Plants for people, people for plants.

The Orthodox Academy of Crete (OAC) is an ecclesiastical Foundation exercising the dialogical witnessing and the liturgical diaconia of Orthodoxy in the world that is passing and the world that is coming. The OAC is a non-profit Institution, observing its canonical reference to its appropriate Holy Metropolis of Kisamos and Selinon, and operating under the spiritual auspices of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.

The OAC is a modern Conference Center, situated in an exceptionally beautiful location only a few metres from the sea, and next to the Gonia Monastery (17th Century).

The OAC facilitates dialogue, and aims in it, as a way of thinking and living, self-reflection, interpersonal reconciliation, and a responsible relation with the Divine Creation. The OAC is based on the platonic tradition of “symphilosophein” (philosophising together), and on the Orthodox Christian spirit of ecumenical openness and the wholeness of the human community. As an offer of the Holy Metropolis of Kisamos and Selinon, and the Church in general, to modern man, it always remains accessible and welcomes everyone without discrimination.
With the organization of conferences and a variety of other activities, the OAC encourages mutual understanding and solidarity on an inter-Orthodox, ecumenical, interfaith, intercultural and interscientific level, for the reconciliation of peoples, the consolidation of peace, and for human progress. Even though most of the conferences are organized by the OAC, we accept cooperation with other institutions and organizations that want to use our facilities and broad experience, and who seek a tranquil atmosphere for creative work and fellowship.
Since 1968, the OAC has organized or hosted about 2000 conferences that are on international (53%) and nation level.
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Participants will be accommodated in the rooms of the Orthodox Academy of Crete (OAC) close to the beautiful village of Kolymbari, near Chania, Crete. It has 130 beds in double rooms. Rooms will be reserved on a first-come first-served basis. The rooms have their own bathroom and view to the sea or the mountains.

The “all inclusive” costs for staying at the OAC or at the Orthodox Academy of Crete are 90 Euros for sharing a double room and 110 € for a single room per night. The accompanying person’s cost is 60 € per night (all inclusive, room sharing). These costs cover accommodation, breakfast, lunch*, dinner* (* according to the Cretan Cuisine with local wine), four coffee breaks and the use of all facilities (conference rooms, beach facilities, laundry, wireless internet, etc.).

Welcome to the 7th Planta Europa conference Website!


We are in the pleasant position to announce that the 7th planta Europa conference will be held on 21 -25 May 2014 at the Orthodox Academy of Crete in Kolymbari Crete Greece. New deadline for abstract submission: February 28, 2014 (New deadline).

Venue (accommodation and conference center): Orthodox Academy of Crete in Kolympari, Chania, Greece (

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