Guest Writer Agnes Marton Got Published!

Long Poem Magazine - Issue 24 | Autumn 2020

Back in September 2019, Agnes Marton from Hungary/ Luxembourg spent ten days in La Bodeguita Writing Retreat in Dafni, Evia. According to her review, she seemed to enjoy her stay and she thanked us for our hospitality.

At that time, Agnes was working on several projects but we can remember that she was quite busy with a jaguar research. A few weeks ago, we got some exciting news!!!

Agnes Marton poem “Mission Jaguar” got published in Issue Twenty Four of Long Poem Magazine in the UK.

Congratulations Agnes!!! This is really impressive.

Honestly, we cannot describe better our excitement, pride and honour for this accomplishment which somehow took place in one of our Writing Retreats.

Please allow 5 minutes to read an extract:

 

The Jaguar God of Terrestrial Plague

 

The Aged Jaguar Paddler,

steering the canoe with Tonsured Maize God.

A nagual, protecting shamans from evil spirits.

Earth, you gave me pace and reproach.

I keep repeating the same mistake.

Habitat loss.

The Jaguar Patron of the War Mouth of Pax.

The Jaguar Goddess of Midwifery and War.

Peacing out sea, piercing out the Earth —

the Jaguar of the Backward Glance.

 

 

Agnes comments about this publication:

“To be able to explore the jaguar corridor and the jaguar habitat in Costa Rica, to do field trips to national parks like Corvcovcado, Amistad and Piedras Blancas, and to become familiar with the Boruca culture, I applied for and won the Jaguar Luna Arts Collective Residency and also the Mauser Harmony with Nature Foundation residency.

However, because of COVID-19, my research trip had to be postponed, probably until March 2021, maybe longer. I used the lockdown for doing the necessary research, and for finishing my poem sequence anyway. I studied wide-ranging areas from felid conservation to animal tales.

I tried to make the best of the situation and to reflect on the lockdown as well as ecological issues, the extended role of social media in our limited lives, the selfie-culture and artistic self-representation, the way mythology and shamanic practices might infiltrate the mundane and ephemeral. Instead of looking into the necessity and the advantages of wearing surgical masks, but certainly hinting at them, I elaborated on numerous aspects of artistic masks: their history, techniques  to create them, cultures where they were widely used.

Masks also gave me the opportunity to ruminate over identity, integrity, trust and betrayal, even blasphemy. Another part of the poem sequence revolves around desires and expectations, fulfilment and loss. The text is multi-layered with vivid imagery and playful language.

These jaguars lured me and haunted me throughout the lockdown.”

Issue 24 of Long Poem Magazine that includes Agnes’s poem Mission Jaguar (along with other amazing pieces of writing of course) is available for orders here: http://longpoemmagazine.org.uk/issues/issue-twenty-four/

Long Poem Magazine is recognised as a place to encounter the best of traditional and innovative new writing, with a prestigious and growing list of contributors. More details about it can be found here: http://longpoemmagazine.org.uk/about/.

From the bottom of our heart, we wish to Agnes some more greater achievements in the future.

Agnes, once again we would like to deeply thank you for your decision to spent time in La Bodeguita and work on your writing projects in Greece. Looking forward to hosting you again in December 2020!!!

As long as you love what you do, success is the only way.


Premium Transportation along with Exceptional Accommodation: Checked (aka The Greek Taxi)

Skoda Superb - The Greek Taxi

Since last September, we have launched our new transportation company, along with our Writers’ Retreats. We have put together our experience and passion for excellence and we have decided to become fully certified taxi drivers as well as purchasing a brand new Skoda Super sedan.

Indeed, COVID era has created a new reality and gave us some useful lessons the hard way. Cancellations, restrictions, regulations, protocols, bla bla bla.

This does not mean that we will give up or we will stop dreaming for the best or we even stop providing the best possible.

Jack Daniel could never be more true: “Everyday we make it, we’ll make it the best we can.” 

The Greek Taxi is our brand new sibling project and works along with our accommodation efforts. We completely take over the transportation and we take it to another level.

Airport shuttle, private guided tours, day trips around Evia, you name it and we are happy to provide it! A very brief guide with some cultural trips around Greece can be found on our handy guide as well. Needless to say that we can offer and customize any trip idea you will come up with!

Take a look and book your next Writing Retreat in Evia >> www.thegreektaxi.com.

Writers’ Retreats in Greece Annual Survey of Excellence & Improvement

La Bodeguita Writing Retreat Dafni

It has been almost 3 years since we created the Writer’s Retreats in Greece. In the aftermath of the recent virus shakedown, we noticed that almost everybody -except President Trump- started to rethink, reorganize and change completely the way they do things in their lives.

We belong to this category of people who see hardships and misfortunes as new opportunities and chances. Having said that, we aim to change the way we operate. We want to polish the good stuff, get rid of the clutter and start adding new exciting touches.

Honestly, we cannot think any better way to do it but listen to YOUR feedback. Hence, we are launching the first Annual Survey of Excellence and Improvement that we mean to run for a long time because sky is the limit!

Please allow 5 minutes of your super valuable time and complete the survey. It is anonymous and the results will stay between us. A huge THANK YOU in advance!


Greek Summer is a State of Mind

Mourteri Beach Evia

This is the latest spot of the Greek Tourism Organisation in order to boost the tourism and warm up the people who want to visit Greece but they are a bit sceptical or hesitant due to the global virus situation.

Even us were surprised to find out that the beach where they shot this short spot is in Evia. It is actually in Lichadonisia in North Evia and more specifically in Cavos Beach near Agios Georgios.

Regardless of the location though, it’s not the sea; it’s not the sun. It’s more than that.

Greek Summer is a State of Mind.

Being with the people you love; connecting with nature; feeling free.

That’s Greek Summer!

Check out our Summer 2020 Brochure and start planning around the Greek Summer. 

>  Writers’ Retreats in Greece Brochure Summer 2020

 

Don’t miss this epic spot >>

Our Brand New Summer 2020 Brochure

Summer is around the corner and the bloody virus has almost gone (at least they say so!).

We have cleaned meticulously our spaces, we have modified the way we cook and we treat you in order to comply with the new reality, we have supplied the properties with all the necessary anti-virus protection equipment & accessories, we have checked the weather, we have serviced the bicycles and we have our doors wide open again this summer!

Don’t miss the chance to check out our brand new Summer 2020 Brochure  (new Locations & new Spaces have been added as per your request 😉

Apply today and reserve your discounted space for your writing project.