…an eco learning village dedicated to Planet not Profit opening on April 27 2020

Vision of eCALA Village: a massive 200m2 amphitheatre surrounded by geodesic domes

The village is centred around a massive 200m2 amphitheatre which is surrounded by a large grassed garden and on the outer edges 16 sleeping domes.

We have been testing domes now for 18 months and learned a lot! Our 2020 design includes a huge 2 meter high bay window in each dome, facing the sea and a lot more space between domes e.g. the inner 8 domes, shown in the picture above are now located elsewhere in eCALA Village, creating greater space for each guest.

Geodesic domes are nature’s most beautiful and efficient shape, creating the largest living area within the least surface area. Not only are they energy efficient and disaster proof, the spacious height, wide space and light pouring through your windows give a true sense of being on a different planet. We also have two huge learning domes and decks for outdoor activities as well as a private taverna with multiple terraces. Tucked into the base of a craggy hill, Meloi Bay offers spectacular sunrises and serene swimming. Quiet, protected and peaceful, Meloi is still only a 3 minute drive or 20 minute walk from the bustling port village of Skala, full of shops, cafes and restaurants. Wifi is available throughout the village.

eCALA Village is passionate about our planet and its future. We are at the forefront of learning centre design and construction, aiming for the lowest possible footprint, whilst you experience luxury and service in a completely unique eco-environment. eCALA is also a Learning Village teaching a range of programmes and especially focused on Planet Programmes which are developing ‘change leaders’ in six key areas of sustainability: Energy; Water; Forestation; Food; Habitation and Waste Management.

You will experience a living example of what is possible, right in front of you, as eCALA Village strives to be an example.

Programmes are run in the learning domes, amphitheatre and around the island depending on what you are doing at the time. Another beautiful thing about Pátmos is its micro-size and macro-opportunity to run all kinds of programmes, all within 20 minutes of eCALA Village.

Ypnodomátia – the Sleeping Domes (My Dome-ain)

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Sleeping Dome IconSitting in its own beautiful garden, your dome away from home is like the enormous bubble from the 2015 film ‘Mars’ – a high ceiling with an enormous bay window curving down to 30m2 of floor space.

Your coco-mat™ bed is probably the best bed you will ever sleep on and we have included everything you need to make you super comfortable. Whether sitting at your desk gazing into the garden, or lying on your beanbag, the peace and tranquility of your space dome will aide your relaxation, learning and development.

If you feel like being a little closer to nature, the Domes sitting on the upper terraces have an external wet-room open to the sky, all come with shower and sink products which are harmless to nature.

The experience of lying in bed at night staring at the stars and watching the moon traverse the Aegean sky is unforgettable.

Details for the techies:

  • 6.29 metres in diameter, 3.85 metres high, 30m2 of floor plus a wonderful outdoor bathroom.
  • Wifi coverage in dome and across the site.
  • A choice of a king size coco-mat™ bed or twin coco-mat™ beds.
  • A desk, bedside tables, lamps, lights, plugs and plenty of storage.
  • Cool flooring, a large pentagonal skylight or bay window and discreet ventilation.

Didaskalía – the Learning Domes

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Didaskalía means ‘applied-teaching’.

These domes are places you come to learn and are suitable for all types of programmes. One didaskalía is set aside for our Planet programmes, as a permanent centre for students to keep their work and the team to learn and make their own during their 8 week training programme.

Details for the techies:

  • 9 metres in diameter, 4.5 metres high, 75 square metres of floor.
  • All will be equipped with wifi, tables, chairs, white boards and projectors.
  • Each didaskalío dome can hold 105 people standing, 70 seated and 32 in classroom style.

Agora Amphitheatre

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The literal meaning of the word Agora is “gathering place” or “assembly”.

In ancient Greece, the Agora was the centre of the athletic, artistic, spiritual and political life of the city, and the Ancient Agora of Athens was the best-known example. Our Agora is an amphitheatre in the heart of our village in every sense, a wellspring of energy and peace.

Our Agora is private to the residents of the village, a place where vacation guests and learning students can relax, groups can meet and some teaching will take place during the year. We will also hold events and celebrations that include the village and the whole island of Patmos.

Details for the techies:

  • 16 metres in diameter spanning 200 square metres.
  • 2 tiers of seating and a grass covered centre.
  • Seating for 200+ people.
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The Village of Eleven Wells

eCALA Village has 11 working wells, used to feed the flora.

Fresh water is worth more than gold on an island. Starting at the entrance gate, the wells stretch the length of the village and are used to irrigate the gardens. Each is being refitted with a Pátmos stone top and safety grill.

Details for the techies:

  • Traditional Pátmos stone construction.
  • The wells are interconnected and feed one another.
  • Water source is natural ground water from the hills into our water table.
  • Avoiding over-use ensures sea water does not overtake fresh water,