'To read Skyros press coverage is to choke on cliched words like 'life changing', 'transforming'. Yet at the end of two weeks, Skyros has been all of these.' Kate Rew, The Observer
Skyros has been the subject of numerous features in the British and foreign press over the years. The very short extracts on this page represent only a tiny sample of the vast publicity given to an organisation, which does not even have a PR department.
The Times, 6 February 2016
Greece’s ‘Best Special Interest’ holiday: Atsitsa Bay, by the sea, backed by a lush pine forest. Stay in relaxed huts around a stone villa for courses – from yoga and novel writing to screenwriting and salsa – held on stone terraces among fruit and olive trees.
Aquarius, Andry Anastasiou, January 2016
Not only do I feel stronger, but I have also made friends for life. The group is fantastic, and I’ve shared many lovely times with them. While I’m still not 100 per cent certain about what I want, I’m no longer overwhelmed by the future. Writing for seven days was a transformative experience; it gave me a much-needed focus, as well as a platform on which to share my life experiences.
The Jewish Chronicle, Sharron Livingstone, January 2016
I found myself reflecting on a most unusual week that gave rise to some new emotions and insights. This was play time for adults and perhaps a prelude to new beginnings.
The Irish Examiner, Claire Droney, January 2016
An oasis of peace on the Greek island of Skyros proved the perfect environment for Claire Droney to practice her writing skills tutored by a Man Booker author.
The Travel Magazine, Sharron Livingston, September 2015
There were several classes [in Atsitsa] with incredible teachers on offer – all specialists in their field. David Bourn’s classes were often hilarious and I couldn’t remember a time when I laughed so much. The cabaret-cum-variety show was tremendous fun and nearly everyone contributed something. There were beautiful harmonies by the singing group (curated by singer/songwriter Abbie Lathe), comedy sketches, pieces of writing inspired by attendees of the writing class given by novelist Amanda Smyth of Black Rock fame (the book she penned), poetry and of course, trapeze. It was truly uplifting to see how much could be achieved in just a few days.
A Lady of Leisure, Sarah Bridge, July 2015
Skyros is unlike any other holiday and it is perfect if you want to reassess your life, find out where you’re going, find your life goals, deal with problems or take stock. However it works equally well if all you want to do is lie on a beach with a book.
Red Magazine, July 2015
Whatever the cause of your turmoil, stop trying to squash it with work and use your holiday to unpack it. I recommend the Skyros Life Choices programme. Philippa Perry, Red Magazine's agony aunt.
Your Hols, June 2015
Tony Hawks is about to teach comedy classes on Greece’s Skyros island. The author will be a guest lecturer in Skyros Holidays’ new programme for this summer with two week-long Humorous Writing courses in September.
Huffington Post - Cathy Winston, June 2015
Skyros personal development breaks could quite literally change your life.
Daily Express, May 2015 - Broaden your horizons: Pick up a skill on holiday
James Litson includes Skyros Holidays as a holiday destination to pick up a skill. James says, 'The Skyros Centre, on sleepy skyros (one of the Sporades islands) hosts a Writers' Lab each summer to encourage hidden talents. The one or two-week programmes includes morning classes (held outsides, with inspiring countryside and sea views) and free afternoons for relaxing or scribbling your thoughts'.
Telegraph Travel, February 2015 - 11th in The 19 Best Greek Islands
Skyros, the most remote and undeveloped of the Sporades Islands, is a hotspot for holistic holidays. Telegraph Travel's Sophie Butler recommends Atsitsa Bay, which offers yoga, sailing, life-coaching, music, sketching, painting, singing, dancing and various drop-in activities.
The Mirror, December 2014 - 4th in the Top 10 Learning Holidays
If the course of true love hasn't run smoothly for you, sign up for a crash course in dating on the Isle of Wight. Life coach Alison Goldie will cover subjects such as how you sabotage yourself and how to make the best of your assets on a fun and informative course. It is held at The Grange by the Sea, a four-star country house listed in the AA's Best British B&B guide.
Prima Magazine, July 2014
Head to the beautiful Greek island of Skyros for a holiday that combines soulful activities with the chance to meet interesting people from all walks of life. Solo travellers come to unearth talents they didn't know they had, as well as resetting their priorities through yoga, art, music, windsurfing, comedy-improvisation and life-coaching courses.
Spirit & Destiny Magazine, March 2013
Stick in a rut? Then hop on a plane to the Greek island of Skyros and Choose Life At Any Risk. That's the name of a course designed to help people who are stuck in some area of their life, whether it's their relationship, spirituality, job or self-limiting beliefs. Helen Saunders.
The Irish Examiner, March 2013
When it comes to unusual activities, holistic holiday giants Skyros offers a veritable bounty, from jewellery design and windsurfing to massage and songwriting. Tanya Sweeney
The Good Web Guide, March 2013
Skyros are top of the list when it comes to booking an alternative break with some seriously life affirming elements. Goethe said; ‘Whatever you dream, or dream you can, begin it now. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.' And this might as well have been the Skyros tag line, because at this company it's all about finally realising that long held dream; whether you're a writer with a book just bursting to get out, an artist, or a yoga fanatic, there will be the perfect holiday - to make you feel like you've really ticked one of your life ambitions off your list.
Psychologies Magazine, March 2013
Spending a week upping your emotional intelligence on the Greek island of Skyros, could launch a life-long journey into greater self-discovery.
The Guardian Online, 7 January 2013
Tone up and broaden your mind while you tan on a 10-day Thailand trip from holistic holiday specialist Skyros.
