SUMMER SCHOOL 2022 – 20th SEASON!
Suddenly Summer School is less than a month away. Lefkada is bursting into life, the airport is open, my lemon trees are bursting with fruit and my orange trees have never had so much blossom, the scent in the garden is divine and the weather is already fantastic, 24 degrees of sunshine today. Don’t know who’s happier, me or the dogs!
So here are all updates for the courses running in May & June, a wonderful time to be in Greece as everyone puts the long cold winter behind them – and I mean here in Greece too, it’s a Greek myth that it’s warm all year around. But at least we know that once the sunshine arrives, it’s here to stay for the next six months.
It’s really easy to get to Lefkada (Lefkas). We’re an island in the Ionian and our airport Preveza (PVK) is on the mainland but we’re joined by a little causeway, which means that no ferries are involved. You can see from the map below how close to the mainland we are.
AERIAL VIEW OF NIDRI
BARGAIN PACKAGES – OLYMPIC HOLIDAYS
Olympic Holidays are one of our main tour operators and they’re now discounting their packages for the weeks of our May & June courses, which are –
25 MAY – ASTROLOGY, HERBS & HEALTH (Elisabeth Brooke)
1 JUNE – MOON GODDESS MAGIC (Elisabeth Brooke)
8 JUNE – TALKING TAROT (Joanna)
SCROLL DOWN PAST THIS TRAVEL SECTION TO FIND ALL THE COURSE INFO & DESCRIPTIONS
The top choice of accommodation with these packages is Demetra Studios, perfect location on the seafront and just a few minutes walk to the beach, and also to the main harbour where we meet for evening meals. Also self catering, you can stock your fridge and have breakfast on your own balcony. Many students have stayed in this venue over the years.
This year they’re using Jet2 as their airline and you can choose to fly from either Stansted or Birmingham. All prices are for single person occupancy. I discourage sharing – when you’re studying and holidaying you need your own space and sleep rhythms!
FLY IN on Wed 25 MAY (return flights Wed 1 June)
Demetra Studios – 346 (discount £245)
From Birmingham Jet2
Demetra Studios – 366.00 (discount £245)
From Stansted Jet2
FLY IN on Wed 1 JUNE (return flights Wed 8 June)
Demetra Studios – 419.00 (discount £270)
From Stansted Jet2
Demetra Studios – 423.00 (discount £270)
From Birmingham Jet2
FLY IN on Wed 8 JUNE (return flights Wed 15 June)
Demetra Studios – 399.00 (discount £270)
From Birmingham Jet2
Demetra Studios – 377.00 (discount £270)
From Stansted Jet2
FLIGHT ONLY OPTIONS
The easiest way to find the choice of flights is to click on Skyscanner, link above. Direct flights to Preveza from Gatwick, Stansted, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol.
Flight prices are currently ranging from 95 to 145 return, plus bags. Transfers are arranged by me in pre-booked shared taxis, 20 – 25 Euros per person each way. Preveza is a tiny airport – you walk across the tarmac from the plane to baggage collection, and then straight out to the carpark. Your taxi driver meets you at the door.
I have pre-booked a small block of beach studios for all course weeks. There are one or two of these still available for each course week in May and June, 50 – 55 Euros a night depending on which week, get in touch asap if you would like to book one of these. I then have a selection of other carefully researched and handpicked rooms to choose from – please just ask.
If you prefer to book your own place please note that IT’S VITAL NOT TO BOOK ANY ROOMS WITHOUT CHECKING WITH ME FIRST – I need to vouch for location and quality. Do NOT believe everything you see and read on booking.com lol.
Greece has now done away with the tedious PLF (Passenger Location Form) and you do not have to be vaccinated to travel to Greece. At the moment the rules are the same as last year – either a vax certificate or a negative PCR test prior to flying if you’re unvaxxed, and even these may yet be scrapped. There is no paperwork required at all for your return journey into the UK.
CHOOSE FROM 6 COURSES THIS SEASON, catering for all levels
The ever popular Elisabeth Brooke is returning for the 5th year running, with two courses in May/June and another one in September. I’m also running three courses so there’s a choice of 6 weeks in total.
All the Sept courses are either full or nearly full – do please get in touch asap if you want to come to Summer School in that month. No courses run from mid June to end of August simply because it’s way too hot, and of course summer travel prices tend to be astronomical. Sticking to May/June and September guarantees great weather but no heaving crowds, and realistic flight and accommodation prices.
AN EVENING MEAL ON THE BEACH
THE 2022 SCHEDULE – COURSE INFO AND AVAILABILITY
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Wednesday 25 May – Elisabeth Brooke
Moon Goddess Magic
Elisabeth is a prolific writer and is the author of the best selling A Woman’s Book of Herbs (The Women’s Press, 1992) and six other books, including Traditional Herbal Western Medicine (January 2019), and A Woman’s Book of Shadows which is all about magic and which was reissued last April.
This is a wonderful opportunity to attend the first ever full course based on Elisabeth’s new book Goddess Astrology which will be out in September –
- Get to know your Moon sign
- Learn how the cycles and phases of the Moon can be harnessed to make the best of our lives
- Working with the symbolism of our own Moon Goddess (from our birth-chart) we can embrace our strengths and minimize our challenges
- We will be learning Love Magic (including Self Love), Money Magic, Health Spells, Work Magic and Magical Protection for ourselves, our loved ones and our possessions
- earn the significance of and correspondences of herbs, essential oils, colours, scents and gemstones as they relate to our Moon sign so we can make out intentions focused and powerful
- The course will culminate with the New Moon on 30 May, an opportunity to consciously reach out to our future selves
Wednesday 1 June – Elisabeth Brooke
The Astrology of Herbs, Health & Healing
Elisabeth writes –
Your birth chart shows how you can attain optimal health by working out your innate constitution or temperament with reference to the four elements, Fire, Air, Earth and Water and the four Temperaments, Choleric, Phlegmatic, Sanguine and Melancholic. In Traditional Herbalism healing herbs are ruled by the seven planets, so you will learn which herbs best suit your Temperament and their individual medicinal virtues. You’ll be working on your own horoscopes so please supply your birth data at the time of booking.
