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:
Thanks so much for the reading Joanna, you simply would not believe how accurate it was. The tarot spreads summed up the scene and how I was feeling about my situation, and even described the personality of the other person that you’d never met. The reading confirmed to me that what I had felt and already done was the right thing, and left me in no doubt as to how to proceed.
I wanted to tell you my news, because I think of you so often and I can’t believe how right you were with EVERYTHING. I did get together with the guy from Crete, we had the best time ever and, as you predicted, I got that light bulb moment of “he’s The One”. So yes, my life changed completely, and even more importantly… I am pregnant!! I will be a mum, exactly as you said. So nothing could be truer than your reading of my horoscope. Thank you so much.
I am just blown away by your reading. Literally, chills in places, tears in others, jaw dropped throughout. I can’t believe how specifically you nailed me and — just as amazingly — my partner. Who is indeed, as described. And looking for a career change as you saw. I am so grateful for your having done this for me. I really wasn’t expecting anything so … revealing.
I loved my reading with Joanna. She filled the room with positivity and light and immediately set the scene of “no matter what mountain you have to climb you will get there”! I loved her up-beat way, her energy and focus. I also loved how she is completely absorbed with you and what you need to know. Joanna uses all her energy and in-depth knowledge of astrology and tarot to give you the inspiration, motivation and insight you are looking for. She pinpointed some significant dates for me. And so far two of these dates have been accurate. I wait with bated breath for the others. Joanna is just the tonic for the pick-me-up you need to take on the world. Everyone deserves a little bit of Joanna! I could not recommend her more.
Joanna is enlightening. Her predictive and planetary analytical skills are quite simply excellent. They are also breathtaking, with accuracy actually beyond comprehension at times. On our last meeting she told me that I should expect a sudden house move. Well, I sign the lease on a new flat today. This has come completely out of the blue, as she assured me that it would. When you are given dates by Joanna take heed! Although these things are at times somewhat bewildering, she has an amazing compassion and ability to help one to make sense and accept what is being foretold. I could not praise her highly enough. So I am sending other friends in her direction now!
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’. She takes a hands-on approach to classroom activities and strives to make the learning relevant to the needs of the students.
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If you’d like to know more about Astrology and Tarot – read my books.
My three books are written with the avid student in mind!
They are all based on traditional craft and will teach you the tools of the trade, but they also extend into the knowledge I’ve gleaned through doing personal readings and research over the last 30 years.
They include personal anecdotes, client case studies and examples from the world of celebrities.
See below for more details.
Be Your Own Astrologer
This book goes beyond the sun signs to look at the importance of every planet’s position in your birth chart.
Astrology for Today
Astrology has a place in the modern world and Joanna guides you through all the elements of the horoscope.
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