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My Atsitsa Experience

Anne shares her experience of attending an Atsitsa Bay holiday for the second time.

Arriving at Atsitsa Bay for my second stay felt like sinking into a welcome, warm bath. The magic began to happen instantly.

I had found my way to Atsitsa the previous year when I wanted a Greek holiday but did not want to be alone. I was a bit nervous and edgy in this strange environment, I had no real idea what to expect.

As soon as I skipped off the coach this year I began to remember and reflect on how far I had come in the past twelve months. Last time I was just two years on from a long period of suicidal depression following a 'perfect storm' in my personal and professional life.

This time I felt healthy, strong and 'up for' whatever the week offered. 

So, as well as abseiling, art, yoga, fabulous food and new friends, I experienced a bubbling of ideas and creativity. I had a similar experience last year, though tentatively, the feelings building slowly over the course of the week. This time I just fizzed from the get go – endless ideas popping up like shiny points of light, like the phosphorescence on our late night swim.

 I have been astonished at what my mind produced when released from any day to day responsibilies, work, cooking, shopping etc – and allowed to bask in the warmth of sunshine and good company.

I have so many 'take homes' from this week – of which the biggest surprise is an urge to try my hand at creative writing. Who knew? And that's next year planned.





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