Upcoming Retreats & Events

Live one of the most exciting weeks of your year,
reaching your very best fitness level,
with fun company and a good balance of humor and encouragement,
in a sumptuous environment,
at this breath taking Mediterranean setting…
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Jul 7
6/30/2024
Living a Life of Gratitude: A Yoga Retreat

Dean Smith

Marialexis Arvanitopoulos

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Jul 14
Jul 19
7/14/2024
John's total Fitness Bootcamp

John Smihula

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Jul 14
Jul 20
7/14/2024
BASI Pilates MAT Teacher Training in Retreat Summer

BASI Pilates Certified Faculty Teachers

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Jul 21
Jul 27
7/21/2024
Nourishing Shakti

Gaby Colletta

Anjali Deva

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Aug 25
Aug 31
8/25/2024
100 hour Teacher in Training: Abhaya Yoga TT

Vivi Letsou & Nancy Hitzanidou

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Sep 23
Sep 29
9/23/2024
The Deep Blue Retreat

Helge Løvskar

Vivi Letsou

Verena Ledig

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Oct 3
Oct 9
10/3/2024
The Remembering Retreat

Carla, Sofia & Bianca

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Oct 20
Oct 26
10/20/2024
Retreat in nature at Zen Rocks

Natalie Chaponnel

Natalie Steward

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Nov 13
Nov 21
11/13/2024
BASI Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training Program

BASI Pilates Certified Faculty Teachers

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Jul 27
Aug 1
7/27/2024

Jivamukti Yoga Spirit Wake-Up Retreat

Petros Haffenrichter

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Jun 25
Jun 30
6/25/2024

Peace Activation Retreat

Eva Dalak, Cordula Reimann & Jonathan Leighton

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Jun 4
Jun 6
6/4/2024

The Thriving Life Blueprint

Scott Schwenk

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Jun 11
Jun 15
6/11/2024

Thriving Heart: Embodying our Natural State of Freedom & Bliss

Vivi Letsou, Nancy Hitzanidou & Antaratma

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Jun 24
6/20/2024

Embodying Shakti: Full Moon - Summer Solstice Celebration

Shiva Rea, Sivani Mata Francis

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Jun 16
Jun 20
6/16/2024

Mediterranean Retreat with Krishna Das

Krishna Das & Team

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20 Hour Weekend Immersion: Abhaya Yoga Empowerment

Vivi Letsou & Nancy Hitzanidou

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100 Hour Immersion: Abhaya Yoga TT
Immerse Yourself in Yoga: Discover the Seed of your Power

Vivi Letsou & Nancy Hitzanidou

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100 Hour Teacher in Training: Abhaya Yoga TT
Build a Solid Trunk for Practice & Teaching Yoga

Vivi Letsou & Nancy Hitzanidou

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BASI Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training Program

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Past Retreats & Events

Past Retreats & Events

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BASI Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training Program

Sondra Karman,
Alexandra Rossopoulou

Teacher:

Vivi Letsou

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26
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BASI Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training Program

Sondra Karman,
Alexandra Rossopoulou

Teacher:

Vivi Letsou

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26
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BASI Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training Program

Sondra Karman,
Alexandra Rossopoulou

Teacher:

Vivi Letsou

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26
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BASI Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training Program

Sondra Karman,
Alexandra Rossopoulou

Teacher:

Vivi Letsou

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Fitness Bootcamp
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The Art of Communication

Jo Confino, Paz Perlman

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27 Apr
BASI Pilates MAT Teacher Training in Retreat

BASI Pilates Certified Faculty Teachers

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14 Apr
20 Apr
100 Hour Immersion: Abhaya Yoga TT

Vivi Letsou & Nancy Hitzanidou

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23 Mar
25 Mar
Weekend Immersion: Abhaya Yoga Empowerment

Vivi Letsou & Nancy Hitzanidou

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15 Oct
Yoga & Ayurveda Retreat

Alexandra Kreis

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26 Sep
Radical Wellness Retreat

Sue Elkind

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21 Sep
Feminine Yoga and Writing Workshop

