Unfortunately, the reviews of the Skyros Centre, seem to be muddled with reviews of Skyros Town itself, which might be a little confusing!
I loved both! My husband and I just came back from the Skyros Centre , it is unusual , I think,for couples to go to Skyros together, which I think is a shame, it has the reputation of being a destination for "singles holidays"- in the best possible way, no Club 18-30 stupidity, but a safe place for people to come, meet other like-minded people and learn something!
The writing course that I was on with Shelley Weiner was fantastic, it ended up,( due to generosity and flexibility) being 15 of us, with some great group time but never losing individual attention, a group of us have decided to carry on our experience with Shelley back in London!
The "Choose Life at Any Risk " course run by Ari, I know less about,as all participants, whether you are married to them or not,have to adhere to strict privacy rules, hashed out by the participants themselves, all I know is that my husband found.. maybe not what he was expecting, but a profoundly life changing experience.
Don't be put off by the "hippy dippy" reputation, the courses themselves are fantastic and run extremely professionally by expert facilitators, but even the people who had been initially attracted by the quality of the courses and less about the "hippy" side, found themselves unable to resist the other things that go on- the bonding, the sense of belonging and the enormous sense of community that evolves extremely quickly between 30 of the smartest, well educated and lovely people that I have had the privilege of being with in the same room at the same time!
Friendships are carried home, this is all facilitated in the most elegant,competent and effortless manner by Andrew, Julian and the lovely Vasso, not to mention the two resident cats, I cannot express the effort that they put in to making sure that everybody has a good time.
Skyros itself is lovely, you WILL get used to walking up vertical hills but the beach is gorgeous and clean, and the town is small enough to be intimate while allowing for a choice of restaurants /bars etc. it's very much a Greek destination, so no drunken Brits or Germans( I'm English and spend a lot of time in Berlin-I kind of think I can say that!), you sit on the main square and watch everyone, kids from 2-18 running around and having a wonderful time, families eating together,. and..... you can go shopping until midnight - a mention for Alexandros' jewellery shop,of which all of us availed ourselves!
It is a wonderful experience and it really is an experience that everyone takes part in, I know that I/we will be back and it's something that I would recommend to anyone!