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PAST RETREATS

Thank you to all who attended our January retreat day – what another wonderful coming together of creativity and community!

JANUARY 2019

Saturday 26th January

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

David Lloyd, Newhaven Harbour, Edinburgh

Ignite your creative fire on our very special Into The Light Imbolc Yoga & Creative Writing Urban Retreat and mark the transition between the darkness of winter, and the budding of Spring on the weekend before Imbolc, or St. Brigid’s Day, one of the four most powerful dates in the Gaelic calender. 

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

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. 

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Imbolc is a potent time of year to step forwards with clarity and vision. Our Into The Light Yoga and Creative Writing 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.

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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, Into The Light offers you something special.  Our one-day Imbolc retreat creates 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.

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Any Questions? Email: noelle.harrison5@gmail.com  

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

The Tutors

Noelle Harrison

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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. In November 2017, she ran the popular Picture This! weekend workshop at Litteraturhuset in Bergen co-hosted by Skrivekunstkollektivet in Norway.  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 latest novel is The Gravity of Love,  published by Black & White Publishing in May 2018.

Vanessa Rigby

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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.

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 26th January  10.00 – 16.00

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Our Into The Light Imbolc 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 4.00 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.

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There will be one morning break, when we will be providing teas, coconut water, and fruit . There will be a lunch break from 12.30 – 1.30 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

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Our program ends between 3.00 p.m and 4.00 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.)

Imbolc

Imbolc is one of the four Gaelic Fire Festivals of the Pagan year celebrated annually on the first day of February. Astronomically however Imbolc often occurs a little later. Since it is a Cross Quarter day, the midpoint between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox, its date can vary between 2nd & 7th February. In 2019, Imbolc is on 2nd February and this is why we have chosen it as the theme for our yoga and creative writing retreat, Into the light. A physical and metaphorical transition between winter and spring.

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When Ireland & Scotland converted to Christianity in the 5th century, Imbolc, or the festival of the Pagan Goddess Brigid was transformed into St. Brigid’s day. There is even some debate over whether the Christian St. Brigid even existed at all, and that Early Christian monks created her in the image of Brigid, a Celtic Goddess of the same name, who brought inspiration to poets and was associated with fire and the home hearth.

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To read more on the significance of Imbolc as a time of creative renewal for me and other writers take a read of our post here.

Price:

£80 / £65 for members of David Lloyd Gym or Tribe Yoga

Our Early Bird Offer of £60 available until 31st December 

Students: £50 

All fees include:

  • The full day of yoga and creative writing workshops from 10 – 4.00 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 3rd February. 
  • 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. 

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

PLEASE NOTE WE CANNOT BOOK YOUR PLACE ON THE COURSE UNTIL ALL FEES ARE PAID & ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE

Any Questions?  Please don’t hesitate to contact us email: noelle.harrison5@gmail.com / Tel: 07391031652

Edinburgh

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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 ourInto The Light Imbolc Yoga & Creative WritingRetreat. With stunning views of the Firth of Forth from our retreat space at David Lloyd in Newhaven Harbour you will be inspired by the new light of early spring as winter still holds strong on the landscape.

Testimonials

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

Claire Wingfield, U.K.

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

Lynne Dickson, U.K.

‘I love yoga but had never seen myself as at all interested in creative writing – indeed I hadn’t written anything that wasn’t for study or for work for more than 40 years, and wasn’t sure it was something I could do at all.  Noelle and Vanessa put together a wonderfully integrated day where different kinds of yoga and prompts to writing flowed together effortlessly.  And I’m not sure how, but a poem flowed out of me – leaving me delighted and refreshed that a seam of creativity had opened up. ‘

Kate Dyer, U.K.

‘I’m now going to incorporate yoga into my writing routine as I left the retreat feeling positive and relaxed. I can’t wait for the next retreat, I’ll definitely be going back.  I met a lot of welcoming lovely people who I hope to keep in touch with. We also had use of the spa at David Lloyd afterwards which rounded off a perfect day. I highly recommend Aurora Writer’s retreats.’

J.V. Baptie, U.K.