Mira Artzi Padan

Sagit Emmet Shiray

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7 Sep
The 4 Pillars of Balanced Life

Sister Sung Nghiem

Sister Phuong Nghiem

Sister Trai Nghiem

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25 Aug
Remembering the Beloved

Vivi Letsou

Heavenly Music by: 

Gaiea Sanskrit

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The Remembering Retreat

Sofia Tsakiridou, Carla Kuhlmann, Bianca Kempe

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28 May
A Jivamukti Yoga Retreat with Music from Heavenly Spheres

Presenters: Yogeswari, Gaiea Sanskrit

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30 May
4 June
Re-Envision Retreat: Connecting with Self, Caring for the World

Presenters: Esther Chang, Vivi Letsou | With: Jo Confino, Paz Perlman & Andrés Conteris

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4 June
6 June
Gathering for Earth Celebration: White Buffalo Woman Ceremony

Presenter: Brooke Medicine Eagle

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11 June
14 June
The Embodiment Retreat — The art and science of metabolizing all events of life through our body's wisdom

Presenter: Cat McCarthy

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14 June
18 June
Beyond Trauma: Approaching Ourselves with Compassion

Presenter: Dr. Gabor Maté

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18 June
Traditional Greek Circle Dances for Healing & Celebration
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7 June
11 June
Krishna Das Live "Love Everyone Retreat" at Thrive@Zen Rocks

Presenter: Krishna Das & Team

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Αγίου Πνεύματος: Re-Envision Retreat

Esther Chang, Βιβή Λέτσου, Jo Confino,
Paz Perlman, Andres Conteris, Brooke Medicine Eagle

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Joy of Living Retreat

Esther Chang, Advanced Certified Jivamukti Teacher
Maria Pamoukian Advanced Certified Jivamukti Teacher

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Easter Celebration with Yoga-Pilates-Fitness in Nature

Vivi Letsou, John Smihula

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Miracle of Mindfulness Retreat

Sister Tu Nghiem (Sr Eleni)
Sister Trai Nghiem

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Mindfulness Sesshin — A Zen weekend of Silent Meditation & Healing Yoga
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Retreat Experiences

Retreats normally last three or six nights, though shorter and longer stays are also available (by arrangement) for those wishing to drop in on the daily yoga,Pilates and zen meditation schedule. The teacher is either the owner of Zen Rocks, Vivi Letsou, or one of her trusted team of international teachers. A typicalday features morning Zen meditation followed by an Ayurvedic healing drink, a two hour yoga and/or Pilates class, brunch, rest or yoga therapy training, thenan evening restorative yoga or Pilates class followed by dinner and sunset meditation with a late evening Yoga Nidra/music/relaxation/Zen meditation session.

YOGA AND YOGA THERAPY

Vivi Letsou handpicks yoga teachers who are calm, centered and deeply knowledgeable. Expect to practise Abhaya Yoga (created by Vivi to help us align withthe wisdom of the heart and live fearlessly), Dynamic Vinyasa Flow as well as Therapeutic Alignment, Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra. Classes are around twohours each and usually take place around 9-11 am (post meditation and an immune-boosting lemon, ginger, honey and turmeric drink) and after dinner.

Vivi is also an Anusara certified yoga therapist. The depth of her anatomical understanding is a huge draw to yoga teachers the world over, and is also of immediateuse to anyone wanting to improve their alignment. Sessions focus on a body part; say the feet - "the roots of the body" - or the many complexities of theshoulder joint.

MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION

Zen Rocks offers several kinds of meditation including the simple Viloma Pranayama which expands the breath and lung capacity through gentle holds, andNadi Shodhana or Alternate Nostril Breathing. Expect an introduction to Zen Buddhism meditation too - both seated and walking. Meditation is usuallyconducted first thing in the morning and classes last around 45 minutes, depending on the teacher.

Zen Mindfulness Meditation is part and parcel of the daily programme and guests are encouraged to exercise mindfulness across all activities during their stay -whether that's conserving water in the shower or taking only what is needed during mealtimes. There are also specific mindfulness retreats throughout the year.Look out for Vivi Letsou's Refresh and Renew Retreat (where the day starts and ends with a mindfulness meditation), the Zen Retreat with two San Francisco-based Zen priests, and the Yoga and Mindful Eating/Plant Based Diet Retreat.

