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Since 2002, my best writing buddy, Helena Pastor, and I have been heading to Camp Koinonia in beautiful Evans Head NSW to write, read and edit each other’s work and have lots of fun doing yoga, swimming, walking on the beach and feasting.

This year we’re opening up our special place to share it with other like-minded women who want to do the same.

This is how happy we were at the end of our retreat earlier this year. We’d love for you to feel this relaxed and happy too.

Helena and Edwina photo

So, whether you’re a writer in need of relaxation and a good stretch, or a yoga practitioner yearning to write, this is the retreat for you.

The program includes gentle yoga sessions to suit every level of ability and fitness, and writing workshops guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing.

All activities are optional, so if you just want to lie around in the sun all day you can do that, but we’ll be having lots of creative fun in the beautiful hall just across the road from the beach.

Arrival from 2 p.m.
5:30 p.m. Welcome nibbles and drinks, introductions
6 -7 p.m. Introductory deep relaxation and writing
7 p.m. Dinner
7 – 8:15 a.m. Gentle morning yoga with Edwina
9:30 – 12:30 Memoir workshop with Helena
12:30 – 3 Lunch and free time to enjoy the beach (or
have a nap!)
3 – 5:30 Writing the Body with Edwina.
7 p.m. Dinner
7 – 8:15 a.m. Yoga with Edwina
9:30 – 12:30 Writing fiction using yoga techniques
12:30 – 2:30 Lunch and free time
2:30 – 4:30 Self Editing with Helena
4:30 Feedback and farewells

We’d love to have you along to join in the fun. Women only (Sorry boys!)

As I’m away for most of July on an expedition to Cape York (more about that later) please contact Helena on for more information and to book


We’ve kept our prices as low as possible – we wanted something we’d be able to afford ourselves 🙂

$400 for twin share with ensuite or;
$350 twin share with communal facilities
EARLY BIRD $380 / $330
if booked and deposit of $150 received before 31st July
This includes
• all yoga and writing workshops
• 2 nights twin share ensuite accommodation / or
twin share with communal facilities
• healthy home cooked meals on Friday and
Saturday nights – self cater for breakfasts and lunches
Optional extras:
• Massage
• Personalised Editorial Feedback (10 Pages in 20

Treat yourself to a weekend that will leave you feeling relaxed, creative and inspired. We’d love to have you with us!

With lots of love


Just to tempt you a little bit more – here’s a shot of an Evan’s Head beach at sunset.

sunset evans head

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It’s bloody hot here in Brisbane in February. It’s always hot this time of year, but this year it’s so awful they’re calling it a heatwave. It’s been so hot the water coming out of the cold tap starts out lukewarm and then gets hotter. Yesterday I caught myself thinking, “Oh it’s not so bad today,” then I looked at the temperature gauge and it was 33 degrees. It was 7 pm and that temperature was inside the house and in Celsius!

So here are some ideas for keeping cool and still managing to get some writing done, for writing folk who, like me, don’t have air-conditioning and feel like their brains are being slowly braised in their skulls.

1.       Get wet and stay wet – either have multiple cold showers a day and stay in your towel, or soak yourself under the hose fully clothed and sit at your desk dripping. Just be careful of electrocution.

2.       Drape yourself with wet cloths. Look like a bedraggled Virgin Mary, but stop your brain from stewing.

3.       Become an aircon whore – visit friends with aircon, local libraries or cafes and shamelessly lap up their cool – take your laptop or a pen and paper and write away!

4.       Go to the movies – there’s aircon and you can claim it on your tax as research.

5.       Ice in your bra. Radical yes, and a little burn-like at first, but surprisingly effective. Women only. Men could try ice in the undies, but I’m not sure how that would go.

6.       Move to Tasmania or New Zealand or somewhere else they think 20 degrees is a warm day and not the middle of winter. Trouble is at 20 degrees we Queenslanders (The Sunshine State) start complaining about how cold it is. Conveniently forgotten in a heatwave.

7.       Give up trying to get anything done and go swimming – preferably in a well-shaded waterhole.

 Hope that helps.

 What do you do to keep your cool when a hot, hot summer is hanging on way too long?

Any ideas most welcome.

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