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Peter Collins is a Skyros holiday participant who recently returned from his Skyros holiday in Atsitsa Bay, Skyros Island, Greece, and is due to return in just a few days. Here he talks about his first experiences of the leading holistic holiday, and the effect it has had on his life.

I booked my holiday at Atsitsa at the last minute - literally - as I had to find flights and depart the following day. Making the commitment to book was quite scary for me as I had not been coping well with life and was not feeling good. I knew that I needed to makes some changes in my life but was unsure how to start. Someone recommended an 'alternative' holiday at Skyros and I had read the brochure many times but always found an excuse not to book. 'Alternative' anything was something new to me.

I remember reading something along the lines of 'If you keep doing the same thing you will keep getting the same result' and that had certainly been true for me so possibly time to try something different. Everything fell into place once I had decided to book. The flights were available at the right time and price and I was running out of excuses. 

I had been to Greece many times and love the place. For me it has the perfect combination of environment, lifestyle, weather, food and people so I was not apprehensive about being there, but Atsitsa and all those new people was something I was not sure about. Still I told myself that I did not have to take part in anything, I could hide away if I wanted, but perhaps I might learn something on the courses. 

Well 10 days later I did not recognise myself. I felt better than I had ever felt, I had learned the basics of yoga, meditation and mosaics, I was tanned, fit (thanks for the runs Berny) and felt so incredibly healthy (the food is amazing). But most of all, and completely unexpectedly, I had learned most from all those other participants on the courses. Those wonderful people who sat, listened, gave advice, related their own experiences and life journeys and became friends. That is the essence of Skyros for me - the people.

Thank you so much for giving me my life back. The experience for me was life changing and I will never forget it.

Kind regards,



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