TREATMENTS

Treatments include Reflexology, Deep Tissue Massage, and Shiatsu. Don't miss the Thai Yoga Massage with Betty Papadopoulou - akin to being rolled on theocean waves, it will leave you feeling positively beatific.

An Ayurvedic doctor is available for consultation and massage on request. Treatments take place inyour bedroom or in the yoga shala and usually last one hour plus.

NATURE AND BEACHES

Abundant bushes of rosemary, thyme and oregano scent a gentle stroll around the grounds. Feast your eyes on the gnarled bark of olive trees and the clay potred earth, sit at the feet of a stone Buddha, or cozy down on a sun lounger to better gaze at the white washed walls and terracotta roofs of distant villages.Borrow a bike or head out on foot towards the mountains or walk the 6 kilometres to the tiny secluded beach on the other side of the bay. The nearest bigbeaches are Kitries (10 minutes drive) and Kardamyli (30 minutes). Both are stone and pebble.

A further 10-minute drive brings you to the long sandy beachesof Stoupa (the town that inspired the setting of Nikolas Kazantzakis's Zorba the Greek), and it's another 10 minutes to the beach at St. Nicholas. The Zen Rocksminivan offers daily rides to the beach. For the more active, bicycling, mountain trekking, beach walks and water sports (including canoeing) are also available.

PILATES

Zen Rocks offers dedicated Pilates retreats and Pilates teacher training weeks. Private and public Pilates classes are also available on request.

Have a question?

How do I choose the Retreat for me?

All our retreats aim to create a nurturing and welcoming environment for all levels of practice and all student needs. All programs offer the opportunity for a dose of daily good exercise through yoga or pilates, walks in nature and/or swimming in the sea, and both restorative and meditation practice. A weekly program offers a complete experience of well-being. Our teachers are highly experienced and skilled. If a program seems enticing to you, it is probably the one you need. Make a bold step and trust it: Go for it!

Can I come alone?

Absolutely! Our friendly staff and group of guests/friends will make you feel right at home. Surrounded by good company, with space to be on your own, according to your needs and wishes.

Can I bring my partner who is not a practitioner?

Yes. As long as one understands and respects the philosophy of Zen Rocks, your partner can join in the daily activities, or feel free to relax and follow their own schedule. Your friend or partner will feel warmly welcome at Zen Rocks.

When should I book?

Book early, as soon as you know the retreat you are interested in, and your schedule. Click here to send us your questions or to register. Link: REGISTER

Where do I fly to –How do I arrange my Transfer?

We would be happy to help arrange your transfer from Athens or Kalamata to Zen Rocks.The retreat is located about 30 minutes south of the city of Kalamata, in a quiet olive grove amidst sea and blue skies. The closest village to us is Kalianeika, about one kilometer from us. There is airport access both from Athens Airport (3 hours from ZR) and from Kalamata Airport (30-40min from ZR).

-Flights to Athens International Airport (ATH) and transportation to Zen Rocks
All major airlines fly to Athens international airport, called Eleftherios Venizelos. Zen Rocks is about a 2.5-3 hours’ drive from Athens. We can arrange a private transport for you and/ or your group or you can rent a car to drive yourself to Zen Rocks. The ride is beautiful, and you can enjoy a direct ride along the new Athens-Kalamata highway, or you can make stops in places like the sites of Ancient Mycenae, Ancient Nemea, the city of Nafplion, and the town of Kalamata.

-Flights to/from Kalamata (KLX)
More and more there are direct and/or charter flights to the small airport of Kalamata from different European cities. Also, new 30 minutes flights have just started from Athens to Kalamata regional airport are very reasonably priced if booked well in advance.
Alternatively, you can fly to Kalamata from the northern Greek town of Thessaloniki.

