In Greece there is a whole philosophy around eating and sharing food, reflected in the ancient word "symposium" meaning a convivial gathering of friends and company centered around food and drink. Dionysus, the god of conviviality, wine and food, symbolized the importance of this deep rooted practice. For the Greeks, eating with friends at a tavern or at home is a social affair dating from antiquity. Archestratos wrote the first known cooking book in 330 B.C.
Greek cuisine is known worldwide for its wide variety of tastes and delicious dishes, of which many of the outstanding are vegetarian. The secrets that have made Greek cuisine popular are the abundant fresh ingredients of high quality, a time-honored use of fresh and home dried herbs and spices and Greek virgin olive oil. Moreover, its basic simplicity in the way of cooking adds to the charm of Greek cuisine, creating many mouthwatering delicacies, both savory and sweet.
We will be using the produce of the region of Pelion and Volos, bought fresh most days, taking our inspiration from this produce and from the classic and local Pelion dishes of the region. The Pelion is a mountainous area, replete with history, where vegetables have long been one of the mainstays of the local cuisine.
Here at our Cooking Workshop, one of our mottos is “Work is Love in Action”. And we take this seriously. Preparing a meal for the community here is always a group effort, engaging everyone's talents and skills. We cook with care, with love and above all with tremedous enthousiasm.
To ensure that everyone in the group is brought into the the process of each meal, each cooking session starts with an attunement where we check in with each other, to the day, to our task and to the community that will be enjoying our efforts. Please bring any recipes that you want to try out, and we'll include them in the week's menu. We love adapting classical Greek recipes, such as mousaka or stuffed peppers, for vegetarians.
Kathy Freeman (shown in photo with pizza) is head chef and coordinator for this week's course. Kathy's experience includes 8 years in the Omega Centre (upstate New York) kitchen. She has recently joined the Findhorn Community Park kitchen group.
Our summer school director is Dr. J. R. Millenson, former associate professor of psychology at McGill University and the author of several textbooks in psychology, the most recent being Mind Matters: Psychological Medicine in Holistic Practice and Liberating Love: Readings from the German Meiga Communities.
Gorgeous crystal clear safe sandy Aegean beaches 4 miles away, nearby horse riding, mountain hiking, village festivals, Greek dancing, ornate 17th Century church in Kissos village.
This Greek Vegetarian Cooking Workshop is one of a number of workshops offered by a community-based summer school in Pelion, Greece. This school is dedicated to demonstrating the power of authentic community as a vehicle for building a new holistic world of peace, partnership and sustainability. The school offers an educational programme of workshops, retreats, workcamps, conferences and living-in-community guest weeks in the summer months. The programmes include healing (self, society & planet), creative arts, relationship science, and Self-enquiry.
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Price of the 1 weeks course (1-8 July 2011) includes meals, shared accommodation and a daily trip to the local beach. Please add $200 if a single room is required.
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