Installations & Activities in Dalabelos Ageliana Rethymno Crete
The olive grove – Olive gathering
The harvesting of olives dates back to antiquity. We can observe it depicted on ancient vases, a collective activity carried out by the Cretans during winter with the same method to this day. Since olive trees are very sensitive to cold, rain and damp weather, harvesting is carried out in favorable conditions, on mild sunny winter days.
The olive is the most important agricultural product of the island, its pressing procedure gives out the precious olive oil, which is the basis of Cretan cooking.
The Vineyard - The vine harvest
Grape picking is the most pleasant collective agricultural activity and takes place by the end of summer. This work is accompanied with songs and goes on as a feast that lasts throughout the pressing of grapes and ends by the time when barrels are filled with the grape must - the prize of a whole year's work at the vineyards.
The visitor of Dalabelos is welcome to partcipate in olive picking and vintage in order to experience the generosity of Cretan land and the bond of the people to their land and its products.
The wine press
All activities associated with grapes are cause for celebration. The clay wine press built in the farm's courtyard is used to press grapes in order to extract the must. The grapes residue is left to ferment and in October it is transferred to the cauldron to be distilled and produce the famous Cretan raki, a "remedy” for body and soul.
Every Friday morning, those who wish may participate in the preparation of the oven, and in kneading and baking of bread.
Every Tuesday morning from 10 to 1 o'clock there is a collective cooking of traditional dishes. The first hour is spent in picking vegetables and herbs from the gardens.
Courses on wheel pottery and ceramics are taking place at the ceramics workshop of the estate.
Evenings of traditional music are organized in the small stone amphitheater that adorns the central courtyard.
The estate provides visitors with mountain bikes for excursions to the surrounding area.
A spacious hall with a fireplace, a piano bar, a covered terrace opening to a magnificent view is available for collective activities and seminars.
Seminars on spiritual awakening through nature.
A unique experience of spiritual exaltation, awakening and self awareness by means of experiential activities of Eco-psychology is offered by the Greek Society of Eco-psychology. It's aim is relaxation, mental wellbeing and self awareness through physical environment with the guidance of a qualified psychologist. The activities are carried out in groups for adult and groups for children, each group from 6 to 15 persons, for a period of two hours.