-Transportation options while in Greece
The way to reach Zen Rocks is either with our luxurious Mini Van for 8 people or by renting a car from Athens or Kalamata and drive around on your own. Our office can assist you with your car rental reservation. Or you can make your booking directly. During your stay at Zen Rocks our minivan is available for hire along with an experienced driver. The rates for transfers with our minivan are in the attached document titled: ZenRocksRates.
Allow us to book your transfer from Athens or Kalamata. Simply email us at: info@zenrocksmani.com

Driving Directions to Zen Rocks

The retreat is located about 30 minutes South of the city of Kalamata, in a quiet olive grove amidst the sea and blue skies. The closest village to us is Kallianeika.

1. Drive on the new freeway from Athens to Kalamata, and be prepared to stop frequently for tolls. Expect to pay around 15€ each way. It may take you 2-2.5 hours to reach Kalamata.

2. Stay on the freeway and exit Kalamata heading towards Areopolis and Kitries. After the freeway ends, you will pass Lidl, and a café called Cosi on the right, and then the road forks and you see a road sign. At this point you have the option of heading up towards the mountain towards Areopolis and Kardamyli, or taking a right towards the sea and Kitries. You can reach us either way. We are giving you directions through the coastal road here, as it may be easier to find our location this way.

3. Take a right towards Kitries and drive down the coast for about 10-15 minutes. Right as you approach Kitries, the road goes uphill. There is a big retaining wall right in front of you, causing you to almost stop. You see a road sign for Doloi.

4. Make a sharp left up the mountain towards Doloi.

5. Drive for 5 minutes until you reach the village of Kalianeika.

6. When you reach Kalianeika, stop in front of the church and set your odometer to 0.

7. Drive for one kilometer, and you will come to switch back turn where you will see a fence with big cacti and a huge rock. You are getting close.

8. Immediately afterwards, you see a second switch back turn and a couple small signs for Zen Rocks. At this point leave the asphalt road and enter a smaller cement farm road. Drive 200 meters on cement, and then another 400 meters of dirt road. At this point you will see the electrical posts and a cement road up on your left. This is our private drive way to Zen Rocks.

(Attention: our drive way is the SECOND paved road you see on your left. Do not take the first one, right where the cement ends… wait till you drive the extra 400 meters of dirt and pebble road and you come across the electrical wires and big posts… at this point you will also notice that the farm road you are on is covered with the cement of our paved drive way.)
9. Go left on our cement road. It is a sharp incline. Come up on first gear and full throttle. Small cars will do fine if you know how to drive fearlessly.

