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20170611

AN .... UPDATED INTRO TO HOTEL KOUROS


Hey there,

Welcome to Hotel Kouros blog

As you might already noticed our hotel is located in the northern Naxos, in a small coastal village called Apollon (Apollonas) about 36 Km from the port (Naxos Town). It would take about 1 hour with a car to come here (coastal road) or 2 hours if you take the bus, since it is taking the long road throughout the main villages (52 Km).

Apollon is the epineio (the coastal village) of the village Komiaki (Koronida). It has mostly summer houses, couple of hotels, some apartments and only 100 people live here in the winter time. It has taverna’s, café’s a couple of small bars. It has the biggest marble statue in the world (11 meters kouros type Dionysos) and a few stone beaches at a walking distance (Aghios Fokas, Chilia Vrysi, Aghios Georgios, Glyfada). The main beach is partially sandy (near by the town) but mostly stony. Apollon also has great drinking water. For the most part is a quiet place but there are a lot of things you can do here.

Hotel Kouros has 23 rooms, of the same medium size. 14 rooms with view to the sea (30 meters from the hotel)  and 11 at the mountain side, the valley of Apollonas. In the high season there is a price difference. The building is old, build by our father but we do our best to maintain in in good shape. Practically, Hotel Kouros stands alone in Armyrolimni (the name of the area).

For people who like places like Mykonos and Santorini there is not much to do here, you be much better if you pick another place. For people who enjoy activities like: hiking which you can do alone or with a guide, biking (we have 4 bikes here for you), canoeing (we also have couple of canoes), board games (tavli, chess, katan, ticket to ride, code names etc) this might be your place. We also have sun chairs and umbrella’s at the beach for you, snorkeling equipment, body surf boards and other things you might find interesting) and all that free of charge!

In front of our hotel and by the sea our beach bar plays all sorts of music although I prefer rock music from all times. You won’t hear any Rihanna here, I promise you that much! In the back of the hotel, there is a garden with lots of vegetables and trees and flowers and a kiosk where you can be completely alone and enjoy a good read, if you prefer solitude!

There are only a couple of buses per day from Naxos Town to Apollonas, one departs at 09.30 and the second at 13.30. Tickets cost 7 euro (one way). Otherwise a taxi would cost you 55 euro but we always recommend our customers, if they intend to drive around anyway, better have a car or a bike waiting for them at the port.




There are many information I could add to the above, abandoned villages, cult place, nice small restaurants you could visit. Also I could tell you many things about the ancient history of Naxos, as the author of the book “The contributions of Naxos to the ancient Greek civilization” but I will wait for you to come here and ask. Until then, have a Great time wherever you are!

Christos Sideris

20140314

A few informations about Hotel Kouros, Apollon village and Naxos

Hotel Kouros is a small unit located in Apollon (Apollonas), a small fishing village in the northest area of Naxos island, 36 km from Naxos Town. The village has touristic infastructure, mini market, restaurants/tavernas, cafe, bars and a very nice beach.

