Welcome 2022

Welcome to our 2022 schedule of courses, tutored retreats and untutored retreats at The Garsdale Retreat! At the time of writing, in October, 2021, we are very much hoping that the easing of Covid restrictions will go on and we will be able to continue to welcome writers back to Garsdale in person. If, however, new Covid restrictions come into place, we will offer courses online which we have proved very successful so far.

At the beginning of our season in 2021, we offered four online courses. With numbers limited to eight per course and led by outstanding tutors, we were able to maintain a quality experience which inspired a high level of writing and provided an excellent creative relief from the ardours of lockdown.

It was, however, a great joy to welcome people back to Garsdale in May, 2021 with our first untutored retreat of the year. Although we have taken precautions with participants taking lateral flow tests before coming to us, hand sanitizers being available and bathrooms receiving extra cleaning, we have maintained our convivial ambiance and our in-person retreats and courses have been a great success. In fact, all our courses/retreats have been fully booked since re-opening.

Since opening in 2017, inspired by expert tuition, course participants have reaped the benefits of small size workshops (a maximum of eight), 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 a few intrepid souls have enjoyed swimming in the Clough!

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 2022 offers another broad range of courses: poetry, fiction and memoir with an outstanding line-up of tutors and guest readers, not to mention our ever popular untutored retreats.

Rebecca and I hope you find a course or retreat to suit your creative needs and look forward to welcoming you to Garsdale in 2022.

Hamish Wilson