Marble Carving in my Garden

Naxos, Greece

Experience hosted by Maggie

3 hours, Hosted in English and Greek
Committed to safety
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Up to 6 people
Includes drinks and equipment

What you'll do

You will meet me under an olive tree where I will have work tables, blocks of crystalline white marble of Naxos, and a sets of locally forged tools. I will share with you a brief history of marble arts, introduce different types of tools, and discuss the properties of marble and other stones. I will guide you thru the use and the traditional hand carving technique of each tool. You will practice with each tool on a block of marble for a period of time. When you have "mastered" each tool we will proceed to design and create a relief sculpture that you can then take home with you. It can be an Archaic Greek design from one of my templates or and idea that you have brought with you. I will work with you on the approach, process, and execution of the piece. I take my work seriously, but also embrace a fun and relaxed environment in the peaceful settings of our garden.
After three hours of immersing yourself with the stone you will have an understanding of traditional carving techniques and process of marble sculpture. Absolutely no experience is necessary even if you are someone who says, "I have no artistic talent", the techniques and skills can be learned.
Other things to note
To make it easier, I will meet you on the main road just as you reach the village of Eggares from Chora. There is a small intersection where you will find the old s
You will meet me under an olive tree where I will have work tables, blocks of crystalline white marble of Naxos, and a sets of locally forged tools. I will share with you a brief history of marble arts, introduce different types of tools, and discuss the properties of marble and other stones. I will guide you thru the use and the traditional hand carving technique of each tool. You will practice with each tool on a block of marble for a perio…

What's included

  • Drinks
    greek coffe, fresh squeezed lemonade, wine, raki
  • Equipment
    marble, tools, work table

Meet your host, Maggie

Host on Airbnb since 2017
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I am a sculptor, gardener, and a mother of two living in Naxos for the past 9 years. The reason I came to Greece 11 years ago was specifically to immerse myself into the history and techniques of marble sculpture. My journey in stone carving actual began in the States starting at the age of 19 as a hobby for many years using the local limestone in Indiana and Texas. I spent 2 years in Tinos island working in various marble workshops and at the School of Fine Arts in Pyrgos. I use traditional hand tooling techniques as well as modern power tools. I enjoy very much to share the history, techniques and my philosophy of stone carving from what I have gathered over the years.
I am a sculptor, gardener, and a mother of two living in Naxos for the past 9 years. The reason I came to Greece 11 years ago was specifically to immerse myself into the history and techniques of marble sculpture. My journey in stone carving actual began in the States starting at the age of 19 as a hobby for many years using the local limestone in Indiana and Texas. I spent 2 years in Tinos island working in various marble workshops and at the School of Fine Arts in Pyrgos. I use traditio…
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Thu., Aug. 5
$87 per person
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Thu., Aug. 5
$87 per person
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
$87 per person
Fri., Aug. 6
$87 per person
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
$87 per person

Where you'll be

Grimantis Garden is working farm with orchards and a growing biodiversity of plants, animals, and sculpture. It is one kilometer from the main road nestled in the agricultural valley between the villages of Galini and Eggares. There are several building projects happening including a small dome house, a sauna and a natural swimming pool.

Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 92 reviews.

Julie
July 2021
Had a fantastic morning tried my hand at something completely different. Wether you have had any experience or not with sculpturing this was a great super experience. highly recommended. Maggie explained everything so well.
Ryan
July 2021
The most authentic Greek experience out there. Learning how the Ancient Greek carved such amazing temples and sculptures really makes you appreciate the landmarks more. Maggie was very helpful with helping us make our own art. I am very very far from artistic and she was very patient with us and made sure our pieces got finished and helped us whenever we asked. Her fresh squeezed lemonade too was soooo good.
The most authentic Greek experience out there. Learning how the Ancient Greek carved such amazing temples and sculptures really makes you appreciate the landmarks more. Maggie was…
Paul
July 2021
The marble carving experience with Maggie was magical! It’s really unique to learn this ancient art. We came as a family w 2 kids ages 8-11). Having never done this Maggie patiently worked with us to learn the techniques and then design a piece that turned out beautiful for each of us . The fresh lemonade was a hit with our girls. It was so rewarding to have a final product that is a special keepsake from this experience. It’s a once in a lifetime Airbnb experience in a perfect beautiful setting in the valley in Naxos. Can’t recommend it enough. Thanks Maggie from a fellow Hoosier family for the hospitality and warm intro to this beautiful art form.
The marble carving experience with Maggie was magical! It’s really unique to learn this ancient art. We came as a family w 2 kids ages 8-11). Having never done this Maggie patientl…
Patrick
July 2021
Maggie was a great teacher and host! Loved the class and experience. Did not think it possible to carve something from marble in that short time - but it was!!! Recommend using your bathroom before class😉
Emily
July 2021
Absolutely worth every second. Do it! A beautiful setting, a new skill, a wonderful teacher, and you get to take home a souvenir at the end— that you made! It was really special. So so glad I did it. Thank you, Maggie!
Andrea
July 2021
What an amazing experience. Maggie was so kind and knowledgeable. She explained everything with great detail and patience. She even gave a tour of the property, explaining so much about her craft and where everything came from. We also received recommendations for island activities. Her class is a must if visiting Naxos.
What an amazing experience. Maggie was so kind and knowledgeable. She explained everything with great detail and patience. She even gave a tour of the property, explaining so much…

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    10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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    10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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    5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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  • Tue., Aug. 10
    5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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  • Wed., Aug. 11
    10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 8 and up can attend.

What to bring

An idea, line drawing, sketch, comfortable shoes, an open mind.