Writers' Lab (WL) chic, smart, witty
The Writers’ Lab in Skyros island, Greece, offers 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. 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 writing course matched the standard of any college course I’ve known. But what impressed me most was something more subtle, profound, and long-lasting – the ethos of valuing both community and individuality, a way of being together that was inclusive, supportive and creative. I realised that my life was still wide open, crammed with as many opportunities as I wanted to envisage. That’s why I say, without a trace of irony and with huge gratitude, that my holiday on Skyros changed my life.’ Crysse Morrison, The Times
Health & Wellbeing (HW) live, love, laugh
Our choices go far beyond those of previous generations. Career and relationship changes, issues of health and sexuality or family life and financial pressures all add to a force that can weigh down on us and cast a shadow over our path in life. Skyros does not provide answers. It will give you, however, all the encouragement you need to leave behind life’s limitations, recharge your passion and go for what really matters to you.
‘Skyros is unlike any other holiday and it is perfect if you want to reassess your life, find out where you’re going, work out your life goals, deal with problems or take stock. However it works equally well if all you want to do is lie on a beach with a book.’ Sarah Bridge, A Lady of Leisure
‘Skyros isn’t "unreal". In fact, it’s a hell of a lot more real than most people are used to.’ The Sunday Telegraph
The Art Studio (AS) skill, inspiration, passion
The project is truly exciting as both beginners and those who would like to develop their skills further will be embarking on an inspirational journey through the picturesque Skyros village, the beach, its ancient sites, the colourful countryside and also their own inner landscapes. And all this in the company of very friendly people ready to share experiences, views and ideas and with the help of our highly qualified and professional teachers who will offer support both within the group and individually.
‘The best arts and crafts holidays. For creative courses abroad, consider one of the centres offered by Skyros’. Sophie Butler, The Daily Telegraph
‘The Rise of the Hobby Holiday. The ‘fly and flop’ holiday is so passé…These days smart women are taking edu-vacations, where learning – not lounging – is the name of the game and Skyros epitomises this trend.’ Kate Birch, Acquarius magazine, UAE
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Transfers and flights are not included. Please see our travel page for more information.
Nutrition & Wellbeing
Why the Mediterranean diet is considered the ‘gold standard’ for health and how to incorporate this into the way you eat.
How what you eat affects the way you feel and how your emotions and stress can affect your immediate and long term health.
How the gut is the gateway to good health, why gut bacteria are your friends and how to nurture them to your advantage.
Drawing & Painting
Mindlessness: Comedy Writing
Life in Balance
The Photographers Eye
Run by experienced creative writing tutor Leigh Russell, the course presents techniques to engage readers' interest and keep them turning the pages. Offering plenty of scope for students to develop their own writing skills, the course will consider areas including character, plot, structure, pace and language.
Leigh teaches students ranging from bestselling authors, to complete beginners and is well known for her encouraging teaching methods. By the end of the course attendees will develop their own writing voice, and have the confidence to work on completing manuscripts suitable for submission to agents and publishers.
After many years teaching English in secondary school, internationally bestselling author Leigh Russell now writes crime fiction full time. Published in English and in translation throughout Europe, her Geraldine Steel and Ian Peterson titles have appeared on many bestseller lists, including #1 on kindle. Leigh's work has been nominated for several major awards, including the CWA New Blood Dagger and CWA Dagger in the Library, and her Geraldine Steel and Ian Peterson series are in development for television with Avalon Television Ltd..
Journey to Death is the first title in her Lucy Hall series published worldwide by Thomas and Mercer.
Leigh's extensive experience in teaching teenagers and adults, combined with her experience in writing many bestselling books, make her a popular tutor for The Writers Lab.
Nutrition & Wellbeing
'The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well', Hippocrates (460-370 BC, Greece)
This 5 day course with Pippa will help you gain the knowledge you need to feel confident about making choices that are right for your health and wellbeing.
Practical advice on nutrition, diet and lifestyle management can help your body heal and leave you feeling restored and regenerated.
Learn to listen to what your body is telling you and recognise which foods work for you and those that don’t.
This course is your opportunity to:
Each session will include an informative talk on different subjects including why you need to eat good fats to avoid weight gain, what are good and bad carbohydrates and how to choose the right ones for you, how stress can affect your digestion and the role it plays in overall health. There will be Q and A sessions with plenty of time for discussion so you leave with a blueprint for a healthier lifestyle.
Pippa has had over 10 years experience in practising Nutritional Therapy. She provides tailor made dietary programmes for her clients focussing on nutrition, diet and lifestyle advice to help them achieve optimum health and wellbeing.
Pippa is particularly interested in the links between mind and body and how this interplay can affect the choices we make about food in our daily lives.
As well as holding clinics in Milford and London, she is part of the team that delivers the popular digestive health programme at Grayshott Spa in Surrey.
