Stretch Yourself
A writing retreat for beginners from 6-9 April 2018
CANCELLED DUE TO SH60 ROAD CLOSURE
Be brave enough to listen to yourself.
Be bold enough to use your voice.
The best time for new beginnings is now.
Our focus
Have you always loved writing but want to take it to the next level? This creative writing retreat for beginners will help you tune in - with mind, body and heart - to the source of your creative inspiration and practise some fundamental craft skills. You will get the space and support to create a new piece of work in the form of your choice - fiction, narrative non-fiction or poetry - or polish an existing small project (up to 1,000 words).

Cancelled due to SH60 Takaka Hill road closure

Kerry says:
"There is something sacred about writing for me - I feel connected to something much bigger than myself. When I'm really in the zone, I lose track of time and feel deeply fulfilled; the words pour out of me.

"This retreat is an opportunity to leave behind the familiarity of the mundane, and stretch and connect with your own body and life force, so that you can tap into a much deeper well of creative inspiration and move much faster into a 'flow' state when writing. It's also a chance to put inspiration into practice and learn how to polish what you have written - in my experience, editing can be as much fun as writing and the time when magic often happens.

"The workshops will suit both beginners and those who have writing experience but want to stretch themselves and experiment with new forms. If you've always wanted to write a story, but haven't known where to start, or haven't had either the time or confidence to get the words on the page, this retreat will help you ignite your passion and keep it aflame. Who wants to get to the end of their life and say, 'If only...'?

"It's my goal to ensure everyone feels capable and confident to find and express their own unique voice - and by the end of the retreat - feel genuinely proud of and surprised by what they've accomplished."
Our inspiring venue
Zatori Retreat has panoramic views of Collingwood estuary looking out towards Farewell Spit. Accommodation in the main house includes four luxury suites, each with their own ensuite bathroom and private deck to take advantage of the view. Accommodation in Zatori's east wing includes a selection of eight rooms all with spectacular views and doors that open straight onto an expansive feature deck and outdoor area.

Find out more about our awe-inspiring location.

Find out more how to get to the retreat.
Your space to write
Retreat schedule for 6-9 April 2018
Friday, 6 April
16:00 - Arrive and settle in
17:00 - Welcome/Mihimihi
17:30 - Yoga Nidra (45 mins)
19:00 - Dinner
20:30 - Writing session 1
21:30 - Free time
Saturday, 7 April
07:00 - Yoga (1 hr)
08:00 - Breakfast
10:00 - Writing workshop (2 hrs)
13:00 - Lunch
14:00 - Writing session 2
17:00 - Yoga nidra (45 mins)
19:00 - Dinnner
20:30 - Writing session 3 (optional)
21:30 - Free time
Sunday, 8 April
07:00 - Yoga (1 hr)
08:00 - Breakfast
10:00 - Writing workshop (2 hrs)
13:00 - Lunch
14:00 - Writing session 4
17:00 - Yoga nidra (45 mins)
19:00 - Dinnner
20:30 - Reading/sharing
22:00 - Free time
Monday, 9 April
07:00 - Writing session 5
08:00 - Breakfast
09:00 - Pack up/check-out of rooms
10:00 - Reflections and farewells
11:00 - Depart
Your investment
Your investment starts at only $650 for the retreat. This includes three nights' accommodation, all meals, tea and plunger coffee, all writing tuition and five yoga classes. Espresso coffee and other beverages are additional. You can upgrade your accommodation for an additional fee. Choose your preferred style of accommodation below.
Book with a friend before 28 February 2018 and you'll each get 10% off!
Private room with shared bathroom
2 rooms available
$795
  • Three nights accommodation with option to stay another night for free
  • All linen and towels provided
  • Shared bathroom
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Superior Queen suite
2 rooms available
$925
  • Three nights accommodation
  • Private room with queen bed, quality linen and furnishings
  • Ensuite bathroom
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Superior King suite
2 rooms available
$1,050-1,195
  • Three nights accommodation
  • Private room with king bed, quality linen and furnishings
  • Ensuite bathroom
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A 30 per cent deposit must be paid within five business days of booking to secure your place. The balance must be paid 21 days before the retreat.

Cancellation policy: If Write Across New Zealand cancels the event for any reason, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel your booking anytime at least one month (31 days) before the retreat, your deposit (and full payment if already made) will be refunded. If you cancel less than 21 days before the event, you will receive a refund less the 30 per cent deposit. If you cancel anytime after 14 days before the event, no refund will be possible unless your position is filled by someone else.