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Events 2016

Summary of previous events run at ESA

Gala dinner and awards
17th September 2016

A wonderful annual event where we recognise and AWARD exceptional women in Crete. With wonderful, fine dining by local chefs who also cater for luxury chalets in the Swiss Alps, plus music from one of the best local, contemporary Cretan bands. You will not be able to keep your toes still! Inspirational keynote speakers will entertain you while you sip Dourakis wine, eat specially handmade chocolates and enjoy a most glamorous evening of fun and celebration in the unique and beautiful ESA setting. All for only 35 euros per person.


Chocolate and Stargazing
16th September 2016

MAYAN to MINOAN: Chocolate, Greek Mythology and experiencing LIVE Astronomy is a rare and unique experience. Happening in Crete 16th September.


A Night with the Gods Stargazing Tour
19 July 2016

A magical evening at ESA....'A Night with the Gods Stargazing Tour' weekly events.

Have you ever wondered how the sky above Crete looks like?
Come and join us every Tuesday on our new Star gazing tour at ESA
Slow food (ancient Minoan recipes), mythology and stars.


Natural Treasures of Crete Tour
14 July 2016

Natural Treasures of Crete. Appreciate the Treasures CREaTEd In Crete.

Such a lovely evening, great experience learning so much about HOW to appreciate Cretan olive oil and wine. Everyone left smiling and satisfied! Many thanks to the interesting, humorous and informative presentation by Stella I. Diomantaraki.


Cretan astronomy tours
Coming soon

Another fruitful meeting, this time for our upcoming Cretan astronomy tours with lovely Christos Sotiropoulos, the maestro of Cretan night sky! We are so excited!


Eco - Gastro - Astro
Coming soon

'Created in Crete' - eco- gastro -astro, organised experiential day/ evening trips coming soon at European Sustainability Academy - Crete ! We are all working hard on the preparations... as you can see !!!


Geophytes or Bulbs of the Mediterranean
20 April 2016 at 17:00

John Fielding is a professional horticulturist who trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. In the scope of his work he is a photographer, author, lecturer, garden designer and plant breeder and grows a wide range of plants including many bulbous from the Mediterranean and particularly Crete. With Nick Turland and Brian Mathew he produced the book Flowers of Crete published by RBG Kew. He is also a committee member of the Royal Horticultural Society involved in judging shows and plant trials.


Following on the great success of last year’s talk, John will share his enthusiasm and expertise about bulbs of the region, or in botanical terminology, geophytes.

A geophyte is a plant that has a dormant season where the top growth dies back to soil
level. They are typical of a Mediterranean climate as found on Crete. It is a term most often used for plants that have storage organs including bulbs, corms and tubers.

John will introduce a range of plants worth trying in our gardens – including some native species of Crete.

COST: An entry donation of €8 for MGS members and €10 for non-members towards venue and speaker expenses.

FOOD: The lecture will be followed by an optional Traditional Cretan buffet meal in the lovely ambience of this unique setting. Approximate cost 12 euros per person to include half a litre of wine between two.
A range of vegetarian choices will be available.


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