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Natural Building

Natural Building was introduced to us through Permaculture and is today one of our main sectors of activities. The abundance of natural local materials and our constant experimentation led today to the manifestation of beautiful, organic, useful, healthy, durable, nature friendly, essential buildings, constructions and installations.
We explored the passive heating of our buildings, the use of different natural materials and techniques, efficient heating stoves, natural air-conditioning, green roofs, natural insulation, earth and lime plastering techniques, natural paints and much more. As you walk around the paths in the garden you can find a fully operational outside kitchen area with rocket stoves and a wood oven, a reciprocal roof, all tadelakt plastered, the earth-bag built dog house, plastered with earth and covered with a green roof, a solar oven, a hand made dehydrator, natural bee hives, a hot tub, our precious Temazcal (steam house) and our spiritual hall “The Maloca” a 100 sq/meters octagon building, all built with local, natural, reused, recycled and healthy materials.
But this was just the beginning … today as the Community of Good Neighbors is slowly growing the challenge of transforming and renovating existing old buildings for new residents is already a part of our Natural Healthy Building life with 5 new homes under way…

Permaculture

Events

Re-Green & Yoga 24-30 Aug

Re-Green & Yoga – Life in a Permaculture Farm for a Week

This Summer Retreat is offered 20 – 26 July & 24 – 30 August.

For these 6 days our wish is to invite guests into the space of
Re-Green and feel at home, experiencing life here, Yoga and Permaculture together. Suitable for individuals, couples and families searching to integrate within the abundance of nature and all it has to offer.
Since the 1970’s people worldwide have adapted and experimented with permaculture and integrated it into their lifestyles and thinking. A system of designing life following natures example extending in all levels of how to perceive life, of how to assist re-generating the earth and live with it rather than on it – to manage a deeper understanding of oneself.
Allowing yourself to be immersed into a life of Permaculture & Natural living for a week can offer the experience to gain knowledge of how to implement new principles and practices into day to day life. A new experience in the mountains of Greece with fresh water to swim and opportunity to open to new experiences.

Caring for the earth begins with caring and nurturing oneself – thus we start the day with the option of practicing Yoga, a usual morning start at Re-Green. Through asana (physical exercise), pranayama, (breathing exercises) and meditation, we will create intentions for the day, become more mindful and aware of our own bodies and habits. Taking time to ‘retreat within’, observe our habits and express in a safe environment.
Classes will be taught by Amber Buckley ~ mornings offer an energetic hatha flow based lesson. (see bio below) Practicing movement, creating awareness of where the body holds tension and ways to release and connect to our natural state of freedom. Asana (poses) will be practiced with conscious breathing , finding stillness and space in the present moment. Afternoon Yoga restoration will focus on the nervous system and working with internal organs. All lessons are suitable from beginners to advanced levels and all ages with variations given to suit individual needs. The hand natural built Maloca creates a quiet calm space to breath and practice, including some outside classes within a nature walk and by the natural swimming pond.

As we move through the day after breakfast workshops include guided forest walks, active gardening, herbal knowledge -how to make oils, tinctures, teas, establishing a garden using permaculture principles, harvesting fruits and vegetables, interactive building with Natural materials. Plus spending time with our extended family of furry loved ones – dogs, cats, ducks, chickens and Maya our resident donkey who all continually love to receive affection, play and be cared for. The summer days are long in Greece and gives time to explore the local waterfalls and their cool flowing rhythm or relax at our natural swimming pond.

3 organic vegetarian meals are included daily and prepared by our resident chef with local produce most from our own garden. Fresh salads, greek cuisine, organic grains and fruit smoothies and wood fired pizza! are on the menu. Herbal teas and seasonal fruits are available all day long.

