We buy much of our food from within our area supporting small producers - seasonal fruit & vegetables, olive oil, honey, fish caught in the village, free range meat, locally produced cheese etc.
We have started our own quarterly magazine with the emphasis on local information - environment, flora & fauna, health issues, pet information etc. Given that communities here are scattered in many small mountain villages, the magazine is a focal point of communication, bringing together local Greeks and foreign residents. We also offer free drop-in meditation classes for locals and also drop in yoga classes.
We recycle all our waste and compost all food / garden waste. We have set up a number of wormeries and are helping people to start up their own, giving them a starter kit, (wormeries are relatively unknown here in Greece). We have set up a number of organic bee hives - we do not take all the honey so that the bees remaon healthy over the winter months.
Our garden is grown on ‘water-wise’ principles so that it mostly survives on winter rains – saving substantial amounts of water in an area that can be dry for months in the summer months. We have actively decided against a swimming pool for the same reason and encourage our guests to enjoy the 15 minute walk down the hill to the sea. There is no air conditioning on our property and we rely on the cool summer breezes and fans.
hot water is solar heated.
The horses for our riding holidays are kept in a large open olive grove, free to roam. The philosophy behind classical horse riding is that the rider must build a rapport with their horse. So an integral part of the ride is the time spent with the horse after the riding, where the horse is groomed and massaged. Whips are not used but instead subtle body and breath movements.
Deborah our instructor has over 22 years experience teaching horse riding and personally looks after all the horses. Tackle is carefully fitted and adjusted so that no undue pressure is applied to the horse’s spine and all riders have a leader who checks their balance which again is crucial for the horses well being. Riding is conducted during the cooler parts of the day with horses always being provided with shade and water during breaks.
We support local environmental groups and have started a ‘snake, tortoise and reptile rescue’ service. Animals such as snakes are safely removed from people’s houses or gardens and if injured, they are treated and safely relocated.