This is the view from the top of our very own waterfall (well it’s not really ours, it belongs to the the Yugambeh people of the land, we just get to admire it for a weekend) situated just a short walk from our cosy nun rooms on retreat at the Theosophical Society Education and Retreat Centre in Springbrook in the beautiful rainforest of the Gold Coast hinterland.
I love this retreat centre for its calming peaceful energy and the blessing of the beautiful women seekers who grace the walls in the dining hall.
This retreat is specially designed to help you write that memoir or life story and is beneficial for anyone wanting to get some of their stories out of their heads and onto the page. The workshops include lots of writing activities with prompts for writing from life, as well as helpful advice and methods to begin structuring your memoir. Life is huge! How do we organise it to make it a compelling read for others?
Let me show you how.
Come along and join the fun of retreat. Prices include two gentle yoga sessions, four writing workshops covering all aspects of writing from life, all meals and cosy single accomodation with bathrooms shared between two women. ONLY $480 for the whole weekend!
Writing can be a lonely business but it needn’t be. Connecting with other writers on the same adventure is one of the greatest joys of the writing life. Treat yourself to some time out of the usual busyness and demands of life. Be inspired by fun creative workshops, relax with some gentle yoga and connect with like minded women in a tranquil natural environment.
Put yourself at the top of your TO DO list for once. Refill your tank and renew your love of writing and life.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – Retreats are only as good as the women who come along, and this was another amazing group of inspiring, accomplished, compassionate and creative women. For the first couple of days, we lived in the clouds as if we were inhabiting, a mystical land out of time where all that mattered was story and human connection. The sun came out on Sunday so we could see the view from the top of our waterfall and soak in the light and new beginnings.
Over the retreat, we relaxed with yoga, got into the nitty gritty of redrafting in our workshops, created new writing goals for ourselves and had fun chatting around the fire and making collages. Our chief cookie, Gay, provided us with delicious warming winter meals and Monique nurtured our bodies with her miraculous body work sessions.
Here’s what Rebecca had to say about the weekend:
“Edwina is a passionate teacher and storyteller. She has a warm, down to earth way of connecting with people that makes everyone feel welcome. Her workshops are fun, creative and engaging — full of practical, helpful advice, and the deeper questions driving characters and story, making it ideal for writers at any stage in their work. I liked how Springbrook in the winter feels like a private retreat — tucked away in the Gold Coast hinterland, surrounded by national parks and hiking trails, with yoga workshops and the most amazing vegetarian food! Also enjoyed the late-night chats and readings by the fire, meeting and connecting with such an interesting group of women writers, who all shared a passion for great storytelling. I have to say that as a teacher myself, I am in awe of Edwina’s style of teaching and her ability to create a true, nurturing spirit of openness and community. At the end of the retreat, I felt connected to my work in a deeper way and like everyone else, totally inspired.”