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Alison Goldie's book, 'The Improv Book', has been published!

Alison, theatre-maker, writer and expert group-leader, has just had her theatre technique book published. Here are some of the fantastic comments about her new book:

‘In a world where imagination seems to be fighting a losing battle against technology, Alison Goldie has come up with a brilliant and easy-to-follow guide to putting people back in touch with this essential part of their creative minds. A beautifully written handbook to one of the simplest yet most misunderstood performing arts by one of the UK’s most experienced performers. This book is a brilliant addition to any performer’s library and useful to educators, performers, the business community and fascinated bystanders. This book should be on the bloody national curriculum!’
Phil Jupitus, comedian
‘It's useful to be able to control yourself sometimes, and it's dreadful when it becomes a habit. The Improv Book is a treasure chest of ways to bring more zest, surprise and depth back into your life – and into the lives of your students, your employees, your children, your parents and anyone else who might need it. It's really very good. I just made that up. But it's true.’ 
Guy Claxton, author of What's the Point of School? and Building Learning Power

Join Alison in Atsitsa Bay 23 - 29 Aug and 30 Aug - 5 Sep to practice Alison's great theatre techniques on the sunny idyllic Greek island of Skyros.

The Skyros Centre is now open: Writers' Lab, Life Choices and the Art Studio!

The Skyros Centre is now open with three fabulous facilitators to kickstart the season! We have the amazing Deborah Levy, Ilene Sawka and Andry Anastasiou running courses for this first week and then other inspiring facilitators joining us for two week holidays thereafter. Take a look below to find out more about what's on offer on our next 2 week holiday beginning 26 July. Work with experienced authors, life coaches and artists and explore your creativity and expand your potentials.

Writers' Lab

Mez Packer - 26 July - 8 August

Mez is author of Among Thieves and The Game is Altered and an Associate Senior Lecturer at Coventry University. In her course she will focus on structure, character, plot and voice looking at how to keep the reader wanting more. Mez has varied writing interests from scripts for apps and transmedia projects to short stories, which have appeared in various literary magazines.

Leigh Russell - 9 - 22 August

Leigh Russell is the author of the Geraldine Steel and Ian Peterson crime series. Her debut was shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association Dagger Award for Best First Novel in 2010. Subsequent titles were a Top Read on Eurocrime, voted Best Crime Novel of the Year on Crime Time, selected as Best Fiction Book of the Year in the Miami Examiner, and Geraldine Steel is a Great Crime Sleuth on Love Reading.

Monqiue Roffey - 23 August - 5 September

Monique Roffey is a Trinidadian born award-winning writer. Her latest novel (June 2014) is called House of Ashes and her last novel, Archipelago won the OCM BOCAS Award for Caribbean Literature in 2013. In 2010, her novel The White Woman on the Green Bicycle was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Encore Award. Her memoir With the Kisses of his Mouth caused controversy and critical acclaim in 2011. Archipelago (2012) won the OCM BOCAS award for Caribbean Literature in 2013 and was shortlisted for the Orion Award 2014.

Life Choices programme

Ari Badaines - 26 July - 8 August

Ari is an American clinical psychologist and has been a Skyros facilitator since 1982. Ari uses a variety of approaches including psychodrama and gestalt therapy to help people gain new awareness and experience more satisfying ways of being. He received a post-doctoral Fellowship with the National Inst. of Mental Health in Washington, DC where he trained in group psychotherapy. He also spent two years training as a Couple and Family Therapist.

Kate Daniels - 9 - 22 August

For many years director of Systemic Psychotherapy training at the Tavistock Centre in London, Kate continues to teach there and in addition has run courses and directed in Skyros for twelve years. Pursuing a creative life is a passion – she currently has a sitcom in development for BBC Radio 4 and will shortly be launching her second CD as a jazz singer, made with distinguished jazz musicians John Etheridge, Alec Dankworth and Tony Coe.

