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Monthly Archive February 2017

CreteMarianna’s Workshop

During these recent 20 years she practices an ancient trade by collect the traditional knowledge

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How to Pop the Big Question on Valentine’s day!

Thinking of offering your one true Love something sweeter than heart shaped chocolates this Valentine’s Day. If Yes is your answer then we’ve got the right plan for you….a master-plan that will help you sweep them off their feet!

Yes, chocolate and flowers are safe and will do the trick but why not this year make February 14th extra-special, a Valentine’s day that will leave your imprint in your love one’s heart…. by adding an engagement ring with your eternal devotion to the mix.

Step one – Sweetheart

Begin by prepping the location where your master-plan will take place…

Place little red paper hearts (that you have cut… no cheating) in a path starting at the entrance with a card that writes a little note “follow your heart” with a little red chocolate heart….

Step two – Love is all around

Make little stations during the path with the hearts where every station has a sweet Love Note (like the cute ones you wrote and gave out in elementary school) and write one reason why you love him or her or a special memory you have shared over the time placing them next to a small red chocolate. 

Step three  – Listen to the sound of Love 

As he or she gets closer you turn on your song a song that both of you love and if you don’t have a song well then its time you choose one! And while he/she pick’s up one of the last notes from you, always accompanied with a chocolate heart it writes “please put on this sweater… (a sweater you have just bought) and come outside”.

Step Four – Roses are red

There you will stand outside surrounded with tealights and rose petals places in a heart, you offer another note that writes Today and Forever I hope to be your Valentine  where you offer the heart shaped box that once had chocolates inside that now has a small box with an engagement ring and a last note that says…

“Will You Marry Me?”


Crete – A traditional pottery workshop

“Keramion Workshop” is a traditional pottery workshop in Crete  which operates under the supervision of potter Mr. Giorgis Dalambelas, who with passion, love, and following the tradition, creates real works of art. It is no coincidence that the laboratory is in village of Margarites situated in the prefecture of Rethymnon, a special place with a rich tradition in pottery. With techniques of Neolithic period origin combined with modern touches, Giorgis creates with handmade utilitarian pottery, connecting tradition with modern lifestyle. One can be exposed to original decoration suggestions that will give a special color in your space. Pottery is also the ideal idea for gifts. Pottery seminars angioplasty are regularly organized for students from Greece and around the world as well as for ordinary visitors who want to get involved with and create their own pottery.

Potter Giorgis  is the person behind the pottery you may find at Keramion was born in the village of Margarites, one of the last pottery centers remaining in Crete. He was taught traditional pottery by his father and studied pottery in State Manpower Employment Organization (1992-1994) in Neo Heraklion, Attica (Athens) next to Mr.Alekos Kardiakos.

In 1995 he participated in a group exhibition in the village of Margarites within an archaeological conference. Since 1996, he established his own business named “Keramion Workshop”, where he produces useful and decorative pottery with soil from “Aori” mountain. At the same time, he teaches students and adult groups from around the world and organizes events for the promotion of local pottery. In the same year he started working as an instructor in Rethymno Prefecture Committee for Public Education.

In 1997 he attended a stone conservation program in Orvieto, Italy and worked close to local potters. During 1997-1998, he is the assistant of Mrs. Voula Gounela in art workshops of Rethymno Municipality. In 1998 he participated in the WORLD FESTIVAL FOR ISLANDS CULTURE in South Korea. Elected member of the Board of Directors of Margarites’ Cultural Movement (1998-2002), where he was involved in organizing a permanent exhibition of local pottery and its electronic presentation. In 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2008 he was invited and presented techniques of our traditional pottery in pottery schools in Belgium and at festivals in Normandy, France and in Nicosia, Cyprus.

In 2004, he participated in a group exhibition at St. George’s Gate, Heraklion. Between 2005 and 2008 in collaboration with the club “Keramis”’, he supervises “Magarika”, an international pottery festival in Margarites and also participates in regular group exhibitions in Greece and Cyprus.

In 2008, he participates in a group exhibition at the Basilica of St. Mark, Heraklion. In 2009, he builds and operates a traditional wood kiln. In 2010 he participates in the first festival of Gavdos and in a group exhibition at the Lighthouse of the island. All these years he presents seminars on traditional pottery to archaeology student groups at the University of Crete and abroad.

Link to Keramion Workshop.

Keramion Workshop on YouTube Psiloritis…My Secret is in the soil…

Our Next Event – Carnival Party for Children

Come and enjoy a fun Carnival Party at KIDO’s Athletic Park with plenty of games, food and music.

