Writing Retreat – Bali 2016

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Are you a writer?

Would you like to be a writer?

Do you have a book in you but just can’t get started?

Have you started your book but lost momentum?

Then this RETREAT is for you!

Writing Retreat

  • What if you had 7-10 days away from your usual surroundings to concentrate on your writing?
  • What if you had 7-10 days away from your usual surroundings to concentrate on your writing?
  • What if you had the gift of time and an inspirational place, to just…write?
  • What if you were able to share your struggles and your breakthroughs with a group of like-minded people?
  • What if that week was in beautiful Bali?

Writing Retreat Bali


Well you can, and it is…

Join me in Bali for exactly that.

All you have to do is jump on a plane and arrive at Denpasar airport, I’ll get you picked up and driven to our beautiful retreat centre in the gorgeous Sideman valley – well away from the tourist crowds and distractions of shopping!

Where you can immerse yourself in what you came here to do…WRITE!

This retreat is for all writers who:

  • Have something on the go and need quiet time to go for it
  • Have an idea for a book or project and just need to get started
  • Have started but are stuck
  • Want to dabble in poetry or short stories
  • Anything – just WRITE!!

What will you get?

I will help you reconnect to yourself, to your innerspirit; to give you the space that will allow your creativity to flow. To create and hold space around you for your inspiration to come naturally and freely.

I will ensure that your stay is trouble free. That you have beautiful food to eat, a wonderful comfortable bed at night, and an experience that will leave you feeling richer.

All you have to do is just be, with your writing.

This retreat is ’boutique’ – purposefully small, allowing greater connection with each other, constructive and non-judgemental sharing and critique, and the chance for some engaging fun and light heartedness along the way…

Why Bali?

This is an opportunity to really connect to the essence and spirit that is Bali. A place like no other. Magic happens in Bali…it infuses with your soul, seeping into your consciousness and leaving its imprint on your heart…an imprint of love, beauty and peace…

So what are you waiting for…


Sideman (pronounced sid-e-man) is my favourite place in Bali…Its stunning landscape…its peace and quiet. The REAL Balinese countryside. It’s what Ubud used to be like 30 years ago.    Smiling, hardworking people in the fields, not harassing you to buy anything. It’s a salve for the soul.

Sideman, Bali

The Ayung River meanders through the valley, right at the bottom of our fabulous accommodation; and there are plenty of beautiful walks through the rice fields and along the village roads if you need some time out to get those creative juices flowing again.

Ayung River, Sideman

All you need to do is book your flight, get your travel insurance and spending money (you won’t need much), pack your bag and arrive at Denpasar airport – that’s it – I take care of the rest!

Here are the details…


Monday 22 August – Sunday 28 August (inclusive)


Monday 22 August – Wednesday 31 August (inclusive)


Monday 22 August – arrive Denpasar airport (ideally before 3pm as it’s a 3 hour ride to Sideman). I will arrange your taxi to bring you to our gorgeous accommodation. Depending on your arrival time, you can spend the rest of the day settling in and relaxing. We will have a shared dinner and afterwards discuss how the week will progress, goals, intentions, etc…

Tuesday 23 – Sunday 28 August:  We will get together twice a day:

  • after breakfast, to set the intention for the day
  • and again round 4pm, for group discussion and to share/get feedback on work written or challenges we face

Monday 29 August – we share breakfast together, and then for those doing the 7 night option, it’s time to go our separate ways. I will organise your taxi to your next destination in Bali or to Denpasar airport…

For those staying on for the 10 night retreat, our days will continue as previous, with our last breakfast and departure being Thursday 1 September.

Sideman, Bali

If you need a break from your toil, there are plenty of beautiful walks in the area and things to do. I can help organise and/or direct you to available options.

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So, what is a week (+) immersed in creative magic in this slice of paradise going to cost you…

 7 Nights – Just $750 (USD)!

10 Nights – Just $990 (USD)!

*see inclusions below*

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 Remember, numbers are limited – BOOK NOW

so you don’t miss out!

All you have to do is pack your bag, get on a plane, and arrive at Denpasar airport…I’ll take care of you from there… too easy!

This is me – I’ll take good care of you – promise!

Price Includes:

  • 7-10 nights accommodation (inclusive of taxes)
  • 2 meals daily at the retreat centre – breakfast and either lunch OR dinner (your choice each day). There are local cafes/warungs within easy walking distance for you to have variety, or you can eat at the retreat centre – it’s up to you
  • Taxi from Denpasar airport to Sideman
  • Retreat facilitator (me) – to take care of the details and make sure you get the most out of this special time
  • Optional meditation twice daily (run by retreat centre)

Price Does Not Include:

  • Airfare
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Visa (if applicable)
  • Passport (please ensure passport is valid – the expiry date must not be within 6 months)
  • One main meal (lunch or dinner – see above), snacks and drinks not specified above
  • Taxi from Sideman (you may decide to go elsewhere before heading home) – I can give you approximate costs to help you budget…
  • Massage/ Spa treatments
  • Entrance fees for temples/other sightseeing activities you may choose to do
  • Spending money

Note: I have selected accommodation with everyone having a room to themselves. If you want to look at a twin-share option please let me know and I will price it up for you.

Note on room selection: Participants who book early and pay their deposit will be given first option of rooms. There are only 4 upstairs rooms (of which I have one and one is down by the river), so if you want a room with a stunning valley view – get in early!

Nirata Retreat Centre, Sideman

Now for the serious stuff… Terms and Conditions Writer’s Retreat 2016

Want to join us? Want more info?

Awesome – just contact me and I’ll get it organised!

Email: paula@soulcuisine.co.nz

Time to explore...

Time to explore…

Gems from 2015

 “Meeting Paula for the first time was just like being welcomed home by a dear friend. As a small group we quickly fell into an easy routine, supporting each other with shared readings, meals, meditation, and conversation. That was all really valuable, and certainly for me, was an essential part, as we began to trust each other and also offer unconditional non-judgemental support. Deep in the Balinese countryside, the surrounding natural beauty is astounding – inviting, restful and full of peace.”

Jan Elgar – Canada

Inspirational sharing...

Inspirational sharing…

“After a hectic few weeks prior to arriving at Sideman, I was feeling stressed and exhausted. Paula took over all the arrangements, suggesting where to eat and her favourite foods to try. She organised trips into the rice paddy channels and we also swam in the river – very refreshing. And of course we wrote and wrote and wrote. I found the group to be very supportive in what I had achieved and this inspired me to continue.”

Jan Brickman – Australia


Check out how my retreat went in 2014:

Writing a book is like fine wine…it takes time…













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