Jinny Webber Reviews Writers’ Retreats in Greece

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Unable to decide whether to book La Bodeguita or La Casa Grande, I spent a week in each. Both are peaceful and conducive to focused work. In such beautiful, calm spots, I accomplished more than expected and felt lucky every minute! Each residence has advantages, so I can’t recommend one over the other. La Bodeguita in Dafni is more remote, with the sea at the end of the lane, an outdoor shower, and an enjoyable walk into the hills where a taverna is located. La Casa Grande, in the small village of Agios Ioannis on a hillside, is larger with constant internet. 

I appreciated the enthusiasm Nikos and Georgia have for their retreats. They’re helpful organizers, friendly and accommodating to guests’ needs and wishes. Mine included swims at the beach by the nearest town, Aliveri, and its Saturday Farmer’s Market, an excursion to the Aegean side of the island, and various special treats. Georgia’s excellent meals add to the delight of being in Greece, and the residences were well stocked with delicious fruit and snacks. 

Best of all, however, is the stimulating atmosphere: lovely places to work. I hope to return soon.

I had such a wonderful time!

Unforgettable.

My stay with you exceeded my expectations! 

Jinny has been born in Los Angeles, Califoria and living in Santa Barbara since she came to UCSB as a freshman, she has spent a great deal of time in England, watching the construction of the new Globe, the restoration of the Rose theatre ruins from Shakespeare’s London, researching at the British Library and Cambridge University Library, and best of all, visiting historical sites and attending plays.

All of these contributed to her historical novels set in Shakespeare’s England. Each features a girl who disguises herself as male in order to perform on the London stage, when only men were allowed to act: The Secret Player, Dark Venus, and, published in November, 2021, Bedtrick.

Her own amateur theatrical experience contributed to her backstage view: she has played Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Corin the shepherd in As you Like It (as a woman), and the widow in The Taming of the Shrew. As a sabbatical project, she co-directed and stage managed a faculty production of As You Like It with Jim Edmondson of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Her short stories and essays have appeared in Blood and Roses, Library Book, Splickety Spark, and Greek Myths Revisited. Plays include Dearly Begotten, a spin off from Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, and Bedtrick, based on the novel, as well as Queeen Undaunted: Margaret of Anjou, Qualities of Mercy, Tales of Woo and Woe, and From Eve’s Fair Hand for DramaDogs of Santa Barbara.

Jinny spent one week in each residency in September 2022.

Writers’ Retreats in Greece being featured in the Most Incredible Writing Retreats to Attend in 2022 by KOTOBEE

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Kotobee is a digital publishing platform to create and publish interactive ebooks for Android, iPad, iPhone, HTML5, desktop, SCORM, LTI, and more!

Kotobee has over 60,000 current users, over 1,200 new users joining each month from over 200 countries in K12, higher education, corporate training and publishing sector. 

Kotobee Services is a series of services to help writers along the path from inception to completion of ebooks, ebook apps, and ebook libraries. Clients select from one to all services: consultationdesignconversionscripting, and deployment. Clients provide the text, Kotobee does the rest.

The Kotobee Platform, launched in 2016, is an end-to-end solution to create, manage and deliver interactive ebooks in multiple formats for countless platforms and devices. Four Kotobee products and services comprise the Kotobee Platform: Kotobee AuthorKotobee CloudKotobee Library and Kotobee Reader.

Writers’ Retreats in Greece had been featured in the Kotobee 2021 Writing Retreat GuideLa Casa Grande and La Bodeguita Writing Retreats had been selected along with other retreats around the world to escape to in 2021

Writers’ Retreats in Greece could not be missing by this year’s list that Kotobee published recently. Both our Writing Retreats have been featured -among others- as the most incredible writing retreats to attend in 2022.

COVID19 explosion has been hitting our industry like no other. Luckily, summer 2021 was far better than summer 2020. We hope and wish that in the summer 2022, we will see some signs of recovery and start hosting again visionary people who are looking for a place to commit and create.

So honoured, so proud, so responsible to keep up the great work! THANK YOU Kotobee!

