Creative Writing + Pilates Retreat

1st - 7th of October.

Everyone has a book in them – the old cliché is true – but the trick is how to turn that everyone into a writer.





There is no universal recipe for becoming a writer, every author has their own, unique way of working, but the process always starts with finding a headspace – as well as a physical space - to develop and nurture your idea. And what better place to kick-start your writing project than a beautiful 19th century farmhouse in Umbria, Italy?


Here is a unique opportunity to give your full attention to the writing project you’ve always wanted to develop, but never had the time to do so. Obviously, you won’t be able to write a whole book during the course – but it’ll give you the tools, the space, and the motivation to continue. You can start each day with a beautiful walk around the idylic countryside or have a Pilates sessions to get your body enlivened, so that your imagination can follow.

The course is structured in a way that will benefit both beginners who want to learn basic technical skills, as well as writers who might need feedback and help with their existing projects.

In an informal blend of practical morning workshops, discussions with fellow participants, and one-to-one afternoon sessions, we will concentrate on the process of writing, as well as its key aspects: the plot, the characters, the dialogue, and the style. And, last but not least, we will explore ways of finding an agent and getting published.

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Aga Lesiewicz, a London-based fiction author and screenwriter will be your retreat leader.

She began her career as a radio presenter, and subsequently worked as a voice-over artist, interpreter, TV promo producer and director. A serious knee injury in 2013 forced her to give up her day job and write her first novel.
Her two psychological thrillers ‘Rebound’ and ‘Exposure’ have been published by Pan Macmillan. A feature animated film based on her screenplay is currently in pre-production. She writes full time and is now working on her third London-based psychological thriller as well as a historical novel.

Aga has an MA in English from the University of Warsaw and an MPhil in English Literature from the University of Lancaster.



Now what makes this Writers Retreat any different to what else is out there?

SH Beauty Facials updateWe are combining the writing tools that you will be given with detailed pilates practices to help you embrace the physical demands of writing. People often get stiff lower backs, tight hips, weak cores and uptight shoulders when they commit to the writers life, or simply spend a lot of time at a desk each day. So we welcome Georgie Chester, Massage Practitioner and Pilates instructor to accompany Aga on retreat, so that you may get physically and mentally in the zone for writing each day.

Imagine having a pilates lesson in the morning so that you are primed and ready for the writing workshops ahead. Each evening will close with a short Pilates session to stretch and ground you after an inspiring day of writing.

During the retreat you will enjoy a 90min Massage or Facial Reflexology session to clear your mind, ease your muscles and give you freedom to create.





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Everything included on Retreat

Daily writing workshops with Aga
Morning and Evening Pilates sessions with Georgie
1-2-1 session with Aga to guide your writing project
90min Massage or Reflexology treatment
Beautiful room and communal spaces
Countryside walks
Gaining all the tools that writers need
to create amazing work

Shine retreat upstairs balcony

All of your meals at home will be warming, tasty and nutritious. Everything will be laid out for you, so that you can focus on writing and get time to quieten your mind amongst nature.


The Creative Writing Retreat Price List.

We have a few options to tailor to all of your needs. Whether you need your own space, want to come along with a few friends or share with a partner, we have you covered.
This retreat is ideal for 5 - 8 guests only. Everything included on retreat is reflected in your choice of investment below.

Deluxe Ground Floor Room, Private Bathroom, Single Occupancy = £2400.
Deluxe Ground Floor Room, Private Bathroom, Double Occupancy = £1800 (pp) based on two people sharing a King bed or Twin beds.
Deluxe Ground Floor Room, Private Bathroom, Triple Occupancy =£1500 (pp) based on three people sharing with a single bed each.
1st Floor Room with a Shared Bathroom, Single Occupancy = £2100
1st Floor Room with a Shared Bathroom, Double Occupancy = £1600 (pp) based on two people sharing a Queen bed or Twin beds.

Guests travelling alone may be able to choose the shared room option and if possible we will match upon guest profiles. Twin Rooms are spacious with separate beds and an en suite bathroom. This is not available for the triple room option.

Travel Details

We are set in the beautiful countryside on the border of Tuscany and Umbria.
Our nearest train station is Chiusi-Chianciano Terme.
Our nearest local airport is Sant'Egidio Airport (PEG - Perugia)
Our nearest major airports are Fiumicino Airport (FCO - Rome), Galileo Galilei Airport (PSA - Pisa)

Each retreat will have suggested flights.
An airport transfer both ways is included in the price.
Other times, flights and arrangements can be discussed and costed as required.
We will always be happy to pick you up from Chiusi train station.
Train transfer from all airports is quite easy, and we can help you with tickets and directions.