Retreat for writers – July 15, Peria Valley

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Writers’ Weekend: 15 July – 17 July.

FEE REDUCED! Peria Valley, Northland

‘Write for Your Life plus The Dark Art of Poetry’

$295 covers accommodation and meals; you add a donation for facilitators, Sitara Morgenster and Linda Hansen.

Numbers limited to 15. Arrive after 3pm 15 July; depart after 3pm 17 July.

Sitara helps you bypass the logical mind to tap in to your own creative process, and explore writing as your means of unique expression. She brings more than 25 years of experience in writing, journalism and the art and science of inspiration.

Linda guides you to discover your poet’s voice and hear what it has to say. An author and poet with published writing in both genres in New Zealand and overseas, and several creative writing awards; also a writing teacher at tertiary level. See www.lphansen.com.

Venue is the beautiful Tushita Ashram Hermitage in Peria Valley, Northland. Tushita Ashram is a modern, tranquil sanctuary with shared communal areas and also places to write alone.

For information and booking, see http://www.tushitamysteryschool.co.nz/contact-us/

Or contact Damalaya, TAMS Administration, Tel. 021 208 3485

 

 

Writers’ Retreat: ‘Write for Your Life plus The Dark Art of Poetry.’          

15 July – 17 July (with optional extension), Peria Valley, Northland

Explore and extend your natural writing abilities in an inspiring environment with experienced facilitators and authors, Sitara Morgenster and Linda Hansen. You also have the option to stay and keep writing for three more days to continue or complete current writing projects with support. Retreat numbers are limited to 15. Arrival is after 3 pm Friday 15 July with departure after 3 pm Sunday 17 July.

$305 covers weekend accommodation and all meals; plus you make an additional donation for the facilitators.   17 – 20 July: The three day writing retreat extension is a further $190 for accommodation and all meals, plus your donation.

Write For Your Life bypasses the logical mind (which can get in the way of creative writing) to tap in to your own creative process, and explore writing as your means of unique expression. Eliminate old stale blockages to re-discover the joy of writing and use it to the advantage of your entire life.

The Dark Art of Poetry day invites you to:

  • Reflect on humanity’s enduring attraction to the dark art of poetry
  • Discover your poet’s voice, and hear what it has to say
  • Experiment with rhythm, pace and tempo; enjoy the music of language
  • Distil your words more purposefully onto the page
  • Make the most of your own vocabulary
  • Practise both free-flowing and more formal poetic styles
  • Become comfortable with skillfully wielding the pruning knife

Three days of additional writing time (to Wednesday midday) are offered so that output from ‘Write for Your Life plus The Dark Art of Poetry’ can be developed, with optional input from your two facilitators, both experienced motivators and editors. Use this time to proceed with or complete existing writing projects that you bring along.

  • Ample tranquil, private writing space is provided.
  • Establish helpful writing habits while your writing is moving freely
  • Access to 1:1 guidance from the facilitators
  • Learn more about the practical aspects of writing such as writers’ groups, competitions, manuscript assessment, making submissions, self-publishing, regular publishing … and more.

Sitara Morgenster will ‘teach you to write’, not because she will give you anything, but because she will be and is able to help you find your own inherent creative writing power. She brings more than 25 years of globetrotting experience in writing, journalism and the art and science of inspiration to the table.  Sitara’s writing has been described as ranging ‘from powerful, informative and political, to contemplative, easy and engaging’.  If it was a living creature, it would be a chameleon with eagle eyes, a lion’s roar and a soft bushy tail. What’s yours?

‘The workshop was so well paced. The content was exciting and gave me lots of tools to use. I feel I have permission to try doing different things and make some ‘mistakes’‘- Grace McGregor

Linda Hansen is an author and poet, with published writing in both genres in New Zealand and overseas. She brings to this workshop a lifetime’s pleasure in poetry and also her years of teaching writing at tertiary level, along with workshop experience with novice and published writers. She has won several creative writing awards and is well known as a Storyteller, acknowledging the ancient oral traditions that lie at the heart of all poetry.   She holds a Master of Communications from Victoria University, is an NZSA member and you can see details of her most recent book at www.lphansen.com.

‘Lively, invariably original and captivating for learners of all ages.’ Catherine Grace, General Manager, Tauhara Retreat and Conference Centre

Venue is the beautiful Tushita Ashram Hermitage in Peria Valley, Northland. Set amongst the sub-tropical Northland vegetation, Tushita Ashram provides a sanctuary with plenty of space, shared communal areas and also places to spend time alone.

For further information and to make a booking, see http://www.tushitamysteryschool.co.nz/contact-us/

Or contact Damalaya, Tushita Ashram Mystery School Administration, Tel. 021 208 3485

 

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