I live in the village of Nidri on the Ionian island of Lefkada, a move I made in May 1995.
Some people thought I was mad, others thought I was brave. I felt neither. Having reached an obvious crossroads in my life it was a natural step. I left my hectic London life behind and for my first season I rented a room in an old rickety house. It had dodgy electrics, a leaky shower and a donkey in the back garden. The orange and lemon trees were so close that I could pick the fruit from my balcony and the stunning night sky was an astrologer’s paradise. So far, so very Shirley Valentine, but even she had to make a living.
Helping people with readings
Having put everything in storage I’d arrived with a rucksack, my ephemerides – astrological tables that tell you where the planets are each day – and my tarot cards. In those days legislation around such things as work permits was practically nonexistent. I simply set up a table on the seafront, alongside the artists and the girls doing hair wraps and selling handmade jewelry, and did on the spot readings for tourists. We all worked from about 7.30pm when the heat of the day was cooling, to around midnight. I met some wonderful people, heard harrowing, humbling and uplifting stories, and honed my tarot reading skills in the process. It was only in my second season that I realized that a wealth of material was passing through, or under, my hands. I started to write up the stories and these led to the publication of my first book, Tarot for Today.
Before I moved to Greece I’d been teaching at The Company of Astrologers in London. Fast forward to 2002, as I was completing Tarot for Today and starting the sister title Astrology for Today, the idea for a summer school here in Greece took root. By then I was back in the “real” world of an apartment, the miracle of the internet and email had arrived and I suddenly had four students on their way. We set up class on my terrace, socialized in the local tavernas in the evenings, and had a wonderful week.
The Greek Island Summer School was born.
Building on success
Over the years the school has gone from strength to strength and attracts an enormous variety of students. Every course is a mixture of backgrounds, ages and professions yet everyone comes together as a group. I’ve met some lovely and fascinating people, many of whom have become and remained firm friends. I’ve also had several visiting journalists, including Amanda Samson, who wrote for Kindred Spirit magazine:
“The course was excellent – really well structured, clear and thorough. Jo is a gifted teacher and her warmth, humour and genuine interest in all of us shone through. The other students were great and there was always company if you wanted it. Do it – you’ll love it! Thanks for a fabulous week.”
It’s hard to believe that I’ve lived here for over 20 years. It hasn’t always been easy but I’ve never had any doubt that I was meant to be here. I’m often asked if I ever “go home” but for me the UK is “abroad”. Nidri will always be home. I’m totally committed to my adopted family of two dogs and five cats, all rescues.
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From Greece back to London
However, in the last couple of years, I have started to travel back to the UK more regularly to do astrology and tarot workshops in London. I have thoroughly enjoyed these and, again, have met some amazing people as a result, many of whom then find their way to Greece.
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Do get in touch if you want to learn more – and I look forward to welcoming you soon!
With love from Greece
What students say about Joanna Watters Astrology and Tarot courses, workshops and readings:
Your Year Ahead report is very, very detailed and you must have worked very hard! I’m really happy with it, thank you!
I’m still reading through my year ahead report as there is so much to digest and take in. I can see this is going to be invaluable in terms of handling the ups and downs this year, and knowing when to take action or sit back is really helpful. Without sacrificing realism, you’ve helped me to put a positive spin even on the difficult aspects. This is something that will be a constant companion for me this year to reference each transit/situation as I go along. Wonderful and uplifting!
Many thanks for the report. It is very detailed, you have obviously done a lot of work on it and there is a lot to reflect on. It is so good to get a proper personalised report. And to have another astrologer look objectively at the chart – without all the personal bias that comes from looking at one’s own!
Wow! Thanks so much for the amazingly detailed and fabulously helpful report. I have read through it several times and I so appreciate the thoroughness and depth of your insight. Your observations were all spot on. I can see that it will be an invaluable companion for my year ahead, and I am already using it to help me make plans.
It is obvious that your year ahead report was such a lot of work! It is brilliant, and I am so grateful to have it. Your work is extraordinary, and you more than go the extra mile. There are moments in life when we just need some insight/guidance to help us on our way. I have been feeling nervous as I know there is a tough year ahead. But with your profound insight, guidance and compassion, I have had an inner shift, I have hope and know I will be ok. Can’t thank you enough.
Just wanted to say thank you for the workshop. I really enjoyed it and learned so much, I feel so much more confident now about doing readings.
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