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Lefkada is a Greek island in the Ionian sea located on the West Coast of Greece. It is famous worldwide for its stunningly beautiful beaches with transparent, turquoise waters, combined with the rich flora covering the mainland. 

You can find below some useful information on how you can get to the island of Lefkada.

 

How to get to Neochori:

1. The nearest airport to Lefkada is that of Preveza-Aktion (PVK), approximately 25 minutes away by car.

1A. As soon as you get to the airport, you can get a taxi all the way to Neochori village (taxi fare is about 70 euros). In this case we can help you by calling one on request at least 24 hours earlier.

1B. Another option is to take a taxi from the airport to Lefkada city (40 euros), and from there, take the bus from the Bus Terminal Ktel Lefkadas, and take the departure to Nidri. The ticket price is between 1,60 euros to 3,40 euros. Since you reach Nidri town, you can get a taxi from there to Neochori (15 euros). There is a taxi station near the bus station, or we can help you by calling one on request at least 24 hours earlier. In this case the whole distance will cost about 60 euros.

1C. You can take a bus from the airport to Lefkada city (3 euros), then take another departure to Nidri (1,60-3,40) and from there a taxi to Neochori (15 euros). The total cost in this case is about 22 euros. There is a taxi station near the bus station, or we can help you by calling one on request at least 24 hours earlier. Here you can find the departures from Airport to Lefkada https://ktel-lefkadas.gr/en/routes/airport-preveza/ and here from Lefkada to Nidri https://ktel-lefkadas.gr/en/routes/local/

2. In case you prefer to arrive at Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH) you can take a bus from Athens Long Distance Bus Terminal ‘KTEL’. The distance is 340 km by bus, almost 5 hours including the 20′ break along the road. From the Airport take the city bus (X93) or a taxi to the Athens Long Distance Bus Terminal ‘KTEL’ (Address: Kifissou st. 100, Tel: +30 210 5124910-11 , website: https://ktel-lefkadas.gr/athens/ ) from where buses depart to Lefkada. The one way ticket price is 34 euros.

As soon as you arrive in Lefkada city, you can choose between taking a taxi all the way to Neochori (taxi fare is about 40 euros), or taking the bus to Nidri and from there taxi to Neochori (as mentioned above).

Bus terminal website: https://ktel-lefkadas.gr/athens/

 

DRIVING TO LEFKADA:

Lefkada may be an island but it is connected to the mainland by a 50 meters floating bridge. So it is easy to reach the island just by driving, through the Greek National Road 42 which is a highway in northwestern Aetolia-Acarnania that links the town of Lefkada with the Greek National Road 5 (Antirrio – Arta – Ioannina) in Amfilochia, passing through the town of Vonitsa.

The first town you reach by entering the island is Lefkada city, the capital and main town of the island of Lefkada, located in its northern and northeastern part. 

From there, you can easily find the village on Google Maps https://goo.gl/maps/H58Z952eP1BmbieFA . More specifically, the village is located above Nidri, after the village of Paleokatouna. The duration is approximately 25-30 minutes away from the town. 

 

FROM NEOCHORI TO NIDRI, LEFKADA AND THE REST OF THE ISLAND 

Since Sundays in our programme will be free time, we provide you with some useful information in order to explore other places on the island. We can also help you by calling a taxi on request at least one day earlier. 

Local routes by bus:  https://ktel-lefkadas.gr/en/routes/local/

You can also visit the very up to date website of Lefkada Slow Guide (here) to seek more information about the island of Lefkada. 

 

Volunteering is a key practice in Unplugged that plays an important role in the proper regulation of the programme allowing us to offer a partial experience of the programme for free at the same time.

For more information please feel free to send us your message via Contact us section and get informed for all the volunteering possibilities. 

 

Unplugged Dance does not receive state grants or any other private funding. The cost of the program is fully covered by the workshops’ cost, personal work and the valuable help of friends and volunteers.

If you wish to support our project you can submit your offer named or anonymously to the following account of the National Bank with justification “support Unplugged”.

 

Beneficiary’s name: TRIPODIUM COLLECTIVE
Beneficiary’s address: DIOGENOUS 28, KORIDALLOS ,ATHENS
Bank’s name: NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE S.A.
Bank’s address: AIOLOU STREET 86, ATHENS
IBAN: GR8801100860000008600396249
SWIFT/BIC CODE: ETHNGRAA

 

Our priority is to make the experience of Unplugged Dance as much pleasant as possible whilst guaranteeing the safety of every participant and member of staff. Fortunately, the timing and the peculiarity of our space is a privilege, as all our common and practicing spaces are outdoor. 

We don’t know what the measures in place will be like, during the programme as the indications from health authorities change and adapt continuously. In any case, we will follow every necessary measure.

 

 

What age groups is the program aimed at?

Unplugged Dance is an all levels program for adults of any age. As long as one wants to be part of a co-moving practice and community is more than welcome to participate in our workshops.  

 

Do I need to have previous dancing experience?

Unplugged Dance is an all levels program for adults of any age including professionals and people that have no experience at all. Everyone that wants to explore dance as a practice of embodiment and other relative methods or techniques in a serene natural location is more than welcome. 

