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Retreat Fully Subscribed

It is with both pleasure and sadness that we must inform interested parties that the 2022 retreat is now fully subscribed. If you wish to go on the waiting list, or to register your interest for the 2023 retreat, please email

The fabulous Under Rough Ridge Writers' Retreat is back in action for 2022. A heads up containing dates, costs, and other useful information is outlined here. Our places are filling up fast, so you'll need to hurry if you want to be in on it! The first step is to email your interest to mike and then pay your deposit once you get a confirmation reply. Look forward to seeing you in the wonderful Ida Valley.

1. Dates

The Retreat will run from the evening of  from Saturday 24th September (arrival) to Saturday 1st October (departure - the finishing party will be on Friday night). 

2. Registration Fee

The fee for the entire week is $350.00. Of this, $125.00 is payable as a non-refundable deposit to secure your slot in the retreat. In past years we’ve had people pull out close to the start of the event, which is why we’re now asking for this deposit. The remaining $225.00 will be payable two weeks preceding the retreat. The bank account for the deposit is BNZ ‘Under Rough Ridge’ 02-0912-0290143-002. For those paying, please indicate your name in the payment details.

3. Format

As with last year’s retreat, the main focus is providing you with time and space to work on a long-form project with the help of wonderful surroundings and a team of published authors who all live in the Ida Valley. The theme this year concerns connection to the land, and how it might shape us as writers. You may write on whatever you want. For the Retreat Programme, we hope you will contribute a sentence or two on what it is you are intending to tackle in your time with us. We will announce the theme and the speakers in due course. There will be some communal meals, plenty of opportunity for discussion, great visiting speakers, and a marvellous final party to round things off.


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