Sept 12 - 21st, 2018
- Daily physical activity
- Greek dance
- Festivals and folklore
- Hiking and excursions
- Ikarian cooking and meals
Ikaria, a traditional island in the Eastern Aegean, is well known for the amazing longevity of its inhabitants. Chronic diseases are rare, cancer is not frequently seen, and even dementia is kept at bay.
In fact, Ikaria has more healthy people over 90 years of age than any other place on earth.
What makes Ikaria different? We'll look at some of the diet factors, including the regional variations of honey, mountain tea, and wild greens. Some of you will be pleased to know that Ikarians drink plenty of locally cultivated red wine, and many swear by its health benefits.
Locals also keep active throughout their lives, with traditional farming or fishing jobs. The move naturally, over terraced hills and mountains. They eat lots of olive oil, fresh vegetables, fruit, nuts, ancient grains, fish and only a little meat.
Most importantly, people take time every day to nap, spend time with friends and reduce stress. During community and family events, they celebrate with music, song and dance.
These traditional lifestyle factors are literally the keys to the Fountain of Youth.
Explore them with us and see what you can apply to your own life!