The Telegraph, 26 July 2012
The best arts and crafts holidays. For creative courses abroad, consider one of the centres offered by Skyros. Perhaps most suitable is the Atsitsa Bay centre on the Greek island of Skyros, where over a 10-day stay you can try yoga, sailing, life-coaching, music, sketching, painting, singing, dancing and various drop-in activities. Sophie Butler
Financial Review, Australia, 18 May 2012
The salsa course (in Cuba) is more than just a dancefest. As well as regular two-hour dance classes, students are educated about Cuban history and culture and enjoy a range of excursions, from vists to museums and cigar facrtories to evenings in jazz and – of course – salsa clubs. Ute Junker
Acquarius magazine, UAE, 1 March 2012
The Rise of the Hobby Holiday. The ‘fly and flop’ holiday is so passé…These days smart women are taking edu-vacations, where learning – not lounging – is the name of the game. (The editor of the magazine gives Skyros as the epitome of this approach with particular emphasis on) the well-renowned Writers’ Lab on Skyros island. Kate Birch
The Irish Times, 25 February 2012
Our lives are ‘always on’, but sometimes you want to just stop, get off the superhighway and breathe, times you need to say ‘stop, I’m getting off’ and find some ‘me time’. Skyros, a retreat to stop and think, meditate or just let your mind wander, is one of the first alternative holidays to promote the ethos of personal growth, creativity and self-discovery. Joan Scales
The Age, Melbourne, 25 February 2012
I feel sure a spot of inner exploration amid this magical setting (in Cambodia) is on its way courtesy of the alternative holiday company Skyros, for whom ‘life -changing’ and ‘transforming’ are common testimonials from its clients. But, as it transpires in this instance, the most important thing is the outward journey around a country of fascinating contrasts amid the remnants of one of the greatest empires ever seen. Kate Edgley
The Guardian, 27 January 2012
A spot of inner exploration amid this magical setting (Cambodia) was, I felt sure, on its way, from alternative holiday champions Skyros for whom ‘life changing” and “transforming’ are common testimonials. (But), as it transpired, the most important thing was the outward journey, around a country of fascinating contrasts amid the remnants of one of the greatest empires the world has ever known. Kate Edgley
The Times, 7 January 2012
20 great breaks for Body & Soul.These alternative holidays inspired Jimmy Carr to give up his job with Shell and get into comedy. Those looking for lasting change should book a Life Choices Programme at The Skyros Centre. Courses are taught by tutors incl Dina Glouberman, Skyros co-founder, psychotherapist Kate Daniels, who runs ‘Walk Tall and Feel Fabulous’, and Ari Badaines, whose course focuses on relationships. Caroline Sylger
The Times, 31 December 2011
[The Skyros writing course] matched the standard of any college course I’ve known. But what impressed me most was something more subtle, profound, and long-lasting – the ethos of valuing both community and individuality, a way of being together that was inclusive, supportive and creative. I realised that my life was still wide open, crammed with as many opportunities as I wanted to envisage. That’s why I say, without a trace of irony and with huge gratitude, that my holiday on Skyros changed my life. Crysse Morrison
The Guardian Online, 14 October 2011
Where better to learn to salsa than the home of the dance? Classes are led by Damarys Suarez who's not just a brilliant teacher she's also an expert, with a masters degree in Afro-Cuban dance from Havana University. Got two left feet? The same trip also offers a creative writing option, led by playwright, director and actor Steven Berkoff. Isabel Choat
The Glasgow Evening Times, 3 September 2011
I was a little sceptical about spending 10 days with strangers in Atsitsa Bay, but I was lured in. Downsides are hard to find.. It was challenging and transformational but, more than that, it is an experience I will never forget. Nicole Waring
The Stage, 4 November 2010
I am not the first to remark on how liberating this can be. I felt able to to take a deep breath and reflect on the previous months and years, undistracted by the clamour of workday life. The long history of ancient Greece felt alive around me and this, along with the stories of my students, encouraged me to take a longer, more measured view of things. Arthur Smith
The Times, 8 March 2010
Skyros Centre: 'the sophisticated urbanite's retreat of choice.' Tom Fordyce
The Irish Times, 6 March 2010
It seems that, whatever way you sample Skyros, it has a huge impact, which is why people keep returning year after year. Ailbhe Brilley
The Sunday Times, 10 January 2010
The 100 best summer holidays for 2010 Hear the one about the grumpy old man on the Greek island? Provide the punch line yourself after a week’s comedy-writing course taught by Balham’s favourite misanthrope, Arthur Smith. Or try a fortnight’s fiction course with James Scudamore — if the name’s familiar, it’s because it was in the frame for the 2009 Man Booker prize. Stephen Bleach
Daily Telegraph, 3 January 2010
Be More Creative. Stained glass and mosaic-making are two of this summer's creative courses offered by Skyros Holidays. The emphasis is on fun, and the aim to learn the skills and techniques needed to continue the craft once you return home. Sophie Butler
The Guardian Online, December 2009
[The Grange, Isle of Wight] A stylish wellbeing retreat that won't break the bank'. Caroline Sylger Jones
Bella, August 2009
Change your life in Greece. Amazing things happen on Skyros - just ask the visitor who return again and again. To see what the fuss is about, try one of the island's many courses. They range from singing to comedy improvisation. If you like a challenge, go for the Life Choices programme, which helps you rethink your career, health and relationships.
Telegraph Online, April 2009
Skyros, one of the prettiest of all Greek islands.
