Eco/art community rising and waiting for your helping hands in Sarakini, Greece



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    this project is about a dream that just started coming out of its shell. We 're 2 persons who joined forces since summer 2018 and decided to work together so as to develop ecological lifestyle at a land, in order to set the base for an eco/ art community. we re artists and nature lovers and have decided to put these two facts as guides in our path.

    as regards the eco project.
    we are interested in research and practice 3 paths. our respect and love of nature, which leads us in the other 2, natural farming and natural building, as a way of life.
    we have a big piece of land (more than 6 hectares), located in the foot of mount kaimaktsalan, 3rd tallest mountain in greece. in the land there are about 1000 walnut trees, plus many other nut and fruit trees , most of them wild local varieties. all these surrounded by a wild forest area. all trees are following the principles of natural farming, the most mild way of farming possible, according to which we try to limit human interference in nature.
    in our land there is a little stream passing by. we ve created from it two lakes, one of them perfect for a cold swim.
    our focus, apart from following a natural lifestyle is to always search for freedom as base in our community, so as everyone feels open and evolves, including people, animals and plants.

    on the artistic side of life.
    we want to establish a space for art communication and exchange. we re interested (once done with the basic hosting facilities), to organize workshops, communal creation days, invite individual artists who are inspired from living in our land and work on their projects.
    First goal on this direction was to start an annual art festival since summer '19. Through it we bring out our passions on music, performances, and many more, creating a network of artists and looking for common directions between different art forms.
    In august 2019 we hosted our first workshop on physical theater. We hope this to be the starting point of a series of summer seminars in different art forms. For summer 2020 we set the goal for a giant clay sculpture workshop.

    there is also a long term vision. to turn the whole place into a piece of art, where everything that exists or takes place on it will be part of it. therefore even though we re still in the beginning everything that we ll build together will follow an artistic aesthetic.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    you ll be learning a lot of of mixed skills that have to do with a full length eco project.
    our goal is to move towards sustainability and organize our lifestyles in the most ecological way possible. we try to practice
    - natural farming techniques
    - natural building
    - permaculture design
    - food drying, processing, canning
    - landscape art, sculpting , painting and more..

  • Help


    Fall tasks.
    - we already have a crocodile clay sculpturere by our lake, but we re looking for a sculptor to do some final touches, add some color and wax it.

    - we are in the middle of walnut harvesting and have much more to go.
    -Preparing a greenhouse for winter crops.
    -planting winter beds.

    - in the process of enriching the land in plant diversity we use various methods. if volunteers are interested we can arrange and make seed balls, a classic way of fukuoka's method.

    - building a cob house, our biggest and compelling project. the idea is to construct a whole house with natural materials mostly gathered from the area around, with almost no budget. this project will last long time, maybe a year, maybe more... it will proceed in different layers. as a first step we need to complete a 2 space construction, living room, kitchen.
    digging for foundation is just completed, and we re about to start building the first half meter with stone.

    - we are looking for people with carpentry experience. There are always needs on the field. At the moment if possible create some doors, windows, frames, for the cob house.

    - create one more artificial lake for water collection
    - rebuild some old walls, plaster and paint them. we re looking for painters to decorate the space around.

    - create an amphitheater at a slope of the hill.

    all year tasks:
    -when we have many volunteers cooking will be another job one of them can take care.
    -herb picking/ drying
    -marmalade/ liqueur cooking.
    -Fruit picking from the center of natural farming, the biggest natural farm in greece, owned by a friend.
    this farm is located close to edessa and since we take care of it at the moment there are a few more tasks over there as well like weeding, pruning, and maintenance.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    greek, english, basic spanish

  • Accommodation


    at the moment we can provide a huge camping area under a walnut tree forest. we have 2 tents with mattresses and a hummock for volunteers, but since quite few people are about to join soon for the cob project, and our sleeping areas are very limited, it is preferable if you could bring your own camping equipment.
    when climate is getting chilly , or if you dont prefer tents, there is a communal room with mattresses at the floor, which you can also use for sleeping.

    we can offer 2 meals per day, usually vegan and sometimes vegetarian options. also we provide the basic ingredients for volunteers if they need extra meal to cook by themselves, plus fruits, and walnuts.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    the area around our land is typical north greece green mountain scape.
    very close by there are hot springs (pozar), coming out from the mountain, next to a cold river, in a magical natural landscape.
    you ll find a few little villages around, with local residents, totally free from tourist industry pollution.
    many times of the year local celebrations take place in the villages nearby with a kind of local balkan music. but the big balkan music eventσ take place during carnival time (end of february), plus the best balkan carnival of north greece at beginning of January.

    There is no public transport to our land so we can pick you up from edessa or aridea towns.

    - if you ask for more than 1,5 month in advance we can just reply a maybe. we have flexible schedule, so cant arrange long in advance. plus we receive spontaneous requests, that finally people cancel without letting us know, so its hard to plan for future capacity.
    - pls if we give you a positive reply and you change plans, let us know!

  • 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

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

natural raised bed. waiting for the winter rain...
starting works on the new kichen
a bit later, still needs green roof on top.
our artificial lake, soon ducks will be joining the scene..
unfinished balkony in the woods
carrot walks
making seedballs

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