About.

Re-Green is an EcoCulture center & an active Permaculture farm. It is not a Hotel. 

Our intention is to share the miracles that happened in our lives with other people, like reversing heavy health issues, regenerating our physical & spiritual body, learning how to grow food, building shelters, making medicines & health care products, creating soil, saving energy & more. We dreamt to be a place of healing and connection with the Earth & the Spirit. 

Today it is one of Re-Green’s intrinsic qualities to invite Masters and Elders from different fields and from all over the globe, to learn from their expertise using the wheel of existing wisdom. Courses are also run by the Re-Green circle: Yoga, Permaculture, Natural building and Herbal medicine. An annual PDC is held since 2012 with our teachers Dr Rod Everett and Mill Millichap. The infrastructure of Re-Green is also offered for rent during the year, though arrangements need to be made well in advance.

Re-Green is an ecoculture center based on a mountain countryside, aiming to actively experience the power of Green living. We are convinced that the world’s problems, the economic crisis, the diseases, the climate change, the pollution etc can be solved by Re-Greening our lives. Re-Green stands for everything… re-use and re-cycle things, reduce waste, refuse in the first place, repair, re-think our actions, re-write the rules, re-view, re-model, re-design, re-invent Life! Re-Green means to take responsibility and to simplify. Re-Green is Permaculture, Sustainable Living, Energy Saving, Self-Sufficiency, Nutrition with Real Food.

Re-Green extends to Meditation, Elevation, Compassion and Love to all the Creation.

It is a project of two people who consciously abandoned the hectic city life and moved to the countryside with the aim to build a life of trust, love and care for the Earth. The project is about a never ending design of a Sustainable and Regenerative model of living following the principles of Permaculture. It’s about Balance within the four elements of Fire, Earth, Water and Air. Locally grown healthy food, nature friendly structures, traditional remedies and ancient models of healing, fresh air, active work with the body, mindfulness and open hearts.

We believe that the transition to Re-Green is about self responsibility, but it is as critical to involve the energy and contribution of other people too. This is why we are also creating a welcoming home for people who share the same ideas with us, so that we all can change together and multiply the effect of this transition with awareness around!

Follow us as we take each step in our path of transformation and let’s explore together the art of learning and sharing in the supportive community of Re-Green.

Experiences

$560/person
September 20 - 23, 2018
  • Meditation
  • yoga
  • dance
  • cultural exchange
  • permaculture
  • holistic health
  • medicinal plants
Would you like to celebrate the Full Moon and the Autumnal Equinox in a stunning waterfall plunging down from the sky? To purify and heal by creating a pilgrimage with all the ‘falling leaves ‘ (that don’t serve you anymore,) calling the Autumn in the abundant Forrest? To re-discover your inner child singing with birds, air, scents, textures and sights...

Bookings.

$850/person

Plasters and Paints – Natural Building Course 2018

Sep 01 - Sep 09, 2018
Food included
Plasters and Paints – Natural Building Course
lime / earth / gypsum / natural paints
Natural Materials for a healthy and durable construction course aimed to discover some of the ancestral techniques to cover walls, floors, ceilings and outdoors. Practices of plastering, stuccos, tadelakt technique and paintings with traditional formulas elaborated by hand exploring LIMEs, GYPSUMs, EARTHs and natural COLORS.

With this course we intend to share a deep and complex knowledge as much as exciting and beautiful, on the natural matter and the ancestral techniques that we have inherited after thousands of years of practice. We will combine theory and practice, in a permanent coexistence, stimulating curiosity and experimentation. We will begin by familiarizing ourselves with the materials: their origin in the territory, their transformation and manipulation to become a construction material, their cycles, their combination with other materials, the preparation of the mixtures, etc. We will work on samples and tests that help to understand the behaviour of each material according to its nature and the technique used. For example, what are the keys in the kneading of the plaster for the execution of a stucco, in comparison with the kneading for a simple plastering of a wall; or what should we take into account when preparing and storing a paste of lime for the finish of a facade, compared to the lime we will use for a base lining; what additives can we use to alter the characteristics of a mortar according to the available raw material; how the colours are prepared and how they affect the mix, etc. It seems interesting to us to tackle different materials and techniques at the same time, as well as to propose different supports on which to intervene (a brick wall is not the same as a stone wall, or an old plaster as a new one) in order to fully understand the possibilities at our reach. Throughout history, countless techniques have been put into practice according to the needs to be solved and the materials and capacities available, so we do not want to give recipes as much as provide sufficient knowledge to solve according to each case. To strengthen learning we will do tests on the following techniques:

– plastering lime and sand
– plaster stuccos ·lime stuccos + tadelakt type stuccos
-natural paintings + mineral coloring earths

Depending on the progress of the course we can introduce more techniques, such as the mixture of lime and gypsum, graffiti, tiling, stained glass, clay mixtures, etc.

