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~ The Garsdale Retreat ~

The Garsdale Retreat is a creative writing centre in the remote and beautiful setting of The Yorkshire Dales. It provides inspirational courses tutored by leading writers, enabling participants to develop their individual creativity in a place of peace and tranquillity, away from the distractions and stresses of everyday life.

The Courses

All courses are led by a professional writer with a mid–week guest reader. The first season's team (2017) includes: Ian McMillan, John Hegley, Fleur Adcock, Jane Draycott, Ben Mellor, Kim Moore, Kate Fox, Natasha Sutton–Williams and Helen Moore.

Beginning, emergent and experienced writers are welcomed at The Garsdale Retreat where participants enjoy a high level of individual tuition in small classes (average size: eight) with additional one–to–one tutorials. Retreats (untutored or tutored) are also offered for those who want to kick–start, develop or finish a writing project.


All meals are provided, enabling course participants to focus entirely on their writing, whilst enjoying excellent locally sourced food in simple and comfortable surroundings. Both residential and non–residential places are available.

The House

Accommodated in an attractive Edwardian house, with workshops held in its converted coach–house, guests can enjoy the stunning landscape of The Yorkshire Dales and take walks directly from the house into the National Park.

Your Hosts

The Garsdale Retreat has been set up by poet, Hamish Wilson and cellist, Rebecca Nouchette. Both are former school teachers from Hertfordshire and the writing centre represents a dream made reality. 'We fell in love with the sheer beauty of The Dales and The Garsdale Retreat provides an ideal place to reconnect with self and creativity in a busy and pressurised world. We welcome all to share in our passion for writing and to enjoy a rich and revitalising experience.'


Further information can be found at: or you can contact Hamish and Rebecca on 01539–2341984 or at

The Garsdale Retreat, Clough View, Garsdale Head, Sedbergh, Cumbria LA10 5PW

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