SUMMER SCHOOL 2022 – 20th SEASON!
I’d like to start by saying that over 60% of this year’s bookings so far are from returning students, so that speaks for itself and I can’t wait to see everyone. One of the comments that I hear most frequently from new students is, If I’d known how easy it was to GET here and how easy it is to BE here, I’d have come years ago!
Lefkada (Lefkas) is 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.
There are lots of flights to choose from, average journey time 3 hours, you’re met at the airport and transfer time to Nidri is 45 minutes by prebooked private taxi share. It couldn’t be easier.
Also please don’t hesitate to come alone. Over 90% of students are singles, you’re looked after from the moment you get off the plane, optional and cheap group meals are arranged for the evenings so you never have to be alone unless you wish to be. And age range of students over the years covers 18 to 86!
Travel has been made even easier this summer by the fact that Easy Jet have added a new flight at 13.15 on Wednesdays, a very civilized option to their 6am redeye flight, so no getting up in the middle of the night to get to the airport, and you’ll be here in time for dinner! We are 2 hours ahead of UK.
And at the moment the flights are really cheap, averaging 115 quid return plus bags. Quickest way to look at the flight options – and you can mix and match times or airlines to get your best combination – is through Skyscanner. Here’s the link –
For some reason Skyscanner are not including the British Airways flights from Heathrow but they are scheduled with an 8.25am departure on Wednesdays so check on this link, but they are generally more expensive –
So here we go into the 20th season of the Summer School. And you may also like to know that everything scheduled for Sept last year and the year before went ahead with no problems, for the vaccinated and unvaccinated.
We had no cancelled or even delayed flights, and nobody caught Covid! Am sure that the outdoor life here has played a huge role in keeping Lefkada relatively virus free.
In terms of paperwork Greece has now done away with the tedious PLF (Passenger Location Form) and you do not have to be vaccinated to travel to Greece but you may still have to do a PCR test prior to flying if you’re unvaxxed.
May and June are truly lovely months to be in Greece, spring flowers everywhere, guaranteed sunshine and the magical fireflies in the evenings. After a long and very cold winter (it snowed!) everyone’s spirits here are lifting as the airport opened last weekend and so all the shops, bars and tavernas are also in the process of opening up too. We have life!
Choose from 6 Courses, catering for all levels
The ever popular Elisabeth Brooke is returning for the 5th year running, with two courses in May/June and another just added for September. I’m also running three courses so there’s a choice of 6 weeks in total.
Just to remind everyone that courses don’t 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.
THE 2022 SCHEDULE – COURSE INFO AND AVAILABILITY
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Wednesday 25 May – Elisabeth Brooke
Moon Goddess Magic
4 of 10 places available
Elisabeth is a Herbalist and Astrologer with over forty years of experience in both fields. She has taught classes and workshops worldwide and has a private practice in London.
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 :
- 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
- Learn 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
6 of 10 places available
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
6 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, 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)
4 of 10 places available
Have you been studying astrology for a while, either consistently or on and off? Have you reached the stage of looking at a horoscope, and glazing over? You are not alone. This is what happens to every student when studying this ancient, fascinating but often mystifying craft.
Making that leap from seeing a jumble of hieroglyphics to a meaningful framework of character and destiny is a skill, but one that can be learned.
So this is another hands on course, using example horoscopes from my own practice and from the world of celebrities and also including work on your own charts. Please supply your birth data at the time of booking.
- Learn how to “Locate Significance” – how to organise the most important features of any chart
- How to decipher the patterns and to convert the astrological information into meaning, the key to bringing each chart to life
- Learn how Timing Measures – transits and progressions – reveal the perpetual mechanism of any horoscope/the individual’s life and in turn reveal what’s what and who’s who
- How to combine these timing measures with lunations – New/Full Moons & Eclipses – to make accurate predictions
- How to use the important Turning Points of planets switching from retrograde to direct in your predictive work
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.
This course offers you the opportunity to discover creative ways to surmount challenges. Knowledge is power, and understanding our deepest motivation allows us to live the best life possible.
Wednesday 14 September – Joanna
Tarot & Astrology
SORRY – 0 of 10 places available – but you can put your name down for next year
This course is suitable for students who already have some knowledge of the Tarot but want to learn more about card meanings and how to do more effective readings by adding astrology into the mix. We will focus on interpreting the symbolism of the cards and planets within the context of a particular spread, at both a psychological and predictive level, how to arrive at meaning within a general spread and also how to answer specific questions.
We’ll be covering the basic meaning of the 12 signs, the four elements and the planets, and how this symbolism is woven into the tarot.
You don’t need to look at a whole horoscope. We’ll look at examples of how, just by knowing someone’s date of birth, you can see which planet is active for the individual at the time of their reading, and how this adds an extremely powerful string to your predictive bow.
GREEK ISLAND SUMMER SCHOOL – FLIGHTS, ACCOMMODATION & COURSE HOURS
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.
This year the Spring Half term will be Monday 30 May to Friday 3 June, so flight prices for the weekend 28/29 May may be hiked up. But Elisabeth’s first week starts with flights in on 25 May, ahead of the rush.
RESERVING YOUR PLACE/BOOKING FLIGHTS
There are flights every Wednesday from Gatwick, Heathrow, Manchester, Stansted and Birmingham. There are Sunday flights from Edinburgh. 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.
Even if you’re not ready to book a flight the important thing is to let me know which course you want to do so that I can put your name on the list. There will be a maximum of 10 students per group.
If you do want to book a flight immediately PLEASE BE COVERED BY INSURANCE for refunds in case of Covid related cancellations. 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.
Accommodation is a choice of a small family run hotels or a self catering room/studio. In the last mailing back in Feb I wrote that there was no shortage of rooms but they can get booked up very quickly, and that has certainly proved to be true. I think so many people are determined to travel this year that many places are booking up fast and some are now already full.
A package deal – flight and hotel together – may prove to be the best option for some. If you do flight only and take a room then for budgeting purposes we’re looking at a rate of 50 – 80 Euros a night, depending on quality and location. I can help you find rooms but please not at short notice!!
I have prebooked studios at this beach accommodation for all of the course weeks but I couldn’t get as many as I’d expected. These are a bargain 50 – 55 Euros a night depending on time of year and there are very few left, please shout immediately if you want one – here’s the availability:
25 May – 1 studio
1 June – 2 studios
8 June – 2 studios
31 August – 1 studio
7 Sept and 14 Sept – no studios available
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
SOME RECENT TESTIMONIALS
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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!