Hotel Kouros is a family hotel with 24 double rooms with TV, refrigerator, air condition, toilet, shower with hot water, telephone, parking place for your car and it’s own beach bar right next to the sea. It is near by the beach (30m) and very close to the village (200m). Every room has a balcony with fantastic view to the sea or the mountains.
In Apollon village you will discover  the oldest marble mine in Greece, which makes it the oldest in the world. It is here the homeland of Kori and Kouros, the types of female and male statues that characterize the archaic Greece. In the marble mines you will see the ancient statue of Dionysos (12 meter long - 6th century bc), the longest in Greece.
Apollon is a small village and it’s an ideal place for people who want to get away from the big cities and the touristic areas. You will not find here tensed nightlife nor “armies” of tourists. On the contrary, you will meet real Naxian farmers, fisherman and generally people who make their living not solely by tourism.
If it is quiet you need, Apollon is the right place for you but if you are a person who enjoys hiking then there are beautiful routes in the surrounding area. Hotel Kouros can provide you with the right person for guided hiking tours (Stuart Thorpe) or you can try the routes yourself using one of the detailed maps and the instruction from the hotel expert, Christos Sideris. There are many things to see, among the most interesting are: 1) the hiking to Kalogeros mountain, right over the village with the medieval castle, 2) the statue of Dionysos, tour of the village and visit the beautiful beach of Agios Fokas with the tiny Byzantine church, 3) the path from Koronida (mother village of Apollon) to Apollon, 4) A visit to the village mesi and the lovely beach of Agios Giannis, 5) a hiking tour to Agia with the medieval tower and the ancient ruins and the beautiful beach of Agia …. And many more.
If you are not interested in driving tours you can always rent a car (in Naxos town) or a motor bike and tour the island yourself using the instructions of our expert or, you can also have quided driving tours with Stuart Thorpe who has a profound knowledge of Naxian people although he is English. The oldest findings in Naxos take the history of the island 10.000 years B.C. in Paleolithic times. Naxos was populated in Stone Age (Cave of Zas in Filoti, Grotta in Naxos town) but what the islands are really famous is for the early bronze age civilization (Cycladic) with the typical graves, the long Cycladic ships and the little white marble statues. You must visit the archaeological museum in Naxos town. There are also important finding of the late bronze age (like a part of the city and the walls), as well of the geometric times and of course, the archaic time when Naxos was in its prime, having 30.000 inhabitants (temple of Dimitra in Sangri, temple of Dionysos in Yria, marble mine and temple of Aloades in Melanes and many more). From classic Greece period, the ruins of the temple of Apollon in Naxos town (portara) is a must see. Except for the ancient Naxos, a visitor can also enjoy Byzantine Naxos with the little a bigger churches all around the island and especially in the valley of Tragea. From the medieval times, when Naxos was conquer by Venice there are many beautifull towers of the feudalist masters all around the island. For the end, a visitor should not ignore contemporary Naxos with the little mountain villages, the wild mountains, the emery mines, the amazing beaches and the real Naxian people.
As you can see, there are many thing to do in Apollon but if you don’t want to spend your days trying to discover the beauty of the island you could just relax and enjoy the beautiful Apollon and all the calmness and quietness that the place offers you. Within a few words, Apollon is a beautiful village and hotel Kouros is the right place for your accomodation. You will find more information about Hotel Kouros and Apollon here http://hotelkouros.blogspot.com
Hopefully we will see you.
Christos Sideris

20140313

Hotel Kouros !!!

From the south (the valley, Hotel Kouros & Apollon)

From the north, north-west (Apollon and Hotel Kouros)

Sunrise

From the harbour (North) Hotel Kouros & part of Apollon bay


From the west Apollon Bay & Hotel Kouros

Beach Art

The Balcony (from inside the seaside room)



From the sea (North - East)

Part of the bay and Hotel Kouros

Reception

Waiting Room

Flex Bar (Hotel Kouros Bar) & Apollon



Carving marble stones from the beach

Flex Bar & Hotel Kouros

The room








Panoramic Seaside view


Night Seaside View (Flex Bar & Apollon)



Μετάβαση στη λίστα ιστολογίων σας

20140312

A few words for Apollon and hotel kouros (Λίγα λόγια για τον Απόλλωνα και το ξενοδοχείο Κούρος)

Apollon is in a small fishing village in the northest area of Naxos island. The village has touristic infastructure, restaurants, cafe, bars etc and a very nice beach.
Hotel Kouros is a family hotel with 24 double rooms with satelite TV, mini bar, air condition, toilet, shower with hot water, telephone and parking place for your car. It is near by the beach (30m) and very close to the village (200m). Every room has a balcony with fantastic view to the sea or the mountains.
In Apollon village you can find the ancient statue of Dionysos (12 meter long - end of 6th century bc), the longest in Greece. Also the ancient minor from which originated the colossic Apollon of the Naxian in Delos . Also, up on Kalogeros mountain you can find a Byzantine fortress.
Within a few words, Apollon is a beautiful village and hotel Kouros is the right place for your accomodation. Hopefully we will see you there.
Sideris Family


Ο Απόλλωνας είναι ένα μικρό ψαράδικο χωριό στο βορειότερο άκρο της Νάξου. Το χωριό διαθέτει τουριστική υποδομή: εστιατόρια, καφενεία, μπαρ κ.λπ. και μία πολύ όμορφη παραλία.
Το Ξενοδοχείο Κούρος είναι μία οικογενειακή επιχείρηση με δυναμικότητα 24 δίκλινων δωματίων εξοπλισμένων με κλιματισμό, δορυφορική τηλεόραση, μίνι μπαρ (ψυγείο), τουαλέτα και ντους με ζεστό νερό, τηλέφωνο και πάρκινγκ για το αυτοκίνητο σας. Κάθε δωμάτιο έχει ευρύχωρο μπαλκόνι με καταπληκτική θέα προς τη θάλασσα ή το βουνό.
Στον Απόλλωνα μπορείτε να βρείτε το αρχαίο δωδεκάμετρο άγαλμα του Διονύσου (τέλη 6ου π.χ. αιώνα) το μεγαλύτερο του είδους του στην Ελλάδα, το οποίο εσφαλμένα ντόπιοι και τουρίστες αποκαλούν Κούρο! Επίσης το αρχαίο λατομείου Ναξιακού μαρμάρου από το οποίο εικάζεται ότι προέρχεται ο κολοσσικός Απόλλων των Ναξίων στη Δήλο, βρίσκεται πάνω από τον οικισμό. Επίσης πάνω στο βουνό Καλόγερος, στους πρόποδες του οποίου στέκει το ξενοδοχείο, υπάρχουν τα ερείπια Βυζαντινού οχυρού το οποίο μπορείτε επίσης να επισκεφτείτε αν σας αρέσει η ορειβασία.
Κοντολογίς, ο Απόλλωνας είναι το τέλειο μέρος διακοπών για ανθρώπουν που δεν θέλουν κοσμοσυρροή για να περάσουν καλά και το ξενοδοχείο Κούρος το σωστό μέρος να μείνετε. Σας ευχαριστούμε.
Οικογένεια Βασίλη Κ. Σιδερή

