Inspired by Natalie Goldberg’s legendary True Secret retreats, you’ll be guided through a series of meditation and writing workshops, releasing any old barriers to living, or writing, fully. There is no need to have ever written anything beforehand; the focus here is on the practice of moving the hand across the page, not the creation of a story or poem - although that may be what comes out.
This experimental and beautiful retreat uses ideas drawn from the rivers surrounding you on your retreat, to help you discover your true source, course and mouth – your origin, path and expression to the world around you.
To aid this process of discovery we’ll work with periods of silence to store your creative energy and learn how to nurture your inner voice.
The writer’s studio is set in 2 acres of luscious garden, with a river running through. Meditation spaces are dotted along the riverside and with hammocks, swinging chairs, poolside tables and plenty of shady trees we’ll take the craft of writing back out into the wild.
Your writing tutors are published authors, editors and experienced mentors with a passion for supporting other writers to develop their confidence and practice. Over this retreat they’ll help you break through old blockages, taking home a wealth of new ideas and practices to work with.
You can read more about your tutor Samm here.
Guests are welcome to arrive from 2pm onwards on Day 1 and make use of the swimming pool and luscious gardens, before we first come together as a group for our evening sessions - a welcome circle, group meditation and a sumptuous supper.
The retreat finishes after our morning session and breakfast on day 4, allowing guests plenty of time to travel back home – refreshed, smiling and with a new love of writing.
Food is vegetarian and sugar-free with vegan options for each meal, cooked with love and using only organic and locally produced ingredients wherever possible. Tea, herbal infusions, fresh coffee and organic wines and beers are all self-service and are included in the cost of the retreat. Allergies and intolerances can be catered for – please inform us in advance so we can best prepare to care for your needs.
‘It’s like learning to ride a bike; at first we’re banging our knees and scraping our shins, learning how to use these tools – sometimes a bit awkwardly at first – but in a week’s time we find they’ve crept their way into our writing without us even knowing it, and we’re better writers for it.’ - David Waters
A typical day looks like this:
08:30 - 09:30 Morning meditation and freewriting
09:30 - 10:30 Breakfast, a delicious assortment of fresh fruit, whole cereals, porridge with superfood supplements, and Spanish tostadas with herby tomatoes
10:30 - 12:00 Writers’ workshop
12:00 - 13:30 Free time to develop your writing, swim, enjoy a massage, or lounge in a hammock and read
13:30 - 14:30 Lunch – a colourful buffet of superfood salads, fresh breads (including wheat-free), and local olives and cheeses
14:30 - 16:00 Writer’s workshop
16:00 - 18:00 Free time to develop your writing, swim, enjoy a massage, or lounge in a hammock and read
18:00 - 19:00 Evening meditation and freewrite
19:00 - 20:00 Supper – paellas, tortillas, or sensational stews depending on what culinary inspiration guides our chef that day!
20:00 - 21:00 Evening session – this may be a dreamy yoga nidra, a fire clearing ritual, a cacao ceremony or an evening of music around the fire.
21:00 - sleep Journaling and private time
Prices start from 400 EUR and include all food, accommodation and workshops - guests are only required to purchase their flights and travel insurance in addition.