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Events Summary

Summary of events run at ESA

Bamboo Bicycle Ride Crete for a Green Future
21st - 25 May 2018

ESA is an official event partner for EU Green Week - Green Cities for a Greener Future. In collaboration with Biotic BikesBiolea and local municipalities of Crete, ESA is hosting a fun, educational event and the FIRST EVER Bamboo bike ride East to West of Crete.


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GLOBAL SUSTAIN, Sustainability Forum Tour 2018, Crete
6th – 7th October 2018

Booking is now open for limited places on this impactful and deeply enjoyable sustainability leadership tour.

At ESA we are delighted to be partnering with Global Sustain to create a rich and immersive sustainable enterprise learning experience for managers and directors in business.

We are pleased to showcase successful sustainable enterprises in Crete such as award winning Biolea cold press EVOO and Dourakis Winery.

During this peer group knowledge sharing weekend, you will visit other thriving sustainable enterprises such as Fisika and Tzompanakis Blown Glass (beautiful glass art from recycled bottles) and hear about setting up and leading innovation in sustainable enterprise.

Other organised actives include visits to Technical University of Crete and world class Mediterranean Agriculture Institute Maich followed by some appreciation and reflection time at the beautiful Chania Venetian harbour.

Of course participants will get a chance to enjoy the beautiful off grid ESA biophilia feeling and Cretan catering hospitality which is above excellent.

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This will be a small group experience so book soon for this unique and wonderful sustainability weekend.

Women Innovators in Sustainable Enterprise (WISE)
Tue 1st May - Mon 31st December 2018

International Women’s Day 2018 brought with it the launch of Women Innovators in Sustainable Enterprise (WISE) GLOBAL learning and community of business support for women.


Originally focussed on Women in Social Enterprise, WISE was founded between 2013 and 2015 as an EU, Lifelong Learning Programme, pilot project for 60 women in Greece, Spain and Croatia. Since the close of that pilot programme, at ESA we have been testing the interest in WISE around the world and found that although there are many start- up support programmes, there is a need for more skills development about the fundamentals of a profitable sustainable business and  maintaining a sense of ‘sustainable self’. WISE Global is updated and enhanced from the original pilot and blended with elements from the Growth through Sustainability (GTS) programme designed at Cranfield School of Management and from The Gateway (confidence building) programme designed for Cambridge University (Murray Edwards College). This new programme ticks all the boxes for what women in enterprise told us they need and want from a business skills development programme. WISE Global is a rigorously researched and designed, blended learning programme, which means 90% of the learning experience is online with the support of a virtual teacher, online mentors and a rich, diverse, global peer group for knowledge sharing and support. WISE is a programme ‘beyond start up’ that guides participants to be investor ready for the next phase of their business. Continued 1:1 business growth coaching and lifetime membership of the thriving global WISE community supports participants after the formal learning modules are finished.

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Join our WISE Global Community at FB Women Innovators in Sustainable Enterprise

17th September

As part of the extraordinary and impressive offerings of ESA 5th Women Empowerment – Global Summit and Awards this year we are breaking new ground and collaborating with Travel Massive Crete to host the first event for ‘Empowering Women in Tourism’ roundtable discussion and workshop.


At this event we will examine the importance of women in the tourism sector, explore the issues facing women in tourism and present some practical guidance.

Come along and share your thoughts and ideas with likeminded people who are experiencing the same issues, in a beautiful setting, accompanied by Cretan wine and Cretan savouries.

Travel Massive is the world’s largest network of travel industry change makers who want to make travel better in more than 176 countries. The core values of the group include:
• We believe that great ideas happen when you bring talented people together.
• We stand for – building meaningful partnerships, fostering innovation, supporting diversity, empowering change, promoting responsible travel. And creating happiness.

ESA 5th Women Empowerment – Global Summit
15th – 17th September 2017

Global Summit, Gala Dinner and Awards: Empower, Educate Employ- ENLIGHTEN.

WE2017 will be year 5 of empowering workshops, WE Awards, fine dining gala event, Cretan music and dancing set in the most magical and inspirational place, ESA on a mountain in Crete. People of all ages and backgrounds assemble from all around the world for this amazing and unique annual experience. This year we will build on the previous 4 years' themes of Educate, Empower and Employ by adding the 4th ‘E’ - ENLIGHTEN !


