RELEASE THE RETREATS!

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Feeling frazzled? Had enough of the rat race and housework and looking after everybody else? Treat yourself to a writing retreat in paradise, at a price you can afford.

A couple of wonderful retreats coming up!

Only a few weeks away until Relax and Write 3 at our Mermaid Base Camp at Evan’s Head. From Friday 31st August until Monday 3rd September our Mermaids and Scribes are taking over Camp Koinonia by the sea to write, relax and revel in each other’s joyful company. Yoga in the mornings, creative writing workshops through the day, lots of free time for beach walks and swims if you dare, and evenings full of feasting and fun. Can’t wait to get there! We still have a few spots available but please do hurry if you’re keen to come.

If you ask very nicely we may even extend our early bird prices 🙂 Contact Helena on helenapastor2@gmail.com for more info and to book.

mermaids swimming

But wait – there’s more!!

From Friday 5th to Sunday 7th October 2018, while Helena is away at KSP (we’re both KSP residents this year), I am running a retreat in Toowoomba in collaboration with the Unleash the Beast Writing and Wellness Symposium.

It’s a fabulous initiative tackling mental health issues and discussing how we can use creative techniques like writing to help heal ourselves and others. I’ll be busy on their big day, Wednesday the 10th October, running a Writing for Trauma Workshop and speaking on a panel on Early Intervention Strategies for Children with funny woman Mandy Nolan – looking forward to that! You can check out the program HERE and book tickets HERE.

But most exciting is that I’m running their companion retreat – Relax. Write. Retreat.

High in the mountains, this retreat is set among the trees and views of Highfields near Toowoomba on the top of the range west of Brisbane at the lovely Koojarewon youth camp (Ok ok, we’re not youth but they still let us in!). This retreat is fully catered. In fact it looks like they intend to stuff us like geese- with force-feeding scheduled every few hours!

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Yoga in the mornings, writing workshops through the day, feasting and fun and naps and long walks and lots of good company. For me that’s the recipe for a perfect retreat.

For more info on the Toowoomba retreat and to book click HERE

Whether you want to escape to the beach for a luxurious long weekend of yoga and writing, or just pop up to the hills for a dose of pampering and creative inspiration, we have the retreat for you!

I love facilitating these retreats and watching people relax and write stories that surprise themselves, and the rest of us. The accommodation isn’t posh but we’re not either. Our aim is to keep these retreats as affordable as possible because we know most women don’t have much cash to splash around – especially on themselves.

But sometimes, a bit of time out and nurturing of your creative self is just the ticket!

Come along and join the fun – we’d love to have you.

evans head

Lots of love

Edwina xx

 

 

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RELAX AND WRITE 2

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Just back from the latest Relax and Write Retreat – a combined yoga and writing retreat for women, that I run with Helena Pastor – my best writing buddy and dear friend.

With 12 participants ranging in age from 28 to 70, we did yoga and writing workshops, laughed and swam, feasted and sang. Together we shared our stories and lifted up each other’s hearts.

mermaids swimming

For the full rundown and lots more photos see here

We had a fabulous time. Why don’t you come along and join us at the next one?

Lots of love

Edwina

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RELAX AND WRITE RETREAT 2018

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YAY! Dates are now set for the next Relax and Write Retreat!
Friday March 16 – Monday 19th 2018
Feeling like you deserve a special treat this Christmas?
This retreat may be just the ticket.
Three nights away in a beautiful beachside location with like-minded women, relaxing with gentle yoga and inspiring your inner writer with fun writing workshops.
It will still be lovely and warm in March so bring your swimmers and sunblock. We’ll be staying at the beautifully basic Camp Koinonia in Evans Head, Northern NSW

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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.
Here’s what participants from the 2017 retreat had to say…
“Edwina and Helena have an easy style of putting people at ease and making each individual feel welcome and they were flexible in altering the program to meet the needs of the participants.”
“It was a great break away, affordable and I left feeling refreshed and with a significant amount of writing done.”
“I came away with a lot of information about entering into the field of professional writing as well as a wealth of ideas and starting points for fiction and memoir writing.”

Also announcing our MORE DASH THAN CASH positions. Would you love to do a retreat like this but don’t have the available funds right now? We know what that’s like (and we need some helpers!) so we’ve created a couple of sponsored positions.
Apply for one of our supported spots where for a few hours assistance with kitchen and other duties you can join us at a greatly reduced cost.

For more information and to book please contact Helena:
helenapastor2@gmail.com or
phone 0447 334 665

