Anilio Campus

Anilio long room

Anilio is the “Wildside” – Hidden in the Forest with an amazing Dancefloor

The Anilio Campus of the Kalikalos network is in a valley surrounded by wild chestnut forest a short drive or walk to crystal beaches.  It has more space than the other centres and has a large dance floor that opens to the forest. It hosts transformational workshops that take advantage of this natural space including dance, yoga and tai chi.

The living space is an authentic Greek farmhouse with beautiful views from the balcony, the eating area is shaded by a grapevine. This community is also known as Spiti Ton Kentavron, House of Centaurs, to honour Pelion’s mythology.

Spiti ton Kentavron (STK),  is on the edge of a village called Anilio and this summer community 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.

Facilities

  • The 10 x 11m Lower Group Room is bordered by a chestnut forest and is a beautiful secluded space for workshops and activities.
  • The use of a 5m yurt for small groups and 1-1 healing sessions.
  • The House.
  • 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.
  • The dining area seats 30 in a beautiful vine-covered area.
  • You will also have access to free wi-fi internet.

 

Anilio Accommodation

In the House: The centre’s main building is a former family home set in the midst of gentle woodland in the Pelion Mountains where, according to legend, dwelt the fabulous centaurs, half-man half-horse.

The building has been extensively renovated to cater for workshop groups–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. There are spectacular views from the upper rooms where there are two double-bed rooms and two larger rooms, one with three beds and the other with four. On the lower floor is a twin room and a room for four. Separate from the main house is a small block, typically used as staff accommodation.

Single Room Supplement: If you require a single room there is a supplement of €150 payable at the time of booking to reserve this. Depending on availability you may be accommodated at the nearby Soula guest house, a 10 min walk away. The rooms at Soula are ensuite twins. Couples or families wishing one of these rooms may also reserve with the €150 supplement. Please book your accommodation supplements here.

Camping: You can pitch your own tent, or use one belonging to the centre, in our shaded tent area or in the woods–all are served by a shower, sinks and toilet block.

 

Anilio Activities

 

Testimonials from previous guests and staff

“Anilio is an opportunity to learn about working and living communally in an idyllic place, nourished by nature, delicious healthy meals and friendship.” Isabelle Makowska, June 2016

 

“Pilion centre, Anilio is a special place, made so by the combining of special people with loving intentions coming together in a beautiful place. Along with great fresh food, comfortable environment, beautiful beaches you also get singing, dancing, hugging, learning and sharing. The face of the divine is recognised everywhere here.” — Sarasvati Lewis, June 2015

 

“I have just completed the Filming workshop with Olina Lorencova, which has been a fantastic learning experience. I was looking for a bit of technical know-how, however it was the creative aspect of filmmaking that I was most keen to develop. Unfortunately you can’t teach creativity, it is something that has to be brought out from the inside and needs to be nurtured in order for it to develop. This workshop has helped me tremendously in this regard, allowing me connect more deeply with my artistic and creative side and then using this aspect of my personality to guide the film making process. The workshop has been a wonderfully fun and really engaging experience with the learning seeming to happen at a deep organic level. The Kalikalos Holistic Centre provided a really enjoyable environment in which to undertake the workshop, there is a real sense of community and purpose from the friendly, intelligent people involved with the centre and amazing vegetarian food was cooked fresh each day all of which added greatly to the experience.” — John Wood, June 2015

 

“As soon as I arrived I felt a deep sense of belonging to something much bigger than myself where I could be in service and create value. Anilio has been a life changing experience for me in so many ways and created a deep understanding between my husband and I and how we want to be. Connecting in a circle each morning feels like the foundation for building a community who can work and live together harmoniously despite individual differences.  The diversity of people we met here over two weeks has been such a privilege. Men, women and children of all ages from different countries and cultures – I feel strongly this is the way for living sustainably for us all and the planet. The dream has manifested. Gratitude, love and light, Ho.” — Sue-Claire Morris, July 2015

 

“I was here with my son and friends for holidays and it was a very nice stay! People were very nice and interesting and we were completely free to join workshops or spend our time free. We did the last one, because we liked to spend time with our children. All the mornings we were in the community we painted, played, read and ate fresh fruit from the trees. In the afternoon we went to the beaches, by car, which were also beautiful. It’s good to have a car but you can also get a ride (10 minutes to the beach). Thank you very much for a really beautiful hollidays”. — Chisla and Gian, August 2015

