Travel, trips & retreats

“Writing Me- Treat”


– DEVON, ENGLAND, 7-12 JULY 2018 –


Imagine the bliss of waking up and falling asleep to birdsong and the babbling stream, spending time walking in unspoilt lanes and meadows as you learn a little of what many adore about Devon.

Join a small group of other word-lovers on this enchanting five-night retreat, deep in a secret valley that can only be accessed down what I call The Rabbit Hole – a gentle, bowered lane that tumbles down to the clutch of stone cottages around a stream. You get to stay in a room of your own in delightful Barleycorn, Quack or Crownwheel Cottage. This retreat deliberately coincides with the Ways With Words Literary Festival at Dartington Hall and we will make an excursion there. We will also visit the bohemian town of Totnes and, of course, the beach.

This ‘Me-Treat’ is led by much-published author, journalist, poet and mentor, Jo Parfitt, who loves nothing more than inspiring and empowering others to turn the ‘everyday’ into compelling words.

Meet our wonderful hosts – Christine, who will guide us on a literary walk through the hamlet, which inspired poets, Jack Butler Yeats and John Masefield, long ago and John who’ll entertain us on our balmiest evening for songs round the campfire on the lawn.

Learn how to pay attention to the world around you and use your experiences as the catalysts for compelling columns, journals, memoir, blogs or poetry. Let nature inspire the metaphors for your soul. Start to express who you really are. Relax into yourself, stretch your writing muscles and discover what really matters to you.

In this five-night bespoke retreat you will immerse and indulge all of your senses through yoga and meditation sessions with Swedish Cecilia, designed to unlock your creative potential each morning and soothe you into sleep at night.  You will feast on fresh, healthy and delicious food prepared and served in Crownwheel Cottage by our very own French chef, Stéphanie.

Inspiration sessions will take place every morning and afternoons leave you the time for a bit of a siesta, a wander or more chat with your fellow writers.

  More than a retreat – it’s a Me-Treat.


A Me-Treat is a treat designed just for you… indulge your senses, inspire your soul, nourish your body and stretch your writing muscles as you get under the skin of the place you are in and explore your creative potential.

Spend time in compelling company as you immerse yourself in the joy of paying attention, seeking out stories and seeing the world in a different way. Days always begin and end with words. Mornings are for inspired learning and an excursion. Maybe you’ll work towards a few lines, a column, memoir, travel article, a short story, fragment of a novel or a piece of poetry? Every day is different and designed to inform, inspire and empower you to leave the Me-Treat  bolder, braver and more hopeful about your writing. Afternoons are for following your flow, relaxing and for completing a piece of work. You see, at six o’clock it’s time for the highlight of a Me-Treat – reading, sharing and connecting over a drink or two as we all give feedback on the day’s creations. Then it’s time for dinner, with wine and more meaningful conversation.




You love words, maybe feel a little blocked or more than a little stressed and want to spend time with others who care about heritage, nature, good conversation, people and places. You want to get a little closer to your inner creative, explore your writing potential and maybe even dare to bare your writing soul in a safe and nurturing environment. Whether you have yet to put to pen to paper or have been writing for a lifetime, we’re sure you’ll love this retreat with a difference.





Your retreat will take place in a hamlet inhabited by Watermill Cottages, where a small group of stone cottages cluster round the mill-stream, deep in a valley that is the epitome of peaceful. There is a kitchen-garden, ducks, chickens, a small herd of cows in a nearby field and occasional visits from Bess the black flat-coated retriever and May the border collie.



Breakfast, lunches on location, dinners and drinks with feedback sessions are provided. Any incidental lunches and additional drinks are at your own cost.



A discount of £200 can be given to those who are happy to share a room, so why not bring a friend and both enjoy the discount?



If you have a partner or non-writing friend who would like to share your room but does not want to take part in the lessons and excursions but would like to join us for breakfast and dinner they may do so for an additional £240.



One event at the literary festival will be provided free of charge.