Evening Standard Magazine, 16 January 2009
Billed as ‘a community and singles’ holiday, this fortnight's break in Koh Chang island, Thailand, bookended by a night at the luxurious sofitel Silom in Bangkok, is for anyone: from Christmas-stressed wives who want to hit a luxurious spa, to holiday-makers with a yen to learn Thai massage or improve their singing, those who want to detox in colonial-style comfort and anyone with a personal issue to resolve (psychotherapist, author and Channel 4 presenter Malcolm Stern runs daily three-hour personal development sessions). The setting is exquisite with 639 square kilometres of virgin rainforest and white sandy beaches, and the spa is stunning , boasting smooth, glossy teak floors lit by tiny jewel-coloured candles and scented with orange oil. The Thai massage in a candlelit room teases out knots you didn’t know you had. There’s everything from aloe and lavender body wraps to facial and milk and floral baths. Anyone looking for a physical, mental or emotional clear-out will find the perfect crucible for just that. Marianne Macdonald
The Lady, January 2009
There is a magical quality about Atsitsa that is evident as soon as we approach the bay.... There is a surprising selection of courses to choose from, encompassing physical and sport activities to mind-focusing and even soul-searching couses. Susan Valentine.
Manchester Evening News, 10 January 2009
Everything written about Skyros paints a picture of a paradise. You cannot be a journalist without become incredibly questioning about life. That said, a lot of the superlatives [about Skyros] were written by journalists, possibly far more cynical than me. The courses are excellent but I soon realised that they are simply adjunct to a wonderfully relaxed holiday. I'm not always good at staying in touch once I get back into my every day, but there are some people I met in Skyros who have already found a place in my heart - you know who you are. Carmel Thomason.
Spirit & Destiny, January 2009
A friend had raved about Skyros' alternative, holistic holidays, with their courses run by top-notch tutors in a friendly community atmosphere. As some luxury and pampering was in order, too, I chose a holiday at a five-star hotel on the Thai island of Koh Chang. With a range of self-development, creative and holistic courses to choose from, I reckoned I'd rather learn Pilates in an open-air pavilion with sea views than down at my local grim gym. Amanda Riley-Jones
Body & Soul escapes (published by Footprint), December 2008, Caroline Sylger Jones
Skyros, Greece. Before I went, people said to me 'Things happen on Skyros'. I felt that you couldn't go somewhere with that kind of expectation but, emotionally and spiritually, the impact of the holiday was enormous. It was inspiring. Surprising. More than I could have expected. Against the odds - namely my own cynicism, doubts and reserve - I gained an insight into me and the way I want to live my life. Back in the real world, this sort of thing gets lost all too easily under everyday stresses and other people's expectations, but having had that clarity once, I knew I could have it again: I knew I had it in me. What you give to the holiday, you get out. It's as simple as that, so pour your heart into it. Olivia Mackinder
Body & Soul escapes, Britain & Ireland (published by Footprint), December 2008
The Grange, Isle of Wight. An elegant 19th-century country house, set down a quiet lane with sea views, it's a luxurious setting for a year-round offering of creative and personal development breaks.... The 17 elegant bedrooms are decked out in calming shades with splashes of colour, good linens and contemporary art. Caroline Sylger Jones
Woman & Home, November 2008
It felt brave, going on a salsa dancing holiday to Cuba on my own, but as soon as I checked into the iconic Habana Libre Hotel, once Fidel Castro's headquarters following the revolution in 1959, it felt thrilling too. When I met the rest of the group for mojitos in the 1950s-style hotel bar on the first evening, I was soon enjoying myself. By the end of the trip, no one wanted to leave. And, eight months on, we're all in touch, passionate about salsa and still going to classes in the UK.
Spirit & Destiny, November 2008
By the end of the week, we're all firm friends and swap numbers, promising to keep in touch. One thing's for sure - dancing salsa will never be the same in England, and after the last of many mojitos on our final night, we all agree that the only thing to do is come back.
Financial Times, 11 October 2008
The courses I chose on Skyros were foot reflexology and Commedia dell'Arte acting. This might seem a peculiar combination but both were inspired choices. In particular, the reflexology course, which took place on a series of mornings in an outdoor clearing, surrounded by pine trees high above the bay of Atsitsa, was something I would not have missed for anything. Harry Eyres
Red, August 2008
‘By 2004, I had been a TV producer for seven years, working on chat shows like Richard & Judy and Paul O’Grady. It was fun at first but, as I approached 30, I was gettting increasingly disillusioned. .. That summer I went on a Skyros holiday in Greece... At Skyros, there’s a you-can-do-anything atmosphere.. I sat looking at the sun, glinting off the sea, and it was the most beautiful place. I realised psychology was what I wanted to do... Within six months of the holiday, I’d quit my job and was starting clinical psychology training... I now realise that helping people is what I always wanted to do. I didn’t really know who I was until I went on that holiday. If I hadn’t gone I’d still be a TV producer’. Jennie Dempster.
The Daily Telegraph, 5 July 2008
Fantastic Breaks... Suzy Bennett takes her pick of the best: the Skyros holistic retreat, on the Greek island of the same name, runs courses in yoga, meditation, writing and life-coaching as well as more active pursuits such as sailing, belly dancing and trapeze.
The Irish Times, Dublin Saturday 7 June 2008
There’s a joke, as old as the hills, about two journalists who meet in a pub. One says: ‘I'm writing a novel.’ The other replies: ‘Neither am I.’ Recognising myself in this lame gag for more years than I care to remember, I booked a place on a writer's course on the small Greek island of Skyros. Reader, I had high hopes. These morphed into my wildest of dreams when I learned that our tutor was the Sri Lankan writer Romesh Gunesekera, author of several gorgeous novels, including the Booker-nominated Reef. I'm not saying I expected to come home with the makings of a top literary prize in my newly purchased stash of hardback notebooks. But I will confess to daydreaming, just a teeny bit, that the extra tuition under blue skies could elevate me to Enright-style acclaim.....
