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.

Where in the world?

Starting June 2019, I will be hosting regular 3-day writing retreats in France 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. 

The retreats will 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 two ensuite twin rooms. There is also a separate family bathroom. Only eight 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. Questioning. Flowing. There will lots of time to write quietly in the beautiful nooks and crannies of the chateau, the garden, or somewhere up the mountain. There will be voluntary sharing but no critiquing. There will be a little group work for those that want it. There will be no drama. Oh, and there will be ample wine and fabulous, simple food. 

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

The all-inclusive cost for the retreat is €1,200. This covers 3 nights accommodation, transfers, glorious bountiful food and drink ... and time and space to write. Instalment plan available.

What’s included?

  • Your own room with ensuite bathroom in a beautifully renovated petit château in the foothills of the French Pyrénées.

  • All meals and beverages, including beautiful local wines. Professional chef prepared evening meals.

  • On tap coffee, tea, sparkling water, juices and snacks.


Friday 28 June - Monday 1 July - SOLD OUT!


20 - 27 June (one whole week! pricing information coming soon)

Contact me for more information after looking at the pictures below…

Every time I read Deb’s writing, I am blown back by her vast knowledge, her deep care, and her fierce heart. Her pioneering work in the violence against women sector coupled with her creative spirit informs the potency that her words hold. The potency that she holds. I for one can’t wait to join her at a writing retreat.
— Tanya Geisler, Leadership Coach, Writer, Speaker