Holina Youth Village serves 16 to 26-year-olds, experiencing struggles with addictions/dependencies, self-harm, trauma, stress, burnout, anxiety, depression and other emotional or behavioural challenges.
We believe that by treating the individual with love, compassion and respect, alongside strong boundaries built around good behaviour (rather than anti-social behaviours like bullying, anger, manipulation, lying, cheating or stealing), we can make huge permanent shifts in young peoples behaviours and expectations of themselves and their lives.
Because we are essentially a therapeutic community, we build trust and self-confidence in our residents as they take on tasks around the farm and grow to believe in themselves as people able to achieve things, rather than running away or shirking responsibilities.
To supplement this, Holina Village is in full partnership with UCLAN – the University of Central Lancashire, so every resident is assigned a peer mentor from the university alongside their opportunities to engage in education and to attain diplomas and certificates should they be with us enough time.
Education is one of the pillars of Holina Village, alongside responsibility, maturity and adventure, in a clinical setting.
The Holina vision overall is one of helping people around the planet heal from whatever emotional, behavioural, and mental challenges they may have, and get “back to themselves”.
But with the Holina Village this goes further – here we focus entirely upon young adults aged 16 to 26 and directly affect the quality of their future selves, before they even know what this potentially could be. It’s setting young adults up for a better future, whilst stopping them from continuing along any self-destructive pathways they may have already begun exploring.
Holina’s tagline – “Back to Yourself” speaks of the hope that we gain by returning to our personal power and reinvigorating ourselves to be the best versions of whoever we believe we were destined to be. However, often within young adults, they haven’t yet self-developed sufficiently to actualise their personal purpose and direction in life – they simply don’t know what they want with their lives yet, and they have little idea of who they are or what contribution their life can / will make to the planet, aside from the labels given to them by other people, often judgementally, or because of the cultural sub-fashion they may merge towards. They create these identities for themselves, and these are increasingly hard to shift, as the younger people move towards their potentially false perception of what or who they want to be. Sadly, this is largely a distortion of who they truly are and who they truly could be.
Holina Village wants to serve as the launch pad for young adults to recover from any negative learnt behaviours, emotional challenges or addiction / dependency issues, picked up during their childhood and teenage years, and to reinvent themselves to be the best versions they could possibly be of themselves – back to the best version of the person you may not even have dreamed of yet!
If you are experiencing challenges or struggles in your life that are giving you uncomfortable consequences – for example, failing at school, getting arrested, hurting your friends or losing them, experiencing strong anxiety, self-harming, cutting yourself off from people and hiding, etc, then Holina Village would make a great place for you to transform yourself from unnecessary pain or discomfort and discover joy and vitality back into your life.
Holina Village is focused on emotional and behavioural health, including addictions, self-harming, anti-social behaviours, stress, diminished motivation, isolation,
insecurity, anxiety and other challenges socially awkward feelings or attitudes.
Our minimum commitment is 4 weeks, though realistically this is rarely enough time to bring about long-lasting change. Therefore we strongly suggest 6 to 12 months, particularly if they want to engage in the educational opportunities our partners ICLAN offer us. Whilst our minimum commitment is 4 weeks, many, probably most of our residents stay around 3 to 6 months.
We are a fully immersed residential experience, with a minimum of one-month commitment, though most residents stay for 3 or more months, often 6 months or even longer.
No one is allowed to visit unscheduled without an appointment, though family members are encouraged to come and visit on weekends, in the second month onwards.
It is important to us that we protect the sanctity of the Holina Village space and keep them safe.
We are not a daycare facility or outpatient service. We only serve those people looking for a fully immersive experience.
We encourage parents and adult family members to come and visit from the 2 nd month onwards at weekends. We offer Family Therapy during these visits (held over weekends) in both group and private settings. We understand that sometimes the whole family needs to heal, and we believe these therapeutically supported family sessions will help the greater family. Furthermore, we know that your success is significantly improved when family members are engaged in their loved one’s recovery.
We appreciate that you will be away from your loved ones for fairly long periods and that connection to them is important. We will always find ways to help you facilitate these relationships. We have super-fast internet, and all the bedrooms have Smart TVs running YouTube and Netflix etc.
However, it is our policy to remove you from your digital devices whilst you settle into treatment, as they can be a major distraction from your well-being. In today’s modern technological age, smartphones are an addiction and want to begin by giving you a digital detox. Most of our residents genuinely appreciate this break from their devices, but if you ever have anything important to attend to then we’ll coordinate that for you.
