Write Your Story & Let Nature Help You Get Unstuck

3 Day Writers Retreat

Have you secretly dreamed about writing stories or a book?

What if it’s as simple as choosing the next step of taking your desire seriously and investing in your creativity?

Embrace this unique opportunity to be inspired by magnificent world heritage rainforest, and experience your writing as an easy, enjoyable, and achievable process.

Over this three-day writing retreat in Binna Burra, you will receive intensive group and individual input from acclaimed writing tutor and author of over fifty nationally and internationally published books – Melaina Faranda. Nature will also be a teacher, with a variety of creative exercises designed to help you detox from digital chatter, and free you to discover your own original thinking.

Expect to be creatively energised as well as nourished on many levels by connecting with pristine nature. You will take away a boosted word count, grab bag of fun and effective writing and self-editing tools and techniques, plus a bespoke plan, process, structure, and timeline for completion of your story or book!

Suitable for all backgrounds and levels of experience, from an unwritten idea to a partly completed project.

ACCOMMODATION AND TICKET BUNDLES

SKY LODGE STUDIO
SINGLE Participant Bundle – $1500

  • Includes two nights accommodation in a Sky Lodge Studio
  • Includes two course dinner and breakfast daily for one adult
  • Includes writers retreat tickets for one participant

SKY LODGE STUDIO
TWIN Participant Bundle – $2280

  • Includes two nights accommodation in a Sky Lodge Studio
  • Includes two course dinner and breakfast daily for two adults
  • Includes writers retreat tickets for two participants

TINY WILD HOUSE
SINGLE Participant Bundle – $1450

  • Includes two nights accommodation in a Tiny Wild House
  • Includes two course dinner and breakfast daily for one adult
  • Includes writers retreat tickets for one participant

TINY WILD HOUSE
TWIN Participant Bundle – $2150

  • Includes two nights accommodation in a Tiny Wild House
  • Includes two course dinner and breakfast daily for two adults
  • Includes writers retreat tickets for two participants

Retreat only ticket:

Objectives of this workshop

Opportunities will be provided to explore and plan for your unique needs, conditions, approaches, structures, and routines – to get unstuck and see your writing through to completion. You’ll discover playful ways to wrangle your inner critic, work through writers’ block, and techniques to overcome procrastination. You will also learn how to self-edit your work, saving you both time and resources, and empowering you to create work closer to publication standard. This will all be done while making new writer friends and experiencing ways in which the natural environment can support you to create!

Supplies to bring

Whatever you best prefer to write on or with. Please make sure you have a notebook suitable for times we will be writing outside.

Your Facilitator

Melaina Faranda is the author of over fifty books and a manuscript appraisal consultant. A passionate, energetic, and enthusiastic writing tutor, she receives rave feedback and repeat invitations to inspire and empower word loving kin through the many workshops, courses, masterclasses and retreats she delivers at writers’ centres, schools, organisations, private groups, and literature festivals throughout Australia.

How this fits into our Art. Nature. Science. Program

This three-day writing retreat, experienced within Lamington National Park, creatively engages with the natural environment through writing. A guided approach of focussed attention, appreciation, and applying imagination to the rainforest, can offer nourishment, inspiration, and a deepened reverence for the connection between nature and bringing creative processes to fruition.

Occupants:

  • Minimum 8 participants for this event to go ahead
  • Maximum 20 participants
Here's What Past Writing Workshop Participants Have to Say…

‘I just want you to know how grateful I am… It has inspired me to write again. I’m actually sitting in my office editing the first chapter of my memoir, which I have been writing for about fifteen years.’ Michelle

Here's What Past Writing Workshop Participants Have to Say…

‘Fantastic. I’ve been to many workshops in different areas of my career, and I loved this one the most.’ Mariska

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‘Most practical workshop I’ve attended – so useful.’ Bill

Here's What Past Writing Workshop Participants Have to Say…

‘Absolutely loved it! Lots of movement, packed richly, more than I had expected – thanks.’ Graeme

Here's What Past Writing Workshop Participants Have to Say…

‘Amazing momentum, ability to articulate knowledge well, oozing talent and creative ability.’ Jenny

Here's What Past Writing Workshop Participants Have to Say…

‘I had the best time at the retreat. Your stories and advice helped spark some creative juices in us all!’ Shannon

Here's What Past Writing Workshop Participants Have to Say…

‘Wow! I have never received such glowing reports for a course before.’ Jacqui

Here's What Past Writing Workshop Participants Have to Say…

‘Melaina is a wonderful tutor – generous and empathetic. Fantastic!’ Alice

Here's What Past Writing Workshop Participants Have to Say…

‘Melaina…my soul is still singing. I admit to being anxious prior to meeting you; I was uncertain of what would be expected of me and I felt vulnerable. This feeling dissolved quickly thanks to your reassurance, encouragement and humour. You generously imparted to us skills that you had learned over your 20-year career as author and teacher of your craft. By the end of Day 1, I couldn’t wait for the following day. Thank you so much for lavishly sharing yourself with us.’ Dian