The WE 2017 event will open with the first screening of ESA Founder Sharon Jackson’s TEDx Talk at The Technical University of Crete. TEDx TUC subject was ‘Light Leak’ and how in particular young Greek people, about to graduate and enter the world of work, can find their own ‘golden ribbon’ of light to lead them through the difficult conditions of life in Greece. Understanding how to take advantage of ‘Light Leak’ is important for people of all ages and all nationalities and this is why we have chosen ‘ENLIGHTEN’ as the key theme for this year’s WE Summit.
The ESA Women Empowerment programme is designed for women to learn techniques for empowering themselves and men, and vice versa. Join us for a weekend of enlightenment and learn how to be a ‘LIGHT ATTRACTOR’ and how to ‘MANAGE YOUR GOLDEN RIBBON OF LIGHT’. Hear about techniques to capture and sustain light in your life, and to enlighten those around you for thriving and adapting in a chaotic world!

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This is what one of our attendees from WE 2016 has to say about why you should join us.

Goddesses of Food
20:00 Friday 15th September 2017

Book your place early as this event will sell out!

Tantalize your senses and expand your mind at this wonderful evening of Cretan sensations.

ESA resident astronomer Christos Sotiropoulos will present ‘The Universe in a Wine Glass’ and explain about the mythology and constellations of winemaking. Later you observe the wonders of the planets through our state of the art robotic telescope.

All the way from California, Global Gardens founder and ‘Californian / Mediterranean fusion food’ entrepreneur, Theodora Stefan will demonstrate in the ESA kitchen how to make wonderful savoury sushi baklavas.

Your evening will be further enhanced by local Cretan business ‘Women in Food,’ Evie Dourakis, Co-Owner of Dourakis Winery and Chloe Dimitriades, CEO of Biolea, Stone milled organic olive oil, who will give you an appreciation session about their Cretan natural delights.

There will be plenty of savouring moments, enjoying a Cretan buffet of finger food, wine and olive oil.


ReLoad Greece Bootcamp
2nd – 10th October 2017


For the second year, ESA Founder, Sharon Jackson is delighted to be a Mentor at ReLoad Greece Bootcamp Athens.

The quality of entrepreneurial start up initiatives and positive attitudes from young Greek people at Bootcamp 2016 was truly uplifting and inspirational.

We are expecting much more of the same high calibre at RG Bootcamp 17.





Cretan Natural Treasures
11th May 2017

ESA hosts wonderful, intimate and informative evenings each week for guests to be immersed in the experince of Cretan wines, olive oil, food and nature. ESA, Cretan Natural Treasures tour in collaboration with Crete Urban Adventures. Bookings taken for each Thursday.


Star and planet watching Tuesdays at ESA !
18th April 2017

We all enjoy getting ready at European Sustainability Academy - Crete for our star-watching 'Night with the Gods' each Tuesday. The area is beautiful in day time with beautiful flower covered meadows of Drapanos and the bees working hard to make their fragrant Cretan honey. At night another wonderous natural show of pure delight starts in the sky!


Circular Economy
31st March 2017

In March 2017, ESA started a series of events and knowledge sharing activities to learn about applying Circular Economy activities in Crete. This innaugural event focussed on brainstorming practical projects for sustainable tourism in action. Issues of WASTE, WATER SHORTAGES and ABANDONED ANIMALS - all PUT TOURISTS OFF! Attendees from  accross Crete, from Athens and UK gathered at ESA to discuss how to address these issues in Crete. This programmme engagaes people in becomming part of creating magical solutions for a healthy circular econony in Crete!



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Innovators in 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 created in Crete

Your sustainability experience

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


Home of the Minoans, one of the earliest civilisation on earth, nestled between Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Crete is rich with mythology, gastronomy, music, art and agriculture. You can have your own authentic experience of a sustainable lifestyle and feel first hand the strong connection between nature and community. ESA is thrilled to collaborate with Cretan Urban Adventures to co-create an 'immersive experience' for a richer connection with LIFE!