Writing and wellness retreat,
Lake House, Daylesford

Retreat. Restore. Reset.


25–27 March 2019
Mon-Tues-Wed


Daylesford in AUTUMN is one of the most beautiful places in the country. 

"There’s a rhythm to life at our house on the lake," says Lake House owner Alla Wolf-Tasker, "a sequence of ongoing daily rituals…Bread is rolled, fresh flowers are arranged, coffee is ground, tables are set…The rhythm continues on through the day and into the evening, with the soft murmur of guests and the clink of glasses. Final lights out offers a mere few hours respite before the bakers return and the rhythm resumes once again."

Join Cath Crowley and Alison Arnold at the one-of-a-kind Lake House and discover its beautiful rhythms for yourself. There are two ways to do this.

The full retreat is a complete getaway including accommodation, breakfasts and dinners as well as all the ‘work’ we’ll do in the lovely Pavilion Room overlooking the little lake.

The day pass gives you the ‘work’, as well as delicious food during the day and access to the Lake House grounds.

You can expect:

  • Writing. Map, write, journal and play your way to an understanding of how writing can enhance your wellbeing.

  • Good conversation with like-minded people. We spend time talking about what it is to live a creative life, and especially what it is to live a creative life that feels positive and sustainable.

  • Incredible food! The Two Chefs Hats Lake House restaurant is famed for its seasonal menu. We knew the food would be good when we first went, but actually we had no idea.

  • 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 enjoy the six acres of garden sloping down to the lake. To have a cup of tea in the Argyle Library and read the paper. To take the walking track around gorgeous Lake Daylesford. (For those staying, that includes your luxury waterfront room with a view over the lake and a balcony for reading. The infinity pool is ready—bring your bathers and be brave. There is also a hot tub at the Salus Spa and a tennis court.)

  • A 1 hour massage or facial at the award-winning Salus Spa.

Full retreat
$2950 but discounted: $2750

Inclusions:

  • Three half-day sessions with Cath and Ali
    Day 1, afternoon
    Day 2, morning
    Day 3, morning

  • All tuition and materials

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

  • Two nights accommodation at the Lake House, Daylesford

  • Day 1: lunch, afternoon tea, a la carte dinner (three courses) and wine

  • Day 2: Breakfast (buffet and menu), morning tea, working lunch, afternoon tea, a la carte, dinner (three courses) and wine

  • Day 3: Breakfast (buffet and menu), morning tea, working lunch, afternoon tea to take away with you

  • All coffee and tea while working, homemade biscuits and juice

  • The lovely Pavilion Room to write in on the afternoon of Day 2 and Day 3.

  • The Lake House grounds: six acres of garden sloping down to the lake—gorgeous.

  • A massage or facial at the award-winning Salus Spa

  • A creative care package

    A note on the food: In early spring we ate poached quinces and a winter fruit compote. The beef melted in our mouths. We wished they would sell us their bread. The vegetarian tart with a celeriac side was the best thing Ali has ever eaten.

Day pass
$1400

Inclusions:

  • Three half-day sessions with Cath and Ali
    Day 1, afternoon
    Day 2, morning
    Day 3, morning

  • All tuition and materials

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

  • The lovely Pavilion Room to write in on the afternoon of Day 2 and Day 3.

  • The Lake House grounds: six acres of garden sloping down to the lake—gorgeous.

  • Food
    Day 1: lunch, afternoon tea

    Day 2: morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea to take away with you

    Day 3: morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea to take away with you

  • All coffee and tea while working, homemade biscuits and juice

  • A massage or facial at the award-winning Salus Spa

  • A creative care package


    Exclusions: accommodation, breakfast, dinner

    A note on the food: One day, our ‘working lunch’ was Musque de Provence pumpkin soup with ginger and cardamom, sourdough, grilled chicken, chimichurri and cucumber pickle, a warm black barley and citrus salad, and éclairs with yuzu cream. I mean, really.





‘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

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

Here is our BROCHURE for the full retreat.

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.

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.

Here are our TERMS AND CONDITIONS for the full retreat. These outline the inclusions too. Terms and conditions for the Day Pass will be up shortly.

Channelling our inner Leigh Sales and Annabel Crabb…what you can expect on the full retreat.

 
 
 
The lobby where you may sit and have a cup of tea and read the paper.

The lobby where you may sit and have a cup of tea and read the paper.

Walking the lake, September 2018

Walking the lake, September 2018

You will leave feeling:

  • Nurtured and restored.

  • That you’ve discovered the link between creativity and wellness, and are able to bring this into your everyday life.

  • That you can see what a happier creative life might look like.

  • Proud of what you’ve achieved.

  • A little bit more in love with yourself and with life.