About the Maloca / shala
Our Maloca/shala is a 100sq/metre octagon, built with local, natural materials. A reciprocal beam structure roof covers the walls and windows hosting different natural techniques and is able to be heated by a very efficient wood burning rocket mass heater. It is entirely built by volunteers, helpers and ourselves and has pillows, carpets for comfort. Located within Re-Green’s property it overlooks the green forest on the south and the blue greek sea on the north. We simply love it and so much practice / healing there

Accommodation
Re-Green is not a hotel. We are an EcoCulture center and an active Permaculture farm. Our mission is the re-generation of the Earth by caring for our land everyday and by organising relevant educational workshops, seminars and retreats. We like to think that we offer shelter to our guests, inside the wilderness of the mountain, with the coziness and warmth of natural mattresses and private bathroom while guests are here to open, learn and expand in nature. We offer spacious and split level rooms.

For those of you who may prefer camping,a quiet area with views of the mountains on our land is available, please bring your own camping equipment and contact us for more details.

Retreat Includes 
6 nights Shared Accomodation
3 Daily Organic Vegetarian meals daily
All Yoga lessons – every morning & allocated afternoons
Interactive Permaculture and Gardening Workshops
Day trip to Lake Tsivlou for swimming and lunch
Visit to our neighbours self sustaining farm ‘liveloula’
Waterfall visits
Participation in daily projects and discussions.

Investment:

All Inclusive €580* per person – guesthouse accomodation

Camping – BYO tent – 460€ per person
– bathrooms facilities provided

Families are also welcome to join within workshops and activities of permaculture and the facilities being suitable for children to interact in and enjoy . Please contact us for family or childrens prices depending on their age.

*10% discount is offered for Greek nationals

To reserve your space or additional question email
info@re-green.gr
A deposit of 100€ is requested to hold your space

Or telephone – Amber +30 6949122813 / Flery +30 6948407233

Who Are we?
Flery shall share her knowledge and studies, a wonderful combination of Ancient Greek, traditional Chinese and South American studies of holistic and natural herbal medicine. Her own personal experiences with these ailments and different uses and techniques to heal the body with natural medicine. She shares Permaculture practices and techniques to create a garden without any chemicals and the importance of every plant and its purpose. Creating awareness of the different seasons offering and how the body works so closely with natures examples. Christos grew up in Athens and got his Bachelor and Masters in computer engineering in the US. After working as an engineer for ten years in the telecommunication field and an International Formula 3 team, he felt the urge to change his city life, move to the countryside and reconnect with nature. Permaculture became his passion with a great interest in Natural Building. His engineering skills were transformed into designing and building houses and shelters using many different techniques, cob structures, natural plasters, rocket stoves, green roofs, wood ovens and anything that could be built with earth and materials that could be found in nature. Living in Re-Green for five years now and experimenting with many different practices, his experience has expanded into natural farming, renewable sources of energy, passive house architecture, water, earth works, composting and all that Pemaculture has to teach.

Amber – Resident Wellness & Yoga Teacher
Amber is originally from Australia and now lives and teaches at Re-Green Ecoculture Center – an active permaculture farm, located in the tiny village of Seliana. 2 hours form Athens. Welcoming many visitors from around the globe! She teaches daily Yoga Classes, weekend and weekly retreats. Absorbed in the surrounding nature, her classes integrate awarenss of exercise, diet & nutrition, relaxation, positive mental processing and following with our lifes path. Physical Asana of Hatha & Vinyasa lineages set the rythym to connect with our breath ~ pranayama, conscious breathing, meditation and renewing/ supporting the systems in the body. Whether it be in the maloca at re-green or by the local waterfall and forests immersed in the abundant nature, a diversity of practices safely observe and explore oneself. She is so grateful to integrate this life with her personal life of learning and applying permaculture principles and ethics, growing/ cooking organic produce, creating and harvesting herbal medicines and vegetables and maintaining a relationship with nature, her most influential teacher. Taking inspiration from her life learning travels of Asia, India and Europe. She visits Athens throughout the year to offer classes/ workshops and to stay in touch with the extended welbeing community, friends and students.

Re-Green & Yoga 20-26 July

Re-Green & Yoga – Life in a Permaculture Farm for a Week

This Summer Retreat is offered 20 – 26 July & 24 – 30 August.