 

“It was my best experience at a Kalikalos Centre of my five stays. Such a friendly, welcoming, non-overregulated environment. I think having an abundance of food is also a great part of feeling good and also wine on some nights. I love what you created here this year”. — Sebastian Holovski. August 2015

 

“I would really encourage people to stay here at Anilio/Pelion HC, it allows a perfect, rejuvenating and inspiring blend of discovery, relaxation, community and nature that is rare, and managed by staff who are as down to earth as they are good-natured, kind and generous. I had a ball. Thanks for everything!” — Martin Grimshaw, www.2bwow.org.uk September 2015

“My experience ofAnilio (also known as the Pelion Centre) was, like for many others, a taste ofsomething magic. I don’t say that lightly; I’d come to lead a workshop there with some apprehension about how my yoga teaching style would convey in what appeared to be a collection of buildings and makeshift structures in fairly remote forest on the side of a mountain in Greece! Now perhaps I see the cause of my apprehension – because this mountainside is full of magic, layers and layers of it from time beyond. And what became clear was that I needed to be ready for that, to be responsive and without preconceived ideas, to enter into the spirit of the place. 

When I arrived and walked through my room onto the wooden balcony overlooking the land, I could see the the cells of the trees speak of this, the very soil. Anilio hides in the layers of foliage that surrounds it, masking it from views of the fluorescent sea below, like a giant Green Man perched on the hillside. The simple buildings nest into the surrounding nature, so what’s ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ exist without much separation. The sense of retreat it provides meant that, on our first afternoon, discovering the sparkling beaches below, backed by lush vegetation and wild pine trees (and a ready-made labyrinth shaped in the sand with stones), was rather like finding another planet. These daily trips to the beach to swim, rest, read and enjoy relaxed company had the feel of a holiday, yet were so much more enriching than a holiday could ever be. They offered a natural backdrop to share stories, reflect on life, with people from different countries exploring diverse and interesting fields, and the potential for long-lasting friendships. And so within this tapestry, what people such as me turn up to offer is more like a natural response to what it is to be held in so much beauty and, more than that, to have a sense that all is cradled, right here, in the palms of the gods.  

So, from the poetry to the people! Anilio is more than anything a community, temporary in nature as it forms just over a season,with many people coming and going, but maybe it is the land that enables a depth of relating where something far more permanent is felt. I soon realised that, apart from the structure of my morning yoga workshops, there were also early morning, evening and late night sessions offered by volunteers and facilitators-in-residence that we could all participate in. This not only added to the richness of my experience and gave support and inspiration for my teaching, but also gave me a taste of the community-building, sharing circles and gift exchange that provide a backbone to the Kalikalos vision. Much of the time this was unspoken, but the sense was of something clearly counter-cultural, where relationship is at the centre; each person is invited to venture into a more authentic relationship with themselves through listening to others and sharing aspects of their own journey. It was during these times that, far from being an enclosed bubble, we were able to hear first-hand from Greek members the impacts of the threatened collapse of the their economy happening all around us, as well as many other personal insights and struggles, creating a beautiful and healing meeting point of the ‘magic’ and the ‘real.’ 

I could go on, about the wonderful walks, memorable conversations; the laughter as we cooked together, journeyed up and down the hill by foot or by car between the beach and the mountain, or danced into the night. But perhaps it’s enough to say I am already excited that I have been invited to return to Anilio to offer another workshop in 2016, and encourage you to come too. With an open and accepting heart, you can expect to be transformed.” — Rebecca Brewin, July 2015 www.handtoearth.net

 


Facilitator in Residence (FIR)

Flexible Dates
Become a Facilitator in Residence (FIR) Throughout the season, workshop participants and other community members in the Centres, have access to holistic services offered by our Facilitators-in-Residence (FIRs). Over the years our FIRs have offered all types of yoga, massage, art therapy, voice and singing, Feldenkrais method, theatre, dance, aromatherapy, creative writing, meditation, astrology, Sociocracy etc. As our scheduled workshops and retreats typically occupy the mornings from about 9:30 to 1:30, and the afternoons are beach and leisure time, FIRs…

