We are rooted in the philosophy of Ethical Hedonism. Based on the work of 18th-century moralist Nicolas Chamfort, philosopher Michel Onfray defined ethical hedonism as “an introspective attitude to life based on taking pleasure yourself and pleasing others, without harming yourself or anyone else.”
The philosophers Aristippus of Cyrene and Epicurus were pioneers of this school of thought in ancient Greece. Epicurus believed that the greatest good was to seek modest, sustainable pleasure in the form of a state of tranquility and freedom from fear (ataraxia) and absence of bodily pain (aponia). The combination of these two states is thought to constitute happiness in its highest form. Although Epicureanism is a form of hedonism, since it declares pleasure as the sole intrinsic good, its advocacy of a simple life distinguishes it from mainstream perceptions of hedonism.
At Hedoné we agree with Epicurus´ proposition to lead a simple lifestyle and follow a self-sufficient path to happiness. Love and friendship play a fundamental role, as do stimulating meetings with like-minded thinkers. We want to identify natural pleasures and cultivate them in a safe space away from unnatural pleasures that only afford empty and fleeting happiness. We hope our attitude can inspire people on their quest to free their souls from the conventions and prejudices that prevent them from being the happiest version of themselves.
In our seminars, we will share not only our philosophy but also techniques to help people achieve the state of ataraxia, or freedom from fear. Participants are offered introductory workshops to different techniques that can aid individuals in increasing their levels of harmony, balance and overall well-being. Practices that help us get in touch with our bodies and our subtle energies such as Yoga, Shiatsu or Reiki are among the selection of courses. We also consider nutrition paramount for our bodily and mental plentitude and so we introduce attendees to the concept of nurturing, which maintains food is more than just calories, more than just fuel, but an actual medicine and a key element for happiness.
Love and sex are amongst the most basic natural pleasures. Sexuality inspires, energizes, and draws us into passionate love affairs not just with our partners but also with ourselves and the world around us. Therefore we offer various Tao and Tantra laboratories to enhance our awareness, soften our bodies and release blockages that cover up desires and needs, revealing our hearts´ most pressing emotions.
Music and sound are other tools used in our seminar. Music is a vibrational state that has the ability to raise and alter our state of consciousness. Sound therapy has been scientifically proven in various clinical trials as an effective treatment for insomnia, depression, anxiety, lack of concentration and other ailments. We invite all participants to dance and celebrate with us to the sound of a selection of talented DJs and musicians who will tailor an involving sound experience at our immersion party.
A vital ingredient of our seminar is art. Art is a means of personal development, self-knowledge and emotional expression. Therefore during the seminar we will have the opportunity to explore pleasure through art in different facets.
Finally, based on the belief that helping others generate happiness, the profit raised in our seminars will be donated to NGOs (Desert Flower Foundation and Orchid Project) that fight to eradicate female genital mutilation, a barbarian practice and an attack against pleasure.