For these 6 days our wish is to invite guests into the space of
Re-Green and feel at home, experiencing life here, Yoga and Permaculture together. Suitable for individuals, couples and families searching to integrate within the abundance of nature and all it has to offer.
Since the 1970’s people worldwide have adapted and experimented with permaculture and integrated it into their lifestyles and thinking. A system of designing life following natures example extending in all levels of how to perceive life, of how to assist re-generating the earth and live with it rather than on it – to manage a deeper understanding of oneself.
Allowing yourself to be immersed into a life of Permaculture & Natural living for a week can offer the experience to gain knowledge of how to implement new principles and practices into day to day life. A new experience in the mountains of Greece with fresh water to swim and opportunity to open to new experiences.

Caring for the earth begins with caring and nurturing oneself – thus we start the day with the option of practicing Yoga, a usual morning start at Re-Green. Through asana (physical exercise), pranayama, (breathing exercises) and meditation, we will create intentions for the day, become more mindful and aware of our own bodies and habits. Taking time to ‘retreat within’, observe our habits and express in a safe environment.
Classes will be taught by Amber Buckley ~ mornings offer an energetic hatha flow based lesson. (see bio below) Practicing movement, creating awareness of where the body holds tension and ways to release and connect to our natural state of freedom. Asana (poses) will be practiced with conscious breathing , finding stillness and space in the present moment. Afternoon Yoga restoration will focus on the nervous system and working with internal organs. All lessons are suitable from beginners to advanced levels and all ages with variations given to suit individual needs. The hand natural built Maloca creates a quiet calm space to breath and practice, including some outside classes within a nature walk and by the natural swimming pond.

As we move through the day after breakfast workshops include guided forest walks, active gardening, herbal knowledge -how to make oils, tinctures, teas, establishing a garden using permaculture principles, harvesting fruits and vegetables, interactive building with Natural materials. Plus spending time with our extended family of furry loved ones – dogs, cats, ducks, chickens and Maya our resident donkey who all continually love to receive affection, play and be cared for. The summer days are long in Greece and gives time to explore the local waterfalls and their cool flowing rhythm or relax at our natural swimming pond.

3 organic vegetarian meals are included daily and prepared by our resident chef with local produce most from our own garden. Fresh salads, greek cuisine, organic grains and fruit smoothies and wood fired pizza! are on the menu. Herbal teas and seasonal fruits are available all day long.

About the Maloca / shala
Our Maloca/shala is a 100sq/metre octagon, built with local, natural materials. A reciprocal beam structure roof covers the walls and windows hosting different natural techniques and is able to be heated by a very efficient wood burning rocket mass heater. It is entirely built by volunteers, helpers and ourselves and has pillows, carpets for comfort. Located within Re-Green’s property it overlooks the green forest on the south and the blue greek sea on the north. We simply love it and so much practice / healing there

Accommodation
Re-Green is not a hotel. We are an EcoCulture center and an active Permaculture farm. Our mission is the re-generation of the Earth by caring for our land everyday and by organising relevant educational workshops, seminars and retreats. We like to think that we offer shelter to our guests, inside the wilderness of the mountain, with the coziness and warmth of natural mattresses and private bathroom while guests are here to open, learn and expand in nature. We offer spacious and split level rooms.

For those of you who may prefer camping,a quiet area with views of the mountains on our land is available, please bring your own camping equipment and contact us for more details.

Retreat Includes  
6 nights Shared Accomodation
3 Daily Organic Vegetarian meals daily
All Yoga lessons – every morning & allocated afternoons
Interactive Permaculture and Gardening Workshops
Day trip to Lake Tsivlou for swimming and lunch
Visit to our neighbours self sustaining farm ‘liveloula’
Waterfall visits
Participation in daily projects and discussions.

Investment:

All Inclusive €580* per person – guesthouse accomodation

Camping – BYO tent – 460€ per person
– bathrooms facilities provided

Families are also welcome to join within workshops and activities of permaculture and the facilities being suitable for children to interact in and enjoy . Please contact us for family or childrens prices depending on their age.