You can read a full review of J.V. Baptie’s experience on our Beltane Retreat day on her blog right here

‘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 writing.ie

Tarot & Writing Samhuinn Retreat 2018 Testimonials

‘This retreat put me in the autumn spirit while giving me an invaluable tool for creative writing and development. The symbolism, imagery, and energy of the Tarot are a perfect vehicle for creative thinking. Noelle and Becky’s expert guidance has enabled me to use Tarot in my regular writing practice to generate new concepts and ideas, as well as develop current projects and overcome blocks. My current project already feels more nuanced and meaningful after the insight I gained from the retreat. Thank you!’

Brittany Muscarella, U.K.

You can read Brittany’s full review of the retreat day here.

‘I found the idea of using tarot cards in creative writing very original and inspiring. A great deck of cards could help anyone come up with new ideas for their story, or help them go over some writer’s block they might have. I recommend the tarot decks I used: one is a tarot with illustrations by Nicoletta Ceccoli, the other one is the Deviant Moon tarot by Patrick Valenza.
Noelle & Becky taught us some helpful techniques that we could use in order to improve our creative writing process. Highly recommended.’
Adriana

Autumn Writing Retreat Ireland 2018 Testimonials

‘Noelle’s course is helpful, fruitful, and satisfying. The weekend as a whole is a delight and Noelle has a way of bringing out imagination in everyone, which results in stellar writing. The setting was idyllic and the community feeling among us was warming to my soul! I wish everyone, writer or not, would take this course to experience a positive outlet to express inner creativity and to dive into their subconscious. I continued to write my short story well beyond the retreat and was motivated to keep going. A great writing event and wonderful life experience!’

Elizabeth Lee, U.S.

OCTOBER 2018 – EDINBURGH

Join authors Noelle Harrison and Becky Sweeney for a day of creativity and writing using the Tarot on Sunday 28th October on Aurora Writers’ Samhuinn Retreat at David Lloyd, Newhaven Harbour, Edinburgh.

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Join authors Noelle Harrison and Becky Sweeney for a day of creativity and writing using the Tarot on Sunday 28th October on Aurora Writers’ Samhuinn Retreat at David Lloyd, Newhaven Harbour, Edinburgh.

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

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 Samhuinn marks the beginning of winter. A time of year to reflect on the power of our creative dreams and take action. Noelle and Becky’s Writing and the Tarot Retreat is a symbiosis of inner reflection and outer expression, fuelled by inspiration from the cards.

Through a balance of meditation, exploring the cards and guided writing exercises, you will learn to harness the power of the Tarot as fuel for self-expression to open up your creativity.

Whether you are a complete beginner to the Tarot looking to explore different ways of finding your inner voice and creativity, a writer looking for new inspiration or someone with experience of the Tarot looking for new ways to channel your readings into creative energy, this Samhuinn Retreat offers you something special.  We create a safe, creative space to deepen your relationship with yourself and the cards, while also connecting with a small intimate group in a nurturing and restorative environment.

Any Questions or to book your place? Email: noelle.harrison5@gmail.com  

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

The Tutors

Noelle Harrison

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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’s latest novel, The Gravity of Love, was published by Black & White Publishing in May 2018.

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 with author Melody Nixon. In November 2017, she ran the popular Picture This! weekend workshop in Bergen Norway,  followed by her Pure Fiction course in 2018 as well as co-hosting two Yoga & Creative Writing Retreats in Edinburgh, alongside Yoga teacher Vanessa Rigby.  Noelle will be hosting an Autumn Creative Writing Retreat in Crossdrum Lodge in Ireland on October 12 – 14th.

Having lived in England, Ireland and Norway, Noelle now lives and works in Edinburgh in Scotland. Noelle has been reading the Tarot for over 30 years and has found it invaluable in her life as writer. She still reads cards for private and corporate events, as well individual readings.

Becky Sweeney

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Becky Sweeney is a Scottish writer who has lived in Edinburgh for the past eight years. Having recently completed an MA in Creative Writing at Edinburgh Napier university with distinction, she is currently working on her first novel. Becky has nine years of experience privately tutoring English.

The Retreat

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Sunday 28th October 11- 4 p.m. 

Our Writing & the Tarot Samhuinn retreat will incorporate analysis of the Major Arcana cards in symbiosis with unblocking creativity, writing prompts and confidence building writing practice.

