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Holiday Facilitators: Richard Layzell

skill, experience, warmth


Richard Layzell is an award-winning artist, film-maker and creative ecologist with LUX London. He has exhibited in most of the major public galleries across the UK and is the author of Enhanced Performance (ed Deborah Levy) and Cream Pages (ed Joshua Sofaer). He recently completed his first feature-length film/performance called Psychosomatic, which premiered for the Highgate Festival in June 2023. He lectures in experimental theatre at Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL London, and has a complicated relationship with coffee.

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.

Absolutely incredible director. His care and time for all of us was amazing - the best.

Loved his calm, peaceful facilitation ensuring a feeling of safety and he was super funny.

Richard Layzell was the best facilitator ever in 20 years of my being here.

Richard is relaxed, caring, warm, gentle and positive approach as director was wonderful.

Richard as ever playful, mindful, humility, wise, encouraging, no big egos!

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’s energy was so wonderful, as was the attitude he encouraged - full of wonder. Playful, creative, in touch and sight and sound with nature. I feel connected in all sort of ways.

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?

Sun 21 Jul - Sun 28 Jul 2024 (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. Malcolm Stern is directing this week in Atsitsa.

Find out more about the courses and activities during this week 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


To travel to Skyros Island you must go to Athens. We have organised transfers from Athens (detailed below) to take the stress out of your journey.

Domestic Travel (Athens – Skyros, return)

Flights to Skyros island are limited so we recommend booking as soon as possible with Aegean Airlines. For this session we recommend – 

  • OUT: Departing Athens on the 21st July at 2.35pm, arriving to Skyros at 3.15pm
  • RETURN: Departing Skyros on 28th July at 3.35pm, arriving to Athens at 4.20pm

If the flight to Skyros sells out for these dates we will organise an overland transfer. 

International Travel (to/from Athens)

  • OUT: Arrive to Athens Airport on or before 12.35pm on the2 1st July in time to catch the connecting flight to Skyros. Many choose to arrive the day before (on the 20th July) for a more relaxed journey. 

For those arriving in Athens on the 20th July we have an organised transfer including an overnight stay in Central Athens. If many arrive into Athens at a similar time we will arrange a courtesy coach (minimum numbers required) departing Athens Airport to the hotel where you can relax and meet others joining the session. The following day the bus will return to Athens Airport in time for the flight to Skyros. To join this transfer, select Single/Twin Share at the Dorian, Transfer to Athens Airport & Transfer to Atsitsa when booking. 

For those arriving in Athens on the 21st July you will only require a transfer from Skyros Airport to Atsitsa. To secure this please select Transfer from Skyros Airport to Atsitsa only when booking. 

  • RETURN: We have an organised transfer from Atsitsa to Skyros Airport in time for the flight to Athens. To join this organised transfer, select Transfer to Skyros Airport when booking.

We recommend allowing at least two hours in Athens Airport by booking an international return flight after 6.20pm on 28th July. 

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

Telephone: +44 (0)1983 865566


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

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