We are holding a relaxed and informal writers’ retreat in a beautiful old artist’s villa on the Greek Island of Aegina (17 miles from Athens). It is a 7 day retreat from 13th to 20th September, all meals are included, cooked by a local chef.
The mornings will be used for reading each other’s work, critiquing and discussion and the afternoons for writing. The evenings will be for dining and socialising. It will be an idyllic setting to get the creative side of your brain working – and a lovely way to spend your writing week!
Priced from £600 ($912) it is less expensive than most retreats because we understand that most writers who need to spend some peaceful, inspirational writing time shared with other writers have not yet made their millions as best-selling authors! Bear in mind that flights and transfers are not included. (We will give you clear instructions about how to get to us and are looking into group transport options).
THE RETREAT SPACE – OUR HOME FOR THE WEEK
The artistic and rambling accommodation is built around big terraces, and it is made up of two houses and a swimming pool. There are 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, a kitchen, a laundry room, a large living-dining room, a sitting area and several terraces, a large garden and a barbecue.
The house is completely equipped and wifi is available. A cleaning lady will take care of household maintenance and the swimming pool.
SINGLE ROOM WITH QUEEN SIZED BED AND PRIVATE BATHROOM £1,200
SINGLE ROOM WITH SINGLE BED £990
TWIN ROOM WITH QUEEN SIZED BED £750
TWIN ROOM WITH SINGLE BED £600
TWIN ROOM WITH SINGLE BED (ROOM 2) £600
People sharing rooms will be placed with others of the same gender.
ABOUT THE ISLAND
“Aegina is one of the
last remaining places on earth without a MacDonald’s restaurant”
“Aegina is the forgotten island – the secret hideaway of the Greeks. Greeks come here because it’s unspoiled.”
Aegina is in the Argo-Saronic gulf. Aegina is close to the port of Pireaus on the mainland. Visitors must arrive by boat but the journey is short (between 40 and 80 minutes depending on which boat) and an enjoyable part of your holiday experience. Enter into the bustling port of Aegina town and drink in the view: a moon crescent harbour with fishing boats, fruit filled caiques, and glamorous yachts jostling for position. Once on Aegina you can enjoy island life but easily leave for day trips to Athens, the Saronic islands – Agistri, Poros & Hydra – and the Peloponnese.
One of the main attractions of Aegina is that it is a real living and working island, not a victim of mass tourism. It hosts mainly Greek weekend visitors. One of the joys of travel is to experience local food and drink. If you are looking for one of the last remaining places on earth without a MacDonald’s restaurant then come to Aegina! Unlike many other Greek holiday destinations you will be glad to note the absence of bill-boards advertising “full English breakfast” or “chicken schnitzel”. At breakfast, do as the Greeks do and simply enjoy a slow coffee at one of the sea-front cafes. Snack on fresh cheese and spinach pastries from the bakery and fruit from the caiques. A true delight is ouzo with mezedes or a cold beer in the sunny afternoon. Finally, finish your day as you started by doing as the Greeks do and enjoy a late dinner in one of the fantastic tavernas. Salad, fresh fish, grilled meat….
There are several good sandy beaches on the island from which you can delight in the clean and crystal clear waters. Beach life can be simply enjoyed by finding a quiet spot for you, your towel and book. Otherwise, grab a bed with umbrella somewhere more organised where drinks and snacks can be delivered to you whilst you recline.
When to visit
Spring and autumn are excellent times of the year to visit. The weather is sunny, warm and energising. Indeed, Aegina is reputed to have the mildest climate in Greece. Pull on your comfy shoes and explore our natural landscapes. There is some excellent walking to be had on Aegina; ancient abandoned villages on hillsides; awe inspiring olive tree groves; clamber to the top of Mount Oros with its fantastic sea views & pistachio tree orchards (Aegina’s most famous export).
Some views of the island
If you’d like to come along on this retreat and find the creativity that wells up from being in a pressure-free relaxed space with other writers, gain insight from professional thoughts about your work, then just send us your details via our contact form here and you will get a reply as soon as is humanly possible.