Magical Magnetic Island Mermaids!

Sunset at Horseshoe Bay

Greetings from paradise! I’ve been having a wonderful time on Magnetic Island with my magical mermaid retreaters over the weekend.

Eight wonderful women writers in a beautiful location. Yoga in the mornings. Writing workshops through the day and lots of feasting and fun in between.

The sun came out for us, and we made the most of it with outdoor sessions and a picnic. Warm enough to swim.

Magda had us all entertained with tales from a life in shearing sheds, Kerstin shared parts of her memoir in process, young talents Bianca and Eliza wowed us with their writing, Julie rugged up and had a great time remembering she loved to write, Annie had us all laughing, and Sitara our tree-warrior made us think about how important our leafy friends are. Poor Antoinette came down with a dreadful tummy bug but luckily was back in action and shining again by Sunday. We all had fun writing like furies and sharing our stories.

Special thanks to Bianca for making us all delicious rice paper rolls for our picnic and Magda for the special Strawberry Moon treats and for playing taxi driver to get everyone to their ferries on time. 

As always we finished out retreat with a collage session, collecting images that will feed into our hopes and dreams. Here are our finished creations!

Here are what retreaters had to say about the retreat.

“A great sense of welcoming and belonging.”

“Relax and Write Retreats always deliver exactly that … I came, I wrote, I relaxed. Ed goes above and beyond to ensure retreaters are nurtured, encouraged and rejuvenated, and this is a tranquil setting with an inclusive experience.”

“Fun and informative. Love the inclusion of play and yoga.”

“Expert advice.”

So if your writing mojo is in need of a reboot, come along and join us at a retreat.

SPRINGBROOK August 13 – 15 – Feedback and Revision Retreat.

This retreat is best for those working on projects in need of redrafting, with a self-editing and feedback focus.

HIGHFIELDS October 22 – 24  – Relax and Write in the Mountains

This retreat has a Life Writing focus and is best for those writing memoir and those new to writing with lots of writing exercises to get you started.

CONTACT ME for more info.

You’re very welcome.

We always have a wonderful time! Yes, it’s true.

Every retreat is filled with its own special magic, never more so than on magical Magnetic Island.

With lots of love from Edwina and all the Magnetic Island Mermaids

TOUR OF FAR North Queensland

TOUR OF FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND!

Queensland!

Leaving tomorrow for my grand adventure traveling though far North Queensland running Healing Power of Story workshops for the fabulous Queensland Writers Centre.

Telling our Stories to the WORLD! I am passionate about Queensland writers and Queensland stories and looking forward to meeting many new writers in the far flung reaches of our enormous and beautiful state.

My father’s family were early settlers in Innisfail and I spent many happy days running wild on the family cane farm and exploring the glorious tropical beaches and freezing cold waterfalls. I love it up there. I’ve travelled far and wide trying to find beauty that equals it. Happy to report – I never have.

TOUR DATES

Townsville Arts Hub 20 June – Writing Your Way Into a Story – This is a special all day workshop for the Townsville Writers and Publishers society. from $55 for a full day workshop covering all elements of narrative.

BOOK HERE!

HEALING POWER OF STORY WORKSHOPS AS FOLLOWS – Contact the local councils for more info and to book in.

Cairns Cairns Public Library 3 July – Contact Cairns Tropical Writers Festival for more info and to book – FREE!

Port Douglas/Mossman – Mossman Library 4 July FREE!

Atherton – Hallorans Hill Conservations Park 6 July. FREE!

Innisfail (my old home town 🙂 ) – Innisfail Regional Library 7 July. FREE!

Georgetown Shire Hall 9 July FREE!

Normanton Normanton Shire Hall 11 July FREE!

Karumba Karumba Civic Centre 12 July FREE!

Cloncurry Cloncurry Community Precinct 16 July FREE!

Mt. Isa Mt Isa Library – 17 July FREE!

Julia Creek Julia Creek Smart Hub 19 July FREE!

Richmond Richmond Library 20 July FREE!

Hughenden Flinders Shire Public Library 22 July FREE!

Charters Towers Charters Towers Excelsior Library 23 July FREE!

Townsville (back to where we started from 🙂 )Aitkenvale Library 25 July FREE!

PHEW! Please do spread the word to friends and family in these locations – even non writers will have fun. I LOVE FREE THINGS!

Oh yes, I’ll be doing some yoga in beautiful places along the way 🙂

And so off I go! Flying out tomorrow. Wish me luck.

Lots of love

Edwina xxx