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Holiday Facilitators: Richard Layzell

skill, experience, warmth


Richard is an award-winning artist who exhibits and performs worldwide. His expertise includes performance art, photography, sculpture, film-making, design, drawing and creative writing.

With over 20 years experience in group facilitation, Richard regularly runs workshops in creativity in the UK and internationally. He loves working with groups of all kinds – recent highlights include dancers in Taipei, taxi drivers in Shanghai, students in Prague, learning disabled people in Glasgow and nursery school children in Essex. 

He has shown his work at Tate Britain and the South Bank Centre in London. In 2014 he co-directed and designed GLORY, a major commission for the Commonwealth Games at the Tramway in Glasgow. He lectures nationwide, leads a degree course at the University of the Arts in London and regularly works as a mentor to other artists. He has also worked as an artist in business, with the mission to bring more lightheartedness and community spirit to the workplace.

He is known for his playful and irreverent sense of humour and for inspiring creative risk taking. He delights in supporting other people to (re)discover and develop their spontaneity and creativity.

What people say about Richard and his courses:

So patient with Tai Chi, so patient and easy to follow. Very rewarding. 

Richard – fantastic – welcoming, respectful, inspiring.

Richard as director had a calming effect and wonderful art of inclusivity. Love his quirky style. 

A special mention to Richard for bringing it all together.

Richard Layzell is such a skilled Director who gives his all and really brings the community together.

Very meditative and healing. Thanks Richard. 

Valued Richard for great leadership and holding of community. 

Tai Chi excellent. 

Effortlessly held the group with fun and ease.

You gave us the invitation to explore the world afresh, to be open again to the wonder of the world!

Where does Richard Layzell facilitate?

Sat 19 Aug - Fri 1 Sep 2023 (13 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. Richard Layzell is directing this fortnight in Atsitsa.

Find out more about the courses and activities during this fortnight below in What's On.


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'.


Most people choose to live simply and comfortably in twin-shared rustic huts in the gardens. Or stay in Atsitsa's main house, subject to availability. See more about accommodation in Atsitsa here >>

Inspiring Courses

Courses and activities are introduced to you at the beginning of each week. Choose your favourites from a wide range including yoga, writing, art, kayaking, windsurfing, personal development, singing, comedy 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: Morning drop-in classes
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
19.00: Sunset classes
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.



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


Outbound – Athens to Skyros via coach and ferry 

Book your flight to arrive in Athens on Friday 18th August 2023. 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 promptly at 20.15. 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 Saturday we take you to Skyros island via coach and ferry transfer. The coach will leave the Dorian Inn hotel at [TBC] and arrive in Kymi at [TBC], giving sufficient time for lunch, (not included in the price). 

Return Option 1 – Skyros to Athens via coach and ferry 

On Friday 1st September 2023, take our coach and ferry transfer back to Athens airport. The ferry leaves Skyros island at 08:00. 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 15:30

Return Option 2 - Domestic flight from Skyros to Athens

On Friday 1st September 2023, take the domestic flight from Skyros to Athens. Departs Skyros 16:10 and arrives in Athens 16:55. Book through www.Aegeanair.comAlternatively, you can make your own way to Skyros and back, please enquire if you need any travel advice.

Transfer options (book online)

Outbound: Friday 18th August 2023 (overnight) and Saturday 19th August 2023 (transfer day)

  • Overland transfer to Skyros island plus single occupancy at transfer hotel in Athens = £190
  • Overland transfer to Skyros island plus twin share at transfer hotel in Athens = £150pp
  • Overland transfer only (no accommodation) from Athens to Skyros island by coach and ferry = £85pp

Inbound: Friday 1st September 2023

  • Overland transfer from Atsitsa to Athens airport by coach and ferry = £85pp
  • Airport drop off = £20pp

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

Telephone: +44 (0)1983 865566


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