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8 Days Sustainable Cooking Holidays in Greece

8 Days Sustainable Cooking Holidays in Greece

  • Anilio STK Center, Pelion, Greece

Greece Culinary Vacations

Food is life and life needs food; therefore, the better the food is, the better life is and the more sustainable the food is, the happier the planet is! With this in mind, learn to prepare delicious and healthy plant-based food and to use simple ingredients, mostly local and fresh, avoiding consuming highly processed ingredients and ingredients that harm you and the planet. Create a variety of colorful, nutritious dishes and have fun in the process, because a joyful and loving preparation, creates joyful and loving food.

Highlights

  • Hands-on cooking sessions
  • Use simple, local, and fresh ingredients
  • Learn how to prepare healthy dishes with basic equipment
  • Explore the basics of plant-based kitchen with different topics every day
  • Receive a digital book of recipes and community living life
  • Learn about food as a way of eco-activism
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 8 days with instruction
  • English
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The Anilio Center of the Kalikalos network has more space than the other centers and has a large dance floor that opens to the forest. It hosts transformational workshops that take advantage of its natural space, including dance, yoga, and tai chi.The living space is an authentic Greek farmhouse, with beautiful views from the balcony, and the eating area is shaded by a grapevine. This community is also known as Spiti Ton Kentavron, House of Centaurs, to honor Pelion's mythology.

The center's main building is a former family home, set in the midst of gentle woodland in the Pelion Mountains, where, according to the legend, dwelt the fabulous centaurs; half man, half horse. The building has been extensively renovated to cater for workshop groups and it offers 17 beds in six bedrooms, all with shared toilets and showers. The rooms in the house are simply furnished and have stone floors, which help to keep the space cool in the heat of the summer.

You will also find spectacular views from the upper rooms, which include two double rooms and two larger rooms, one with three beds and the other with four. On the lower floor, a twin room and a room for four are found and, separate from the main house, a small block is typically used as staff accommodation. Among the facilities offered by the center, you will find the Lower Group Room, which is 10 by 11 meters and is bordered by a chestnut forest; a beautiful secluded space for workshops and activities.

You will also find the yurt, with a diameter of 5 meters, which provides a group space for small workshops and retreats. This yurt is used for small groups and 1 on 1 healing sessions.The sanctuary, located on the north west side of the property, has a wooden deck, where you can relax and meditate. For the adventurous, there is a tree-house, which can sleep three people on two levels, a bamboo hut, and several tents in and on the edge of the forest. You can bring your own tent or use one belonging to the center. You can stay in the shaded tent area or in the woods. All tents are served by a shower, sinks, and a toilet block.

During this holiday, you will explore the basics of a plant-based kitchen, focusing on a different topic every day. If you remember the food at Anilio Spiti Ton Kentavron, during the 2015 season, perhaps you would like to learn the secrets of Kalikalos' way of cooking or, if you are new to Anilio STK, perhaps you would like to experiment with plant-based food and get to know the reasons behind their food as a way of eco-activism. You will also find that all dishes can be prepared with inexpensive kitchen equipment, making them easy to replicate at home.

A typical day in Kalikalos center

  • 07:30 - 08:05 Qi Gong, Yoga, Tai Chi
  • 08:05 - 08:30 Morning sanctuary led meditation
  • 08:30 - 09:05 Buffet breakfast
  • 09:05 - 09:30 Breakfast cleanup, where everyone helps
  • 09:30 Staff meeting atonement and community meeting on Saturday
  • 09:30 - 13:30 Workshop session; usually with a coffee or tea break midway
  • 13:30 - 14:30 Buffet lunch and picnic boxes for the beach
  • 14:30 - 17:30 Beach / free time
  • 18:15 - 20:00 Guests and staff work together in kitchen, gardens and office
  • 20:00 - 20:45 Dinner
  • 20:45 - 21:30 Dinner cleanup
  • 21:30 - 23:00 Visit the village pub or café, watch a film, healing circle, circle dance, or campfire
  • 23:00 - 08:30 Ashram mode; quiet time until the breakfast bell

This holiday will take place on the edge of the village of Anilio, Greece, in a valley surrounded by a wild chestnut forest and located just a short drive or walk from crystal clear beaches. Anilio is a summer community that has the feel of a large happy family, made up of volunteer staff, guests, and workshop participants. The food is great and abundant and many activities are offered to staff and guests alike.

Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Swimming
General
  • Beach nearby
  • Café nearby
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • Car rental nearby
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

During this holiday, you will learn the basics about a plant-based diet and how to use fresh ingredients that will not harm you or the planet. You will be able to taste your delicious creations and, at the same time, feel the benefits of a diet without highly processed ingredients. Every day you will learn something different in the kitchen, without failing to be amazed by the great flavor. Some of the topics you may cover are:

  • Breakfast energy boosters
  • Indian feast
  • Bella Italia meets bella Grecia
  • Gluten free heaven
  • Easy raw desserts
  • Thai feast
  • Healthy fast food
  • Camp in Choreto or Agios Ioannis
  • Make independent excursions
  • Stay an extra night in Volos
  • 1 copy of the digital book of recipes and community living life
  • 6 evening meals
  • 7 buffet breakfasts
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 snack lunches
  • 20 hours of workshop sessions
  • Daily lift to and from the beaches at Agios Ioannis; except Friday
  • Tasting of the dishes prepared during the classes
  • Airfare
  • Additional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Transportation

Driving directions from National Road Athens - Thessalonica

  • Take the Volos / Velestino exit; not the exit Volos - Neo Anchialos
  • After 13 kilometers (10 minutes), you will meet the Volos ring road, with an entry sign to Portaria
  • In 6,3 kilometers (6 minutes), on the traffic light, turn left; there is a sign for Portaria - Hania
  • If you come from Neo Anchialos, in order to avoid traffic inside Volos, make a left in the entrance road and in 2,3 kilometers, you will find the ring road to Portaria
  • Follow the route to Portaria (15 minutes), continuing on to Hania (another 15 minutes)
  • Departing Hania, follow the road toward the ski resort; do not bear left toward Zagora
  • After 1 kilometer, the road spilts left for Kissos and there is a sign
  • Continue down the mountain for about 20 minutes, passing under the ski lifts
  • Pass outside Kissos and turn left at the stop sign at the builder’s yard
  • After 1 kilometer, the road splits, continue straight ahead toward Agio Ioannis
  • About 0.5 kilometers ahead, at the first hairpin turn, go to the right and then turn left
  • Continuing ahead, you will see a right hairpin turn signposted left to Hotel Eden. Turn left there and park on right side of street after 200 meters.
  • Take the footpath down to STK

Arrival by airplane

Arrive at Athens International Airport (ATH), Thessaloniki Airport (SKG), or Nea Anchialos National Airport (VOL).

Arrival by bus

From the Thessaloniki Airport (SKG), bus number 78 departs every half hour and goes to the main intercity coach station, where intercity KTEL buses leave for Volos. In the high season (beginning of July), the 11 a.m. bus will allow you to reach Volos at 1:30 p.m., in time to catch the 2 p.m. local bus out to Kissos, with a cost of 6 EUR.

Before July and in September, you will have to catch the 8:15 a.m. bus, as the local bus to Kissos leaves Volos at 1:30. The 3:15 p.m. bus from Thessaloniki, is the latest bus, allowing you to get to Volos in time for the 5:45 p.m. Friday afternoon pickup. The train from Thessaloniki is not recommended because the journey takes twice as long as the bus.

To get to Kissos from Volos, you also have the option of taking a local Pilio bus, which leaves daily at 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. It takes a scenic route around the mountain peninsula before arriving at Kissos, two and a half hours later and to Agios Ioannis 2 hours 45 minutes later.

If you must fly to Volos on Thursday, please plan to spend the night there. If you plan to do this, and will arrive in Volos on the same day that you would like to arrive at Kalikalos, be sure to take the bus from Athens by 9 a.m., or the bus from Thessaloniki by 10 a.m., in order to arrive in Volos in time to catch the local Agios Ioannis (Kissos) bus.

Arrival by taxi

Another option is to take a taxi for about 225 EUR from the Thessaloniki Airport (SKG), a practical option for 3 or 4 people.

There's also the option of taking a cab from Volos for about 50 euros. Tell the driver to take you to the Anilio Platia (village square) and then call the Anilio Center so they can direct the driver the last 300 meters.