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The ESA - perfect venue for your retreat

Looking for something truly remarkable for your next board or executive retreat? Interested in mixing some luxurious relaxation with a dash of inspirational sustainable thinking?

The ESA building is available to hire for executive retreats or bespoke training events.


You get a fully fitted, operational lecture room along with exclusive use of the ESA grounds and olive groves for unique learning spaces and breakout areas. Your separate, private dining room and lecture room both comfortably accommodate 50 people. ESA is a biophilic building and is decorated inside with the natural flora of outside.

You will be supported by ESA's event support team with a choice of food and wine menus and extra evening activities including night sky watching and Cretan Natural Cuisine demonstrations. ESA is committed to net zero carbon by 2050 and creates a Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) report on all activities. This means that ESA catering on site is Cretan style vegetarian (and very tasty), zero single-use- plastic is allowed on site, low to zero packaging used for all catering and all food and beverages sourced from the local area.


ESA supports the local community by partnering with accommodation providers from 5* luxury hotels to self-catering apartments and villas, and from in-house fine cuisine catering services to a range of restaurants, from traditional mountain village tavernas to beach and seaside restaurants to meet your requirements and budget.

Costs for hiring ESA start at 1000 Euros (plus taxes) per day for up to 20 people (50 euros pp.) This includes a basic hospitality package of breakfast/ snacks on arrival, morning coffee break and afternoon tea with local snacks, limitless water and soft drinks. A simple, Cretan style family lunch/ buffet, either at ESA or a short walk away at one of the 2 excellent village tavernas.
Costs on request for a larger number of guests or more elaborate packages including dinner, special evening activities and ESA’s signature fine dining, Sustainable Crete experiences such as a ‘Minoan Style Feast’ and specialist wines. Contact us for more information.


Time and space to reflect, think and plan is at a premium for all successful business leaders. You already know about the value of an executive retreat in helping you to plan the future for your business. But isn't it time you looked at how that strategy, as well as securing your business a commercially successful future, ensured that it survives the increasingly urgent demands for sustainability?

Interested? Contact us to discuss your needs.

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 happen at ESA. A perfect setting for:

Leading 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.

Make sense of sustainability

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

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.