10. Welcome to Zen Rocks.
As Zen master Thich Nhat Hahn says: YOU HAVE ARRIVED!

Οδηγίες για το Zen Rocks Mani

Το Zen Rocks Mani βρίσκεται σε απόσταση περίπου 30 λεπτών Νότια από τη πόλη της Καλαμάτας, ανάμεσα σε ήσυχους ελαιώνες, τον ουρανό και τη θάλασσα! Το κοντινότερο χωριό είναι τα Καλλιανέικα.
1. Πάρτε τη νέα εθνική οδό απο την Αθήνα προς τη Καλαμάτα οπου θα χρειαστεί να σταματήσετε συχνά σε σταθμούς διοδίων. Υπολογείστε οτι το συνολικό κόστος των διοδίων θα ειναι 15€ η διαδρομή. Η απόσταση ειναι περιπου 2-2.5 ώρες απο την Αθήνα μέχρι να φτάσετε στη Καλαμάτα.
2. Μείνετε στην εθνική οδό και βγείτε στην έξοδο της Καλαμάτας με κατεύθυνσή προς Αρεόπολη και Κιτριές. Όταν τελειώσει η εθνική οδός, θα συναντήσετε ένα σούπερ μάρκετ Lidl και μια καφετέρια στα δεξιά σας που ονομάζεται Cosi. Σε εκείνο το σημείο ο δρόμος χωρίζεται και θα δείτε μια πινακίδα. Σε αυτό ακριβώς το σημείο, έχετε την επιλογή είτε να συνεχίσετε προς το βουνό με κατεύθυνση προς Αρεόπολη και Καρδαμύλη είτε να πάρετε το δρόμοι που είναι στα δεξιά σας που πάει μέσω του παραλιακού δρόμου στις Κιτριές. Όποιο δρόμο και να πάρετε μπορείτε να έρθετε στο Zen Rocks Mani. Εμείς παρακάτω σας δίνουμε οδηγίες από το παραλιακό δρόμο μιας και θεωρούμε ότι είναι ο πιο εύκολος δρόμος για να έρθετε.
3. Κάνετε δεξιά προς Κιτριές και οδηγείτε στο παραλιακό δρόμο για περίπου 10-15 λεπτά. Στο σημείο που έχετε φτάσει σχεδό στις Κιτριές, ο δρόμος έχει μια ανηφόρα. Στο σημείο αυτό υπάρχει ένας μεγάλος τοίχος μπροστά σας που σας αναγκάζει σχεδόν να σταματήσετε. Εκεί βλέπετε μια πινακίδα προς Δολούς.
4. Εκεί αριστερά προς το βουνό με κατεύθυνση προς Δολούς.
5. Οδηγείστε προς τα επάνω αυτόν τον δρόμο με τις στροφές, για 5 λεπτά μέχρι να βρείτε το χωριό Καλιανέϊκα.
6. Όταν φτάσετε στα Καλιανέϊκα, σταματήστε μπροστά από την εκκλησία και ρυθμίστε το μετρητή χιλιομέτρων σας στο 0.
7. Οδηγείστε για 1 χιλιόμετρο και θα δείτε μια στροφή φουρκέτα, η οποία σας φέρνει προς τα δεξια. Εκεί θα δείτε ένα φράχτη με μεγάλους κάκτους και ένα τεράστιο βράχο. Πλησιάζετε!
8. Αμέσως μετά βλέπετε μια ακόμα στροφή φουρκέτα που στρίβει τον δρόμο προς τα αριστερά. Θα δείτε δύο μικρές πινακίδες για το Zen Rocks. Σε αυτό το σημείο αφήνετε το ασφαλτοστρωμένο δρόμο και μπαίνετε προς τα δεξιά σε έναν μικρό αγροτικό δρόμο από τσιμέντο.Οδηγείστε για 200 μέτρα στο τσιμεντένιο επαρχιακό δρόμο και άλλα 400 μέτρα σε χωματόδρομο. Ακολουθήστε τις πινακίδες για να μην μπείτε στον ελαιώνα που είναι πριν από εμάς. Περιμένετε να δείτε το σημείο με την πινακίδα του Zen Rocks να δείχνει τον ανηφορικό ιδιωτικό τσιμεντένιο δρόμο στα αριστερά σας. Είναι που θα σας φέρει στο κατάλυμα.
Σε αυτό το σημείο και μόνο θα δείτε και τους στύλους της ΔΕΗ να ανεβαίνουν προς τα πάνω.
9. Κάντε αριστερά σε αυτόν τον τσιμεντένιο δρόμο. Έχει έντονη ανηφορική κλίση, οπότε βάλτε πρώτη ταχύτητα για να ανεβείτε. Ακόμα και μικρά αυτοκίνητα ανεβαίνουν άνετα. Είναι λίγο σα να ανεβαίνετε ίσια πάνω στον ουρανό, στα σύννεφα… Απογειώνεστε λοιπόν.
10. 5 Δευτερόπτα μετά: Καλώς ορίσατε στο Zen Rocks Mani. Χαλαρώστε και απολαύστε τη διαμονή σας!

Όπως λέει και ο δάσκαλος του Ζεν Thich Nhat Hahn: You have arrived! Pause. Enjoy!

Booking a Massage or other Therapy

Let us know about your needs and preferences and we can pre-arrange the perfect nurturing massage or related therapy session for you.

Sustainability

Zen Rocks employs only local people and makes every effort to source only local food produce. Materials are also local wherever possible, the walls are madewith local stone and a local family of furniture makers are responsible for the beautiful hand carved stools, benches and bed heads. All organic waste iscomposted, it's plastic free where possible, and guests are invited to conserve water. Bathroom products are natural, the bed linen is organic cotton and themattresses are made with coconut fibre.

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