Unconference Excursions

You might ask:

“Wait… why do you have a whole page about excursions on a conference website?”

Monday, #AgileCrete 2014: We're descending to Seitan Limani ("Devil's Port") for an afternoon excursion session.

Monday, #AgileCrete 2014: We’re descending to Seitan Limani (“Devil’s Port”) for an afternoon excursion session.

Well, simply put, we believe:

  • It would be a shame to do everything inside a session room, all day –  especially when you’re in a place as special as Crete!
  • An un-conference like AgileCrete will be productive when we can open up spaces for collaboration that feel safe, inspiring and welcoming. And hold them like that!
    Excursions unite the participants, help them connect to each other and to many agile topics quickly, and increase productivity – by reducing formality!
  • Who says you can’t have focussed discussions, take notes, harvest results to be shared with others, in a session that takes place under the open sky?
  • You should give yourself a chance to experience the unique flow, the ways Crete will make you feel focused and relaxed at the same time!

Remember: you’ve got the sun waiting outside, the fresh air coming from the sea, and the clean, deep blue waters to swim in. On top of that, you’ve got a delicious cuisine waiting for you at the end of your day!

A day at #AgileCrete

Freshly squeezed from oranges from Chania - imagine the taste...

Freshly squeezed from oranges from Chania – imagine the taste…

Ok, it’s not exactly a holiday, but, this might be a typical #AgileCrete unconference day:

  • You wake up in a pleasantly warm and sunny place, having breakfast with juice from freshly squeezed Cretan oranges.

  • During the first half of the day, you have multiple interactive sessions with others passionate about the Agile mindset. Every typical “conference” resource will be there, should you feel the need to use it.
    After every session, the session participants bring their session’s “harvest” to our central meeting space, so everybody can benefit from the results.

  • Somewhere after noon, you’ll continue discussions over the morning subjects, in a “freestyle” fashion:

    Spinalonga excursion and boat trip

    Spinalonga excursion and boat trip, in 2016

    • Over lunch, tasting the gorgeous mediterranean cuisine,

    • Go swimming in some of the best beaches on Crete, sunbathing, drinking cold coffee or cocktails,

    • Go on one of the excursions including things like water sports, walking through a gorge, hiking, climbing, trekking or other; we hope to win the support of several sponsors again, to keep costs low and fun high!

    • Stay a little longer at the the venue (we made sure you can have your supply of juice and other drinks in the central space until 2:00 p.m. – if you really want to do that!)
  • Spend your warm pleasant evening discussing over dinner

If you’re not yet convinced, this is probably not the Open Space unconference for you!

That’s ok. Maybe you’ll join us next time? We’d be happy to meet you!

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