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Imagine yourself staying in an authentic village on a Greek island, surrounded by the beauty of nature and swimming in the blue Aegean. Then add to that the JOY of tapping into your creative self………………… is this sounding inviting? YOU are INVITED!

The Aegean Sea, Lesvos photographed by Claire Lloyd

One of the things that we are rarely told in life, is that we are creators. We may hear that we are creative but rarely that we are creators and our lives are a form of art and the best way to create them is with joy and passion.

Most of us pass our lives not understanding what our true life’s desires are how to ignite that joy and passion within us.

You are invited  you to slow down and switch off, do a stock-take on how far you have actually come and then to set sail in your new direction and consciously create the next part of your life through the glorious vehicle of art and awakening your six senses.

In this special retreat on the island of Lesvos, four friends want to give you the greatest gift we can give you, that is to connect you to your passion. We want to inspire and guide you to find what brings you JOY, connect you to your passion and the desire’s in your heart and to show you that everybody is creative (including you)

Artist Matthew Usmar Walkswithdogs in the Lesvos landscape with his trusty assistants, Styx and Trixie  photographed by Claire Lloyd

Our wish is that you will be inspired, refreshed and revived and go home with JOY in your heart for how good the next part of your life can be, a journal full of notes, an art book full of beauty, and unique travel memories to last a lifetime.You will know and believe you are creative, had the chance to sit front row in the lives of others, now a new tribe of creative souls and that you have the ability to create the life you desire.

Me photographed by Carla Coulson Delicious velvet cushions from our home photographed by Claire Lloyd

As long-time residents of Lesvos Matthew and I offer an invitation to share our lives in a beautiful authentic Greek village where community is paramount.  We are opening our home, our hearts, the places welove and our creativity to give you a true insight into the reality of living creatively in every sense.

Together with Carla Coulson and her hubby, Francesco Cataldi the four of us combine our expertise as artists, photographers, creators of beautiful spaces, naturopath and life coach to help you uncover your deep desires, embrace them and how your passion and creativity can drive the next part of your life. The goal is JOY!

Our home where we love to entertain  photographed by Claire Lloyd

We invite you to slow down and switch off, do a stock-take on how far you have actually come and then to set sail in your new direction and consciously create the next part of your life through the glorious vehicle of art and awakening your six senses.

Each day will be a mix of focus sessions to inspire and motivate you, art lessons, healthy delicious local food, yoga or swimming, walks, boat trips and long table lunches in our favourite tavernas and at our home. There will be breathing and grounding techniques to assist you to access your intuition and downtime to reflect on our discussions, about your path, practice your new found love of drawing and art. The evenings will be spent together around a table reflecting on the day, enjoying local food and the thing the Greeks do so well, Kephi (enjoying life in the moment). Oh, and did we mention there will be Greek dancing!

Our island world  photographed by Claire Lloyd  Francesco Cataldi  giving it his all photographed by Carla Coulson

Yoga will be taught by an experienced yoga practitioner Marjaana Makela, who studied under Angela farmer, art lessons will be led by Matthew Usmar Walkswithdogs and other focus sessions will be shared between Carla Coulson, and Francesco Cataldi and me.

It’s not about going faster, achieving things that no longer count, it’s about going slower, really hearing the words of a conversation or birdsong, feeling what your gut is truly saying, tasting food like it’s the first time you have ever eaten and being revived and refreshed by a dip in the Aegean’s transparent waters. It’s about putting pen to paper or trying your first painting and learning to cut through the noise to find out what you really want.

A little peek inside our guesthouse photography Claire Lloyd and Carla Coulson

Claire Lloyd creator of nurturing spaces and photographer, artist Matthew Usmar Walkswithdogs, Naturopath Francesco Cataldi and photographer and life coach Carla Coulson, all know about changing their lives to continue to go after what is in their hearts. It’s their connection to joy, creativity and their true life’s desires that continue to drive and create the lives they wish for.

Carla Coulson looking beautiful in white

5 DAILY FOCUS SESSIONS:

CREATIVITYYou are born a creator! Creativity is not an exclusive club, you don’t need a badge or to be born into a special family. Creativity opens your heart to new experiences, people, relationships and self-esteem. It connects you to a passionate part of your soul with a feeling akin to love. All of us are creative souls and when we allow our creativity we get access to a part of ourselves that we have kept locked away. We encourage, inspire and challenge you to live a creative life and show you how and what is holding you back from living a more creative life.

YOUR LIFE’S DESIRES – Uncover and fine tune the desires in your heart and make them a big YES. We take stock of where you are in life, challenge you to think bigger and remember your dreams. We show you how to connect your desires to passion so that it will drive the next chapter of your life.

CONSCIOUS LIVINGWe let you in on the secret that allows us to continually go after our dreams and make them our reality. It’s our thoughts and beliefs that hold us back from our dreams and we show you how you can transform them and start heading in the direction of your true desires. We show you how we tap into our intuition to make better life decisions and how to direct our energy.

