Our retreat took place at the luxurious Belvedere di San Leonino villa in Chianti, Italy.

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Time to write. Time to relax. Time to enjoy the company of other writers, wander through the vineyards, and be inspired.

October 22-29, 2018


Our writing getaway included round-trip air from Saint John, New Brunswick, 6 nights at the Belvedere di San Leonino villa in Chianti, Italy, writing workshops and one-on-one feedback sessions, breakfasts and dinners, ground transportation, taxes, and airport fees. 

During our 6-night stay at the villa, Gerard offered two creative writing workshops and hosted individual meetings with all participants, where the focus was on them and their writing, and where Gerard provided detailed feedback on writing samples which participants sent to him ahead of the trip.

The retreat included group readings, writing prompts, and many opportunities for grand conversation and inspiration: a thoughtful balance of time spent in the company of other writers and time alone dedicated to their own writing. 

The group also booked separate, full day trips to Sienna and Florence as add-ons, both well worth it.

Cost was $4,999 CAD per person based on two travellers sharing a room, or $5,599 CAD for a single traveler.

Group dinner at the villa.