European Sustainability Academy - Senior executive retreats with sustainability in mind

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Leadership for a positive impact on the world

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"An amazing week of important insights, conversations with extraordinary people, most delicious food and rich nature experiences" Lina Daniene, Swedbank, Lithuania

An inspiring place to find direction

Hire ESA for your executive retreat

Powered by the Cretan sunshine, the ESA is based in a beautiful building located in an ancient olive grove in Drapanos. Its construction is an inspiring example of sustainable principles in practice. That makes it the perfect setting for your executive team to switch off the smartphones and focus on making your company fit for the future.

Leading a business fit for the future

Women Innovators in Social Enterprise (2013 – 2016)

WiSE is an EU funded programme for 3 years, to train and support women to set up business in Greece, Spain and Croatia.

WiSE consortium includes leading academic institutions ESADE University Barcelona and St Gallen University Switzerland, with European Sustainability Academy (ESA) Crete representing Greece.

Managing for sustainability

Tomorrow’s Leaders

The aftershocks of the global financial crash of 2008 continue to reverberate around the commercial world. Successful business leaders of the future are increasingly aware that a radically new approach is needed.

We are in a brave new business world that demands a brave new generation of leaders. This involves new leadership skills, knowledge and insight.


What we do

A previous session at Drapanos

ESA is committed to providing international, high calibre management learning for the development of skills, knowledge and experience necessary to grow organisations through the practical application of sustainable business models.

Sustainable business needs new thinking, innovation and creativity which is rarely provided by mainstream business teaching. ESA founder Sharon Jackson has been teaching and lecturing on sustainable leadership and management since 2000, and believes that busy executives can focus on the principles of sustainability in a more meaningful and practical way when energised by a rich ecological backdrop.