spring 2012 003In 2015, we are running a 5-day nature writing retreat at ‘The Escape’ at Shallow Crossing on the far south coast of NSW, in what we hope will become an annual event.

We can also organise group retreats on request or provide a writing tutor for your upcoming retreat.

We also offer a residential support option, in combination with short or long term mentorships, at a nearby bed and breakfast (see below).


Residential mentorships

Olvar Wood offers writers seeking to get away and work more intensively on their project the option of a retreat in combination with a short or long term mentorship.

Just down the road from Olvar Wood is a delightful B&B – Turmeric Gardens – with two self-contained cabins. Writers who book a retreat at Turmeric can opt to add on meetings and feedback with their mentor. The first meeting is free for existing Olvar Wood clients, and follow up meetings can be booked at a cost of $50.00 per hour of the mentor’s time. You can book meetings with your mentor on a daily or occasional basis, or purchase a standard weekend or week-long support program. Your mentor will come to Turmeric Gardens to meet with you in the comfort of your cabin, to provide feedback and advice on your writing project, including feedback on your progress during your stay and advice about how to proceed when you return to the ‘real world’. Alternatively, you can also wander up the road and meet in ‘the studio’ at Olvar Wood.

A standard ‘weekend’ residential mentorship package includes 6 hours of mentoring, including 3 hours of meetings and 3 hours of reading and preparation, and costs $275.00. NB: Accommodation is booked and paid for separately. Weekend stays are available from $220.00.

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A standard ‘week-long’ residential mentorship package includes 14 hours of mentoring, including 7 hours of meetings, and 7 hours of reading and preparation, and costs $650.00. NB: Accommodation is booked and paid for separately through Turmeric Gardens. Week-long stays are available from $980.00.

You can find out more about Turmeric Gardens by visiting their website Or contact Shelley and Peter to enquire about a booking: 07 5478 9324 or

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