WHO WE ARE
Jonathan plans and leads all the walks. He is a qualified European Mountain Leader who has been guiding groups in Crete, mainland Greece, the Greek islands, and the French and Spanish Pyrenees for nearly 30 years. He has worked with many tour operators including Headwater, Simply Travel, Simpson Travel and more recently, Travel Editions.
Jonathan’s parents were Scottish and Greek; he went to school in Dorset and was raised in England and Greece.
Jonathan’s passions include walking, local and natural history of the areas he travels to, and the communities he meets there. He is also a keen organic gardener, reader, guitar player, and artist. He has a daily yoga and meditation routine which he finds beneficial and important for living a sane and healthy life. He regularly attends silent retreats and has just finished an 7 week online course with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield.
In 2013, he followed an organic farming and gardening course with the Terre et Humanisme foundation created by Pierre Rabhi, with the idea of teaching people about organic farming methods and educating people about the urgency of treating the earth with more respect.
We have moved back to Crete. We made this decision in February 2022. We came to Xania to to rent a house and to make contact with old acquaintances.
Now we are back here, living in the outskirts of Xania, it seems as though we had never left. It has been a big surprise to come back to Crete and find many of the old paths we used to walk have been opened up, marked, and cleaned by the local authorities. Finally the historical, archaeological, cultural and economic value of paths has been realized. We have rediscovered the maze of ancient paths that meander in and out of the labyrinth of valleys and plains in Crete. We have been so inspired by this renaissance of walking possibilities that we have started planning a series of fresh new tours . We are hoping to attract not only our old customers but a new generation of walkers.
We hope to organize guided, unguided and semi guided walks in the future.
Myriam is the essential part of the team that nobody sees as she does all the logistics in the background. She has designed our website and all the leaflets and brochures for the past 20 years. She has a natural flair for organising and enjoys meeting and working with our guests and our suppliers. She also makes gourmet picnics "al fresco" for our group.
Myriam is French, born in Toulouse to a French mother and a Spanish father. She speaks three languages - Greek, English & French. She was educated in France and studied psychology at Toulouse University. She has worked in Crete and France in the travel industry since 1999, starting her career with Simply Travel and Headwater - for their unguided walks program. She also owned a 5 room B&B with "table d'hôtes" in the Pyrenees which she ran successfully for eight years.
One of her most important life projects was bringing up three healthy boys Pavlos (24 years old), Leonidas (21 years old) and Marcos (16 years old).
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"What can I say Jonathan- you are so much a part of our love of Greece because you make this extraordinary country and its wonderful, warm hearted people come alive. You have a special skill. Thank you for sharing it". Rebecca. NZ
"We greatly appreciate everything you did for us. Your attention to detail and in anticipating our every need was fantastic. We also enjoyed your poetry and stories. Thank you very much". Ray & Laurie.NZ