Autumn Retreat – 2019

Isola Maggiore – Lake Trasimeno, Umbria

Bookings are now open for our next retreat.

Dates: 7 – 14 September 2019

*Price: £1,190

The retreat includes:

  • Seven nights accommodation in a double en suite room, with single occupancy
  • Breakfast and Dinner
  • Four Morning Workshops with coffee & delicious pastries
  • One-to-one feedback sessions with Glynis
  • Three ‘aperitivo time’ get togethers on the terrace
  • Entry for the week to the Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo, the Captain’s House and the Lace Museum
  • Boat trip around the island

All workshops are optional, leaving you free to do as much or as little as you please, so that, if you prefer, you can make up your week as you go along.

Wednesday is kept as a completely free day, for those wanting to explore the surrounding mainland … or simply stay on the island and relax by the lake.

Places are limited to just eight.

To find out more, please email:  glynischarlton@gmail.com

* Travel to the island is not included

Prosecco, pasta and a different pace

Sometimes we take a punt on an adventure and it really pays off!

I was thinking about what sort of holiday I would like, when I saw the advert for Glynis’s writing retreat.  That’s it!  That’s just what I want to do.  My writing experience was limited to a rough draft of a short story and a few poems.  But there was something appealing about the adventure of finding my way by train and boat to an island in the middle of Italy and seeing whether I had any talent for writing.

Isola - Angela back

Glynis provided an encouraging, safe and fun place to explore writing potential.  Her short, playful exercises help stimulate creativity and there is a good balance between workshops, time to rest and do one’s own thing, with lovely treats mixed in.  These included an afternoon trip round the island in a boat and prosecco aperitifs one evening.

Mariapia, the hotel owner, is very welcoming and the dinners made by her mamma are gorgeous.  Even now I am salivating at the thought of Pasta Bolognese!  Together with a large glass of Merlot and good conversation, the evenings were a special way to end the day.

It was great to be away from the madding crowds and traffic and live life at a different pace for a while.

Thanks to Glynis and her capacity to critique in a constructive, kind and helpful way, I am now working on a second draft of my short story.

– Angela, May 2016