Dina Glouberman - 23 August - 5 September

Dr Dina Glouberman is a world expert in the creative imagination. She is the visionary co-founder of Skyros Holistic Holidays, the author of the classic best-selling books Life Choices, Life Changes and The Joy of Burnout and an international trainer, coach and psychotherapist. For over thirty years, she has been a pioneer in creating, teaching, and practicing the use of Imagework, the groundbreaking process that harnesses the imagination to guide our lives and create positive life choices and profound life changes.

The Art Studio

Amanda Davidson - 26 July - 8 August

Amanda was inspired by her tutor Raymond Briggs, best known for his story The Snowman, to become a children's book author and illustrator. As a successful mural artist, Amanda has worked for school projects, conservation groups and architects. Amanda adores teaching; it comes naturally along with her artistic flair. Fine tune your powers of observation by working with paint, pastel and pen. Still-life, landscape and figure drawing will be covered.

Michael Gahagan - 9 - 22 August & 23 August - 5 September

Michael is an accomplished artist who paints with various medium particularly watercolour, pastels and acrylics. His subject matter for his paintings is wide and varied including landscapes, seascapes and wildlife. Much of his artistic inspiration comes from his overseas tutoring sessions in Europe including Greece, Spain and Italy. Recreating the dramatic landscapes and seascapes of the Greek Islands, capturing the life and culture of Italy and sketching the village life in the Andalucía Mountains all feature in Michael’s artistic agenda.

The 2015 programme... download our 2015 brochure by clicking here.

The new Skyros 2015 programme offers you everything you need to feel alive. With new courses, new facilitators and new destinations we are spoiling you for choice! Check out our Atsitsa Bay and Skyros Centre holidays. Or stay local and see what is on at The Grange by The Sea, the Isle of Wights 4-star B&B. If you cannot decide how to spoil yourself then take advantage of our multiple holidays discount. 

Atsitsa Bay . . .

On Atsitsa Bay holidays, choose your activities when you are there. Choose up to three courses per day for four days per week from a wide range of courses including: yoga, windsurfing, dance, art, comedy, music and much more. Atsitsa is full board and includes three delicious buffets a day for you to fill your boots!

This is a larger community-based holiday in a more remote location than the Skyros Centre. Right by the sea and in the arms of a magnificent pine forest, Atsitsa has a magical quality. Accommodation is mainly in rustic huts, situated in lush gardens of flowers and fruit trees. Accommodation in the house is limited and subject to availability.

This year we are introducing a number of brand new facilitators. Say hello to:

Sarah Jane Cramond with Circus Skills. This is Sarah Janes first season at Atsitsa, and she hopes to pass on her immense passion for circus and show every participant, that no matter your age you can always run away with the circus.

Claire Healy who will be bringing music to your ears. Claire Healy is an actor, musician and songwriter who has worked in many facets of theatre both in the UK, Ireland and Australia. Through a mixture of breath work, singing technique and exploring different songs, this workshop aims to release your true voice.

Kate Smurthwaite; stand-up comedian and political activist. She performs all over the UK and around the world at major clubs including The Comedy Store, Comedy Cafe, The Stand, Covent Garden Comedy Club, Soho Comedy Club and Crack Comedy Club. In 2013 she won a Three Weeks Editors Choice Award. Learn the skills and techniques employed by professional comedians to engage an audience, get them on your side and have them rolling in the aisles.

Celestine Walcott-Gordon is an eclectic soul artist with a velvet voice rich in emotion and experience far beyond her years influenced by some of the great singers of our time. Celestines recording and songwriting journey has seen her work with Gary Barlow (Take That), Cameron McVey (Nina Cherry) Roni Size, Diane Warren, Wayne Hector and Stargate (NeYo, Rihanna, Mary J Blige, Beyonce) to name but a few.

Saskia Bakayoko has been playing djembe, dancing and performing Internationally for 20 years. Saskia brings you wild West African Dance. Suitable for everyone, this course will consider the traditional dances of Guinea, Senegal and Mali, danced to the surging sounds of the djembe.

Stephen Clarke is an English writer living in Paris, which is just as pleasant as it sounds. He moved to France 20 years ago to take up a job in journalism. When writing about a place you have to make it your own. The people and things you choose to describe, and the way you describe them, must be yours and yours alone. The result might be a novel, a memoir, a screenplay, travel article or sonnet. It will be comic, tragic, or anything in between. But whatever you write, it needs to be you.

