Teaching Visits - Recreational Excursions
All the movements of our pupils (short-term – one-day – multi-day) have a double goal. On the one hand, they enhance their knowledge through experiential activities and, on the other hand, entertain and encourage the socialization and sensitization of students. That’s why our choices are always targeted, responding to the age, mental potential and interests of the children, and, above all, on all visits, they are informed by the teachers.
This particular monastery cooperates with several bodies to save and preserve rare olive, mania, sky-horse, and rare bird species! During our visit we learned several things about the animals hosted there. In fact, we met Phoebe, the Moon and the Fiona, the Skyrian horses, which in terms of breed are considered to be descendants of the Athenian horse. Then we learned the tradition hidden behind the sign of the cross that the maniac on the back carries. According to this tradition, Christ went to a donkey holding the cross on entering Jerusalem. Finally, we had the chance to get to know even Alaska’s hens.
In addition, a wonderful experience was the conversation with the monks. We came in contact with wonderful people, really good-natured and handsome, who were willing to teach us the love of God, our fellowman and the environment. The “gift” of the monastery to us was two recorded texts with up-to-date content, two clear messages of normalization of parents’ and children’s relationships, which unfortunately are getting worse nowadays. However, the experience most deserving of all previous was the communication with Father Gabriel, the oldest monk of the monastery. A lonely and real-life man, a prominent speaker, who convinced us that Socrates’s obstetric method is the best method for the child to know the world, because he leads himself to knowing with appropriate interrogations.
Our visit to the monastery was one of the most constructive experiences a teenager could have: contact for a few hours with nature and animals, reflection on several issues that concern society today, most notably the family institution crisis and the disruption of ecological balance.