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Holiday Facilitators: Michael Gahagan

skill, experience, warmth

Biography

Michael is an accomplished artist who paints with various medium particularly watercolour, pastels and acrylics. His subject matter for his paintings is wide and varied including landscapes, seascapes and wildlife. Much of his artistic inspiration comes from his overseas tutoring sessions in Europe including Greece, Spain and Italy. Painting and sketching the dramatic landscapes, seascapes and village life  of  the beautiful Greek Island of Skyros is an artist’s dream.

In addition to his artistic background, Michael is also a qualified business and life coach and is passionate about supporting participants to explore their creativity through various approaches that encourage participants to develop artistic skills at their own pace. Above all Michael is keen that participants enjoy their holiday and that their painting experience is engaging, relaxing, enjoyable and fun!

Michael’s painting style varies according to his subject matter. He strives to obtain a vibrancy of colour in his landscape paintings using a loose expressive approach; however he is also able to turn his artistic repertoire to detail and precision in his popular wildlife, animal paintings and portraits. His animal illustrations have appeared in numerous articles and books and samples of his artwork can be seen in his web site www.ionaart.com .

Michael gives participants the confidence to “have a go” or “brush up” on their existing artistic skills and his course is ideally suited to beginners as well as those with some experience. Participants can enjoy first class art tuition and demonstrations which are integral to them having a memorable and enjoyable holiday.  Michael also hopes that participants return home from a great holiday with a renewed enthusiasm for painting and drawing!

What people say about Michael and his course:

Superb, patient and humorous, talented. Good teacher - he explains things. 

Michael is a joy in art.

Michael was the best, he was very funny and an amazing teacher. I turned up to every one of his sketching and watercolour classes.

Amazing staff, especially Michael with his amazing teaching and jokes.

Loved Michael’s watercolour, teaching.

Michael was brilliant! My son especially loved his course and humour.

Where does Michael Gahagan facilitate?

Sun 1 Aug - Sun 8 Aug 2021 (7 nights)

At a glance

Atsitsa Bay is a holistic holiday centre set in a stunning, natural location, right on the bay and surrounded by pine forest. With a wide range of courses and activities and an outstanding team of facilitators, it's the perfect place to be inspired and try something new. 

About

Skyros attracts mostly solo travellers from all over the world. Although all ages are represented approximately 70% are between 35-65. A huge majority - over 80 percent - report that the Skyros holiday experience had a lasting positive effect on their lives. Nearly a third of guests come back again and again - even after they have said that Skyros was the 'holiday of a lifetime'.

Accommodation

Most people choose to live simply and comfortably in twin-shared rustic huts in the gardens. 

Avoid single supplements by allowing us to pair you with another guest. 

Or stay in Atsitsa's main house, subject to availability.

Inspiring Courses

Choose your favourites each week from a wide range including yoga, writing, art, abseiling, kayaking, windsurfing, personal development, singing, comedy, massage and more.

Food & Drink

All meals are included and served as a buffet. Special diets are always catered for. Teas and coffees are available throughout the day. Other drinks and snacks can be purchased at Atsitsa's bar.

Guide Itinerary

07.15: Early morning courses
08.30: Breakfast
09.00: Demos (news of the day)
10.30: Oekos (home groups)

11.15: Mid-morning courses
13.30: Lunch
15.00: Siesta/beach time

17.00: Afternoon courses
20.00: Dinner & evening activities

Average Temperature

July and August are the hottest months in Skyros with temperatures averaging around 30 degrees celcius. Light showers are possible but rare.

Location

Summary

Cost
£815.00
Location
Atsitsa Bay, Greece

What's included?

  • More than three courses per day over four to five days each week
  • An unrivalled and vibrant community atmosphere
  • Fun evening activities and events
  • Three delicious Mediterranean meals each day
  • Twin shared rustic accommodation in Atsitsa's gardens

Travel

Outbound – Athens to Skyros via coach and ferry

Book your flight to arrive into Athens on Saturday 31 July. Spend the night with us at The Dorian Inn or book your own accommodation in Athens.

Our courtesy coach to the Dorian Inn hotel will leave Athens airport at around 20.00. Alternatively, take a taxi or the Metro if arriving much earlier or after this time. (Dorian Inn Hotel, Pireos 15-19, Athens 105 52, nearest metro = Omonia)

On Sunday we take you to Skyros island via coach and ferry transfer. The coach will leave the Dorian Inn hotel at around midday to board the ferry to Skyros island at 16.30. You will then travel on to Atsitsa by coach.

Return – Skyros to Athens via coach and ferry 

On Sunday 8 August, take our coach and ferry transfer back to Athens airport. The ferry leaves Skyros island at 09.00. In order to leave sufficient time for the journey back to Athens airport and with two hours check-in, flights can be booked for after 16.30. 

Alternatively, you can make your own way to Skyros and back, please enquire if you need any travel advice.

Transfer options (book online)

Outbound: Saturday 31 July and Sunday 1 August

  • Overland transfer to Skyros island plus single occupancy at transfer hotel in Athens = £155.00
  • Overland transfer to Skyros island plus twin share at transfer hotel in Athens = £120.00 (only available for those travelling with another person, we regret we cannot pair travellers at this time)
  • Overland transfer only (no accommodation) from Athens to Skyros island by coach and ferry = £70.00

Inbound: Sunday 8 August

  • Overland transfer from Atsitsa to Athens airport by coach and ferry = £70.00

There are several ways to get in touch, and we'd love to hear from you…

Telephone: +44 (0)1983 865566

Email: holidays@skyros.com

Or Chat to us online using the link in the corner or your screen

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