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The Paros Sanctuary - Valley of the Butterflies

by Phillada Lecomte, November 2002
Many of you may know of the former retreat centre below the Valley of the Butterflies, which has been run by various people over the years.

I used to live on Paros from 1968 until 1980, working as a weaver, with my partner, a French sculptor and my daughter Gaea, who went to the wonderful little demotiko skoleio in Kamares.

Returning here after many years of absence this summer, I spent some time at the centre, which has a magical quality of beauty and stillness, and I felt inspired to be here once again to try to run the centre on my own, with quite a new approach.

Next spring and summer I hope to be able to interest groups and teachers involved in yoga, Tai-Chi, healing, massage, meditation, drawing etc, to enable the centre to function as a holistic centre with many different aspects to it.

Anyone living locally who would be interested in such workshops can contact me now or through my email address. At the moment I have begun weekly meditation classes (on a donation basis) every Saturday at 5.15 p.m. for anyone who is interested. Beginners are welcome, and so are Greek-speakers. These classes will run until I leave in late November.

The centre will also be available for anyone wanting to organise special classes or wishing to stay a while in a contemplative setting. There is a large practice hall and many shady terraces and gardens looking out to the sea and to Antiparos.
I am running the centre on a caring, contemplative basis. Anyone is very welcome to come and visit. From December to March the centre will be closed.

You can contact me by telephone on 093-8908401 (the fixed line phone will be reinstalled in March), by email at lecomtephillada@hotmail.com, or by mail at Phillada Lecomte, Post Restante, Paroikia, Paros 84400.
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