[Roisín went to Skyros and] by the end of the week I had loosened up in the workshop and even produced a couple of pieces I could be proud of. Not so proud that I would rehash them here, you understand, but quietly pleased. Under Gunesekera's supportive eye we invented words, practised writing dialogue and listened in wonder to the stories that unfolded. I learned that you get can get a lot written in five- or even two-minute bursts and that my daily protestation ‘I just don't have enough time to write’ might not be strictly true. So am I writing a novel? The answer is still no. But after a week on Skyros I may be inching ever closer to making a start.
The Guardian, Saturday 7 June 2008
The Guardian named Skyros as the No 1 of the World's Five Best Writing Holidays. Christopher Hope and Rachel Cusk among others, it said, will be providing 'inspiration for aspiring writers'.
The Financial Times 10/11 May 2008
I have now been in Skyros five times... Each visit is coloured by the memories of previous visits, so that my time on Skyros is a weave of past and present. Here is the pine-backed beach where Patricia and Pippa and Kate and I, after a hot, four-hour walk across the island, threw off our clothes and ran yelling into the water. Here is the bench where Ian and I sat at dawn and watched a fat orange sun hoist itself out of the ocean, a fishing boat motoring towards it as if dispatched by some primitive king to find out what it was made of. Here is the precipitous path that my up-for-anything 91-year-old student Hugh braved so that he too could swim off the nude beach... Skyros has taught me that travel is like love: as you get older, the appeal of newness wears thin. There is something richer, more layered, and ultimately more beautiful, about knowledge acquired over time. Susan Elderkin
Health & Fitness May 2008
Salsa classes by day, hot Havana clubs by night - all you need for an authentic Cuban holiday. The moment I hear about Skyros Cuba, a new holiday where you learn to salsa in Havana - I just have to go. After 10 fantastic days, we're all sad at the thought of going home. The only consolation is we're taking back wonderful memories and some great new salsa moves.
Spirit & Destiny April 2008
Unleash your sensual potential on a tantalizing new holiday on the Greek island of Skyros.
Guardian Online 20 March 2008
Best new age holiday: Skyros
The first and still the best. I haven't met anyone who's been there who didn't love it.
Observer Online 9 March 2008
Skyros Holidays offers a life-coaching programme that can be tailored to specific needs, which can include improving personal relationships. Situated on the sleepy Greek island of Skyros, the holidays aim to provide a relaxing environment with good food, comfortable accommodation and gentle workshops, yoga classes and discussions to help each guest reach a better understanding of what motivates them and what they are striving for.
The Daily Mail 12 January 2008
Dancers with two left feet should head to the Havana Libre Hotel in Cuba... Come Dancing wannabes can practise their moves with their own local dance partner and soothe aching muscles with an early-morning yoga session. You'll have plenty of time to visit the beach and explore the old town. Dancing in the street is optional. Take home the ability to dance in public without embarrassment.
The Sunday Times 6 January 2008
I have had one life-changing holiday - on the Greek island of Skyros... I had just given up my job with Shell. I wasn't quite sure what to do with my life, so I enrolled on a creative-writing course and learnt how to do massage, in the hope that something would occur to me. People kept saying that I was really funny, and ought to be a comedian, so I thought I'd give it a go. Jimmy Carr
TimesOnline 30 December 2007
Always good to learn something on a holiday. Surfing, painting, tantric sex... Tantric sex? Yes, it's a thoroughly educational course on the Greek island of Skyros, where intimacy experts Martin and Hanna Jeffs will spend a solid fortnight in August leading workshops titled The Energy of Love.
The Independent 24 November 2007
There was a wide selection of courses to choose from... the [Dream Workshop] course was fascinating. David Robbins
The Times 25 July 2007
(Skyros-in-Cambodia) One of the 'top Five Adventure Retreats'. Caroline Sylger Jones
TimesOnline 19 June 2007
The most talked about holistic holiday experience destination in Europe since it was founded in 1979, Skyros offers a multi-layered holiday experience which, at its most gentle, means relaxation, socialising and great food and, at its most profound, the confidence and insight to change your life.Caroline Sylger Jones
The Birmingham Post 17 March 2007
I was stunned when I saw them. They (the Atsitsa group) looked transformed. A week earlier these had been pasty, stressed faces and bodies, yet they now looked rejuvenated. And it wasn’t just the tan. Of course, our Skyros Centre group was the same, but we hadn’t noticed it among ourselves. Clive Leighton
Jewish Chronicle 2 March 2007
Skyros is different because it is opening up participants to possibilities. What you take back from this island is more than you get from a typical holiday. Sharon Garfinkel
Daily Express 5 September 2006
After a week on the island of Skyros, I feel fitter, calmer and braver than I have for a long time. It felt as though we were close to nature and, as time went on, close to each other. Rachel Baird
Evening Standard April 2006
Ken Eyerman is a bit of a legend; he's been pummelling dancers into shape for 25 years. I came away knowing my body much better - and feeling I'd seen an expert.
Greece Magazine February 2006
Tonight there’s a full moon and we’re planning celebrations - a healing in the magic circle, a late night walk to the threshing field, a skinny-dipping party...I’ll join the chill out dancers on the bar terrace. Crysse Morrison
Wave Magazine November/December 2005
Stressed out by Christmas? Make tracks for the exclusive Skyros resort in Thailand. White beaches, world-renowned cuisine and life changing courses await...
Elle September 2005
Abandoning every last vestige of dignity, I find myself humming to this group of strangers. Later on, I look in the mirror and decide my eyes are beautiful. Something has definitely shifted in the way I see myself.
New Statesman 22 August 2005
Vasso made wonderful traditional stews: peas and carrots; butter beans; potato, tomato and onion; spinach with chickpeas. The spinach, called horta, was stronger-tasting than ours. We ate it cold, hot, layered inside pastries, in omelettes. Vasso made excellent taramasalta and hummus. Her robust salads mixed tomatoes with cubed feta and cucumber chunks. Asked to provide green salad, she brought in wild rocket. For breakfast she gave us porridge, muesli, yoghurt, fruit salad and custard-filled pastries. The spiritual athletes wolfed the lot. Michèle Roberts
Greece Magazine July/August 2005
A landscape of stunning blue skies and seas, with whitewashed chapels and gnarled olive trees, can't fail to inspire the most jaded mind. Crysse Morrison
Sunday Tribune Dublin 10 July 2005
The courses are only one part of the many elements that make up the Skyros experience - for an experience is definitely what it is... Returning home after a week on Skyros was like waking up from a dream: when friends asked how it was, it was hard to think of anything more specific to say than an expansive 'Wonderful'... I would have been brokenhearted to leave had I not known that I had made good friends that I would keep in touch with. Roberta Gray
The Observer 19 June 2005
To read Skyros press coverage is to choke on cliche: words like 'life changing', 'transforming'. Yet at the end of two weeks, Skyros has been all these things. Kate Rew
TLS June 2005
Welcome to the world of honouring, empowerment, openness, issues, respect and concern. Hugo Williams
Insight March 2005
Skyros Holidays offers the definitive holistic holiday experience... You'll go home with new skills, new experiences and renewed enthusiasm. Naomi Zwei
The Observer 20 March 2005
Skyros, The doyenne of alternative holidays. Gemma Bowes
E.S. Magazine 18 March 2005
You can take a writing course, something much more wild and wacky which will change your life, or just relax. Andrew Davies
Big Issue February 2005
When you're chained to your desk on a Monday, today's stressed rat racer knows there is more to time off than than a re-creation of life in London. Bel Jacobs
Health and Fitness September 2004
Atsitsa is probably the perfect holiday. It's hard to think how two weeks could be better spent... It's hard to put into words such a profoundly intense holiday. The joy of getting to know people whose ages and backgrounds were totally irrelevant, combined with the excitement of achieving goals and breaking old perceptions, made the experience all the more special... Everyone brings back their personal memories of Atsitsa. I'd never laughed so much or enjoyed such a range of emotions - all in the space of a fortnight. With such a great bunch of caring, supportive people. I returned rejuvenated, healthy, and more positive and with three new close friends. Tracey Jennings
Yoga Magazine July 2004
One of the key attractions is the sheer scale and variety of what is on offer. There is an embarrassment of riches on the timetable and a wealth of talent among both teaching and permanent staff. .. Most people don't know why they have come to the Aleppo pines of Greece to start or further their journey. But where could be better than a land rich in story and history, gods and goddesses, a land that understands life in a way now lost to most of us. Simon Heathcote
Here's Health Magazine 2004
Skyros Holistic Holidays voted as Highly Commended by Here's Health Best Holistic Break in the Natural Health Awards 2004
The Times, 24 April 2004
My final performance. An ambitious solo. The participants look on. Even those willing me to fail must at least appear supportive. During The Wind Beneath my Wings I soar to the snowy peaks of a previously unscaled vocal range. Greg wipes a tear, or possibly some dust, from his eye. “You are now,” he says, before the assembled group, “a trainable tenor.” Mentally, I polish my first gold disc. My voice healed, I fly home, singing to myself. Damian Barr
Time Out 5 May 2004
Despite initial reservations, I found myself relaxing into the warmth and camaraderie of the group. I talked for England, laughed, danced Zorba-like on the terrace as the sun set, reflected on life and the universe, boogied the night away in the local Music Bar and drank too much retsina. I didn't touch a newspaper or look at a TV, and London felt a million miles away. By the end of a fortnight, I came back inspired to find local singing classes and with a resolution to stick with my creative writing. Not exactly a dramatic transformation, but a great way to recharge. I even got a tan. Rebecca Taylor
Sunday Telegraph Sydney March 2004
The games people play on the Greek island of Skyros have nothing to do with fitness, stamina or winning medals. Instead they're all about conquering your fears, freeing your spirit and having the sort of fun you probably haven't since you were a small kid. Deb Hunt
Travel Insights 2003
Skyros is an alternative holiday center. At its core is the ideal of expanding our horizons as well as our minds, and liberating our creative, childlike spirits. a Skyros experience has more lasting power than your average vacation. It can change people in ways that last well beyond the tan. And, as long as Skyros holidays exist, none of us need ever again feel terror at the prospect of a solo vacation. Debbra Mikaelsen
Woman and Home September 2003
We got on the ferry as total strangers and came off it after two hours as firm friends... What could be more rewarding than spending your holiday in a beautiful place and returning with a new skill?... It was a magical fortnight. I felt absolutely liberated. Diana Jones
Top Sante June 2003
I felt inspired and optimistic about the future and what I could make of it. I'd relaxed, had fun and learnt new skills. Best of all was the simple realisation that I had it in me to feel good about myself. Leah Hellen
InStyle January 2003
I felt relaxed immediately, walking on to the balcony of the centre, lit by candles, nestled in the hill-top village of Skyros, I did think 'this is heaven'. Gaynor Faye
Woman Autumn 2002
The most wonderful legacy is the memory of having laughed more in two weeks that I can remember since childhood. Tracey Pocock
The Weekend Australian 28 September 2002
An environment that is supportive, social and, most important, a bloody good laugh. Jane Cornwell
The Observer 25 August 2002
Going on the holiday gave me the confidence to make some decisions. When I got back I moved jobs, moved flat and got my motorbike licence. But the most rewarding aspect was the friends I made. Judith Linder
The Daily Express 27 June 2002
On this idyllic island my life changed for ever. Gaby Ochsenbein
Here's Health March 2002
You make friends for life. John Hargreaves.
Sacred Space Journal Spring 2002
A beautiful opportunity to rethink your life, discover your own truth and determine what really matters to you. Jane Salvage
Let your hair down, take risks, expand horizons, go on a Skyros holistic holiday. Mariella Frostrup
The Guardian 20 October 2001
Atsitsa’s greatest achievement lies in its ability to create a climate that makes possible a meeting of minds in which the barriers of age and gender dissolve and people experience that rarest of treats - simply being valued for who they are. Moyra Bremner
The Guardian 10 May 2001
I can't recommend the holidays enough - it revitalised my approach to life. Zoe Badcock
The Irish Times Dublin 22 July 2000
Half an hour later, my budding authors were in business, perspiring but eager. They had written pages. It was all fresh and good and entertaining. Clare Boylan
House & Garden July 2000
We were led through a forest of lush tropical plants to the air-conditioned wooden bungalows that would be home for the next two weeks... I danced and hugged and sobbed and laughed like a schoolgirl. By the end of the week, I was hooked.Vanessa Nicolson
Marie Claire November 1999
In the evenings, we got together in the bar to discuss our personal triumphs and insights with a renewed enthusiasm for life. Kerry Clark
Sunday Express 25 April 1999
A relaxed and genuine atmosphere of mutual encouragement, laughter and learning which provides a haven for creativity and self-awareness. Jane Warren
Dateline Magazine April 1999
I rediscovered the fun-loving, caring and most of all uncynical side of myself. Natascha Mirosch
Time Out 31 March 1999
I had anticipated that a new-age fog of earnest escapism might cloud the air. My scepticism was evaporated. They've got the balance right. A healthy realism prevails. Sarah Kent
Sunday Independent Dublin 10 Jan 1999
Quite honestly, the best holiday of my life...I feel I made bonds that will last a lifetime because the friendships were based on getting to know the real me and vice versa. Anne Roper
Red January 1999
Moonlight swims and impromptu discos. Melissa de Villiers
Evening Standard 23 October 1998
A sense of community, a chance to try new activities... a freedom from the tyranny of the business meeting, the mobile phone and the business plan. Lesley Garner
The Guardian 26 September 1998
I immediately fell in love with the place as everybody does... I kept thinking, 'I am an actor in A Midsummer Night's Dream; this is Arcadia, I want to live like this for ever'. Sue Townsend
Cosmopolitan August 1998
'I want to marry you', he said. I think I screamed. My heart felt so huge I thought it might burst. We had a service on the (Atsitsa) beach and another when we returned to Britain, and we now have two children'. Noelle Adcock-McElya
The Financial Times 9 May 1998
Some magic at work inspires people. Angela Wigglesworth
The Daily Mail 9 May 1998
We swam and sunbathed... with dolphins leaping and diving off the bow. At the end of two weeks our group was as close as many friends become in a lifetime. Paul Mansfield
Health & Fitness April 1998
The blossoming creativity is truly awe-inspiring. But it's only during the holiday climax, the famous Atsitsa cabaret, that we realise just how far we've come. Mary Comber
Oldie November 1997
And so we went round, eating the baklava, drinking the wine and deciding life wasn't so bad after all when you were a writer on a Greek island. Nell Dunn
Sainsbury's Magazine April 1997
'I thought it would be full of hippy New Agers', he says, 'which isn't me at all'. A fortnight later, however, he was a changed man. 'It's simply a magical place', he explains.
The Age, Sydney, 30 December 1996
What did I gain from Skyros? A better understanding of myself and a sense of being fully alive. Add to that new friendships, laughter and excellent food and drink. My tan was just a bonus. Paul Mansfield
Sunday Telegraph 18 February 1996
'Skyros isn't unreal' was his conclusion. 'In fact, it's a hell of a lot more real than most people are used to'. Paul Mansfield
The Guardian 20 January 1996
'I'd like to appreciate everyone who supported me last night after my second bottle of retsina.' As the laughter dies down, I realise we're here to enjoy ourselves. David Newnham
The Observer 5 November 1995
Even Hugo Williams, the licensed sceptic of Skyros, says: 'The whole thing is a lesson in uncynicism'. Janet Watts
Daily Mirror 23 July 1994
The island is virtually untouched by tourism. Alison Field
Here's Health May 1994
Atsitsa is a magical, healing place that brings out the best in people... Atsitsa attracts some of the world's best teachers. Janet Barcroft
The Times 16 April 1994
As evening fell, we reached the bay of Atsitsa, where the sun shed an iridescent pink sheen over Homer's wine-dark sea, creating one of those moments so stunningly beautiful that you cannot bear for it to end... Intellectual rigour, spiritual encounters and good old-fashioned rioting in the evening. Angela Neustatter
TLS 29 October 1993
Holidays you can take home with you. Hugo Williams
ITV: First Tuesday 7 September 1993
It's almost like living your life in a fortnight.
The Independent on Sunday 15 August 1993
I found it awesome discussing my creative attempts with a celebrated novelist (Bernice Rubens) who has more than 30 books to her credit. But as I became enthusiastic about my work so did she, and shyness evaporated in a spirited exchange. Probably the most important thing she gave me was the confidence to continue. We has all taken the workshop seriously enough to produce something of our own, and I did enjoy a memorable holiday in a special place with an agreeable bunch of people, some of whom have become good friends. Nicole Swengley
BBC2: Travel Show 5 August 1993
Skyros is a great place to meet people and the food is always delicious. Matthew Collins
The Independent 10 July 1993
The barriers were down, the daily massages and hugs were de rigeur. At last we were a little community. Naturally, not many wanted to go home. Rose Rouse
Sueddeutsche Zeitung Dienstag 16 March 1993
Und so ergibt sich die gelungene Verbindung von Entspannung und Austausch: Das Skyros-Erlebnis lebt aus der Verquickung zwischen aeusserer und innerer Waerme, eben zwischen Sonne und Seelenleben. Kaevan Gazdar
Green Magazine February 1993
Atsitsa makes you feel more aware of yourself, the elements, and above all, other people. Alistair Townley
The Sunday Telegraph 2 January 1993
People go to Club Med to forget themselves. At Atsitsa they hope to find themselves, or at least some interesting, new and undiscovered bit. Lesley Garner
The Vegetarian September 1992
Whatever you come expecting to find, you're sure to go home a different person. The change may be subtle, but it's there. Tina Courtney
BBC Radio Four: Breakway 21 September 1991
It's lovely to see people just stretching a little bit beyond what they thought they could do, watching them pop open like flowers.
The Sunday Telegraph 26 May 1991
The Centre excites an inordinate amount of interest: voyeristic speculation from the uninitiated ... and delighted acclaim from those who have stayed there. A choicer spot in which to spend a fortnight discovering one’s inner self is hard to imagine. Alice Hart-Davis
Evening Standard 4 June 1990
Participants opened up and there was a feeling of hilarity and physical well-being: a friendly, supportive and optimistic atmosphere among the guests, many from stressful jobs. Caroline Phillips
Elle October 1989
Combine the ease of a holiday with the discipline of a health farm, and return home rejuvenated (from one) of the world's best health spas and resorts... Atsitsa is the perfect alternative holiday for single people who want to try something adventurous in a safe (no keys, no heckling), warm and therapeutic environment. Magically successful thanks to its unique alchemy of people, settings and ideals. Elissa Van Poznak
City Limits 10 August 1989
Hitting the tiny, unspoilt island of Skyros feels like walking into a dream world. (The island) was voted by Which? magazine one of the top nine Greek islands for its village life and its greenery. After a few days on Skyros a sense of fun (almost gross irresponsibility) overwhelmed me. That delightful sensation of the timeless descended and I scribbled ‘Tuesday doesn’s exist’ on the notice board. And indeed time did seem to speed up and slow down at the same time with days and nights blurring into an emotionally exhilarating sweep. My fears of entering a kind of spiritual Club Mediterranée had been utterly defied. It was more of a good laugh than worthy New Age. Norma Cohen
Daily Mirror 10 August 1989
‘Well recommended’. Linda Duff
The Observer 23 July 1989
An unspoken philosophy prevails at Atsitsa that anyone can do anything, and that age is irrelevant. I found myself sitting next to the ‘hooligans‘ so designated (by me) because of their iconoclasm about Atsitsa’s more spiritual offerings. If Atsista was a pious place, the hooligans would have been miserable. But it wasn’t. Barbara Gunnell
BBC2 Travel Show 22 June 1989
This amazing place, Atsitsa, has really fascinated me. It relaxes your whole mind, body and spirit. It is the perfect place for a proper holiday. Matthew Collins
Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine July 1989
Almost everyone opened up, there was a palpable feelig of joy, hilarity, and physical wellbeing and a real sense of growth, actual and potential. Some said it was their best holiday ever; several were on their second or even fourth visit. Anne Karpf
AFTONBLADET Stockholm 26 February 1989
Pa Atsitsa prövas käleken. Maurice, en äldre man klart medveten om sin negativism och som vi andra undvek om det gick, sa plötsligt en dag: Jag är sá positiv sá jag undgar vad som págaár. En fránskild man som först bara ville vara ifred sa efter fem dagar att han kände sig fylid, kroppen var int längre ett tomt hál. En tredje man berättade ed lysande ögon att han vágade prata med främlingar. Veckan innan skulle han aldrig gátt fram till mig. Människor som inte kunde simma och aldrig hört talas om yoga sam efter tre dagar och utförde avancerade yogaöynigar. Män i 60-ársáldern lärde sig windsurfa. Margareta Wasterstram
The Times Educational Supplement 22 January 1988
I would say that never have I come back from holiday feeling so refreshed and invigorated. 'Civilisation' will never look quite the same. Anne-Marie Conway
Athens News Agency 10 November 1987
The usual antagonism of modern living has given way to cooperation. People at Atsitsa are attuned to one another; there’s a caring, supportive atmosphere and lots of spontaneous hugging. It's alternative living - i.e. living differently from the stress-filled life that most people experience every day. It's living based on human values – values that our society should consider all-important but seldom does.
