iris … like a rainbow

Iris unguicularis ssp cretensis, a winter flower
The name of this plant comes from the rainbow. Such are the colours of this flower and is various species.
it’s a perennial aromatic and medicinal plant with large blue-violet flowers containing white and yellow patterns. Well we never imagined the extent of medicinal uses of this magical plant : antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-cancer properties as well as it can be used to combat allergies, to suppress post-menopausal symptoms and cardiovascular therapies. And the list go on…
It blooms in winter and continues in spring in the colder regions


Yoga, The Permaculture of Zone 0

One of the challenges of the life here at Re-Green is not to lose ourselves in the numerous, different tasks and levels of an autonomous life. Everyday necessary tasks like cooking, caring for the living beings of the farm, gardening, harvesting, building, hosting, chopping wood, running courses … and actively being out in the countryside until the sun sets, all this external practices may occupy completely the time one may allocate to look internally and care for his own wellbeing. In the beginning of the project there have been quite some times of physical exhaustion and symptoms of neglection of the body, the mind and the spirit.
Yoga came to counter balance the excesses of overworking and to offer as we say the “internal permaculture”. Caring for the earth begins with caring and nurturing oneself. Building awareness of where the body holds tension, practicing to release and connect to our internal infinite beauty became a fully appreciated everyday medicine. Awakening early in the morning to reach for the sun or restoring ourselves in the quietness of the dusk’s twilight oh yes…brought bliss, harmony, relief, centering and so much gratitude.
The resident Yoga teacher of Re-Green is Amber. She keeps the whole team in shape, uniting us in the everyday circle of Yoga, offering selfless service and walking her talk, tuning us to bring the sun or the moon out on the vast skies of our mountains. Amber speaks the language of the nature through her devoted practice of Yoga.


Intuitive Farming: The Emerging Movement

The impulse for this event came when Eleni Gkikakis approached Dr Saskia von Diest to use the opportunity of her visit to Crete for the 13th European International Farming Systems Association Symposium, to present something specifically on intuitive farming. Saskia agreed, and Eleni introduced her to Flery, from Re-Green. Together, they welcome you to a one-day introductory event on the emerging movement of intuitive farming.

Please read the following information before booking your place.This is a one-day introductory event on the emerging movement of intuitive farming. Please read the following information before booking your place. We look forward to seeing you!


Current large-scale agricultural practices will not be able to meet food security and sustainability challenges in the next decades, and a radical transformation of our food-growing practices is needed.
The use of intuition and other subtle abilities to make practical management decisions in a food-growing context, whether agricultural or gardening, has received little attention in scientific research until recently, but it is now fast becoming a new field of research. Researchers are learning that farmers prefer using these abilities, consciously or unconsciously, often with greater success than using tools designed using science. Their decisions are also often more ethical and in harmony with the balance offered by natural systems when using their subtle abilities consciously.

Some farmers and gardeners also make use of intuitive communication with nature to obtain more information about their plants, animals and landscape. They often see great benefits in doing so for their management decisions, such as reduced inputs, greater outputs and higher profits. But little is known about this in science.
The concept of communicating with nature is not new and appears to be a common thread in indigenous cultures worldwide. It is documented in books and documentaries, and practised in subsistence and small-scale farming, as well as in food production in eco-villages around the world, such as Findhorn Foundation, Damanhur and Auroville. Rudolf Steiner, the Austrian philosopher and founder of anthroposophy, mentioned it in his Biodynamic agriculture lectures, although it is often over-looked by biodynamic farming practitioners.
It is not known how information is transferred during intuitive communication. Although almost a century of scientific evidence supporting the concept of telepathy (human-to-human and interspecies) is possible, many scientists continue to dismiss it as pseudoscience. However, quantum physics has provided more widely accepted evidence for theories on how the universe operates at a sub-atomic, quantum or energetic level, so the concept is receiving renewed attention.

Regardless of the mechanism behind these subtle abilities, it is clear that they are useful to food-growers, because many already use them. Researching the use and development of intuition and interspecies communication in agriculture is already part of the urgent radical transformation needed to improve efficiency and sustainability.
But as the urgency increases, one of the most important questions is: HOW do we empower and assist farmers in developing their subtle abilities, to more consciously and confidently make more efficient management decisions that are in harmony with nature? In this one-day introductory workshop, we will be focusing on the theory and practical development tools towards answering this question.


