Be part of our eco rejuvenation and self sufficiency project on the island of Samothraki, Greece

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  • Description

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    Yasu! سلام! Wilkommen! Welcome!


      We are an ambitious eco rejuvenation and self-sufficiency project on the island of Samothraki, Greece. Our aim is material self-sufficiency. We are in our infancy and have only been going since 2017 but thanks to lots of hard work from our guests and workawayers we began irrigation and planting vegetables which we now eat from. We have our own clean mineral water supply.

    Total self-sufficiency is still an objective, not yet a realisation, but we're on our way.
    That's where you can come in.

      We start with the adhaan at dawn, work till it gets hot, then laze around farm. If more needs doing we continue when the sun cools off a bit. We have cats, dogs, kittens, goats, sheep and chickens, and we also help our neighbour who has deer and turkeys.

    Our lifestyle is one of strong community values. This means helping without being asked, eating together, and using one's initiative to take care of the place are a big part of our ethos.

      To work away with us you need to be in decent health and have a positive attitude. Belieeeeve me when I say you that if you stay on Samothraki for a few weeks and avoid junk food, alcohol and smoking you will definitely leave here feeling much healthier than you've ever felt in your life. All Samothraki water is mineral water, you will even shower with mineral water. No chlorine or fluoride. The island's produce is volcanic organic food. All that, combined with the daily exercise you will get from working means you will feel great when you leave and you will definitely want to return.

    Have a look at our feedback! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

       This is a community project and we rely on positive forward thinking people to come and get involved and where possible teach what beneficial knowledge they've learnt to others. Our guests all have a great time and make many new friends.

       If you think you've got what it takes, then drop me a message and I'll explain how to get to us and what you need to bring.



    Yours sincerely,

    Omar 😎
    workaway coordinator

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ learn how to live at a different rhythm and pace. Learn how to live in a community setting rather than an iCulture, where everyone is cut off from real engagement with each other because of communication technology and social media (ironically).
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ have the opportunity if they choose to partake in our work with local shepherds.
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ benefit from healthy eating daily and lots of sun. No chemicals in our water. All tap water on Samothraki is clean mineral water from the mountains.
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ plenty to benefit to be taken from our project founders, due to their extensive life and travel experience, wisdom, diverse knowledge.

    *️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️Check out our feedback to see what others said*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️

  • Help

    Help

    Main focuses at present are:

    •Garden and crops maintenance. General farm duties. Animal care. Dog walking.

    •Day to day chores. Dealing with problems that pop up unexpectedly: invasions from neighbour's goats (so we have to chase them out before they destroy our baby trees), fixing things that strong winds may blow off... Dealing with a burst pipe... Capturing an escaped animal.... That kind of thing.

    •Sometimes, shepherding with local farmers who we work with. Will also include soap-making and other oddities.

    Seasonal activities include:

    • Goatmilking in spring and in autumn
    • Wood collecting in the winter to stay warm.

    OLIVE HARVEST THIS OCTOBER

    We are very communal. We try to do all of our activities together. You will not be expected to work alone if you feel uncomfortable or incapable doing a task.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Greek, German, Arabic.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    A variety of stone houses and a 10m yurt. Usually spaces will be shared with other workawayers.
    Heating is with fireplaces/wood stoves but guests will need good sleeping bags at this time of year. In the summer a sleeping bag is still important due to cool nights.

    Guests are welcome to bring their own tents if they wish. This may be more preferable for couples, etc.
    We have also accepted a number of workaway guests who brought their own camper vans, even a converted school bus! You can also just hammock a couple of trees.

    You will need:

    • strong waterproof boots, but I recommend bringing off-road trainers (such as merrel trail gloves) for hopping around nimbly. But even regular good quality trainers will do for times when you're not working.
    • a sleeping bag and camping mat.
    • a torch / head torch.
    • eco friendly toiletries, such as olive oil soap etc. Towel.

    In colder months, (November to April):
    • full body rain protection (in the winter/autumn).
    • winter sleeping bags are a MUST for the assurance of a good night's sleep, 4 season, synthetic, not down as down is not good in wet conditions. We burn wood to stay warm, but can't do that all night. (Comfort rating of 0°c to be sure when we have cold windy nights).


    We have mattresses but we have a limited amount and often our guests are many, so ask if a mattress is a necessity for you.

    We have a communal kitchen and we cooperate daily to prepare breakfast and lunch. We serve halal food. We can cater for vegetarian and vegan.

    On our land we don't have around-the-clock electricity, and we like it that way. One of things guests enjoy here is the return to simplicity, the heart-healing vibe and the slow rhythm of daily life. There's enough solar power to charge phones though.

      The nearest town is 20 minutes walk, with cafes, restaurants, internet, supermarkets etc. We walk up there almost daily, so can show you the way. 🦔

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There's plenty of awesome natural wonders to enjoy: waterfalls, ancient forests, beaches and other natural attractions here on Samothraki. Simply the air and the smell of Samothraki is always very refreshing and beautiful. A mixture of the smell of lots of old trees, the smell of the mountain, combined with the smell of the sea.

    We also have a deal with a port town scooter shop for discounts on scooter rental, so you can explore the island on two wheels as well as your two legs.

      Local restaurants and tavernas serve fantastic food. We will always recommend the best ones.

      Art and cultural activities to partake in during the summer.


    Things to google:

    Fonyas
    Gria Vathra
    Therma
    Profitos Ilyas
    Fengari

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    3-5 hours a day, 5 days a week. Varies, based on weather, crises with no notice, etc

Organic clean pure fresh goat's milk
3 out of 11 of the pod
Fine work by 2 sisters who came as workawayers and ended up staying over a year!
Crazy snow we had on the 5th of January. True winter wonderland
Setting up a yurt.
Group trip to Fonyas. What a great day!
Purple Soil.
The beautiful ancient gardens of Lavanzza. Now part of our working space
2017
The Defenders! Both the Land Rover and it's driver.
Communal breakfast under the oak tree, "I hope we, be like dis foreva? Foreva eva? Foreva eva eva?!" -MsJackson, Outkast
2017 collaborative 10 day workshop between Deutsch, Francais, Hellenic and Levantine eco groups.
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