Our 27 day learning community is centered in Greece with an emphasis on exploring the ancient cultures and traditions of the Mediterranean. In this land of ever unfolding myth we will live the ancient stories through local storytelling, traditional artisan disciplines, archaeology, exploration in the landscape and insight into the modern Greek culture, as well as the old. This retreat includes visits to the Acropolis and the world class Acropolis museum!
The 2017 Greece Retreat is a temporary learning-community, utilizing the landscape and culture of Greece as a means for immersive discovery in history, art, archaeology, mythology and science. Project World School is not a typical study abroad program as it takes advantage of the power of a learning-community to produce collaborative goals, knowledge acquisition, personal development and changes in global perspectives.
Sept 20th – Oct 16th, 2017
The Peloponnese, Pelion & Athens - Greece
8 or more participants (ages 13-25) self-directed learners, unschooolers, homeschoolers & worldschoolers
Open & Accepting Applications
Full accommodation for the duration of the learning community retreat
• All airport transfers
• All ground transportation
• Breakfast, lunch, and dinners during the retreat
• Entrance fees to all the included attractions
• All workshops, talks, guided tours, and classes throughout the retreat.
• Filtered drinking water to refill your water bottles (water bottle not included).
• International airfare
• Other personal items
• Meals on travel days (arrival & departure)
• International flights from your home country to each retreat location are not included
Many of our meals will be prepared by our team in our hostel. Breakfasts will consist of fresh fruit, juice, eggs, fresh yogurts, cheeses and local breads. Lunches will be a combination of local dishes, salads, fish and other local Mediterranean flavors such as greek salads and souvlaki. On the days we have full-day outings, we’ll prepare and pack lunches for our trip, including sandwiches, fruit, chips and juice. Dinners will be a combination of self-prepared meals in our lodging and dinners in local restaurants. We will make every effort to accommodate everyone’s diet restrictions including having vegetarian and gluten-free options. Please indicate any special needs on your application.
During the Greece – Modern Mythology – 27 Day Teen Learning Community, we will stay in several locations including one hostel in Athens, a lodge in Pelion which will serve as our base and a week stay on a rural farm in the Peloponnese. Generally, we always occupy dorm rooms that consist of bunk beds, so between 4-8 of our teen participants will be sharing a room at any given time.
What to Bring?
You’ll be gone for a month, and for those of you who haven’t traveled for long periods of time, we’ve prepared this list in case you might need some assistance with deciding what you should pack. So here it is, our packing list ‘suggestions‘! Our recommendation to you is not to over do it. You’ll have to haul everything you pack around initially, and there are weight restrictions through all airlines. Also, keep in mind you will be living in shared space. There will be laundry available, and you will be able to purchase replacement shampoos, lotions, etc. during the trip, so no need to haul around ‘family size’ bottles of anything.
NOTE: Remember the list below is a suggested list! Feel free to modify, based on your own needs.
1 Long Sleeve Shirt
1 Long pants (I would recommend wearing this on the plane)
4 T-shirts (one should be a formal shirt)
2 bathing suits
1 sunhat with a brim
personal items / toiletries
tooth paste & toothbrush
shampoo & conditioner
Thai outlet convertor
copy of passport
anything you will need to lead a session
tiny first aid kit
small journal or notepad and pens
costume, wigs, funky hats, etc. (if you are into that sort of thing)
Schedule for Greece
Day 1 –Arrive in Athens- travel to farm in the Peloponnese in the evening Meet & Greet
Day 2 – Meet & Greet, Ice Breakers and farm orientation
Day 3 – Farm – Eco building, farm harvesting & rustic Greek cooking lessons
Day 4 – Greek Wine! ½ day vineyard visit & help with harvest – ½ day winery visit
Day 5 – Hike to Mycenae through the mountains – Myth Storytelling
Day 6 – Storytelling workshop ended by storytelling around the campfire – Star gazing
Day 7 – Day-long excursion to Epidavros and Nafplion finishing up with a guided tour of the ancient city of Argos
Day 8 – Farm activities + afternoon of art
Day 9 – Depart early from the Peloponnese and travel to Pelion, the home of the Centaurs and summer home of the Gods
Day 10 – Get settled, explore Pelion
Day 11 – hike through the magical forest
Day 12 – sculpture workshop
Day 13 – Traditional Greek Cookery
Day 14 – Trip to Meteora – rock climbing and mythology
Day 15– Archery + tavern night
Day 16 – Sea kayaking or sailing & beach
Day 17– Food foraging, cooking & bread & making
Day 18 – Day of service
Day 19 – Day of service
Day 20 – Myth workshop + tavern night
Day 21 – Day hike
Day 22 – Theatre workshop
Day 23 – Theatre workshop
Day 24 – Early morning travel to Athens – Anarchist Zone at night
Day 25 – Athens – Acropolis & Agora & Acropolis Museum
Day 26 – Return your home country
*Schedule is subject to shift