Are you feeling stuck, uninspired & disconnected from your voice?

Whether you are a published author working on a specific project, a beginning writer wanting to let your writing flow, or maybe you are yearning to deepen your personal writing practice, this retreat will leave you feeling nourished and in tune with yourself.

  • RELAX deeply to the ancient sounds of Himalayan singing bowls.
  • RELEASE physical and emotional blockages with Yin Yoga. Find stillness in long-held floor poses that energise the deep tissues of the body.
    RE-CONNECT with your true voice and tap into your inner wisdom through writing.
  • RE-ENERGISE in the vibrant environment of Hoi An.

Ready for a creative vacation of a different sort?

How about combining a restorative inner journey with a week-long exploration of your wild mind and a behind-the-scenes trip to one of Vietnam’s most atmospheric towns?

What would happen if you took a week-long pause from everything that keeps you busy to nourish yourself with mindfulness practices, yoga and writing?

Imagine starting every day with a balancing sound bowl meditation and a gentle yoga session to create stillness and space. Imagine listening deeply and hearing the whispers of your inner voice loud and clear.

Imagine this. You have spent the morning becoming aligned through yoga and meditation. You are deeply relaxed and connected. Your pen glides effortlessly over the page. Your mind is awake and alive. Imagine the joy of deep creative connection.

And this. You are cycling through waving rice paddies, past water buffalo and frond-fringed ponds, your heart filled with the smiles of a people whose language you don’t speak. At the local market you taste authentic pho bo and watch friendly women in conical hats shave banana flower and green mango into the most delicious salads.

Your senses are alive with new sounds and smells. The vibrant yellow of Hoi An, the magic of lantern-lit nights on a full-moon night when the Vietnamese honor their ancestors, the mystical stillness of a weathered pagoda, the gentle waft of incense.

Sharpen your powers of observation while getting lost in the tight alleys of  the World Heritage listed ancient town of Hoi An. Strengthen your voice and your descriptive skills in daily guided writing exercises. Connect deeply, emerge restored and creatively re-charged.

Let us take you on an unforgettable tour of the Hoi An. We came for a month and we stayed a year. Who knows what it will do to you? Come and find out!

Re-connect with yourself through writing, yoga and mindfulness.

This retreat is suitable for anybody who believes in the soul nourishing power of writing.

Whether you have an established writing practice or have always wanted to write but never had the time, this retreat is for you.

There will be plenty of free writing time, guided writing exercises, workshops and feedback, including one-on-one feedback. The retreat is designed to nourish mind, body and soul. Feedback will be constructive and gentle and you have the option to share as much or as little of your writing as you wish.

Most days begin with gentle yoga and sound bowl balancing meditations and end with opportunities for after dinner chats and readings.

We combine the quiet, contemplative practice of Yin Yoga with gentle Hatha yoga to connect deeply. Yin Yoga is as much a physical practice of releasing tension, softening and lubricating tight muscles and joints, as a it is contemplative practice in stillness and mindful awareness.

Yin Yoga is a natural companion practice to writing. Yin Yoga challenges us to find stillness, to sit with our physical edge and to observe whatever arises without judging. Observing our reactions when staying with our physical edge, trains the mind to become focused. We observe from the inside out, like a writer.

Learning to observe ourselves in the act of thinking, we become witness to our own stories. Sound bowl meditation and Yin Yoga help us become deeply relaxed and fully present to our unedited selves.

We use mindfulness practices of the Vietnamese Buddhist zen monk Thích Nhất Hạnh to learn how to feel home in the present moment using the breath as an anchor. Whether you are an experienced meditation practitioner or new to meditation, the practices used in this retreat are simple yet very powerful to calm the mental chatter and to feel grounded inside ourselves.

What’s included?

  • 7 x nights accommodation in a boutique resort, halfway between Ancient Town and the beach
  • Bicycle rental and some local transfers to and from town/beach
  • All breakfasts, most lunches & dinners
  • 1 guided bicycle tour through the ricefields
  • 1 guided tour of the UNESCO listed Ancient Town
  • Daily yoga & meditation
  • Writing workshops,  feedback sessions & one-on-one sessions
  • 1 individual sound massage with Himalayan singing bowls & group sound bath
  • group transfer to/from Da Nang airport
sond bowl balancing meditation with Nigel Rowles from www.feelintune.com

What’s not included:

  • Round-trip airfare to Da Nang airport
  • Visa fees
  • Additional activities can be organised at own cost and on demand.
  • Alcohol, travel insurance and personal items

The TOTAL cost of the retreat is $ 1550

  • A non-refundable deposit of $ 350 will reserve your spot.

The priceless things you’ll take away from this retreat

Money can’t buy happiness …

…. but it can buy you a week of healthy habits that will leave you feeling deeply nourished, re-balanced, inspired & re-energised.

