In understanding and working together with the people of Arillas and the island of Corfu, we can foresee a future of sustainable tourism with minimal impact to the environment, as well as preserving the traditions, local customs, ethics and religion of the local community.
On this page Artemis Grove envisions a possible sustainable future on the island of Corfu, starting in the village of Arillas, not too many years from now...
in 2016 a diverse group of local and international proactive young people of all ages created a cooperative combining culture and permaculture, called "Artemis Grove" in Arillas, Corfu.
With youthful enthusiasm and ingenious solutions, Artemis Grove in a short time turned itself into a very green movement that embraced Corfu island.
Arillas became the first Greek village to turn itself into a Transition Town: Local solutions to independence and interdependance turned local difficulties dealing with economic crisis into an entire island happily embracing total ecological transformation, nicknamed "Ecorfu"!
Many other Greek islands soon followed, as did the Italian Island of Sardinia, the french island of Corsica and the Spanish Island of Ibiza. Tourism became sustainable on all the Greek Islands in 2028.
More and more Europeans looking for alternative holidays discovered the new silence on the island, its lack of loud and stinky vehicles exchanged by the quiet of electric and solar transportation, tasty local and organic produce, farm to table food and beautiful clean beaches...
The new housing solutions created opportunities for many, with people coming for a week of relaxation ending up staying for the rest of their lives in this ideal green living environment.
Hard to believe, but many older locals told of how they remembered when it was like this before, with everybody working and relaxing in equal measure, living a healthy and fulfilled life in community, not too long ago!
By 2025 there were only Electric cars and bicycles left driving on land, and by 2026 there was re-introduction of donkey and horse transport. Corfu became famous for its modern sailing and solar boats driving tourists around the beautiful beaches, caves and naturalistic oasis of the island.
Human Quality of Life
The change to sustainable living made evident the rise in quality of life, with social contact and collaboration becoming a happy reality. Feminine qualities were honored again, with motherhood and taking care of the land becoming one and the same, and a new found balance with the healed masculine.
A new school program, only three hours a day, no homework, teaching basic and practical life skills such as how to breathe, how to grow and cook your own food, build your house, express your emotions, speak different languages and understand real silence, and most of all, learn about love and how to be a human being!
The introduction of Food & Services exchange systems, with local currencies (for example, plastic bottles were turned into Corfu Coins), resulted in a new and extensive collaboration between local businesses and village inhabitants, each sustaining the other, and voilà, healthy and resilient local economies started growing like mushrooms!
Already Greece was providing free healthcare, but now this included Spa, Massage & Therapy with holistic health centres in almost every village.
Whole year nature tourism, glamping, bicycle and trekking cross country trails, permacultural, cultural and educational events attracting young people wanting to learn the old and new green ways.
Greek Olive Oil became the number one export item, as it used to be in olden times, because now the quality of the product was guaranteed: olive farmers were able to start handpicking olives again with the help of young enthusiastic hands. Spraying chemicals stopped as soon as natural solutions became available, and polluted soil was quickly turned into fertile growing land.
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Local Markets created by small local organic farmer collectives provided 90 % of the island's fruit and vegetable production following the switch to natural farming priciples. The result was high quality food produce served in all restaurants, vegetarian food readily available everywhere.
Low cost Ecohousing with materials, using natural resources; with roof surfaces used for capturing solar energy, using glass rooftiles and window panes, combined with CO2 reducing plants. Re- and Upcycling of local wastes into resources, excess car tires and plastic bottles
Revival of local traditional Culture Centres, where the Arts, Painting, Dance, Song, Music and Sharing rounds revivify and connect people's lives.
We learned to live together and enjoy the sharing of our gifts!