Democracy and Happiness Weekend

1 - 2 October 2022

Democracy and Happiness Weekend
1 – 2 OCTOBER 2022

Costa Navarino welcomes acclaimed speakers to lead discussions and debates during ‘The Democracy and Happiness Weekend’,  taking place from 1st to 2nd October, 2022 in partnership with the Athens Democracy Forum, at the brand new W Costa Navarino.

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.

The annual weekend will explore the role of happiness in public life, through discussions and talks moderated by Roger Cohen, Paris Bureau Chief at The New York Times, featuring international acclaimed speakers, such as Yascha Mounk, Dr. Karolina Wigura and Jon Alexander who will cover a variety of topics exploring whether a happier society equates to a more resilient democracy.


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.

Discussions and interactive sessions

"Could the pursuit of happiness actually be beneficial for democracy? How can both the Eastern and Western approaches to spirituality make for a more engaged citizenry?"
Keynote discussion moderated by Roger Cohen, Paris Bureau Chief, The New York Times
Speakers: Yascha Mounk (writer and academic) & Dr. Karolina Wigura (Lecturer at Warsaw University and Member of the Board – Kultura
Liberalna Foundation)

“Redefining Happiness to Create Stronger Democracies”
Interactive session led by Jon Alexander (Co-founder, New Citizenship Project)

Cultural Experiences

Costa Navarino has curated cultural experiences for guests to enjoy, including an interactive talk by Kalypso Nicolaidis, Chair of Global Affairs, School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute and philosophy walks with academics discussing modern-day ethics through the lens of ancient Greek philosophers, amidst the idyllic Messinian setting.


Please visit W Costa Navarino (special code: LPR) or call +30 272-3097600 quoting “Democracy Weekend”.