Every year the season for making tsipouro (local spirit) in the village is a festive one.  A great celebration has been organized by the local youth club in Vitsa, central Zagori. For the land beyond guests this celebration was merely the motive. The whole activity was planned in order to have a brainstorming session for a creative triathlon organization as a future project. Early morning hiking, jogging and mountain biking, a mushroom workshop in situ by the specialist Vassily Katsoupas, owner of the famous “Kanela and Garyfallo” restaurant in Vitsa, Zagori culinary masterpieces...
Mrs Dioni Vardaka, Chairperson of the Not-for-profit organization “Panos&Cressida4Life”, first came to epekeina hora (the land beyond) during two separate activities in 2016. Since then the board and the members set a goal which they achieved working hard, efficiently and discreetly. A special nasal inhaler was donated to the Intensive Care Unit for newborns at the Ioannina University Hospital. It was warmly welcomed and set in use immediately. Twenty five people from the organization visited Ioannina and stayed in epekeina hora between 17 and 21 July 2017, at Vitsa, Zagori. They...
During the Holy Week, the land beyond welcomed fifteen people in an activity with a walking, educating and celebrating character. The participants arrived in Vitsa on the Holy Thursday. They met each other and we had the welcome dinner at Kannela and Garyfallo. This restaurant specializes in mushroom, with its menu including almost exclusively plates made out of mushrooms, from soups and salads to pies and other culinary suggestions. On the Holy Friday we visited many villages of Zagori, beginning from the well-known bridge of Kokkoros. We watched the liturgy of cleansing in the St...
Aristides Hatzis@thelandbeyond, «The Liberal revolution: 1821-1827» During the Greek national Holiday of 25th March some forty people gathered at the land beyond, adults and children, taking part in an activity full of moving, walking and talking, and community bonding. Participants first met on Thursday evening, 24th of March, “En Chora Vezitsa” where we had a traditional Zagori dinner. On Friday, the 25th, the most courageous took the path leading to Skala of Vitsa (Vitsa steps) and to Missios Bridge. Afterwards we welcomed at the land beyond, at Dyo Sternes, prof. Aristides Hatzis...
"ZAGORI: THE LAND BEYOND. Last time I was up here was back in 2009, and today I have the opportunity to live the experience again with such a fine weather, it is merely paradise! a whole world hidden inside the lap of mountains, a world of aesthetic and natural loneliness and uniqueness: a space of dramatic scenery, beautiful gorges and mountain tops covered by brilliant snow underneath the spring light, a variety of forest and at the same time stone-built settlements. Nowhere else in Greece can one encounter those elements in such a perfect combination! If I add the flawless hospitality and...
Going down from Vitsiko to Voidomatis springs and then by crossing the whole Vikos gorge to reach Koukouli going further up Monodendri and Vitsa stairs, is estimated to 20 km. From Sunday 26 till Tuesday 28 October 2014 Vikos Paths took place - the theme of the gathering was subsidiarity on the occasion of the publication of Nicos Yannis book "The principle of subsidiarity, principle of freedom, participation and responsibility", a copy of which was given to all participants. The weather was fine, we saw the snowy mountain peaks and more water in the river. Ilias and Kostas, our new...
The speech delivered by the keynote speaker, Charilaos Charakas, titled “If only we could tell a national and European “NO” to the global economic war and economic crisis”.From Saturday the 26th till Monday the 28th of October 2013 we were lucky enough to enjoy a unique sunny event in Land Beyond. We had a fruitful conversation for the meaning of NO today while walking down Vitsa stairs and Missios bridge, via the monumental Kokkoros bridge and from there on to Kipoi (aka Baya), where we enjoyed a magic sunset. The speech delivered by the keynote speaker, Charilaos Charakas, titled “If...
On Friday afternoon, 6th July 2012, the whole team <Right to the village> walked down Vitsa stairs to Vikos gorge and Missios bridge, thus combining mental alertness to physical exercise in this unique experience called Vikos paths organized by Land Beyond. The activity was organized in the framework of hosting in Land Beyond the meeting of the <Right to the village> network in Monodendri and Vitsa, between 5 -8 July 2012. In the meeting under the coordination of European Expression NGO, took part 50 representatives of organizations and cultural clubs from almost...

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