Website is www.elisabethbrooke.com
Wednesday 8 June – Joanna
4 of 10 places available
Tarot is magical, fun, easy to learn – and incredibly helpful! You can do everything from looking at daily concerns to your picture for the next six months to asking specific questions – such as love, relationships of all kinds, money, work, moving or anything that is currently close to your heart.
Learn the card meanings in depth and how to choose spreads. Suitable for beginners to intermediate levels. You will need to bring a deck of cards with you, ideally the Rider Waite.
Wednesday 31 August – Joanna
Astrology in Action (Intermediate)
You must have completed some kind of beginners course/studying before signing up for this week. Check with me if you’re unsure of your level.
Wednesday 7 September
Astrology, Destiny & Karma – Elisabeth Brooke
5 of 10 places available
Your birth chart shows your Soul’s journey, how you chose to come in to this life. The Sun, Moon and planets illustrate how different aspects of your destiny work out in your everyday life. Working with your own chart, and those of famous people, you can begin to understand how to maximise the gifts of your horoscope and how the issues and challenges of your personal astrology appear both in your own life and those of loved ones.
Wednesday 14 September – Joanna
Tarot & Astrology
SORRY – 0 of 10 places available – but you can put your name down for next year
GREEK ISLAND SUMMER SCHOOL – SCHEDULE FOR 2022
Please note flights in are on Wednesdays as midweek costs are much cheaper than weekend dates, sometimes dramatically so when the season gets underway.
As in recent years all courses start with flights in on a Wednesday, return flights the following Wednesday. These midweek flights are generally much cheaper than the weekend ones, sometimes dramatically so, and also help us to get around the half term dates when prices are historically high everywhere.
RESERVING YOUR PLACE/BOOKING FLIGHTS
There are flights every Wednesday from Gatwick, Manchester, Stansted, Birmingham and Bristol. Historically flight prices go up the closer we get to the season so it makes sense to take advantage of the great prices currently on offer.
If you’re booking flight only you’re covered if the airline cancels for any reason but if you’re the one that needs to cancel PLEASE BE COVERED BY INSURANCE for refunds. Hopefully those days are gone but it makes sense to be covered.
No increase for 2022. Course fees remain the same as for the last two years, £345 or €400 for the week, a 15% discount for your second week if you wish to do two courses, either back to back or at two separate times in the year.
Transfer time from Preveza airport to Nidri is about 45 minutes. This is a taxi share, 60 Euros each way divided by 2 or 3 passengers, depending on how many people come in on the same flight.
All courses comprise 15 hours of study time:
Wednesday arrival – first night meal at a taverna on the seafront
The study hours are designed to finish at 3.00pm each day so that you have plenty of time to sunbathe, swim, siesta before meeting up again for the evening meals.
Study hours 11.00 – 1.00
Lunch 1.00 – 2.00
Study hours 2.00 – 3.00
Friday, Sunday and Monday
Study hours 10.00 – 12.30
Lunch 12.30 – 1.30
Study hours 1.30 – 3.00
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
Recent Testimonials from September 2021 – CARDS ON THE TABLE – with JOANNA
In one word – “Fantastic”. For me the course content was ideal and I thoroughly enjoyed every session. I definitely want to come back!
Wonderful and very affirming. It was a pleasure to attend these classes. The teaching was incisive, thorough and well thought through. I enjoyed every moment – thank you!
Really enjoyed the course, great content and put a lot into context for me. Loved everything about this week – our working area, the group, the whole experience, the simplicity of how you read the cards – definitely expanded my knowledge which was my aim, and would recommend.
A great space to come together with like minded people and share more than just knowledge, in beautiful sunny surroundings. Joanna is very knowledgeable and a great teacher, makes learning both effective and enjoyable.
I’ve been interested in the Tarot for some time but felt in need of a fresh start. This course exceeded all of my expectations, Joanna is a great teacher and a wonderful hostess and I will certainly visit again to learn more.
I loved every minute of this course. It was a great group. Joanna is a brilliant teacher and very generous with her time and knowledge. I was enthused by her depth of wisdom and I now feel inspired to use the Tarot in my work.
This course turned out to be so much more than I expected! A wonderful mix of learning, self discovery, fun and friendship. I’ve been completely blown away by how true the readings have been and it’s been a lovely week.
I’ve been coming to Jo’s courses for several years now, always enjoyable and Jo has a talent for explaining things in simple terms. Nothing is a problem. I always learn something new and look forward to taking my next tarot steps.
Testimonials from September 2021 – ASTROLOGY, HERBS & HEALTH – with ELISABETH
I had the most wonderful experience, my mind cracked open another little bit more. Love it! I liked the pace and length of the course. The absolutely lovely group, the shared laughter, being in Greece and learning and sharing while on holiday, meeting like minded people. Thank you so much.
I loved the guided meditations, the whole subject and how you cover everything via Water/Fire/Earth/Air elements. It felt very clear and structured. I loved it all thank you!
Thank you so much for a truly wonderful course. I learned so much and I feel empowered.
I loved the course, and meeting such a lovely crowd of fellow students.
I liked the humour and the great energy of the group which was held beautifully by Elisabeth. I had a ball, loads of fun and learned a lot. Worth every penny and more. Thank you!