integration, involvement, responsibility
Skyros is committed to an eco-friendly future and welcomes creative ideas submitted by staff, suppliers and course participants.
Skyros encourages responsible integration with the local communities including the teaching of local history, culture and language or the sponsorship of events such as the Skyros mini-marathon. In the same spirit, it has contributed generously towards the purchase of computers for a Skyros school, new medical equipment for its Health Centre, the refurbishment of the school theatre and the protection of the island’s magnificent forest. Skyros also supports the welfare of the Skyrian horses, dogs and cats and has contributed to the island’s folk dance society and the local children’s Tae- Kwon-Do group. The Skyros Support Fund, set up in 2013, helps mainly the heating in the winter of all the island’s schools and of its Health Centre.
Unlike so many multinational holiday companies, Skyros uses locally owned and maintained facilities with policies in place that favour local produce and services. Guests visiting shops, bars and tavernas offsite are, likewise, directly benefiting the local economy. Locals are employed wherever this is possible – on Salsa dancing trips to Cuba, for example, each participant is matched to a local dance partner specifically employed for the purpose.
Atsitsa is fully in tune with the natural environment. Motorised sea sports have never been introduced, kitchen and shower water is recycled, the showers are heated by solar panels and the external lighting is solar powered. We are also working with the local authority to bring further recycling to the island – plastic, glass and aluminium.
Skyros provides holistic holidays that emphasise being rather than having, doing rather than consuming, and co-operating rather than competing. The aim is to create an ethical mini-society which can inspire changes beneficial both to the individual and to the world in which we live.
This requires the reappraisal of our consumer culture’s values so that we consume less and ethically, use everything more efficiently, recycle when we can and meet our needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own. If we can, we make something rather than buy it. It also requires the re-evaluation of our own goals as parents, partners, colleagues, friends, members of our community and citizens but also as creative human beings. Going for it is like embarking on a journey to a better future. if you haven't started it already, start now in Skyros.