 

Why are we interested in an embodiment approach?

Practices of embodiment aren’t something new. They are related to Yoga, Tai Chi and among others, many approaches to meditation. In 1976 Thomas Hanna introduced the term Somatics for the first time to include a number of practices that are all about embodiment in their approach and have already been flourishing in the 60s. Since then, they have been growing in context and number. In dance, we find more and more often techniques and methods related to improvisation that shift the approach from shape to sensations and from goal oriented to inner research.

In Unplugged Dance we choose to emphasize on the importance of embodiment in dance education, research and choreography, in order to approach dance in a more open and inclusive way that can relate to self-determination, empowerment and expression. Such an approach is more than a need to escape from instructions or an image orientated approach. It is a way to strengthen the ability to listen to yourself by listening to your body, a dance -metaphorically- and literally speaking beyond the pursuit of a perfect form that serves a liberating process of acceptance and joy. 

Our intention is to meet and highlight dance methods or techniques that may exist around the world and approach dance as a practice of embodiment.

We hope that this initiative can be one among others that can serve such a dance.

 

How will I get to Neochori?

You can find detailed information on how you can get to Neochori Lefkada in “About” –> “lefkada”

 

What accommodation options are there?

We offer two types of accommodation options: camping and room in two hostels of the village.

You can read more about accommodation options in “Workshops” –> “Services”

 

What are the facilities of Paleochori camp?

The land is cleaned and leveled with a number of retaining walls more than a hundred years old that have been recently restored, so that tents can be placed in different locations. 

The space is also equipped with autonomous wc facilities, showers with hot water and specially designed areas for resting in the shadow under the trees with swings and hammocks. In addition there will be a suitably designed area for meals. At the moment there is no kitchen, no electricity for appliances. Our primal need was to treat the surrounding space with care and respect for the environment and all the living beings of the land. For that reason we use only biodegradable soap and shampoo in the showers.

It will be possible to charge a mobile phone at specific times of the day, as well as at the Foodpath area. Throughout the camping there will be solar self-charging night lights.

Note: The campsite is not accessible by car. From the road to the area where the tents are located there is an accessible uphill path of about 100m.

 

What would it be good to bring with me at camping?

  1. Personal towel. The areas where the lessons will be held are shaded and the lessons will be held early in the morning and in the evening. Nevertheless, it’s August and we’re in Greece, so it will be quite hot! We will sweat and need our towels. 
  2. Water bottle
  3. Comfortable clothes for classes. The temperature is generally high, and at night it doesn’t drop below 22 degrees so you don’t need to carry heavy clothes.
  4. Sports shoes or shoes that are comfortable for walking and movement practices. Some of the workshops may require shoes, or take place outside the studio, so it’s a good idea to have a pair with you. In addition, the route from one space to another, requires a comfortable and stable pair of shoes. Don’t forget, we are in nature!
  5. Sun hat
  6. Sunscreen
  7. Insect/mosquito repellent. The place has mosquitoes mostly in the early morning and in the evening, so it’s a good idea to bring an insect/mosquito repellent. It can also be helpful to have some long pants. 
  8. Biodegradable shampoo and shower gel. The water from the showers is absorbed by the earth, that’s why we only use biodegradable shampoos and shower gels. We recommend that you bring your own, however in case this is difficult to transport (e.g. due to the flight) we will also have some available for purchase.
  9. Toothpaste/toothbrush, face/body towel for personal use, and everything related to your personal hygiene. Please keep in mind that there is no mini market etc. in the village. In case you need to buy something extra, the nearest mini market is 10’ by car, in Nidri, and it is not easy to go on foot. 
  10. Your tent and everything else that will make your stay as comfortable as possible. We mention some ideas, but not all of them are necessary, they depend on what you can carry and what your needs are.

– sleeping bag

– sleeping mat

– pillow

– sheet/pillowcase if you need them

– floor–tarpaulin to put under the tent

– multi-tool or knife

– rope (e.g. for hanging clothes)

– hammock

Of course, for whatever you need, we will be there to help! The areas where you will place your tents will be shaded appropriately. In addition, there are hammocks near the tents and under the shade for rest.

  1. Flashlight/Head or hand torch (with extra batteries). The campsite is dimly lit at night with solar rechargeable lights. Plus, there is light in the wc/shower area.  However, it is necessary to have your personal torch or flashlight, especially for your transport during night, from Foodpath to Paleochori, as well as for inside your tent.
  2. There is a first aid kit on site, however if you receive any special treatment, or have a specific allergy, it is good to have it with you.
  3. If you need to wash your clothes you can do it by hand in the wash basins at the campsite, only using green soap or some other natural cleaner and not using chemical soaps. There will be green soap powder on site, but it’s a good idea to bring your own. Otherwise, there is a washing machine on Foodpath for 3 euros / use. You can inform us when you need to wash your clothes, and help you with it. 
  4. Yoga mat. There will be yoga mats available at the venue, however if it is not inconvenient for your travelling you can bring your own.

 

Please feel free to send us your questions!