Writing Workshops, Retreats, Mentoring

International Retreats

Our mission at Inkslingers is to deliver writing workshops and retreats that enrich personal experience, strengthen writing skills, and immerse participants in both the writers and landscape of each explored country. Along the journey we build community and keep writers safe in their unique voices.
As part of the fulfillment of that mission, Inkslingers offers international writing, yoga and exploration retreats.


In Autumn of 2023, experience the history and vitality of Barcelona, Spain, through an artistic and literary lens.


Continuing our enthusiasm for studying literature either written in, or about, the destinations we visit, and then exploring it through our own writing, please join us in our unique approach to travel in one of Spains’s most vibrant and beautiful regions.

Click here to be notified when our itinerary is set and our registration is open.


Sue Reynolds has led International retreats for over 10 years. Her co-facilitators James Dewar and Kate Marshall Flaherty are also experienced AWA facilitators and accomplished writers. Inkslingers has developed a three-pronged approach to exploring other countries:

  • Working closely with experienced, professional tour companies, we organize an itinerary that provides an in-depth exploration of the history and landscape of each location.
  • We delve into some of the seminal writers of the countries to both learn about the sensibilities and enjoy the essence of each country’s culture. We also draw upon the works of these authors to inspire participant writing: one author each day. (Don’t worry, there are no tests!)
  • Thirdly, we offer an optional guided restorative yoga practice every morning. Starting the day with a short, body-centered focus limbers up the muscles and establishes a mind-body liaison that contributes to grounded writing during morning workshops right after breakfast.


Previous International Retreats

Florence 2022

In 2022, Inkslingers returned to Europe with a group of 26 writers to FLORENCE with side trips to Siena, San Gimignano, Lucca and Pisa for 9 days from October 29 to November 6th, to experience Tuscany through the perspective of Florentine writers through the centuries.
Click here to get an overview of that trip.

Paris 2019

In 2019, Inkslingers took a group of 26 writers and artists to PARIS for 9 days from October 26 to November 3rd, to experience the City of Lights through the lens of literature.
Click here to get an overview of that trip.

Ireland 2018

In the summer of 2018, Inkslingers led a fabulous group of 24 writers on a week-long writing/yoga retreat/exploration on the glorious emerald isle of Ireland. Click here to view the Ireland 2018 itinerary.


Scotland 2017

Spirit of Scotland Show at the Jam House Edinburgh

In summer 2017 the same leadership team as the year before in Ireland led a group from Glasgow to Loch Ness, then on to Dunkeld and Edinburgh, finshing up back in Glasgow.

Visiting the Robbie Burns Wee Mouse in Ayr

Along the way we studied Scottish history and a selection of renowned Scottish writers. Click here for the itinerary of our trip to Scotland


Ireland 2016

Fascinating Tales at Lissadell House

Sue Reynolds led the writing portion of this trip, ably assisted by AWA certified instructors James Dewar and Kate Marshall Flaherty. Kate also led the yoga sessions.

Group photo atop Thoor Ballylee


Italy 2014 and 2015

Beautiful Perugia with Assisi on the far left

Springtime in Umbria! Sue Reynolds and Esana Lotfy once again led participants in a combined yoga and writing practice morning in the mountains near Assisi and Perugia.

The Umbrian Hill view from the Le Torracce villa

Afternoons were spent hiking the Italian countryside, following the pilgrimage route of St. Francis, and visiting the incredibly picturesque towns/cities of Assisi, Gubbio and Perugia.


Costa Rica (annually) 2011 – 2016

Early morning restorative yoga – No Previous Experience Required

Each February at a small resort near Dominical, Costa Rica, Sue Reynolds facilitated the writing workshop portion and Esana Lotfy led the yoga practice .

Writing and sharing in a safe community

Mornings started with yoga, then breakfast and then a deep dive for 2 and a half hours into writing.

Afternoons were free to wander on the glorious beaches, take surfing lessons, shop in Dominical, or rest and do more writing.