Spring at Kalikalos
Call for a Vegetarian Cook for August and September at the Alexandros campus.
If you are interested to be a creative chief of our kitchen and feel well and joyful with a responsible position now is the time to apply. Please send your mail for full details.
Spring at Kalikalos
With spring having arrived we are all in our starting blocks for a new season. It feels exciting as always. I can nearly smell the salt in the air thinking of those marvelous wide beaches. I wonder if anyone who has been to Pelion can ever forget this incredible view from high up the wooded hills. In that area it does not take much to realize that you have wings.
We are looking forward to some very interesting evolution in our network. For many years Kalikalos was mainly a one-man-orchestra conducted by Jock Millenson at Kissos and necessarily the governance of the project was more autocratic. Having developed into a network of 3 centers with a stable and competent core-team in the last couple of years, the need for widening our vision and to move towards a more egalitarian system has become the next logical step.
The Anilio center which for many years was struggling to survive, gracefully surfed out of its difficulties. Alexandros, born as a child of Kalikalos Kissos in 2013 with a one month program, is going into a full 5-month season in 2016. Bookings look quite good at Alexandros and we are happy to have a small core-team for the entire season which gives us more stability than we would have with a frequent changing staff body.
The Kissos center is struggling in this period and we wish it all the best for this season!
..... Brian Hammond
"It seems to me that the summer of 2016 will be a time of major transformation. In terms of governance, interpersonal relationships, transparency and direction there are important conversations already happening. Once the staff are 'on the ground' operational issues and the service to our guests will provide a certain diversion from the community aspect which underpin the very reason Kalikalos exists in the first place. This year will be a year of introspection, reflection to develop our understanding and use of the various tools at our desposal to resolve ongoing issues and to confront questions like:
- What is the common ground shared by all the centers on organisational and intentional level?
- How does each center see itself developing in the coming years?
- What model of governance will we adopt as in dividual centers and as a network sharing recourses?
- What will be the role of Jock and who, if anyone or any group will take up the baton should he want to pass it on in the next years?"
From May 27 to June 3 Maria Arpa (Supervision, Process work) will focalize at the Alexandros Campus the annual staff-education which took place the first time in 2015, focalized by Rob Dreaming (Way of Council) and Tracy Seed (Non Violent Communication).
The staff-education will provide a training for volunteers and focalizers who join us from all parts of the world to acquire knowledge in group-processes, learn about holistic models of governance, deal with conflicts which naturally arise in a group of individuals and will support us to transform, step by step, the vision of a holistic community into a lived practise. Friederike
Anilio STK Dance Floor
If you have ever felt the joy of dancing, moving or connecting with yourself and others on the Anilio dance floor – please consider donating 10 Euros to keep it alive! We are SO grateful to those who have already contributed and now we need more of you to respond so that we can replace the rotten floor and regenerate this magic space.
The philosophy of crowd funding is beautiful and so in tune with the spirit of community ...... everyone gives a little to manifest a collective good!
Please help us reach our goal and then come and help us celebrate!!!!
The Anilio team: Julia, Pip and Simona
Headquarters Kissos in transition: From leadership to stewardship
It’s coming to me, as I think of the financial red ink incurred by Kissos last year and the paucity of 2016 summer bookings as the new season approaches, to remind myself that the majority of companies and organisations have divisions, some of which might be doing well and are profitable, and others which are currently not profitable, losing money.
For some years the Kalikalos network carried the Anilio-STK centre which was a losing division. The loses were directly related to the lack of consistent operational leadership and weak governance down at Anilio-STK. Then, in 2014 a new board of directors found two new capable managers for Anilio-STK in Julia Alabaster (2014 Kissos co-manager) and Pip Hammond (who came when her husband Brian joined Friederike Ernst at Alexandros), and for the first time in many years (2004, in fact) Anilio thrived.
