Summer: Rutgers- Classic and Contemporary Approaches for Stress Management
Athens, Greece; Samos, Greece (Outgoing Program)
For a detailed description of the program and coursework, please visit the Department of Kinesiology and Health's Study Abroad in Health Lifestyle webpage.
Your Host Country: Greece
The program will take place in Greece, where "Bios Pythagorikos" was introduced by Pythagoras of Samos, an ancient Greek philosopher, as a lifestyle approach for stress relief and management. Greece is the cradle of Western civilization, and the birth place of democracy, Western philosophy, the Olympic Games, Western literature, historiography, political science, major scientific and mathematical principles, and Western drama, including both tragedy and comedy. In addition, Greece is the home country of Hippocrates, a physician who lived during Greece’s Classical period, and is traditionally regarded as the father of medicine. His famous quote "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" is the cornerstone of current integrated and lifestyle medicine. Although small, Greece is huge in its cultural and natural diversity, being a cultural crossroad of Europe, Asia, and Africa, and encompassing landscapes that remain incredibly vivid and of unrivaled beauty; the country provides the opportunity to explore numerous cultural sites, over 5,000 islands and islets scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Seas, and mountainous mainland with a breath-taking scenery.
To view the program’s tentative 2017 syllabus, please click here. Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.
The program offers a unique opportunity for students to familiarize with ancient wisdom lifestyle approaches for promoting health, as well as study and experience the fundamental principles and components of stress management from both classic and contemporary perspectives. Classical Greek approaches included a healthy vegetarian diet, regular daily vigorous exercise, spending time outdoors, being involved in some type of social activity where social connections were made, and participation in philosophical group discussions (dialectical discussions) that were meant to help a person better understand their universe and their purpose. These will be compared with contemporary interventions ranging from cognitive-behavioural to pharmacological therapies.
During the 2-week course, some days will be devoted to theoretical lectures and discussion sessions on the scientific and cultural themes of the day combined with workshops, experiential activities or studying. Other days will be devoted entirely to field trips and interactive educational activities, including visits to monumental sites, demonstrations of Mediterranean lifestyle practices by local community members, as well as collective sports activities in nature.
For more information on the program from the Department of Kinesiology and Health, click here.
For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
During the first week, the program’s educational activities will take place in Athens, the capital of Greece, one of the world's oldest cities. Classical Athens was a powerful city-state, a center for the arts, learning and philosophy, and it is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy, largely because of its cultural and political impact on the European continent. In modern times, Athens is a large cosmopolitan metropolis and central to economic, financial, industrial, maritime, political and cultural life in Greece. While in Athens, students will visit monumental sites and archaeological places, where they will become familiar with ancient Greek practices for health promotion and dietary and exercise regimens for stress management, as well as experience other opportunities that the city has to provide.
The second week of the program will take place in Samos Island, the birthplace of Pythagoras. While in Samos, students will have the opportunity to walk in the steps of Pythagoras and learn about his life and philosophical work with emphasis on the "Bios Pythagorikos" (the Pythagorean Way of Life). Educational activities will focus on the relationship between stress and chronic diseases, on the biological ways the human body responses to stress, on the evolution of stress management as part of modern lifestyle medicine, as well as on the commonalities and differences between ancient mindfulness practices and modern relaxation approaches. Students will also have the opportunity to not only practice stress relief techniques as a mean to obtain skills on implementing lifestyle approaches for stress management, but also to experience stress relief themselves through experiential practice.
Accommodations and Meals
Accommodation and most meals are included in the program’s fees. In Athens, students will stay at a hotel close to the center of the city, while in Samos Island students will stay in local traditional rent rooms or guest houses. In all locations, bedding (sheets, pillows, blankets, if necessary) will be provided, although students are welcome to bring their own if they prefer.
Meals will be either offered in the selected accommodations or provided by local establishments as part of the program’s educational activities. If students want to purchase extra foods or snacks, there will be opportunities for them to visit local supermarkets (not included in the program’s cost, as applies to any other personal expenses).
Arrival: June 13th
Departure: June 26th
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted and the academic dates have been confirmed.
For more information about the Program Cost and additional Non-Billable Expenses for this program, please view the program budget sheet.
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