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Events 2017

Summary of previous events run at ESA

Empowering Women in Tourism at ESA
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. 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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Home of the Minoans, one of the earliest civilisations 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.