Metochi Study Centre is located in a monastery dedicated to two Greek Orthodox saints, Saints Anargyri (Kosmás and Damianós). The monastery was founded in the 16th Century as one out of several annexes to the well-known Limónos Monastery. The monasteries are connected by a stone path from the same time period, stretching two kilometres over the hills. The annex Metochi has been restored in recent years, but is still characterized by its original simplicity.
Metochi study centre houses 25 bedrooms (including 6 double bedrooms with private bathroom), 13 showers, 9 toilets, auditorium/lounge, library/reading room, dining hall, courtyard and churches. The conditions are simple with bedrooms for 1-3 persons in old monk cells. The bedrooms are modestly equipped.
The monastery is situated in the countryside by the bay of Kalloni, approximately one hour’s drive from the airport of the island. The nearest town, Kalloni, is 3 km from the monastery. Kalloni is a local trading centre with banks, a post office, medical assistance, pharmacies and different stores. The sandy beaches of the bay of Kalloni are at a distance of 4,5 km from Metochi. By the beach is a small fisherman’s village, Skala Kalloni, with hotels, taverns, restaurants and bars. The landscape between the monastery and the villages is flat and well suited for bike rides.
The monastery is not in daily use by the church, but there are still restrictions as to activities and clothing. Participants are advised not to wear clothes equivalent to bathing outfits within the monastery walls. While visiting the main monastery Limónos, shoulders and knees should be covered.
We recommend bringing a flashlight for dark nights and a sunhat for use during bike rides and excursions. Bring warm clothes for cold nights in May and October.
The kitchen at Metochi will, as far as possible, make alternative dishes for vegetarians and guests with allergies. Please contact us before the start of the seminar if there is a need for special diets or a vegetarian diet.
The participants are responsible for being covered by their own travel insurance. Those who have a European Social Security Card should bring it.