my adult life, I have used Aliki, Paros as my retreat and place to think and dream over the future without the hassles of my hectic life. In the past years, I have even invited executives to take part in workshops to give an opportunity to take a break, think about oneself, and envision themselves anew.

We all need spaces that we can reliably reinvigorate ourselves, to remind ourselves of what is important. I hope you have a Aliki in your life! Tell me yours in the comments!”


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