Saturday 28th April

Yoga & Writing Beltane Retreat

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Optional Spa until 8 p.m.

David Lloyd, Newhaven Harbour, Edinburgh

Unblock your creativity. Nurture your ideas. Give them energy to flourish while building writing focus on our very special Yoga & Creative Writing Beltane Retreat. Join us to celebrate the Gaelic Fire Festival of Beltane in preparation for a summer filled with days of creative fruition. 


Yoga teacher Vanessa Rigby and author Noelle Harrison will open up your creativity through the balancing practice of yoga and stretching writing exercises in the beautiful city of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Vanessa & Noelle

Hosted by David Lloyd in Newhaven Harbour, our one-day urban retreat includes time for relaxation in their Celsius Spa with its hydrotherapy pool, sauna and steam room. 


Beltane marks the beginning of summer. A time of year to make time for your creative dreams and take action! Our Yoga and Creative Writing Beltane Retreat is a symbiosis of inner reflection, and outer expression. Through the balancing of yoga practice, and guided writing exercises, you will become more aware of the relationship between your body and your mind, writing through your body, and opening up your creativity.


Whether you are a complete beginner wanting to explore different ways of expressing your inner voice and creativity, a yogi wishing to journal, or a writer wanting to develop your focus and writing stamina, our Beltane Retreat offers you something special.  We create a safe and stretching space to deepen your relationship with yourself, while also connecting with a small intimate group in a nurturing and restorative environment.


Any Questions? Email:  

Ph: +44 (0)7391031652
On twitter: @AuroraWriters

The Tutors

Noelle Harrison


Noelle Harrison is the Irish author of eight novels, and has been translated into over 13 different languages.  Her short stories have been published in Lines of Vision, Irish Writers on Irish Art, and in Gutter Magazine of New Scottish Writing. She has won The Meath Chronicle Short Story Award, and has been shortlisted for the Molly Keane Short Story Award, and The Hennessey New Irish Writing Short Story Award.Noelle has extensive experience of teaching writing workshops in Ireland, Scotland, Norway and London, and is a founder of Aurora Writers Retreats.

In February 2017 Noelle  co-hosted Aurora Writers Retreats First Days of Spring Writing Retreat in the Scottish Borders. She frequently travels to Norway where she has taught a series of popular writing courses – HOW TO WRITE A BOOK, PICTURE THIS! & PURE FICTION at Litteraturhuset in Bergen co-hosted by Skrivekunstkollektivet in Norway. In February 2018 she co-hosted our inaugural Imbolc Yoga & Creative Writing Retreat in Edinburgh with Vanessa Rigby.  Having lived in Bergen for several years, Noelle now lives and works in Edinburgh in Scotland.

Noelle has been practising yoga for nearly 10 years and has found it invaluable in her life as writer. Her new novel, The Gravity of Love, will be published by Black & White Publishing on 24th May 2018.

Vanessa Rigby


Vanessa has been practicing yoga for over 10 years allowing her to feel more centred and grounded both on and off the mat.  Following her passion for yoga she embarked on teacher training in 2015 and completed her 200hr yoga teacher training and 85 hours Antenatal yoga.

She has a daily Mysore practice and studies alongside her teacher Sarah Hatcher. Vanessa co-hosted our inaugural Yoga & Creative Writing Retreat with Noelle in February.

Before becoming a yoga teacher Vanessa studied Occupational Therapy and worked with people in many different settings. When Vanessa is not teaching and practicing yoga she spends her time buzzing about the city with her daughter, finding time to be by the sea, prowling round for anywhere that sells good cake and keeping an eye out for live music and decent films.

The Retreat

Saturday 28th April  10.00 – 17.00


Our Yoga & Creative Writing Beltane Retreat will incorporate Vinyasa, Hatha and Nidra yoga practice in symbiosis with unblocking creativity, writing prompts and confidence building writing practice.

The day begins at 10.00 and ends at 5.00 p.m. Our program incorporates three sessions of yoga and creative writing that are interlinked with the intention of transitioning from inner reflection to outer expression.


There will be one morning break, when we will be providing teas, coconut water, and fruit . There will be a lunch break from 1.00 – 2.00 p.m. but we do not include lunch. Participants are welcome to buy coffee or lunch at David Lloyd’s café downstairs, go outside for lunch, or bring their own food to eat in our designated retreat space in David Lloyd.

