European Sustainability Academy - Senior executive retreats with sustainability in mind

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Leadership for positive impact

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"ESA has a beautiful ambiance in nature; excellent for learning" - Dr. Ioannis Pappas, Sustainable Tourism Council, Greece

A truly inspiring venue for events

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Powered only by Cretan sunshine, ESA is a beautiful building rooted in the earth amongst ancient rocks and olive trees, surrounded by nature. Its construction is a leading example of sustainability in practice. ESA is an experiential and creative place where people feel enlivened, uplifted and creative. Great living and great learning happens at ESA. A perfect setting for:

  • Executive Retreats
  • Summer Schools
  • Eco-Weddings / Baptisms
  • Bespoke training events

Leading enterprise for the future

Co-created sustainable enterprise

Our passion is contributing towards co-created sustainable enterprise for positive impact on communities and the natural environment on a global scale. Leadership and entrepreneur issues of adaptation, resilience, authenticity, sustainable-self, values connected sense-making and the continued emancipation of women (WISE) to take up more leadership roles in the world are at the core of the ESA sustainability experience.

  • Sustainability Leadership
  • Women Empowerment

Sustainability created in Crete


Crete is the sustainable destination of the past and of the future.


The island birthplace of Zeus, Crete, nestled between Europe, Africa and the Middle East is rich with mythology, gastronomy, music, art, agriculture and one of the first civilisations, the Minoans. These days many rural Cretan villages, thrive on a sustainable lifestyle of barter and exchange with a strong connection with the land. ESA is thrilled to be collaborating with Cretan Urban Adventures to co-create a truly immersive sustainability experience which will make visitors leave with a richer connection with LIFE!


Introduction to ESA


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.