'The Bent Branch' Permaculture Garden

. The homestead is a working example of a self sufficient off the grid permaculture garden, with a free open minded outlook on life; Your host, Evan, is a gay man. The island is a wild, remote place and quiet. Being here on Samothraki and experiencing life in the village opens up a whole different dimension to the usual tourist experience of this island. The homestead is quiet: only instrumental music and singing; no music on loudspeakers, although you are free to use headphones or play recorded music quietly in the guest room. There is also a piano and a pump organ in the library.

There are no staff. The homestead is non commercial. You can expect to look after the animals, work in the garden, build things like water channels and raised beds for planting, forage and look after the various things needed in living a self sufficient life. You are encouraged to feel like this is your home while you are here. The_bent_branch is on instagram. There are two bicycles

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This host receives a lot of worldpackers and has a high average rating.

Reviews

4.5
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Staff & Host

4.5

Hours & Tasks

4.5

Hostel

4.5

Learning & Fun

4.5

United States

5

Evan was an excellent host, and the accommodation was very good. The room for the volunteers is very comfortable and clean. The work will generally change depending on the day, but it is laid back and you can work at your own pace. I’d recommend you have at least some experience with outside work, as it is best to be able to work under your own supervision. Samothraki is a very beautiful and interesting island, and there are many things to see. I’d strongly recommend this experience if you want to learn about sustainable living, or if you just want to live slowly for a while.

about 1 month ago

Chile

5

Evan is unique, a wonderful and reliable person, and he is in another league about how to live this life. It doesn't really matter if you don't know about sustainability, self efficiency farming, and so on, you can start from zero. There's everything you need to learn and also get the entire experience

2 months ago

Canada

5

I had a great time at Philipos’ farm. I learned a lot about the animals and different tools. I left a bit early because I met another traveller and we continued our journey together and I Philipos was very understanding. I would definitely recommend! The Bent Branch is definitely a place to i would recommend staying :)

3 months ago

Canada

5

Philipos is a lovely host! You will learn a lot and eat lots of great food! Good for volunteers who want to see a side of Greece that they will not see anywhere else and live a lifestyle that is genuinely sustainable and contributes to the health of the land. Make sure you are prepared for whatever season you visit during and perhaps buy a cheap bicycle in Alexandroupoli if you are going to stay on Samothraki for a long period of time. Enjoy!

3 months ago


Evan replied

Thanks Alex. It was great having you here, on this blustery island with it's lonely mountain, in the dead of winter. There was a good crowd here then, too. I hope everything goes well for you in the months and years ahead.

United States

5

The knowledge and skills I gained during my time here were beyond invaluable. From sustained living practice to cultivation of my own food , everyday was a step toward a deal-reliant lifestyle. I left with it only a more profound appreciation for intentional living, but a passion to make it a part of my own life.

4 months ago


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Contact with nature

Rural

Contact with animals

Beach

Mountain

Wilderness