20140214

Workshop with Ale Duarte “Windows of Perception"







For people interested in Somatic Experiencing (SE by Peter Levine) and somatic therapy
This year again we are inviting you to a wonderful workshop on the magic Greek Island of Naxos in the middle of the Aegean Sea. The workshop is August 29.th to September 3.rd. The teacher, Ale Duarte, is a master in tracking skills of the body, not only through the nervous system and the energetic level, he will open windows to many other levels. You will learn a lot about tracking skills theoretically and in an experiential way. This workshop is one Ale Duartes best recommended workshops, also recommended by Dr. Peter Levine. You can watch Ale’s work with children on you tube
The beautiful Greek Island of Naxos and specially the workshop place in the little village Apollonas, directly situated on the sea will give you a unique opportunity to connect with the powerful nature, the people who will meet you as family and will be part of a reconnection with your deeper self. You are welcome to bring family members, partners or friends. There are good possibilities to combine the workshop with some holidays.

W hope to as many as possible of you in Greece. If you are interested we will send you more information about prices and practical travel informations
Warm regards 

Ursula Fürstenwald on behalf of Traumeheling
 
 Windows of Perception
Tracking beyond the Neo Cortex
Workshop with Ale Duarte
On the Greek island of Naxos, 29th August to 3rd September 2014
“Tracking” is one of the most fundamental skills in any therapeutic somatic practice. We use it to modulate and monitor our own sensations and guide our clients through their process, by facilitating autonomic nervous system resolution.
The following questions are always considered:
-As therapists, how do we guide our clients into their inner world and bring them back safely?
-What do we notice in our client’s body language that is a cue for therapeutic intervention?
-How do we rescue our clients from being stuck in the ‘traumatic vortex’, promote discharge and flow, as well as create trust in a therapeutic relationship?
This workshop will help you to explore your own answers to these questions, based on your personal experience, and to track the client through their ‘experiential reality’. Looking for several windows of perception to broaden the tracking skills by inviting and evolving our intuitive, creative nature.
This experiential workshop will use movement, music, videos, group interaction & self-exploration to reveal what’s hidden beneath sensations, posture, language & facial expressions. Skills and techniques that can be used in each situation will be demonstrated and practiced during the workshop, and participants will be offered an environment to embody their experiences while moving between the ‘inner’ and ‘outer’ world.
Participants will:
• Learn to use the ‘multi-tasking mind’ and Ale’s concept of “windows” to create ‘flow’ in the system, prepare the he client for deeper experiences and assess outlets for discharge.
• Refine the use of language as a way to deepen the client’s experience.
• Read the client’s cues during the session with more accuracy.
• How to feel at ease with “intuitive tracking” during the process.
• broaden their understanding of the somatic process.
Ale Duarte
Ale Duarte (ale@aleduarte.com ), is a member of the Foundation of Human Enrichment (http://www.traumahealing.com ) and has worked extensively in trauma outreach, leading somatic-healing workshops for both professionals and victims affected by recent natural disasters (earthquakes, tsunamis, floods) in China, Thailand, India, Brazil and New Orleans. He is also a collaborator with Dr. Peter Levine and Maggie Kline on their latest book “Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes” released in 2006. As an educator, he has worked with children since 1987, integrating his knowledge of child development with his skills as a somatic therapist. http://www.aleduarte.com/ See Ale on You Tube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v98TQ3xF5fU og www.aleduarte.com
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This workshop will take place in the small, beautiful village of Apollonas on the Greek island of Naxos. Naxos invites work with deep issues of trauma, mindfulness and healing, supported by the ancient Greek mythology full of archetypes, the powerful nature and the people with their kindness and hospitality.
We will arrange an excursion day in the middle of the workshop, which gives you even more opportunities to deepen the insights of the work. We will include the local people in the arrangements around the workshop as much as possible.
The last evening there will be a dinner invitation after the closure at the seminar place and some kind of live music and celebration.
Seminar to be held in English without translation
• The workshop is directed towards SE practitioners and SE students and other professionals with some prior SE experience, or experience in another related somatic field.
The workshop will be 5½ days; 4½ teaching days with Ale Duarte.
• The excursion is a boat trip to one or two of the small islands that surround Naxos. This excursion is open to family, friends and partners and the costs will be shared by all.
• Dates: August 29th to Septembert 3rd 2014
• Costs: D.kr. 6.000 (800.- Euro) for the tuition only. Room and board costs are paid separately. A double room at Hotel Kouros costs 20 € per person (breakfast included). There will be served lunch for 5 days for 15 € per person per day, obligatory. The excursion day includes only breakfast. Additional meals are not included on the excursion. Airfare and ferry costs are at own expense.
• Coffee and tea will be provided, as well as fruit in the afternoon. Dinner is at own expense at the restaurants in the charming village of Apollonas.
• Sign up: traumeheling@hotmail.com, marked ”Ale Duarte Naxos 2013”.
It is important that you sign up for your participation before June 15. At that date we will know if the workshop has enough participants to be held. You will be notified right after June 15, and we will send you payment information and ask you to pay in the tuition fee by July 1st.
To view the location of the course “Ariadne” , please go to www.seterapi.dk
• Apollonas is an ideal place for quiet vacations so you could always arrive earlier or leave later after the end of the workshop. More information about beautiful Apollonas here: http://apollonnaxos.blogspot.com and about Hotel Kouros here: http://hotelkouros.blogspot.com
• For further information please contact: Ursula Fuerstenwald, phone + 45 39272524, email: ursula@seterapi.dk, Frank Vestergård Olsen, phone + 45 30208751 or Jette Koch, phone + 45 22552504. More complete information regarding travel, accommodation, information about the island and payment will be provided for participants. Ask for more information.
Arranged by:
Traumeheling Ap.S, Ursula Fürstenwald, Jette Koch Frank. V. Olsen,
organizer for SE trainings in Denmark

