Where? Finca Buenvino, Sam & Jeannie Chesterton’s elegant and bohemian Andalucian family home and organic farm, set in 150 acres of the Sierra De Aracena National Park in south west Spain. Recently voted one of the Top Andalucian Hotels by the Times. Recommended by Alastair Sawday. The atmosphere is relaxed, inclusive and down-to-earth. Chosen by Sunday Times Travel as the house-party destination hotel in Andalucia. Perfect for solo travellers, couples or groups of friends.
Saturday 12th May–Saturday 19th May 7 nights
Saturday 16th June– Saturday 23rd June, 7 nights
Saturday 15th June–Saturday 22nd September, 7 nights
£1550 sharing, £1800 single. All rooms have their own bathroom and are furnished with antiques, art, a vast array of interesting books plus super-comfy beds with Egyptian cotton sheets and pillowcases, down duvets and pillows. The only sound you’ll hear is birdsong and all rooms have fabulous views of the rolling, wooded landscape.
What does it include?
Twice-daily writing workshops, twice-daily mindfulness meditation sessions, guided walks, spa visit with massage, visit to Europe’s largest grotto in Aracena, breakfast in local unspoilt pueblos, tapas tour of Seville, gastronomic dining at breakfast, lunch and dinner, tapas, afternoon tea, all wine with lunch and dinner and G&Ts. See here for the Chestertons beautifully written and illustrated cook book, The Buenvino Cookbook: Recipes From Our Farmhouse in Spain.
Any extras to pay?
Only your travel to and from Seville. Pay in sterling before.
Tell me a bit more about the writing workshops?
No writing experience is necessary, this is an opportunity to experiment, explore and write down your life in a relaxed and uncritical atmosphere. All writing is by hand, in notebooks. An opportunity to escape from your screen with no laptops, no tablets and no smart phones in workshops. Bring a sense of adventure and share your stories in a small, supportive group of like-minded writers, put your heart on the page and escape from the confines of technique, grammar and spelling. The workshops give you permission and encouragement to interpret the set exercises in YOUR way, rediscovering your unique creativity and also, give you time and space to let go of your routine and be nurtured, pampered and entertained! With plenty of time for peaceful contemplation, let nature inspire you and good food and good company provide the best sort of writing holiday. You will return home refreshed and reassured, with new skills, new strengths and new friendships.
What else do I need?
A reasonable level of stamina, flexibility and balance for the hikes. We walk over hills and valleys on uneven paths in the Sierra De Aracena.
Here’s what our writers at Finca Buenvino have said in 2017:
‘Elaine is a considerate, gracious and welcoming instructor.’
‘I loved it, Elaine. Thank you for your wisdom and warmth.’
‘Thank you Elaine for showing me how to write again.’
‘Elaine was very well prepared and thoughtful, she really cared which is the mark of a fine teacher. Elaine, you have created and offered a wonderful workshop.’
‘I enjoyed everything immensely, this week pushed me out of my comfort zone and toward places I needed to go within a very encouraging group.’
‘The course was inspirational and surprising. I have learnt an enormous amount about myself in a beautiful and very unique place.’
‘An excellent and worthwhile experience. The programme was everything I hoped for and more. We all bonded really well and I hope to retain the feel-good feeling that I leave with for years to come.’
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