Isn’t it funny what you miss? In pre-pandemic times the purple folders in which we carry our workshop notes and essential information for our retreats are a familiar sight. They sit on the table with us during workshops and by the fireside in the evenings after dinner during our residential weeks. Whether the retreat is a fully residential five days or a Sunday one-day event, the folders never leave our sides.
Since lockdown we have been running our half day Sunday retreats online from home, and the purple folders have been forgotten. When Jane discovered hers in a pile of papers, gathering dust, she commented on how much she had missed it.
‘Well,’ said Kath,’ why not start using it again?’ A good question.
Some of our traditional ways of working may be on hold at the moment but we are slowly making plans for the future. Having run three online half days now, we see how easy it can be for people to gather from all corners of the UK and well beyond, via Zoom. While we will certainly be offering more events online, we recognise that being able to meet face to face is as important as ever. Events in real places will continue to be a valued part of our programme.
The purple folders are coming out of storage as we plan our next steps, and we intend to offer a mix of the ‘real’ and the virtual in future. If you have requests or suggestions for topics we can cover, or types of retreat – online weekends, weekdays or evenings – please drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are taking a break in August but The Writing Retreat will be back in the autumn with more Sundays and other events to look forward to into 2021.
Stay safe and well, and enjoy your writing.