The Volcano Sessions

The women's writing retreat I've dreamed of.



I'm an emerging writer, but the truth is I have always written. And when not writing for study, work or for the simple joy of it, I am thinking about words. I look at the world in pictures and then want to write those pictures into glorious sentences. But I don't do that as often as I mean to. I rarely give myself the gift of just writing. So I want to make space for you. To write, and to talk about writing. Because whilst I am just coming out as a writer, I am very experienced at creating and holding space for women. And it makes my heart soar just to think about creating that space for you. For us.

My writing retreats in France are for women who are writing, want to write, think they can't write, and those who know they must write or they will simply wither away. 

Where in the world?

The retreats take place in a six-bedroom chateau near my home in a small village in the French Pyrenees. There is a pool, a garden, terraces and lovely views over the village, mountains and our local Cathar castle. There are four ensuite double bedrooms and one ensuite twin room available. There are cosy sitting rooms, a beautiful enclosed terrace and a large dining area, which means there is plenty of room to spread out and find your own places to write.

Only five places will be available for each retreat.


Our focus will be on writing, but also on gathering. Gathering our thoughts, our energies, our senses and our very selves. There will be hubbub. There will be tranquility. Laughter, lots of laughter. Questioning. Flow. There will lots of time to write quietly in the beautiful nooks and crannies of the chateau, the garden, in your beautiful room or poolside. There will be voluntary sharing but no critiquing. There will be powerful group work.

The maps will change. There’ll be new mountains. 

Why, I'd love to! How much will it cost?

Pricing for the 2020 retreats will be released at the end of August 2019.

What’s included?

  • Beautiful spaces to write your heart out.

  • Structured small group experiences.

  • Guest teachers and optional one to one coaching.

  • Optional half day excursion.

  • Your own room with ensuite bathroom. Some rooms have a balcony with a view of the village and the Château Puilaurens. There is one twin room available if you want to share with a friend (there will be a reduced price per person for this option).

  • All meals and beverages, including beautiful local wines. Emphasis is on local, seasonal and simple French fare. Vegetarian/vegans can be catered for.

  • All day self-serve coffee, tea, sparkling water, juices and snacks.

2019 Volcano Sessions Reviews

it’s all over, and it was brilliant!

watch this space for reviews from this year’s writers.

Coming up…

2020 Volcano Sessions Retreats

Sunday 21 June - Friday 26 June 2020

Sunday 6 September - Friday 11 September 2020

Contact me for more information, or to be kept in the loop.

We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains.
— Ursula K. Le Guin