21 Sep, 2020

5 REASONS TO SPEND YOUR NEXT VACATION AT ATP’S MARGAHOVIT CENTER

Yoga event at the Center - September 19-20, 2020

In August 2020 Armenia Tree Project launched an ecotourism program in Margahovit village and opened the doors to the 3rd floor guesthouse of the Ohanian Center for Environmental Studies for vacationers.

The Center was founded by ATP in 2012 and is described as a “living laboratory” for environmental education, where trainings and workshops are conducted for nearly 2,000 students and educators each year.

As the end of the lockdown and a gradual ease on restrictions in Armenia coincided with the start of summer, people began to search for holiday options domestically, eager to leave the confines of their apartments and step into the great outdoors. The Ohanian Center seemed like a great way to address this need, since it’s situated in a serene, beautiful spot, cradled by the green rolling mountains of Lori. The very purpose of the facility is to provide a space where it is possible to reestablish one’s connection with nature.

The Guesthouse of the Center officially started operating in August, with ATP’s newest employee Harout Daghlian from Lebanon as its host. The Guesthouse offers several guided recreational, educational and cultural activities. Here’s a list of five fun things you can do when staying at the Ohanian Center.

1. HIKE THROUGH THE SINGING HILLS AND ENCHANTING WOODS
We offer a variety of guided hikes through the forests and mountains of Margahovit that will make you think you’ve landed in the “Sound of Music”. Our favorite destination is ATP’s Mirak Family Reforestation Nursery, where you can try your hand at tree care before heading into the forest next-door. Make it extra special by grabbing a pair of binoculars from the Center to get a better look at the incredible variety of bird species.

2. DIVE INTO MARGAHOVIT CULTURE
Margahovit is a charming village with stunning views from every corner. It’s no wonder why the people are so friendly! Stop by the old church, the baker’s shop or the cheese factory to taste some yummy food. You can even have home-made lunch with a local family. Horseback riding, beekeeping activities and cow milking are also on the menu. The entrance to the Molokan village of Fioletovo is right by the Center. Get a taste of their famous pickled cabbages and juicy carrots.

3. HAVE FUN LEARNING NEW THINGS 
Sign up for a crash course on different environmental topics or get creative by participating in an upcycling workshop. Learn the names and features of different trees and plants in our experimental garden. It’s always a good idea to pick vegetables from our patch to make a fresh salad, and use our compost bin when you're done. Everyone loves to water the plants in our alternative greenhouse made of plastic bottles, which is part of our outdoor classroom complex and reforestation greenhouse sponsored in honor of Charles G. Bilezikian. 

4. MARVEL AT THE STARS AND ENJOY A CUP OF TEA BY THE CAMPFIRE
Camping in the Center’s garden is also an option and tents are available for rent. Some fun things to do at night include watching films about the environment, stargazing with a telescope or, our favorite, enjoying a hot cup of Melissa tea by the campfire. Our host Harout adds to the fun with a fire dance performace. 

5. TAKE PART IN OUR EVENTS
Follow the Ohanian Center’s FB page to stay informed about our events. We invite Yoga and Meditation instructors from time to time for classes. Finding balance has never been easier, with Margahovit’s fresh air and gorgeous views all around. You can always use one of the Center’s yoga mats to have a session on your own.

All profit from the guesthouse helps support ATP’s environmental and educational charitable programs. If you’d like to learn more please click here to have a look at the Guesthouse brochure. 

For inquiries or reservations please call +37498 712 726 or email ohanian@armeniatree.org

We have created a fundraiser to help bring children from border villages in Tavush to the Center for a week-long Eco-Camp at the Center. Your donations will help fund the cost of transportation, meals, activities, and lodging. Click here to donate and note “Eco-Camp for Tavush kids” in the special instructions box.