Theoretical cases: your projects. We will approach the cases that the participants want to share: the needs of your projects (how can I do the plastering of an old dry stone wall?) How can I intervene on walls that have already been plastered with cement? Under what conditions can I Run a continuous floor? How can I guarantee a good insulation? And a good waterproofing? How do I repair a plaster in poor condition?). We will think together in the most convenient architectural solutions in each case, to connect our new capabilities with the complexity of a building according to their specific needs.

Finally, the great challenge, we will practice on a real case: the coating of some part of the beautiful project Re-Green, to test methods of design, organisation, costs, times, magnitudes, the distribution of work, how to make a good team, etc.

This course is an intensive 9 days offering interactive practical and in depth theory sessions daily and most evenings ~ requiring full attendance moving as a group, therefore even local attendees are expected to stay on -site – please also expect to have fun!

About the teachers – Luis & Monica

Luis Prieto Prieto is a craftsman, a stucco plaster master, with extensive experience in interior and exterior works of heritage and vernacular buildings. He learned the craft by family tradition and through various courses of ceramics and colorimetry in Higher Institutes of Crafts in Spain, Belgium and France. He works traditional techniques with materials artisanally produced. He researches, documents and disseminates these procedures. He has given practical lectures and workshops in many Spanish and Portuguese universities, in the Madridpainters’ union, in the Federación Nacional de Empresarios Pintores (ANSPI), in the Cal de Morón Museum, and in the Fundación Laboral de la Construcción. He is an Advisor and Editor at the National Qualifications Institute. He is co-author of the book Artes de los yesos.

Mónica Bujalance Moreta is an architect (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) in love with self-management construction and natural matter and its artistic and liberating potential. She has been working as an artisan for some years, building without the use of cement or petrochemistry industry materials, as part of an experimental team based in horizontal relationships. She is now building in the forest playing the old slow way, experimenting permacultural values in her architecture.

Luis & Monica have offered courses together since 2014 with the aim of sharing our passions and provide future generations with a millenary culture in danger of extinction. Calling it ‘Recovery of constructive sovereignty’ (for the right of people to know the matter and its manipulation to build their houses).
Note: all skills and levels of knowledge and practice will be welcome. We can attend to different degrees of complexity at the same time, and we believe that this situation is very interesting for all the people who participate.

What is Included:
8 nights/9 days Accommodation – (see options below)
3 daily organic vegetarian meals form the ‘magic’ kitchen
All tuition / lessons and practical materials required
Use of Re-Green Facilities including our natural swimming pond!
Pick up and drop off from Akrata the nearest beach town.

Investment:
Guest-house shared accommodation 680€

Camping ( byo tent) – 620€

*Greek nationals please contact us

To hold your space we ask for a deposit of 100€
If you wish to join this unique course or have additional questions please email: info@re-green.gr

T: Flery: +30 6948407233. or Amber: +30 6983042909

If we don’t answer we may be in the garden so email us!

About Re-Green:
Re-Green is an ecoculture center based on a mountain countryside, aiming to actively experience the power of Green living. We are convinced that the world’s problems, the economic crisis, the diseases, the climate change, the pollution etc can be solved by Re-Greening our lives. Re-Green stands for everything… re-use and re-cycle things, reduce waste, refuse in the first place, repair, re-think our actions, re-write the rules, re-view, re-model, re-design, re-invent Life! Re-Green means to take responsibility and to simplify. Re-Green is Permaculture, Sustainable Living, Energy Saving, Self-Sufficiency, Nutrition with Real Food.
Re-Green extends to Meditation, Elevation, Compassion and Unconditional Love to all living beings in the Planet. Its a project of two people who consciously abandoned the hectic city life and moved to the countryside with the aim to build a life of trust, love and care for the Earth. The project is about a never ending design of a Sustainable and Self Sufficient model of living following the principles of Permaculture. It’s about Balance within the four elements of Fire, Earth, Water and Air. Self grown healthy food, nature friendly structures, traditional remedies and ancient models of healing, fresh air, active work with the body, mindfulness and open hearts.
We believe that the transition to Re-Green is about self responsibility, but it is as critical to involve the energy and contribution of other people too. This is why we are also creating a welcoming home for people who share the same ideas with us, so that we all can change together and multiply the effect of this transition with awareness around!

