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Holiday Activities

skills, inspiration, passion

Writing Retreats

Writing courses are available at both holiday centres in Greece - Atsitsa Bay and The Skyros Centre, as well as writing course weekends in the UK.

Skyros writing retreats offer writers, thinkers and dabblers the opportunity to learn from distinguished writers, share the joys and struggles of the creative process, discover their strengths and polish their skills.

In an idyllic holiday environment, far away from the demands and routines dictated by a busy life, writing holiday course participants can navigate beyond old boundaries and emerge with pieces of writing of which to feel proud. 

Former Writers’ Lab participants such as Susan Elderkin, Crysse Morrison, Shani Solomons, Emma Darwin or Grace Wynne-Jones have gone on to publish books or to stage plays they started, developed or completed in Skyros. 

Writing courses are open to novices with a secret passion for writing as much as to writers who already have a book under their belt. The tutors enjoy helping people at any stage of development – so do come with work in progress or just an empty page. 

The Skyros Writers’ Lab has built up an excellent reputation over the years. Steven Berkoff, Rachel Billington, Margaret Drabble, Hanif Kureishi, D M Thomas, Sue Townsend, Marina Warner, Hugo Williams and many others, including Booker and Pulitzer Prize winners such as Hilary Mantel, James Kelman, Barry Unsworth, Bernice Rubens and Alison Lurie, have graced the centre with their presence over the years and given hundreds of people the benefit of their experience.

Intellectual rigour, spiritual encounters and good old-fashioned rioting in the evening’. The Times

Sat 27 Aug - Fri 9 Sep 2022 (13 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. Michael Eales is directing this week in Atsitsa.

About

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'.

Accommodation

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.

Location

Summary

Cost
£1,425.00
Location
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

What's On

Travel

Outbound – Athens to Skyros via coach and ferry 

Book your flight to arrive into Athens on Friday 26th August 2022. Spend the night with us at The Dorian Inn or book your own accommodation in Athens.

Our courtesy coach to the Dorian Inn hotel will leave Athens airport at around 20.15. Alternatively, take a taxi or the Metro if arriving much earlier or after this time. (Dorian Inn Hotel, Pireos 15-19, Athens 105 52, nearest metro = Omonia)

On Saturday we take you to Skyros island via coach and ferry transfer. The coach will leave the Dorian Inn hotel at 9.30am and arrive in Kymi at 1pm, giving sufficient time for lunch, (not included in price). We will board the ferry direct to Atsitsa at 2.30pm. 

Return Option 1 – Skyros to Athens via coach and ferry 

On Saturday 9th September 2022, take our coach and ferry transfer back to Athens airport. The ferry leaves Skyros island at 8am. In order to leave sufficient time for the journey back to Athens airport and with two hours check-in, flights can be booked for after 3.30pm

Return Option 2 - Domestic flight from Skyros to Athens

On Friday 9th September 2022, take the domestic flight from Skyros to Athens. Departs Skyros 18.00 and arrives Athens 18.40. Book through www.Aegeanair.com.

Alternatively, you can make your own way to Skyros and back, please enquire if you need any travel advice.

Transfer options (book online)

Outbound: Friday 26th August 2022 (overnight) and Saturday 27th August 2022 (transfer day)

Inbound: Friday 9th September 2022

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

Telephone: +44 (0)1983 865566

Email: holidays@skyros.com

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

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