WELLBEING – Our bodies are the temples that house our souls!!! When you connect your mind, body and spirit you embrace true well-being. Saying yes to a bigger life full of desires means embracing your health. When you nurture your well-being you empower your soul, confidence, and self-belief.  We touch on diet, exercise, breath, the nervous system, and the importance of self-care all with joy and a new way of looking at it. 

JOY – Imagine if you could get more of what you want in life by having more fun and joy! Hard work will get you so far but joy, beauty and pleasure will fast-track it. Joy is a state of being. When you feel joy, you are present, physically and emotionally.  When you tap into joy you are at one with yourself and source energy. We show you how to embrace, beauty, pleasure in your daily life to being you more joy.

 

There is always something delicious to eat photography Claire Lloyd and photograph of me by Carla Coulson

We are Longing to share our Lesvos and our JOY with you

BIG LOVE ClaireXX

For more information and to book go to Carla’s site HERE 

 

 

 

 

The chiming of the church bells was the first sound I heard this morning, the next was Papa, our village priest singing at the top of his voice, it must be Sunday. There are many churches and chapels here on the Greek Island of Lesvos and I love visiting them. They are full to the brim with icons,and all things shiny. I find them a visual treat and a peaceful place to meditate and contemplate. Two of my favourite places are in Petra. Panagia Glyofilousa, Our Lady of the Sweet Kiss, is the crowning glory on the top of a 40 meter high rock. It’s a steep climb up the 114  steps that are carved into the rock but worth the effort. The basilica was originally built in 1609 and is considered one of the most important places of worship on the island. Agios Nikolaos is a tiny church below the rock and near to the square. It is a single-aisled basilica with a stone floor and there are three layers of frescos on the walls. It is such a special place and you rarely see another soul inside. blog churches4 Frescos from Agios Nikolaos copyright CLAIRE LLOYD

blog churches3 Chairs sit in front of the fresco at Agios Nikolaos copyright CLAIRE LLOYD

blog churches2 Candles lay waiting to be lit at Panagia Glyofilousa. Flowers at Agios Nikolaos copyright CLAIRE LLOYD

blog churches I love the placement of the icons and the bold colour and pattern of the black cover copyright CLAIRE LLOYD

blog churches7 Details from Panagia Glyofilousa. I especially like the tin money chest copyright CLAIRE LLOYD

blog churches8 Candles at Panagia Glyofilousa copyright CLAIRE LLOYD

blog churches6 Insence burners Panagia Glyofilousa copyright CLAIRE LLOYD

blog churches5 Ceiling details Panagia Glyofilousa copyright CLAIRE LLOYD

blog churches9 I love the wooden doors and they way they are secured at Panagia Glyofilousa copyright CLAIRE LLOYD

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FISH BAR BRISBANE 5 Last week in Brisbane I stopped by George’s Seafoods in Brisbane’s West End. What a great fishmongers for the locals. George is Greek so we had a lot to chat about! I had seen his shop on a previous visit to the West End when I spoke about my book My Greek Island Home  http://www.penguin.com.au/lantern/authors/claire-lloyd  at The Avid Reader book shop http://avidreader.com.au  Avid is almost directly opposite George in Boundary street. Whilst I was chatting to George on of his uncles dropped in for something  fresh and yummie!

My friend Domenica More Gordon, domenicamoregordon.com sums up the Scottish summer perfectly.

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My friend Domenica More Gordon has created a whole dog world from her studio in Scotland. It is a charming world that one could so easily be lost in for days. The characters Domenica creates both through dry felting or drawing are humorous and loveable, they are appealing to all ages and touch the hearts of all who set eyes on them. Domenica’s first book Archie published by Bloomsbury has hit the stands and proving to be a big favourite, books two and three are in the pipeline. Go to Domenica’s website www.domenicamoregordon.com and see for yourself .

Creativity is within all of us. Therefore it’s important to find time and allow ourselves to create. There is no end to what we can achieve. We owe it to ourselves to nurture our creativity. This is a drawing I did. Matthew tidied it up and turned into a repeat pattern for me, thank you Matthew. Copyright Claire Lloyd

Sydney is wet. I woke this morning and had to remind myself rain is just as important as sunshine. When it finally does stop raining we will be surrounded by  colour again.What I want to know is where do all those birds go when it’s wet! I miss the squawking cockatoos and the chirping minor birds. I love waking to them. I’m sure they will be back soon! Today I am sharing a drawing of Matthews. I wake up to his many emails filled with photos and drawings from his day in Greece. It’s lovely to find these waiting for me first thing in the morning.

I love the way Matthew documents his days. This is a drawing he sent me today probably some English bloke on a train or bus.

I LOVE drawing with my finger on the ipad. Here is one of my first drawings.

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