Erasmus+ KA1 Courses

From Olive Oil Tree to Mediterranean Diet

Studies on traditional Greek Olive Oil cultivation techniques.

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In the ancient world, virgin olive oil was called “liquid gold” by Homer and “the great healer” by Hippocrates


The course focuses on olive oil cultivation and side products development techniques based on traditional Greek practices. Participants will gain knowledge and practical experience on conventional as well as organic cultivation techniques of olive oil, pruning systems, and phytosanitary methods. Furthermore, they will study olive oil production based on traditional Greek techniques and cultivating conditions; such as, estimation of optimum time for harvest, production and bottling of olive oil; and production of olive oil side products, such as cosmetics and soap. Our experts give detailed practical information on aspects of quality control and quality assurance systems in olive oil refineries (ISO 22000 in particular); product placement with emphasis on branding, marketing and exports planning; as well as communication and commercial negotiation techniques in line with the International Olive Council (IOC) trade standards. At the end of the course, participants receive an “INNOTOMIA Education Olive Oil Training Certificate” certifying acquired knowledge of new techniques/methods. Professionals in the field will find this a valuable asset for the business market, whereas trainee-educators will be able to build an up-to-date professional identity and subsequently teach their students through novel collaborative and creative practices.


Modern approaches are employed for the study of traditional olive oil cultivation techniques, where trainee-educators will be introduced to ways of attracting their students’ interest and maximize learning outcomes. Our methodology is characterised by focused goals, challenging tasks and clear standards of achievement. Our expert trainers aim at enhancing participants’ active engagement in this hands-on training course, which also includes methodologies for preparing effective teaching materials to be used in class. Our main target, however, is for our trainees to develop a deep understanding of traditional Greek olive oil cultivation. Field visits of olive groves aim at giving participants insights in cultivation techniques in-situ, how to detect olive tree varieties, etc. The visits take place at local well-known olive oil producers and give participants the opportunity to inspect production processes and exchange views and experiences, as well as learn about marketing development, commercialization abroad and successful exports plans. In their free time course participants will have the chance to visit some fabulous sites in Achaia and relish Greek cuisine in local restaurants, where they can taste dishes cooked with local live oil and herbs.

Learning Outcomes

Gain expertise on teaching outside the classroom techniques, in an urban, rural, local, national and European context, which trainee-educators can subsequently use to motivate their students. The educational material is based on effective traditional as well as contemporary techniques of olive oil cultivation of various Greek varieties, and is provided free to all learners in a form of a practical implementation textbook-manual. Our aim is to equip learners with practical tools and expand their knowledge on medical and aromatic herbs cultivation, primarily on a European level.



Welcome, getting to know each other, introduction to olive oil cultivation concepts.


Basic Olive Oil making principles - Olive groves care - Simple methods for cultivation of local olive oil tree varieties – Pruning of olive trees - Fertilization of conventional and organic olives - Irrigation of olive groves


Determination of olive oil growth maturity and understanding the characteristics of differing olive oil making equipment and techniques


Basic Olive Oil production technology - Monitoring the olive oil making process - Organoleptic evaluation - Preparing the olive oil for bottling and packaging


Olive Oil Tasting: Sensory Techniques for Olive Oil Analysis - Application examples and practice.

Development of a Practical Training Course - Laboratory Practice – Evaluation Week One


Guided tour in Naupaktos / Aigion city, surrounding villages, rural areas and natural sites.


Free Day (departure of participants attending the basic course).


Quality Issues – Olive Pests, Diseases and Disorders - Quality Control of Extra Virgin Olive Oil - Design and Implementation of ISO22000 in olive oil production -

Preparing for exports


Improving The Performance of Olive Trees through Grafting - Olive Oil Bottling Technology and Innovation – Olive Oil Industry Operations – Study Visit in a Local Olive Oil Producer - (Day One): Development of a typical laboratory course

DAY 10

Improving Soil Structure and Health Through Compost - Olive Oil Industry Operations – Study Visit in Local Olive Oil Producer (Day Two): Development of a typical laboratory course

DAY 11

Innovative Uses of Olive Oils, By Products and Side Products - Marketing and Promotion Tools and Procedures. Evaluation and Firewall party.

DAY 12

Departure of participants.

Cultural Programm.

In the northwestern part of Peloponnese, the city of Patras is the capital of the region and an important commercial port of the country. The newArchaeological Museum of Patras, the church of Saint Andrew and the Fortress of Rio are some of the attractions visitors must see, while a strollalong the Rio-Antirio Bridge is a unique experience, along with participatingat Patras carnival cultural events. There are many points of interest in this region including the Vouraikos Canyon and the rack railway, the Monastery of Agia Lavra and the Monastery of Megalo Spileo (Big Cave), the Cave of the Lakes and the Museum of Sacrifice bythe People of Kalavryta. The main attraction in popular Kalavryta is the skiresort.

We Support You.

If you are interested in submitting any kind Erasmus+ KA1 project proposal, we support you in preparing and submitting the application to your National Agency.  We have developed a set of guidelines for the preparation of the KA1 e-form, which we provide with no additional fee.  All the activities andservices are fully covered by the grant received by Erasmus+ if the project is approved.

We are Flexible.

We act as receiving organization and accept students, teachers and staff any time of the year.  Courses are offered in corresponding target group format.  Each course is structured so that it ispossible to attend the basic level (20 hours in 6 days) or the advanced level(40 hours in 12 days).  Courses are offered starting from March to November.

We Certify our Courses.

Innotomia is an expert and skillful training organization, using educators with vast exercisein the field of initial, continuous and permanent Vocational Training.  We certify every mobility experience with the issueof Europass Mobility certification and a certificate of attendance.


20-24 Mar 2023

10-14 April 2023

24-28 April 2023

15-19 May 2023

22-27 May 2023

12-16 June 2023

26-30 June 2023

10-14 July 2023

24-28 July 2023


Course fee

€ 340,00/week


HB SR: € 85,00/day

HB DR: € 60,00/day/part

FB SR: € 95,00/day

FB DR: € 80,00/day/part

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