The Garsdale Retreat is a creative writing centre, providing courses and untutored retreats, in the remote and beautiful setting of The Yorkshire Dales.

Our courses offer opportunities for new, emerging and experienced writers. The tutors, all professional writers, lead workshops and also give one-to-one tutorials to help the individual student. In the remote and beautiful setting of The Yorkshire Dales, The Garsdale Retreat gives a wonderful opportunity to escape from the daily stresses of life and to draw inspiration from fellow students, tutors and the landscape itself.

Untutored retreats allow the time and space to develop individual writing projects.

Whether a tutored course or an untutored retreat, all meals are provided, enabling participants to focus entirely on their writing, whilst enjoying excellent locally sourced food in simple and comfortable surroundings.

Accommodated in an attractive Edwardian house, with workshops held in its converted coach-house, students can enjoy the stunning landscape of The Yorkshire Dales and take walks directly from the house into the National Park.

The Garsdale Retreat provides an ideal place to reconnect with self and creativity in a busy and pressurised world.  We welcome all to share in our passion for writing and to enjoy a rich and revitalising experience.

2022 Courses and Retreats. Now Open for Booking

For COVID-19 information, please see drop down under Courses/Retreats above

Prices range from £595 – £860. See individual course page for details.

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Tutor/Guest Reader

Fleur Adcock
Fleur Adcock
Alan Buckley
Alan Buckley
Linda Cracknell
Linda Cracknell
Jonathan Edwards
Jonathan Edwards
Steve Ely
Steve Ely
John Glenday
John Glenday
Paul Henry
Paul Henry
Tania Hershman
Tania Hershman
Alan Johnson
Alan Johnson
Mimi Khalvati
Mimi Khalvati
William Letford
William Letford
Hannah Lowe
Hannah Lowe
Sally Magnusson
Sally Magnusson
Kim Moore
Kim Moore
Helen Mort
Helen Mort
Ilse Pedler
Ilse Pedler
Chitra Ramaswamy
Chitra Ramaswamy
Catherine Simpson
Catherine Simpson
Zoë Strachan
Zoë Strachan
Helen Tookey
Helen Tookey
Hannah Vincent
Hannah Vincent
Rebecca Watts
Rebecca Watts
Louise Welsh
Louise Welsh

Latest News

Residential Courses and Retreats to Begin Again

We are delighted to announce that we will be restarting our residential courses and retreats from 24th May, in accordance with Step 3 of the
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Grey Hen Press Book Launch Hosted by The Garsdale Retreat

Reflected Light - Responses to the Creative Arts (ed. Joy Howard) We’re delighted to be hosting the Zoom launch of Reflected Light - Responses to
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