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November Writing Retreat

  • Kavallintie 10 Kaunianen Finland (map)

Privilege your writing. 

A structured writing retreat can work for any kind of writing project, and any kind of writer — including academics, researchers, students, bloggers, journalists, creative writers, marketers, teachers, business writers, and anyone else with a message to share.

The concept is simple: a group of people get together to prioritise their writing for 2,5 days, while an expert facilitator provides support and direction.

  • specific start and stop times for writing

  • writing warm-ups and discussion

  • breaks for food, exercise and relaxation

The result is significant: incredible productivity during the retreat, and new strategies to support writing in the long-term.

  • push your project forward

  • find a new support system for future writing

  • learn to change your behaviours and negative associations with writing

  • improve your goal-setting for your writing projects

  • have great conversations with diverse professionals

  • privilege yourself and your writing for a few days

The retreat is facilitated in English, but writing projects can be in any language.


Early bird registration is open until Sunday 30 September.

385€ — standard day attendee registration
495€ — registration with accommodation


The standard registration package includes:

  • 2,5 days of expert facilitation with Jess Kelley AE in an historical Helsinki venue between forest and lake

  • yoga interludes led by Wambui Njuguna-Räisänen

  • Thursday dinner

  • Friday + Saturday (lunch and snacks)

Early bird registration has ended.


Accommodation can also be booked at the venue.

The accommodation package includes everything in the standard registration, plus:

  • Thursday + Friday nights in a shared room (max 3 people in a room)

  • Friday dinner

  • Friday + Saturday breakfasts

Early bird registration has ended.


Schedule may be adjusted.

17:30 — welcome & introductions
17:45 — writing warm up, setting goals
18:00 — writing
19:00 — dinner

9:30 — doors open
9:45 — warm-up & planning
10:00 — writing
11:30 — break: walk
12:00 — lunch
13:00 — writing
14:00 — break: guided yoga
14:30 — writing
16:00 — break
16:30 — writing
17:30 — end.

9:30 — doors open
9:45 — warm-up & planning
10:00 — writing
11:30 — break: walk
12:00 — lunch
13:00 — writing
14:00 — break: guided yoga
14:30 — writing
16:00 — break
16:30 — taking stock, outputs, feedback, plans
17:00 — end.



This historical villa in Kaunianen (northwest Helsinki) was constructed by the Ekberg family a century ago.

Big windows to let in the natural light, recently renovated kitchen and bathrooms, and just a short walk through the forest to lake Gallträsk.

It is easily accessible by train (20 minutes from the city centre, AB zone), and has free parking available.



Jess Kelley AE is a highly accomplished editor and language advisor with 15+ years of experience working across a broad range of industries. She holds accreditation from the Institute of Professional Editors (Australia) and a coaching certification from Genius Coaching (USA). She is an active member of various associations for language professionals around the world.

Earlier Event: September 12
Writing workshop
Later Event: November 13
University of Helsinki writing retreat