Smugtown Mushrooms

Greece Myco Retreat

 

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!

Contact us with any questions! :)

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What to bring:

Passport

Power Adpater for plugs + chargers

Small backpack/tote bag or whatever you use to carry when on foot

Footwear: we suggest a good walking shoe/boot : lots of miles will be walked. Sometimes we will be in unpaved terrain and do suggest a supportive boot with good traction.

Good pair of flip flops or water shoes. For when we go to hot springs + the beach. If you want to pack light- there are great shoe stores to buy affordable walking shoe etc there if you don’t want to pack 2+ pairs of shoes.

Refillable water bottle (insulated if possible)

Cutlery(fork/spoon/knife), chopsticks etc **Might sound silly, but from experience, we tend to buy something at a market + want to snack in the van or room, or when we’re sitting at the beach and NOW you’ll be prepared PLUS we are REDUCING waste, which is a goal for us, our footprint must be light. Great to have for take away, and on the road.

Headlamp/flashlight

Toiletries (Shampoo, soap etc) **highly suggest biodegradable options, most drain lines go right to wild waterways!

Warm clothing! Pants, leggings and layers! Wool Socks! **Layering will be your best friend.  During the day we can get temperatures at 80F and above and then it can dip down to freezing in the mountains at night. If you’re trying to pack small and light, there are cheap markets with clothing in Thessaloniki.

Raincoat/Poncho

Gloves, hat, scarf (whatever you need to feel warm)

Pocket knife (if you’re checking your luggage)

Sun protection ie, glasses, sunscreen, baseball hat etc

Notebook or something to take notes with

Suggested but not necessary :

Bath or Beach Towel

Hand lens

Camera (besides your phone)

Collapsible Tupperware (to keep specimens, bring home take out + more) **Reduce waste

Field Guides for the Region, Trees, plants, mushrooms, herbs etu

Travel tips, what to expect & what to bring

We want to help folks be as prepared as possible. While saving you the head ache to figure it out on your own.

Flights are a separate cost -we like the site momondo.com as a search engine

Meet us in Thessaloniki Oct 15 by 8am.

Make sure your passport is up to date, and isn’t going to expire within 6 months of the trip. I have seen people denied at the check in for their flight because the passport is almost expired. Don’t let them stop you! Get your passport!

Bring CASH to exchange or have it already! Greece uses the EURO. While cards and ATMS are around, when we are in more rural areas, CASH is preferred.

How much should you bring? While room + board are included, we suggest supporting the local shops and artists. We suggest having at least 2-300EURO on hand and your debit card(which has the best rates for exchanges)

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The Food + Eating in Greece

We will guarantee every food allergy can be accommodated with some exceptions(see below)

Greece has what the world considers “The Mediterranean Diet”

“abundant in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and olive oil. It features fish and poultry—lean sources of protein—over red meat.

Red wine is consumed regularly but in moderate amounts.”

I would have to attest to that, but I would say you can safely be well fed with most dietary restrictions.  Expect lots of fresh salads, wild greens, vegan & yogurt based spreads, home style cooking, which can & will include meat and dairy some of the time. However, one thing we will guarantee you will be filled with the best foods throughout the whole trip.  Ill be bringing you to my favorite markets, restaurants, cafes, taverns and shoppes.

.  Vegetarian + Vegan

This tour is simple for vegetarians and even vegans to have a fairly easy time finding and enjoying what Greece has to offer.

Gluten Free?

This country is rather BREAD + flour heavy.  From the phyllo dough in every spanakopita, to home bake bread on every table makes it very impossible to avoid the presence of gluten.  Please consider this if you have a strict and serious gluten allergy.

Please notify us prior to registration if you have other questions or concerns about the cuisine we will be enjoying.

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Sleeping Arrangements/Pricing

10 days + nights 6 person maximum

Single, private* room + bath: $3850

Double occupancy private** room+ bath: $5890

*Sleep accommodations are clean, mostly private, but some dormitory style sleeping arrangements occur during the retreat .

Some nights we are booked in multi-bedroom Villa, other nights in a hotel and a couple nights in dorm style arrangements

The more remote the location, the less cookie cutter hotel room we will see

(We suggest ear plugs or white noise machines if you plan to join us.)

**Depending on location, some bathrooms will be shared

Please call with any concerns or questions ask for Olga (585) 690-1926

For 100% private room + bath nightly please add $1500 more to price

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Doing More with your Trip:

We get to explore and travel freely.  We are allowed to pick our own experiences and return to our homes with the feelings of freedom, relaxation and so much more knowledge in our brains than when we started off. However, there are people who came to Greece not for holiday but in order to survive and reach family in other countries.  Millions of climate and war refugees have traveled by land and sea to flee their homes and ended up, for lack of a better word, stuck in Greece because the EU has closed borders, so camps and centers are beyond capacity. We have partnered with locals who are on the ground, organizing with other citizens and orgs to supply camps, families and refugees with the care and support that is needed. Below is a list of items that are welcomed, we also are planning a special PRE-tour day to go to markets in Thessaloniki and buying items on the list that are easy to buy in Greece than be brought from the States.

If you can check another bag with more belongings to share with people undergoing extreme conditions and lack of public services PLEASE DO!

Personal hygiene items: Shampoo, Soap bars, Shower gels, Nail clippers, Shaving items

Children’s items: Baby wipes, Diapers (sizes 2-6), Baby milk powder (1-3), Evaporated milk, Baby food (cream of wheat, baby porridge, etc), Feeding bottles, Diaper rash cream

Cleaning items: Brooms, Mops, Bowls for washing clothes, Buckets, Wettex pads, Kitchen sponges, Clothes pegs, Garbage disposal bags, Single use latex gloves, Laundry detergent (for hand washing), All purpose detergent, Glass cleaning detergent, Washing up liquid, Bleach

Food items: Cocoa, Sugar, Evaporated milk, Marmalades and jams, Chocolate praline spread, Croissants, Biscuits and cookies, Fruit juices, Hot tea packets

Cooking items: Legumes (lentils, chickpeas, etc), Tomato purée, Rice, Oil (olive oil and sunflower oil), Salt, Frozen vegetables, Fresh vegetables

Spices: Curry, Cumin, Turmeric, Mint, Paprika, Pepper, Cinnamon, Nutmeg

Special items: Life Straws, water filters, hand warmers, rain ponchos, emergency blankets, incontinence pads for adults, 2-3 baby strollers, 5-6 heating appliances), underwear, ie) boxers, briefs, womens, and childrens underwear. SOCKS! Wool but any are great!

May need a wheelchair in future, but not urgent

Obviously many of these items are best to be bought within Greece.