3 Day Writer’s Retreat with Author, Linda Hansen
Friday 22 – Sunday 24 September 2017
$220 accommodation and food plus dana/koha for the teacher
“As a workshop facilitator, Linda generously reveals her ‘trade secrets’ to all participants, and guides them through each aspect of her art with equal mastery during hands-on practice. It was lots of fun! ” – Tomasz Swinarski
About The Retreat
Explore your natural writing abilities in an inspiring environment. Whether you are new to creative writing or already an experienced writer, the retreat is an ideal way to deepen your work. Facilitated by published author, Linda Hansen and set in the unique and beautiful setting of Tushita Ashram, this is an opportunity to finally transform your great idea into a plot for a novel, play or short story; investigate theme, characters and point of view; examine pace, dialogue, creative blocks and more. The retreat includes on-site accommodation, tuition and all meals, so you can relax and give your full attention to your own creative writing process. This retreat is limited to 15 people and some handouts will be provided.
What You Will Learn on This Retreat
- Discover your writer’s voice, and hear what it has to say
- Distil your words more purposefully onto the page
- Practise both free-flowing and more formal writing styles
- Make the most of your own vocabulary
- Be comfortable with editing
- Learn more about the practical aspects of writing such as writers’ groups, competitions, manuscript assessment, making submissions, self-publishing, standard publishing … and beyond
What is Included on This Retreat
- 2 nights accommodation
- Healthy vegetarian meals and refreshments
- A beautiful and supportive setting
- Structured and free time
- All tuition
- Pick up from Kerikeri or Taipa (see details below)
“I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop run by Linda, with its stimulating exercises, ideas and discussion. Linda provides clear and uncomplicated instructions, supportive feedback and encouragement and I recommend her as a presenter.” – Carolyn Lankow, Owner: ‘Writer’s Plot Readers Read’ Bookshop
The venue for the retreat is the beautiful Tushita Ashram Hermitage in Peria Valley, Northland. Set amongst the sub-tropical vegetation, Tushita Ashram is a unique and safe sanctuary with plenty of space, shared communal areas and areas to spend time alone, should you wish.
Accommodation and Meals
On-site accommodation and meals are provided for you. Accommodation is in shared rooms. Some single rooms are available on application, for an extra $20/night. The Ashram provides an outstandingly beautiful environment, grounded in a profound and deep tradition, together with well-designed, modern facilities.
Who is it Suitable For?
This Retreat is suitable for aspiring, returning and practiced writers.
This retreat is $220 plus dana/koha for Linda. The $220 covers all your meals and accommodation. Linda’s fee is not set and consists entirely of your Dana offering. Dana (meaning generosity) invites each person to offer according to their means and what the retreat has been worth to them. Dana payment is given at the end of the retreat. This can be in cash, cheque or by internet banking – an account number will be provided. (Please note: there is no Eftpos at Tushita Ashram)
Retreat Facilitator – Linda Hansen
has a diverse body of writing published in New Zealand and overseas, including three books. Her latest are YA novels An Unexpected Hero (2014) and Bad Oil and the Animals (2016). An Unexpected Hero,introducing Archibald Baxter, WW1 pacifist and father of James K. Baxter, is the 2017 choice for Year 7-8 in the ReadAloud programme shared by more than ninety NZ schools and others as far away as Connecticut. Over six weeks teachers read the book aloud, one chapter at a time, and students share online discussion and creative projects inspired by the story with each other and the author.
Linda brings to this workshop a lifetime’s pleasure in language, along with years of teaching writing at tertiary level. She has won several creative writing awards and also works as a storyteller for all ages, celebrating this ancestor of all literature. She holds a Master of Communications from Victoria University, is an NZSA and NZ Storylines member and you can see details of her recent books at www.lphansen.com. All three will all be available at the Retreat, along with specially-created handouts.
“Lively, invariably original and captivating for learners of all ages.’” – Catherine Grace, General Manager, Tauhara Retreat and Conference Centre
Retreat Details and Bookings
Start Date and Time: Fri 22 September 6.00PM
Finish Date and Time: Sun 24 September 1.00PM
Location: Tushita Ashram
Price: $220 plus koha/dana for Linda
Payment required: Non-refundable deposit($50) at time of booking via internet banking or cheque. Full payment must be made 3 weeks prior to the retreat to ensure your booking is confirmed.
Refunds: 100% Refunds(minus deposit) available up to 2 weeks prior to retreat commencing. 50% refunds available from then.
Accommodation and Meals: All included
How to Book: Get Tickets Here
Questions: Complete the Contact Form here.
Getting There and Transport
The Tushita Ashram is located at Oruru Road, Peria Valley in Northland
You can reach the Tushita Ashram by car. Off street car-parking is provided.
The nearest airport to Tushita Ashram is Kerikeri. Air New Zealand provides regular flights to and from Kerikeri via Auckland. Pick up and drop off can be arranged from Kerikeri airport to Tushita Ashram for $25 per person each way. If people are arriving on flights within approximately two hours of each other, we will co-ordinate one pick-up.
Alternatively – if you arrive at Kerikeri airport in the morning – another option is to take the shuttle into Kerikeri($12), and then the 12.35pm Intercity bus to Taipa.
Intercity provides transport from most NZ centres to Taipa. Taipa is about 20 minutes drive from Tushita Ashram. Free pick up and drop off can be arranged from Taipa to Tushita Ashram.
Pick up and drop-off
If you require pick up and/or drop off from Taipa or Kerikeri , please contact us at least 1 week before your course or retreat starts so it can be arranged.