Join the Spring Community Work Camp for 2, 3 or 4 Weeks that Help Open Up the Kissos Centre
4 May – 1 June, €75/wk 2017 Projects
This Spring at the Kissos Community Work Camp we have quite a few projects that involve the Kissos infrastructure. Our sanctuary which for many years was located on our neighbor’s property may have to be relocated as the property is up for sale. Many tents will also have to be re-sited and this will probably require quite a bit of landscaping and leveling.
There is always plenty of maintenance to be done during the Spring workcamp. This year we will pick up the work on the forecourt paving which has seen years of neglect, with grass growing in between the stones, many of which are broken. There will be redecorating of rooms and painting of walls.
Dry Walling and Steps
Kissos, like all the villages in N. E. Pelion is built on a mountainside. For centuries here people have used stones dug from the ground as terracing for their gardens. Our property has a number of subsiding dry walls which need rebuilding, so we’ll make a start on shoring up these walls this Spring work camp. In addition to the walls, the steps between the walls need beautifying in the fashion shown in the photo.
Additional Spring Community Work Camp Tasks
Aside from the building and construction work we will be setting up our two 5m yurts, one on the south terrace under the mulberry tree, the other has to be relocated. This is a chance for anyone wishing to learn the basics of yurt construction and maintenance as we unpack and set them up.
There’ll be loads of gardening work as we extend our drip irrigation system to all the hydrangeas and roses and expand the organic vegetable garden on the upper terrace near the new sanctuary building.
In addition to the main building and renovation projects there is spring house cleaning, our ground floor rooms need beautifying with fabrics and paintings, the organic veggie patch gets turned and planted, and of course there is the support team to help with cooking, cleaning, gardening etc.
Autumn in Greece, 14 September – 5 October
In the autumn we convene the second of our community work camps (15 Sept – 6 Oct) to carry on unfinished work from the May camp and to pack up the Centre. We mulch the gardens for the winter, knock down and store the temporary workshop spaces, 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.
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 Camps
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 stay on after the May workcamp and join our summer staff and there are often opportunities for extending your stay in this way.
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.