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Why I keep coming back to Kalikalos

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This year is my 5th year here at Kalikalos as a Living in Community guest.  What brings me back is the beauty of the place, the wonderful beaches of Pelion, the sea, magically warm and inviting, especially for someone like myself who learnt to swim in the cold North Atlantic waters of Donegal; the mountain scenery, the early evening sun dappling through the forest as we drive back from the beaches, the first figs of the season brought across by our neighbour Dimitri …

Dimitri with one of his many gifts
Dimitri with one of his many gifts

Kalikalos is going from strength to strength with 26 participants booked for Brad Blanton’s Radical Honesty workshop starting this week and the high energy of Family Fortnight ahead of us. It is now a three centre community with Anelio (Spiti ton Kentavron) and Hotel Alexandros. People, young and old, are attracted to the place. We are told the local mountain has a link with Chiron (astrologically the wounded healer). No wonder it is a place of healing and regeneration.

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The view from Hotel Alexandros

Kissos is vibrant at the moment, with music and dancing in the platea every evening. Music to listen to as we chop vegetables for the evening meal. Greece may be in austerity but there is a richness of culture and community here.

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Kids rehearsing in the platea of Kissos

So if you are looking for a late holiday or work placement, come and experience the magic of Kalikalos – the wonderful vegetarian food, the processes which create community, the friendships which last long after the summer and the healing energy of the place. Come with an open heart, be prepared to give and you will receive blessings tenfold.

Alison Gillett, from Croydon, England

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Non-duality and Community Spirit in a Delightful Setting

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Flowers rained down on our taxi as it pulled away from Kalikalos a couple of weeks ago. Standing above the road, several members of the staff smiled, waved and blew kisses. This beautiful send-off capped a wonderful week and epitomised for me the ethos of this special place.

I had arrived a week earlier for James Eaton‘s non-duality workshop, and to escape the cold and rain of a British summer. James’ meetings turned out to be most profound. Through dialogue and sitting together in silence, James helped me to clearly see my assumptions about what life is and who I am, and how they contradict my direct experience in this moment. Beliefs were seen for what they are and began to fall away, leaving me with a sense of awe and deep gratitude for the mystery of existence. Outside of the meetings, watching the birds circling and swooping across the lush green valley I had a couple of a-ha moments of deep understanding.

I knew nothing about Kalikalos before coming and had no previous experience of community living. I came purely for the workshop but was very pleasantly surprised by what I found outside of it. Sharing in the cooking, cleaning and gardening proved to be a great way to get to know the staff and volunteers and engendered a true sense of community spirit, something that I feel is quite lacking in the Western world. During my time living in Peru I witnessed a strong sense of community, where people truly look out for their neighbours, friends and extended family. I think this provides a vital contribution to their level of happiness and sense of well-being in spite of material poverty.

And so for me it was wonderful to see people in Europe living this way. The connection I felt with people at Kalikalos and their sister centre at Anilio left me feeling uplifted and blessed. We danced in the forest, swam in the sea and had great conversations around the fire. There was even a rendition of Dolly Parton accompanied by ukulele. What more could a man ask for?

I very much look forward to returning to KaliKalos next year, to connect again with the hard-working and generous community and to teach an Introduction to Astrology workshop. And, hopefully, to receive another flower-strewn farewell.

by Mark Flaherty

www.mark-flaherty.com

Lasting Impressions from the Sustainable Economics Workshop

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Sustainable Economics Workshop, Kalikalos (June 2013)

With the community cooking and cleaning, the mountain walks, the beach learning sessions, the deep conversations, and the general atmosphere of people coming together to share a place and an experience, we were truly living the gift economy, if only for a week. 

I still feel the rich sense of community that was created in only a week by total strangers at the Sustainable Economics workshop.

Sitting at my computer here in Athens, the fresh scents of greenery growing all around and the seascape just out my window seem so far away.  Fortunately, all of the thoughts and feelings that the workshop and my stay at Kalikalos generated in me are fresh.

It was a week’s worth of in-depth, hands-on training in a micro sustainable economy.  This training rejuvenated me and left me better prepared to greet the challenges of life in a city that’s the epicenter of an enormous economic crisis.