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So, come along and join our merry band of scribes and mermaids. Relax, write and enjoy yourself in a beautiful coastal setting with experienced workshop facilitators and published authors Helena Pastor and Edwina Shaw – see their bios HERE.
Unwind with yoga and free your creative voice with lots of fun writing activities and workshops. All only a minute’s walk from a glorious beach surrounded by national park where you can swim, walk, laze in the sun or meditate to your heart’s content.
Pick up from Coolangatta or Ballina airports is available if you’re coming from afar.
PROGRAM for March 2018
Friday
2 pm onwards – checking in
5:30 – meet and greet, drinks and nibbles
6:30 – Deep relaxation and introductory writing exercises
7:30 – Dinner
Saturday
7:30 – 9 am – Gentle morning yoga and breathing exercises with Edwina
10:30 – 12:30 – Writing Your Way into a Story – Helena
FREE TIME FOR LUNCH AND BEACH ACTIVITIES
3:30 – 5:30 – Using yoga and drama techniques for developing your characters – Edwina
7pm – dinner
Open Mic Night. If you would like to, please bring along a song or other musical item, a poem, a short performance piece or whatever else you would like to share 
Sunday
7:30 – 9 am – Yoga with Edwina
10:30 – 12:30 – Structuring for Suspense – Edwina
Excursion to Chinaman’s Beach for picnic lunch and freewriting
4pm – 6 pm – Writing Dialogue – Helena
7 pm – dinner
Monday
7:30 – 9 am – Yoga with Edwina
10:30 – 12:30 – Pitching your work – from bios to synopses to grant applications – E and H
Feedback and farewells.
For more information and to book please contact Helena:
helenapastor2@gmail.com or
phone 0447 334 665

Helena and Edwina photoCome along and join the fun. We’d love to have you with us.
Get in fast. Places are strictly limited to no more than 15 places.

TREAT YOURSELF!

 

logo relax and writeIt’s glorious weather here in Brisbane this week. Just right for the beach!

Are you in need of some rest and relaxation? In need of a whole body/ mind/ spirit makeover? Exhausted from serving the needs of others all day every day like most women?

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Treat yourself to a retreat by the sea to rejuvenate your body, nurture your creativity and inspire your heart. Come and join me, Helena, and the ten wonderful women who’ve already joined up, for a weekend of deep relaxation, gentle yoga and fun writing classes.

I guarantee you’ll thank yourself over and over again.

We’re busily planning and organising the finer details – like desserts. I hope everyone likes chocolate self-saucing pudding and ice-cream 🙂

Here’s a picture of me in my happiest of happy places, under a tree on a beautiful beach – writing. You too could look this happy (and silly and covered in sunscreen!)

Edwina beach writing

Car-pooling, single rooms and pick-ups from nearby airports are all possible. Only a couple of weeks till we’re off, so get in now while we still have a few vacancies.

Come along. You deserve it! We’d love to have you with us.

More information is in my previous post. Or contact Helena at helenapastor2@gmail.com for all the details and booking forms.

RELAX AND WRITE RETREAT filling fast!

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Spring into spring! Spoil yourself with a retreat to inspire and delight you.

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.

Writing buddies, published authors and experienced creative writing teachers, Helena Pastor and Edwina Shaw have been holding their own private writing retreats at Evans Head since 2005 to relax and write and share their stories.

This year they’re opening up their retreat to other women who’d like to do the same.

Unwind with yoga and free your creative voice with lots of fun writing activities and workshops. All only a minutes’ walk from a glorious beach surrounded by national park where you can swim, walk, laze in the sun or meditate to your heart’s content.

evans head

 

THE PROGRAM INCLUDES

FRIDAY

Arrival from 2 p.m.

5:30 p.m. Welcome nibbles and drinks, introductions

6 -7 p.m.  Introductory deep relaxation and writing exercise

7 p.m.      Dinner

SATURDAY

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.  What stories does your body have to tell?

7 p.m.              Dinner

SUNDAY

7 – 8:15 a.m.     Yoga with Edwina

9:30 – 12:30      Writing fiction using yoga techniques to quiet the inner critic with Edwina

12:30 – 2:30      Lunch and free time

2:30 – 4:30        Self Editing with Helena

4:30                   Feedback and farewells

COST

$400 for twin share with ensuite or $350 twin share with communal facilities

For more information and to book please contact Helena

helenapastor2@gmail.com

Helena and Edwina photo

Come along and join us. Only a few places left, so book now and avoid missing out!

You’ll have a wonderful time.

 

 

 

 

RELAX and WRITE RETREAT

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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.

PROGRAM
FRIDAY
Arrival from 2 p.m.
5:30 p.m. Welcome nibbles and drinks, introductions
6 -7 p.m. Introductory deep relaxation and writing
exercise
7 p.m. Dinner
SATURDAY
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
SUNDAY
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 helenapastor2@gmail.com for more information and to book

COST

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
2017
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
Minutes).

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

Edwina

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

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BRISBANE WRITERS FESTIVAL

I’m so excited about this year’s Brisbane Writers’ Festival – mainly because this year I’m in it!

On Sunday 6th September from 9 am I will be leading a combined yoga/writing class. Bring your own mat and writing materials. It’s being held in the big tent on Maiwar Green between the State Library and GOMA. I’m pretty sure this one is free. Will let you know more as I am informed. So if you’ve ever been interested in trying yoga and/or writing  this is your perfect opportunity 🙂

Later that day is a personal highlight – something I’ve dreamed about for over a decade – my best writing buddy Helena Pastor and I on the stage presenting at the festival together! From 1 pm, we’ll be at The River Terrace discussing the creation of Helena’s wonderful new book WILD BOYS – a memoir about parenting a difficult child. Click here to book

We really hope to see some smiling faces in the audience to share our joy and help us to celebrate this brilliant and courageous book. It would be great to see you there.

Lots of love to you all,

Edwina