Bristol and Exeter are the nearest airports. Trains run from both airports to Totnes though you need to take a shuttle bus from Bristol airport to Temple Meads station. Taxi transfer from Totnes station (25 minutes) costs approximately £25. If you are planning on driving and have space please let me know if you’d be happy to carpool. Similarly, if you need a ride then let me know and I’ll connect you with others travelling your route.



Watermill Cottages are located a ten-minute drive down the lane. If you want to bring your own car free parking is available. The cottages are dog-friendly.



There is no wifi in the cottages. This is deliberate. However if it’s urgent you can pick up the wifi at Higher North Mill. There is no phone signal in the valley, but urgent callers can call Christine’s number or you can make a 10 minute stroll up the lane to what is fondly called Texting Corner.



Yoga, Hiking and Midnight Sun Vacation

Aug 10th – Aug 13th 2017

Yoga, trekking, hiking, midnight sun, Helags Fjällstation, Helags Natinonal Park

Welcome to our  yoga and trekking long weekends at Helags Fjällstation/Mountain station in Swedish Lapland during the summer of 2017. No previous experience necessary!

We will be staying together at the Mountain Station with full board, enjoying daily hikes in the untouched Swedish nature,  two yoga sessions per day during the morning and the evening, hanging out with reindeer on the mountain and more. There will also be a seminar on the theme “Holistic Health through nutrition and movement” including nutritional advice during the weekend.

We will gather at the Inn Wärdshuset Helags in Ljungdalen Thursday morning for a meal together and an introduction of the program for the weekend. You will be able to make a picnic from all the food on the buffet to bring in your own backpack for the hike. We have transport arranged to the parking spot Kläppen where our trek begins . From there we trek to to Helags Fjällstation , a 14 km hike/walk along beautiful flowery trails, passing next to lakes and creeks as we ascend.

During the days of our stay at the mountain station in the National Park you will have the possibility to take different walks/hikes/treks with our mountain guide in the magic mountains of Helagsmassiven. Or you can spend the days however you choose or wish yourself  taking your own hikes/walks in the area, going on a safari to meet the arctic fox in it´s natural habitat, hike to the top of the mountain or just relax in the beautiful, serene mountain environment.

We trek back down towards Ljungdalsbyn on Sunday morning. From there we depart to our home or next destination. For those who wish transfer to and from Östersund (Airport Åre/Östersund with 14 direct flights per day to and from Stockholm, Trainstation Östersund has 4 train departures per day as well) is available for an additional fee.

Languages spoken for yoga & seminar ; Swedish, English, Dutch, German

Languages spoken for hiking/trekking , safari etc : Swedish, English

Space is limited to a maximum of 12 people.

Dates: August 10th -13th 2017

 Investment : SEK 7.345 :- / EUR 769:-


  • full board (3 nights lodging, breakfast, lunchpackage, three course dinner) at the mountain station.
  • 6 yoga sessions with our own yoga teacher
  • 3 additional meditation sessions with our own meditation instructor
  • our own mountain guide
  • 1 seminar by our own nutritionist


Transfer from Östersund, return; SEK 800 :-  / EUR 85 :- pp.


We are staying in 4-bed rooms at Helags Fjällstation / Mountain Station. Bed linen and towels are provided. At the mountain station there are also showers and a sauna plus a small store where you can buy your own snacks or other supplies you might need during your stay in the mountains.


What National Geographic has to say about Helags as their # 3 on their ”World´s best hikes” ;

About us:

Evelina Åslund;


Internationally certified wildnerness, tracking and hunting guide, mindfulness and yin yoga instructor and massage therapist.

Cecilia Götherström;

Swedish, based in The Netherlands 50 % of the year, Sweden 50 % of the year.

Internationally certified Yoga Teacher, Nutritionist and Personal Trainer.

Languages spoken : Swedish, English, German, Dutch


Space is limited to a maximum of 12 persons.



Feel free to contact us with any questions and / or to sign up.


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