I feel very positive about my experience and am excited to see how I can go forward with this writing project now that I have the tools! Thank you!
I came [to the retreat] thinking I was going to write… which I did, but it was also a social and cultural experience.
Jessie [the facilitator] is fantastic. She has amazing organisational skills and gets everything done to make our environment calm and pleasant.
The lunchtime yoga was excellent and really made the day better. Perfect length, timing and routine.
I really liked that there was a clear purpose to everything we did, that there was relaxation time and time to talk together.
I was surprised by the fascinating range of other people’s projects, from public health research to fantasy fiction.
[The retreat] was like a holiday!
I really enjoyed being able to write with other people.
I loved how the retreat created protected space for my writing — it was like a writing sauna!
I was surprised by how easily I managed to stay focused during the whole duration of the writing sessions, and how quickly those blocks of writing time went by!
I prioritized my writing and wrote 7000 words for my PhD thesis. Following the retreat’s agenda I got into a really good working daily rhythm — I hope I can replicate this at home!
I really appreciated Jessie’s positivity and manner, especially the calm and gentle way she ended our writing time, and directed us to the next activity.
This format is VERY good for my own writing and hence my translating and editing work. I will attend again.
The other participants were all really interesting people, I enjoyed the fact that it was all women. I liked that we could give each other space and didn’t always have to talk in all the breaks as it was hard to get out of my own writing headspace and I am used to working alone all day.
I loved how friendly and welcoming Jess was, and how high-energy.
I was surprised that I was able to focus so well and get ‘in the zone’ during every writing session.
Being able to detach from distractions was so good.
I loved meeting and interacting with other writers in the city.
The group size was good as we could all talk to each other and bond as a group. A nice mix of people (different ages and life stages, different backgrounds, different nationalities, different projects).
The lunches were really delicious, with high quality ingredients used. It was very nice to have a hot meal, salad, and a dessert for lunch. I also really liked the smoothies we had as our morning snack.