WRITE FROM THE HEART is a weekly creative practice suitable for anyone who wishes to dedicate an hour to their creativity.

You can join whether you are a writer, musician, artist, craftsperson or wish to explore any area of creativity or personal time for journaling and reflection.

Our session begins with a guided visualised meditation aimed to unlock your creativity.

We then write/paint /your creative practice together live on Zoom for approximately 45/ 50 minutes.

During this time we are all muted and you are free to turn off your camera but please don’t leave the meeting!

For the last 10 minutes together we will reconnect and see how we all got on. The session usually finishes between 12.10 & 12.15 p.m.

The sessions have limited numbers for an intimate experience. They are nurturing while also providing weekly accountability for focusing on any creative project you might like to undertake.

WRITE FROM THE HEART is ongoing and you can join on a monthly basis.

Join us in July for three sessions from SATURDAY 9TH July until Saturday 23rd July inclusive at 11.00 a.m. £15/£10 low income. 

The next block of four sessions begins on SATURDAY 4th SEPTEMBER AT 11.00 A.M.

Price: £20 full price / £15 low income for all four sessions.

To book your space please email: noelle.harrison5@gmail.com 



Noelle Harrison is a fiction writer and extensively published author. Her novels and short stories have been translated and published in thirteen different countries. She has taught creative writing in Ireland, UK & Norway for both adults, teenagers and children in schools, and for organisations such as The Inkwell Writers Group in Dublin, Meath County Council in Ireland, The Big Smoke Writers’ Factory in Dublin, and Litteraturhuset in Bergen, Norway. Noelle has a Masters in Creative Writing with Distinction & an Associate Fellowship in Higher Education both attained at Edinburgh Napier University. She has lived and written in Ireland, Italy, Norway, and Scotland, and brings an array of cross-cultural skills to our retreats. Noelle’s most recent novels The Gravity of Love was published by Black and White Publishing in May 2018 and The Island Girls was published by Bookouture in April 2020. Her forthcoming novel The Boatman’s Wife will be published by Bookouture in January 2021.

Noelle is also a qualified Yoga Teacher specialising in Restorative Yoga & Journaling. You can check out her classes on www.spacetoBE.online.

Check out Noelle’s website to read more about her writing & books here.

You can follow Noelle on Instagram@noelle.harrison5

Twitter: @NoelleHarrison Facebook: @NoelleCBHarrison

Any Questions? Or want to book your place email: scottishretreat2017@gmail.com



THURSDAY 29TH JULY 9.00 – 10.30 P.M.


£17 / £15 (members of SpacetoBe)



 About our Guides:

Lizzie McGhee 


Lizzie believes her purpose is sharing the tools of yoga which bring her balance, peace and spiritual curiosity. She is passionate about yoga philosophy, the ways in which yoga can bring you deeper into your intuition and grow awareness of your inner balance of yin and yang. To Lizzie, yoga is a practice of grounding and acceptance, of feeling at home in your own skin, as well as a practice of growth; of gaining perspective and exploring our spiritual selves. She specialises in Yin Yoga and Myofascial Release as well enjoying a passion for essential oils. Music is Lizzie’s life force and she brings this into the practice, sharing her voice and message through soothing lullaby.

Noelle Harrison


With a life-long passion for yoga, Noelle’s journaling, meditation and restorative practices are an integral part of her work as a published author of ten novels, teacher of creative writing and yoga, and reader of Tarot Cards, Karmic Astrology and Rune Stones.

Noelle’s teaching aims to connect to the heart and nurture the intuition. Unblocking the healing power of creativity through expression and exploration, Noelle’s teachings awaken and restore.

Both Lizzie & Noelle teach weekly live stream yoga, meditation & journaling classes on the wellness hub SpacetoBE.online with drop-in donations from £5/ memberships from £15.99. Find out more here

Any Questions?

Contact us via email: scottishretreat2017@gmail.com 


What is journaling?

Journaling is a powerful tool for releasing our thoughts and emotions through words, as well as finding joy in the pleasure of creativity. Moving through guided meditation into journaling practice we can connect to our true selves.

What is Yin Yoga?

Yin yoga is a practice which cultivates stillness through the sensation of stretching poses held from between 3 – 5 minutes. Although a simple practice it is also very powerful enabling us to release and surrender to the present moment.

We look forward to sharing our Luna Series of nurturing practices with you throughout the month of May.



‘This has been a fantastic month. I’ve learned so much from you both and I was at a stage where I knew I needed focus. I got that. Targets were set, never in stone, so there was no pressure which was an enormous help. I learned not just to write the story, but to write more free flow which not only helped that, it made me look at different ways of expression.

The self care was not something I’d ever looked at in tandem with writing. I didn’t realise how much it’s necessary to be able to nurture yourself, take the time to say I matter. It has taught me so much and the group was amazing in its support of each other. It is a writing tribe and we all need our tribes. Thanks for your help, advice and support throughout. You have both been fantastic and are not only lovely people but are amazing teachers. I consider you both fantastic mentors.’ Angi, Scotland.

‘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.


Noelle with Pure Fiction Retreat Group March 2018 in Bergen, Norway.

“I have just enjoyed a five week course with Sandra Ireland – ‘Finding Inspiration through Folklore’, and it did exactly what it says on the tin ; I found inspiration in the material presented and discussed, but not only in my writing as I’d planned, but in other creative areas.  With five lessons complete with slide show presentations, accompanying notes and a weekly live online Zoom meeting, where Sandra and our small group were able to interact and share ideas and information to fuel our imagination, I was spurred to complete sewing and craft projects as well as life writing pieces and short stories.  Sandra gave excellent feedback to enable me to develop my ideas further.  I certainly would recommend Sandra’s courses with her gentle and encouraging style.  Lots of fun and met some wonderful like minded creators and writers.” Lynn R.S. Genevieve


‘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


MELODY with our Scottish Writing Retreat group Spring 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

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.


NOELLE with our PICTURE THIS! group in Norway 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.


VANESSA at our Yoga & Creative Writing Retreat in Edinburgh