*10% discount is offered for Greek nationals

To reserve your space or additional question email
info@re-green.gr
A deposit of 100€ is requested to hold your space

Or telephone – Amber +30 6949122813 / Flery +30 6948407233

Who Are we?
Flery shall share her knowledge and studies, a wonderful combination of Ancient Greek, traditional Chinese and South American studies of holistic and natural herbal medicine. Her own personal experiences with these ailments and different uses and techniques to heal the body with natural medicine. She shares Permaculture practices and techniques to create a garden without any chemicals and the importance of every plant and its purpose. Creating awareness of the different seasons offering and how the body works so closely with natures examples. Christos grew up in Athens and got his Bachelor and Masters in computer engineering in the US. After working as an engineer for ten years in the telecommunication field and an International Formula 3 team, he felt the urge to change his city life, move to the countryside and reconnect with nature. Permaculture became his passion with a great interest in Natural Building. His engineering skills were transformed into designing and building houses and shelters using many different techniques, cob structures, natural plasters, rocket stoves, green roofs, wood ovens and anything that could be built with earth and materials that could be found in nature. Living in Re-Green for five years now and experimenting with many different practices, his experience has expanded into natural farming, renewable sources of energy, passive house architecture, water, earth works, composting and all that Pemaculture has to teach.

Amber – Resident Wellness & Yoga Teacher
Amber is originally from Australia and now lives and teaches at Re-Green Ecoculture Center – an active permaculture farm, located in the tiny village of Seliana. 2 hours form Athens. Welcoming many visitors from around the globe! She teaches daily Yoga Classes, weekend and weekly retreats. Absorbed in the surrounding nature, her classes integrate awarenss of exercise, diet & nutrition, relaxation, positive mental processing and following with our lifes path. Physical Asana of Hatha & Vinyasa lineages set the rythym to connect with our breath ~ pranayama, conscious breathing, meditation and renewing/ supporting the systems in the body. Whether it be in the maloca at re-green or by the local waterfall and forests immersed in the abundant nature, a diversity of practices safely observe and explore oneself. She is so grateful to integrate this life with her personal life of learning and applying permaculture principles and ethics, growing/ cooking organic produce, creating and harvesting herbal medicines and vegetables and maintaining a relationship with nature, her most influential teacher. Taking inspiration from her life learning travels of Asia, India and Europe. She visits Athens throughout the year to offer classes/ workshops and to stay in touch with the extended welbeing community, friends and students.

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Permaculture Design Course 2018

Permaculture Design Course

Led by Dr. Rod Everett assisted by Mill Millichap
21st June – 3rd July, 2018

This course shows a way to live a mindful life, following an ecological design system that integrates all components of the ecosystem in a holistic approach to sustainable and regenerative living. Taught by our returning leading teachers Rod Everett and Mill Millichap (our 7th year!!). Guest teacher Marios Desyllas (bio / homeodynamic agriculture) will also be offering discussions and support throughout.

80 hours Tuition, held in English
The course will result in a full Permaculture Design Certificate.
The intensive course requires a full attendance, therefore even local attendees are expected to stay on site

Including but not only learning & applying permaculture principles and ethics, group design projects, practical projects, discussions on related Permaculture design and systems of nature, exploring surrounding village, forests, flora and fauna, wildlife and interacting within the gardens whilst staying at Re-Green Ecoculture Centre ~ an active Permaculture Farm. Benefiting anyone who wishes to design and find a new way of living that is in tune with the natural world and the real needs of humans and the earth.
Please also expect to have fun!!

Course fee / Tuition – €490, including food ( vegetarian)
Accommodation / Entire Stay
*Camping €75 ( your own equipment)
*EcoGuest House €220 (shared room, see our pictures!)

Please email info@re-green.gr for registrations or questions.
or contact Amber +30 6949122813 or Flery +30 6948407233
~ if we dont pick up we are probably gardening!… therefore our preference of communicating is via email.

