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Leadership for positive impact

Aims and Values

ESA's core education philosophy is that people cannot effectively contemplate the issues of sustainability in a non- ecologically sensitive environment. People need to make sense of sustainability challenges through their own reflective process and own experiences. Senior managers and directors especially need to step out of their usual 'mental frame' of daily business to make sense of sustainability and how to catalyse necessary changes in the workplace. The natural beauty of Crete and the example of a thriving sustainable community such as Drapanos are the perfect platform for this kind of experiential learning.

The overarching aim for ESA is to be an ecologically and societal supportive business which provides experiential, holistic learning about sustainable business and sustainable living. To achieve that aim, ESA has been established as a low environmental impact business and which creates a positive impact on the local community.

ESA aims to ensure that sustainability learning is accessible to all. As an international management training centre, the main language for communication will be the internationally recognised language of business which is English. This is usual in MBA learning. However, ESA also will also run Greek speaking programmes and will provide translation services where necessary for other languages.

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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!