Spring at Kalikalos
The Kalikalos season is gearing up, and we are going to have a great summer with some special leaders and workshops. But first the centre needs to be brought back to life after its winter slumber and that is the spring work camp. Before I pass over to Jock can I ask for some promotional support.
At KK we work very had on a small budget to promote the center and the its events. We could really expand our work with a little help from you. Please follow and retweet us on Twitter, Friend us and comment on Facebook and forward the newsletter to friends and recommend us where you can, follow this link to Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Kalikalos
Spring Workcamp Starts 4 May
The Kalikalos community-based Findhorn-inspired holistic Centre in Greece opens on Friday 4 May with its 9th annual spring workcamp at the Kissos campus in Pelion, Greece.
Sign up for 2, 3 or 4 weeks and enjoy a fulfilling working seaside holiday for only €75/week which includes vegetarian meals and accommodation.
There is a unique energy in the spring camp. Nature is awaking from her long winter sleep, the wild spring flowers are exploding in a blaze of colour on the mountainside and there is an air of anticipation and excitement as we prepare ourselves and the Centre for a new season of workshops and retreats.
Useful skills for the camp include vegetarian cookery, DIY, organic gardening, homecare, building and maintenance, permaculture, group process, consensus decision making. Also, we are always looking for Greek speakers or just plain Greek-o-philes. Check the workcamp page for the work we'll do this May and book yourself in from the BOOKING link on the homepage if you are interested in joining the camp this year.
- From 24 August, London lens-based artist Helen Marshall will be shooting an interactive video about Kalikalos with the entire community—guests, staff, workshop participants and leaders. The intent is to capture the essence of who we are, what we do and why.
- Mt Pelion is a walkers paradise. Longterm resident Jill Sleeman is your guide during the week of 8-15 June when it's ideal weather for hiking.
June workshops include Karen Richards with Advaita satsang meetings, Tim Willcocks' Bowen Bodywork on Steroids, Steven Nobel's Writers Retreat and a Yoga & Zen Coaching week with Lisan Bremer & Tine Vendeløv.
Book now with a €100 deposit (refundable up to 30 days before the workshop) to be sure of your place.
The job losses and the cutbacks in social services in Greece and other Mediterranean countries is a microcosm of what is happening and has been happening for a long time: namely, the personalising of profits and the socialising of losses by multi national corporations and financial institutions. In that way the few get richer and richer and the many (the 99%) get poorer and poorer. Many people have documented this insidious development in which entire countries become impoverished, but for a truly inspired account I refer you to Charles Eisenstein's Sacred Economics which holds out hope for the planet in the form of a completely different paradigm of money and economics, one that fits squarely with our spiritual and holistic values.
As our economic system breaks down, places like Kalikalos, the ecovillages and the holistic arts and disciplines that we teach and live are going to become more and more important as beacons of light and models of sustainability for a new world view. Our present system, under which we have all been living for many decades, is now terminally ill.
We all know and have known for some time that unrestrained development and exponential growth of profits, combined with exploitation of Mother Earth's limited resources are simply not viable long-term. We are now entering a period where the consequences of this are becoming manifest.
The antidote is building true community through which we can start to create a gift and exchange economy, where debt no longer plays a prominent part, and where money is tied by a new system of incentives based on the preservation, as opposed to depletion, of the planet’s resources. Such a money system would be related to the growth, not of profits, but of human well being. This is not a fantasy, it not only can happen, it must happen if we are to transform the present financial/economic crisis into the opportunity that it offers. In the coming months and years we are going to hear a lot more about Charles Eisenstein and Sacred Economics. Eisenstein may well be the economics-science Einstein of the 21st century.
Summer Staff Volunteers Wanted
The Kalikalos Centre is "held" every summer by a dedicated group of idealists—young and old, by the way—who come to us, inspired by the vision of building authentic community in the context of a working summer seaside holiday. It's a unique combination bringing together the best elements of a Greek holiday with meaningful work with others who share your holistic values and perspective. Kalikalos is a non-profit educational charity and the education we offer is actually as much the opportunity to practice living holistically with others as it is the experience of the holistic workshops and retreats of the summer programme. And it's the staff who are the carriers and teachers of holistic education.
We staff teach not through lectures or seminars but through modeling a wider awareness in the living and especially working together with our guests—in the kitchen cooking the evening meal, in the gardens planting, watering and harvesting. Even in simply hanging out in the evening after supper sharing our experiences and knowledge our job is to keep in our awareness the delicate balance between the needs of the collective and our own personal needs.
If you think you might enjoy serving in this way, please check out the staff page on the www.kalikalos.com website and if this looks like something you'd enjoy doing for a few weeks in the summer, email us a bit about yourself and your background and we'll take it from there.
We carry a staff of 4-6 volunteers and hope to offer you full work exchange after your first two weeks of what we call "staff orientation", during which we ask for a financial contribution of €75/week.
And it's not all about work. We get to the sea every afternoon!
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