Join the Autumn Community Work Camp for 2 or 3 Weeks that Closes Up the Kissos Centre

Autumn in Greece, 15 September – 6 October, €75/week

Our autumn  community work camp (15 Sept – 6 Oct) carries on unfinished work from the May camp and is the time when we pack and close up the Community Centre. We mulch the gardens for the winter, knock down and store the tents, yurts, temporary workshop spaces and the sanctuary, and do maintenance on the buildings: painting and wood preserving. There is some pruning, re-planting and tree work.

The autumn community work camp is a very mellow time as the shadows lengthen, and a strong sense of community emerges in the group. The beaches are warm from about 11:30 am to 3:30 and we go every day for a few hours, often taking a picnic lunch with us.

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As October progresses the nights become cool, warm pullovers are useful and we sleep under blankets. The month is usually a dry one, with the days being clear and crisp yet still warm till late afternoon. In both spring and autumn camps we have a community sharing every morning after breakfast and work a few hours in the morning, go to the beach after lunch and then come back and work a few more hours before dinner in the evening. Workcampers put in about 35 hours/week with one full day off offering completely free time.

As always, working and sharing together as a team engenders a strong community feeling. As opposed to the excitement and strong energy of the May workcamp when we ready ourselves for the new season, the autumn camp is softer and quieter, in keeping for the onset of winter. It’s a time to go inward and reflect on our accomplishments over the summer season and to give ourselves feedback and to envisage next year’s season.

Community Building in the Community Work Camp

Both workcamps provide an opportunity to join the work rhythms of the Centre, to learn natural building methods, organic gardening and to participate in authentic community building. People often elect to join our winter volunteer staff  at our winter venue in Lanzarote after the autumn community work camp.

All of our workcamp projects give excellent opportunities for gender role reversal as you can see from the photos on this page depicting workers from our previous camps.