Jonathan and his daughter sharing with the group

At the workshop, facilitated by the brilliant Jonathan Dawson of Schumacher College, we of course talked about the key concepts of sustainable economics.  We talked about the ecological limits to economic growth.   Jonathan introduced the main factors that create the imperative for economies to grow.

It’s a big aha moment when you realize that our economy that’s designed to grow forever cannot last much longer on a planet that doesn’t have the resources to support that growth.

All the while, Jonathan kept our spirits up with examples of solutions that are already being put into action, some of which have been around for a long time.  There’s actually so much going right, even after learning about all of the difficulties we face, it’s hard not to be excited about the sustainable economies that are emerging.

I was very impressed not only with Jonathan’s teaching styles, which incorporated many movement-oriented exercises to help our bodies learn  what our minds were processing, but also his approach to the subject matter, which always kept a focus on the positive things that are happening and the complexity involved in the issues at hand.  I very much appreciated his ability to zoom in and out of the subject, from a very detailed view of monetary systems to the expanded context of the evolution of economics.

Jennifer draws a causal loop system with the group at the beach

Although Jonathan brought the main framework for the workshop and guided us along it, he allowed for the group to really explore and dig into the ideas and the feelings that our discussions about sustainable economics brought up.  I was extremely moved by the amount of honesty, empathy, open-mindedness and compassion that I experienced at the workshop and Kalikalos every day, all day long.

With the community cooking and cleaning, the mountain walks, the beach learning sessions, the deep conversations, and the general atmosphere of people coming together to share a place and an experience, we were truly living the gift economy, if only for a week.

I can’t wait to see what the proposed Occupy Money workshop (which will hopefully take place on or around September 6-13) has in store.  I’m so excited about another opportunity to create community in a setting where we’re all learning more about the important issues of money and economics from each other.   My friend, Andrea Bonetti, and I will be offering systems thinking tools that help us think and act more holistically.  Hope to see you there!

by Jennifer Hinton

If this post has piqued your interest, and you are considering attending a future event at Kalikalos, please get in touch!

Kalikalos work week

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Kalikalos is a very magic place. This is the place where centaur Hiron passed knowledge to humans how to heal using words. This is also a place where you can find the Kalikalos Holistic and Yoga Center.

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This is Papa Nero beach – my favorite beach – but there are also other beaches around, nearly empty at this time of the year.
 

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Every year there are few weeks allocated for the volunteers, to work on preparation of the camp for the coming workshops.

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This is a great time of sharing the work, enjoyment of life and beach time with other like minded people.

Once per week we eat out at our favorite restaurant.

Edwin Roman USA/Poland

Volunteering at Kalikalos

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Volunteering means working in the garden and household, preparing Kalikalos Center for the upcoming workshop season, as well as having good times together with the other volunteers.

We are now 15 people of all ages (14 to 81 years old) from 9 different countries. It’s good fun getting to know so many open and giving people, and I am inspired by our shared engagement and knowledge of sustainable living and spiritual practices.

In these photos we are climbing the biggest, oldest and most impressive Plane tree in Europe. It’s branches are giving shadow to a picturesque village square with cafes and restaurants, were we 2_1155_old_tree_sindulged our self with the best chocolate Cake I ever had.

Cooking delicious vegetarian food for the community is great fun, when in lovely company of soul  sisters ! 

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Jock is the founder of Kalikalos, living his vision of a spiritual community in Greece. Here he is focalizing the Saturday morning community meeting in his frog-hat, practicing non violent communication and helping the small and big e
lements of community living run smoothly. 

I enjoy the work, the sun, the sea and the food here, and it feels meaningful for me to share my skills and energy with the people here. I would like to invite you to check out our up coming inspiring workshops this summer ! Mariel Kvaale form Norway. 

Kalikalos starts its 10th year!

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Kalikalos celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with the biggest programme ever.

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We’re renting a second venue nearer the beach, the 3* Hotel Alexandros on 3 acres of  olive groves and fig trees.

The new brochure has gone to the publisher and should be printed in two weeks and Johanna Aro Louis and Catherine Brislee will start mailing them out in early February.

If you are not on the mailing list and want a colour paper brochure–our first since 2010–send us an email.

The effect of Vipassana on the brain

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Click on the photo below to see the video interview with Henk Barendregt.

This is only the first question, more to be published soon.

You can write in if you would like to ask Henk any questions.