Second Annual Greek Adoptee/Greek Family Reunion 2023
The First Annual Greek Adoptee Reunion, held in August 2022 in America, was an amazing success. Now, because there are Greek adoptees and their biological Greek families scattered across the world, the Second Annual Greek Adoptee Reunion 2023 will be held in our homeland of Greece, not only giving Greek adoptees from America the chance to visit their home country, but also giving those Greek adoptees and families in Greece, all of Europe and elsewhere the opportunity to attend and connect with each other. Our First Annual Greek Adoptee Reunion was truly a magical time of bonding, sharing and support. Read about it in the National Herald.The National Herald
***IN OCTOBER 2023, DON’T MISS THE SECOND ANNUAL GREEK ADOPTEE/GREEK FAMILY REUNION, A ONE-OF-A-KIND, AMAZING INTERNATIONAL GATHERING OF GREEK-BORN ADOPTEES AND GREEK BIOLOGICAL FAMILIES IN BEAUTIFUL GREECE!!!***
Building upon the amazing success of our First Annual Greek Adoptee Reunion in August 2022, Greek-born adoptees and Greek biological families, regardless of group or organization affiliation, are invited to join us in our homeland of Greece for this first-of-its-kind international gathering for a time of fellowship, learning and fun. Join us on our adoptee/family group trip, which begins and ends in Athens and includes the 2-day Reunion/Conference (the trip is designed primarily for those coming from outside of Greece, but everyone is welcome to join us on the trip) or for our 2-day Reunion/Conference event in historic Nafpaktos.
***REGISTER NOW FOR THE SECOND ANNUAL GREEK ADOPTEE/GREEK FAMILY REUNION - OCTOBER 2023*** ~ The first international gathering of Greek adoptees searching for their roots and Greek biological families searching for their children lost to adoption~ ~hosted by Greek adoptees for Greek adoptees/families, offering a magical opportunity for connection with each other and the building of a global Greek adoptee/family community~ Join us this October for an unforgettable time of fellowship, learning and fun in our beautiful homeland of Greece. Choose either the Group Trip (which includes the Reunion/Conference in Nafpaktos) or the 2-day Reunion/Conference only. We can't wait to see you in beautiful Greece, so register today!! OPTION 1: GROUP TRIP Begins/ends in Athens - plan to be in Athens no later than the afternoon of 14 October, 2023 - includes the 2-day Reunion/Conference in Nafpaktos October 14-19, 2023 ***PLEASE NOTE: The group trip price is now reduced to $300 per person, as hotel rooms (2 nights in Athens and 3 nights in Nafpaktos) are no longer included, as we no longer have any remaining rooms at the group rate at the Reunion hotels. You may still go with us on the trip, but you will be responsible for making reservations?paying for your own rooms in both Athens and Nafpaktos. So be sure to try to book rooms at or near the same hotels or make arrangements for transportation to the Reunion hotels, as the tour bus will load and unload only at the Reunion hotels. Cost: $300 per person ***The cost is in dollars, but it should automatically charge you in euros (or your home country’s currency) – the cost in euros is always cheaper than dollars*** Deadline to register: 30 September, 2023 Group Trip Itinerary: https://acrobat.adobe.com/id/urn:aaid:sc:US:0d75e9ad-9f53-4ac0-94ab-13ca6444ec68 Group trip includes the following: 1) Tour bus transportation for the entire trip 2) Opening ceremonies and Welcome reception in Athens October 14 in the evening 3) October 15 - Visit to Vrefokomeio Athinon (Athens Municipal Orphanage), Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, Plaka 4) Octiober 16 - Visit to Mitera Orphanage, Demonstration in front of Parliament for birth/identity rights; then on to Corinth Canal, Ancient Corinth; Visit to Patras Orphanage and Agios Andreas; arrive Nafpaktos early evening 5) Registration for Reunion/Conference Oct 17-18 at the beautiful Holy Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Savior - includes: 2-day Reunion/Conference and all related activities, syllabus in English/Greek; goody bag; lunch both days; walking tour of Nafpaktos with local guide; Welcome Cocktail party; Farewell Dinner Greek Taverna night with food, music and dancing; 6)October 19 - visit Ancient Delphi and Arahova, return to Athens late afternoon
***To register for the Group Trip, FIRST follow the registration link below, THEN use the payment link to pay for the registration*** To register for Group Trip: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe50jGetmFp_jiKEV_HTeyY7vK4XmJugUhGK7nuyb0m5zDzNg/viewform?usp=sf_link To pay for Group Trip: Link to pay for 1 person $300.00: https://square.link/u/wIPojhI3 Link to pay for 2 persons $600.00: https://square.link/u/tREJQoOo OPTION 2 - REUNION/CONFERENCE ONLY OPTION: 2-DAY REUNION/CONFERENCE ONLY, IN HISTORIC NAFPAKTOS, OCTOBER 17-18, 2023 COST: $40 Deadline to register is September 30, 2023 ***The cost is in dollars, but it should automatically charge you in euros (or your home country’s currency) – the cost in euros is always cheaper than dollars*** Cost includes the following: · Opening ceremonies and Welcome Reception in Athens on Saturday evening, October 14, 2023 for those able to attend. · Registration for the Reunion/Conference, to be held at the beautiful conference center of the Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Savior in Skala, Nafpaktos - includes syllabus (in English and Greek) and goody bag, lunch both days, evening cocktail party/reception on October 17 and the Farewell Dinner (with Greek food, music and dancing) at a local taverna on October 18, plus added bonus walking tour of Nafpaktos with local guide · On both days, the program will begin at 9:30 am and end at 5:00 pm (17:00). Walking tour of Nafpaktos will begin at 5:45 pm on October 17, while the welcome cocktail party on will begin at 8:30 pm (20:30) and the Farewell Dinner on October 18 will begin at 8:00 pm (20:00). The 2 days will include: ***Dynamic speakers and presentations about subjects and issues vital to Greek adoptees and Greek families, with some sessions in Greek and English, with live translations, including: DNA testing; using genealogy to trace one’s roots; life in Greece in the Cold War period; history and services of the International Social Service Greece; an inside look at the Greek adoption scandals, including the notorious Agios Stylianos scandal; the mission of the Eftychia Project and its advocacy on behalf of all Greek-born adoptees and Greek families; tools, tips and resources for Greek adoptees and their biological families; and more · Fun activities especially for Greek adoptees and Greek families: Greek coffee hours, Greek adoptee/Greek family story time, Greek Adoptee/Greek Family Wall of Fame Museum, fun photo booth and more! · There are numerous hotels on or near both Psani and Gribovo beaches in Nafpaktos and within walking distance to numerous cafes, tavernas, ouzeries, mezodopoleios and bakeries. There are also numerous rooms and small apartments to let on third-party booking sites like booking.com and airbnb. You are responsible for making your own accommodation and transportation arrangements to/from/in Nafpaktos. · You may pick up your registration credentials, syllabus and goody bag at the Plaza Hotel lobby in Nafpaktos on October 16 from 8:00 pm (20:00) until 10:00 pm (22:00), or on October 17 at the monastery conference center beginning at 8:00 am.