Writing retreat with Harriet Griffey

Saturday 10th June - Saturday 17th June 2023


 What better place to pick up your pen?


We are delighted to be offering this wonderful writer's week with long term friend Harriet Griffey. It is ideal for those who would like to take time out to explore, develop and craft your own writing practice on retreat in our beautiful and peaceful Spanish location, epitomised by Bloomsbury writer Gerald Brenan in his 1957 literary memoir South from Granada.

Whether you are completely new to writing or trying to develop or complete a piece of work, this retreat offers a creative space for a concentrated daily writing practice, with one-to-one feedback, and group opportunities to share and discuss writing development. Whether you want to focus on memoir, fiction or non-fiction writing, poetry or prose, this retreat provides an opportunity to create the time and space to focus on your own writing.

Prior to the 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.

The provision of a supported environment at https://www.laschimeneas.com/ allows the freedom to write, whether or not you want to pursue publication, and can provide either a first step into committed writing or a final push to completion.       

The location offers a tranquil space in beautiful dwellings, 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, good connections via Almeria and Malaga 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. 

A therapeutic massage can also be booked locally. 
“If there is a book you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet,
you must be the one to write it.”
Toni Morrison

About Harriet Griffey

Harriet Griffey leads and facilitates Writers’ Retreats. 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 here:   https://writersretreats.org/

Please contact David & Emma at Las Chimeneas for all bookings and information on recommended flights and transfer times on info@laschimeneas.com

Price includes:

  • 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.


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