– A brief presentation on the latest scientific advances in using intuition and interspecies communication for food-growing and gardening (Saskia)
– Q&A session and dynamic group discussion (Saskia and Eleni)
– An exploration on basic practical development techniques for intuition and interspecies communication. This may be outside, so please bring a hat, natural insect repellent and sunscreen (Saskia and Eleni)

The event will be presented in English, but questions can be answered in Greek by Eleni, if needed.


Dr Saskia von Diest obtained her PhD in Plant Pathology in 2013, and from 2014 until 2017 she held a postdoctoral research position at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, to explore quantum-based techniques and technologies in agriculture, such as those using sound, electromagnetics and intuitive abilities. Her passion for knowledge extension from research to practice inspired her to bring various international experts to host workshops in South Africa, and build a wide network of farmers, technical advisors and researchers for this emerging field of resaerch.
She currently holds a joint postdoctoral research position at the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition, Stellenbosch University and the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University, UK, to further explore the practice and development of intuitive farming.
Part of her work is helping to critically evaluate how modern science can be applied for this kind of research, to help develop new methodologies for intuitive farming and for agricultural research in general. She uses transdisciplinary, participatory and transformative research approaches, co-creating with those who practice food-growing, who play the most important role in the story of this emerging movement.


Eleni Gkikakis holds a BSc Hons in Mass Communication and Media Arts from Southern Illinois University, USA. During her studies she specialized in Marketing and Advertising of companies in the service sector and minored in Speech Communication and International Relations. Since her return to Greece after her studies, she worked in the Client Service departments of numerous national and multinational advertising agencies.
Her childhood love for nature and animals caught up with her, and inspired by Juliette De Bairacli Levy, she pursued independent studies on holistic nutrition therapy, naturopathy and herbalism. In 2006 she completed her Diploma in Veterinary Homeopathy and founded White Flower Holistic Animal Care. Her understanding of subtle energies led her to develop her intuitive interspecies communication ability with well-known South African animal communicators Anna Breytenbach and Wynter Worsthorne. Her now uses these skills in her work on a daily basis, with much success and to the surprise of conventional veterinary practitioners.
Eleni also gets actively involved in numerous conservation projects in Africa, such as the Global White Lion Protection Trust, and independent peacemaking groups. Since 2016 she is a devoted and active member of Dr Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Greece.


VENUE: Re-Green Ecoculture Centre, Seliana, Greece:
DATE: Saturday 14 July 2018
TIMES: 10:30 – 18:30 (Arrival at 10:00 for 10:30 start)

PRICE: € 80 pp. Limited spaces at the concession price of € 55 pp (farmers and gardeners will be given preference). Price includes lunch and two tea/coffee breaks.
Ticket sales close 17:00 Thursday 12 July 2018 for catering purposes. Please book early to avoid disappointment!


Please see the Re-Green website for details:
Transport by shuttle from Akrata bus station to Re-Green can be organised if arranged with us the previous day.


Flery Fotiadou at, or Eleni Gkikakis at

Aikido Seminar 2018

After the success of 2017’s seminar, we invite for the second time Martin Gruber Sensei, in the Greek countryside. So join us for training in the natural built octagonal hut Maloca, taste with us organic homegrown food, swim in a waterfall, have a sauna in a temazcal, and many other activities in an amazing place!

The Equanimous Heart 2018

The Equanimous Heart | A Vipassana Retreat w/ Whit Hornsberger

The mindful practice of insight meditation (vipassanā) is considered to be the direct path laid down by the Buddha himself for the purification of beings, for the overcoming of sorrow and lamentation, for the disappearance of pain and grief and for the complete cessation of all forms and levels of physical and mental suffering (dukkha).
Through the application of mindfulness (sati), concentration (samādhi) becomes increasingly more refined, providing a stable platform for the intimate investigation into the phenomena of mind (nāma) and body (rūpa). Through patient endurance and ardent effort we begin to find refuge within the ever increasing equanimity of the heart-mind, a spacious, unshakable vantage point from which to see into the ultimate reality of our psycho-physical embodiment. Through direct-felt experience insights arise, propelling the practitioner to a compassionate understanding of the laws that govern life and subsequent wisdom capable of freeing each of us from the self-generated suffering of mind.

In this eight day silent retreat we will apply the systematic methodology of the revered Burmese meditation master, Mahasi Sayadaw. Mahasi’s accessible, yet potent, scientific approach to the study of consciousness gives rise to transformative insight into the true nature of the mental (nāma) and physical (rūpa) phenomena, that which forms the bedrock of our human experience.

