ECO LODGE ACTIVITIES
While staying at the Eco Lodge one of the main activities will probably be relaxing, either under the shade of a pergola, on a sun-warmed stone bench or in a hammock under an oak tree. But of course there are lots of other things to do. For anyone who likes gardening, there is a big vegetable garden where one can spend the afternoon. There are beautiful walks starting straight from the plot through the nearby oak forest to the beaches. Footpaths can sometimes be a bit wild and overgrown but are great way to explore Tinos nature and culture. Yoga can also be organised for you and keep an eye on our blog and news for upcoming seminars such as the one on permaculture!
We are excited to announce the second FULL PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE (PDC) that will be hosted in Tinos Eco-lodge with two knowledgeable teachers Andrew Jordan from Ireland and Elena Symeonidou from Greece. 23 September – 5 October (12 days, 80 hours certificate). The seminar includes 80 hours of theoretical and practical lessons on an holistic approach of living using our natural resources soil, water, sun, air and all natural materials around us. For booking and info
Re-charge your batteries and re-kindle your Spirit on this seven day retreat of yoga and sunshine. We will be based on the beautiful island of Tinos, Greece, staying at Tinos Ecolodge – a self-sustaining eco-friendly resort surrounded by breath-taking views and within a short hop to the local beaches. During your stay you will be guided through daily sessions of hatha yoga, meditation and deep relaxation using practices to help us discover and refine our connection with the elements. We also have time to explore the island and its riches as well as time for reflection and contemplation.
The first permaculture seminar has been organised for autumn 2016, from 23 September until 4 October. It’s going to be an 11-day full Permaculture Design Course (PDC) with two very experienced and knowledgable teachers from England, Rod Everett and Mill Millichap. The seminar includes 80 hours of theoretical and practical lessons on an holistic approach of living using our natural resources soil, water, sun, air and all natural materials around us.
The Ecolodge organic garden
The vegetation on the plot is mainly wild and comprises one of the very few, if not the only, old oak forest on the island. There are also some fig, olive and plane trees which give shade in the summer heat. For the vegetable garden it is our aim to find and use local seeds and cultivate trees and vegetables that suit the dry and salty environment of the island. We will also use permaculture methods in growing our plants and start experimenting with transplanting wild local herbs and plants such as thyme, oregano, lavender, sage, wild artichoke and caper. Our goal is to have a variety of organically grown fruit and vegetables all year round that guests can enjoy planting and picking.We also want to produce our own olives, herbs, capers, jams and raki.
trees & bushes
Wildlife of Tinos
The northern part of Tinos has been characterized as an Important Bird Area because of the Eleonora’s falcon a small sea raptor which 70% of its population breeds in the Aegean which breeds on the rocky cliffs. Part of the IBA is a NATURA 2000 area, protected for the rest of the fauna, reptiles, mammals and for the flora. We can provide you with all the information on best routes and areas for birdwatching and photographing wildlife.
Among the birds that can be seen on Tinos are buzzards, kestrels, and Bonelli’s Eagle, long-legged buzzard, and Peregrine. In particular, during migration there are many kinds of birds of prey. Shags are important seabirds and there are many kind of owls, such as Scops ow l and Little owl. There are also Hoopoe in autumn and spring, herons, ducks and waders especially in Kolibithra bay where there is a small area of wetland and in the scrub areas where the rare Cretzshmar’s Bunting breeds.
There are many reptiles living on the island, with the most famous one, because of its venom, being the Nose-horned Viper (Vipera ammodytes). However other non-venomous snakes are Natrix natrix in the water, Natrix tessellata, Eryx jaculus, and Dolichophis caspius. Tortoises (Mauremys caspica), frogs and many species of lizards (Cyrtodactylus kotschyi, Lacerta trillineata, Podarcis erhardii) are found in Tinos.
The monk seal Monachus monachu lives in the unobstructed water caves of the island. However, it has been a long time since a sighting has been reported.
Many herbs and edible plants as well as mushrooms grow wild all over the island and people are used to collect them for house consumption. Capers, oregano, thyme, lavender, wild sage, wild mint, crocus, and many many more can be found while walking along the footpaths of Tinos.
Yoga in Ecolodge
Would you like to practice morning yoga on your terrace or in the afternoon with an experienced yoga teacher? Ecolodge is a perfect place to achieve good physical and mental health combining your holidays with yoga.
Private lessons or group lessons up to 6 persons can be arranged with yoga teacher Eleni Tolis. Prices range from 15euro/person in groups to 50euro for one person private.
Walk the Neighborhood
The area is a unique forested area with oak trees, by a stream with tall plain trees and a lot of vegetation, very unusual for Tinos and the Cyclades. It is surrounded by rural terraced land with olive trees, lemon trees and other fruit trees, small stone stables for the sheep and pigs, pigeon houses and small churches. Its totally unspoiled.
There are beautiful walks on old footpaths that start directly from the plot or are passing near by which we can point out to you. The most famous is the one starting from Potamia village to Santa Margarita beach, passing through a valley under the mountain of Tsiknias, with many old dovecotes on the way, streams with a lot of vegetation and a great view to the sea.
If you like mountain tops, there is a great uphill walk to the mountain Tsiknias, the highest mountain of Tinos, were you have a panoramic 360 degree view of all the islands around Tinos, from Ikaria and Mykonos, Delos, Paros, Naxos and on a clear day even Samos and Folegandros.
The plot orientation is East so the sun rises directly from the sea! If you are an early bird you can combine a nice walk with a swim while the sun rises at the two beautiful beaches of Santa Margarita and Lychnaftia, 20 minutes walk downhill or only 2km away.