Internationally acclaimed speakers, and key opinion leaders and influencers will explore the intriguing relationship between democracy and spirituality at Costa Navarino, on the weekend of October 11-13. The annual weekend on democracy returns for its fifth edition in partnership with the Athens Democracy Forum, which will take place in the capital immediately prior on October 9-11.
Guest speakers Brunello Cucinelli, Chairman and CEO of Brunello Cucinelli S.p.A.; Prof. Angie Hobbs, Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield; and Bernard-Henri Lévy, philosopher, filmmaker and activist, will engage in insightful discussions. They will be moderated by Serge Schmemann, Member of the New York Times Editorial Board, Chairman and Athens Democracy Forum Program Director, and Katrin Bennhold, Berlin Bureau Chief of The New York Times.
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 East and West, many artists and thinkers have asserted the need for a greater level of spirituality in democracy. 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.
Aside from speeches and discussions, the weekend will feature book readings, yoga, and a series of curated cultural experiences including philosophy walks, olive oil tasting, art tours, and further interaction with the speakers.
Participants may also enjoy other activities provided at The Romanos, A Luxury Collection Resort, Costa Navarino. The pristine seaside location offers a lovely autumn getaway with mild temperatures for swimming, enjoying outdoor activities or a round at the destination’s award-winning golf courses, The Dunes Course and The Bay Course.