As knowledge is born that all psycho-physical phenomena are transient (anicca), unmanageable and beyond our control (anattā), attachment (taṇhā) to them dissolves, dispelling the fires of greed (lobha) and aversion (dosa). In the wake of their cessation, the heart-mind becomes spaciously equanimous, liberated from suffering, beautified by insight.

The great Burmese Master Mahasi Sayadaw’s approach to meditation is very clear, very precise and ‘to the point,’ faithfully adhering to the method of the Buddha in his own successful search for Enlightenment. Whit Hornsberger’s experiences of intensive monastic meditation in Burma, combined with his studies of Yoga and other forms of Eastern Spirituality, have given him a unique ability to communicate to Westerners a classical approach to meditation, one that is deeply rooted in the profound Burmese tradition.

This silent retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, daily yoga practice and interviews with the teacher.

The setting in the mountains of the Peloponnese, Greece at
Re-Green Ecoculture Centre offers connection to nature and the surrounding silence of abundance.
*See more in discussion board for accomodation, food and facilities and images.

Investment includes:
7 nights shared accomodation in spacious guesthouse with woodstoves & coconut bedding
3 Vegetarian Organic meals per day
Guidance/ teachings from Whit Hornsberger
Use of all facilities including Temezcal natural steamhouse session
Pick up & drop off from Akrata – the nearest beach town

Earlybird registration before 15th August
€490 per person + dāna***

Full Price after 15th August
560€ + dāna***

***What is Dāna?***

The Buddhist teachings have always been considered to be priceless and thus have traditionally remained outside the realm of commodification. In Whit’s many years as a student and teacher of vipassāna he has always received his transmission of the teachings from his teachers by way of dāna or the practice of generosity and we are honoured that he has decided to offer this retreat at Re-Green no different than those he teaches in his home country of Canada, by dāna.

The practice of of vipassāna is designed to reduce the conditioned defilements of the mind – greed (lobhā), anger (dosa) and delusion (mohā).

In the words of revered meditation master Mahāsi Sayadaw:

“The aim of this practice and its greatest benefit is release from greed, hatred and delusion, which are the roots of all evil and suffering.”

Thus the practice of giving from the heart (dāna) was applied to the tradition by the Buddha to help release the heart from the shackles of greed. Whit is adamant that the future of our species and our planet depends on dissolving the greed that has become so inherent in our societies. The offering of this retreat to you by way of dāna and your support of the teachings by way of dāna is not only of benefit for those attending retreat but is placing faith in each other that we can move in a more altruistic direction as a human family.

How much should I give for dāna? 

This is a frequently asked question that is difficult to answer. When you consider that the teacher receives no wage, no payment other than your basic offering, all in return for the service of helping you, for giving teachings, private counselling and guidance, then you should be motivated, we think, to give very well indeed.
Offering Dana is a personal spiritual “practice” and thus requires a deep look into yourself — what do these teachings really mean to you? How valuable are they? What does it mean to you to be able to be a part of a tradition based on generosity? What can you truly afford in expressing your gratitude and support for what your teachers offer to you and the world? At the end of the retreat you will be given an empty envelope. Please use this opportunity to show your gratitude. Your donation is private and, if you prefer, anonymous.

Group packages available, please ask.
A deposit of 150€ is asked to hold your place.
**this retreat is offered to 20 participants only

For registration / more information email ~
or phone – Amber +30 6949122813

More on Whit Hornsberger
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Whit Hornsberger is a driven, passionate and inspiring being.
Driven by an innate belief that each of us is capable of radical, spontaneous evolution, Whit’s unrelenting determination and commitment to applying and sharing ancient wisdom as a catalyst for individual and in turn social change has seen him become a highly sought after teacher all around the world.
Through direct personal suffering Whit has devoted his life to the powerful, life-changing and for him, life-saving wisdom of the ancient traditions of Classical Yoga (Patañjali) and Theravada Buddhism. His life has become a medium through which he humbly transmits the teachings of the past in a colloquial manner to students from all walks of life, emphasizing that freedom from suffering is not only possible but is an endeavour that ought to be taken up by each of us.
Whit is an ardent student, whose commitment to awaken beyond the limitations of his own conditioned mind has led him around the world, from monastic experience in Myanmar (Burma) to dedicated study in revered yogic institutions of India (Kaivalyadhama), solo retreats in the forests of Canada and the United States, urban study with senior teachers within the Krishnamacharya lineage (Ramaswami) of traditional Vinyasa Yoga and seemingly everywhere in between.
Those dedicated efforts have resulted in a teacher who embodies the path with integrity and authenticity, whose compassion and loving-kindness for each student he meets is palpable and whose drive to create social change and a better future for our species and planet is evident to anyone who has the fortunate opportunity to study with Whit.
International classes, workshops, intensives, retreats, conferences, online practices and trainings are the ground from which Whit guides practitioners towards embodied well-being. His teachings faithfully adhere to the Vinyasa Krama method of the father of modern yoga, Sri T. Krishnamacharya, the Mahasi Method of vipassana (insight) meditation passed down by the late, venerable Mahasi Sayadaw (Burma) and his unique integration of Buddhist psychology with the contemporary practice of yin yoga.
Whit firmly believes that in order to move forward we must look to our past and the wisdom of our ancestors. As an internationally recognized teacher Whit continuously ensures that he honours the ancient wisdom traditions that saved his life, emphasizing through action that he is simply a medium through which the knowledge can continue to be past down, undiluted, for generations to come.


