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Writing Retreat

  • Hotel Rantapuisto 3 Furuborginkatu Helsinki, 00980 Finland (map)

Privilege your writing. 

Do you have a writing project that could use some extra focus and attention?

This structured writing retreat is based on Professor Rowena Murray’s popular UK training resource for writers and students — now with our own Nordic twist.

All kinds of writers can benefit from this retreat: academic writers, students, researchers, creative writers, journalists, authors, bloggers and everyone else with a message to share.

You will be able to get comfortable and focus on your writing, with no interruptions, competing tasks or distractions of daily life. A facilitator provides guidance and direction throughout the day, and there's no need to worry about work, school or other responsibilities. No need to stress over what to eat — it's all provided.

Put away your phone. Switch off your wifi. Immerse yourself in your writing.


  • 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.


Registration will open in March.


The registration package includes:

  • 2,5 days of expert facilitation with Jess Kelley AE in an exquisite venue on Helsinki’s Katajanokka island

  • yoga interludes designed by Wambui Njuguna-Räisänen

  • Wednesday dinner

  • Thursday + Friday meals (lunch and morning and afternoon snacks)

340€ inc vat early-bird price

370€ for registrations made after (date to be confirmed )


Accommodation can also be booked at the venue, at a discounted rate for retreat participants:

  1. Standard room for 1 person — a room just to yourself.
    price to be confirmed€ per room, per night

  2. Standard room for 2 people — bring a friend!
    price to be confirmed€ per room, per night

This special price for retreat attendees is available until (date to be confirmed). After this date, rooms may be booked at the hotel's normal rate (pending availability).

Reserve your rooms through the registration form, and pay directly to the hotel when checking in.


Indicate your interest on the registration form for Thursday night group activities. Payment will only be requested once minimum numbers are met. All activities are at the venue:

  • escape room (35€ per person)

  • dinner (a la carte)

  • sauna (35€ per person)


Schedule may be adjusted.

17:45 — dinner and introductions
18:30 — writing warm up, setting goals
19:00 — writing
20:00 — end.

9:15 — planning
9:30 — writing
11:00 — morning break
11:30 — writing
12:30 — lunch
13:15 — break: walk, run, bike
14:00 — writing
15:30 — afternoon break
16:00 — writing
17:30 — end.

Optional group activities

17:45 — escape room
19:00 — dinner
20:00 — sauna

9:15 — planning
9:30 — writing
11:00 — morning break
11:30 — writing
12:30 — lunch
13:15 — break: walk, run, bike
14:00 — writing
15:30 — afternoon break
16:00 — taking stock, outputs, feedback, plans
16:30 — end.


Hotel Rantapuisto in east Helsinki was constructed in 1963 for use as a bank's training center, with architectural inspirations drawn from Alvar Aalto and the Danish Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

Read more about the venue.

Earlier Event: February 13
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