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Writing Retreat Overview

This retreat offers a space to connect with ourselves as writers. We will engage with creativity, develop clarity and voice and to make progress on a project. Bring along an idea, an academic paper, a short story! We will work together and alone in reflecting, exploring writing processes and strategies. The sessions each day will draw on the work of Cecile Badenhorst and Dorian Harhoff, among others. There will be time for renewal and rest as well as for feedback and getting into the flow of writing.

Your Facilitator

Moyra Keane - quiet writing retreatProf Moyra Keane works as an Academic Advisor in the Centre for Learning Teaching and Development at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She coordinates and teaches on postgraduate courses, presents workshops and courses for academic staff. These include Research Writing; Qualitative Research Methodology; Writing Retreats; Postgraduate Supervision, Coaching, and Teaching in Higher Education. Her undergraduate disciplines include psychology, physics, chemistry and English. Her current research interests are in participative research, indigenous knowledge, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She also teaches Tai Chi and mindfulness and has had a 45 year association with meditation and Buddhist centres.

Moyra has recently published an academic paper on Quiet Writing, aimed to restore a sense of well-being in writers.

Supporting Activities

Pippa Cope lives at the Tara Rokpa Centre. During her working life she was employed in the helping professions as an Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, and Community Development advisor. For those that are interested, she will offer mindful body movement sessions (gentle movements that are similar to yoga) as optional activities in the programme. Pippa leads these sessions based on years of experience as a yoga practitioner and her Senior Yoga Teacher training course with Donna Farhi. The enquiry-based process helps participants find a quiet space in their bodies and minds.

Retreat Cost

This includes accommodation for two nights, all meals, teas and snacks, facilitator transport cost and environmental levy:

Single room:                                          R1550
Twin/double en suite (per person):  R1400
Twin/double shared bathroom (per person): R1200
Dormitory:                                      R1000
Camping (own tent):                     R850

Dana can be offered in appreciation of the facilitator’s guidance and will be donated towards the retreat centre.


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