About Re-Green
Re-Green is an ecoculture center based on a mountain countryside, aiming to actively experience the power of Green living. We are convinced that the world’s problems, the economic crisis, the diseases, the climate change, the pollution etc can be solved by Re-Greening our lives. Re-Green stands for everything… re-use and re-cycle things, reduce waste, refuse in the first place, repair, re-think our actions, re-write the rules, re-view, re-model, re-design, re-invent Life! Re-Green means to take responsibility and to simplify. Re-Green is Permaculture, Sustainable Living, Energy Saving, Self-Sufficiency, Nutrition with Real Food.
Re-Green extends to Meditation, Elevation, Compassion and Unconditional Love to all living beings in the Planet.

The Maloca / shala will set the base location of theory and discussion when not outside – It is a 100sq/metre octagon shala built with local, natural materials. A reciprocal beam structure roof covers the walls and windows hosting different natural techniques and is able to be heated by a very efficient wood burning rocket mass heater. It is entirely built by volunteers, helpers and ourselves and has pillows, carpets for comfort. Located within Re-Greens property it overlooks the green forest on the south and the blue greek sea on the north. We simply love it!

Food Glorious Food
Summertime offers menus of fresh salads and vegetables from our gardens, organic grains, seeds, nuts and local produce. Wood fired pizza is always a welcomed to celebrate. 3 vegetarian meals will be offered per day with coffee, herbal teas and organic fruit available throughout.

Accommodation
Our renovated 250 year old guesthouse offers shared accommodation in cool stone built rooms. Including private bathrooms and cocomat bedding – rooms are of a spacious setting, accommodating 3 – 4 people in each room.
Alternatively the option to camp includes views to the sea and is situated on various levels to offer privacy and quietness under the stars with fresh water and dry toilets, 2 showers with hot water and bathroom facilities are also available.

Other facilities include our hangout / communal kitchen area and lounge, natural swimming pond, nearby waterfall – 10 minute walk to cool off in the break and shaded hangout areas around the edible gardens.

Re-Green is located in the beautiful scenic village of Seliana, Greece. Easily accessible, it is 160 km from Athens in the Northern Peloponnese.How to get to us?.. Simply take a bus from Athens airport to Akrata ( approx. 2.5 hrs). We will arrange pickup times on the arrival day from Akrata, the closest beach town to us, according to arrivals of participants
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Our wonderful teachers –
Note from Dr. Rod Everett
I was brought up in a beautiful valley surrounded by wise trees, talkative birds, inquisitive mammals, fleeting butterflies and the musical River Roeburn. They have taught me much over the years along with dog companions, who have shown me hidden places and allowed me to interact with nature. I have been very privileged to still be living in the same valley as I played as a child.
Lea Harrison ran a teacher training course and advanced design course in our house in 1990. This started most of the UK Permaculture design teachings – out was a great course.
Later I participated in a creative teaching course with Skye. This really inspired me and has been the stimulant for my teaching technique. Whole body learning enables the permaculture principles to become an integral part of your life.
My great friend and co teacher Mill MilliChap brings his knowledge and skill of growing food for many years and living a thoughtful and simpler life. He always adds his wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm for life to our joint courses.

Wellbeing Retreat 2018

Wellbeing Retreat ~ Yoga, Herbal Wisdom, Nature, Healing

2 – 8 June 2018

Summer is a time of expansion and growth. A time to experience outward activity and lightness. To swim in the cool fresh waters, taste the colours of fruits and vegetables and connect to the nourishment of the sun in our hearts just as the gardens do.

We invite you to join us for a week of Wellbeing and Yoga at Re-green Permaculture Farm in the Peloponnese, Greece. To practice mindfulness of what we consume & develop a healthy relationship with food and herbs, drawing from ancient practiced philosophies of Wellbeing.
To establish living habits that honour our body, breath and spirit.
Awakening with energetic Hatha Yoga lessons of conscious movement with the breath – asana and pranayama. To explore the relationship and benefits of Yoga asana with the internal organs and digestive system, stretch and expand our bodies, resulting in finding space for reflection and joy in the present moment, along with daily mediation sessions. We shall discuss wellbeing & the diversity within a balanced lifestyle, Forage for food & herbs, walk, collect flowers & seeds and learn the healing qualities within the abundance of nature. Resting into restorative yoga therapy afternoons in the shala to deepen our awareness of our inner being and relax the nervous system or visit the flowing waters at the nearby waterfall.
We will consume delicious, nutrient-rich foods and local organic produce. Drink fresh smoothies and juices everyday and enjoy meals from our in-house chef. Fresh salads, fruits, whole grains and the most amazing juicy tomatoes straight from the garden.

