Writing and Yoga Retreat 2018

Shambhala Retreat in Golden Bay, New Zealand
Easter Monday 2 April – Sunday 8 April 2018

Led by Bridget Brandon & Kate Clere


This week-long retreat in nature overlooking Golden Bay will provide time to let go of our city ways. It will be a time of allowing ourselves to step into an appreciation of our senses, our nature and an awareness of the movement of our minds.

Bridget will encourage everyone to respond from a place of tenderness, humour, and honesty in creative life writing work. Kate will lead gentle yoga stretches in the morning and restorative yoga in the late afternoon. The yoga will restore, stretch, strengthen and open all the nooks and crannies in an inquisitive and playful way.

Each participant can choose their own degree of participation in the multi-levelled yoga classes and can opt out or take resting poses whenever necessary.

There will be meditation, times of silence, walks in surrounds sits around the fire, delicious food and time to experience beingness . Accommodation is single rooms and cabins with views overlooking Golden Bay.

Come and immerse yourself in this beautiful nature filled landscape exploring ways to connect with stories from your life.

In this nature filled landscape you will naturally connect with yourself, your story, where you have come from and who you are now. This journey is facilitated by a variety of creative approaches given for you to enter your story. You don’t need to call yourself “a writer.” You will discover the delight of putting pen to paper.

Periods of writing, walking, sitting and silence provide the rhythm and discipline to extend your connection to the inner and outer landscape.

“I have been held by the Retreat aspects that you so mindfully set up.”

“Your process and the way you structure the writing provocations was so effective and inviting in opening up the words and stories that I had in me.”

“Listening experiencing the writing voices of each and everyone in the circle. Enjoying words and phrasings, ways of seeing the world.”

“The stories came some better written than others but that was not the point, its not a competition just and opportunity to explore the trail of life that has led me to this moment.”

The Shambhala Guest House is situated atop a hill with magnificent views over Golden Bay. A 100-metre walk will get you down to our own secluded beach, where you can go swimming or snorkelling, find beautiful shells and stones, and occasionally spot seals. There are also nice beach walks you can do in either direction depending on the tides.

Fee and Enrolment

  • Numbers are limited to 12 participants
  • Full fee $1500.00 – closing date is February 24
  • Early bird fee $1400.00 if paid before February 14

Fees include transfer from Nelson airport to retreat site plus excursions food accommodation and all tuition.

To enrol: Complete enrolment form and make the $350 deposit (see payment options below). Once accepted into the retreat the deposit is non-refundable. Email bridgetbrandon@storyworks.com.au for travel details.

Payment Options

Payment can be made by direct deposit to:
BSB: 112-879
Account No: 156 359 061
Account name: Storyworks Australia

Cheques can be posted to 3/13 Palmerston Ave, Bronte NSW 2024. Australia.

For more information, terms and conditions: Call 614 2524 1828 or email bridgetbrandon@storyworks.com.au

About Bridget Brandon

Bridget Brandon (B.A. NZ Dip Civ. Sorbonne) established Drama Action Centre in 1980 and then Storyworks Australia in 1997. Bridget continues her commitment to create the place and space for people to trust their own innate creativity. Her balance of inner and outer work will be inherent in this week.

About Kate Clere

Kate Clere has been practicing yoga for 33 years and this enduring relationship with her yoga continues to grow and reshape her life.
While Kate was directing outdoor theatre she was inspired to study teacher training over a decade in Iyengar yoga, Anusara yoga and Sidhha Yoga Hatha Yoga.

Yoga has been a life-long companion to Kate for her mental, physical and spiritual health as both a celebration and a sanctuary. Kate is as an award winning film maker and mother. She co-directed the multi award winning film ‘Yogawoman‘ which includes stories from women all over the world who are using yoga to change lives. Kate has contributed a chapter in a new book Yoga and Body Image and has recently begun training in Trauma Sensitive Yoga.


Contact Storyworks

Tel: 61 2 9389 9475
Mobile: 0425 241 828

Feedback About Previous Storyworks Retreats

“It was profound immersing into the landscape – it seeped into me more and more each moment and continues to do so. “
- Participant 2012
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