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Kalikalos

Last updated: January 25, 2016 (2 weeks ago)

Listing created on: October 25, 2008

Kalikalos

(Pelion, Magnesia, Greece)

Mission Statement:

Summer community in Greece

Community Description:

Kalikalos is a seasonal summer community located in the Pelion region of Greece, established by the Holly Foundation (a 501(C)3 not-for-profit educational trust) to demonstrate the value of authentic community as a vehicle for a new culture of peace, partnership and sustainability. Our mission is to show that by sharing, working, learning, and playing together, each of us—by living our own unique truths—can heal ourselves and our planet.

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We are an educational project, in effect a living-learning community-based summer school, running each year for five months from mid-May through mid-October in Greece. The core community consists of two or three full-time members and up to half a dozen transient volunteers who stay for periods of one to five months, receiving food and accommodation in exchange for their work in the community. Our income is derived from workshops, retreats, work-camps, and conferences in the areas of healing (self and planet), personal creativity, interpersonal communication, and Self-enquiry.

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Our aim is to provide a temporary but authentic community environment for our guests and participants to practice living the values and insights gained through the holistic courses offered here.

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The international community group that holds the Centre is inspired by the Findhorn ecovillage in northern Scotland, employing many of the processes developed there, including particularly attunement with nature, focalisation of work, and Way of Council. Our decisions are mostly made through consensus. We have a large organic vegetable garden that incorporates permaculture principles. We are located in the Pelion forest, a lush green ecosystem about seven kilometers from spectacular Aegean beaches.

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We are always open to new temporary community members, who usually come to us first on a two-week trial basis during which we ask for a small financial contribution (currently $200).

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During the winter months community members disperse, but many of them continue to work for the community doing fund raising, PR, web design, brochure layout, and other administrative jobs in preparation for the following summer in Greece.

About

  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything)
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Area: 1 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 3
  • Land owned by: An absentee landlord
  • Additional Comments: additional tents and yurts

Membership

  • Adult Members: 8
  • Non-member Residents: 14
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Please contact us by email, phone, or mail. From November to April, write to us at Beeches, Nelson rd, Forres IV36 1DR, Scotland. From May to October, contact us at the Kalikalos Centre in Kissos, Pelion, Greece. +30 24260 31346
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: See general description
  • Additional Comments: all spiritual traditions honoured

Government

  • Decision Making: Sociocracy
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: A few decisions are made by a hierarchy. Most are made by sociocratic consent in circles.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments: 120 hrs/month

    $200 for two week trial period

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%

Lifestyle

  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Vegetarian (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments: increasing

    Vegetarian

    There is a smokers area

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs)

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), www.pilioncentre.com, www.alexandros-kalikalos.com

Community Affiliations

Findhorn Foundation and Community

Keywords

vacation, holistic

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge