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Activities at The Skyros Centre, Greece

Week 2: Find the Balance with Ged Smith

Sun 7 - Sat 20 Jul 2024

Week 1: Rewriting Your Life

We live life as a series of stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, but most of these stories did not originate with us. 

We all have an inner dialogue going on, telling us who we are and what we can do. if we are lucky, that "voice" is our friend; it is strong, complimentary and forgiving. But for so many of us it is harsh, critical and accusatory. Over many years we come to believe this story and eventually it is as if this defines who we are. 

Imagine if you could find new and powerful ways to challenge this inner voice, to quieten the critical judge and instead give more volume to the ally within, the strong and understanding voice who has our best interests at heart rather than the one telling us we are weak, stupid, or worthless.

Our self-narratives can trap us and can break us, or they can enhance and make us, so we better have a good one! 

This class will explore these issues, and help us work on where our stories come from, and how their origins will have been an adaptive response to difficulties such as trauma, neglect or abuse. We will move to ways to challenge the narratives and create new ones for ourselves, making our lives richer, fuller and more appreciative. This will happen in the format of a small group where safety and containment will be paramount.  

Week 2: Find the Balance

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.

What does it mean to find your balance?

Balance means that we can fully engage in what we need or want to do without guilt or worry that we should be doing something else. And it means understanding our own boundaries and needs so that we have the freedom to pursue all the various roles and identities we have or want to have in life.

This event will look at the crucial issues of balance in our lives, beginning with mindful presence to quieten our minds for each of the 5 sessions. We will focus on separating yourself from your anxious thoughts, breaking bad patterns, managing fears, and practicing greater focus on the present.

Balance includes simplifying life, not complicating it; saying no without feeling guilty; finding activities that energise rather than tire you out; and cultivating healthier relationships in all aspects of our lives.

This will happen in the format of a small group where safety and containment will be paramount, along with fun, stimulation and supportive sharing with each other.  

What's included?

Ged's masterclass is held at the Skyros Centre on Skyros island in Greece. The holiday includes half board, twin shared accommodation in the village. Single upgrades are available. Chat through the website, call +44 (0)1983 86 55 66 or email to discuss your requirements. Find out more about this holiday here.

About Ged Smith

Dr. Ged Smith is a consultant systemic psychotherapist with over 30 years of experience working in both adult and children's services in the UK. He has been published in many peer-reviewed journals as well as presenting workshops, conferences and supervising all over the world.

Ged is known for his engaging and humorous style and demystifying complex academic theories to make them more easily accessible to everyone. At Skyros Ged uses this experience and style to help participants make sense of their lives and stories in ways that make a positive difference to how they go forward, let go of negative narratives holding them back, and challenge the critical, judgemental voices that so many of us carry in our heads. 

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