Taking the time to focus purely on your writing is hard enough, let alone while juggling the distractions of partners, work and daily interruptions. Which is why we’ve developed our writing retreats – get away from it all and focus on only three things – you, your muse and your writing. It will be the most productive five days you’ve ever experienced.
We’ve built meditation and yoga, massages, brainstorming workshops, one to one time with writing mentors, editors and publishing guides, right into the DNA of the retreat.
Our writing retreats give you full immersion in three inspiring locations – providing both the backdrop and breakthrough for your work.
Are you ready for a new chapter in your life!
A retreat that is beautifully healing, powerfully purifying and will direct you back to your “write” self. As you begin to allow your mind to explore and learn the practise of writing you will find your writing style, your voice and watch your book morph into form.
Let the butterfly fly!
The practice of writing, yoga and meditation joins the body and mind, opening pathways into the feelings, memories, stories, and images embedded in the tissues. A writing retreat can help you shift your awareness to write from those deeper levels of consciousness. Writing leads to insights and inspirations that improve our lives in profound and lasting ways.
If you’re a writer striving to finish a book, deepen your craft, or re-enliven your voice and your work, a creative writing retreat can be invaluable. Even if you don’t consider yourself a “writer,” writing can change your life, especially when you open yourself with gentle yoga and meditation. Stress in the body can inhibit or block creativity. Meditation and writing can help release the physical blocks in your body and tensions of the mind.
Writing is both meditative and restorative.
In his instructional book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, author Stephen King advises aspiring authors not to be too precious about the ever- elusive muse. If you sit down at the same time, in the same place, every single day, inspiration is going to figure out where you are and come sit at your desk, he suggests. And he’s right. If I waited for the perfect moment to start writing every day, the moment when I could feel the creativity flowing through my veins, the moment when I felt like a conduit, a vessel, a – well, I’d never get any work done.
Author Elizabeth Gilbert on creativity: it’s the key to a fulfilling existence, that it must never be ignored, that it must always be cultivated.
It may be time for you and your muse to take a break from the ordinary life and be immersed on a working writing retreat.
A variety of workshops are offered at our retreat, especially for those who don’t have a work-in-progress and want to find a way to start writing or defeat writer’s block. If you need to banish distraction and motivation to chase your writing dreams, a retreat is the place to do it.
We hold a creative writing space for you in Australia, Peru and Cyprus, combining access to creative writing workshops and encouragement to focus wholly on your writing, editing and manuscript development.
Writers in all genres can apply, and applications are evaluated through a process that focuses on whether the work will benefit from the retreat program.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on our retreats and to apply, places are limited, so dont delay!
Books to pack
You’ll want to pack a few books for your retreat, take at least one to read and one for you to write in.
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, by Elizabeth Gilbert
Writing Down the Bones, by Natalie Goldberg
The Writing Life, by Annie Dillard