Announcing ‘Writing Garlands of Stories’

Date: 10 am – 4 pm, Saturday 5 May 2018
Location: Toi Pōneke, 61/69 Abel Smith St, Te Aro, Wellington
Faculty: Sia Figiel
Cost: $75 including lunch, some scholarships available.
To register contact: [email protected]

In this workshop, the physical and metaphysical merge as the ancient Samoan concept of su’ifefiloi, or sewing of garlands is used to bridge oral storytelling to the act of creative writing. Participants will use the senses; sight, scent and touch to sew and connect flowers to leaves while actively engaged in the act of storytelling. Connections to one’s own narrative as well as the stories of others will be explored as participants discover new tools to navigate their creativity  and produce new work.

Limited to 12 participants. To reserve your space contact Kirsten Le Harivel at [email protected]

SiaInternationally acclaimed Samoan writer Sia Figiel is the winner of the 1997 Regional Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Best First Book and the 1994 Polynesian Literary Prize for Poetry. She has published 4 novels, a collection of prose-poetry and an amplified performance poetry CD with Teresia Teaiwa. Her work has been translated to French, German, Catalan, Spanish, Danish and Portuguese. She has traveled the world extensively as a guest at universities, literary festivals, community centres and is the first Pacific Islander to perform her poetry at the Shakespeare Globe Theater, London. Her latest and much awaited novel, FREELOVE, is hot off the press and is available through Little Island Press, Auckland and through Amazon.



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The 2018 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat was a Blast!

Thank you to everyone who was part of the 2018 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat. This year was our biggest yet and it was wonderful to see so many new and familiar faces. Below are some quotes from this year’s participants and some photos that capture the energy of the event.

“Don’t underestimate the collective energy of a passionate group of writers. Inspiring! Kahini lives up to all it promises.” Lisa Bell – Writer

“An essential element of my writing calendar.” – Bee Trudgeon

“An exhilirating experience of writers’ energy and dedication to their craft. To hear their stories, share experiences, and to marvel on their writing timetables.” Michele Morris-Denize

“Brilliant retreat for writers with wonderful workshops, and the sharing with other writers has transformed my writing life. I will be there again next year as soon as it opens to register.”

“The retreat transformed me. Pip Adams was a brilliant workshop facilitator who brought out the best of us in a non-judgemental way so we felt safe sharing. El Rancho is a perfect spot for a retreat. I hope to attend many more of these retreats in the future.” Janet Sayers

“I came away with lots to work on and some great ideas and techniques to get me started. I also learnt a great deal from the writers sharing their writing during our workshop and the freewriting time.”

“The workshop sessions were a true incubator where everyone learnt from everyone else and so much from a skilled teacher in a kind environment . The topic was timely for my work and I’m not sure where else I could have learnt as much about trauma narrative.”

” The writers retreat was a writer’s haven of nourishment, learning and expression, a treat that you should give yourself every so often to keep the flow going.” Denise Hart

“I went as a beginner full of trepidation. I left as an accepted, full member of the writing fraternity.” Roger Biggs

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The dates for the 2019 Retreat will be announced shortly. You can join our mailing list to ensure you here about it first!

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Announcing Dance and Write

Date: 10 am – 4 pm, 7 April 2018
Location: Kāpiti Coast, Aotearoa New Zealand
Faculty: Ingrid Kölle
Cost: $75 including lunch
To register contact: [email protected]

Dance and WriteDo you love to dance, write and express yourself freely or do you freeze at the very thought of it? In this workshop we will let movement free our bodies and words dance on the page. You will learn practical and magical ways to inspire your writing and hone your dance.

We will practise embracing and silencing the inner critic. Move in meditation or with wild abandon and then put pen to paper and let the dance continue. Watch words spring forth from your elbows and hips. Learn to listen to the whisperings of the body and let them inspire your writing. Discover the joy and liberation of movement and dance your words onto the paper. No need to be polished or clever – nothing to make up and no skills or experience required. Come just as you are and join others doing the same. Let yourself be surprised. All sharing is optional!

Limit of 25 places.

Ingrid KölleIngrid Kölle has been leading conscious dance workshops and teaching weekly classes in Wellington since 2006. She has an extensive background in 5Rhythms®, Core Connexion and Open Floor Dance. For most of her career she worked as a foreign correspondent, writing and producing feature stories on the US and New Zealand for the German Broadcasting Corporation. Her articles were also published in various newspapers and magazines. She was commissioned by a German publisher to write a book about New Zealand which was published in 2015.

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