Holistic Herbal Wisdom 2018

**For Greek please scroll down

In such modern times that we live we are surrounded/besieged by manufactured scents, unhealthy and expensive cosmetics and chemical drugs that seemingly help yet ultimately burden our body, poor quality synthetic food/diet and misinformation …
My need to escape this slavery and live in harmony with my body and the environment has led me to study plants and natural medicine, herbs and essential oils. My teachers have been schools of natural healing but also the witches-grandmothers from the Greek countryside. The knowledge I have collected is my treasure and increases year after year. This knowledge I want to share with/convey to you, so you can become the master of your own health and take your health into your own hands (Body and Mind).
In this workshop/school we will learn how to collect and harvest herbs properly, how to prepare our home pharmacy for the winter, how to make homemade cosmetics and healing remedies (syrups, herbal tinctures, herbal oils, bee wax creams, sun screens, creams), how to make natural soaps with rich aromas from essential oils rather than chemical substitutes. How to make earth friendly natural cleaning products and children friendly remedies. We will also learn the basics about herbal therapy, the spices and herbs in the kitchen and the garden, how to properly use the essential oils that are the most powerful herbal extracts with tremendous therapeutic effects and we shall discuss about detoxing and healing through our diet. Besides, lets not forget: “we are what we eat”.
Maria Skarli
The mountains of Greece offer an abundance of diversity offering herbs, fruits, nuts, edible greens and flowers, it is our intention to be able to welcome you to our home and learn the invaluable healing qualities with Maria’s guidance of all that the earth provides to us. This course is designed to offer participants complete competency through learning and creating all natural remedies for the body, health and home – internally and externally. All participants are asked to attend all workshops – workshops will run from 10am – 14.00 & 17.00 – 21.00.
Morning Yoga will be available every second day in our handbuilt Maloca. 3 Organic vegetarian meals are provided by our in house chef, herbal teas and fruits available all day. There will be a day out to the large fresh water ‘Lake Tsivlou’, numerous walks to forage/harvest and free afternoon time to visit the nearby waterfall.

Shared Guesthouse Accomodation
Earlybird registration by 10th May
Full Price After 10th May

Camping with Bathroom Facilities – ( byo tent)
Earlybird registration by 10th May
Full price After 10th May

A deposit of 150€ is asked to confirm your space.

*Greek Nationals please contact for pricing

Whats Included
10 nights Accommodation
3 Organic Vegetarian meals per day form our Magic Kitchen
2 daily 4hr workshops with Maria Skarli – see program below
Guided walks, Foraging, harvesting
Temazcal Natural Steamhouse session
4 Morning Yoga Lessons
All facilities within Re-Green, natural swimming pond, waterfalls
Pick up & Drop off from Akrata – the nearest beach town ( 20 mins away)

For more information or to register please
email – \
Phone Amber +306949122813 | Flery +30 6948407233
If we don’t answer we are in the garden and please email us! 🙂