20140114

CARVING WORKSHOP ( 22-29 JUNE 2014)




From 23- 28 June 2014,  we organize workshop: sculpting cycladic figures and learning the history of prehistoric Cyclades with emphasis to Naxos (early bronze age 3200 – 2200 BC)
During this workshop you will learn, all that is to learn about the early bronze age in Cyclades
You will learn how the prehistoric Naxians were sculpting the famous idols from marble and you will make one yourself.
During the two excursion that are included in the workshop:
You will visit the archaeological museum of Naxos with the largest collection of Cycladic idols
You will visit the archaeological museum of Apiranthos with an interesting collection of bronze tools and weapons
You will visit the Akropolis of Panormos, that was attacked around 2.200 BC together with all Cycladic Akropolis, probably from the Minoans.
You will visit the beaches of Panormos, Moutsouna, Agia Anna and Plaka.
You will visit Naxos town, Apiranthos and Koronos
You will have accommodation (7 nights 22-29 departure), breakfast, lunch (the days of the seminar), 4 in the hotel, once in Moutsouna and once in Koronos

TOTAL COST IN A SHARED DOUBLE ROOM 330*
TOTAL COST IN A SINGLE ROOM 390*

For impormation/reservations:
e-mail: hotelkourosnaxos@gmail.com 
tel: +302285067000
skyppe: christos.sideris.1968

* you pay for 7 night accomodation and great breakfast, 6 lunches (with variety of food), 2 excursions (Naxos town and nearby beaches-Koronos, Panermos-Moutsouna-Apirantos), tools and marble for your idol, free wine and raki for the last night's party in Hotel Kouros Bar). You don't pay for the sculpting istruction or the historical seminars). If you want to remain after the end of the seminar
single room with breakfast 25 euro per day
double room with breakfast 35 euro per day

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Everything I know about carving I learned from the Greek Australian sculpture Arthur Kalamaras during his workshop in Apollonas 4 years ago. For a 20 cm idol I need around 30 hours of carving. You can use as much time you want and need. You can choose the size and the stone (or you can let me choose the stone) and you can even carve more than one idols if you really into it. It is up to you. I do not thing you have time for an idol bigger than 30 cm. Since sometimes the neck is very thin, also in case you want to separate the legs you must be careful not to break the idol. There is special glue but need days to dry properly. In any case, once you learn the method you can continue your work at home. During your visit at the archaeological Museum of Naxos you will see various types of normal type Cycladic idols amongst witch you must choose the one you prefer to carve.