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 cat, 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:
Powerful, motivational – this course was beyond my wildest dreams. Elisabeth is an incredible teacher and ensures that each student is heard and understood. These courses are simply a must for anyone wishing to learn or hone their astrological or tarot crafts.
Life changing. I’ve had a phenomenal time. Not only has this course helped me grow spiritually and as a witch, it has helped me grow as a person and opened my mind to parts of myself I didn’t even know existed.
This experience has been fantastic and really informative. The setting and location is perfect and the week has been interesting, relaxing and refreshing for the soul! It was wonderful having the opportunity to work with a great group from all walks of life, especially working with Full Moon magic, something that up till now I had only ever done solo.
A totally enjoyable week. Elisabeth served up an interesting and fun course, I’ve learned things I didn’t even know about and have a lot to take back with me to put into practice. Joanna’s constant care for us all also very lovingly appreciated! All pure magic.
Great energy and atmosphere, and the course was a real journey of discovery. Now I understand so much more about affirmations in connection to my natal chart, and how to use these throughout the year.
Idyllic, lovely, quiet and serene place and a fascinating course. Everything was well organized and ran smoothly, a truly magical experience.
Click here to read more testimonials from students. You’ll discover what they say about their experience, the course content and what they learned. You’ll read how many students love the courses and come back time and again to build on their learning.
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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