Yes, you may, if you are above the legal age to smoke. Whilst we’d love to encourage you to quit whilst you’re with us, we acknowledge that many people do smoke. There is a dedicated smoking area.
Cyprus is a pleasant climate all year round. Certainly plenty of blue skies. It’s the warmest part of Europe during the Winter months. Cyprus enjoys an intense Mediterranean climate, with long dry summers from mid–May to mid–October, and mild winters from December to February, which is separated by short autumn and spring seasons.
August is the hottest month in Paphos with an average temperature of 26°C (79°F) and the coldest is January at 13°C (55°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 13 in July. The wettest month is December with an average of 93.9mm of rain.
Pack as if you were coming on an adventure holiday to an island with plenty of land and sea-based activities. SDress casually and comfortably. It’s not a fashion parade but a small village of like-minded friends all hanging out together.
Bring activewear for workouts and other fitness activities including swimming, sports shoes, and light wear for yoga. We do physical activities almost every day, so bring a few pairs to allow for laundry times.
We have a safe to keep your valuables in, but expensive jewellery and other luxury items are unnecessary.
Toiletries: Please bring your toiletries and hygiene products, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, shaving materials, basic makeup, hairbrush, etc. Anything you forget we can purchase from local shops.
Medications: You are allowed to continue using your doctor-prescribed medications whilst with us, but please do bring proof of your prescription. Please keep all your pills in the original packaging so that they are considered authorized narcotics.
Kindly do not bring the following:
Alcohol or drugs: It might seem self-explanatory, but some clients may try to sneak in a last-minute hit, fix, pill, can, bottle, etc. Your bags and belongings will be searched when you arrive at Holina.
Alcohol or drug paraphernalia: This includes anything that advertises or glorifies the use of alcohol or drugs. This should also include items that display support for criminal acts including terrorism, sex, gambling, or other negatively perceived notions that could upset other residents.
Weapons: There is no need to bring any knives or weapons with you to Cyprus or treatment. They will be confiscated and destroyed.
Toiletries that contain alcohol: Leave any alcohol-based products at home, such as certain mouthwashes, nail polish removers, perfumes, and aerosols.
We cater to all dietary requirements, though we request that you inform us in advance so we can prepare. You can advise us of any of your specific dietary needs and we can manage them. We’re used to having people with all types of needs.
Our prices are all-inclusive and agreed upon based on your length of stay. Minimum stay in one month is €15,000, 3 months is €40,000 and 6 months is €70,000
We don’t have any hidden costs, though there are some costs that you should be aware of. Things that are not covered include:
We ask you to pay for anything non-detox or mental health-related, including your medications.
We also ask that you have travel or medical insurance in place before you come to us. This is really for any non-detox or psychiatric-related problems, like if you fall over and break your arm or some other uncalculated trip to accident and emergency.
We don’t pay for your flights to and from Larnaca Airport (LCA), but we will meet and greet you at the airport on arrival. We can also chaperone you door to door-from your home at an extra charge (calculated based on the distance/complexity).
Typically, our clients spend between €50 and €100 per month on personal items, such as snacks, sodas, cigarettes, some toiletries, etc, but it’s not necessary to spend any more.
At this time, residents of most countries around the world can come to Cyprus and achieve a visa upon entry. We will advise you on this process. It’s very straight forwards.
If you extend your treatment and need a longer visa then we will swallow this cost for you.
Because of the sensitivity of this particular age group, Holina coordinates with UCLAN (University of Central Lancashire) – who’ve been awarded the maximum 5 QS Stars (excellent) for their International University programs.
Leading our residents through their continued education with certified courses developed specifically for Holina Village residents, as well as dozens of other mainstream courses that suit a broad spectrum of students. Furthermore, all residents may continue their studies with private teachers from UCLAN should they prefer.
We are looking to recruit 2 experienced 12 Step Counsellors or Practitioners, to complement our team at Holina Village, Cyprus.
We request that you have the desire to relocate and work on this gorgeous island in the Mediterranean (Greek side), and have a passion for helping young adults struggling with addictions and other behavioural health
We are seeking someone who is looking for an immediate start (or at least by the end of March 2023). You would need to be competent and confident as well as good-natured and patient, working in a multidisciplinary team and having lots of fun.
If this is whispering or calling towards you, then we would love to receive your CV & bios via email.
If you would like to know more about our Youth Village, please feel free to drop us a quick message here. Please fill in as many details as possible to help us understand your current situation and history.
Coming to Holina is more than just a life-changing moment. You will find support here for life. Even after completing your transformation, we offer support groups for continuing support on your journey going forward.
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