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 each writer safe in their unique creativity.
As part of the fulfillment of that mission, Inkslingers offers international writing, yoga and exploration retreats.
We have been hinting about our destination in 2019 for a few months now, but let’s just say that we will be dusting off our high school French textbooks in preparation!
DETAILS COMING SOON!
Sue Reynolds has led International retreats for over 10 years, and for the last few summers has guided Inkslingers in the development of the three-pronged approach to exploring other countries:
- Working closely with Royal Irish Tours, Canada’s premiere provider of group excursions in Ireland and the British Isles, we organize an itinerary that provides an in-depth exploration of the history and landscape of each country.
- We also delve into some of the seminal writers of each country 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. Beginning the day with a short, body-centered focus, both limbers up the muscles and establishes a mind-body liaison that contributes to excellent writing during the workshop later that morning.
Previous International Retreats
This past summer, Inkslingers led a fabulous group of 24 writers on a week-long writing/yoga retreat/exploration on the glorious emerald isle of Ireland. Full details will be uploaded on this website in the next month or so.
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.
Along the way we studied Scottish history and a selection of renowned Scottish writers.
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.
For a detailed description of all the Irish adventures, please visit The Ireland Diaries 2016.
Italy 2014 and 2015
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.
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
Each February at a small resort near Dominical, Costa Rica, Sue Reynolds facilitated the writing workshop portion and Esana Lotfy led the yoga practice .
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.