>> Read more: https://blog.kotobee.com/writing-retreats-2022/

The New York Times 2022 Destinations List for a Changed World features Evia Island

The New York Times 2022 Destinations List for a Changed World features Evia in No9

In February 2020 just before COVID19 explosion, The New York Times published a list on how to choose a Greek Island.

Luckily, Evia was not included.

Why? Cause it is an unparallel true hidden gem with little infrastructure, few landmarks & zero beach resorts!

We celebrated this list like no other!!!!

A few days ago, The New York Times published a list with 52 destinations around the globe where travellers can be part of the solution for a Changed World.

Guess what?

Evia is No9 in the list.

For those who do not know, North Evia went through a dramatic environmental disaster. An estimated 300,000 acres of forest and bushland were incinerated over last summer amid temperatures that reached 47.1C, the highest on record.

About 5% of travellers, choose to visit non touristic destinations with little or zero tourism infrastructure but tremendous interaction with locals.

Evia was such a destination and still is high in this list.

Lets celebrate together this summer.

Be our guests!

P.S.: Have you checked our Summer 2022 Brochure? If not, please feel free to download a copy here.

Writers’ Retreats in Greece being featured in the Most Fascinating Writing Retreats in 2021 to Escape To by KOTOBEE

Writing-retreats-blog KOTOBEE

Kotobee allows you to create interactive ebooks, export them in multiple formats, and deliver them securely to your users.

Kotobee is a digital publishing platform to create and publish interactive ebooks for Android, iPad, iPhone, HTML5, desktop, SCORM, LTI, and more!

Kotobee has over 60,000 current users, over 1,200 new users joining each month from over 200 countries in K12, higher education, corporate training and publishing sector.

Kotobee Services is a series of services to help writers along the path from inception to completion of ebooks, ebook apps, and ebook libraries. Clients select from one to all services: consultation, design, conversion, scripting, and deployment. Clients provide the text, Kotobee does the rest.

The Kotobee Platform, launched in 2016, is an end-to-end solution to create, manage and deliver interactive ebooks in multiple formats for countless platforms and devices. Four Kotobee products and services comprise the Kotobee Platform: Kotobee Author, Kotobee Cloud, Kotobee Library and Kotobee Reader.

Writers’ Retreats in Greece have been featured in the Annual Writing Retreat Guide that Kotobee publishes every year. La Casa Grande and La Bodeguita Writing Retreats have been selected along with other retreats around the world to escape to in 2021.

So honoured, so proud, so responsible to keep up the great work! THANK YOU Kotobee!

>> Read more: https://blog.kotobee.com/writing-retreats-in-2021/

Kooshk Artist Residency Award 2021

Kooshk Artist Residency Award

Kooshk Residency
Kooshk residency is a non-profit space for arts and culture in Tehran. Kooshk, with sponsorship from the private sector tries to provide a convenient space for artists, curators, researchers, writers and filmmakers to encourage intercultural dialogues and art creation.

Award Goals
The Kooshk Artist Residency Award has been implemented to support artists, creativity and the development of new ideas in the unique space of Tehran. This Residency program is a chance for attendants to do research and experiment, develop professionally, maintain direct dialogues and the exchange of ideas in order to grow and nurture their creativity, and try new methods of working and thinking. This Residency is an annual event lasting one month and will be offered to four non-Iranian selected artists.

During the residency, Kooshk will provide a dynamic and distinctive situation for international artists to work and exchange ideas with local artists, critics and researchers. The program emphasizes a balance between working in a personal space and working in collaboration with other artists and interacting with viewers and the environment. In line with its goals, Kooshk will make any effort to have a contribution in the growth of cultural and social views, by gathering local, national and international artists with a diverse spectrum of artistic disciplines in the cultural and artistic space of Tehran and by creating the possibility for exchanging ideas.

Who Can Apply
All the international individual artists active in fields of Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Sound and Music, Film and Video are welcome to apply.

Fees & Stipend
Applicants need to pay a non-refundable application fee of $20. Awarded artists receive a $200 monthly stipend. The costs of accommodation (shared room for two artists), studio and return ticket will also be covered by Kooshk.

More info >> http://kooshkresidency.com/awards/kooshk-artist-residency-award-kara-2021/

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.