Creative Writing & Mindfulness Retreat (April 2018)

Listening, smiling facesDiscover how using mindfulness can develop your creative writing. Step out of your everyday and into a place of reflection amongst like minded people in the stunning Yorkshire Dales.

Being mindful means being consciously aware of the present moment and everything it contains. Applying mindfulness to your creative writing will transform your work.

You will learn a new approach to express your inner self sincerely and with clarity. Revolutionise how you communicate your ideas.

Guided by two expert facilitators, with over 40 years experience leading retreats, discover how mindfulness can root you in yourself and improve your writing. They will show you how to transport this energy onto paper. Together they will help you draw inspiration from your own intuition, restore communication with yourself and find the confidence to grow beyond your habit energies.

You will discover the importance of the present moment. In this weekend we will focus on writing poems as a tool for creative expression. 

Your work will be more focused. Through applying mindfulness techniques to your work moving forwards, you will develop a new writing style that will help you to communicate yourself effectively with your reader. With a renewed sense of awe, take your creative output to new heights. 

Surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Yorkshire Dales, join like minded creatives and poets for a restful yet stimulating retreat. Restore your inner creativity and grow beyond your habit energies. 

Walking people

This retreat is for aspiring, emerging and established writers. It is for anybody who wants to develop a clear artistic voice in their work. The writing exercies will be focussed on poetry but can be applied to all your writing. This retreat will not be focusing on poetry in a literary way. Instead, we will be looking at using poetry as a means to voice our inner being and truth.

You will learn: 

  • To be present and centred
  • To apply mindfulness techniques to your writing
  • Tools to help develop a sustained and regular approach to your writing

Retreat activities:

Guided meditation, mindfulness walking, writing exercises, creative instruction and sharing. 

This retreat is for you, if you:

  • Want to develop your creative writing
  • Want to develop a regular mindfulness practice
  • Wish for some quiet time where you can focus on improving concentration and increase clarity. 
  • Are new to mindfulness practice or wish to reconnect with your poetry in a new way
  • Are feeling stuck creatively and would like the chance to experiment and play in supportive surroundings
  • Are looking for tools and techniques that will sustain you in your everyday life
  • Need some time for reflection away from your everyday
  • Are in need of rejuvenation and renewal


Sita Brand

Sita listens deeply, replies honestly and values the individual. Student of world renowned Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, she is trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and has practiced mindfulness meditation for 20 years. She has taught meditation and mindfulness in a range of places including prisons and runs retreats. She has a Diploma in Positive Impact Coaching and is a trained in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). She has 20 years experience of working in the arts and facilitating workshops for adults and young people. She has performed internationally as a storyteller and is the founder and Director of Settle Stories.

Pete Armstrong

Pete has a thirst for truth and a no nonsense clarity of thinking. Pete is a trained psychotherapist with a degree in English from Oxford University. As a student of meditation and the inner path, he uses mindfulness to guide his creative journey. Now a poet and writer, his work is known for its insight, humour and wisdom.

Where will the retreat take place?

Set amidst the stunning scenery of Settle in the Yorkshire Dales. The retreat will take place at Settle Stories' new home, The Joinery, in the heart of Settle. Settle is accessible by train. By car, Settle is just off the A65 and is an hour from Bradford, and 1h 20m from Manchester, 50 mins from Lancaster. 


Friday 27th April - Sun 29th April

Friday 6-9pm Sat & Sun 10am - 5pm


This is a non-residential retreat. But accommodation is available locally, see here. We are happy to recommend accommodation that will suit your needs and budget.

Participant comments from the previous Settle Stories retreats: 

'Both leaders brought experience, skilfulness, compassion and wondrousness! I loved every session. The meditation practices supported the creative mediations well.'

'So difficult to identify the 'best bits' - it was all wounderful, as were both the leaders.'

Feedback received over three months after a retreat from a participant:

'This retreat has changed my life. I now have clarity and a clear artistic focus which means my writing is going from strength to strength'.

Booking and Joining Instructions

Joining Instructions will be sent to you via email towards the end of March. 

Friday, 27 April 2018 - 5:00pm
Until Sun 29th April (4pm)
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A limited number of Early Bird Tickets are available until 31 January 2018.

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