About us

Camille and Iakovos started coming to Crete many years ago. Its natural beauty, climate and the strength that we gain from it, has led us to live in the village of Nopigia on the northwest coast and we are grateful for each day we spend here. Many guests from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Britain and Greece visit us in order to participate in our Walks and Painting Workshops and to relax.
ELAFONISI 1In a landscape full of life and energy, we offer activities and courses which are truly recreational.
In addition, we try to give you a taste of the "other Crete ” far from the crowds in the mass tourism resorts.
Together we will walk, talk, paint, visit festivals, encounter Greek culture and gain an insight into the history of Crete .
Our offer is particularly characterized by its personal character. Our goal is to offer our visitors a relaxing and creative holiday, which leads to a deeper relationship to nature and to themselves. This happens by what we do and experience every day together.
Stop and be quiet, listen to the waves, soak up the sun, feel strength and joy. Our holidays offer you not only a break from everyday life, but also an inward journey : a return to the basics and the simple things that can be experienced: the knowledge that it does not take much to feel Happiness.ELAFONISI 2
Camille and Iakovos provide insights into the Cretan way of life and will show you the most beautiful places and beaches of the Kissamos area. The walking hours boost your health and help you find new vitality. You can immerse yourself in unspoiled landscape, in the smell of wild herbs; you can enjoy the sun and the sea!
ACTIVE CRETE is well known for its beautiful walking trails, the excellent quality of its painting courses and its "special holiday" feeling.
You will enjoy the beauty and the peace of the landscape. You will benefit from the painting skills of our experienced teacher. You will refuel your batteries under the Cretan sun at the seafront.
Our relationship with the place, the people and traditions and our personal service will help you relax and enjoy an individual and very special holiday.


Camille is an English artist who speaks Greek, English, French and a bit of German. She has had several solo shows and has taken part in many group exhibitions. Her work is in private and public collections and she has carried out many private commissions. She paints in oil on canvas or in watercolour or mixed media on paper. Her style is semi- abstract and full of colour although her classical drawing skills are more apparent in her watercolours.


CAM00007Iakovos is a Greek engineer who speaks Greek, English and German. He has been a walker all his life and had his first contact with the wonderful mountains and landscapes of Western Crete when he was a child. He is familiar with the local fauna and flora and knows where to find the endemic plants, and where to find the best herbs in season: mint, thyme, rosemary, capers and other greens. He has a detailed knowledge of the local history and culture.