Writing retreat with Harriet Griffey
Sunday 8th September - Sunday 15th September 2024
What better place to pick up your pen?
Following on from the success of Harriet Griffey’s first writers’ retreat here at Las Chimeneas, we are delighted to be offering two further retreats led and facilitated by her in 2024: June 15th to 22nd, & September 8th to 15th.
Ideal for those who want to take time out to explore, develop and craft their own writing practice at our beautiful and peaceful Spanish location, this retreat offers:
a creative space for a concentrated daily writing practice
optional daily writing tasks, and
group opportunities to share and discuss writing development
Whether you want to focus on memoir, fiction or nonfiction writing, poetry or prose, this retreat provides an opportunity to create the time and space to do so. The provision of a supported environment allows the freedom to write, whether or not you want to pursue publication, and can provide either a first step into a committed writing practice or a final push to completion.
Prior to the week’s retreat, each participant will be invited to submit a piece of writing along with an outline of their individual aims for the week, in order to develop, extend or problem solve some aspect of their writing practice.
Las Chimeneas offers a tranquil space in beautiful surroundings, with home-baked bread and delicious meals produced from the abundant local produce. There is a small pool in a relaxing courtyard, free Wifi connection in most areas of the accommodation, and good connections via Malaga and Almeria airports.
Las Chimeneas also has two beautiful yoga studios, one nestling outdoors under the olive trees and one village Shala with panoramic views where you can either self practice or classes can be organised.
In addition to the days on which we will be focussing on writing we will also be offering the option of a visit to the Alhambra as well as guided mountain walks. The exuberant writer Chris Stewart who lives locally and works as a guide for Las Chimeneas will also come to join us one evening to give a talk about writing Driving Over Lemons and then join us for dinner.
Places on the retreat are limited to eight per week.
Harriet Griffey leads and facilitates this writers’ retreat. She is a London-based ex-publisher, published author and journalist, with an MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature. You can read more about her work at her website https://writersretreats.org/
‘If I hadn’t come on this week’s writing retreat, I probably wouldn’t have started to write the novel that’s been in idea form for a while.’ Cathy, June 2023
‘The whole thing was worth it solely for the one-to-one! And I absolutely loved the interviews with Chris Stewart [author of Driving Over Lemons] and David Illsley [author of The Heart Of a Life].’ Diane, June 2023
‘Very helpful and enjoyable week – inspirational on the creative side.’ Katherine, June 2023
‘The freedom and flexibility of the week has been one of the highlights for me. A nice balance was struck as the one-to-one session was invaluable but knowing that Harriet was available throughout as well worked brilliantly.’ Amy, June 2023
Please contact David & Emma at Las Chimeneas for all bookings and information on recommended flights and transfer times on email@example.com
- Airport transfer (single timed for group minibus)
- Buffet breakfast, light lunch, three course evening meal
- Three activities - eg. olive oil mill visit with chat about local olive oil production, visit to ancient mosque/ church with talk on local history and overlapping cultures, short cookery class with our Chimeneas chefs Sole and Conchi or visit to Lola’s weaving and spinning workshop (to be decided with group leaders)
- All tuition / use of studio, equipment etc
- Extra excursions can be booked and paid for locally eg massage, longer cookery classes, guided electric mountain bike tour, group guided visit to Almeria or Granada
€860 per twin/double room at main site Las Chimeneas per person sharing.
€930 per single room at village cottage
€1050 per single room use of double room at main site Las Chimeneas.
Excluded: Flights, travel insurance. Please confirm you have your own adequate personal travel insurance. Massages. Alcohol and soft drinks.
Transfers: Please contact us to discuss our recommendations for your flight requirements.
Making your own way
By car: We are at Las Chimeneas, Calle Amargura 4, Mairena, 18494, Granada. Spain. 2.5 hrs from Malaga and Granada airports. 1.5 hrs from Almeria.