THE KENYAN DIARIES OF A CYPRIOT – DAY 2

DAY 2
It’s 6:15 and the morning sun has still to reveal his face behind the dry hills of Nattum. Birds have already filled the valley with their melodies. People are have already began to move around, brushing their teeth, washing their faces and getting ready for the first workshop session.
A cup of warm mixed tea was awaiting for us along freshly baked bread that just […]

By |June 1st, 2018|Report|0 Comments

THE KENYAN DIARIES OF A CYPRIOT – DAY 1

DAY 1
We met at the bus station – we were a diverse group of people originating from many parts of the world: Uganda, Somalia, India, Cyprus, Hungary, USA along with many locals. Soon we were all packed in several matatus and we were now heading towards North Laikipia where our final destination was located: The Natuum womens’ community.
We came here to learn water harvesting techniques […]

By |April 21st, 2018|Report|0 Comments

WATER: SOLUTIONS TO A RISING GLOBAL CHALLENGE IN KENYA

In January 2018, a key workshop on climatic changes reaction steps was held in Laikipia region of Kenya. The course dealt with one of the most rising crisis societies need to face today: WATER.
Water is the most quintessential resource on our planet for the survival of all living beings. As humans, our bodies are about seventy percent water, the same as the percentage of water […]

By |March 29th, 2018|Report|0 Comments

Run For Seeds 2018 – Report

Last Sunday, 11th of March 2018, the 1st RUN FOR SEEDS – PETRERA ECO RUN took place in Pertrera Permaculture Land, in Kalo Chorio Orinis.
People of a great range of ages, backgrounds, and nationalities came together with one aim: TO RUN & HIKE FOR SEEDS – a step towards freedom, independence and resilience. These past decades, seed freedom and food-security are in threat. Big corporate interests […]

By |March 15th, 2018|Report|0 Comments

Peliti Seed Festival 2017: A celebration of Life – A celebration of Freedom!

24th April 2017 Mesochori.

Another Panhellenic seed festival has come to an end: the 1st Olympic Seed Festival & 17th Peliti Seed Festival. A celebration where seed savers come together from all countries of the world to exchange experiences, knowledge and seeds from their regions.

Everything began 22 years ago with the vision of Panayiotis Sainatoudis, the coordinator of the largest seed exchange group in Greece, Peliti.

In […]

By |May 20th, 2017|Report|0 Comments

A green oasis in Skouriotissa: An afternoon at Agniya’s vegetable garden

As I stepped in through the arched entrance, it felt as if I was entering a private paradise: an oasis of trees, vegetable plants and flowers, all together radiating a bright tone of green. A light that the more you stared, the more it lured you in.
Agniya welcomed me with a warm smile and her fluent Greek: I knew from her husband that she wasn’t born in Cyprus, so I have assumed our afternoon chat was going to take place in English – little did I know about this talented young woman. […]

By |July 23rd, 2016|Report|2 Comments

Designing Resilience in Drylands: A PDC in Cyprus – Summer 2016

Cyprus – A point of attraction for so many conquerors throughout the centuries. A gem many wanted to posses for its strategic placement and the abundance of fossil wealth present on the island. Nevertheless, copper and gold weren’t the only precious commodities in Cyprus in the old times.

There’s a part of our island’s natural history only known by a few: Cyprus used to be covered from top to bottom by a wealth of vegetation. From high up Troodos mountains, all the way down to the coasts, Cyprus used to be covered by trees – lush and diverse forests primarily consisting of Cyprus oak – now known as Syrian oak, since for centuries now it has been extinct from Cyprus.

Why is it that we allowed a couple of centuries of intense deforestation patterns, and now, degenerative agriculture practices, lead our island towards environmental exhaustion?

What happened to that diverse paradise and why is the image we have today for Cyprus, more of a dryland, inevitably heading towards desertification?

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By |June 26th, 2016|Report|0 Comments

Building Dreams In the Heart of Achaia

Re-Green & Liveloula: The growing Permaculture Communities in the Pelloponese
“Nice to meet you. I’m Joey! Come on in”

Those were the first words of my future classmate and dear friend Joey, as he was picking me up from the center of Akrata, a small coastal town on the north of Pelloponese. We were both heading up to Seliana, for our full permaculture immersion that was going […]

By |May 25th, 2016|Report|0 Comments

A talk on Permaculture with Athina Violari – Cyprus Radio

During autumn 2015, we had one goal:

To travel to Mallorca and complete our Teachers’ Permaculture Training with one of the world’s leading Permaculture teachers and designers: Rosemary Morrow.

Well, we made it thanks to the warm support of our community: through a successful Indiegogo campaign we managed to collect all the required funds that enabled us to attend the seminar.

Listen to everything that happened, and get […]

By |May 2nd, 2016|Report|0 Comments

Growing Food in mid of Town: Urban Paradises in the heart of Athens

“Come – we can spend some time in the garden and then head to the center,” said Alexandros when looking to organize my visit in the urban center of Greece, the city of Athens.

Through our prior communication I could tell that Alexandros had his hands full, running around a fully bloomed vegetable garden, expanding his growing territory every time more, and experimenting all the time with new Permaculture techniques.

I was expecting therefore to arrive to a suburban piece of land where Alexandros could easily expand and cultivate the land freely. What I saw though, pleasantly surprised me.

 

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By |February 7th, 2016|Report|3 Comments