Join the Spring Community Work Camp for 2, 3 or 4 Weeks to Help Open Up the Kissos Centre
2 May – 30 May 2020, €75/wk 2020 Projects
The Anilio Campus Spring workcamp usually starts two weeks earlier. Please go here for the details and to book.
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.
In July 2019, a severe thunderstorm damaged our reciprocal frame roundhouse group space. This must be rebuilt in May, and we will probably also build a wooden deck floor for the roundhouse.
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.
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.
Community Building in the Community Work Camps
Our 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.