“Pretend you’re back in your mother’s womb,” Mary whispers to the class, “safe, warm, protected.”. A heap of unfamiliar bodies, mine included, are currently curled up in a foetal position on the floor of the Euphoria Retreat in Mystras, Greece. Heeding Mary’s next instructions, the class begins to unfurl and grow into trees, gesticulating our branch-like arms about the place, rooting ourselves in the ground of the wood-panelled floor.

This, as it happens, is the overture of the “Five Element Dance” — a Tai Ji sequence of movements designed to harmonise your body with the five elements — wood, fire, earth, metal and water. The dance is a crucial component of day two of the Euphoria Retreat’s “Feel Alive Again” programme which promises to process and purge the effects of the pandemic. It is hosted by the retreat’s founder, Marina Efraimoglou and her accomplice Mary Vandaorou — the two golden-haired oracles vow to take you on a three-day journey designed to “restore and reignite.”