I’m really excited about our upcoming writing retreat in Spain, which is one of my highlights of the year!
We’ve had a few questions, so thought I’d respond to them in this blog. If you have any further questions, please contact me and I’ll be back to you on an individual basis.
What is the ‘writing retreat’?
The writing retreat is a great opportunity for you to join my team and I in Spain for 5 nights to work on your book. We will support you at whatever stage you’re at, whether you’ve just started, are writing, in the editing stage, or are planning your marketing.
What’s included in the writing retreat price?
The writing retreat is fully inclusive from the moment you arrive in Malaga, so you don’t have to worry about unexpected expenses. This includes your transfer from Malaga, accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner with drinks, and coaching and mentoring support.
All you need to do is book your flights – details will be provided – and arrange your travel insurance. Although you may wish to think about gifts for your family!
Also included to set you up for success and help you to get the most out of the retreat, you’ll have a 90-minute mentoring call with me before we go, a pre-retreat group call so we know what you wish to achieve on the retreat, access to the 10,000 word summer writing challenge free of charge, and follow-up support upon your return.
What if I have special requirements?
We organise our retreats so that you don’t have to worry about a thing. Just let us know about any special requirements. Our host, Rebecca Adams, speaks fluent Spanish and organises everything for us, including meals out and local walks, and a welcome pack with fresh fruit and local produce upon arrival.
How is the writing retreat structured?
Every day is semi-structured. We usually start with a walk through the mountains, then you’ll have time to work on your book with coaching, mentoring and workshops. And in the evening, we’ll meet for dinner in one of the local restaurants.
Why should I attend a retreat rather than work one-to-one with you?
From an investment point of view, working with me one-to-one costs £1200 per day and on the writing retreat you get access to me for four full days and two part-days for a fraction of my daily rate. You’ll have access to all that I know at a time and pace that works for you.
Plus, you get access to valuable coaching from my co-facilitator, Sheryl Andrews, author and ‘manage your critic’ expert. On our walks you will spend time with Rebecca, a fabulous coach and travel blogger, who inspires the adventurer in everyone she meets.
On a personal note, if you have always wanted to go on a retreat, you will know the courage it takes to step up to take time away from your business and home life. That alone can create massive shifts. You’ll give yourself permission to work on your book, and will be inspired by the beautiful scenery and the extraordinary calm way of life in the village.
You’ll have valuable time away completely free of any responsibility or distractions, other than focusing on your book and your own needs. And it’s amazing the nuggets that appear when you’re least expecting them, like around the pool or over a glass of wine in the evening, which would never happen in a formal environment.
Who else will be attending the retreat?
Typically on our writing retreats, you’ll be joined by a small number of like-minded authors, just like you, who will inspire you and motivate you, and become good friends when you get home.
What are the dates?
The next retreat is in 2018. We leave Gatwick for Malaga at 8am on Thursday 20 September and return in the evening of Tuesday 25 September.
What if I can’t make the dates?
We run the writing retreat in Spain annually, and are planning to also run a UK retreat in 2018. If you’re interested, let me know as we’ve recently had considerable interest from people who are planning ahead.
Where will we be staying?
We stay in rural apartments in a small village called Benaocaz in the Andalucian mountains, South West Spain, with its own salt water pool, terrace or balcony, and beautiful backdrop.
Why should I book now?
We can only take a maximum of eight people on the retreat due to space in our accommodation, so please book now before it’s too late as we have already taken bookings. In addition, if you book now, you are welcome to take out a payment plan.
What’s the investment?
The investment for the five night writing retreat inclusive of pre and post-retreat support is £2250 with a discount for past and current clients (contact me for details).
Is the writing retreat for me?
If you’re not sure whether the writing retreat is for you, please contact me to arrange a chat to find out more.