“Good nature-literature, like all literature, is more lived than written” ~ Dallas Lore Sharp.


Olvar Wood runs nature writing retreats in several beautiful locations each year, led by Inga Simpson. It’s a great way to spend time immersed in place and your writing to hone your skills at capturing the natural world on the page.

Coming up: 5-day retreat at Lamington National Park.

Our Shallow Crossing Nature Writing Retreat at ‘The Escape’, on the far south coast of NSW, will run again in March 2017.

Coming soon: writing retreats in Port Macquarie, Kioloa, and the UK.

Our retreats are tailored to suit participants, and suitable for writers at all stages (fiction or nonfiction) interested in better evoking landscapes, flora and fauna on the page, and utilising the natural world not only as setting but the anchor for character, plot and structure. Whether journaling or blogging, travel writing, planning a novel, or completing a work of creative non-fiction – you’ll find a retreat an enriching experience.

For more information, to express an interest in any of the above retreats, or join our mailing list, please contact:

Olvar Wood can also organise a writing retreat for your group, or help find a tutor for your upcoming retreat.