RELAX AND WRITE IN PARADISE!

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Escape the winter blues! Come and join us at the next Relax and Write Retreat on MAGNETIC ISLAND! Yes!! JUNE 21 – 23 2019

Just off the coast of Townsville in tropical far north Queensland we’re practically guaranteed sunshine and warmth and turquoise waters, just like these.

I’ve stayed on Magnetic Island – or Maggie as the locals call her – a few times over the past few years. It’s a magical place with giant boulders, pine trees, coral reef to explore and glorious unspoilt beaches.

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That’s not me in the picture by the way : )

We’ll be staying in air-conditioned comfort at Amaroo on Mandalay – a whole lot comfier than the dorms we’ve been used to! Air-conditioned twin share or a room to yourself, balconies and kitchenettes, beautiful tropical gardens and even a magnesium swimming pool and a bar!

Not that you’ll need your kitchenettes much, as all meals except lunches are catered for, including a fabulous Saturday night Indian feast by the beach.

Most exciting of all, my fabulous Creative Dance teacher, the lovely Lalita Lakshmi, is joining us for the morning yoga and movement classes and a special dance session on the beach on Saturday night!LALITA PHOTO la swirly

Four writing workshops are included, covering all the basics of creative writing, whether you want to write fiction, memoir, poetry or for the screen or stage. So be ready to get stuck into your stories. Let me help you get them out of your head and onto the page.

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Brian at Amaroo has offered retreaters fantastic rates on extra nights, so extend your stay and relax into writing after all the workshops.

Enjoy the sun and the beaches and the company of all the wonderful new friends you’ll make on retreat.

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Treat yourself to this weekend away in the sun to write and swim and rediscover your creativity and sense of joy.

All this fun and learning for only $550 pp twin share or $660 for a room of your own!

Or if you pay before May 31st 2019

Just click here to pay $520 twin share (just email me to let me know who your’e sharing with)

Or $630 for a room of your own.

Find more information at the Facebook event page.

Or get in touch with me for all the details and to book.

Don’t miss out! Places ares strictly limited to only 15 participants and they’re filling up fast.

We always have a wonderful time. Hope to see you there!

lots of love,

Edwina xx

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Put yourself in this picture! : D

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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.

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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

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

You’ll have a wonderful time.

 

 

 

 

Last chance for early bird rates for RELAX AND WRITE

 

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Just back from my trip to far north Queensland and Cape York. Part of my adventures there was running writing workshops for kids, first at The Cathedral School’s Writers’ camp and then at Lockhart River State school. A couple of happy snaps of kids happily writing like furies. Just like you’ll be doing if you come along to Relax and Write! Last chance for early bird rates, so get in quick!

Email Helena on helenapastor2@gmail.com for booking forms and more info. More info in my last post too 🙂

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My Gift to You for Mental Health Week

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Be as calm and peaceful as these gentle Gods

In Australia this week is Mental Health Week and I’d like to do a little bit towards helping the whole world slow down, relax, and smile. So I’ve recorded a guided deep relaxation 

Take some time out from the busy-ness and let yourself relax fully. I promise you’ll feel better for it.

NEVER JUDGE A WRITER BY HER COVER!

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No limits!

The first participant I met at my Yoga/Writing course the other day, was a woman in a wheelchair. I wasn’t sure what Mary was capable of physically, but I knew that even if all she could do was some deep breathing, she’d benefit from the session. What I didn’t realize was how much Mary would teach me.

Mary has severe cerebral palsy, making all but the simplest movements very difficult. She had a support worker with her to help with her needs and to act as a scribe. Even with my experiences teaching in special schools years ago, I still had misconceptions about what Mary would be able to feel and interpret in her body.

I set an exercise where we physically embodied an emotion, then wrote about the sensations we’d experienced.  As the rest of the group scribbled furiously in their notebooks, Mary’s voice echoed in the background faster than her scribe could keep up.

As part of the activity students read their work aloud. Not knowing what to expect, but wanting to include her, I asked Mary to share her paragraph on fear.

What she had written blew us all away. She knew, better than any of us, how the muscles in her legs contracted ready to run, how her breath grew high and tight, how a sour taste rose in her throat and sat at the back of her tongue like a dead thing.

How wrong I had been! I’d assumed that because Mary was limited physically, that she would also have limited perceptions of her body. The opposite was true. When you need to consider every minute movement needed, which muscles to engage, even to  just take a sip of a drink, you know your body intimately.

Mary has a fierce intellect, a joyful heart and a never-say-die attitude that inspired us all. But more than that she is a passionate and talented writer I would have overlooked, simply because I stupidly made assumptions about what she was capable of based only on the way she looked.

Mary has forgiven me. As she wrote to me later, “The opportunity to challenge people’s misconceptions in a positive and supportive way is what I live for.”

Let Mary inspire you – despite all her challenges she’s self-published a memoir and is working on her next book!

No excuses now, are there?

WRITING THE BODY COURSE

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On the 31st of January, I am running a half-day WRITING THE BODY workshop through the fabulous Queensland Writers Centre, combining my twin passions, yoga and writing.

I have enjoyed a regular daily practice of yoga since 1993, and currently teach professional dancers at a local university. I’ve been doing yoga longer than most of my young students have been alive! It’s certainly the only thing that makes it possible for me to keep up with them, if only for a couple of hours.

However, yoga is much more than a physical discipline.  It is the perfect remedy for healing a multitude of woes, working on the emotional and spiritual planes alongside the physical in every pose.

Writing is a sedentary profession. Like most people these days, I spend far too long sitting down in front of a screen. A daily yoga practice helps keep my body pain-free and my mind clear. It also helps to build that discipline which is so necessary for those of us on creative paths –self discipline. Otherwise known as bum glue!

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In the WRITING THE BODY workshop I lead participants through gentle yoga exercises to help relieve common postural problems writers encounter, such as sore necks, shoulders and lower backs. But more than that, we will discover how to express the sensations of the body through writing and use yogic techniques to go deep within ourselves to unearth the stories held there.

It’s going to be lots of fun. I hope you can join me. Click here for more info and to sign up.

Free mini-massages for every participant!

You can combine my course with another session on journaling which looks wonderful. I guarantee you’ll come away feeling more relaxed than you have in years, with a renewed enthusiasm for writing.