The Maloca / hall will set the base location of theory and discussion when not outside – It is a 100sq/metre octagon shala built with local, natural materials. A reciprocal beam structure roof covers the walls and windows hosting different natural techniques and is able to be heated by a very efficient wood burning rocket mass heater. It is entirely built by volunteers, helpers and ourselves and has pillows, carpets for comfort. Located within Re-Greens property it overlooks the green forest on the south and the blue greek sea on the north. We simply love it!

Food Glorious Food
Being summer time the menus will consist of fresh salads from our gardens, organic grains, seeds, nuts and local produce. Wood fired pizza is always a welcomed to celebrate. 3 vegetarian meals will be offered per day with coffee, herbal teas and organic fruit available throughout.

Accommodation
Our renovated 250 year old guest-house offers shared accommodation in cool stone built rooms. Including private bathrooms and cocomat bedding – rooms offer a spacious setting, accommodating 3 – 4 people in each room.
The camp site with views to the sea is situated on various levels to offer campers privacy and quietness. With fresh water and dry toilets, 2 showers with hot water and bathroom facilities are also available.

Re-Green is located in the beautiful scenic village of Seliana, Greece. Easily accessible, it is 160 km from Athens in the Northern Peloponnese.How to get to us?.. We will arrange pick-up times on the arrival day form Akrata according to arrivals of participants
$700/person

The Equanimous Heart | A Vipassana Retreat w/ Whit Hornsberger

Oct 19 - Oct 26, 2018
Food included
The Equanimous Heart | A Vipassana Retreat w/ Whit Hornsberger
The mindful practice of insight meditation (vipassanā) is considered to be the direct path laid down by the Buddha himself for the purification of beings, for the overcoming of sorrow and lamentation, for the disappearance of pain and grief and for the complete cessation of all forms and levels of physical and mental suffering (dukkha).
Through the application of mindfulness (sati), concentration (samādhi) becomes increasingly more refined, providing a stable platform for the intimate investigation into the phenomena of mind (nāma) and body (rūpa). Through patient endurance and ardent effort we begin to find refuge within the ever increasing equanimity of the heart-mind, a spacious, unshakable vantage point from which to see into the ultimate reality of our psycho-physical embodiment. Through direct-felt experience insights arise, propelling the practitioner to a compassionate understanding of the laws that govern life and subsequent wisdom capable of freeing each of us from the self-generated suffering of mind.

In this eight day silent retreat we will apply the systematic methodology of the revered Burmese meditation master, Mahasi Sayadaw. Mahasi’s accessible, yet potent, scientific approach to the study of consciousness gives rise to transformative insight into the true nature of the mental (nāma) and physical (rūpa) phenomena, that which forms the bedrock of our human experience.

As knowledge is born that all psycho-physical phenomena are transient (anicca), unmanageable and beyond our control (anattā), attachment (taṇhā) to them dissolves, dispelling the fires of greed (lobha) and aversion (dosa). In the wake of their cessation, the heart-mind becomes spaciously equanimous, liberated from suffering, beautified by insight.

The great Burmese Master Mahasi Sayadaw’s approach to meditation is very clear, very precise and ‘to the point,’ faithfully adhering to the method of the Buddha in his own successful search for Enlightenment. Whit Hornsberger’s experiences of intensive monastic meditation in Burma, combined with his studies of Yoga and other forms of Eastern Spirituality, have given him a unique ability to communicate to Westerners a classical approach to meditation, one that is deeply rooted in the profound Burmese tradition.

This silent retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, daily yoga practice and interviews with the teacher.

Where:
The setting in the mountains of the Peloponnese, Greece at
Re-Green Ecoculture Centre offers connection to nature and the surrounding silence of abundance.
*See more in discussion board for accomodation, food and facilities and images.

Investment includes:
7 nights shared accomodation in spacious guesthouse with woodstoves & coconut bedding
3 Vegetarian Organic meals per day
Guidance/ teachings from Whit Hornsberger
Use of all facilities including Temezcal natural steamhouse session
Pick up & drop off from Akrata – the nearest beach town

Earlybird registration before 15th August
€490 per person + dāna***

Full Price after 15th August
560€ + dāna***

***What is Dāna?***

The Buddhist teachings have always been considered to be priceless and thus have traditionally remained outside the realm of commodification. In Whit’s many years as a student and teacher of vipassāna he has always received his transmission of the teachings from his teachers by way of dāna or the practice of generosity and we are honoured that he has decided to offer this retreat at Re-Green no different than those he teaches in his home country of Canada, by dāna.