It took quite a bit of money and resources to bring this about. In giving up staffers, FIRs and leaders to Anilio (and Alexandros) Kissos became stretched. In releasing its co-manager, before finding a replacement, Kissos stressed its remaining manager (Jock), who reacted in a way that created a less than optimum environment for its staffers and guests in 2015, and now finds itself the division of the network that is losing money. This comes at a time when any company trying to operate in Greece faces problems. Austerity has meant the loss of infrastructure (virtually no flights to our local airport at Volos, big increases in the costs of the remaining ones to Athens and Thessaloniki, increased bus and train fares, fewer ferryboats) along with increased costs in food, fuel and utilities. Hopefully these are cyclical phenomena and we will survive them. Meanwhile, the Kissos division is currently being carried by the Alexandros division which is thriving economically.
Can the network survive long term with one division a loss maker and the other two turning a profit? Doubtless the answer will turn on how big the yearly loss is and the perceived value of Kissos to the network.
On the kalikalos.org website it is stated that Kissos is the network headquarters. What exactly does that mean? This year Kissos will be exploring new concepts of governance derived from holacracy, stewardship and spiral dynamics in which its historical top-down leadership transitions to participatory group management. The day to day demands at the other two Centres are likely to remain primarily focused on their operational side, whereas Kissos with fewer guests will have the time to focus equally on the governance side. So Kissos in 2016 could act as a “guinea pig” for future changes to the entire network. In that sense we could be said to be functioning as “headquarters”.
Kissos is also the main headquarters for the marketing which I hope will take a big step forward this summer when we get our blogs, social media marketing and feeder websites working. The other Centres will benefit from what we are doing in that sector. Leader recruitment is still mainly, although no longer exclusively, concentrated at Kissos. Indeed, my winter travels are in part about looking for new leaders and FIRs who, when I find them, are as likely to go to one of the other Centres as they are to come to Kissos.
In conclusion, Kissos could go for several more years without its income meeting its expenses and be carried by the other two divisions so long as the other divisions felt that Kissos created value, if not profit. Having said that, I believe it important that we do what we can to minimise our losses in 2016 and look to 2017 to break even and by 2018 (my last year possibly) to be turning a small profit at Kissos. I have a feeling that Jock and co-manager candidate,Treasure Swan, will be looking this summer at how best to bring this about, and perhaps also how to increase our value as the “headquarters”. Jock
3 June - 16 Sept Living-in-Community guest weeks are offered throughout the summer at the Kissos and Anilio campuses, and at Alexandros on request. They provide the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of community life combined with a beach holiday without having to attend a scheduled workshop. Living-in-Community guest weeks can be booked at Kissos or Anilio at €300/week, at Alexandros € 350/week which includes meals (vegetarian) and shared accommodation.
Some single rooms are available for a supplement of €150/week. We also have a half dozen tents with comfortable foam mattresses. There is a 5-8% discount for tent occupancy, depending on the week.
Yoga, Tai Chi, or Qi Qong are part of the daily routine of the centres from 07:30 - 08:00 most mornings. These classes are led by one of our Facilitators-in-Residence (FIRs) or a staff member.
Upcoming Early Summer Program
Being Alive, 13 - 20 May, Laurence Clapdorp, €585 How do I cultivate The Art of Being Alive? Am I looking for external circumstances and inputs or can I generate the sense of being truly deeply alive from the inside out?
Creative Writing, 20 - 27 May, Jackee Holder, €585 Let creative coach and author of 49 Ways to Write Yourself Well show you how to unleash your creative ability to express yourself authentially on the page.
Health and Wellness Retreat, 3 - 10 June, Owen Oakie & Susan Goldsmith, €550 Es Enhance your physical, emotional and mental well-being by learning about Herbs, Nutrition and HeartMath. This is an integral approach to all aspects of health.Walking in Pelion, 3 - 10 & 10 - 17 June, Jill Sleeman, €450/wk) Join our knowledgeable English guide as we explore this unique region of Greece. Mt Pelion is a hiker's paradise!
10-day Vipassana lite Retreat, 4 - 14 June, Henk Barenddregt, €325 Part of the day we sit and walk in silence, for another part we practice engaging mindfully in everday activities, socialising, swimming, talking and preparing our mid-day meal.
Filmmaking, 10-17 June, Olina Lorencova, €400 A workshop for people who wish to learn how to make their own films. You will be actor, director, camera operator and editor all at the same time!