Program – see below for detailed description
Arrival 6th July anytime from 13.00
Welcome Gathering from 17.30
7th July
Recognition & Collection of herbs
Herbal Extracts – teas, tinctures & oils
8th July
Essential Oils – Lavendar & Tea Tree
Effects, Uses & Properties
Beeswax Creams & Cold Creams
9th July
Olive Oil Soaps
Spices – The medicines in our kitchen cabinet
10 July
Aromatic Soaps with rich foam
Basic Herbs / Therapeutic Properties
Propolis, Aloe, Echinacea, Hawthorn, Rosehip
11 July
Herbal Healing Honey Refreshments
Healthy Creations for summer ( liquid honey)
Excursion to Lake Tsivlou for swimming!
12 July
Homemade Therapeutic Syrups
Essential Oils – Effects, Uses & Properties
Geranium, Eucalyptus, Mint
13 July
Sunscreens, aftersun & insect repellents
Cupping – an ancient healing method with miraculous results
14 July
Healthy Dietary programs throughout the year
Basic herbs and their therapeutic properties
Cistus, Agnus Castus, nettle, chamomile, green tea, dandelion
15 July
House Cleaning with Natural Resources
Certificate of Completion Ceremony and wood fired pizza party!!!
Recognition and collection of herbs.
We venture into nature and the surrounding forests to see the herbs of the season and the healing plants that we can plant in our garden (Saint John’s wort, Horsetail, Yarrow, spearmint, peppermint, pentane, calendula, fennel, conifers, melissa, sage). We will learn to collect them properly and discuss about their actions, properties, preparations and formulations that we can do with them.

Preparations of herbal extracts, tinctures and oils.
In this lesson we will deal with the core of herbal therapy, the basis of knowledge for the other seminars. We will learn to prepare herbal extracts in water (infusion, decoction and cold infusion), in oil (botanicals oils) and alcohol (traditional and medicinal herbal tinctures), which concentrate the essences and strengths of the plants.

Essential oils: lavender, geranium, tea tree, eucalyptus, mint.
Essential oils … magic compounds that heal the body and mind, detoxify, make up the skin, strengthen the immune system and consolidate health!
We will talk about how we can use essential oils with respect in our everyday life. Skin applications, massages, local applications, inhalations, internal intakes, home-made pharmacy and healing preparations and many more applications. We will learn how we can make our own home care remedies and our own cosmetics.
A new scented world unfolds in front of us, as the pharmacy of nature gathers in our closet …

Preparation of bee wax creams, oilly creams and cold creams.
We will prepare curative/therapeutic creams, oily creams and cold creams (very moisturising cosmetic creams). We will … cook old traditional recipes with a few drops of new knowledge to make our homemade cosmetics and therapeutic products.

Preparation of white olive oil soaps.
Exploring the magical paths of soap making. How can we make healthy aromatic soaps following traditional recipes by using virgin olive oil that we have at home.

Spices: The medicines in our kitchen cabinet.
Ginger, turmeric, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, flaxseed, glove, cumin, nutmeg and other spices we all know and use. We will discuss about their thousands of uses as a therapeutic tool. They warm us up, they strengthen us and have potent anti-inflammatory, anti thrombotic and anti-cancer effects, they work against arthritis and pain in general, they are anti -virus and carry many other properties. We will learn to use them properly and with the appropriate recipes to secure our health throughout the year!

Soap making with rich foam, natural colors and essential oils.
Lets take a step further in making soaps. We will make soaps with rich foam, with natural colours from herbs and spices and divine scents of essential oils

The basic herbs and their healing action.
Propolis, aloe, echinacea, gallium, hawthorn, rosehips, cistus, agnus castus, nettle, chamomile, green tea, dandelion. Analysis, actions, uses, properties and recipes. The essential herbs for prevention and treatment. A full holistic pharmacy for everyday but also serious diseases.

Herbal honey refreshments with lemon, wonderful healthy cooling drinks for the summer (lliquid honey)
We concoct herbal honey refreshments – natural lemonades with honey and fresh herbs from our pots, refreshing and healing, that regulate the fluids in our body in the summer to have energy and wellbeing. These refreshments activate metabolism and speed digestion. At the same time it is refreshing and delicious!

Homemade therapeutic herbal syrups
Herbal Syrups with sugar
Herbal syrups with honey
Herbal syrups with grape must/mollases/petimez
Syrups without boiling
Traditional syrups
Stimulant Syrups (Strengthening Immunity, VIT C)
Syrups for the lungs and respiratory system (sore throat, cough, bronchitis, asthma, tired lungs)

Production of sunscreens, after sun and insect repellent
We practice how to make sunscreen, moisturising, anti-aging products that nourish our skin and protect us from sunlight such as sunscreen facials, tanning oils, sunscreen body creams, for babies. Children and adults sunscreens in the industry trade contain heavy chemical materials that burden our body and harm our health. We will also learn to make after-sun products and insect repellent oils, creams and lotions with the herbs that we have in our garden for us, our children, but also for our animals that suffer so much in the summer from fleas and ticks.

Traditional cupping … direct treatment and detoxification.
This is a course to learn the healing art of traditional cupping throughout the body. Indications: Cold, flu, bronchitis, cough with phlegm, asthma, arthritis, lower back pain, back injuries, pain, body toxination, low immune, fat accumulation, cellulite etc.