Pippa regularly lectures and runs workshops on various health conditions with the emphasis on offering practical advice to help individuals understand how food can affect their symptoms and the changes they can make to improve their health.
“I love encouraging people to make changes to their diet, however small, and let them experience the difference they feel in their general wellbeing. Motivation is the key to getting people to adopt changes so they can reap the rewards|
Drawing & Painting
Basic techniques for drawing and painting in mixed media will enable you to capture local still life on paper. You will become familiar to using painting as a form of journal keeping and active meditation.
Colour psychology and the therapeutic qualities of colour will be broadly explored in order to enhance your creativity with a touch of magic!
Theresa Sundt is a professional artist and a certified colour therapist. Painting, weaving and collage record Theresa’s journey through this colourful world.
Mindlessness: Comedy Writing
Mindlessness is a course for people who are interested in laughter, both doing it and making it happen. If you want to be a comic novelist, a playwright, a writer of screen plays, sketches, poetry and gags or, if you are really deranged and want to be a stand up comedian, then there will be something here for you. If, on the other hand you have no such ambition but just want to sit around laughing in the Aegean sun then you too are welcome.
There will be discussions about what is funny and exercises in how to make funny happen. You will be invited to write stories, poems and one-liners, and to recount anecdotes about your shameful past; you will learn about the rule of 3, the importance of the call back and how to cope with deranged hecklers. Most importantly, at the end everyone gets a certificate.
Some of my methods are old school e.g I will cane anyone who is more than ten minutes late and I must be addressed at all times as sir.
Arthur Smith is a comedian, writer, broadcaster and erstwhile Grumpy Old Man. As a stand up comic he has performed all over the world especially in Edinburgh where he has won the lifetime achievement award as ‘spirit of the fringe.’ He has written several stage plays, the most successful of which, An Evening with Gary Lineker, ran for several years in the West End. He recently performed Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen in Edinburgh, London and beyond. He appears regularly on the One Show, Radio 4 and presents The Comedy Club on Radio 4 Extra. He was also, briefly, the voice of the woman’s stomach in a Yakult ad.
His acclaimed autobiography My name is Daphne Fairfax was widely admired and if it turns out you have read it you will qualify for ‘teacher’s pet.’
Life in Balance
Stressed, tired or in need of a sunshine break? Enhance your wellbeing in the sun with my Life in Balance holiday at the wonderful Skyros Centre.
Well-being, motivation, calm and fun all flow from a life in balance. Whether you are looking for better work-life balance, or a sense of ease in a relationship, there will be something for you on this engaging creative workshop.
With Andry’s guidance, you’ll feel inspired and able to bring more joy and alignment into your life everyday.
Andry creates a welcoming, creative learning space for you to explore how to create more balance and happiness in your life, your relationships and even in your community. If your ‘tough’,‘keep going’ or ‘do more’ philosophy is getting in the way, you’ll discover approaches that can help you create kinder ways of living your life.
Andry facilitates creative, supportive workshops with real passion, insight authenticity and playfulness.
What Andry’s clients say:
• ‘The biggest change I experienced as a result of coaching with Andry has to be my new job, with my new career.’
• ‘Working with Andry is great because it’s like a journey of starting with someone stuck in a certain place and then by using skills and technique you enabled me to unravel it all to get to a different space. It’s all about understanding.’
The Photographers Eye
This is a course for those who have never been taught the 'art of photography'. It won't confuse you with gobbledygook or technical jargon, rather you will be encouraged to look at ideas and approaches to help you take better photographs.
Photography is one of the most accessible ways of making images and of visual self expression. With modern cameras (and devices like phones and tablets) the important skills are the eye and imagination, rather than a great technical knowledge.
There will be exercises that help you handle and control your camera, but the emphasis is on the creative rather than the gadget. Regular viewing and helpful critique of images will rapidly help you to extend your confidence and enjoyment of photography.
Using as subjects the dramatic island landscape, still life, the unique architecture and the locals, participants will explore the language of photography, image construction, design and composition, lighting, selection of colour, illustration and narrative.
What to bring along? Bring your digital camera, phone or iPad, along with fresh memory cards, battery charger and handbook - your laptop (if you have one). And an open mind, of course.
Kel invites you to see life through the eyes of an artist. Whatever your level of skill, from non-artist and absolute beginner to expert, you will find that helpful advice and feedback will enable you to discover new creative directions, techniques and processes.
Kel is formerly a senior lecturer in printmaking, photography and digital arts; his teaching process is based on working with the individual and helping to expand creativity through projects and exercises with feedback and encouragement.
Kel regularly curates exhibitions and events, working with other artists, groups and communities on projects initiated by his landart collective Walking the Land. These aim to bring a mindful awareness of the value of our landscape and our attitude towards it. Kel’s images are exhibited widely in the UK and abroad.