Living-in-Community at Anilio Guest Programme

Flexible Dates
Experience community living at Kalikalos without attending a workshop! Stay with us as a living-in-Community guest and meet new friends sharing your holistic perspective. Many of our guests choose to come to Kalikalos as Living-in-Community guests without attending a scheduled workshop. Simply being here in the community living environment can be a fulfilling and transformative experience! Far more than guests, you are community members, joyfully collaborating in the rhythms of daily life and adventuring together though Pilion. You are welcome…

Spring Community Building Weeks

Flexible Dates
Anilio Campus
Our Community Building Weeks are the first part of our Volunteer Programme before workshops start at the beginning of the season. Things are quieter with fewer people on-site and a focus on the setup and maintenance tasks needed to get ready for the coming season. This year our setup programme will run until 31st May 2019 and the weekly volunteer contribution is reduced to €75 (instead of €90) during these weeks. Some of our current projects include: Setting up the…

Autumn Community Building Weeks

Flexible Dates
The Autumn Community Building Weeks is the last part of our Volunteer Programme after all of the workshops as we begin to pack things away and prepare the site for closure over winter. Things are quieter with fewer people on-site and a focus on packing away and maintenance tasks needed to get ready for winter ahead. This year our takedown programme will run from 11th Sept 19 until 30th Sept 19 and the weekly volunteer contribution is reduced to €75 (instead of €90) during these…

Holistic Massage Workshop

With Cathy Alderson

June 24 - July 1, 2020
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Expires: May 12, 2020.
“Massage brings peace to a troubled mind and relief to a tense body” - Hippocrates. Book onto a beautiful, affordable Retreat, in a forest, up a mountain, near the sea in the unspoilt region of Mount Pelion, Greece. Incorporate your holiday with a new learning experience in the supportive environment of the Kalikalos community, where you will learn new skills to nurture yourself and others. Suitable for Singles, Couples, Beginners or experienced Therapists. This course explores the ancient healing arts…
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Alexandros campus

hotel alexandros

 

A magical place nestled in an olive grove offers comfort and beauty a short walk from pristine Plaka Beach.

An intentional authentic community is holding a place of transformative quality.

Overlooking a marvelous scenery of green hills and a panoramic view of the Aegean Sea, it witnesses the rhythms of nature from sunrise to sunset.

The center offers cognitive workshops as well as courses in body awareness:  self inquiry, yoga and contemplation, dance, art, Radical Honesty psychology or experiential workshop on imminent climate change.

The rich vegetation in this area is nurtured by countless waterfalls and springs which flow through densely wooded hills. Just by following your senses you will encounter a plethora of aromatic herbs on the hiking paths, many of which have medical properties. Pelion has an ancient healing tradition going back to the wounded healer Chiron of Greek mythology. Scenic beaches, lush vegetation, springs of crystal clear water and a large variety of fruits and flowers, all compose a unique picture of the magic of nature.

 

lunch at Alexandros

Facilities

A bright, 90 sqm2 ground floor with a clean aesthetic offers an ideal space for intimate workshops as well as for dancing and various body- activities. For smaller groups who appreciate a quiet, intimate space we offer a yurt. A new sanctuary has been constructed like a bid’s nest in the olive grove .

The front lawn with a wide and spectacular view to the daily sunrises invites also for meditation, yoga, thai chi or creative writing.  Early risers walk down to the sea for a swim. Groups who look for a closer contact to nature appreciate the outside area for their sessions.

 

Vipassana at Alexandors

 

 

Accommodation

A three-story building of traditional design, Alexandros has 7 en suite twins, 1-2  en suite single rooms, 1 triple room, all with fantastic sea views and balcony except of the triple room.

We can accommodate and care for a total of 20 – 25 people.

The large 90 sqm2 wooden studio-room serves as a shared community and workshop space that is airy, light and very languorous with a fireplace on a fresh spring or September day.

 

Our space is held by a community of individuals from all parts of the world, mainly England, Italy, France, Greece, Germany, Australia, Switzerland, Austria, the States …..

 

attunement at Alexandros

 

The team is slightly different as every year people inspired by the vision of authentic living  join us for a couple of weeks, sometimes months.

What connects us all in our colorful diversity is the common vision to create a new culture of wholeness based on authentic sharing. This requires new structures and processes for group living .

