Ancient Greek Medicine Retreat on Kos, Greece

Kos 853 00, Greece

Duration: 5 days
Group size: 1 - 15
Ancient Greek Medicine Retreat on Kos, Greece
Kos 853 00, Greece

Duration: 5 days
Group size: 1 - 15

About this trip

Join us for a 5-day retreat on the beautiful island of Kos, the birthplace of Hippocrates! In collaboration with the Hippocrates Garden Cultural Center, this retreat focuses on ancient practices of health, blending Greek philosophy and herbal medicine to support your wellness education. The retreat is designed for all ages and interests, including as a family vacation, corporate retreat, educational tour, and wellness getaway.


Founded in 2008, the Hippocrates Garden Cultural Center, where all retreat activities will take place, is a member of UNESCO Piraeus and Islands. The center consists of an exact replica of an ancient Greek village, with a traditional house, an herb garden, a philosopher’s arcade, a dreaming medicine room, an altar, a vineyard, and a decorative stone-floor theater. This is a special place to spark your imagination and feel connected with ancient Greek history!



- Five days of educational + wellness retreat activities

- Transportation to/from Kos airport


- Hotel accommodations and meals are available in nearby villages and are booked separately from retreat activities. Assistance in booking will be provided.

- Flight or ferry transportation to/from Kos island is not included


The retreat will follow all government-issued covid-19 guidelines to ensure all participants feel safe during the retreat. Participants may be required to wear a mask and show proof of vaccination or a recent negative test. In case of retreat cancellation due to covid-19 government rules or covid-19 related issues, refunds will be issued.


Multiple dates available from June-October 2022. Private groups of 8+ participants are welcome to request alternative dates.

  • Monday, June 27 - Friday, July 1
  • Monday, July 25 - Friday, July 29
  • Monday, August 15 - Friday, August 19
  • Monday, August 22 - Friday, August 26
  • Monday, September 5 - Friday, September 9
  • Monday, October 3 - Friday, October 7

What’s included

  • Tour
    Full tour of the Hippocrates Garden Cultural Center
  • Workshops
    Ancient Greek philosophy and herbal medicine seminars led by Julie Zafeiratou, founder of the Hippocrates Garden Cultural Center, and clinical herbalist Maria Christodoulou
  • Adventures
    Island excursions + admission to important cultural sites and beautiful beaches
  • Greek Cooking Class
    Harvesting fresh vegetables from the garden and preparing a group meal together
  • Plant Walk
    Ancient medicinal plant walk in the Hippocrates Garden
  • Meditation
    Daily grounding visual plant meditation for all levels
  • Herbal Consultation
    30-minute private herbal consultation with a clinical herbalist
  • Island Transportation
    Transportation to off-site activities will be provided, as well as transportation to/from the Kos airport
  • Hotel
  • Airfare
  • Meals


Day 1
Arrival + Welcome

Welcome to Kos! On arrival day, we will explore the nearby wildlife refuge and learn about the history of Kos and the island's natural heritage.

Your Organizer

The Greek Herbalist
The Greek Herbalist explores the wisdom and whimsy of ancient Greek herbal medicine through plant walks, retreats, courses and educational content. For more adventures through antiquity, visit