one foot on the mountain
Welcome to the latest news from Exochori. After winter storms there is now a smell of Spring in the air. The garden is rampantly growing and we are looking forward to our WWOOFers to help tame it again in April.
In March, the now well established Taygetos Marathon and Fun Run will take place. This year they are both on 23rd March, details are here if you would
Greek Orthodox Easter is this year on April 20th, and it will be a fine festival of religious, superstitious and irreverend elements!
Walking Women are coming to the Mani for the first time to offer a walking week in May (3rd -10th) with Caroline as the guide. This group will explore some of the hidden gems of the area.
Another first this year is an International Jazz festival based in Kardamili. This is Norwegian led event with plenty of concerts to enjoy fabulous jazz in cool surroundings. Click for details (scroll down!)
Also in May, we are hosting a Mindfulness Training week at the guest house. Mindfulness is widely acknowledged to be an effective way to manage stress and anxiety, as well as giving participants the tools to live more "in the moment". The week will include taught elements, practice sessions, mindfulness walking, and relaxation and recreation at the beach. The week will be facilitated by Mindfulness trainer Kathy White- Webster.
GAIA our local environmental charity has been going from strength to strength. They are continuing to provide rescue and recovery services as well as act as a pressure group about environmental awareness. During the summer months we were part of their weekly clean-up squad, doing litter picking in areas where tourist pressure made an impact.
Many of you have now joined us in enjoying the weekly screenings from the Mani Film club. After a successful summer of outdoor screenings where we toured even the smallest villages with our portable cinema, the club has continued through the winter showing unusual and sometimes challenging films.
Meanwhile in Exochori little has changed, the taverna MeThea is still serving up delicious food in a way that suits both locals and the odd passing visitor alike. The hotel perched on the edge of the gorge carries on being the best spot for a sundown drink. Alongside this village life potters on quietly. Time for potato planting!
We look forward to welcoming you back, (or meeting you for the first time!) in 2014.
Caroline and Kristine