ALL IN NATURE! 

Owner & Founder Flery Fotiadou shall share her knowledge and studies, a wonderful fusion of ancient Greek, traditional Chinese and South American studies of holistic and natural herbal medicine. Her own personal experiences with these ailments and different uses and techniques to heal the body with natural medicine. She shares Permaculture practices and techniques to create a garden without any chemicals, the importance of plants and our connection with the earths ecosystem and tools to support form wherever we live.

Resident Yoga Teacher Amber Buckley offers a range of yogic practices, connected and corresponding with the surrounding beauty of nature. Some lessons will be in the natural built Maloca/ shala where it is cool and welcoming to move and breath, mantras alongside the flowing fresh waters surrounding the village and off site lessons / silent walks through the bountiful forest. ( see Biography Below)

Our intention is to practice, on all levels of our daily life – practice awareness, mindfulness, gratitude and reflection, internally and externally. To share our knowledge of how the earth holds so many healing aspects and offesr a space to be joyful and celebrate summer.

Re-green has been hosting retreats for the last 6 years.
Located in the beautiful scenic village of Seliana, Greece.
An active permaculture farm practicing and exploring how to create regenerative living.
It is a peaceful environment to cleanse and rejuvenate. After the renovation and restoration of their guesthouses, this historical building today consists of 5 rooms. Every room is different, however all of them offer a combination of a traditional essence, coziness and are made with natural local materials.
With cocomat bedding & private bathrooms, surrounding facilities include the handbuilt ‘temazcal’ steam house, (which we will use!) natural built spacious maloca ‘yoga shala’, natural swimming pond, communal hangout comforts, our wonderful animals including Maya the resident donkey and enjoying the active edible gardens for space and reflection.
Easily accessible, 160 km from Athens ( 2hrs ) in the Northern Peloponnese.

Retreat Includes:
6 nights shared accomodation
3 organic vegetarian meals per day from our Magic Kitchen
Daily Yoga lessons – asana, pranayama, meditation, restoration
Wellbeing discussions of nutrition
Herbal Medicine workshops – Oils, Tinctures,Teas
The Ethics of Permaculture & Tour
Guided walks and foraging
Interactive Seeding & Gardening
Temazcal steamhouse session
Use of all facilities
Pick up and drop off from Akrata
(the closest beach town)

About the Maloca / Shala
Our Maloca/shala is a 100sq/metre octagon, built with local, natural materials. A reciprocal beam structure roof covers the walls and windows hosting different natural techniques and is able to be heated by a very efficient wood burning rocket mass heater. It is entirely built by volunteers, helpers and ourselves and has pillows, carpets for comfort. Located within Re-Green’s property it overlooks the green forest on the south and the blue greek sea on the north. We simply love it.

Accommodation
Re-Green is not a hotel. We are an EcoCulture center and an active Permaculture farm. Our mission is the re-generation of the Earth by caring for our land, ourselves & others everyday and by organizing relevant educational workshops, seminars and retreats. We like to think that we offer shelter to our guests, inside the wilderness of the mountain, with the coziness of natural cocomat mattresses and private bathroom while guests are here to open, learn and expand in nature. We offer shared accommodation, in spacious and split level rooms of our natural built renovated guesthouse – see pictures in discussion board.

For those of you who may prefer camping,a quiet area with views of the mountains and sea on our split level land is available, please bring your own camping equipment, linen is provided and contact us for more details.

Price –
Shared Guesthouse Accommodation
All Inclusive 540€ per person

Camping – BYO tent – 420€ per person
– bathrooms facilities provided

To reserve your space or additional questions
email: info@re-green.gr

A deposit of 100€ is requested to hold your space

Telephone – Amber +30 6949122813 / Flery +30 6948407233
If we don’t answer we are in the garden! Email us 🙂