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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: 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
2 pm onwards – checking in
5:30 – meet and greet, drinks and nibbles
6:30 – Deep relaxation and introductory writing exercises
7:30 – Dinner
7:30 – 9 am – Gentle morning yoga and breathing exercises with Edwina
10:30 – 12:30 – Writing Your Way into a Story – Helena
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 
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
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: 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.


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,




I was introduced to yoga in 1991 and began a regular daily practice in 1993 when I was given a print out of the Astanga primary series while living in Cambodia. I have maintained an active Astanga-based practice for the last eighteen years, through world travel, pregnancies and births, the demands of family and work, and life’s joys and sorrows.

The discipline of yoga has been instrumental in my writing. Not only does it relieve my body of the knots and tightness caused by sitting at the computer for hours every day but it also helps me weather the storms of rejections and rewrites and endure the endless waiting.

My yoga teachers and influences have included Iain Clarke at Paddington AstangaYoga Shala, Graeme and Leonie Northfield, Simon Borg Olivier, Clive Sheridan, Duska Jefed, Natalie Morris, Dave Ridgeway and most importantly my teacher for over eight years, Peter Douglass at Astanga Yoga West End, Boundary Street Yoga, and the Yoga Den. My practice has synthesised these teachings and is active, strong and safe with an emphasis on the importance of breath and core stability. I have over seven years experience teaching yoga at a variety of studios in Brisbane. Last year I ran my own yoga studio but found it was taking too much time from my writing, so now only teach privately.

Except for the upcoming course at the QLD Writers Centre!

I’ll be teaching a six week block combining gentle restorative yoga and easy writing exercises to get your creative juices flowing. It will be held on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 till 7pm starting on the 4th of October. It should be lots of fun. You don’t need to be fit or flexible. You don’t need to have written anything longer than a postcard. But you do need to have a sense of humour and be willing to relax and let go, and see what it’s like writing in that state.

I’m really looking forward to it.

If you or anyone you know would like to give it a go, please contact the Qld Writers Centre at or call 07 3842 9922

I’d love to see you there.