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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https://nepomak.org/?n=buy-antibiotics-online-in-Canada How much: $1850* ($300 deposit to secure your booking).

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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

 

Kangaroo Island Retreat – March 2016

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Travel guide: Chris Carter (Time Travel Australia)

Writing tuition: Dr Inga Simpson

March 9 – 17, 2016

Group: max 10

Cost: $3195 (ex Adelaide)

 

a walk is only a step away from a story, and every path tells” ~ Robert Macfarlane.

Travel back in time to Kangaroo Island – considered Australia’s Galapagos – with author Inga Simpson (Nest, Mr Wigg, Where the Trees Were) in this week-long immersion in writing and in place. We’ll explore the island’s unique landscapes, natural and human histories, flora and fauna (did you know the island was once home to a dwarf emu?!) – and of course its fine food and wine.

KIEmuWe’ll be staying in historic lighthouse-keepers’ cottages, and, with Time Travel’s archaeologist Chris Carter as our host and  guide, traversing the island’s wild coastline, and getting to know some of its abundant wildlife and fascinating histories – including the first non-Indigenous settlement of South Australia.

In between all that stunning scenery, Inga will lead daily writing workshops, focusing on techniques for bringing the natural world to life on the page. How to describe what you see, remember – and imagine. You’ll develop a toolkit for evocative description, learn how to harness story and emotion, and to anchor plot, character and structure to place. Each workshop uses a combination of instruction, examples and practical writing exercises, with plenty of opportunity for discussion.

We’ll consider the traditions of nature writing, as well as issues such as anthropomorphism, notions of belonging, and acknowledging the whole history of a place. You’ll also receive one-on-one feedback on your writing (submitted beforehand), and, of course, have plenty of time to write – or just wander, in search of inspiration.

The retreat is ideal for nonfiction and fiction writers at all levels, particularly those with an interest in nature writing, environmental, travel or history writing, memoir, or place-based fiction. Unplugged from the mainland, you’ll not only explore the island but learn how to better capture a sense of place on the page – and tap deeper into your own creativity.

This is the first in our Retreat to an Island series, which combines travel with learning, offering a unique experience staying some of Australia’s most beautiful islands.

Emma Lindsay 2013, Dwarf kangaroo island emu (extinct), Oil on linen, 121 (w) x 149 (h). Photo: Elouise

Emma Lindsay 2013, Dwarf kangaroo island emu (extinct), Oil on linen, 121 (w) x 149 (h). Photo: Elouise

Tuition, feedback, accommodation, meals, transfers, and park fees are all included.

For more information about the writing program, contact Inga: inga@olvarwood.com.au

To book, or for a full itinerary, please contact Chris: info@ruins.com.au

Weekend Retreat @ Kioloa: 4-6 December

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December 4-6, 2015

Led by Inga Simpson and Chris Carter

Participants: 10-15

Cost: $525 (includes accommodation, tuition, guided walks, and all meals).

Where: Kioloa, far south coast, NSW

The miniature sandscapes of ridge and valley pressed into the soles of my feet and for days after the walk I would feel a memory of that pressure and pattern” ~ Robert Macfarlane.

Start your writing summer early by spending a weekend immersed in writing and place on the pristine far south coast of New South Wales.

Writing workshops will be led by Dr Inga Simpson, author of Nest and Mr Wigg. You’ll learn more about the genre of nature writing, and through a mixture of tuition, examples, practical writing exercises and discussion, hone your skills for describing the natural world and anchoring character and plot to place. You’ll also consider issues around writing for advocacy, anthropomorphism v anthropocentrism, and notions of belonging.

We’ll be staying in an historic homestead on the Australian National University Kioloa coastal campus. Kioloa dining and kitchen

The weekend will also include guided walks, led by archaeologist (and head chef!), Chris Carter. We’ll learn more about the natural and human histories of Kioloa and get a closer look at its beautiful beaches and forest.

Kioloa is 2 & 1/2 hours from Canberra and 3 & 1/2 hours from Sydney.

Watch a gorgeous video about Kioloa Coastal campus here.

Bookings via: info@ruins.com.au

Contact Inga regarding the workshop  content: Inga@olvarwood.com.au

 

Upcoming Nature Writing Retreats

tent-balconyOlvar Wood is excited to announce a new suite of nature writing retreats.

Our inaugural Shallow Crossing Nature Writing Retreat at The Escape, in May, was a great success. From 2016, we will be running the retreat each year in September/October as part of the Milton ArtsFest.

In the meantime, we can confirm that we will be offering a weekend nature writing retreat at Kiola, NSW (4-6 December).

Our Retreat to an Island series, in cahoots with Time Travel Australia, will kick off in March 2016 with a week-long retreat on Kangaroo Island.

In 2016, we also hope to offer nature writing retreats in Port Macquarie and Lamington National Park – more soon.

In 2017, again with Time Travel, we will be beginning our Nature Writing (and Walking) UK series with a journey across Britain – details soon.

In 2018, we are planning a one-off nature writing and ornithology trip to Peru!

Contact Inga to register your interest or join our mailing list: inga@olvarwood.com.au

Nature Writing Retreat: Shallow Crossing, 3-8 May

Olvar Wood’s inaugural nature writing retreat will run from 3-8 May, 2015.

We’ll be ‘glamping’ at The Escape, at Shallow Crosssing, near Bateman’s Bay, on the south coast of NSW.  It’s a beautiful, wild setting: river frontage, amid a forest of spotted gums and cycads. The accommodation is glamorous and … the food to die for.

It’s an immersion in nature, and writing about place – whether you’re dreaming of being the next Annie Dillard or Barry Lopez, wanting to write the waves like Winton, or perhaps just sharpen your activist pencil to save your local environment.

There is a maximum of eight places available for residential writers.

The cost is $1995 per person (single occupancy)

or $1610 per person (twin or double share).

The cost includes:

  • all tuition (three morning workshops and one full-day workshop – held in the studio)
  • one-on-one feedback on up to 5000 words (submitted beforehand)
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • drinks and nibbles on arrival
  • all meals & soft drinks
  • morning teas
  • half day nature walk with Yuin Nation elder, Noel Butler
  • evening fireside concert with local musician Roddy Reason
  • access to retreat kayaks.

Of course, there will also be plenty of free time for you to wander, read, write and relax!

The retreat is ideal for non fiction and fiction writers with an interest in the natural world. The workshops focus on techniques for bringing landscapes, flora and fauna to life for your audience, including: effective description, use of emotion, and the importance of story. Each workshop uses a combination of instruction, examples and practical writing exercises, with opportunities for discussion. We’ll consider the traditions of nature writing, as well as issues such as anthropomorphism, the pressures of writing for advocacy, connection to place, and the blurry line between nature writing and memoir.

You’ll also meet with one of the tutors one afternoon during the retreat for individual feedback on up to 5000 words (fiction, non fiction or poetry) submitted beforehand.

Tuition and feedback will be provided by Dr Inga Simpson .

One-day workshop

Up to ten non-residential writers will be able to attend the full-day workshop on the Tuesday (9.30am-4pm), including lunch and morning tea, for $125.

This workshop is ideal for professional writers working in environmental fields, as well as creative writers. The workshop will focus on broadening your knowledge of nature and environmental writing, equipping you with a ‘toolkit’ for describing the natural world, and tips on writing for advocacy.

Retreat bookings require a deposit of $250 by 31 January (fully refundable), with the balance due 23 March.

Workshop bookings, with payment, can be made at any time up until 14 April, 2015.

[Note: If you are unable to make it this year, the next retreat will run over one week in October, 2016 as part of the Milton Arts Festival. ]

For all enquiries and bookings, please email admin@olvarwood.com.au

 

The Great Escape: Nature Writing Retreat 2015

tent-balcony-viewWe are excited to announce that Olvar Wood will be offering an exclusive nature writing retreat next year, in late April.

We’ll be ‘glamping’ at The Escape, at Shallow Crosssing, near Bateman’s Bay, on the south coast of NSW.  It’s a beautiful, wild setting: river frontage, amid a forest of spotted gums and cycads. The accommodation is glamorous and … the food to die for.

It’s an immersion in nature, and writing about place – whether you’re dreaming of being the next Annie Dillard or Barry Lopez, wanting to write waves like Winton, or perhaps just wanting to sharpen your activist pencil to save your local environment.

There are five tents up for grabs, either for single or share occupancy, so a maximum of ten places for residential writers.

The cost is $1995 per person (single occupancy)

or $1607 per person (twin or double share).

This includes:

  • all tuition (four morning workshops and one full-day workshop – held in the studio)
  • one-on-one feedback on writing submitted beforehand
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • drinks and nibbles on arrival
  • all meals & soft drinks
  • morning teas
  • half day nature walk with Yuin Nation elder, Noel Butler
  • evening fireside concert with local musician Roddy Reason
  • access to retreat kayaks.

Tuition and feedback will be provided by Dr Inga Simpson.

Non-residential nature writers will be able to attend a one-day workshop on the Thursday (10am-5pm), including lunch and morning tea, for $125.

More information is available here:

For bookings, please email admin@olvarwood.com.au