2016 IS THE 15th SEASON OF
THE GREEK ISLAND SUMMER SCHOOL
The courses are designed to equip you with the tools you need to conduct effective readings. With a combination of theory and hands on practice you will cover a vast amount of material in a short space of time, build your confidence and discover how to be a better Astrology or Tarot reader.
Contact me direct to discover how to book for an unforgettable week of astrology or tarot at my Greek Island Summer School combined with a relaxing visit to the beautiful Greek Island of Lefkada.
‘Joanna understands how adults learn. In the classroom she creates and maintains a ‘safe learning environment’ which puts her students at ease and maximises their potential for learning. Too many esoteric trainers make themselves the ‘star’ of the show whereas Joanna puts the student first. By utilising a variety of delivery methods she caters for individual learning preferences. Her workshops are fun, educational and inspiring because she ‘keeps it real’, takes a hands-on approach to classroom activities and strives to make the learning relevant to the needs of the students.’
Michael Rowan, April 2012, Cert Ed. BA (Hons) Adult Education – Member of the Institute for Learning
Mi Casa Su Casa
All groups are held on the large terrace, at my home just a few minutes drive up the mountain above the village of Nidri, situated on the east coast of Lefkada. This is the most idyllic setting for learning about the magical subjects of astrology and tarot and I also pride myself on my “home from home” welcome to all of my students. My first objective is to make sure that everyone has everything that they need for the perfect week, whether it’s information about boat trips, borrowing a good book, a kettle or an extra pillow, or booking a facial or a massage, all you have to do is ask me. Whatever your heart desires, I am here to help make it happen.
About the Courses
I have been teaching astrology for over 20 years, and the tarot for 14 years since I started the Greek Island Summer School in 2002. These two separate crafts have a great deal in common as they are both tools of divination. What does that mean?
Divination v Clairvoyance
Clairvoyance is derived from the French for “clear” and “sight” but it has come to mean more than keen sightedness. If we say someone is clairvoyant we mean that they are psychic, which in turn generally means that this person has some kind of natural second sight. They have not necessarily developed their psychic skills in any conscious way. They simply see, hear or know things without being told or without being asked. This is the realm of unbidden information or omens.
Divination is derived from the Latin divinare which means to foretell or predict. The modern day definition is “the foretelling of future events or discovery of what is hidden or obscure by supernatural or magical means.” (my italics).
The essential difference, then, is that divination is an act of consultation, through the means of the Tarot cards, the horoscope etc. This is the realm of bidden information or omens.
So, knowing how to interpret a Tarot spread or a horoscope is mostly not the result of psychic abilities but the result of learning, the acquisition of certain skills. Some of these skills are down to pure knowledge, such as learning the traditional meaning of the cards or the characteristics of a sign or planet, while others are down to your intuitive and creative talents, learning how to think symbolically and how to interpret a symbol within a specific context.
In the groups we discuss the nature of what it might mean to be psychic, and how to recognize those special moments when you’re connecting up with something that feels “extra-ordinary”, but you may like to note that I do NOT use meditations. While these are often considered an effective way for heightening one’s psychic skills they are most definitely not for everyone – including me!
I aim to pack as much “take away” knowledge into the week as is humanly possible and to allow plenty of space for putting the theory into practice, in a way that is fun, safe and inspirational.
The main focus is “how to”:
- How do you conduct a reading in a real and hands-on way?
- How do you handle any question a client may have?
- How do you put across your reading in a way that makes sense to your client?
- How do you handle the therapeutic needs of your client?
- How do you arrive at a judgment?
All you really need to become proficient in your chosen craft is a love of the subject and a passion for learning. Even if you arrive on a course feeling as if you know nothing at all you will, by the end of the week, be doing readings. Wow!
Groups are kept small – a maximum of eight – so that everyone has the chance to benefit from individual time and attention as well as group discussions. All groups are designed to learn new information but also for active participation, sharing our views and opinions, and learning from each other and from issues and questions that arise naturally throughout the week.
All courses run Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – Wednesday and Saturday are free days for boat trips, car hire, beach time, private readings or doing absolutely nothing at all.
The course comprises 17 hours of study time:
Arrival. The day is yours to settle in – sunbathe, swim, siesta, followed by first night group meal in Nidri.
Study hours 11.00 – 1.00
Lunch/swim at the villa 1.00 – 2.00
Study hours 2.00 – 3.30
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Study hours 10.00 – 12.30
Lunch/swim at the villa 12.30 – 1.30
Study hours 1.30 – 3.30
Free Day for relaxation or exploration – boat trips, car hire – or book a private reading.
Free day and last night group meal.
Return flights home.
A delicious buffet lunch and tea, coffee and soft drinks during class hours are all included in the course fee – no hidden extras!
Out of Class Hours
In the evenings there are optional group meals at one of the local tavernas. As the majority of students travel solo this guarantees that you never have to eat alone or be alone – unless you wish to be. The evening meals and drinks are great fun and often end up as an extension to the course in terms of further discussions and insights. For this reason I do discourage bringing along friends or relatives to share the holiday as past experience has taught me that they end up feeling left out!
As I’ve now lived in Nidri since 1995 my groups are well known to many of the local taverna owners. This means that we get an excellent deal for our evening meals. Starters, main course, soft drinks and lashings of the very drinkable local wine rarely come to more than 15 Euros a head – about £12.00 at the current exchange rate.
In the bars, however, the prices are generally a little higher. Spirits and mixers average at €5.00, a generous size glass of wine or a bottle of beer at €2.50 and cocktails at €6.00.
There are no licensing laws in Greece. The bars mostly open early evening and stay open until the last customer is ready to totter off home, often in the small hours! You might like to note however that Nidri most definitely does not attract the “lager louts”, the place is incredibly peaceful, especially out of high season when the courses are held, and any kind of loud noise/live music is prohibited after midnight.