The day begins at 11am and ends at 4pm. Our program incorporates a session on reading the Major Arcana cards and creative writing, interlinking the intention to transition from inner reflection and interpretation to outer expression. We will also work with the Minor Arcana using it as a tool to develop fictional characters, and release deeper meaning from creative ideas.

There will be one morning break, when we will be providing teas, coffee and fruit.

There will be a lunch break from 1.30 – 2.30pm, although lunch is not included. Participants are welcome to buy 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

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Our program ends at 4pm but participants are welcome to use facilities at David Lloyd Gym until 8pm. This includes time for relaxation and reflection in Celsius Spa with its heated hydrotherapy pool, saunas, and steam room.
Additionally, participants may 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: £50 / Early Bird before Friday 12th October: £45

A concession price of £35 is available for students, people on low income, people who are retired and those with membership at either David Lloyd gym or Tribe Yoga Studios in Edinburgh.

Booking is confirmed when all fees are paid.

One-day retreat fees are non-refundable.

All fees include:

  • A six-hour tarot and creative writing workshop from 11am – 4pm.
  • Teas, coffee and fruit
  • Use of The Celsius Spa with hydrotherapy pool, sauna and steam room from until 8pm.
  • 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 28th October.
  • 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 is Newhaven Harbour Premier Inn.

    Testimonials

     ‘Noelle’s Pure Fiction writer’s workshop turned into Pure Inspiration. Spending the weekend with an incredible author who freely shared her vast knowledge was simply amazing and by Sunday evening I felt like a completely new person. New doors of wisdom had been opened to me. I learned concrete techniques I could implement straight away, got loads of invigorating encouragement, and have been busy writing ever since. You’ll know where to find me the next time Noelle’s in town.’

    Hilde Fossen, Bergen, Norway.

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    PURE FICTION, BERGEN, MARCH 2018

    ‘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

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    SCOTTISH BORDERS RETREAT, FEBRUARY 2017

    “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

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    PICTURE THIS, NOVEMBER 2017

    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.

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    PICTURE THIS, NOVEMBER 2017

    ‘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 writing.ie

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OCTOBER 2018 – IRELAND

Autumn Creative Writing Retreat

Ireland

12th – 14th October 2018

Unblock your creativity, build focus and vision for your writing on Aurora Writers’ restorative creative writing retreat in the heartland of rural Ireland. Join author Noelle Harrison in a celebration the Old Norse Festival of Vetrnætr Winter Nights through a series of creative writing workshops specially designed to inspire and strengthen creativity as autumnal days grow chillier and we prepare for winter.

Our Autumn Creative Writing Retreat is a fun and creative weekend suitable for all those who wish to write whether beginners or more experienced.

Just an hour’s drive from Dublin, the two-night retreat focuses on the craft of short story writing using Crossdrum Lodge, its art collection and its natural surroundings as a source of inspiration.

The Venue

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Crossdrum Lodge

Crossdrum Lodge is an 1826 Georgian Gate Lodge, full of charm and character with a warm welcome set in the tranquil surroundings and rolling farmland of County Meath in Ireland.

Just an hour from Dublin Crossdrum Lodge is close to many lakes, Ireland’s largest beech wood and the ancient megalithic site Loughcrew with its 5000 years old burial chambers.

Crossdrum Lodge has been authentically renovated by owner Jill Wright, furnished with traditional Irish farmhouse furniture, and an eclectic collection of art and memorabilia from her travels.

Residential Places –  Early Bird Discount available until August 31st

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Our aim is to create a welcoming, intimate and peaceful environment where you will feel at home and also inspired to write. Crossdrum Lodge will be a dedicated space for the writing retreat over the course of the weekend. We have two double, and two single bedrooms available for our retreat participants. In the spirit of our writing endeavours the rooms are all named after famous Irish women writers and each one is as unique as its namesake.

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Breakfasts, lunches (on Saturday and Sunday), dinners (on Friday and Saturday) and tea and coffee throughout the stay will be provided.

Residents can choose from a single room, double room for two or single occupancy double room, all with shared bathroom.

The Food

Home-cooked Vegetarian wholefood meals (with Vegan options) will be provided by our host Jill Wright, using seasonal ingredients and vegetables from her country garden. Jill has previously run her own market stall selling home-baked pies, breads, cakes and preserves. All meals will focus on natural and home-grown produce. Vegetarians, vegans and those with allergies can be catered for.