Here's What Past Writing Workshop Participants Have to Say…

‘Melaina runs an excellent course, very inspirational and supportive and energetic. This workshop is definitely something that I would love to do again. Thank you so much!!!’ Ally

Here's What Past Writing Workshop Participants Have to Say…

‘Great! Great! Great! Gigantically Great! Seeds have been planted within me are growing already.’ Wayne

Here's What Past Writing Workshop Participants Have to Say…

‘Melaina’s weekend workshop was one of the most inspiring workshops I have attended in 40 years of attending workshops.’ Lynn

Here's What Past Writing Workshop Participants Have to Say…

‘Your course is ten times better than the creative writing unit I did at university while studying for my Bachelor of Arts in Communications. The course there was boring, and we were made to feel as if we weren’t good enough, but you give everything of yourself, you pour it out, making sure that everyone really gets it and that we can all write.’ Natalie

Here's What Past Writing Workshop Participants Have to Say…

‘Your experience and knowledge in writing and editing skills were shared in a generous and lively way. Not only did we all feel enjoyment in getting to know you, but we came to relax and connect with each other, and your warm hearted and open approach gave us a solid and confident basis on which to build our own skills. There was no sense of pressure or living up to the standards of some of the more experienced writers in the group. Thank you, Melaina, for a wonderfully enriching, enjoyable and educational retreat – you have set me on the path of writing. I am very grateful to you for what you have taught me.’ Mary

Here's What Past Writing Workshop Participants Have to Say…

I was buzzing after we did that amazing activity. I found myself writing before I went to work this morning which I never normally do. I am absolutely loving your course.’ Melissa

Here's What Past Writing Workshop Participants Have to Say…

“I would highly recommend Melaina’s creative writing course. Her significant writing and teaching experience was clear in how she was able to craft the sessions to take into account the group composition and be responsive to the group’s requests for particular elements of the creative writing process. I loved it and look forward to doing more of Melaina’s courses in the future.’ Sheree

Here's What Past Writing Workshop Participants Have to Say…

‘I could see all the writers emerging from where they were into the light of writing. I feel we all soared, gaining insights, camaraderie, and honing our writing skills. I feel ‘fine-tuned’, as if a new life has opened up for me. Thank you for sharing your skills and knowledge with us. I have been entranced, intrigued, elated. I have learned so much.’ Gloria

Here's What Past Writing Workshop Participants Have to Say…

‘Thank you for your wonderful creative writing course, Melaina. I felt enriched and inspired and learned some things about myself that I didn’t know before! As a teacher you are so entertaining, creative, affirming, and non-confrontational. You made what was for me a slightly daunting prospect, an effortless and surprisingly fun process. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to access their creativity.’ Sue

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‘Thank you for allowing myself to experience creative writing in a way I think I’ll enjoy for the rest of my life.’ Lucy

Here's What Past Writing Workshop Participants Have to Say…

‘Fabulous. Really engaging. I loved the way you share your knowledge. It wasn’t all about you – you were here for others. Instead of just telling the people to be creative you were telling them HOW to be creative – giving us actual specific techniques and something to do. I was really impressed. You shared yourself. You were real.’ Kelly

Here's What Past Writing Workshop Participants Have to Say…

‘This was one of the best courses I’ve done, and I’ve done a lot of courses!’ Mary

Here's What Past Writing Workshop Participants Have to Say…

‘Thanks so much, Melaina, you are truly inspiring and amazing… You were absolutely brilliant. Thank you so much. You did an extremely interactive session and got some brilliant results. I hope you have the opportunity to do many more of these. The world needs it.’ Terri

Here's What Past Writing Workshop Participants Have to Say…

‘I enjoyed thinking differently about my writing process. I think I surprised myself actually! It was fun just writing – I didn’t feel any pressure to come up with something technically perfect. Thank You.’ Grace

Here's What Past Writing Workshop Participants Have to Say…

‘I’ve often had difficulty with “writer’s block” but now feel more confident that I can overcome this with the techniques learned. I also feel much more confident that I will be able to better ‘craft’ these ideas with what was learned in the editing workshop. Thankyou!’ Paizli

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‘It helped me create stories and plots completely left of field of anything I’ve ever thought. You brought up many concepts of storytelling that has only occurred in my subconscious.’ Thomas

Here's What Past Writing Workshop Participants Have to Say…

‘Inspiring and very helpful. Makes me want to jump straight into writing a piece, using what I’ve been told. I will definitely retain and apply this information.’ Daniella