Democracy & Spirituality Weekend, October 11-13, 2019
The Greek philosopher Plato famously described democracy as "charming, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike." In recent decades, the structures of democracy have come under increasing threat from radicalism, populism and polarization. But for all its flaws and problems, democracy is still the most widely accepted form of governance.
Despite the different approaches to spirituality in the East and West, many artists and thinkers have asserted the need for a greater level of spirituality in democracy. Even in ancient times, the Chinese philosopher Confucius clearly implied that spirituality was intrinsic to effective governance and world order: “To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.”
At the very least, spirituality – not in a narrow religious sense, but as a positive transformative personal experience – has the capacity to inform, refresh and even help heal democracy.
Join us at Costa Navarino on October 11-13, 2019 to explore the intriguing relationship between democracy and spirituality, and enjoy a weekend of insightful discussion, meditation, and philosophy walks, as well as the opportunity to participate in authentic cultural experiences.
Internationally acclaimed speakers, key opinion leaders and influencers will gather to discuss the role of spirituality in democracy in the idyllic setting of Costa Navarino. Guest speakers include: Brunello Cucinelli, Chairman and C.E.O. of Brunello Cucinelli S.p.A; Angie Hobbs, Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield; and philosopher, filmmaker and activist Bernard-Henri Lévy. They will be joined by moderators Katrin Bennhold, Berlin Bureau Chief for The New York Times and Serge Schmemann, Member of The Times’sEditorial Board, and Chairman and Program Director of the Athens Democracy Forum.
The Spirituality & Democracy weekend will take place immediately after the Athens Democracy Forum, and all forum delegates are invited to take part. Participants are required to book accommodation online (www.romanoscostanavarino.com) or by contacting the Reservations team at The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort (tel. +30 2723 096000, email@example.com ).