Personal & Professional Development Retreat
Unleashing positive energy and enabling collective commitment
The Appreciative Inquiry (AI) Toolbox

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Course description

Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a strengths-based, inclusive and actionable approach towards large system change and development. AI works on the premise that every organic system has some inherent generative forces, which when amplified, unleash positive energy and enable collective commitment. AI facilitates organization-wide changes through appreciative tapping of strengths, ideas, aspirations and co-evolved imagination, leading to co-owned and participative accomplishment.

This is a course which includes Appreciative Leadership, Coaching and Supervision, Appreciative Performance Management and Engagement. It is appropriate blend of experience, concept and skill-building practice at individual, small group and plenary level.


Dr. Markos Perrakis is a leadership development & process facilitator, psychologist, speaker, consultant and trainer of individuals and teams, founder and Managing Director of the EU Adult training & Counseling Provider Fractality. He designs and implements EU projects in the fields of leadership development and strategic planning, and uses eclectic appreciative approaches in the public and private sector in order to promote effective communication, individual and collective process development. He specializes in coaching, supervision, human capital development, training and assessments. He holds a Ph.D. in Leadership Styles and their efficiency in organisations with publications in the fields of organizational psychology and counseling and a M.A. in clinical Psychology. He is trained in Systemic Consultation, solution focused & cognitive behavioural approaches, methods of participatory design, Spiritual Intelligence, a certified provider of Vocational Guidance and Professional Orientation, utilizing psychometric assessments and coaching tools for teams and individuals in organizational, career and personality issues and ISO 9001 Lead Auditor.  He is representative of the Association of International Institution Supervision in Europe (ANSE), Member of International Intervision Groups, Scientific Assistant of SOL (Society of Organisational Learning), Scientific partner of the European Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (EUMU) in Greece, in the fields of Strategic Planning and Human Capital Development programmes.

Dr. Perrakis is one of the first persons in Greece who applied the methodology of Appreciative Inquiry, which is used in the UN Summit by UN leaders. In contrast to the traditional management approaches that focus on problems, the appreciative approach makes use of the potential of the human capital of organizations

Participation fee

Option A.

The fee for this course is 870 Euros.

It includes tuition fee and educational material, certificates of participation, welcome cocktail, half day excursion (optional) to idyllic Neptune Temple at Sounion Cape ( in Attica seaside (or similar).

Accommodation and meals are not included in the above fee, if the retreat will take place in Athens, but can be arranged by FRACTALITY at special price/low cost for half or full board, in three or four star hotels in the city center. We can always manage low prices for groups. Ask us about it!

Option B.

Total full package price for participants with double room accommodation: 1,250€

All prices include:
– A 4-star hotel accommodation, 6 nights
– Breakfast
– Welcome cocktail
– Lunch
– Workshop tuition fee
– Educational materials
– Certificate of participation at the end

Additional option:

  • A half-day excursion with the group led by locals – €50

AI is a proven methodology for leading systemic generative change in organizations and communities. Its diverse applications include: Strategic Planning, Vision – Values – Culture Articulation and Cascade, Leadership and Team Excellence, Coaching, Employee Engagement, Alliance Integration, Diversity and Inclusion, Community Change and Development.

Designed for participants/groups

It is designed to help Professionals but also general population of any age build their expertise for facilitating an Appreciative mindset and for those who want to:

  • expand their skills
  • practice mindfulness
  • Envision and make a life or professional plan
  • develop their positive perspective
  • become familiar with A.I. methodology
  • learn new practical methods.
  • Have creative fun and become more resilient

Day 1

  • Learning about the genesis and philosophy of ‘Appreciative Inquiry’ from Aristotle.
  • AI principles (Understanding and Practising)
  • The craft of AI Process and Affirmative Topics: Learning and Practising

Day 2

  • Mapping ‘Positive Core and Full Potential’, Provocative Propositions, Appreciative Interviews
  • Reframing ‘Problem’ into ‘Possibility’
  • Cultivating a generative approach

Day 3

  • Practising ‘Appreciative Conversations’
  • Applications of ‘Appreciative Inquiry’ in organizational context
  • Increasing cultural awareness

Day 4

  • Coping with prejudices: strategies and attitudes
  • Multicultural awareness
  • Knowledge about cultural adaption

Day 5

  • Practical Implementation
  • Outdoor activity

Duration: 5 days

Dates:     Upon request

Location: Athens, Greece

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Our programme takes place in the Island of Crete, one of the most exotic destinations of the Aegean Sea in Greece. The workshop and the accommodation is at the unique 4-star village resort of Porto Platanias in Chania that provides you with safe and luxurious accommodations. It is the perfect place to combine personal growth with holidays.

This Mediterranean destination embraces both sea and charming nature. Porto Platanias Village is located within walking distance from the beach and the village of Platanias. Local taverns, Greek eateries, and arts shops draw people from all around the world and contribute to the vibrant feeling of the Cretan summer, still offering 30°C (86°F) daytime temperatures and 25°C (77°F) warm sea toenjoy in September. For more information on the venue, visit:

Closest international airports: Chania (24 km); Heraklion (165 km)