Cradle of Western Civilization

Greece is a fascinating blend of European and Middle Eastern cultures. Diverse influences of the Romans, Arabs, Venetians, Turks, and the Byzantine Empire have shaped the culture of this ancient land over centuries. Greece is one of the most beautiful countries in the Mediterranean. It has hundreds of islands and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Our intensive Greece program offers students a fantastic opportunity to explore, research, and study ancient ruins, Byzantine churches, art, architecture and countless centuries-old archeological sites.

We begin in Athens, one of the world’s most venerable cities. Study art history in museums that house an unrivaled collection of artwork and artifacts spanning more than 4,000 years of history. Learn about the ancient culture and mythology of Greece at the Acropolis and the Temples of Apollo, Zeus and Delphi.

The highlight of this program is when we set sail to three historically important islands in the Cyclades – Naxos, Mykonos and Delos. Enjoy the local culture as you explore the medieval towns and whitewashed villages that cling to mountain sides overlooking the Aegean Sea. Your classrooms are the pristine beaches, mountains, and seaside villages of this ancient Mediterranean paradise. Study and experience both urban and rural environments, immersed in Greek art and culture in Athens and on the islands of Naxos, Mykonos and Delos.

Our visit to this fabled land includes Athens, one of the world’s most venerable cities. Explore museums that house an unrivaled collection of artwork and artifacts spanning more than 4,000 years and visit the Acropolis with its majestic ruins of the Parthenon, considered to be one of the most architecturally perfect structures produced by Western culture.

The highlight of your journey takes place when we set sail to the lush island of Samos, situated just off the coast of Turkey. On Samos you feel the local culture more keenly as you visit the medieval towns and whitewashed villages that cling to the mountain sides overlooking the azure waters of the Aegean. Explore Samos’ breathtaking beaches, visit small fishing villages, and meet the warm, friendly island people.

We invite you to join us on this wonderful, culturally rich learning opportunity in Greece — the home of Zeus and Zorba!

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Instructors, Scholars & Guides

Shelley Warren

Shelley Warren

Shelley is an artist who has exhibited her large scale sculptures and installations in museums and galleries throughout the U.S. Prior to receiving her MFA Degree from Yale University School of Art, she lived and traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and North Africa studying art.

She has received numerous awards and fellowships from Yale University, New Jersey State Council of the Arts, Art Matters, Rutgers University Center for Innovative Printmaking, and Yaddo. Her work is in the Lannan Foundation Collection and has been reviewed by the New York Times.

Currently, she teaches drawing and sculpture at the University of Vermont and Castleton State College. As an owner of Wisdom Study Abroad, she has coordinated and led study abroad programs to Nepal and Greece since 1999.

Catherine Hall

Catherine Hall

Catherine is an art historian and artist who works in many media including painting, sculpture and installation. Born in England, she has exhibited there and extensively throughout the eastern United States. She came to the U.S. on a fellowship for graduate study, earning an MA degree from the State University of New York and an MFA degree from Norwich University. She has taught at Trinity College, St. Michael’s College, the University of Vermont, and Vermont College, where she was a faculty member and Interim Director of the MFA in Visual Art program. She has received fellowships from the Vermont Arts Council, National Endowment for the Humanities, Vermont Studio Center and the Ucross Foundation. Her numerous commissions include an award-winning percent for art project for the State of Massachusetts. She has taught art and culture courses in Mexico and Spain, and spends part of every summer at her family’s cottage in Wales.

Picturing Greece