We are Kosta and Amie, a Greek/American couple (filmmaker and entrepreneur) building our dream eco retreat center on the island of Zakynthos, where Kosta grew up. Inspired by the way his grandparents cared for the land, kept sheep and goats and harvested wine and olives, we want to create a live/work retreat for people from all over the world that are seeking a mindful, peaceful and meaningful experience. We also practice yoga (Amie is a yoga instructor as well), meditate, and feel that living close to the earth and being a steward of its resources is a vital part of our lives. This is truly a magical place and we would love to share it with you!
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
if you come to our Retreat you will learn (depending on the season) to harvest grapes for wine, olives for oil, build rock formations and walls in the ancient way, help us research and learn how to apply permaculture practices to our farming. You will also work alongside my family members and villagers who are musicians, poets, salt-of-the earth Greek islanders and farmers. You can learn how to make wine, weave, make cheese and yoghurt, attend festivals, speak Greek! We are also 5-10 kilometers from some of the most stunning beaches and Ionian coastline in Greece. If you stay for the summer,
Our place features an ancient fig tree, olive trees and a small organic farm/ vineyard on the island of Zakynthos, Greece. Sheep, chickens, and would like to start bee-keeping. Looking for volunteers to also help build natural rock buildings, cob housing, garden walls, property design, etc. We rent some of our place to visitors during the summer months. The villa is half-built but the property also features a large swimming pool. Owned by a Greek/American couple who are artists and writers and spend part-time in the United States.
If you come during Oct-April, you will have a small apartment with en-suite bathroom. During summer months, we rent these apartments to tourists but we have a large basement room which is cool and clean, with a private bathroom just upstairs. There is also plenty of land to pitch your own tent! Shower included. Swimming pool and jacuzzi is open from May-Sept. Cooking can be done in our kitchen and/or in the apartments, but we cannot cook for you! You are expected to cook your own meals, but we can share when we make a plan.
We have small car which we use regularly, and we can take you with us when we run errands or go to beaches and outings, however if you want your own transportation we recommend you make arrangements for a scooter, which is about 15euro/day and 50/week, as we are in a rural area. You can walk to our village, which is 2.5 kilometers away. Airport is 40 min. away, as is the main town of the island. To get around on your own we also will have mountain bikes and can lend if you sign a waiver for any damages. There are many beautiful beaches, hiking trails, ruins and traditional villages throughout the island to explore, and ferries to other islands in the Ionian as well as Italy (Siciliy).
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
4-5 hours per day, 5 days a week