Healthy dietary programs throughout the year
Discussing our diet as a therapeutic tool. Both nutritional programs and therapeutic detox programs will be provided. Diet for winter, spring, summer and autumn, seasonal food, therapeutic nutrition

Cleaning the house with natural ingredients
So, after learning how to treat our body naturally, we will also learn to clean the area where we live with natural ingredients, free of bleaches and without all the other heavy chemical agents that burden our body as we inhale them but also absorbing them through the skin (laundry softener, etc.). Soap, vinegar, lemon, cooking soda, herbs, essential oils and other simple ingredients with proper use can disinfect, cleanse, scent and make the space we live in … to shine without destroying the environment, the water and eventually the planet our home, the Earth.


Holistic Herbal Home

Στην εποχή που ζούμε πολιορκούμαστε από ψεύτικες μυρωδιές, ανθυγιεινά πανάκριβα καλλυντικά και χημικά φάρμακα που φαινομενικά βοηθούν αλλά τελικά επιβαρύνουν τον οργανισμό μας, κακής ποιότητας συνθετική διατροφή, παραπληροφόρηση… Η ανάγκη μου να ξεφύγω από αυτή τη σκλαβιά και να ζήσω σε αρμονία με το σώμα μου αλλά και με το περιβάλλον, με οδήγησε στη μελέτη των φυτών και της φυσικής ιατρικής. Σπούδασα τα αιθέρια έλαια και τα βότανα. Δάσκαλοι μου ήταν οι σχολές φυσικής θεραπευτικής αλλά και οι μάγισσες-γιαγιάδες στα χωριά της Ελλάδας. Οι γνώσεις που πήρα είναι ο θησαυρός μου που αυξάνεται χρόνο με το χρόνο. Αυτές τις γνώσεις θέλω να σας μεταδώσω για να μπορείτε να πάρετε την υγεία σας στα χέρια σας (σώμα-νους).Σε αυτό το σχολείο θα μάθουμε να συλλέγουμε σωστά τα βότανα μας, να φτιάχνουμε μόνοι μας το φαρμακείο μας για το χειμώνα, τα σπιτικά καλλυντικά και θεραπευτικά μας σκευάσματα (σιρόπια, βάμματα βοτάνων, βοτανόλαδα, κηραλοιφές, αντηλιακά, κρέμες κ.α.), να παρασκευάζουμε σαπούνια με πλούσια αρώματα που προέρχονται από αιθέρια έλαια και όχι από χημικά υποκατάστατα, να πάρουμε βασικές γνώσεις βοτανοθεραπείας για τα μπαχαρικά και τα βότανα που έχουμε στην κουζίνα και στον κήπο μας, να μάθουμε να χρησιμοποιούμε σωστά τα αιθέρια έλαια που είναι τα πιο ισχυρά βοτανικά αποστάγματα και έχουν τεράστια θεραπευτική δράση και θα κουβεντιάσουμε για την αποτοξίνωση και την ίαση μέσω της διατροφής. Άλλωστε ας μην ξεχνάμε ότι «είμαστε ότι τρώμε» ~ Μαρία Σκαρλή

Αναγνώριση και συλλογή βοτάνων.
Αυτό το πρωινό θα βγούμε έξω στη φύση να δούμε τα βότανα της εποχής αλλά και τα θεραπευτικά φυτά που μπορούμε να φυτέψουμε στον κήπο μας (βάλσαμο, εκουιζέτο, αχίλλεια, δυόσμος, μέντα, πεντάνευρο, καλέντουλα, μάραθος, σύμφυτο, μελισσόχορτο, φασκόμηλο). Θα μάθουμε να τα συλλέγουμε σωστά και θα κουβεντιάσουμε για τις δράσεις, τις ιδιότητες τους, τις παρασκευές και τα σκευάσματα που μπορούμε να κάνουμε με αυτά.

Παρασκευές βοτανικών εκχυλισμάτων, βαμμάτων και λαδιών.
Σε αυτό το μάθημα θα ασχοληθούμε με τη βάση της βοτανοθεραπείας, τη βάση των γνώσεων για τα υπόλοιπα σεμινάρια. Θα μάθουμε να παρασκευάζουμε σωστά εκχυλίσματα βοτάνων σε νερό (έγχυμα, αφέψημα, έμβρεγμα κ.α.), σε λάδι (βοτανόλαδα) και σε αλκοόλ (παραδοσιακά και φαρμακευτικά βάμματα βοτάνων), τα οποία συγκεντρώνουν την ουσία και τη δύναμη των φυτών.

