Egypt - Sekem
our Senior Guide and Egyptologist - Hany Halim, we have a special relationship
with this ecological village based outside of Cairo.
SEKEM initiative was founded to realise the vision of sustainable human
development. SEKEM aims to contribute to the comprehensive development
of the individual, society and environment. A holistic concept encompassing
integrated economic, social and cultural development forms the key SEKEM
Ibrahim Abouleish founded SEKEM 1977 in Egypt and he received the RIGHT
LIVELIHOOD AWARD also known as the “ALTERNATIVE NOBEL PRIZE”
for “establishing a business model for the 21st century in which
commercial success is integrated with and promotes the social and cultural
development of society through economics of love.”
Cooperative of SEKEM Employees (CSE)
Cooperative of SEKEM Employees (CSE) provides SEKEM's employees with
a direct means to realize their social life to the fullest. The CSE
ensures that the human and democratic rights and values of SEKEM are
adequately implemented. It addresses issues regarding civil rights in
the workplace to guarantee a healthy and productive work environment.
Every morning employees from each company and institution meet to briefly
report on the accomplishments of the previous day and their plans for
the current day. This allows each person to experience a sense of equality
as a member of the SEKEM community. Each company has a human resources
officer who is responsible for employee affairs, training, career development
and medical care to ensure a healthy and productive work environment.
Cooperative of SEKEM Employees seeks to develop social forms that ensure
respect for the dignity of man, guarantee the equality among all employees,
strengthen bonds of brotherhood and provide venues and expressions of
opinions and ideas.
Egyptian Biodynamic Association (EBDA)
Egyptian Biodynamic Association (EBDA) is a NGO that provides biodynamic
research and extension service to farmers all over Egypt. Its continuous
training covers in a wide range of activities related to organic farming,
from composting to grape pruning to integrated pest management.
provides the training and expertise needed to enable a farmer to have
his land inspected and certified as organic according to EU standards.
multilateral cooperation with other organizations, EBDA raises awareness
of the organic agricultural method that works actively with the life
giving forces of nature. Building on SEKEM's experience, expertise and
success in the biodynamic cultivation of herbs, cereals and vegetables,
EBDA was the first in the world to cultivate and harvest biodynamic
cotton in 1991 both on an experimental and a commercial scale.
direct result was the landmark achievement of reducing the use of synthetic
pesticides in Egypt by over 90%, from over 35000 tonnes per year to
about 3000 tonnes. At the same time, the average yield of raw cotton
was increased by almost 30 percent, and the fibre elasticity and overall
quality was improved, compared to cotton grown with conventional methods.
enhance the effect and efficiency of its activities and endeavours,
EBDA is developing a knowledge database designed to facilitate communication
and the exchange of information between all parties interested in organic
agriculture. The rationale of the database is to serve the needs of
researchers, engineers, farmers and producers in organic agriculture.
will consist of around 20 people and accommodation will be in the
dates of travel:
Most dates are available and can be arranged upon enquiry. It
is also possible to combine this ecological visit with visits
to the more traditional sites of Egyptian Antiquities.
state your particular area of interest when enquiring and we will
liaise with Sekem to provide a specialised program of visits and
Days ONLY £ 600 per person
12 Days ONLY £ 800 per person
14 Days ONLY £ 900 per person
based on two sharing either a twin or double room).
Prices include all flights, accomodation, transfers and transport
in Egypt, entrance fees to museums and sites of antiquities and
visits as listed in the itinerary and the services of a tour guide
and Egyptologist, but are subject to small price fluctuations, airport
tax and fuel surcharges as applied by the airlines at the time of
booking. From time to time it may be necessary to change the order
of the itinerary due to flight times and train timetables - we do,
however, endeavour to keep any changes to a minimum.