Time to Write

Félicitations – by clicking on “Find out more” about the Write Your Story Writing Retreat, you’ve taken the first step towards becoming the sort of writer you always wanted to be!

Why should you go ahead and reserve a spot on this retreat? Because creating a coherent narrative of one or more traumatic past experiences frees you to be the author of your future. Processing our own distressing emotions and experiences noticeably enriches our writing.

Even if you are scared that you will never write anything good enough to publish, if you never seem to be able to find 10 free minutes to devote to your writing, if you have been struggling for the last 10 years to finish your first book,

now is time to start taking your writing seriously.

What could be better for your writing than getting away from the endless demands of everyday life and investing all your time and energy in yourself? 

Step 1: Choose the duration of your retreat – 5 or 7 days – the costs of the two options are

  • 5-day Retreat: 699 euro
  • 7-day Retreat: 899 euro

Fees include accommodation for 4 or 6 nights, scrumptious brunches and dinners on full days with a welcome dinner of the day of arrival and a celebratory brunch on the day of departure, continuous wi-fi access, all writing sessions and transport to start and from the end of each walk. Retreats start from 18h on the first day and end at 11h on the last day.

Fees do not include transport costs to Nogaro, our closest town, nor personal health insurance and/or travel insurance (we highly recommend insurance cover in case you need to cancel.) We do offer a free pick-up service from Nogaro to the retreat center.

Step 2: Select Additional Options to make 100% sure you get the most from the Write Your Story retreat.

  • To facilitate transport arrangements, or to explore the region, you are welcome to arrive a day or two early or leave a day or two after the workshop – we offer bed-and-breakfast accommodation on a day-to-day basis, at 69 EU per room per night, but only to our workshop guests,
  • Non-participating partners are very welcome, there is a lot for them to discover and do in the immediate vicinity.
  • Optional Add-ons:
    • A relaxing, rejuvenating and reviving Swedish/Russian Massage
    • An eye-opening, inspiring and energising Horse-guided Meditation

This retreat is suitable for all level of writers, from beginners to experienced, and for all types of writing. To ensure everyone gets individual, quality attention and the time to ask questions, we limit our groups to a maximum of 4 guests.

Step 3: Review your Travel Options

There are 5 international airports -Toulouse, Bordeaux, Biarritz, Tarbes/Lourdes and Pau all less than 2 hours drive from here. From these airports, you can travel to our two closest train stations – Auch and Mont de Marsan – by train. From Auch and Mont de Marsan stations, you can travel by bus to Nogaro, our closest town. We offer free transport from Nogaro to us.

The best website you can use to plan your trip is Rome2Rio.com (to consult up-to-date time tables, compare costs of different travel options etc.) Blablacar.fr is also useful and often very good value for money.

We do offer transport from Pau airport directly to us at a small additional fee.

Step 4: Choose your Dates and inquire about Availability

To secure your spot (don’t delay, spaces are limited because of the need for social distancing!), select one of the options above…then, to help you make your trip a special one, please let us know you are coming by making a reservation. Please contact us with the dates that suit you at welcome2gascony(at)gmail.com – or fill in the form at the bottom of this page – and we’ll confirm availability asap.

Step 5: To secure your Booking, pay your Deposit (asap, places are limited)

Once we have confirmed availability, you can secure your booking by paying a 25% deposit. Balance of payment is due at least 30 days prior to the start of your retreat. You will be sent all the information you need to pay your deposit by e-mail. You will be sent an inspiring “Why do I write?”-questionnaire that will enable us to tailor your retreat to meet your writing plans and needs.

A warm welcome awaits you amidst the Armagnac, Saint Mont and Madiran vineyards in the sun-blessed south-west of France.

Please note: As our deposits are not refundable and our cancellation policy is firm, we strongly recommend the purchase of adequate travel insurance.  Any cancellation received in writing up to 30 days before the holiday starts will result in a loss of 50% of the holiday price. Any cancellation made in writing less than 30 days before the holiday starts, or once the holiday has started, will result in a total loss of funds. Depending on availability, you can choose to transfer your booking to another date without incurring any additional fees. We reserve the right to cancel the holiday (if we do so your deposit is refunded in full).

Please read our Terms and Conditions