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Bali Writing Retreat: 1–6 November 2019

November 1 - November 6


Want to come to Bali to write your book?

Ubud has been host to the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival for the past 15 years, which suggests that it’s a great location to inspire and motivate creative energy. Within 10 minutes of checking into this retreat, you’ll realise this is true.

Close your eyes and you feel it vibrate through your body: the creative hum. It synchronises you to the tranquillity that life can offer, opens you up to your imagination, and allows you to become the person you need – and want – to be.

This is not just about finding yourself as a writer, but escaping the unrelenting demands of everyday life, and spoiling yourself for a week of reinvigoration. Enjoy a massage and have those knots ironed from your muscles. Get yourself limber and focused with yoga. Or simply lie by the pool and relax.

Give yourself permission to find the person you want to be, and the writer you aspire to become.


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Who is this for?

Have you always wanted to write a book, but don’t know how to get started? Or are you trying to write a book but can’t make it work? Or perhaps you’re struggling to find support and guidance?

Your home for the week, nestled in the hills of Ubud

The retreat is perfect for:

  • business people wanting to learn to write a book to leverage and improve their branding
  • life coaches who want to showcase their methodology and promote themselves as leaders in their field
  • biographers, autobiographers, and historians who want to record something for posterity
  • aspiring novelists with a story they want to tell

We’ll break down the components of writing into fun, enjoyable workshops that are applicable across any form that you might be writing:

  • The Writing Process
  • Structure
  • Characterisation
  • Plot / Content
  • Prose / Voice
  • Transcending Boundaries
  • World Building
  • The Editing Practice
  • Workshopping – The Peer Review
  • The Publishing Process
  • Selling Your Book, Selling Yourself
  • Moving Forward

This six-day program will transform your writing life. Join this small group (maximum of 10) in Bali 1–6 November 2019 at the gorgeous Sankara Suites & Villas, Ubud.

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‘Blaise and Les were excellent facilitators; their sessions were highly informative and entertaining. As writers themselves they were always aware and respectful of the sensitivities of would-be writers.’
– Carolyn Lloyd, June 2014 Retreat Participant


Sankara Bar & Pool – for writing inspiration

A typical day will look like this:

  • 7:00-8:00: Yoga (optional)
  • 8:00–9:00 am: Breakfast
  • 9:00–10:30: Learning module 1
  • 10:45–12:15: Learning module 2
  • 12:15–7:00: Writing/free time (Sankara will shuttle you into Ubud to explore as required)
  • 3:00–4:00: Balinese activities such as Balinese dance, wood carving, traditional clothing.
  • 7:00: Dinner
  • 8:00–9:00: Table talk
  • 9:00: Write/relax/sleep

Your story is going to grow in ways that you cannot imagine.

Your life will open up to the unexpected.

You will transform.


Your writing journey is about to begin.


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Still not convinced?

Before you step foot on the plane, there’ll be a special and intensive pre-planning session to help you identify or conceive the idea that will become the foundation of your book. So if you’ve had some notion that you wanted to write but you didn’t know what, or you had some vague idea that you didn’t know how to develop, we are here to help you.

And once we’re done in Bali, we’ll follow up with four thirty-minute mentoring sessions over four months to make sure you’re staying on track, to help you through any issues, and to answer any of your questions.


‘Both Blaise and Les communicate and impart their knowledge in a way that makes it easy and fun to learn!’ –
Yolande White, May 2016 Retreat Participant



This program is packed with value. Airfares NOT included. All prices in Australian dollars.



The silver package offers all the spoils of the retreat!


Super Early Bird Price:

(Deadline: 1 July 2019)

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The gold package offers all the spoils of the retreat PLUS book mentoring and a publishing package!


Super Early Bird Price:

(Deadline: 1 July 2019)

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(Deadline: 1 September 2019)

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Get ready for fabulous Bali food

The publishing package includes:

  1. Location photography in Bali (optional)
  2. Full project management
  3. Full author support (holding your hand)
  4. ISBN/barcode registry
  5. Library deposit
  6. Copyedit of full book (up to 50,000 words)
  7. Full design & creation of cover
  8. Full design & layout of internals (with up to 15 images)
  9. Ebook creation and upload
  10. Set up for GLOBAL distribution
  11. 100 printed books (Colour cover, black & white internals) *selling these will recoup $2,750 in sales
  12. Media release
  13. Publishing & launch guides (printed books)
  14. 50 bookmarks
  15. Design of pull-up banner & flyers

Full payment due for all participants: 15 October 2019. However, we can arrange payment plans.


‘Excellent venue, great writing program! This retreat has reinvigorated me because I was having self doubts about my writing. Also excellent course content, company and food.’
– Colleen Goth, May 2017 Retreat Participant


Cancellation Policy

Cancellation fee of $500 applies if cancelling prior to 10 September 2019.

50% cancellation fee applies if cancelling after 20 September 2019.

No refund will apply after 31 September 2019.


To Register

Thank you for your interest in this retreat. This is a specialised event where participants need to be qualified for suitability by interview.

This writing program is going to transform your writing in more ways than one.

To secure your place, please contact us now for more information and to register.

email or call 0394346365 or 0416157281


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The Sankara Resort
Jl. Cempaka, Banjar Kumbuh Desa Mas Ubud,
Bali, 80571 Indonesia
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