The 2019 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat: A Recap

Thank you to everyone who was part of the 2019 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat: our teaching writers – Brannavan Gnanalingam, James George, Lynn Jenner, Mandy Hager, Vana Manasiadis and Whiti Hereaka – our volunteers and of course our participants!

Here are some thoughts from this year’s participants on the Retreat:

The Kapiti Writers retreat was like a home coming. I left feeling nourished and nurtured, attaining more knowledge and confidence to step firmly into my life as a writer. Thanks to all those who shared their wisdom, words and energy of encouragement throughout the weekend. Careoline-Charlotte.

Without exaggeration, this retreat is one of the high points of my year. I can’t wait to come back.

Writers are practitioners of a peaceful form of magic and many spells were cast at Kapiti/Kahini 2019.” Linda Hansen

Top class workshops, run in a peaceful retreat environment. Small groups, varied topics and styles. Something for everyone and value for money. Jane Cullinane, Tairua Coromandel

A perfect way to connect with other writers who are at all stages in their writing journey – no expectations to be anything other than what you are. Keeps my writing juices going until the next time. Merilyn Bartholomew

A huge thank you to Kirsten for being so accommodating, assisting us with our travel and your strong leadership in a very approachable and gentle way. I hope you get the rest you deserve!

I came away feeling deeply grounded. Far better than those exciting moments of inspiration that flash and then disappear as quickly. This groundedness will stay for some time, I know. It is like I have started to integrate my writerliness into my whole life and that makes me feel more myself. For me, a spiritual experience – something I just didn’t expect. I look forward to meeting up with new friends at future events and continuing to grow and develop. Kia kaha, Kirsten. The tone you set and the way you so calmly made things happen as they were meant to were fundamental to the mood and feeling of the retreat. Germana

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