Writing in Kyoto with Stephanie Dowrick

24 October - 2 November 2013
Led by Stephanie Dowrick & William Suganda

$4,650 per person (based on twin-share)

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Overview of retreat

Kyoto is one of the world’s most beautiful small cities. Better still, it is the perfect place to explore and extend your writing life. Inspiring and accessible for writers at all levels of experience, this small-group writing retreat will focus particularly on the skills of 'deep looking' and 'free writing' and the ease of creativity and insight that they allow.
Mornings will be spent writing and workshopping in a highly supportive atmosphere with ample time for individual reflection on your work. In the afternoons you can choose between exploring the city with the group or resting, reflecting and more writing.  A day trip from Kyoto to the enchanting Reiki Mountain is included. We will also have one of our ‘deep looking’ workshops in an exclusive Zen garden, accompanied by Mark Hovane, an Australian university teacher and meditator based in Kyoto for 20 years.  

Some Highlights Include:

  • Participating in eight highly focused, inspirational writing workshops facilitated by one of Australia’s most successful writers of fiction and non-fiction, Dr Stephanie Dowrick. One of these workshops will be in an exquisite Zen garden, accompanied by Mark Hovane.
  • Learning the exquisite meditative/creative practice of Haiku.
  • Daily Tai Chi with William in the morning. Easily learned, and joyfully practised in peaceful, beautifully tended grounds.
  • Enjoying the company of other ‘inspired travellers’, led by two highly experienced Japan enthusiasts.
  • Staying in Kyoto’s beautiful district of Higashiyama (‘eastern mountain’) in the wonderfully comfortable Westin Miyako Kyoto Hotel, one of Kyoto’s best. Single rooms available.
  • Complimentary shuttle (bus) service from the hotel to the centre of the city and return. Easy public buses and subway trains also widely available.
  • Traveling together to the magical ‘Reiki Mountain’ at Kurama.
  • Savouring deliciously prepared cuisine in a variety of local haunts
  • Free time to explore and stroll through Kyoto’s ‘living art’: gardens, temples, shrines, as well as shopping.

To book

To book on this tour, please complete an application form and return to our travel agent (details on the form).

Email: william@inspiredtraveller.com.au

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