TENTATIVE 2019 dates:

11-17 & 19-25 may

This week-long memoir writing retreat is housed in the magnificent Château Marcoux, an ancient hilltop fortress tastefully transformed into a modern manor house with a breathtaking 360-degree view of the French countryside.

Daily memoir writing workshops fill the mornings, while afternoons are kept free for writing and reflection. Optional yoga and meditation sessions provide a beautiful balance to a day of sitting and concentrating, and occasional outings to nearby villages and markets are offered as well. Evenings can be enjoyed together on the terrace with discussions over wine and candlelight, casual readings, and a meal in the picturesque neighbouring village of Beauville. 

A variety of accommodation options, from luxury private suites to shared twin rooms, makes it possible for these extraordinary retreats to be enjoyed by people on a range of budgets. 

Delicious and nourishing meals are prepared on site using fresh produce from local markets. Vegetarian options are available and limited special diet accommodations can be made.

This intimate workshop is limited to 7 participants.

Couples are welcome.

Sometimes we need a break from our lives

in order to write about them.

The very thought of going to a writing workshop frightened me, but the beautiful photos of Marcoux lured me in — and they do not even do it justice! A week filled with learning, laughter and the company of eight wonderful women was an absolute delight. Morning workshops, creative afternoons, luscious dinners with interesting conversations followed by sleep in luxurious surroundings made this week quite unforgettable.
Thank you, Clara and Alison. I will be back.
— G.S.
The Mindful Memoir retreat offered a week of so many enriching experiences. The setting was idyllic, the food plentiful and delicious, and our host was generous and attentive. The writing portion of the retreat helped us explore in depth the various projects we were working on and Alison gave us excellent feedback and ideas to help us develop our stories. My time at Château Marcoux was a profoundly moving experience.
— Astrid Russell
This was my first writing workshop and Alison created a safe container to hold the participants and their stories. I felt witnessed and respected as I stood in my vulnerability, sharing hidden life experiences that were brought to the light through my writing. Alison balanced honouring my story with practical guidance that allowed me to transform my writing from words on a page to something readers can be part of. I leave Marcoux feeling liberated, free to write from my heart.
— Katharina Reed
The beauty of this hilltop retreat lies in the kinds of vistas it provides: in a physical sense, of course, the beauty and timelessness of the house itself; the fields, forests, hills, and farms in the valley below; the stars in the night sky; but also a kind of interior space that opens up within oneself as a result both of the gentle hospitality Clara offers, and of the sensitive and illuminating guidance Alison provides in the writing workshops.
— H.L Meakin
The setting, the food, the care and comfort, the overall feeling of peace — all of this made Château Marcoux feel like home after only a few days. In the writing workshops, it was safe to be vulnerable and to share our stories and obstacles. Alison’s comments and leadership, her examples, analogies, suggestions and questions were all thought-provoking, kind, caring and helpful. And then there were the moments of raucous laughter.
I only wished the retreat could have gone on for another week!
— Judy McAdam


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