Nikita’s Village is an agro-tourism project located on the island of Lipsi, Greece, one of the smaller islands of the Dodecanese chain. The project was designed as an extension of the existing farmstead activities of Dimitri’s Farm. In existence for hundreds of years, the farm has welcomed over 550 students and volunteers since its successful revival in 2012. Located on 24,000 square meters situated four kilometers from the main village.
The project consists of; a multi-functional communal building with the primary function of holding culinary workshops using organic produce from the farm and other locally sourced products; Twelve shared ownership villas welcoming international participants year round; a structure to house students from all over the world in the fields of sustainable engineering and building, agriculture, permaculture and environmental protection.
Several farm buildings to shelter and feed sheep, goats, donkeys and chickens and for organic cheese and wine-making; an indigenous turtle sanctuary. The principal role of the project is three-fold: to reconnect man with nature through the awareness and practice of organic farming and cooking, building with natural materials (local stone and earth), using local artisans and drawing from vernacular building materials; to promote responsible tourism and stimulate the local economy.
Nikita’s Village has high replication potential because of its simplicity and reliance on locally available materials. Stone, earth with suitable clay content, algae and sheep’s wool are all indigenous and readily available throughout Greece. Because the construction honors traditional building methods, the project can be replicated with little to no training costs, minimal use of machinery and low environmental impact.
NIKITA'S VILLAGE IS THE FIRST PLANNED SUSTAINABLE AGRO-TOURISM PROJECT IN THE DODECANESE ISLANDS. ITS CONCEPTION AND EVENTUAL IMPLEMENTATION INCLUDES THREE INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS.
1) RELIANCE ON ALTERNATIVE, OFF -THE-GRID ENERGY, LOCALLY SOURCED NATURAL BUILDING MATERIALS AND RAIN WATER COLLECTION RESPECTS THE REGIONAL AND LOCAL ENVIRONMENT 2) REINVENTING THE CONCEPT OF THE “TIME SHARE”, A MUCH MALIGNED MARKETING TECHNIQUE, INTO A SUSTAINABLE AND FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE SOLUTION TO ACCOMODATING TOURISTS WITH LOW ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT. 3) PROVIDING BUILDING WORKSHOPS DURING CONSTRUCTION AND ESTABLISHING AN ONGOING LEARNING CENTER TO WELCOME STUDENTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD
Time Frame and Scope
We anticipate that Nikita’s Village will be completed within three years beginning in Fall of 2018. The initial phase will entail financial planning and allocation, implementing road infrastructures and site access, planting fruit-bearing indigenous trees and holding student workshops in sustainable building, including the collection of local, onsite stone, earth and natural insulation.
The involvement of local builders knowledgeable about traditional construction methods with the intention of providing training and research opportunities will result in a model villa. From there, any changes to the project scope will be adjusted before additional villas are built. Year one will also include the implementation of the turtle sanctuary and relevant maintenance and care of 42 of this indigenous species,
as well as the beginning construction of the communal buildings— student housing, farm buildings and the culinary workshop/administrative office. Years two and three will consist of villa and communal building completion, implementation of rainwater collection systems, solar energy installation, completion of infrastructures and continuation of farming activities.
" Eco-Share Villas"
How It Works
The villas will be avaliable on a 5,10,15 and 20 year eco share program, sold on a weekly basis.The price per week is determined according to the time of the year based on four seasonal periods.
Shares can be purchased to use towards the following time periods.
For a complete eco share price quote please contact us.
Period (A) December to February
5 Year Plan 100 Shares Per Day
10 Year Plan 90 Shares Per Day
15 Year Plan 80 Shares Per Day
20 Year Plan 70 Shares Per Day
Period (B) March to May
5 Year Plan 140 Shares Per Day
10 Year Plan 130 Shares Per Day
15 Year Plan 120 Shares Per Day
20 Year Plan 110 Shares Per Day
Included with every Eco Share purchase is : a free storage unit for your personal belongings, utilities, insurance, taxes, mini solar powerd golf cart, weekly maid service, pick- up and drop-off when you arrive and depart, all farm activities, and harvesting privileges.
Farm Store Products, Cooking Classes, (additional Charge), A Yearly Maintenance Fee based on the length of stay. Price Avaliable Upon Request.
Period (C) June to September
5 Year Plan 250 Shares Per Day
10 Year Plan 240 Shares Per Day
15 Year Plan 230 Shares Per Day
20 Year Plan 220 Shares Per Day
Period (D) October to November
5 Year Plan 150 Shares Per Day
10 Year Plan 140 Shares Per Day
15 Year Plan 130 Shares Per Day
20 Year Plan 120 Shares Per Day
Cooking By The Sea
“Stamatia’s Kitchen,” honoring the Greek heritage and
ﬂavors of Lipsi, features workshops and classes in traditional cuisine using local
ingredients and organic produce harvested right from the farm. It’s all about
handmade food using fresh and organically grown farmstead bounty in the Greek tradition.
Sitting on top of the hill, the cooking school also accommodates the farm’s
reception space, facilities and produce shop. Conceived as a large open-space
barn, and built using traditional stone walls and wood framework, Stamatia's Kitchen has a warm and authentic feel.
Focusing on community, both the 230 sq/m. cooking school and the farm. provide
hands-on, original learning experiences as an antidote to impersonal, mass tourism.
One of the most enticing privileges for Nikita’s Village eco-share participants is
the perpetual right to harvest fruits and vegetables from all farm ﬁelds during their stay.
Pick it, cook it, then pull up a chair at Stamatia’s community table and enjoy the
fruits of your labor with a glass of traditional organic wine from the farm
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