Αιθέρια έλαια: λεβάντα, γεράνιο, tea tree, ευκάλυπτος, μέντα.
Αιθέρια έλαια… μαγικές ενώσεις που θεραπεύουν το σώμα και το νου, αποτοξινώνουν, ομορφαίνουν την επιδερμίδα, δυναμώνουν το ανοσοποιητικό και εδραιώνουν την υγεία!
Θα μιλήσουμε για το πώς μπορούμε να χρησιμοποιήσουμε τα αιθέρια έλαια με σεβασμό, στην καθημερινότητά μας. Επαλείψεις, μασάζ, τοπικές εφαρμογές, εισπνοές, εσωτερικές λήψεις, δημιουργία σπιτικού φαρμακείου και θεραπευτικών σκευασμάτων και πολλές ακόμα εφαρμογές. Θα μάθουμε πώς μπορούμε να φτιάχνουμε τα σπιτικά γιατρικά μας αλλά και τα δικά μας καλλυντικά.
Ένας καινούριος μυρωδάτος κόσμος ξεδιπλώνεται μπροστά μας καθώς το φαρμακείο της φύσης συγκεντρώνεται στο ντουλάπι μας…

Παρασκευή κηραλοιφών, λιπαρών κρεμών και cold creams.
Σε αυτή την ενότητα θα παρασκευάσουμε θεραπευτικές κηραλοιφές, λιπαρές κρέμες και cold creams (πολύ ενυδατικές καλλυντικές κρέμες). Θα …μαγειρέψουμε παλιές παραδοσιακές συνταγές με λίγες σταγόνες νέας γνώσης για να φτιάξουμε τα σπιτικά καλλυντικά μας αλλά και τα θεραπευτικά μας σκευάσματα.

Παρασκευή λευκού σαπουνιού ελαιόλαδου.
Αυτό το πρωινό θα μυηθούμε στα μαγικά μονοπάτια της παρασκευής σαπουνιού. Πώς από το λάδι που μας περισσεύει στο σπίτι μπορούμε μόνοι μας να φτιάχνουμε μοσχομυρωδάτα σαπουνάκια που κρατούν μέσα τους όλη την παράδοση και την υγεία.

Μπαχαρικά: τα φάρμακα στο ντουλάπι της κουζίνας μας.
Σε αυτή την ενότητα θα ασχοληθούμε με τα μπαχαρικά της κουζίνας μας. Πιπερόριζα, κουρκουμάς, πιπέρι καγιέν, κανέλα, λιναρόσπορος, γαρύφαλλο, κύμινο, μοσχοκάρυδο κ.α. μπαχαρικά που όλοι γνωρίζουμε και χρησιμοποιούμε.
Θα κουβεντιάσουμε για αυτά και για τις χίλιες χρήσεις τους ως θεραπευτικά μέσα.�Μας ζεσταίνουν, μας δυναμώνουν, έχουν ισχυρή αντιφλεγμονώδη, αντιθρομβωτική και αντικαρκινική δράση, είναι κατά της αρθρίτιδας και των πόνων γενικότερα, είναι κατά των ιώσεων και πολλών ακόμα παθήσεων. Θα μάθουμε να τα χρησιμοποιούμε σωστά και με τις κατάλληλες συνταγές ώστε να έχουμε υγεία όλο το χρόνο!

Παρασκευή σαπουνιού με πλούσιο αφρό, φυσικά χρώματα και αιθέρια έλαια.
Σε αυτό το μάθημα θα κάνουμε ένα βήμα ακόμα στην παρασκευή σαπουνιών. Θα φτιάξουμε σαπουνάκια με πλούσιο αφρό, φυσικά χρώματα από βότανα και μπαχαρικά και αρώματα από αιθέρια έλαια

Τα βασικά βότανα και η θεραπευτική τους δράση.
Πρόπολη, αλόη, εχινάκεια, γάλλιο, κράταιγος, κυνόροδο, κίστος, λυγαριά, τσουκνίδα, χαμομήλι, πράσινο τσάι, ταραξάκο. Ανάλυση, δράσεις, χρήσεις, ιδιότητες και συνταγές. Τα βασικά βότανα για πρόληψη και θεραπεία. Ένα πλήρες φαρμακείο για τις καθημερινές αλλά και τις σοβαρές ασθένειες

Υδρόμελα με λεμόνι, υπέροχα ροφήματα για υγεία τις ζεστές καλοκαιρινές μέρες.
Σε αυτή την ενότητα θα μάθουμε να φτιάχνουμε υδρόμελα – φυσικές λεμονάδες με μέλι και φρέσκα βότανα από τη γλάστρα μας, δροσιστικές και θεραπευτικές, που ρυθμίζουν τα υγρά στο σώμα μας το καλοκαίρι για να έχουμε ενέργεια και ευεξία. Τα υδρόμελα ενεργοποιούν το μεταβολισμό και επιταχύνουν την πέψη. Παράλληλα είναι δροσιστικά και πεντανόστιμα!

