Since 1995, the Ikarian Centre
has been offering a full range of intensive, introductory and specialist Greek language courses for non-native speakers of all levels. The centre also offers art courses and summer cultural programs in English on the island of Ikaria which are integrated with the local Ikarian community.
Based in the picturesque village of Arethousa. Students and guests can also partake in daily cultural activities, such as lectures, films and dancing lessons at no additional cost
The centre offers to students and guests affordable accommodation in its onsite Guesthouse
, which is ideal for long and short term stays. Our guesthouse has been created 1,5 Km from the mountain village of Arethousa, in an isolated rural area, at an elevation of 300 m, and hosts some of the Centre’s language students. It is approximately 8 km from Evdilos (the harbor town of northern Ikaria), and about 3 km (45 minutes on foot) from the sea. The view is fantastic and your contact with nature is immediate and real.
Courses & Programs:
Greek for Children And Teenagers - July 2017 Learn More »»
Our innovative program combines lessons with activities which include local Ikarian children, transforming schoolwork into an interesting and enjoyable game. The teachers guide all activities, thus insuring that their students are learning both during and after lessons. Students are divided into small groups according to age (8-13 years old, and 14-17 years old).
For the younger children (8-13): Lessons are held for four hours per day, with breaks, and include a balanced mix of activities. Each lesson focuses on enriching vocabulary and developing the skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Necessary grammar is also taught through language games. Toys, painting and art, songs and stories are all used to turn lessons into play.
For children aged 14-17: Lessons are held for four hours per day, with breaks. During each lesson the necessary grammar is taught through language games. Again, emphasis is given to the active use of vocabulary, which is enriched through the use of texts, word games, and projects around a common theme. In this way, older children are motivated to think and express themselves in Greek on topics which interest them.
After lessons, we organize activities with local Ikarian children, such as hikes, lessons in chess, art workshops, photography, theater, cooking, singing, and traditional dances. Students will make new friends, and practice Greek at the same time, gaining greater confidence in the use of the language and strengthening their motivation to continue learning.
A ten-day class can be organized at any point between July and September for a group of four or more students of about the same age.
Greek for Adults - Various Programs on Island Ikaria View All Courses »»
Greek language courses in Arethousa, Ikaria. Learn More »»
15 lessons in 17 days, 67,5 teaching hours +26h of activities (equivalent to a 3-week course). 10-day course (40,5 teaching hours +16h of activities, equivalent to a 2-week course). For students with limited time available. Class size: 2-8 students, at a similar level Location: Ikarian Centre, Arethousa, Ikaria. Students live at the Centre’s guesthouse in a family atmosphere.
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Greek For Archaeologists & Classicists, May 2017 Learn More »»
60 academic hours of intensive Modern Greek courses geared towards classicists and archaeologists with good skills in ancient Greek.
Course dates: 20 May – 5 June 2017
15 lessons, 60 hourse of instruction +24h of activities in 17 days Class sizes: 2-8 students, for maximum speaking time. Levels: Courses are offered at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels (absolute beginners – C1) Location: Ikarian Centre
Easter in Ikaria Learning Greek Learn More »»
Ikaria is a small island located in the eastern Aegean where rural traditions are still very much alive. Easter, a springtime celebration, is celebrated by local communities with great festive spirit. Preparation for Easter Sunday starts in the houses of the community, where various sweets are made and boiled eggs are painted red.
During Holy Week, the atmosphere is somewhat solemn, as most local people fast and attend the various religious services held in churches all over the island. Generally, there is a great emotional build-up during Easter Saturday, when celebrations start in the evening. After the religious ceremony and a local fireworks display, people return to their homes where families and friends eat and drink together. On both Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday in the village of Karavostamo one can witness the “burning of Afano”, a custom that dates back to Byzantine times.
Students will learn about Easter traditions while participating in them. Activities that are usually arranged within the framework of the courses and which are mentioned in the Centre’s main programme, like walking in the mountain and Greek cooking lessons, will also be organized. As always within the course framework, students will have the opportunity to meet with and talk to local residents.
9-19 April 2017 10 lessons in 11 days, 36 teaching hours +18 hours of activities Class size: 2-8 students, at a similar level Tuition
Learn Greek Through Photography - May 2017 Learn More »»
Refresh your Greek while attending a photography workshop on Ikaria. The instructor is Nectarios, a young native Greek speaker and photographer. This workshop is intended for intermediate and advanced users of the Greek language (levels B1 – C2). Participants must be able or willing to make an effort to understand a native Greek speaker. Previous knowledge and experience in photography is not required.
When? 10-18, May 2017 (9 days)
Where? Ikarian Centre, Arethousa, Ikaria.
How many participants? 5-14 people
Language: only Greek!
Greek Language Course & Olive Harvest on Ikaria - Nov. 2017 Learn More »»
For any adult who wishes to improve his or her skills in the Greek language, including beginners. Friends of yours may also come with you and participate in the experience of the olive harvest and the rest of the activities, without participating in the Greek classes.
After the language lessons we will work together for about 2 hours in the olive harvest, in the nearby fields. We will visit local factories and watch how olive oil is made from the olives. We will also learn to sing some Greek songs, watch Greek cinema, make excursions around Ikaria, and talk a lot in Greek, both inside and outside the classroom.
11-21 or 11-27 Nov. 2017
Duration:10 lessons in 11 days (36 teaching hours +18h of activities)
Class size: 2-8 students, at a similar level. Location: Ikarian Centre, Arethousa, Ikaria.
Painting course by Tom Campbell Learn More »»
The painting course is based at the Ikarian Centre and is fun and informal. The student group is driven to visit different areas of the island to paint the various kinds of scenes we find there; quiet pine forests, beaches , towns, harbours etc. According to the needs of the participants in the group we sometimes have days painting the views around the centre or if wind or rain get in our way painting in the studio .Tom is on hand to help people get set up and help with what might be good subject matter to paint and then help during the painting session with painterly problems that might arise. Further critiques can also happen back at the studio if needed. The outings are also used to visit sites of interest , ancient sites and monasteries or do some shopping and eating out in restaurants and taverna.
Location: Ikarian Centre, Arethousa, Ikaria.
Instructor: Tom Campbell (www.tomcampbellartist.com)
Art Residency on Ikaria Learn More »»
If you are a writer, translator, painter and you are looking for peace and quiet so as to concentrate on your own project, you are very welcome in our guesthouse.
Our guesthouse has been created 1,5 Km from the mountain village of Arethousa, in an isolated rural area, at an elevation of 300 m, and hosts some of the Centre’s language students. It is approximately 8 km from Evdilos (the harbor town of northern Ikaria), and about 3 km (45 minutes on foot) from the sea. The view is fantastic and your contact with nature is immediate and real.
Accommodation is provided in small studios 20m2. The studios are built in a complex of 4 independent buildings. Each studio has a private entrance, private bathroom and kitchenette. Free wi-fi is accessible from any spot of the property and the studios.
We can also provide to you a studio or a study / meeting room to work alone or with your partners, with no extra charge.
Big groups are also welcome. If you are willing to host a small meeting / art project in Ikaria, perhaps our guesthouse is the ideal place.