This summer school is an invitation in an exciting meeting with the Cretan civilization, the most representative sample of Greek civilization.
The Crete of Kazantzakis, who loved China so much, he visited twice: once in 1935 and once in 1957, which was destined to be the last voyage of his life. As it has been known, the vaccination in which he was submitted for that journey had severe implications on his already declining health, leading eventually to his death.
“China, turtle of the nations” writes Nikos Kazantzakis and makes a wish: “Blessed may be this muddy land of China, the single one today allowing you to proudly foresee the coming, most distant humanity” accurately predicting today’s reality, the rise of the Asian giant.
Regarding Crete, Nikos Kazantzakis writes:
“Tough, unwieldy, harsh is the land of Crete. Here it chose and built its nest the hungry predator bird we call Spirit. It spread its wings on the Cretan soil and gave birth to the mysterious, still silent, full of life, grace, motion and glory, Cretan civilization.
Cretans love life passionately and at the same time never fear death.
There’s a fire burning in Crete – suppose we call it soul – something above life and death, hard to define. There’s this pride, the stubbornness, something else, unexpressed ‘n’ unweighed, that makes you glad you’re human. Glad, but also bearing great responsibility. Crete needs nobody rescuing her. She rescues, isn’t rescued.
And there’s one thing left: to attempt to be worthy of these people, to earn the power of her soul, that never stoop to deceive herself or others and always dares to challenge, face to face, the unsmiling ‘n’ untearful goddess, responsibility”.
In the summer school of “Nikos Kazantzakis”, China meets Crete and Crete meets China, and the two ancient civilizations engage together and renew their centuries’ old heart bonds.
For those who’ll have the chance to participate, it’ll be an exciting and challenging experience that will never be forgotten.