Writing Retreat at The Sanctuary

Your writing retreat tucked away in the middle of 10 acres of tropical gardens

Your writing retreat tucked away in the middle of 10 acres of tropical gardens

NOVEMBER 19-20, 2016
with Laura Forbes

Is there an untold story inside of you?

Get ideas out of your head and down on paper

Get ideas out of your head and down on paper

Do you have an unexplainable desire to write that follows you around like a loyal puppy dog waiting to be fed?
Would your business thrive if you learned how to write engaging sales copy or content?
Have you written stories or articles before but kept them hidden, telling yourself they weren't good enough to be published?
Maybe you have every intention of bringing your ideas to life, but when you sit down to write you are overcome with resistance and procrastination that stifles your creativity and keeps you mute. Sound familiar? Read on...
For many years, the idea of writing a book fluttered around my head like a restless butterfly. At random intervals it would settle on the tip of my nose, filling me with inspiration and enthusiasm and in those precious moments, ideas and words would flow through me effortlessly. Writing became easy. It was enjoyable.
But then, the butterfly would flutter off without warning (and without consideration of my aspirations to write a New York Times Best Seller!), and I would be left staring at a blank screen, full of uncomfortable anxiety, cursing myself for being an amateur who relies on a metaphorical butterfly to get anything done.
Whenever I would hear the Wayne Dyer quote, "Don't die with your music still in you," it would remind me that I wasn't fully living. I knew I had creativity inside me that wasn't being expressed. I knew I wasn't being the biggest version of myself that I could be. I knew that I'd ultimately be consumed with regret if I didn't find a way to unlock my creativity and develop the discipline required to write.
In 2011 I decided to get serious. I locked myself away and started reading anything I could find on how to unlock creativity. I took courses, I talked to published authors and I began to write. Very quickly I started receiving positive feedback and even got offered some paid writing jobs. After a while, I got up the courage to submit some of my work for publishing on a popular blog site and was delighted when it was accepted (and later translated in to Spanish)!

If you have a desire to write, there is only one thing standing in your way... excuses!

"I don't have enough time"
"I'm not good enough"
"No-one would be interested in what I have to say" 
"I don't have the self-discipline to write consistently"
If you allow it, your mind will give you a hundred reasons why you can't or shouldn't write - and each one of them will feel completely legitimate. Unlocking your creativity and voicing your inner world can be a scary prospect... and it will be met with resistance... because there's a part of you that wants to keep you safe and protect you from potential rejection, failure and humiliation. But as Paulo Coelho wrote in The Alchemist, "the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams."
To lock in your Writing Retreat and get your journey started, make sure you fill out the booking form at the bottom of the page.
"So this, I believe, is the central question upon which all creative living hinges: Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?" ~ Elizabeth Gilbert  
If you're waiting for the conditions to be just perfect, the chances are you'll never get your book written. There will always be a reason not to do it. Always. But if you have a desire inside of you... no matter how small... if that desire has been sitting with you for some time, then you owe it to yourself to honour your desire and to bring it to life.
Not writing can take up as much mental energy as writing. William James hit the proverbial nail on the head when he said, "There is nothing so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an incomplete task."
At the Two Day Writing Retreat you'll have the perfect conditions to write... you'll be surrounded by 10 acres of lush, tropical gardens and you can steal yourself a spot next to one of the many fish ponds or waterfalls on the property. You will have time and tranquillity in abundance. You'll have time carved out especially for writing...
... and if you still find yourself unable to write, we'll workshop the excuse or limiting belief that holds you back. With your excuses gone and any blockages resolved, you can create your own butterfly moment and let your stories flow.

Who is the Writing Retreat for?

The writing retreat is for anyone who has a desire to write. You don't need to have a great idea of what you want to write about (although it always helps!), you just need to have a desire to write and the enthusiasm to get stuck in and explore your ideas.

What Will You Get from the Writing Retreat?

The main objective of the writing retreat is to get you writing and eliminate any excuses that have been holding you back from writing. There will be four one hour workshops over the two days to give you guidance, practical tips and tools to unlock your creativity and help you do your best work.
I will also be on hand if you get stuck or want someone to bounce ideas with.
There will be plenty of time to write and relax in beautiful surroundings, and there will also be structure to the days to help you develop the discipline of writing and maximise your output. Depending on where you are currently at, the Writing Retreat will be either a catalyst to get you kickstarted or a turbo boost to keep you charging forward.

"Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good." ~ William Faulkner

Daily Schedule (November 19-20, 2016)

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7.30am Journaling and Guided Unlocking Creativity Meditation
8.00am Breakfast
9.00am Workshop
10.00am Dedicated Writing Time
12.00pm Lunch Break
1.00pm Workshop
2.00pm Dedicated Writing Time
4.00pm Tea Break
4.15pm Dedicated Writing Time
7.00pm Dinner

"Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heartache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognise them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source. There is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, only to discover what is already there." ~ Henry Miller

"By not writing, one is obeying the urgent inner command not to define oneself, not to grow and develop into that sad and limited creature, a minor or possibly never published poet. Instead one stays interesting, potentially great the rest of one’s life. The poseur who feels himself to be like a stride that could be taken in any direction." ~ Victoria Nelson

Inclusions and Cost

  • Two Day Writing Retreat November 19-20, 2016
  • Workshops Covering; unlocking creativity and brainstorming ideas; structure and planning; writing style and finding your voice; editing and re-working
  • Accommodation at the Retreat
  • All meals included
NORMAL PRICE: $500
(Finally getting that idea out of your head and down on paper... priceless!)
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL PRICE: $349 - (Early Bird Special Ends November 7, 2016)
Due to the nature and structure of the Retreat, I can only take a maximum of 12 people. To book your spot, fill in the form below.

A Little About Me...

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I've always loved reading and writing and getting to the core of what makes  people tick. Back in 2010 I became a Practitioner of NLP and then spent the next few years doing anything and  everything to get out of my comfort zone and expand my horizons.  From moving to a different  country to Skydiving, Singing, Public Speaking and Stand-Up Comedy... I did things I'd never even  dreamed possible for myself (did I mention I used to be a massive introvert?!)
Despite conquering many of my fears, getting up the courage to write and share my inner world on platforms like Elephant Journal was one of the scariest things I've ever done... but it has also been one of the most rewarding.
When I write something and send it out into the world, I'm always humbled by the responses I get from people (sometimes in far reaching corners of the world - people I never even knew existed), who thank me for sharing... because in some way it helped them. Sometimes in a productive way, and sometimes in a "hey, thanks for being weird and making me feel ok about also being weird," kind of way.
Sometimes we need a little coaxing and encouragement to give ourselves permission to explore the treasures we have burried inside ourselves. Over the two day Writing Retreat I'd like to help you bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you.