Halcyon Days are mythical days of beautiful, calm weather amongst winter storms. Born of the story of the goddess Alcyone, who threw herself into the sea in despair at the death of her beloved husband Ceyx. Recognising her devotion the gods re-united the pair as sea kingfishers. Alcyone’s father, the God of the winds, calmed the stormy, mid-winter seas for two weeks every year to allow his daughter to raise her young.
‘I love autumn and winter more. Something opens up in me then – something soft and deep and glowing – which is far too shy to expose itself to the inexhaustible light of summer.’ Dr Sharon Blackie ~ writer, storyteller and psychologist.
Spring and summer drive us to growth, output and action, sow the seeds, enjoy the sun, grasp every moment and make it count. Autumn comes, a shift towards longer nights and the tilt towards darkness. This slower time offers a different opportunity in the reckoning and growth of self. A time to dive, to allow the softly or stormily growing dark to reveal depths hidden by summer’s bright activity.
Cooler and changing weather invite us to step into quiet spaces and a more reflective and inward way of being. The back to school energy of this time balances retreat, there is time yet for action to blossom, to complete on intentions established through the year.
Corfu, the home of our Halcyon Days Retreat, allows us to move into the autumn cycle in a last warm embrace of still-summer temperatures, the land and the sea holding the heat of months of sunshine. In this beautiful environment there remains time for wandering, curiosity, exploration and adventure.
But Halcyon Days is not just about warm sun. It is a retreat that is dedicated to the richness of life, richness that comes from a deeper place than superficial pleasure. And so this retreat comes with a particular invitation.
Come to Corfu, enjoy this wonderful island, sunshine, beaches, olive groves and ancient history. Come to Corfu and take a deep dive to gather in new insights from the quieter, darker and forgotten spaces within you. Use the time of this season to explore beneath the surface of who you think you are to discover the hidden pearls within that are calling to be brought into life to influence and guide your next steps.
Halcyon Days exists to facilitate the transition from myth to reality.