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Leadership for positive impact

Finding ESA

We are located outside the village of Drapanos in North West Crete at Coordinates (35°26' 03"N, 24°14' 12"E)

Directions from Chania

Take the main road in an Easterly direction towards Rethymno and Heraklion
Exit the main road at Kalyves
Turn left at the T junction towards the centre of Kalyves
Turn right at the T junction in the centre of Kalyves towards Almerida
On the outskirts of Kalyves whilst ascending the hill, turn left towards Almerida
Upon entering Almerida turn right towards Plaka
Drive straight through the centre of Plaka
Drive through Cambia
On the outskirts of Cambia turn right towards Drapanos
Drive up the hill to Drapanos
In the centre of Drapanos turn left towards the headland
After 200 metres turn right down a track signposted ESA

Directions from Heraklion and Rethymno

Take the main road in a Westerly direction towards Chania
Exit the main road at Georgioupoli
After passing through the centre of Georgioupoli turn left and cross a bridge towards Kalamitsio Amygdalio
Climb the hill and turn right (hairpin) just before Kalamitsio Amygdalio towards Selia and Kefalas
At the T junction at the top of the hill, turn right towards Selia and Kefalas
Drive through Selia and Likotinarea towards Kefalas
Drive straight through Kefalas towards Palailonio and Drapanos
Drive through Palailonio towards Drapanos
In the centre of Drapanos turn right towards the headland
After 200 metres turn right down a track signposted ESA

A truly inspiring venue for events

Host your event at ESA

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

Leading sustainable business

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.

  • Circular Economy
  • Sustainability Leadership
  • Women Empowerment
  • Creative Entrepreneurs
  • ReLoad Greece

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!