Cate Whittemore is a fine art painter, and a professional scenic artist, who has created scenery for movies, television, and theatre, including including “SPIDERMAN; Turn on the Dark” and the currently running Broadway hit “The Book of Mormon”, among many others. We will make daily forays to do watercolours on site, exploring and observing the natural beauty of Skyros and its people.

Tony Hawks is the author of the bestseller Round Ireland with a Fridge - the story of his absurd quest to hitch round the circumference of Ireland within a month... with a fridge. After being serialised on Radio 4, the book became a top 10 Sunday Times bestseller. Drawing on his own experience of having written several bestselling humorous books, Tony will use a variety of techniques to bring out the fun side in you. The focus will mainly be non fiction, but who knows where things may go....?

The Skyros Centre . . .

On these holidays, secure your place in advance on the in-depth course you would like to attend. Choose from the Writers Lab, Life Choices or Art Studio. The Skyros Centre will have you feeling at home with traditional Greek accommodation in the village or by the beach. Wake up to the sound of the sea to begin an inspiring day with early morning yoga. Make new friends and learn new skills topped off with some morning yoga. It is the ideal recipe for the mind, body and spirit.

Co-founder, Dina Glouberman, is running her popular New Beginnings course. As an established psychotherapist and author of: Life Choices, Life Changes, The Joy of Burnout and You Are What You Imagine, Dina will show you how to listen to your souls whispers, find your natural brilliance and go for it!

Leigh Russell, author of the bestselling Geraldine Steel crime series, will be teaching you how to write successful fiction. The course presents techniques to engage readers interest and keep them turning the pages. while offering plenty of scope for students to develop their own writing skills.

Prices are inclusive of twin shared accommodation (limited number of single upgrades available), all meals and all courses/activities available. Travel not included. Friends of Skyros and Multiple Holidays discounts available.

Travel to Skyros Island . . .

This year we are starting our Greece holidays on a Sunday to coincide with the Aegean Airline flights. Catch an early flight into Athens before 12:30pm and you can catch the domestic flight from Athens to Skyros that leaves at 2:35pm. Book your flight quick though as there are only 78 seats to a flight and only one flight per day! Alternatively, take our overland transfer and we will look after you as soon as you step foot in Athens. Call us for more information: 01983 865 566.

Gift Vouchers . . .

Give the gift of Skyros to your nearest and dearest with a Skyros gift voucher! Here at Skyros our whole passion is to give. Whether it is giving a new outlook on life, a new skill, new memories, new friends; we just want you to have it all! Give a holiday as a gift this year whether you would like to put a set sum towards a holiday or cover one of your friends transfer fees.

Gift vouchers are available by emailing or call us on 01983 865566. Just tell us the amount you would like to put towards a holiday, whether it is £50 or £500, and we can wrap up the lovely gift and send it to you in the post.


Spring and Summer holidays with Skyros 

Atsitsa Bay - Sunday 7 June through to Sat 26 September 2015

Life Choices - Sunday 19 July through to Saturday 5 September 2015

Writers' Lab - Sunday 19 July through to Saturday 5 September 2015

Art Studio - Sunday 19 July through to Saturday 5 September 2015


The new season of weekends at The Grange by The Sea begin with...

Walks with a Sketchbook - Kel Portman - Friday 18 - Sunday 20 September 2015

Successful Fiction - Leigh Russell - Friday 25 - Sunday 27 September 2015

Comedy Improvisation - Dave Bourn - Friday 2 - Sunday 4 October 2015

Art from the Heart - Stoney Parsons - Friday 9 - Sunday 11 October 2015



Skyros co-founder Dina Glouberman's new book launched:  You Are What You Imagine

Called You Are What You Imagine: 3 Steps to a New Beginning Using Imagework, the book is a compact and practical programme for navigating yourself clear of your most stubborn life challenges, and is available on Amazon. You can get a taster of what's inside, as Dina is also offering a FREE download of chapter 1 on her website.


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