Ikaria Longevity Experience

22-31 August 2024

You’re invited to the Greek island Blue Zone of Ikaria. Immerse yourself in one of the world’s longest-lived populations for 10 days of blissful old-world charm and extraordinary longevity. Embrace a sense of timelessness and return home with a transformed idea of how to live your best life.

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Ikarians Live Better. They Experience:


Less Dementia


Less Cancer


Less Heart Disease

No wonder the New York Times calls Ikaria The Island Where People Forget To Die.

Longevity Through Lifestyle

The Ikaria experience is all about getting into the lifestyle of Ikarians. Leave your preconceived notions of food, community and time at home and live as the Ikarians do. Ikarians find joy in every life stage, and by immersing yourself in their culture, you will too.

This bucket list trip of a lifetime suits anyone looking to uproot their relationship with their own life. A completely alternative lifestyle focussed on simplicity, nature and an easygoing sense of timelessness. You’ll spend time connecting with the Ikarian locals, learning why they live longer, more fulfilling lives.

What to Expect

Lunch at Afianes Winery

(where Homer wrote his early works)

Attending a Panygiri

(local festival)

Traditional Essential Oil Workshop

(including harvesting your own wild herbs & distilling the oil)

Mountain & Coastal Walks

Multiple village visits to engage with the locals

Visit Therma Hot Springs

Beach visits

Cooking classes

Farming with the locals

Facilitated workshops led by Damian, Marcus & Thea

2 rest days with optional activities or to do as you please

Surprises and more!

Meet your hosts


Marcus Pearce is magnificently obsessed with helping people create their exceptional life. A former journalist, radio and television producer, Marcus has interviewed hundreds of the world’s most graceful agers, high achievers and interesting people, many of them on his podcast 100 Not Out.


Nutritionist, Naturopath and Chiropractor, Dr Damian Kristof is a highly sought after presenter and speaker in the Wellness industry. With over 20 years of experience, Damian’s in-depth knowledge of the body, nervous system, food functions and responses coupled with his friendly and dynamic presenting style, has him in high demand.

The 5 Blue Zones

Ikaria is one of 5 communities with the highest proportion of centenarians on the planet. These Blue Zones were identified by National Geographic with the hopes of discovering lifestyle characteristics that the rest of the world could follow.

2024 Ikaria Longevity Experience

22-31 August 2024

Price & Payment Arrangements

Twin Share $8,432 pp

Single-person Supplement + $800 AUD

This price includes all food, drinks, integration workshops and activities.

To secure your place on the trip, we will take a non-refundable $500 deposit. A further $1500 will be processed two weeks after your enrolment is accepted and the balance is due on 28th April 2024. Flexible payment arrangements are available if the above doesn’t suit you.

Register your interest and we will get in touch to let you know if we think the experience is right for you.


If you buy no souvenirs, it’s possible that you won’t spend a cent during the Experience.

9 nights accommodation in the village of Nas

Locally grown and prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner for the entire retreat

Locally grown and harvested wine

All activities

All workshops

Arrival welcome pack

Additional Travel Costs & Information

You will need to purchase your own return flights to Athens and from Athens to Ikaria. We can provide support on booking your internal flights.
You will need to organise your own Travel Insurance.
For more exclusions, check out the FAQs at the bottom of this page.

This trip has exceeded my expectations. I am inspired by the incredible connection to family in Ikaria. I have learnt so much whilst here.


The wonders of this island are spellbinding. The community engagement and the joy of socialising have left lasting impressions on us.

Brett & Cheryl


Expressions of interest are processed on a first-in first-served basis, so even if you aren’t 100% sure on whether you can make it, we recommend that you put yourself as close to the front of the queue as possible. It is free to express your interest and you can withdraw your EOI at any time. Deposits are not processed until we have spoken with you directly and taken you through all the details of the Experience.

Absolutely! Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, gluten free or have any allergies, you will be well and truly looked after. The Experience has had attendees with varied dietary requirements, and the feedback on the food has always been sensational!

There is no couples discount for the Mediterranean Longevity Experience.

Our suggestion is to fly to Athens and get the 55-minute flight to Ikaria (departs Athens at 1pm and arrives in Ikaria at 1:55pm). If you want to take the scenic route you can get a ferry from Athens or if you want to be super tricky you can get a ferry from Turkey, but flying from Athens will be the quickest. We do NOT recommend the ferry option, as it is considered far less reliable.

Thea Parikos is the founder and owner of the Trip Advisor #1 rated Thea’s Inn. Born to an Ikarian mother and an American father, Thea moved to Ikaria from Detroit over 23 years ago for a simpler life and lives with her Ikarian husband Ilias and two children, Gianni and Leftheres. Thea has been featured globally on the wisdom of the Ikarian lifestyle, including ABC, CNN, NBC, and in Australian on 60 Minutes (Ch 9) and Sunday Night (Ch 7). She is a wealth of knowledge and acts as a great bridge between learning what makes the Ikarian lifestyle so special, and how we can apply much of it to our own modern lifestyle.

Thea has been interviewed multiple times on 100 Not Out. Simply search for “Thea Parikos” or “Ikaria” at www.thewellnesscouch.com to tune in.

The Experience begins on Monday June 12 and we will say farewell on Wednesday June 21, 2023. You may decide to extend your trip to either more Greek Islands or other European destinations to enjoy more of the European Summer.

We appreciate that our attendees are in different phases of life and have different financial setups. If you wish to tweak the payment arrangements outlined on this site, please email marcus@marcuspearce.com.au outlining your preferences.

Your registration to the 100 Not Out Mediterranean Longevity Experience is fully transferrable right up to the day of the event and to any future Experience. However there will be no refunds provided for the Experience. We highly recommend obtaining travel insurance and Trip Cancellation Insurance that provides for extenuating circumstances happening before an event such as accidents or illness. TCI covers your flights and accommodation costs too. We recommend Travel Insurance Direct for all your insurance needs.

Yes! You will not go hungry at all! All meals (that is, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks) will be provided during the 100 Not Out Mediterranean Longevity Experience. All meals will be served at the acclaimed Thea’s Restaurant or at a local restaurant on the island. Each day you will dine on life-extending and life-enriching traditional Ikarian food and wine, lovingly cooked by Thea, Athena, Poppy and the team at the #1 Trip Advisor Thea’s Restaurant.

A big YES! If you love your wine you will be happy to know that the traditionally cultivated and prepared Ikarian red wine IS included. The Ikarians drink more red wine than any of their Blue Zone counterparts, which some people will love.

And if wine’s not for you, freshly squeezed juices, beer and champagne (and a few other locally produced aperitifs) are also included in the Experience.

In the words of an attendee, “I haven’t spent a cent since I’ve been here.”

No problem! Just email marcus@marcuspearce.com.au and Marcus will return your email as quickly as you can say Ikaria!

No problem! Just email marcus@marcuspearce.com.au and Marcus will return your email as quickly as you can say Ikaria!

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