Σπιτικά θεραπευτικά σιρόπια βοτάνων
Σιρόπια βοτάνων με ζάχαρη
Σιρόπια βοτάνων με μέλι
Σιρόπια βοτάνων με πετιμέζι
Σιρόπια χωρίς βράσιμο
Παραδοσιακά σιρόπια
Σιρόπια δυναμωτικά (ενδυνάμωση ανοσοποιητικού, VIT C)
Σιρόπια αναπνευστικού (πονόλαιμος, βήχας, βρογχίτιδα, άσθμα, μπούκωμα, κουρασμένοι πνεύμονες)

Παρασκευές αντηλιακών, εντομοαπωθητικών και after sun.
Σε αυτό το μάθημα θα μάθουμε να φτιάχνουμε αντηλιακά, ενυδατικά, αντιγηραντικά προϊόντα που θρέφουν την επιδερμίδα μας και μας προστατεύουν από την ηλιακή ακτινοβολία όπως αντηλιακές κρέμες προσώπου, λάδια μαυρίσματος, αντηλιακές κρέμες σώματος, για μωρά, παιδιά και ενήλικες γιατί τα αντηλιακά που κυκλοφορούν στο εμπόριο είναι βαριά χημικά σκευάσματα που επιβαρύνουν τον οργανισμό μας και βλάπτουν την υγεία μας. Επίσης θα μάθουμε να φτιάχνουμε προϊόντα για μετά τον ήλιο (after sun) και εντομοαπωθητικά λάδια, κρέμες και λοσιόν με τα βότανα που έχουμε στον κήπο μας, για εμάς, τα παιδιά μας αλλά και για τα ζώα μας που τόσο ταλαιπωρούνται το καλοκαίρι από τους ψύλλους και τα τσιμπούρια.

Παραδοσιακές βεντούζες… άμεση θεραπεία και αποτοξίνωση.
Σεμινάριο εκμάθησης παραδοσιακών βεντουζών σε όλο το σώμα. Ενδείξεις: Κρυολόγημα, γρίπη, βρογχίτιδα, βήχας με φλέγματα, άσθμα, αρθριτικά, οσφυαλγία, τραυματισμός στην μέση, πόνος, τοξίνωση του οργανισμού, χαμηλό ανοσοποιητικό, τοπικό πάχος, κυτταρίτιδα κ.α.

Προγράμματα υγιεινής διατροφής για όλο το χρόνο
Σε αυτή την ενότητα θα κουβεντιάσουμε για τη διατροφή μας ως θεραπευτικό μέσο. Θα δοθούν προγράμματα διατροφής αλλά και θεραπευτικά αποτοξινωτικά προγράμματα. Διατροφή για το χειμώνα, την άνοιξη, το καλοκαίρι και το φθινόπωρο, εποχικότητα των τροφών, θεραπευτική διατροφή.

Καθαρισμός του σπιτιού με φυσικά μέσα
Αφού λοιπόν μάθαμε να περιποιούμαστε το σώμα μας με φυσικό τρόπο, θα μάθουμε να καθαρίζουμε και το χώρο που ζούμε με φυσικά καθαριστικά, χωρίς χλωρίνες και χωρίς όλα τα υπόλοιπα βαριά, χημικά καθαριστικά που επιβαρύνουν τον οργανισμό μας εισπνέοντας τα αλλά και απορροφώντας τα μέσω της επιδερμίδας (μαλακτικό πλυντηρίου κ.α.).
Σαπούνι, ξίδι, λεμόνι, σόδα φαγητού, βότανα, αιθέρια έλαια και άλλα απλά υλικά με την κατάλληλη χρήση μπορούν να απολυμάνουν, να καθαρίσουν, να αρωματίσουν και να κάνουν το χώρο που ζούμε να… λάμπει χωρίς να καταστρέφουμε καθημερινά το περιβάλλον, τον υδροφόρο ορίζοντα, τον πλανήτη δηλαδή το σπίτι μας, τη Γη.

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.


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.

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

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 🙂