The Big Picture,17 - 24 June, Jennifer Hinton, €400 This is a workshop for people of all levels of knowledge and experience who are interested in gaining a holistic perspective of sustainability themes.
Solar Celebration, 17 - 24 June, Zoe Hudson & Sue Claire Morris, €480 A summer solstice journey to nourish the mind, body and soul. We share poetry, storytelling, danceing and environmental art to celebrate and deepen our relationship to ourselves, community an the earth.
Art Therapy,17- 24 June, Marielou Pichon, €450 Through meditation, yoga and technical instruction we will endeavor to express with art what words cannot.
Exchange & Finance, 24 June - 1 July, Thomas Greco, €585 Here's an opportunity to work with one of the world’s leading experts in innovative economics, finance & exchange, and to collaborate with like minded peers to create a new economy that works for everyone.
Vegetarian Cookery Week, 24 June - 1 July, Natalie Di Giuseppe, €450 Join our Greek chef for an intimate cooking class and get to the heart of authentic Greek vegetarian food, ingredients, techniques, hisotry and flavours.
The Moving Archetype, 24 June - 1 July, Sue-Claire Morris & Rebecca Brewin, €480 This week will combine the resources of movement, through yoga and dance therapy, with stories from personal sharing and traditional mytholodgy. Together we explore the shadows that might be bloking the true potential of who we are.
Mapping the New Economics,1- 8 July, Jonathan Dawson, €450 This week will provide an opportunity to explore developments at the cutting edge of innovation in the building of a solidarity economy.
Scaravelli Yoga, 1-15 July, Louise Simmons, €585/wk Asana, breath and meditation are interwoven in a practice suitable for all bodies, and which invites us to explore some of our boundaries, without forcing ourselves to "perform".
Restoring Balance, 15- 22 July, Nina Koevets & Jana Stara, €500 In this workshop we will work with each other using spiritual insights from Marshall Rosenbert, Joanna Macy & Tich Nath Hahn to find the right balance between inner and outer work, and between the body, the mind and the spirit.
Ecstatis, Awakening Dance, 15-22 July, Julia Alabaster, €400 Using movement, breath, rhythm and meditation Julia will take you into your body and connect to your blocks that prevent you from experiencing bliss.
Radical Honesty,18- 25 July, Dr Brad Blanton, €900 Honesty is the source of intimacy, which cannot be had without it. This course in Radical Honesty will provide you with some experience and a few tools to go out out into the world and sustain ongoing transformation.
A Taste of Findhorn, 22 - 29 July, Fabien Barouch & Dorota Owen, €450 Come and open your heart and mind, immerse yourself in the co-creative energy of Finhorn, as we engage with the community's principles and how you can apply them in your daily life.
Dance Movement Therapy, 22- 29 July, Angeliki Bitzaraki, €400 This will be a week of listening to and celebrating the wisdom of the moving body which offers us volumes of information about who we are how we are, and how we relate.
Fun, Sustainable Cooking, 22 - 29 July, Simona Vinati, €400 Food is life: life needs food and the better the food is, the better life is. And the more sustainable the food is, the happier the planet is! Together we learn to prepare yummy and healthy plant based food.
Radical Honesty, Radical Intimacy, 29 July - 5 Aug, Taber Shadburne, €550 This week we will be working on learning to love ourselves and others through Radical Honesty exercises via the "hot seat" and transformational conversations.
Dancing with Life, 29 July - 5 Aug, Tracy Seed, €585 A unique personal development coaching programme combining Jungian shadow work, mindful communication (NVC) and Biodanza supporting you in living your life to the fullest.
Family Experience Weeks, 5 - 12 August, Maria McCarthy and Kerin Ahlers, €350/ week (reduced prices for children) A week of arts and crafts with friends old and new, welcoming children and parents for a creative holiday, rest in hamocks and walk on the ancient donkey tracks through the forest to the sea.
Family Experience Weeks, 29 July - 12 Aug, Dorota Owen, €400/ week (reduced prices for children) Join us for a fun-filled fortnight of sharing, creative activities, cooperative games, puppetry and much more. Hiking, swimming and a hilarious cabaret make this annual event popular with young and old.
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