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Exotic Writing Retreats

6 Reasons Why an Exotic Writing Retreat Should Be Your Next Dream Vacation
Plus – Our Top Picks for Your Stay

Exotic Writing Retreats, an article by Rochelle Angyal

Exotic Writing Retreats around the world, writing retreat treasure map

For the majority of my adult life, I’ve been dreaming about two things: travelling the world and finally Writing that novel. These two dreams have always been at odds with each other, because a novel is a lot of work, and travelling for leisure is…well…not. However, at some time or another, I’m sure everyone has received a piece of advice on writing that centered around a change of scenery. Surely, there must be a way to balance the two? That’s where an exotic writing retreat comes in. It’s the perfect hybrid of a relaxing escape and stimulating writing environment, and these retreats are popping up everywhere. Here’s why we think an exotic writing retreat should be next on your bucket list:

1. The Weather

This one is kind of a no-brainer, isn’t it? Maybe you’re based in a country with a harsh winter (here’s looking at you, Canada) and you are in desperate need of Vitamin D, or your novel is set in the arctic tundra and you need a little inspiration. Either way, you can find a retreat that gives you the experience you are looking for.

Our picks:

Creative Revolution Retreats in Satta, Argentina (for the sun-seekers)
Iceland Writing Retreats (for when you would rather not see the sun)
SIWC at Sea (it’s a retreat on a cruise ship!)

2. The Fellowship

For as much as we need our uninterrupted writing time, we writers gravitate towards one-another. We crave the workable feedback that only another writer can give to us. Before you know it, ideas are flowing, and you may or may not have outlined a book together. Writing Retreats are a great opportunity to vibe with like-minded people that can help you work out the kinks in a project.

Our picks:

Under the Volcano in Tepoztlán, México
Retreats for You in North Devon, England

3. The Guidance

There’s nothing like the one-on-one guidance from a retreat facilitator. During these private sessions, you can receive individualized suggestions and strategic plans to take your work to the next level. It’s kind of like if you took your editor and your life coach on vacation with you.

Our picks:

Retreats with Carolyn Flynn, various locations
Writing Retreats with Firefly Creative Writing, various locations in Ontario, Canada

4. Combining Your Passions

We all have things in our lives that we’re passionate about, that light a fire in us. If you’re reading this, that probably means that writing is one of your passions. Human beings are complex creatures who are more than capable of having two, three or several different interests. A lot of writing retreats combine other activities with your writing sessions, so you can have some well-rounded bliss or discover your next new thing! Many retreats include yoga and meditation, while some include things like cooking classes and walking with alpacas (yes, please).

Our picks:

Writers who RUN in Georgia, USA
Retreats for You in North Devon, England
The Himalayan Writing Retreat in Satkhol, India

5. The Food

I can’t be the only one who writes better on a full stomach. While you’re writing, let your inner foodie come out to play with some chef-prepared cuisine. This is great way to not only treat yourself but experience some local delicacies too. Also, yay for no dishes!

Our picks:

Write Away Europe, various locations
Food and Wine Writing Workshop in Verona, Italy

6. Personal Growth

No matter where you decide to go, whether your retreat includes a long hike, or you haven’t left your writing desk all day, whether you’re eating a specially crafted meal or grabbing a sandwich from the bodega down the street, these writing retreats are a chance at new experiences, new friends, new skills, self care, creative expression and whatever the heck else you’d like it to be. Embrace the adventure, be present and see where the journey takes you. It’s a big world out there.

Our picks:

Journey to Self, Vietnam
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, Alberta, Canada
Hamlet’s Hideaway, various locations in Denmark
The Creative Writer’s Workshop in Galway, Ireland


Rochelle Angyal
About the Author – Rochelle Angyal

Rochelle Angyal is a writer and marketer from Ontario, Canada. She spends her time making, and apologizing for, inappropriate jokes – usually involving curse words.

*I haven’t personally attended all of these retreats, so make sure you do your own research before committing, and definitely check out the reviews.


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