Orkney-Shetland Retreat

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18 August -1 Sept  2019
Tour Leader: Dr Inga Simpson
Cost: tbc
Group size: 8-10

metronidazole 400mg price USA “I knew I had no future with someone who didn’t feel the lure of the islands, their peculiar blend of Scottish present and Norse past, the volatile sky, the ever-present sea.” 

~ Victoria Whitworth, Swimming with Seals.

This journey to Scotland’s magical islands, Orkney and Shetland, is a unique combination of travel and retreat, writing and walking, nature and archaeology. It is an immersion in some of the world’s most inspirational landscapes, rich in natural, human and literary histories.

The tour will include a mix of writing workshops, archaeological excursions and nature walks. We will meet up in Kirkwall, spending seven nights in Orkney and six nights in Shetland (the missing night will be onboard the ferry, journeying between the two), the tour finishes in Lerwick.

On Orkney we’ll stay on Mainland, which features some of the best known Neolithic sites: Skara Brae, Maes Howe, and Ness of Brodgar, where we’ll be able to see a live archaeological dig up close. On nearby Rousay, we’ll see evidence of every stage of Orkney history, much of it at Midhowe. We’ll also travel further afield, to the island of Hoy, for a long walk, taking in the Old Man of Hoy and Berriedale Forest, the most northerly native woodland in Britain. We’ll travel to Westray and Papa Westray, to see the oldest standing structure in NW Europe, the Knap of Howar, and The Westray Wife – the earliest depiction of a human form found in Scotland.

Westray Wife

Shetland, the northernmost part of Scotland, is even more wild and remote, containing a broad range of prehistoric ruins. We’ll visit Mousa Broch and Staneydale Temple, take a coastal walk in Hermaness Nature Reserve, another good walk at the Keen of Hamar, and visit the bird sanctuary on the Isle of Noss.

Writing workshops

Along the way, you’ll learn how to capture what you see and experience on the page, through a series of practical workshops, and one-on-one feedback from Inga.

The workshops are suitable for writers at all levels, whether interested in nature writing, travel writing, memoir, fiction, blog-writing, short pieces or book-length projects. Content will be tailored to suit the interests and skills of participants.

The eight workshops (mostly in the morning) will explore a range of techniques for writing about place: description, story, emotion, and working in combination with plot and character. The workshops utilise a mixture of tuition, examples (often from works set in those places we will be visiting), practical writing exercises, and group discussion.

You’ll receive written and verbal feedback on up to 5000 words submitted beforehand. And you’ll have the opportunity to apply what you have learned, developing a personal piece about your journey along the way, to submit to Inga for feedback.

Alternate activities will be available for non-writing partners.

Tour highlights:

Skara Brae
Maes Howe
Old Man of Hoy
Berriedale Forest
Ness of Brodgar
Mousa Broch
Staneydale Temple
Keen of Hamar
Isle of Noss
Unique bird and wildlife
Whiskey and gin tastings
Archaeological dig

Inclusions:

Tour leader and/or local guides for the duration of the tour
Accommodation (twin-share) in 4-star accommodation with private facilities. Single supplement available on request
Land transport on private, chartered mini-coach
Most meals
8  writing workshops with Inga Simpson
Individual feedback on 5000 words submitted beforehand
One-on-one meeting with Inga
Feedback on a piece of writing developed during the trip
Entries to sites listed in itinerary
Comprehensive tour booklet
Group tips (bus drivers, local guides)

*based on twin-share, Single-supplement prices tbc.

“I may come here every day, but I have never yet come to the same place twice.” ~ Victoria Whitworth.

Birsay Lighthouse

For expressions of interest, a more detailed itinerary, or more information about the writing workshops, email inga@olvarwood.com.au

 

 

Lamington NP Retreat

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We’re excited to announce a five-night nature writing retreat in world heritage-listed Lamington National Park, staying at historic O’Reilly’s.

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  • Five nights’ accommodation in a Rainforest Lodge Mountain View room
  • All tuition (5 morning workshops)
  • Personal feedback on written work submitted beforehand (up to 5000 words).
  • Welcome sunset drinks and nibbles at Moonlight Crag (a 500m clifftop overlooking the Lost World Rainforest and MacPherson Ranges), followed by drinks and a light dinner in the Rainforest Bar
  • Five buffet breakfasts in the Rainforest Retreat Guesthouse
  • Three 3-course dinners in the Rainforest Retreat Guesthouse
  • Final night private dinner in the Mountain View Dining Room
  • Guided early morning bird walk
  • Morning canopy treetop walk
  • Guides glow worms night walk
  • A winetasting tour at Canungra Valley Vineyard
  • FREE Wi-Fi
  • Tea, coffee, and a light morning tea during session.
  • Gorgeous walks, scenery, and Gondwanaland remnants on tap

The retreat is suitable for writers at all levels. It focuses on place, and capturing the natural world on the page, whether in fiction, nonfiction, memoir, travel writing or poetry – and the content will be tailored to suit the writing needs of participants.

Workshops will cover: research, character, plot and place, setting & description, developing a novel from a messy manuscript to a polished draft, self editing, and submission. I use a mixture of tuition, practical writing exercises, and writing examples, with plenty of opportunity for group discussion.

Notes:

Transfers are available from Gold Coast Airport at an additional cost.

*If you would prefer to stay in a newly-appointed Villa, which has a full kitchen, and self-cater (other than the welcome and final dinners), the total cost would be $2630.  The villas have two-bedrooms and two-bathrooms, so you could share with another writer, or bring a writing pal, to reduce the cost. Please enquire if you would like to book this option.

Deposits are fully refundable until 5 July.

There is a restaurant, bar, café and small store on site.

Please email me with any questions.

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White Beech by Germaine Greer

Green Mountains by Bernard O’Reilly.

One Mountain After Another by Arthur Groom

Comfort Food by Ellen van Neerven

Birds by Judith Wright

 

New Year – new look

There have been some changes in the Wood, not least a holiday period without rain. It’s the driest summer so far, with some of the Wood’s inhabitants somewhat worse for wear, and everything tending to brown – a colour we are unfamilar with up here!

Tourist operators and beach-goers are happy though, after a string of disaster-sodden summers, which is a plus. And there is much less mowing to do.

To mark the new year, we’ve revamped the website. It’s still a bit of a work in progress – so do let us know what you think.

May this year, 2013, be the Year of Writing, and writing success, for all of you.

 

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