Let yourself guided by nature and the rest will follow! When you come to Crete, you find yourself in a different world where most villages have no street names (not even house numbers). Instead, streets are running along olive fields, orange grooves and avocado trees. The special microclimate of the island and an extremely diverse flora offers an unforgettable experience with lots of exciting adventures for a lifetime to any herbal or aromatherapy enthusiasts and professionals alike.
There is plenty to explore by simply walking near the beaches, where you can easily run into the purple-flowered shrubby Cretan Rock Rose (Cistus creticus L.), so well known by those engaged in botanical perfumery. The mountains smell from thyme (Thymus capitatus), sage (Salvia officinalis, Salvia triloba syn. fruticosa and other varieties), winter savory (Satureja montana L.) and other wild herbs abundantly growing over the rocks at higher altitudes. No matter which time of the year, the herbal wheel of life will surely turn on your senses.
Depending on the season, you may get a chance to join us harvesting and distilling local aromatic and medicinal plants. Hands-on learning opportunities will enrich your knowledge and understanding of herbs and aromatherapy that no book learning can provide. Such an immersive involvement will help you enjoying a close relationship with our floral helpers, and getting a clear picture and deep understanding of all the hard work behind one small bottle of some precious essential oil.
A teaser of activities we can pick from on our Aromatic Journeys in Crete: