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Frequently

Asked Questions

 

Free With Words retreats are about experiencing a week of total immersion in beautiful and tranquil surroundings, with an intimate group of like-minded writers. If you want space to write and relax with the added bonus of support to help you along the way, plus fun social occasions, this retreat is for you.

I’m not sure what I want to write. Is it still okay for me to attend this retreat?

Of course! If you've felt the pull, and something in your heart is telling you that you want to come on this retreat, that's a good indication that you know deep down you have a story to share, and you know this is a good way forward. We will be offering coaching to participants both during the retreat and afterwards to help clarify any goals and our tutors will be available at allocated times to provide support. Not all writers come to retreat knowing exactly what they will be working on; others come with works in progress. Either is fine.

Why is this retreat right for me?

Free With Words retreats are about experiencing a week of total immersion in beautiful and tranquil surroundings,  with an intimate group of like-minded writers. If you want space to write and relax with the added bonus of support to help you along the way, plus fun social occasions, this retreat is for you.

What will I get from this retreat?

Our goal is for you to get to a clear and present place with your writing while learning with experts, and for you to go home feeling rested, empowered and enabled to pursue your writing in a way that feels good to you.

How much space is allocated to free time?

Lots! We understand that creative energy doesn't adhere to a rigid timetable. Some of us write better in the mornings, and sometimes inspiration catches hold of us in the afternoon or late into the evening. We have put together a programme, but ultimately you will be able to do what you please with your time. If you want to take a day trip, or an afternoon exploring and recharging your creative batteries, you are free to do whatever you choose.

What's the focus of the workshops?

Workshops will cover various aspects of writing, and individual feedback sessions will give you an idea of how you can improve your work. We'll be practising meditation each morning (optional), and you'll learn to add this to your writer's tool kit as a wonderful resource to help you clear your head and get into writing mode.

Are the workshops compulsory?

The workshops, meditation sessions and any other aspect of the retreat are not compulsory. There's nobody telling you that you must participate or write a certain amount during your time with us. We trust that you know your own desires, and that you’ll use the time on our retreat for exactly what you need.

When should I organise my flights and travel, and health insurance?

Once your place is reserved, you will receive an email with details pertaining to minimum guest numbers required in order for the retreat to go ahead. Travel insurance is required for each participant and it's recommended to take out a suitable policy with adequate medical expenses and cancellation cover once your flights are booked due to any unforeseen circumstances that may prevent you from travelling. Please ensure you check the T&Cs of your individual policy to ensure you have adequate cover for your needs. 

What times are check-in and check-out?

Check-in is 4pm and check-out is 10am, with access to the ground floor until 11am. For your comfort, we recommend you keep these times in mind when making travel arrangements. We cannot accommodate early arrivals.

What are the payment terms?

An €800 non-refundable deposit is due within 24 hours of the acceptance of your booking. Visit the booking page for the instalment dates of deposits.

Any other questions? Visit our contact page and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!