We do not provide wine or any alcohol with meals, however participants are welcome to bring their own bottle of wine, or to contribute to the cost of any wine we share at mealtimes.

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How To Get There

Crossdrum Lodge is an hour’s drive from Dublin, near the town of Oldcastle in County Meath. We can provide location details once your place is booked. The closest public transport link is by Bus Eireann from Dublin to Kells.

Pick up from Kells is 25 euros by taxi which we can organise if you let us know what time your bus will arrive.

Your Tutor Noelle Harrison

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Noelle Harrison is the Irish author of eight novels, and has been translated into over 13 different languages.  Her new novel, The Gravity of Love, has just been published by Black & White Publishing, and 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, is a founder of Aurora Writers Retreats and a professional member of the Irish Writers’ Centre.

In February 2017, Noelle co-hosted Aurora Writers Retreats First Days of Spring Writing Retreat in the Scottish Borders. In November 2017, she ran the popular Picture This! weekend workshop at Litteraturhuset in Bergen in Norway, and in February 2018 and April 2018 she co-hosted our Yoga & Creative Writing Retreats in Edinburgh with Vanessa Rigby.  Having lived in Bergen for several years, Noelle now lives and works in Edinburgh in Scotland. Oldcastle, and Crossdrum Lodge hold a special place in Noelle’s heart as she lived in the area for over 12 years, and drew inspiration from the surrounding landscape for her early novels.

Our Hostess

Jill Wright has transformed Crossdrum Lodge from an abandoned and derelict house into a sympathetically restored 19th century Lodge house with a welcoming and quirky ambience. There really is nowhere else quite like it!

Jill’s eclectic and fascinating collection of memorabilia and artworks is testament to her extensive travels and provides an environment for our workshops brimming with inspiration.

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As our cook for the weekend, Jill is a keen gardener growing all her own vegetables, and has previously run her own market stall selling traditional pies, breads, cakes and preserves. She is a book lover and you will find shelves stuffed with books all over the house. Additionally Jill loves photography, cycling and swimming in the local lakes. She is a fountain of knowledge for those who wish to explore the locality.

The Creative Writing Workshops

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Our two-day Lughnasa Creative Writing Retreat focuses on the craft of short story writing using Crossdrum Lodge, its art collection and surroundings as a source of inspiration. It will be a fun, and creative weekend suitable for all those who wish to write, whether beginners or more experienced.

The weekend begins with a workshop designed to unblock creativity with the Celtic Festival of Lughnasa as its focus. Following this each participant will select a visual prompt from Crossdrum Lodge as a starting point for their creative work.
Under Noelle’s guidance, participants will learn the basic elements of how to structure their short story, find their voice, and write with heart.

They will be encouraged to draw from the prompt their own vision. To develop not only characters but use colour, composition, style, and setting as a source for their own story. There will also be time to reflect in nature, and draw inspiration from the rural surroundings.

It is envisaged that by the end of the course each participant will have created or be on their way to creating their own unique short story.

FRIDAY 12th OCTOBER

Arrival from 4 p.m onwards: Noelle & Jill will greet resident participants. During this time residents are welcome to relax in Crossdrum Lodge or explore local surroundings.

Before dinner, our official Welcome & Introductory Creative Writing Session for resident participants with Noelle.

After dinner, time to relax in the sitting room, or optional personal time for writing.

SATURDAY 13TH OCTOBER

10 – 5 pm

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After breakfast, the day opens with a workshop designed to unblock creativity. After a short break, the second workshop will look at how to get ideas for stories during which participants will select a visual prompt for the weekend from the collection at Crossdrum House.

There will be an optional walk in nature (weather permitting) before lunch to discuss ideas or personal time for reflection and note-taking.

After a break for lunch, Noelle will facilitate Part One of her workshop Finding Your Voice which will focus on Narrative Voice, as well as defining the pivotal Character, Setting or Object of each story.

After a short- tea break, Noelle will lead Part Two of Finding Your Voice which will focus on how to structure your short story, and employ literary devices.

Before dinner, there is personal time to work on your short stories or ask Noelle for any guidance on your writing.

After dinner is set aside for relaxing, or again you have the option for personal time for writing.

