Greek Island Summer School
Come to Nidri on the beautiful Greek island of Lefkada and expand your skills in astrology and tarot.
Come to Nidri on the beautiful Greek island of Lefkada and expand your skills in astrology and tarot.
I’ve been teaching Astrology for over 20 years and teaching Tarot for over 16 years – and started the Greek Island Summer School in Nidri in 2002.
The courses are designed for students of all abilities, with some courses designed for beginners and others designed for intermediate students who want to improve their skills.
These two separate crafts have a great deal in common as they are both tools of divination. What does that mean?
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.
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.
Whilst 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”.
However 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.
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 – so that everyone has the chance to benefit from individual time and attention as well as group discussions.
All courses are designed to teach new information but also for active participation.
So there is the opportunity to share views and opinions, and learn from each other – and also from issues and questions that arise naturally throughout the week.
You’ll have the tools you need to conduct effective readings.
With a combination of theory and hands-on practice.
This means you’ll cover a vast amount of material in a short space of time, to build your confidence and discover how to be a better Astrology or Tarot reader.
Simply CONTACT JOANNA to discover what is involved in booking an unforgettable week of astrology or tarot at the Greek Island Summer School.
All groups are held at my home, just a few minutes drive from the village of Nidri.
Nidri is located on the east coast of Lefkada and it is the most idyllic setting for learning about the magical subjects of astrology and tarot.
You’ll get a “home from home” welcome because my first objective is to make sure that everyone has everything that they need for the perfect week at the Greek Island Summer School.
I can arrange luxury treats such as a facial or a massage and provide practical information about boat trips, books, kettles and local first aid.
All you have to do is ask me. Whatever your heart desires, I am here to help make it happen.
Courses are arranged to coincide with flights that arrive on Wednesday.
This means that study days are Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday.
So you have two free days for boat trips, car hire, beach time, private readings or doing absolutely nothing at all.
Arrival. The day is yours to settle in – sunbathe, swim, siesta, followed by our first night group meal in Nidri.
Study hours 11.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00 to 3.30pm
Lunch 1.00 to 2.00pm
Remaining three study days
Classes from 10.00am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm
Lunch 12.30 – 1.30
Two free days
Free days for relaxation or exploration – boat trips, car hire – or book a private reading.
We have our farewell group meal on the last evening.
Return flights home.
We order in lunch from local restaurants, so allow about 7 Euro per day for this. Tea, coffee and soft drinks are included in the course fees.
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 20 Euros a head.
In the bars, however, the prices are generally a little higher. Spirits and mixers average at €7.00, a generous size glass of wine or a bottle of beer at €4.50 and cocktails at €9.00.
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 definitely does not attract the “lager louts”.
It is incredibly peaceful, especially out of high season when the courses are held, and any kind of loud noise or live music is prohibited after midnight.
Nidri is on the island of Lefkada (Lefkas) which is one of the Ionian islands. It is on the west coast of Greece just above Cephalonia and approximately 70 miles south of Corfu.
Nidri is often referred to as a fishing village in the travel brochures, but that title is somewhat misleading. It is still relatively small – you can walk the length of the village in about 20 minutes. Yet it is the main resort of this mountainous and stunningly beautiful island, with plenty of shops, bars and traditional tavernas.
It is popular with the sailing community and can get very busy in July and August. However the Greek Island Summer School is held in the slightly cooler and calmer months of May, June and September.
Flights arrive at Preveza airport and it takes about 40 minutes to drive from the airport to Nidri. Flight time from Gatwick is around three hours.
The best value option is often a package deal because it includes accommodation in Nidri and transfers to and from the airport. Prices vary, depending on the tour operator, standard of accommodation, time of year etc. As a guide, costs for flight, transfers and accommodation will generally come to between £400 – £500.
As with all holiday bookings it is well worth shopping around a bit to see what is on offer. However, there is no need to spend hours trawling the internet, simply click here to contact Joanna directly for the best deals as she constantly updates the latest travel information.
To give you an idea, there are several family run hotels in Nidri. There’s Yiannis Hotel, located on the seafront with a beautiful view of Nidri harbour, pool and poolside bar, air conditioning and with the option of self catering.
There is also the Athos Hotel on the seafront, which has a good sized swimming pool and runs the popular Tree Bar overlooking the beach.
Also popular is Demetra Studios available through Olympic holidays, which is a complex of self-catering rooms on the seafront with pool and pool bar.
You can also consider the option of flight only, but please factor in the journey to Nidri by taxi from Preveza airport will cost about 60 Euros.
Joanna can arrange excellent accommodation, along the seafront, at a cost of approximately 35 Euros a night. This is for single or shared occupancy, with twin-bedded or double bed rooms, en suite shower room, air con, fridge, cooking facilities and stunning sea views.
There are limited services into the local airport of Preveza – also called “Aktio” – except for Holland, Denmark and Sweden who all have direct flights. If you are coming via Athens you will need to book a bus ticket. The journey takes just under five hours and costs about 30 Euros each way.
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.
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The Greek Island Summer School is now in its 16th season and is all about combining the fascinating subject of astrology with a week’s holiday on this beautiful Ionian island of Lefkada. Click here to visit The Greek Island Summer School club on Facebook.