I like a good story almost as much as I like the Greek islands in the winter, so you can imagine my delight when I discovered that the Tzortzopoulos family not only welcomes guests to its olive harvest, but they have built a clandestine retreat expressly for the purposes of hosting adventure seekers and novice olive pickers like myself.
|Hiroshi Watanabe, Sync Positive, 2011|
Tranquility is at the epicenter of Astarti Hidden Retreats and I wasn’t about to disturb the peace. In fact, I could hardly find the place! All five Astarti residencies are plunged into the natural terrain creating discreet communal spaces and sheltered courtyards, formed by minimal trenches facilitating access, insulation, cooling and a fabulous view. In layman’s terms, I got to dodge the wind and summer guests get to shelter themselves from the heat of the day. Astarti is all about integration and the Tzortzopoulos family harvest is a life lesson in merging sustainability with tradition. As I got to help unburden the trees of their precious load, I felt I was nurturing myself as much as I nurtured the land and the people around me. Cythera may be a little-known destination, but it’s ripe for the picking. If you love nature, it feels almost virginal. If you’re a walker, there’s a trails galore. If you’re a swimmer, there are golden sands to dip your feet. If you’re an avid historian there are traces to follow. If you’re a mystic, local rituals abound. If you’re a restless explorer, perhaps you’ve finally found a place to call home.
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