Treat yourself to a one-of-a-kind writing retreat
with extraordinary teachers in a spectacular setting.

Monday may 29 - saturday June 3, 2017


We approach writing by inviting participants to unwrap both their writing and their experience of writing. Using both unique and tried-and-true creative tools and approaches to contemplation, observation and structure, the workshop discusses individual processes and the place of writing in one’s life. It provides one-on-one dramaturgy and guided reflection, and plenty of time to write in an inspiring and comfortable setting. Participants are encouraged to bring consciousness to the habitual in order to be open to transformation.


This workshop is appropriate for writers working in any field: fiction, non-fiction, scriptwriting, poetry or academic writing. It can be very helpful for those who need to present publicly such as authors on tour or academics presenting papers.

The writing retreat at the Church at Ochre Pit Cove provides a creative escape in a stunning setting. The workshop has the right combination of structured activities and free time for writing and exploring, making it both relaxing and productive. I feel I progressed not only in my writing, but also in fighting against some of my own mental roadblocks and demons. I recommend the experience highly!
— Caitlin Sandford, 2016
I had the best most peaceful connected delicious week with sweet encouraging friends and facilitators. I recommend this very sweet retreat.
— Cathy Jones, 2016
The Writing with Care Retreat offered gifts I hadn’t realized I needed. It gave an opportunity to write and reflect in community. I saw whales and icebergs and ways of living that are being lost. I left Ochre Pit Cove a better man.
— Dave Hansen, 2016


Lois Brown

Lois Brown

LOIS BROWN is a multi-disciplinary artist, director and writer who works mainly in live arts. She has received many awards from her work as an artist, including Best Original Writer from the Atlantic Film Festival. She was short-listed for the Siminovitch Prize, received the Victor Martyn-Lynch Staunton award from the Canada Council, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Achievement Award. Lois holds a Masters from Memorial where she has taught directing and acting. She was Dramaturge and Artist-in-Residence at Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal from 2011 to 2013.


Lori Clarke

Lori Clarke


LORI CLARKE is an artist and performer who has collaborated with dance and theatre artists and writers, integrating somatic work, sound design and music for stage and screen for more than 25 years.  Lori’s individual and group work is a contemplative focusing and grounding in body-centred, integral practices - an approach particularly helpful for those experiencing loss and healing from trauma. Lori holds an MA Somatics from the California Institute of Integral Studies (1995) and is currently pursuing an Interdisciplinary PhD at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is a Certified Professional Member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She is in her third year of training in Somatic Experiencing®.

Lisa Porter

Lisa Porter

Retreat owner LISA PORTER crafts a safe and welcoming environment conducive to the creative process. A performing artist who works in screenwriting, dance and voice, she is interested in how we understand our ability to affect change. Lisa has a BA, English and a Masters of Philosophy, Humanities from Memorial.


Delicious healthy meals prepared by host Lisa Porter. We use fresh, quality ingredients. Breakfast (self serve) • lunch • dinner • snacks • Vegetarian, gluten free, allergen-free choices available.


4 PM Monday May 29 - 11 AM Saturday June 3, 2017 (five nights)

$800-$900 + 15% HST CAD
Workshop & Meals $550
 Accommodations (see below) $250-$350

Air fare not included. Nearest airport: St. John’s, YYT. (1 hr 45 min)
Ground transport from St. John’s to Ochre Pit Cove can be arranged: ($50 return)

Guests stay on location in the building or in a cottage very close by. Fees are per room per five nights.  Guest are welcome to share with a friend.

Ochre House Rates:
South Room    double    ensuite with shower    $350
North Room    double    ensuite with shower    $350
Mezzanine       2 singles  ensuite with shower   $350
Choir Room    double    shared bath    $300
Sun Room       2 singles ( bunk beds)   shared bath    $250

Cottage Rates:
Please contact us.


Space is limited. For application please submit:
1. A letter outlining your bio and current practice.
2. A sample of your writing (200-300 words).
3 Your accommodation request. (See above.)
4. You contact information including address, email & phone.
Submit to: with the subject line: Writing With Care.

You may be eligible for assistance from Regional Arts Councils.
See for example ArtsNL Professional Artists' Travel Fund



50% to confirm registration.
50% on or before April 21, 2017
Cancellation: Refunds will be issued as follows:
100% less $50 administration fee if cancelled on or before May 12, 2017.
No refund if cancelled after May 12, 2017.
Payment Method: We accept e-mail transfer, Paypal and cheque.

Writing With Care came along at an important time for me artistically. It offered me the opportunity to slow down and explore process and practice; time to digest the work/discussion, write, explore, walk, talk, be silent, rest; access to feedback on work in development; dialogue, dialogue, dialogue; a warm, comfortable, inviting environment. It was a magic combination facilitated by three exceptional people that fed my hungry soul, put a compass into my artist-hand and said “Go.” And – added bonus – the food (made thoughtfully and with love) was excellent.
— Esther Purves-Smith, 2015