Writing for Wellbeing: half-day mini retreat in Cómpeta, Spain


Writing for Wellbeing

Exploring Creativity for Health
Where: Cómpeta Yoga
When: Saturday 2 December 2017
Cost: €50

Advanced Booking Essential

Word After Word is excited to be working with Cómpeta Yoga on Writing for Wellbeing, a half-day mini-retreat exploring how expressive writing can contribute to health and wellbeing.

In this workshop, we're not concerned with grammar, perfect sentences and gripping stories. We are interested in the process of writing and how it can help to uncover our motivations, fears, needs, worries, hopes and dreams. There will be plenty of opportunities to have a go, as we look at journalling, free-writing and owning, embracing and telling the story of our lives.

The workshop will begin and end with a short creative relaxation so you'll go away inspired, refreshed and energised. Refreshments will be provided.

The location is Cómpeta Yoga - a beautiful purpose built yoga studio that provides a relaxing, warm and safe space in which to explore your creativity.

Practical Details

  • All you need to bring is a notebook and pen/pencil.
  • Wear something comfortable. We will sit or lie on a mat for the creative relaxation.
  • Everyone is welcome - locals and visitors alike.
  • You don't have to have any prior writing experience.
  • The workshop will be taught in English, but it doesn't have to be your first language. You can write in whatever language you feel most comfortable.
  • This workshop is about exploring writing for wellbeing rather than writing for sharing. This helps writers to feel more relaxed about expressing their thoughts. There will be opportunities to share some of your writing, but only if you feel comfortable with doing so. You choose.
If you're thinking of visiting the area, why not make a long weekend of it? Combine your mini-retreat with local accommodation, delicious meals, places of interest, walking, yoga, sea and mountains. We're happy to provide a suggested itinerary!
Tutor: Fiona Mason MA
Fiona is a writer, educator and mentor. She has written since childhood, but being widowed in her forties was the catalyst for deciding it was time to take her practice more seriously. Her first book, written whilst completing an MA in Creative & Life Writing at Goldsmiths University of London, is a memoir called 36 Hours and was shortlisted for the Pat Kavanagh Prize. She is currently working on her first full collection of poetry. Fiona is also an occasional visual artist and musician with an academic background in philosophy and a passion for wild landscapes, all of which inform her writing. She has a particular interest in using writing and creativity as tools for improving wellbeing. 
Fiona says: “Writing, art and music have literally saved me. They have always been a big part of my life, loyal friends through the darkest times. Writing 36 Hours finally allowed me to start healing from loss. Developing a regular writing practice really can make a massive difference to your outlook and wellbeing, whatever you’re going through, whether joyful or painful, and that’s what I want to share with others.” 
Fiona is a member of Lapidus, the Writing for Wellbeing organisation, and a Professional member of NAWE, the National Association of Writers in Education. She is also a qualified yoga and relaxation teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga.


Cómpeta Yoga

Cómpeta Yoga was founded by yoga teacher and former dancer Inez Leniere Lopez. The purpose built studio is located in the centre of Cómpeta, in the province of Málaga, Andalusia. The studio is easily accessed. There is ample parking in the main Cómpeta car park. From there it is a short walk to the studio through Calle Trinidad.


Calle Trinidad 26,
29754 Cómpeta (Málaga)