Our Carnival Party Event on 16 February 2017

It’s been over a century, since a group of optimistic and open-hearted people from the city of Rethymno decided to add some color to their everyday life by living up their city, during the Carnival season just before they enter the 40 days of lent leading towards the Orthodox Easter.

In 1914 the first Carnival in Rethymno was organized, surpassing everyone’s intentions. Through the years, more and more people joined the association in hope to turn the Carnival into to a well organized Event exceeded every time the expectations of the people .

The Carnival of Rethymno today, has become renowned in Greece bringing together visitors near and far offering 3 weeks of different events and activities in the City. On the last day of the Carnival our city celebrates with a Parade bringing together thousands of people of all ages from all of Crete and Greece dressed in colorful themed outfits sending a message to those watching. The Parade has ranked #2 in Greece and this years goal is to surpass everyone’s expectations and hit #1.

We invite you to share this experience with our community, forgetting all everyday problems in becoming a kid again and joining in the fun!

Social Media Link

Rethymno Carnival Official Page

Crete: An ancient trade

In the bucolic back country of Europe’s southernmost island, a pioneering Greek couple perfect an ancient heritage.

I’m going to be late for soap-making class. I blame my rental car’s erratic satnav, or possibly my horrible spelling of Cretan place names. Having counted on the presence of an olive grove or two to guide me to the village of Angeliana (also known as Aggeliana), my navigational problems are compounded by one small fact. The interior of Crete is all olive groves.

Eventually my Volkswagen Polo pulls up outside the Athos Workshop with an impressive screech of brakes. Save for two elderly men in black breeches, shirts and boots, who sit contemplating a half-empty bottle of Raki, the entire street of whitewashed houses is deserted. December may be olive harvest time on Crete, but Angeliana is not exactly a hive of industry.

Inside the workshop — which turns out to be a beautifully converted stone farm building — Manolis and Paraskevi Plevrakis nevertheless look to have had a busy morning, with packaged orders of soap and other cosmetics lined up against one wall. With their curly locks, tanned complexions and ready smiles, the young Greek couple are a picture of health and high spirits.

Manolis shakes my hand, dismisses my tardiness with a wave, hands me a hairnet, and invites me to join him in the ‘kitchen’.

Soap is something we use every day, but how many of us actually think about how it’s made? In Fight Club, Edward Norton and Brad Pitt kickstart their unorthodox bout of soap-making by raiding a liposuction clinic. Thankfully on Crete, extra virgin olive oil takes the place of unwanted human fat in the saponification process.

“Essentially there are two ways to make soap,” explains Manolis, breaking out pots, weighing scales and a giant electric blender. “You mix an oil or fat with a strong alkali, with or without much heat. Here at the Athos Workshop we use the cold process, which gives a high glycerin content bar with excellent moisturising properties.”

The process of olive oil soap making has a centuries-old history on Crete.

“There’s hardly anyone on Crete who doesn’t own at least a few olive trees,” says Manolis. “In the past, almost every grandmother on the island would make olive oil soap for their family. But then mass-produced bars came along and people lost the habit.”

The Plevrakises, who relocated to Crete from Athens in 2007, are now part of a burgeoning, grassroots soap-making industry. The emphasis today is on quality over quantity, with boutique operations dotted across the island.

With the olive oil and sodium hydroxide suitably blended, Manolis pours the mustard-yellow mixture into a glass container to solidify for 24 hours. Luckily for me, there’s also a batch of soap from yesterday waiting to be cut and stamped.

“The first time we made soap it was just for our friends,” explains Manolis, as he pulls out a hardened yellow block. “People loved them so much, we decided to go into full-time production. It feels good to reconnect with Cretan heritage.”

These days, the Plevrakises’ hand-made organic soaps, extracts and creams — all of which incorporate the finest local olive oil, herbs and essential oils — are a big hit with Crete’s legions of overseas visitors. Through an online shop they are also exported to a growing number of countries around the world.

Using an ingenious device resembling a massive wire cheese slicer, I soon have an array of perfectly sized bars lined up. In a perfect division of labor, Manolis handles the stamping, imprinting each block of soapy Cretan goodness with the Athos logo.

“In the Cretan dialect, ‘athos’ means blossom,” explains Manolis. “We wanted our business to symbolize new growth and natural purity. Plus the name is short enough to fit on each bar.”

By Daniel Allen. Published on 22nd March 2016