The magic that unfolds in a community where we take care to create a safe space, allows the individual to be vulnerable, speak from the heart and be accepted and welcomed also with his or her shadow sides. This is where transformation of the individual, the group, the society can take place.

 

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Kissos campus

Xenonas Martiou

Kissos

Our Kissos campus is located in the beautiful Greek village of Kissos.  We offer programs that are both intellectually stimulating  and experiential in nature. They are themed around healing {self, society, planet),  interpersonal communication, personal creativity, sustainable economics and self-inquiry.

Set in a lovely hillside area overlooking the Aegean sea it experiences amazing sunrise views. Kissos is a village of fruit trees, flowers and greenery, carved out of the forest above the seaside and about 25 miles/35 km (an hour’s drive) from the city and port of Volos. At an altitude of 515 meters (1600 ft), Kissos evades the extreme heat, staying comfortably warm even in August. The village is notable for its 16th Century ornate Greek Orthodox church and its fine tavernas specialising in regional dishes.

Due to the easy walk to the village, the forest and daily rides to the beach this centre is the most suitable for those who are not able to walk so well or far.

 

Kissos Campus Facilities

 

 

Kissos Accommodation and Food

 

 

Kissos Activities

 

 

Kissos Campus Testimonials 2018

“Paula was wonderful and really was great about trying to adapt the menu to our family’s needs. The yoga was fabulous! Definitely felt improvement in our flexibility. We are definitely leaving more healthy than when we arrived. I really loved how everyone was so kind and friendly with our children.” K Mc Devit 21/8/18

“To spend a week in Kalikalos means to reconnect with myself, with old and new friends, expand myself, grow and be held by the magical Pelion, nurtured by the beauty around, the close Aegean sea and the shining sunshine. Thank you.” G Gogan, 19 July 2018

“Spending a whole week in Kalikalos has been a fantastic experience. I love the workshops in the yurts, the circle time, the singing. I felt very welcomed and nurtured. thank you.” M T King, July 19 2018

“Everyone welcomed me with open arms! I loved sharing in the cooking course  and meeting like minded and very friendly people. It really did feel like the group became family. I’m so happy I came across the Kalikalos website and was able to join you all. I learned a lot about community and about myself. I hope that I will be able to visit again.” Elise, July 4 2018.

“So grateful I came here! It exceeded my expectations. Thank you for sharing this unique, special & healing place.” M. Kram, 7.6.18

“The lovely and warm people in the community here at Kalikalos, it is really quite special.  Also the sea was unbelievably beautiful and healing. I love the village of Kissos and all the surrounding communities I had the pleasure of experiencing.”Rachel, 7/6/18

Kissos Campus Testimonials 2017

“Wonderful environment, lovely community experience, felt nurture and accepted by the core community. A well-run retreat with a grounded management team” S. Morton 2017

“Good energy of centre and place. Location is amazing -Kissos attractive village. Good collaborative and kinship feeling which is inspiring” J Murray, 2017”

“It’s really well run, clear structure and info, great staff and volunteers, thank you all for a brilliant week.” M. Sherlin, 2017

“Calm, friendly, warm community mood.  The healthy eating and preparation provided a safe space to re-open my heart.” A. Kyritsis, 2017

“I felt really supported throughout my stay here, even when I came across my blocks and this was truly wonderful, thank you so so so much for everything. felt truly resurrected and blessed.” I Astansk, 2017

“Harmonious atmosphere. Everyone working together, staff were great!” E. Kovaes, 2017

“I really enjoyed the workshop, conversing, interacting and connection with people in the workshop and among the guests and staff.” P. Jordan, 2017

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Centres

Alexandros campus

Alexandros campus

  A magical place nestled in an olive grove offers comfort and beauty a short walk from pristine Plaka Beach. An intentional authentic community is holding a place of transformative quality. Overlooking a marvelous scenery of green hills...
Anilio Campus

Anilio Campus

Anilio is the "Wildside" - Hidden in the Forest with an amazing Dancefloor The Anilio Campus of the Kalikalos network is in a valley surrounded by wild chestnut forest a short drive or walk to crystal beaches.  It has more space than the other centres ...
Kissos campus

Kissos campus

Kissos Our Kissos campus is located in the beautiful Greek village of Kissos.  We offer programs that are both intellectually stimulating  and experiential in nature. They are themed around healing {self, society, planet),  interpersonal communication, pe...
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