Writers Retreat. Somatic Experiencing®

a one-of-a-kind writing retreat with extraordinary teachers in a spectacular setting

SUN JUN 10 - FRI JUN 15 2018 (5 NIGHTS)

We approach writing by inviting participants to unwrap 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.  

June is the season for whales and icebergs! We'll have guided excursions around the beautiful Conception Bay area.


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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.

You may be eligible for assistance from arts funding agencies. See, for example:




writing with care unlocked a universe inside me, complete with edible planets and complex aliens. the most interesting alien(s) of all being myself, my selves. this retreat is for those who write, those who long to write, those who may never write anything. it’s for anyone with a hunger to hear the inner voice, to commune with the ocean within while contemplating the ocean that lies just across the road. be not afraid, come with your heart in your hand. lori, lisa and lois will be waiting for you.
The writing retreat at [Ochre House] 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.
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
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 - photo by Greg Locke

Lois Brown - photo by Greg Locke

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 and has completed advance training in Somatic Experiencing®. See Lori's academic practice profiled here.

 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 film, dance and voice, she is interested in how we understand agency-our ability to affect change in the world. Lisa has a BA, English and a Masters of Philosophy, Humanities from Memorial. She also serves up a mean moose stew. 




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








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FEBRUARY 9, 2018

Check in:  4 pm Sunday. June 10. Check out: 11 am Friday June 15, 2018

$750- $900  Double occupancy
$900-$1000  Single occupancy

(CAD. plus 15% HST) See below for rooms.


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Guests stay on location in Ochre House in one of our beautifully appointed rooms.  See here for pictures. Double occupancy is only available for participants who choose to share with a friend - i.e. we will not put you in room with someone you don't know.

Room               Bed        Ensuite   Double/Single
South Room    double     yes         $800/$1000
North Room    double     yes         $800/$1000
Mezzanine       2 singles   yes         $800/$1000
Ground           2 singles   yes         $800/$1000
Choir Room    double     no          $750/$900
Sun Room        bunks      no         $750/$900



Air fare not included. Nearest airport: St. John’s, YYT. (1 hr 45 minutes drive) Ground transport from St. John’s to Ochre Pit Cove can be arranged ($75 return).


Space is limited and competitive. 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.


50% to confirm registration.
50% on or before May 11, 2018.
Cancellation: Refunds will be issued as follows:
100% less $50 administration fee if cancelled on or before May 27, 2018. 
No refund if cancelled after May 27, 2018.
Payment Method: We accept e-mail transfer, Paypal and cheque.

This retreat requires a minimum number of participants to proceed. We reserve the right to cancel by April 29, 2018. Successful applicants will have fees fully refunded.