MARIA'S EARLY YEARS
Dina Glouberman is a psychologist, psychotherapist and co-founder of two Wellness/Holiday Centres in Skyros Island in Greece. The oldest one (the Skyros Centre) is situated in the village of Skyros, next to my parents' home. When I was child and later teenager, I used to visit the Skyros Centre and spent a lot of time socializing with its foreign visitors and joined them, as a neighbor and friend, in their everyday activities and discussions. This made a tremendous difference in the way I started to view the world and what I was meant to become.
I am deeply touched by the early years of my life as described by Dina in her recent book "Into the woods and out again".
But, I'd better let Dina present in her own words how she has seen me and my family during those early years. The following two excerpts are from her aforementioned book (pages 112 and 113 respectively) .
Excerpt from page 112
"In a narrow house between Nitsa and Nikos and Zafiroola, lived Evaghelia, who whitewashed houses for living, and had four bright children and a husband I seldom saw. Later, when we started the centre, her little daughter Maria used to steal into our courtyard when there was music and she would dance exquisitely. It always reminded me of the dancing child in the wonderful Marcel Camus film Black Orpheus or Orfeo Negro."
Excerpt from page 113
"The exception to these sad stories was Evaghelia's family. Her children all got to Athens to get an education, ending up as professionals either in Athens or in the UK. I found this mysterious until years later Maria, the eldest daughter who used to dance so beautifully, came to visit us. She explained that she went to train in computer studies in Athens and then helped and supported her sisters and brothers to leave home and develop careers."
I remain eternally grateful to all the people I have met at the Skyros Centre during those early years. The people who I have crossed paths with and contributed emotionally and spiritually to my evolution.
I now reckon the role that Dina and the Skyros Centre played as "preliminary" coaching models in my childhood. And this just reveals the value of coaching in one's personal development:
It is truly a life-transforming experience.
Thank you Dina
Thank you Skyros Centre