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Costa Navarino Welcomes the ‘Democracy and Happiness Weekend’ in September

World acclaimed authors, innovative thinkers and award-winning thought leaders will gather at Costa Navarino in Messinia in September to participate in the “Democracy and Happiness Weekend”, a cultural event organized in partnership with the Athens Democracy Forum.

In its seventh year, “Democracy and Happiness Weekend” will be held at the brand new W Costa Navarino resort during September 30 – October 2.

Greece’s prime sustainable destination will be the setting for a series of events: attendees can immerse themselves in thought-provoking discussions, and benefit from the unrivalled natural landscape, while enjoying a session of beach yoga, a philosophy walk or a cultural experience.

Spotlight on the role of happiness in public life

The annual weekend will explore the role of happiness in public life, through discussions and talks featuring motivating speakers, such as:

– Pascal Bruckner, acclaimed author who penned the book “Perpetual Euphoria: On the Duty to Be Happy”
– Wolf Singer, award-winning German neurophysiologist, and
– Yascha Mounk, professor and acclaimed author.

The speakers will cover a variety of topics exploring whether a happier society equates to a more resilient democracy, in discussions moderated by Roger Cohen, chief correspondent Paris and former Op-Ed columnist; Liz Alderman, chief European business correspondent; and Steven Erlanger,  chief European diplomatic correspondent for The New York Times.

In addition to the series of talks and book readings, Costa Navarino has curated cultural experiences for guests to enjoy, including philosophy walks with academics discussing modern-day ethics through the lens of ancient Greek philosophers, amidst the idyllic Messinian setting.

Visitors will also be able to take full advantage of the spectacular coastal location, from swimming in the Ionian Sea, to diving, sailing, kitesurfing and more.

The “Democracy and Happiness Weekend” will take place after the Athens Democracy Forum 2022, which will be held in Athens during September 28-30, in association with The New York Times.

The forum’s 10th edition will convene leaders from government, business, civic society and the non-profit sector to explore real solutions to the most pressing issues facing democracy.

More information on the “Happiness and Democracy Weekend” is available at

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