The practice of of vipassāna is designed to reduce the conditioned defilements of the mind – greed (lobhā), anger (dosa) and delusion (mohā).

In the words of revered meditation master Mahāsi Sayadaw:

“The aim of this practice and its greatest benefit is release from greed, hatred and delusion, which are the roots of all evil and suffering.”

Thus the practice of giving from the heart (dāna) was applied to the tradition by the Buddha to help release the heart from the shackles of greed. Whit is adamant that the future of our species and our planet depends on dissolving the greed that has become so inherent in our societies. The offering of this retreat to you by way of dāna and your support of the teachings by way of dāna is not only of benefit for those attending retreat but is placing faith in each other that we can move in a more altruistic direction as a human family.

How much should I give for dāna?

This is a frequently asked question that is difficult to answer. When you consider that the teacher receives no wage, no payment other than your basic offering, all in return for the service of helping you, for giving teachings, private counselling and guidance, then you should be motivated, we think, to give very well indeed.
Offering Dana is a personal spiritual “practice” and thus requires a deep look into yourself — what do these teachings really mean to you? How valuable are they? What does it mean to you to be able to be a part of a tradition based on generosity? What can you truly afford in expressing your gratitude and support for what your teachers offer to you and the world? At the end of the retreat you will be given an empty envelope. Please use this opportunity to show your gratitude. Your donation is private and, if you prefer, anonymous.

Group packages available, please ask.
A deposit of 150€ is asked to hold your place.
**this retreat is offered to 20 participants only

For registration / more information email ~ info@re-green.gr
or phone – Amber +30 6949122813

More on Whit Hornsberger
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/soularchyoga
Website – https://www.soularchyoga.ca/

Whit Hornsberger is a driven, passionate and inspiring being.
Driven by an innate belief that each of us is capable of radical, spontaneous evolution, Whit’s unrelenting determination and commitment to applying and sharing ancient wisdom as a catalyst for individual and in turn social change has seen him become a highly sought after teacher all around the world.
Through direct personal suffering Whit has devoted his life to the powerful, life-changing and for him, life-saving wisdom of the ancient traditions of Classical Yoga (Patañjali) and Theravada Buddhism. His life has become a medium through which he humbly transmits the teachings of the past in a colloquial manner to students from all walks of life, emphasizing that freedom from suffering is not only possible but is an endeavour that ought to be taken up by each of us.
Whit is an ardent student, whose commitment to awaken beyond the limitations of his own conditioned mind has led him around the world, from monastic experience in Myanmar (Burma) to dedicated study in revered yogic institutions of India (Kaivalyadhama), solo retreats in the forests of Canada and the United States, urban study with senior teachers within the Krishnamacharya lineage (Ramaswami) of traditional Vinyasa Yoga and seemingly everywhere in between.
Those dedicated efforts have resulted in a teacher who embodies the path with integrity and authenticity, whose compassion and loving-kindness for each student he meets is palpable and whose drive to create social change and a better future for our species and planet is evident to anyone who has the fortunate opportunity to study with Whit.
International classes, workshops, intensives, retreats, conferences, online practices and trainings are the ground from which Whit guides practitioners towards embodied well-being. His teachings faithfully adhere to the Vinyasa Krama method of the father of modern yoga, Sri T. Krishnamacharya, the Mahasi Method of vipassana (insight) meditation passed down by the late, venerable Mahasi Sayadaw (Burma) and his unique integration of Buddhist psychology with the contemporary practice of yin yoga.
Whit firmly believes that in order to move forward we must look to our past and the wisdom of our ancestors. As an internationally recognized teacher Whit continuously ensures that he honours the ancient wisdom traditions that saved his life, emphasizing through action that he is simply a medium through which the knowledge can continue to be past down, undiluted, for generations to come.

Key Stats.

Year founded

2011

Size of project site

6 hectares

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Greek
  • Spanish

People on site

5 - 40

Dry season

March to December

Wet season

January to March

Living Conditions.

Sleeping

  • shared rooms
  • tent camping

Vegetarian Food

  • over 80% locally sourced

Internet

  • slow: emails only

Ongoing classes

  • yoga
    3-5 times per week
  • permaculture
    daily
  • plant medicine
    daily

Opportunities

Re-Green EcoCulture Center is currently offering the following opportunities:

  • natural building
  • gardening

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