Skiachtro Eco Farm organizes three-day or four-day thematic and educational vacation packages for families with young children. Fun, rest, knowledge and all this in direct contact with Nature and the Earth. Aimed at families with children aged 4 to 12 years. Limited participation. First come, first served.
Skiaxtro Eco Farm is a 4 acres olive grove in Marathopolis Messinia, 500 meters away from the village and 200 meters away from the sea. The love of hostess Alexandra for nature and her creative expression became her inspiration. Year by year, the farm has turned into a destination that provides wellness, creativity and unique experiences. Beautiful corners are waiting to host special events.
How to find them
The farm is 40km - 50 minutes from Kalamata Airport and 220km - 3 hours from Athens. In addition to private vehicles, you can also come by intercity bus.
The retreat visitors will be staying at the eco-farm. Four luxurious Bell Tent type tents of 20sm can accommodate 2-4 people. Parents/guardians or escorts and children. Each tent can fit a family or a group. Anyone who wishes can stay in a local hotel. In this case, there will be a discount on the total cost. However, the experience of sleeping in nature is essential for children to experience. On the property, there are three bathrooms with a shower and hot water and two outdoor showers. There is also a fully equipped kitchen.
The retreat price includes full board, i.e., breakfast after yoga, lunch and light dinner. Mealtimes may vary from program to program. Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy meals prepared by themselves (if they wish, of course) using pure ingredients from the estate's orchards and local producers. Every meal will be a farm to table cooking class experience! Also, there is the option of catering from notable restaurants in the village or, for anyone who wishes, they can prepare their own meal in the farm kitchen.
The price includes all the following activities. Of course, all of them are optional:
The first night after the acquaintance and dinner, a welcoming setting will be set up in the middle of the night and nature where children will relax from the fatigue of the day listening to fairy tales from around the world.
Games in nature:
Depending on the mood of the children and their fatigue, a series of fun, creative, fun, or relaxing games have been designed: Blind fly, pantomime, familiarity with the sounds of nature, making musical instruments from materials collected on the farm, observing insects, making plant books etc. Of course, the program is flexible and the children's suggestions are more than welcome!
The mornings start the day with about 30-40 minutes of Hatha Yoga for beginners and 5-10 minutes of relaxation. In a calm environment, on the wooden platform of 72 sq.m., under the shade of the pines, young and old will practice gentle yoga practices, breathing and relaxation. An acquaintance of children with the philosophy of yoga and the importance of daily physical exercise, proper breathing and the ability to relax and guide the mind for our health and development. An elastic program that will aim not to tire the children but fill them with positive energy and knowledge!
Ecological Tour - Treasure Hunt:
After the exercise of the first day and a healthy breakfast, the farm is waiting for the kids to explore it. Through a game and a treasure hunt, the children will get information about the animals and plants of the estate, the trees, the herbs, their properties, while an important mention will be made in the olive tree. At the same time, they will learn History and Mythology since the olive trees all have ancient Greek names and the treasure hunt will move around them. They will go to the garden, where they will talk about vegetables and gather ingredients for their lunch. The children will take the vegetables and eggs from the coop to the kitchen, where the estate cook will pick them up on the spot to cook them. Until the food is done, they will decorate pots, and each child will plant a seed and receive instructions to take care of his plant. Through this experience, children will experience the inseparable connection of the Earth with our whole existence.
Psychology Seminar "The Emotional Expression of Children"
Along with the ecological tour of our little friends and the treasure hunt, the escorts will have the opportunity to attend a seminar on children's emotional expression. Do we give our child time and space to express what he is feeling? Do we emphasize and pay attention to the interpretation of the codes with which the child communicates his concerns, fears, insecurities?
In this seminar, we will discuss methods to
- help our child express his feelings and concerns in a more direct way,
- help ourselves understand better our own feelings than those of our child,
iii. achieve more effective communication with our child.
Rapporteur; Christos Vrahas- Psycologist
Psychology Seminar - Interactive Game "I want to know!"
Juvenile curiosity. This charming nuisance! The boundaries between creative curiosity and that which endangers his safety are always clear?
Through an interactive game, young and old will get acquainted with simple and practical ways to distinguish between the benefits and risks of curiosity and stimulate children's creative curiosity.
Rapporteur; Christos Vrahas- Psycologist
Handicraft Workshop with Natural Materials:
Using materials collected from the beach, all quests will each unfold their talent and imagination, creating imaginative canvases with carved sea wood, pebbles, twine and cheap, recyclable materials. Everyone will take their work with them—a beautiful, creative and at the same time relaxing action with the cooperation of children and attendants.
Pay a visit to ΚΕ.P.P.Α.Ζ (Wildlife Protection & Care Center)
The participants who will want/be able to stay for one more day will visit the Wildlife Protection and Care Center in Pyrgos Trifylia, 10km from Skiaxtro. They will be guided in the area, meet the animals hosted there and learn amazing information about the wild fauna of the area, the challenges they face and the treatment they receive in the Center.
During the three-day retreat and after planning, and while children are engaged in activities, each participant will enjoy a relaxing massage lasting 45 minutes—an experience of relaxation in the shade of olives.
The price for the three-day retreat is 160 € for the children and 210 € for the adults. The price for the four days is 190 € per child and 250 € per adult. For more than one child of the same family or a second adult parent/guardian, a 15% discount is provided. For any family wishing to stay in another place but to attend the other activities, the price is set at 130 € per child and 170 € per adult for the 3 days and 150 € per child and 190 € per attendant for the 4 days. To reserve a place, a deposit of € 90 per person is required and payment until 20/06/21. In case of cancellation by the participant until 05/06/21, the deposit is returned 100%. For cancellation from 06/06/21 to 18/06/21, 50% is refunded. If the minimum number of entries (6 people) is not completed by 06/18/21, the retreat will not occur and the advances will be refunded.
The price does not include movements. These will be done by private means. If the weather forecast shows extremely adverse weather conditions, the retreat will be moved to another date and participants will have the right to get back all the amount they have pre-paid if the new date does not serve them. In case the transfers are not possible due to Covid, the advances will be refunded 100%.
To reserve your participation, please send a message to the address [email protected] or contact us at 6937840077.