Writing and wellness retreat,
Carrington House, Daylesford

Retreat. Restore. Reset.

18-23 May 2020
5 nights, 6 days


rug up in Daylesford in late autumn, when the leaves are turning and the lake is full of reflections. 

Built in 1890, Carrington House is an elegant and gorgeous home in the heart of Daylesford. Each of the nine beautifully renovated bedrooms has its own ensuite. Relax in one of the two lounge rooms, by the fire in the garden, and enjoy local catering and a decadent dinner at the famed Lake House restaurant.

Join Cath Crowley and Alison Arnold at Carrington House for:

  • Daily sessions of writing, mapping and journalling. And discussion that explores:

    • What it is to live a creative life, and especially what it is to live a creative life that feels positive and sustainable.

    • Practices/ways of being that feed your creativity and detract from it. Tools for wellbeing that will help with your writing/creative pursuit.

  • Good conversation with like-minded people.

  • Incredible food! Local Daylesford companies will be catering the retreat, and we will venture out to the Lake House one night for dinner.

  • Development. An individual conversation with Ali and Cath in their professional capacity as editor and writer and industry experts. Pick our brains. Tell us where you’re at. Purely optional. For non-writers, let’s talk about your creative life.

  • Time to enjoy your lovely surroundings. To pop into Daylesford for a coffee. To take the walking track around gorgeous Lake Daylesford, or visit the Botanic Gardens.

  • A 1 hour massage.

  • Plenty of writing time.


RETREAT COST: $2650 for new participants, $2400 for returning retreaters.


  • Five nights accommodation at Carrington House in your own room with en suite.

  • All tuition and materials

  • A solo conversation with Ali and Cath about your project, writing, creative life

  • A massage

  • A creative care package

  • All meals provided in Carrington House (and dinner at the Lake House and lunch at Wombat Hill House cafe).

  • A glass of wine with dinner


  • Alcohol beyond a glass of wine with dinner. (Feel free to bring a bottle of your favourite drink.)

  • Any food or beverages bought off-site (apart from Lake House dinner and Wombat Hill House cafe on Day 1)

Optional extras

10,000 word conversation
In which Cath and Ali read 10,000 words of your work prior to the retreat and schedule an hour with you during the retreat to talk about it, giving you their notes to take away.
Cost: $500


‘Creative workshop from the dream-team. 
Treat yourself.’
Fiona Wood

‘There was laughter, there were tears, there was wonderful food, great coffee, stunning views, sinking to sleep in luxurious beds, and waking up to birdcalls in the morning. And over and above all of that, the fellowship of other women who love words, the leadership, experience and wisdom of two very special individuals in Ali and Cath, and some tangible tools to further my writing journey. 
Loved every minute. Wish I was back there…’
Amy, September 2018 retreat

‘If I close my eyes, I can see the clean bright creamy walls of my room framing the lake…I can’t remember the last time I felt so fully me.’
Kat, September 2018

‘A blissful experience.’
BR, September 2018

Would you like to come? EMAIL US here. We’ll need to have a quick chat too, over the phone or preferably via Skype.

We understand going on a retreat is a big step. EMAIL US with any questions or concerns. Creativity is for everyone and so is the wellbeing it can bring to your life. We are also happy to chat on the phone first. Just get in touch.

Read a WRAP UP of our first retreat, spring 2108.

Can’t make it this time but would like to be kept in the loop about FUTURE RETREATS?

Why do we do what we do? Here we are being INTERVIEWED by Karen Willis of Sharing Bali and Beyond.