fresh, cool, lush
Right by the sea and in the arms of a magnificent pine forest, Atsitsa has a magical quality that enchants the senses and makes inroads to the heart. There is a feeling that you have just come back home – is it because people lived, and their civilisation thrived, in this area long before history began?
Atsitsa’s main stone villa commands a supreme position in the bay. Its huts, in which most of the participants and staff choose to live, are situated in lush gardens and are shaded by pine and fruit trees.
Courses are held outdoors on beautiful stone terraces, between the pine forest and the sea. People are free to do as much or as little as they want. There is always time to sunbathe, swim, walk in the pine forest and enjoy the tranquility of the bay. The evenings are taken up by parties, lively discussions and spontaneous, often hilarious events.
Atsitsa Bay is, however, much more than its holiday courses. Its vibrant community – 30 to 80 guests at a time – is a new world we all aspire to see. It’s the trust the members of its holiday community naturally develop with each other, the ensuing emergence of one’s real self as opposed to a self distorted by necessities and burdens, and the powerful bonds forged between people that sometimes last for life.
In Atsitsa you can be completely at home: with yourself, with others, and with nature. You can play, experiment, sing, do things you haven’t done since childhood or just be silly. It’s a place to feel free.
Hence the truly amazing impromptu events that emerge as a regular feature of the Atsitsa Bay holiday programme: its legendary cabaret, the fancy dress parties, the midnight swims, the music and the singing, the Pea Fairs, the street theatre shows, the comedy improvisation events and so much more. Individuality in this environment blossoms.
The beauty of Atsitsa is its simplicity, its intimate connection with nature and its timeless detachment from the outside world. The atmosphere of trust it generates enables everyone to open up, venture into unchartered waters and make connections rarely made in the outside world. The powerful bonds forged between people sometimes last for life.
Skyros is an island of outstanding natural beauty, lying in the Sporades islands off the east coast of mainland Greece. It is the most remote of the islands and this has helped preserve its distinct Greek character. Atsitsa Bay is situated in the North West coast of Skyros island. Atsitsa Bay is right on the coast so you can wake up and go for an early morning swim in the Aegean sea before breakfast. Two local tavernas are adjacent either side of Atsitsa Bay, which are open in the height of season.
Activities & courses
Participants can choose up to 3 courses a day, for 4 days a week. Courses are chosen on arrival. Early morning ‘drop-in’ classes run for an hour before breakfast. Mid-morning and late afternoon courses run for two hours, some requiring commitment for four days whilst others are ‘drop-in’. You can take part in as much or as little as you like. Childcare is available in the school holidays during the day’s two main course slots.
‘The doyenne of alternative holidays’. Gemma Bowes, The Observer
‘Some magic at work inspires people’. Financial Times
An Atsitsa song: lyrics and music by Yannis Andricopoulos. Orchestration & singing by Jenni Roditi.