SUNDAY 14TH OCTOBER

10- 4 PM

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After breakfast, Noelle will facilitate the Workshop Writing with Heart Part One which will look at working with Tone / Rhythm, and descriptive language.

After coffee break, Noelle will conclude the second part of Writing With Heart focusing on using symbols /images /metaphors to create depth to your story.

After lunch we will conclude the retreat with a final workshop sharing experiences from the weekend and next steps with our writing.

During the whole weekend, Noelle will be available to give feedback on an individual basis and to guide you in the creation of your short story. There will be opportunities for sharing work but this is optional and not a requirement. The ultimate goal is that you will have written your own short story by the end of the weekend.

Offline Option undisturbed writing time!

The secluded location of Crossdrum Lodge ensures participants have the chance to opt out of social media for the weekend. (Highly recommended!) If you do want the option of checking online, we advise you to bring your own mobile wifi to stay connected.

Please note our Autumn Writing Retreat is suitable for adults only.

The intimate environment of Crossdrum Lodge and its collection of art objects makes it unsuitable for children.

Rooms & Rates (inclusive for two nights, all meals and all workshops)

–  Early Bird Discount available until August 31st

Crossdrum Lodge will be a dedicated space for the writing retreat over the course of the weekend. We have two double, and two single bedrooms available for our retreat participants. In the spirit of our writing endeavours the rooms are all named after famous Irish women writers and each one is as unique as its namesake.

Breakfasts, lunches (on Saturday and Sunday), dinners (on Friday and Saturday) and tea and coffee throughout the stay will be provided.

Residents can choose from a single room, double room for two or single occupancy double room, all with shared bathroom, or a double room for two or single occupancy double room with en suite bathroom.

We have six residential places on the retreat. Book early to avoid disappointment & take advantage of our Early Bird discounts!

Email: noelle.harrison5@gmail.com to reserve your place.

EDNA O’BRIEN ROOM

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Edna O’Brien Double Room with en-suite bathroom

Our Edna O’Brien Double room is our largest bedroom with en-suite bathroom:

744 for two /480 for single occupancy. Early Bird Rate: 676 for two / 436 single occupancy.

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Edna O’Brien En suite Bathroom 

DERVLA MURPHY BEDROOM

Our Dervla Murphy Double room comes with shared bathroom:

 for two 677 / 414 single occupancy

Early Bird Rate: 616 / 376 euros single occupancy

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Dervla Murphy Double Room 

MOLLY KEANE & EDITH SOMERVILLE SINGLE ROOMS

Our Molly Keane & Edith Somerville Single rooms with shared bathroom:

372 euros – Early Bird Rate: 336 euros

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Molly Keane Single Room 

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Shared Bathroom 

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Edith Somerville Single Room 

Booking is confirmed when full fee is paid. 

Cancellation Policy for Residential fees

For a full refund of  fees, cancellation must be made within 48 hours of booking and at least 14 full days prior to the first day of the retreat.

For a 50% refund of  fees, cancellation must be made 7 full days prior to the first day of the retreat.

If the attendee cancels less than 7 days in advance or decides to leave early after arrival, the nights not spent are not refunded.

Non-residential Places

We can also offer a small number of non-residential places for the whole weekend, including lunch on Saturday and Sunday as well as tea and coffee on both days.

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Rates (inclusive of lunch, and workshops for two days):

160 euros / 90 euros for one day only.

Early Bird discount: 140 euros / 80 euros for one day only. 

For a full refund of non-residential fees cancellation must be made at least 7 days prior to the retreat starting.

Scholarship Non-Residential Places

We know how hard it can be when you start out writing so we are also offering two scholarship places for students or those on a low income on non-residential places.

The fee for scholarship place is 90 euros for the whole weekend Saturday & Sunday including lunch, but not including dinner or accommodation. Scholarship fees are non-refundable. 

To apply for a scholarship place, please email noelle.harrison5@gmail.com telling us a little bit about yourself and outlining why you would benefit from the scholarship. The deadline to apply is Friday 31st August. We do recommend applying as soon as possible. 

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Places of Local Interest

Crossdrum Lodge is situated just one hours’ drive from Dublin in County Meath, an area of natural beauty and historic significance.  Our retreat is located just ten minutes away from the ancient megalithic burial chambers at Loughcrew, as well as Loughcrew House and Gardens.

