Founded by Nikki Rose, a Greek-American journalist, seminar director, and professional chef in 1997, Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries Educational Network supports residents working on action programs to protect and share their heritage. CCS teachers are archaeologists, ecologists, organic farmers, heirloom seed savers, chefs, artists, and many others. CCS organizes accredited educational programs on Crete's culture, nature, organic agriculture and cuisine. Over 3,000 students, teachers and journalists have attended their programs. Their upcoming documentary, Heritage Protectors, is a continuation of their work. CCS is an award-winning program for Best Practices in Responsible/Sustainable Travel, and featured in National Geographic, The New York Times, WTTC, UNWTO, UNCBD, IFOAM-Organics, Agroecology Europe, Routledge Handbooks, Food Tank, and many other organizations, publications and media outlets.
CCS collaborates with over 40 small businesses and individuals working to protect Crete’s cultural and natural heritage. We are a "school without walls" working in many regions of this magnificent island. Our seminars are conducted in rural communities, organic farms and historic sites. Attendees have an opportunity to discover sustainable practices that can enrich their lives while supporting programs that help preserve Crete's heritage.
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