Democracy and Happiness Weekend

30 September-2 October 2022

Democracy and Happiness Weekend

At a time when daily life is punctured by a series of global crises – from climate change to the pandemic to all-out war – the quest for happiness seems ever more elusive, and even a bit indulgent. But more people than ever are seeking it out.

Costa Navarino will welcome world-acclaimed authors and speakers to lead discussions and debates during ‘The Democracy and Happiness Weekend’,  taking place from 30th September to 2nd October, 2022 in partnership with the Athens Democracy Forum, at the brand new W Costa Navarino.

The annual weekend will explore the role of happiness in public life, through discussions and talks featuring motivating speakers, such as acclaimed author Pascal Bruckner, the award-winning German neurophysiologist Wolf Singer, who will cover a variety of topics exploring whether a happier society equates to a more resilient democracy and Professor & acclaimed author Yascha Mounk. The discussions will be moderated by journalists of The New York Times.


W Costa Navarino

The special weekend will take place at W Costa Navarino, a vibrant new resort that embodies creativity and individuality, located on the 13-hectare Navarino Waterfront site, the newest integrated resort area of Costa Navarino.

W Costa Navarino, exclusively for adults and young adults over 12 years old, offers stylish rooms, 2 bedroom suites and 3 bedroom villas with infinity private pools, staged in the Bay of Navarino with stunning Ionian Sea views.

Book readings and discussions

Discussions with acclaimed author Pascal Bruckner who penned the book Perpetual Euphoria: On the Duty to Be Happy, with award-winning German neurophysiologist Wolf Singer, exploring the role of happiness in public life and with Professor & acclaimed author Yascha Mounk.

Philosophy Walk

Discuss about modern-day ethics through the lens of ancient Greek philosophers, against the idyllic backdrop of the Messinian countryside.

Led by Dr. Eleni Volonaki, Professor of Philosophy, the discussion takes place during a leisurely walk amidst centuries-old olive trees.

Complimentary Experience

For more information on accommodation options or to book, please visit W Costa Navarino (special code: LPR) or call +30 272-3097600 quoting “Democracy Weekend”.