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Loughcrew Megalithic Burial Chambers

Other local sites of interest are Fore Abbey, Trim Castle, Mullaghmeen Woods, and many beautiful lakes. The town of Oldcastle is ten minutes away, with shops, cafes, and traditional Irish pubs.

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Owen Traynor’s Traditional Irish pub in Oldcastle.

Any Questions? Email: noelle.harrison5@gmail.com

Testimonials

‘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

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SCOTTISH BORDERS RETREAT, FEBRUARY 2017

“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

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PICTURE THIS, NOVEMBER 2017

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.

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PICTURE THIS, NOVEMBER 2017

‘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 writing.ie

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INTO THE LIGHT, EDINBURGH FEBRUARY 2018

 

APRIL 2018

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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. 

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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.
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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Any Questions? Email: noelle.harrison5@gmail.com  

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

The Tutors

Noelle Harrison

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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. In November 2017, she ran the popular Picture This! weekend workshop at Litteraturhuset in Bergen co-hosted by Skrivekunstkollektivet in Norway, and in February 2018 she co-hosted our inaugural 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 in May 2018.

Vanessa Rigby

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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

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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.

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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

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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. 

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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! 

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE CANNOT BOOK YOUR PLACE ON THE COURSE UNTIL ALL FEES ARE PAID.

Any Questions?  Please don’t hesitate to contact us email: noelle.harrison5@gmail.com / Tel: 07391031652

Edinburgh

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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?

Testimonials

‘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 writing.ie

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Vanessa writing & practising Yoga on our Imbolc Retreat!

March 2018

Thank you to all the dedicated participants of Pure Fiction who spent the whole weekend with me in Bergen exploring the craft of creative writing. What a stimulating, inspirational and fun two days!

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On my way to teach. Beautiful sunny day in Bergen.

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So here I am teaching in Bergen Lithus

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Pure Fiction

The Craft of Creative Writing

with Noelle Harrison

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Saturday & Sunday

17th & 18th March 2018

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Litteraturhuset, Bergen, Norway

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Unblock your creativity, and learn how to craft fiction that engages your reader as Irish author Noelle Harrison guides you through an immersive St. Patrick’s Day weekend of creative writing .

What does all fiction have in common no matter where and when it is set ?

It is the importance of authenticity, but how do you write about something you may never have experienced?

Pure Fiction is an in-depth weekend writing workshop on the art of creating fiction. It will be a fun and stimulating two days suitable for all those who wish to write fiction whether beginners or more experienced.

Under the guidance of author Noelle Harrison participants will learn how to go beyond their own life experience to write stories that will engage the reader.

Although the course will be taught in English, participants can choose to write in English or Norwegian.

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Through a series of workshops and practical exercises guided by Noelle you will explore:

· How to go beyond your own life experience and write engaging stories for your readers.

· How to write about places you have never been to and time-periods you have never lived in.

· How to create authentic characters of different gender, age or background and realistic dialogue.

·How to craft genuine register for your characters through their language, its vocabulary and pacing.

· How to world build whether it is contemporary, or set in the past, future or fantasy location!

· How to suspend your readers’ disbelief through structure, storyline, and subtext.

When:
Saturday 17th March, from 10.00 – 17.00
Sunday 18th March, from 10.00 – 16.30

Both days at Fossestova, Litteraturhuset i Bergen

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Course fee: 2000,- NOK / £190.00 for the whole weekend.

Early Bird offer: 1700, -NOK / £160.00 if you book before 1st March.

Scholarship Places for students or those on a low income at 1000, – NOK or £95 for the whole weekend. To apply send your details, and how the scholarship would benefit you to: skrivekunstkollektiv@gmail.com by 1st March.

Course fee includes coffee, tea and fruit.

For registration, questions and information about the course program, send an email to skrivekunstkollektiv@gmail.com or you can contact Noelle on noelle.harrison5@gmail.com Please include a few words about yourself.

Kurset foregår på engelsk. For påmelding og mer informasjon send en e-post til skrivekunstkollektiv@gmail.com

Any Questions? Email: noelle.harrison5@gmail.com  
On twitter: @AuroraWriters

2018

February

Into The light Yoga & Creative Writing Retreat with Spa

What an amazing day! Thank you to all our wonderful participants on our very special Imbolc Yoga & Creative Writing Retreat in Edinburgh on Saturday 3rd February. We were inspired and restored to share a day of such tremendous creativity, focus and experimentation!