Time Out 20 August 1986
Comments from participants run into superlatives - ‘liberation, rejuvenation, bliss in massive doses’ - but for many it is the sense of trying and achieving something you’ve never done before that tops the cake... The memory of that fortnight sends ripples through our notions of 'real' life. Hetty Einzig
Fitness August 1986
The natural setting was spectacularly beautiful. Bare hills and pine forested alleys rolled down to rocky coves, white beaches fringed the clean clear sea, and as i looked down, I could see the brightly coloured fish, shells, and an octopus deep down below me ... There was an air of ancient peacefulness everywhere. To my surprise, there wasn’t a lot of that holiday phenomenon of pairing off that can often happen. I think there was too much to be got from joining in together and being open to everyone around you rather than creating a little twosome. But one could still do that too. Gerry Thompson
The Irish Times Dublin 2 August 1986
The place has the most amazing write-ups from people who never expected to like the experience at all. In fact, some journalists who went to write mocking send-up pieces returned sheepishly to praise the place to the skies. Everybody who comes back from a holiday there recommends others to go. Maeve Binchy
The Sunday Times 27 July 1986
The beautiful Skyros Centre offers an adventure in health and fitness as well as meals without meat. Andrew Singer
EL PAIS Madrid 23 March 1986
Los programas veraniegos que se organizan en Londres reúnen participantes de todas partes del mundo. Por lo general son gente de éxito on contentos con sus carreras profesionales y que sin embargo gozan de esa sana insatisfacción que incita a investigar, curiosear y experimentar si el éxito, el fracaso, las relaciones en familia, o los hobbies, son todo lo que da de si el juego de la vida. Adela Medrano
Working Woman March 1986
Even my short visit made me feel better – stretched and exhilarated as if my body had been restrung and with it my mind brought back into tune. Carolyn Faulder
Here’s Health February 1986
The Skyros experience brings you closer to it all – to emotion, feeling, hurt and happiness and the ragbag of riches we carry around inside ourselves. If it helps to make everything clearer and put us more in charge, it can’t be bad. And the sun keeps on shining over the Aegean! Cheryl Isaacson
Fitness July 1985
Simply the best holiday I ever had - it worked on every level.
Gail Tressider, FITNESS publisher
Vogue May 1985
I felt alive and inspired, did some acting for the first time in many years, tried out a little gentle psychotherapy and learned to windsurf. I ate well, got fitter...went brown, slept deeply, laughed more than I had in ages and felt great. Deborah Hutton
The Guardian 20 March 1985
For me, there was not just the delight of the island but the chance to learn from the mirror others offered me and to try out bits of myself I'd forgotten were there. Ann Shearer
de Volkskrant, Amsterdam, 22 January 1985
De mensen de hierop afkomen gaan niet zozeer gebukt onder de problemen, maar willen een wending ann hun leven geven. Ze hebben er behoefte aan bewust in het leven te staan. Je moet wel een beetje avontuurlijk ingesteld zijn om dit te willen doen. Jaap Huisman
Yoga Today January 1985
What my inner self has taken from the whole experience is a sense of going beyond boundaries and realising that sport and community are also a path of yoga. Tony Crisp
The Newsletter of the Open University Psychological Society December 1984
I am very glad I shared the Magic of Skyros with those who formed the community. If you are thinking of going - do it. I am sure it’s a decision you will never regret. Ray Ball
Harpers & Queen June 1984
The quality of the teaching staff is very high and the aims of the centre are not only valuable, but also very much part of the ancient Greek idea of wholeness on which holistic health is based. Leslie Kenton
The Guardian 31 March 1984
The system is supportive, friendly and highly professional. Dina Glouberman, who worked at Brandeis under Marcuse, is a London-based psychotherapist and a senior lecturer at Kingston Poly. Each year she pulls together an impressive team which include star shrinks from the States and Europe. John Torode
Time Out 6-12 October 1983
The one question friends have asked since I got back is ‘What type of people go to a centre like Skyros – are they crazy?’ Let me therefore introduce the members of my group. Elsa was a committed socialist living within a politically motivated community in Denmark, Thomas and engineer from Sweden, Martine a biology teacher in France. Sid was a doctor practising both orthodox and homeopathic medicine in London, Christe a medical assistant in Innsbruck, Hannes a psychiatrist in Zurich and Rosemary a language teacher in Basel. And no, no one was crazy, but we all shared a common need – the need to grow, to confront oneself deeply and honestly, find our inner selves and resources, uncover the games we play with ourselves and others, the different roles, unidentified fears, anger ... But it wasn’t all painful encounters with long-buried feelings. The only nightlife on offer was the Disco on the Rocks high above the beach, well away from the village. There we grappled with Greek dancing, ordered margaritas, were served tequila sunrises, and consumed copious quantities of ouzo. Later we’d pile back to the cave on the beach, light candles, banter, laugh and drink more wine. That’s the other side of the Skyros experience – the sheer, crazy, overwhelming joy of letting go and feeling alive. It’s a time of change and a time for growth. A twilight time of self-recognition, of saying goodbye to tired games one has played out for the last time. It’s a reformation, but a transformation. Olivia Maxwell
The Irish Times Dublin 11 June 1982
The people were greatly reassuring, the atmosphere enormously supportive, and the actual holiday aspect of it was immensely rewarding. I have to say that there is no other way to describe it than to admit that it changed my life. Fergus Lalor
The New York Times
Once a year, the shade of Dionysus rises like a breath of ancient madness over the milk - white homes and rugged hills of this stone-crusted Aegean Isle.
I felt inspired and optimistic... I'd relaxed, had fun and learnt new skills.