Experiential workshop - Natural living

Place: Exo Mani, Peloponnese, Greece
Start: Saturday, 31st of March 2018, 10:00
End: Monday, 2nd of April 2018, 17:00
Workshop leaders: Richard Bader - Osteopath, Member of Swiss Federation of Osteopaths.
Marta Rakowska & Manos Ximeris (Minoeco).
Language: English & Greek (additional translations in German and/or Polish)

Group: Max 8 participants
Meals:  Vegetarian lunch & dinner, non-alcoholic beverages, coffee and herbal tea.
Fee: € 350/participant, € 630/two partners (Deposit needs to be paid in advance).

Experiential workshop - Natural living

Workshop will take place in a traditional village at Exo Mani, a beautiful spot surrounded by the olive trees, 200 m from the sea side just below the foothills of Taygetus mountain. It’s a new built house (stone and brick) with many types of natural plasters that we lately completed: tadelakt in the bathroom, clay plaster in the rooms and externally traditional lime plaster.

The earth was excavated from the field and hand processed to get a clay for the mortar. During the workshop we will lead you through this process and explain the rules for creating own recipes. Your practice – from the base coat to the finishes - will be on the hempcrete boards, with 3 types of clay, natural strength additives and pigments. Along with the practical part we will follow theory of various techniques in natural building such as strawbale, light-clay and hempcrete.

Second part of the event will take you into a practice of healing and cleansing the body.  Introducing the efficient way to increase core strength and to build roots, we will approach the deepest layer of musculature.
We will walk towards the Taygetus Mountains to recognize and collect wild edible plants. Afterwards we will learn how to combine them into nourishing salads, herbal infusions and smoothies.  

Join our experiential workshop and enjoy the spring in Greece.

Meals: Healthy vegetarian lunch & dinner, non-alcoholic beverages, coffee and herbal teas are included in the ticket fee. Breakfast on your own.

What to bring: light-duty clothes, walking/hiking shoes.

Accommodation: There are rooms and fully equipped apartments available for the rent in the village, average price 50€/day.
There is possibility to set up your camper on the plot or nearby at the sea side.

Travel to Mani: We recommend international flights to the closest airport in Kalamata (50km) or to Athens (285km) with Aegean Airlines. There are buses that depart every day.

The workshop starts on Saturday 31st of March at 10:00 and ends on Monday, 2nd of April at 17:00. In the evening on Monday we have one more dinner at 18:00 and we will stay together with the community

Richard Bader
- Osteopath, Member of Swiss Federation of Osteopaths. Studied Philosophy and Medicine at the University of Zurich. Qi Gong, Taiji practice. Hiking and medicinal plant tour Guide in Greece and Cyprus.

Marta Rakowska – Researcher of traditional lime plaster techniques and its materials. Plasterer & trainer: clay, lime and tadelakt. Member of OSBN - Polish Natural Building Association.

Manos Ximeris – Straw and hemp builder. Clay, lime, tadelakt plasterer. Lime plaster Trainer Straw Training for European Professionals. Cooperation with the National Technical University of Athens.


Time1st Day 31.032nd Day 01.043rd Day 02.04


  Various types of clay -selecting the right one.
Mixing, testing and sampling earthen mixtures - clay basecoat.
Walk in the mountains/recognizing and collecting edible wild plants.
Preparing plant nutrients.
10:00-11:00 Introduction
11:00-12:00 Lecture & discussion - Natural building techniques
(strawbale, light clay, hempcrete)
13:00-14:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch
14:00-15:00 Lecture & discussion - Natural plasters
(clay, lime, tadelakt)
Mixing and sampling - finish coat.
Natural additives, coloring, artistic finishes - fresco, sgraffito.
Embodiment and healing through movement - protect the core and back. Deep relaxation.
16:00-17:00 Relaxing experience - step towards health and personal growth.
18:00 Dinner Dinner Dinner