Winter is over! 🌷

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Saturday 3rd February

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

David Lloyd, Newhaven Harbour, Edinburgh

Ignite your creative fire on our very special Into The Light Imbolc Yoga & Creative Writing Urban Retreat and mark the transition between the darkness of winter, and the budding of Spring on the weekend of Imbolc, or St. Brigid’s Day, one of the four most powerful dates in the Gaelic calender. 

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

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. 

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Imbolc is a potent time of year to step forwards with clarity and vision. Our Into The Light Yoga and Creative Writing 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.

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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, Into The Light offers you something special.  Our one-day Imbolc retreat creates 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.

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Any Questions? Email: noelle.harrison5@gmail.com  

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

The Tutors

Noelle Harrison

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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. In November 2017, she ran the popular Picture This! weekend workshop at Litteraturhuset in Bergen co-hosted by Skrivekunstkollektivet in Norway.  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 in May 2018.

Vanessa Rigby

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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.

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 3rd February  10.00 – 16.00

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Our Into The Light Imbolc 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 4.00 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.

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There will be one morning break, when we will be providing teas, coconut water, and fruit . There will be a lunch break from 12.30 – 1.30 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

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Our program ends between 3.00 p.m and 4.00 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.)

Imbolc

Imbolc is one of the four Gaelic Fire Festivals of the Pagan year celebrated annually on the first day of February. Astronomically however Imbolc often occurs a little later. Since it is a Cross Quarter day, the midpoint between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox, its date can vary between 2nd & 7th February. In 2018, Imbolc is on 3rd February and this is why we have chosen it as the theme for our yoga and creative writing retreat, Into the light. A physical and metaphorical transition between winter and spring.

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When Ireland & Scotland converted to Christianity in the 5th century, Imbolc, or the festival of the Pagan Goddess Brigid was transformed into St. Brigid’s day. There is even some debate over whether the Christian St. Brigid even existed at all, and that Early Christian monks created her in the image of Brigid, a Celtic Goddess of the same name, who brought inspiration to poets and was associated with fire and the home hearth.

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To read more on the significance of Imbolc as a time of creative renewal for me and other writers take a read of my recent post here.

Price: £80

Book before 8th January to avail of our Early Bird Offer of £65 

Student / low income places at £50 

All fees include:

  • The full day of yoga and creative writing workshops from 10 – 4.00 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 3rd February. 
  • 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. 

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

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE CANNOT BOOK YOUR PLACE ON THE COURSE UNTIL ALL FEES ARE PAID.

Any Questions?  Please don’t hesitate to contact us email: noelle.harrison5@gmail.com / Tel: 07391031652

Edinburgh

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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 Into The Light Imbolc Yoga & Creative Writing Retreat. With stunning views of the Firth of Forth from our retreat space at David Lloyd in Newhaven Harbour you will be inspired by the new light of early spring as winter still holds strong on the landscape.  

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November

Picture This! Norway

Congratulations to all the participants of Picture This! for such a productive and inspirational weekend. We plan to be back in Bergen soon!

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Hard at work!

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WRITE YOUR OWN SHORT STORY INSPIRED BY A WORK OF ART IN BERGEN’S KODE 4 ART MUSEUM 

We are delighted to announce our forthcoming creative writing weekend workshop facilitated by Noelle Harrison and hosted by Skrivekunstkollektivet in collaboration with Aurora Writers Retreats in Bergen in Norway on 18th & 19th November in Litteraturhuset.

This two-day workshop focuses on the craft of short story writing using paintings in KODE 4 in Bergen as a source of inspiration. It will be a fun, and creative two days suitable for all those who wish to write, whether beginners or more experienced.

The weekend begins with each participant selecting a painting from KODE 4 as a starting point for their creative work.
Under Noelle’s guidance, participants will learn the basic elements of how to structure their short story, find their voice, and write with heart.

They will be encouraged to draw from the artwork their own vision. To develop not only characters but use colour, composition, style, and setting as a source for their own story.

It is envisaged that by the end of the course each participant will have created or be on their way to creating their own unique short story.
Although the workshop will be taught in English, participants can choose to write their short stories in English or in Norwegian.

