Welcome 2020

Welcome to our 2020 schedule of courses and untutored retreats at The Garsdale Retreat!

In our first three years we have been delighted to receive outstanding feedback from both tutors and students (see testimonials) as well as, more recently, attracting attention from the national and international press.  In June, 2019, we were delighted to feature in The Sunday Telegraph’s list of top ten writing holidays and, later in the summer, received acclaim in the Ukrainian edition of Elle magazine’s review of activity holidays around the world! We’re also proud to announce that The Garsdale Retreat has been chosen as a venue for the mentoring scheme New North Poets, run by the Poetry School and New Writing North as part of the Northern Writers’ Awards. In February 2020, four emerging poets from the North of England will enjoy a week’s residency at Garsdale, tutored by Clare Pollard.

Since opening in 2017, inspired by expert tuition, course participants have reaped the benefits of small size workshops (a maximum of eight residential/two non-residential students), and enjoyed a high level of individual support and guidance.

They have loved Rebecca’s ‘cordon bleu’ meals and The Garsdale Retreat, being fully catered, has also provided an escape from domestic chores (no cooking or washing up!), giving the luxury of time and space for writing.

The remote beauty of our Yorkshire Dales location has also been very much appreciated. Most people have enjoyed walks in the National Park and, last summer, a few intrepid souls enjoyed swimming in the Clough!

In 2019, it was a delight to welcome back many ‘returners’. We even had one who has attended four retreats and two courses in the last two years! All speak of the unique, nurturing atmosphere of The Garsdale Retreat and the special feel of being in a writer’s home.

It has also been lovely to have greeted people from around the globe including Canada, Australia, Singapore, Malta, Spain, Germany, France, USA, Turkey and the Republic of Ireland.

The schedule for 2020 offers another broad range of courses: poetry, fiction and memoir with an outstanding line-up of tutors and guest readers.

Rebecca and I hope you find a course or retreat to suit your creative needs and look forward to welcoming you to Garsdale in 2020.

Hamish Wilson

Director