The Spa


Our program ends 5.00 p.m but participants are welcome to use facilities at David Lloyd Gym until 8 p.m. This includes time for relaxation and reflection in Celsius Spa with its heated hydrotherapy pool, saunas, and steam room.
Additionally participants can use the gym area, showers, changing rooms, swimming pool and Jacuzzi, as well as eat at the David Lloyd’s restaurant and bar. (There is however no access to racquet or tennis courts.)

Price: £80 / £70 for all David Lloyd Members & Tribe Yoga Members

4 Student / low income places at £50 

All fees include:

  • The full day of yoga and creative writing workshops from 10 – 5.00 p.m.
  • Teas, coconut water, and fruit
  • Use of The Celsius Spa with hydrotherapy pool, sauna and steam room until 8.00 p.m.
  • Use of David Lloyd Gym, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, showers and changing rooms.

Not included:

  • Use of tennis or racquet courts at David Lloyd Gym.
  • Accommodation or meals. However participants are welcome to eat in David Lloyd’s fabulous restaurant and we will provide you with the opportunity of pre-ordering from the menu for lunch on Saturday 28th April. 
  • Additionally if you are looking for accommodation in Edinburgh for the weekend please do let us know and we will assist you as much as we can. Located right next door to David Lloyd in Newhaven Harbour is Premier Inn. 


Numbers are limited on our Beltane Retreat as we want each participant to get the most out of our teaching. Book your place early to avoid disappointment! 


Any Questions?  Please don’t hesitate to contact us email: / Tel: 07391031652



With stunning views of the Firth of Forth from our retreat space at David Lloyd in Newhaven Harbour you will be inspired by the distant mountains and rolling sea. 

The Scottish capital of Edinburgh is steeped in history. As you ascend the cobbled Royal Mile towards the Castle, it is as if you are walking back into the past. From the dark alleys of its Medieval Old Town, to the classical sweep of its Georgian New Town, it is impossible to ignore the whispers of Edinburgh’s ancestors.

As a UNESCO City of Literature Edinburgh is the perfect location for our Beltane Yoga & Creative Writing Retreat. Edinburgh is also famous for its thrilling Beltane Fire Festival. Why not stay on in the city after our retreat to experience this stunning event?


‘A wonderfully nurturing and creative day. I found the pairing of yoga and writing very evocative. Thank you!’

Claire Wingfield, Dunfermline, U.K.

‘Such an enriching experience with a great bunch of women.’

Lynne Dickson, U.K.

‘After a day at Aurora Writers Into The Light Yoga & Creative retreat in Edinburgh, I am adorned with the armour of my intrepid warrior self, the peaceful warrior and the creative warrior. No longer shall I walk this journey of literary and creative discovery on my own. No longer shall I be the lackey of self-doubt and trepidation. With my new literary companions from Aurora’s Writers’ Retreats forever by my side, fuelling me with the memories of an unforgettable and powerful session and a connectivity that stretches from Harrogate to Scotland, across to Norway and around the world, bringing together all women who have a bloody good story to tell.’

Francesca Hepton, Harrogate, U.K.

You can read Francesca’s full review of the retreat day on



‘I took part in Aurora Writers’ two-day writer’s retreat in Lauder, Scotland in February 2017 with Noelle Harrison and Melody Nixon.  Their approach was clear, practical and inspiring.  Whether you’re a beginner or advanced writer,
the teaching catered to every level.  Noelle and Melody’s experience, knowledge and know-how leaves you roaring to write.  If you get the chance to attend one of Aurora Writers’ Retreats don’t pass it up!’

Ila Moldenhauer, Bergen, Norway



“My experience with Noelle, both working with her and attending PICTURE THIS!, is that she is a devoted and charismatic teacher. She connects with participants in a very special way so that the creative work is focused. Noelle has built very structured yet dynamic and enriching courses. The fact that she guides you step-by-step make her courses particularly attractive. The result is that you get to experience what she is teaching rather than hear about it. Creative blocks and fear of writing melt away and creativity kicks in. By taking one of Noelle’s writing courses, I believe you get a deeper understanding of what the craft of writing is and what your role should be in wanting to master it.”

Karen Rosenstock, Litteraturhuset Bergen & Skrivekunstkollektivet



Last year I did a short story course with Noelle Harrison at Aurora Writers. I wrote The Spirit of the Lake, an idea that I had been tolling with for a while. But Noelle managed to make me focused and together we turned the story into something that I am really proud of! If you have time and chance to do a course with Noelle, don’t hesitate!!

Nina Rolland, Bergen, Norway.