DAY 1
The day starts at Litteraturhuset in Bergen, where Noelle will introduce the course, and outline how to use art as a source of inspiration for your short story.
We will go as a group to KODE 4 where Noelle will present guidelines on selecting the artwork, which you will use for your own short story.
After a break for lunch, we will be back at Litteraturhuset where Noelle will facilitate Part One of her workshop Finding Your Voice which will focus on Narrative Voice, as well as defining the pivotal Character, Setting or Object of each story.

DAY 2
The whole day will be spent at Litteraturhuset.
In the morning Noelle will lead Part Two of Finding Your Voice which will focus on how to structure your short story, and employ literary devices.
After a coffee break, Noelle will facilitate the Workshop Writing with Heart Part One which will look at working with Tone / Rhythm, and descriptive language.
After lunch, Noelle will conclude the second part of Writing With Heart focusing on using symbols /images /metaphors to create depth to your story.
During the whole weekend, Noelle will be available to give feedback on an individual basis and to guide you in the creation of your short story. The ultimate goal is that you will have written your own short story by the end of the weekend.

Saturday 18th November, from 10.00 to 17.00
Sunday 19th November, from 10.00 to 16.30
Both days at Fossestova, Litteraturhuset i Bergen
Course fee: 2000,– NOK
Course fee includes entrance to KODE 4 Art Museum, coffee, tea and fruit. For registration, questions and information about the course program, send an email to skrivekunstkollektiv@gmail.com Please include a few words about yourself.

Any questions? Just drop Noelle a line through Contact & she will get back as soon as she can.
Event photo:
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Portrait of Theodora Josefine Hambro Bull, undated
Photo: Dag Fosse/KODE

February

First Days of Spring

Residential Retreat

Carfraemill, Scottish Borders

Such a very special weekend unblocking creativity and developing writing craft. Thank you to our wonderful participants!

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The wonderful women 

6 p.m. Friday 24th February to 4 p.m. Sunday 26th February, 2017
Carfraemill Lodge, Lauder, Scottish Borders

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Begin 2017 with focus and vision for your creative writing goals.

This writing retreat is suitable for anyone interested in creative writing, both fiction and nonfiction, whether you are beginning to write, or working on the completion of a full-length book.

Marking the end of winter in the north, the retreat draws inspiration from the rebirth and renewal of nature, awakening new creative energy and vision. As we enter the first days of spring our retreat will turn our attention to creative unblocking and the craft of writing, with seminars on different aspects of both fiction (with a focus on novel writing) and nonfiction (with a focus on memoir and essay) writing.

Forty minutes south of the city of Edinburgh, easily reached by car or by bus, the two-night retreat will include workshops, seminars, and a guided walk through nature with time to write and reflect. Breakfasts, dinners (on Friday and Saturday night), and tea and coffee throughout the stay will be provided. Residents can choose a single occupancy room (£360 inclusive) or double occupancy (£330 per person inclusive). All rooms include en-suite. Numbers are limited so we suggest applying early. The final date to apply is February 16th.

We are also offering two £100 scholarships: one for a writer on a low income, and one for a migrant writer in the UK. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is February 16th.

Additionally we are offering a number of non-resident places: £130 for the whole weekend, or £75 per day, either Saturday or Sunday. This price includes attendance at all our workshops, four per day, and a total of eight over the whole weekend, and tea & coffee. It does not include lunch or dinner.

All interested participants are invited to fill in an application form to be considered for this retreat or non-residential attendance.

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The First Days of Spring Creative Writing Retreat aims to empower you to build confidence and stamina as a writer whether you are beginning to explore your creative voice, trying to finish a full-length book, or working on short pieces. The retreat nurtures and supports participants while also encouraging you to take part in practical writing exercises. There will be workshops and seminars on Unblocking Creativity, Character Development and Setting in the novel, Narrative Voice and Dialogue, the Personal Essay, Contemporary Short Prose Writing, and Getting Published as well as a Walk & Write in local nature. With a maximum number of 14 participants, there will be ample opportunity to develop community and share work, including a Saturday night reading.

Please contact us if you have any questions: 
Email: scottishretreat2017@gmail.com
Ph: +44 (0) 7391031652
On twitter: @AuroraWriters