You’ll take home with you:

  • a stack of new writing
  • insight into your creative potential
  • a new sense of wonder and deep connection with yourself
  • mindfulness practices to keep you centred and focused
  • re-newed focus on where you are headed as a writer and on life’s journey
  • self-care practices and a deeper understanding of the transformative power of writing
  • knowledge of easy yoga asanas you’ll be able to do at home to prevent writer’s back pain, hunched shoulders, tightness in hips and legs

Meet Your Retreat Facilitators

KERSTIN PILZ Phd

Hi fellow writers and creative seekers,

I’ve taught a wide range of forms of communication, writing and reading in over two decades as a university lecturer and education manager.

As a keen traveller, I’ve led academic study tours in Europe, sailed aboard a floating university campus to 12 different ports and developed the curriculum for the first ever Bachelor in Visual Arts for Maldives National University.

I’m also a certified yoga teacher and a practitioner of mindfulness meditation. I divide my time between Vietnam and the Wet Tropics of Australia and regularly travel throughout Asia to deepen my practice.

Since leaving full-time employment for the freedom of the open road, I’ve dedicated myself to bringing together my passion of writing, traveling, yoga and meditation with my other passion, teaching and mentoring.

Writing has always been my preferred way of making sense of the world.

Nigel Rowles

Let me introduce you to NIGEL ROWLES, who will help you unleash your creative genius with unique sound bowl balancing techniques.

NIGEL ROWLES is a  professional musician with over 30 years experience teaching music, playing in bands and as a solo performer.

His first sound bowl massage was life changing. He had never felt so deeply relaxed within minutes of lying down. Four weeks later, he was on a plane to Kathmandu to begin his training with Himalayan masters and to explore how sound can be used to balance the body’s frequencies.

In Nepal he spent many hours hand selecting a set of eight tuned bowls and perfecting his personalised method of playing the bowls. As a trained musician he prefers chord structures, rather than match the bowls to the body’s chakras. By using tuned bowls to create chords, he can generate a larger number of harmonies which bring about inner balance and help relief stress.

Find out more on Nigel’s website: www.feelintune.com

Here’s a little taste for you. For best results, please use headphones.

Sound Bowl Balancing takes us to a place where …

…. creative energy flows and the inner voice speaks freely

The rich sounds we hear and feel when the bowls are placed on or around the body, are a succession of frequencies that resonate in concentrically swelling sound waves, penetrating every cell of the body. Sound bowl balancing is like a massage at the cellular level.

Like an orchestra, our bodies vibrate at many different frequencies. If an instrument is out of tune, we feel off key and unbalanced. Too many discordant frequencies can affect our wellbeing, creating stress, anxiety and disease. Sound bowls vibrate our frequencies back into balance and make mind, body and soul feel in tune.

Sound bowls balance the brainwaves of both hemispheres allowing us to journey deeper into our creative potential.

We begin every day with a 30 minute sound bowl balancing meditation. When our frequencies are aligned, we have access to insight and focus.

This retreat is for you if you

  • need to get some writing done and crave to dive deeper into your creativity
  • yearn to step away from all that keeps you busy, distracted and disconnected from yourself & your writing
  • desire a nourishing environment that will allow you to release long-held stories
  • are willing to surrender to the flow, because we’ll let all of it flow, our creativity, our writing, our breath, our wild minds, our voice, our stories. Gentle yoga, sound bowl balancing and mindfulness practices help us work through the blockages to find spaciousness in mind, body & soul

Here’s what we are NOT going to do:

  • therapy; We’ll use writing as a form of self-care, to get to the deep stories, but we are not therapists, we just facilitate the journey to access your true voice
  • network to get published or pitch industry experts
  • lecture you on plot or structure; Of course I’ll share with you everything I know about the nuts and bolts of storytelling, crafting good sentences and characters, but I’ve retired from my position as University teacher. I am here to guide you towards the stories you need to write and to discover your voice
  • athletic yoga; we’re not about Ashtanga or Power Yoga, but will make you feel fabulous with Gentle Hatha Flow and Restorative Yin Yoga
  • critique your writing; of course we will share our writing in daily reading circles and I’ll be available for one-on-one feedback, but this retreat is about letting your writing flow without judgement or anxiety
  • preach Eastern philosophy; we are about using mindfulness and sound bowl balancing sans all the esoteric fluff

Be inspired by the colours, flavours and people of Vietnam

You will be staying in a small boutique resort, amid rice paddies, within cycling distance of the beach and the UNESCO World Heritage ancient town of Hoi An in central Vietnam. This beautifully preserved ancient seaside town was once a powerful trading port along the ‘sea silk road’. From the 15th to the early 19th merchants from China, Japan and later Europe settled here, creating a unique architectural fusion of timber framed houses, pagodas, assembly halls and wooden footbridges that survives intact to the present day.

The silting up of the mouth of the Thu Bon River made it unusable as a sailing port, which helped with the remarkable conservation of the historic street scape. For the next 200 years little changed here.

The arrival of tourism has brought new life to the historic streets, which for most of the day are out-of-bonds to motorized traffic. Today, the wooden shop houses are abuzz with trendy wine bars, artisan tailors, art galleries, fine restaurants, and everything in between.

Want know more?

Let’s chat  via Skype, email or messenger.

  We’d love to answer your questions, tell you about our special discounts and discuss if this is a good fit for you.

Shall we get to know each other a little more?