For the past two years, the Brussels Writers’ Circle has held a weekend retreat at Siddartha, a refurbished convent in Tremelo (Flanders).
“The weekend consists of writing workshops given by members of the group and/or invited guests, lots of writing and the sharing of writing, socialising and quite a bit of red wine and/or beer (in no particular order),” explains Colette Victor, BWC member and organiser of this year’s retreat.
The 2012 retreat will be held on the weekend of June 8, but due to the popularity of the place, if you are interested in attending you will need to send a €25 deposit to Colette by February 17. The total amount will be in the region of €75, but Colette is awaiting confirmation on this.
- Friday: arrival from 17h00. Supper will be served at 20h00.
- Saturday: breakfast, lunch and supper (workshops/writing sessions take place throughout the day, inbetween meals)
- Sunday: breakfast, lunch, check-out by 17h00
As the convent only has 17 rooms in total, it is likely that you will need to share a room. Colette says, “If everyone wants their own room, there will only be place for 17 writers. If there are people who are prepared to share, there’ll be a spot or two extra. We do not spend much time in our bedrooms however, besides for sleeping.”
How to Get There
Siddartha is about 30km to the North-East of Brussels, and the best way to get there is by car (about a 45 minute drive). As it is in a remote location, it is difficult to reach via public transport, but if you do not have a car and are interested in attending, Colette says that other attendees are usually prepared to offer a ride. Click here to see the location on a map.
How to Book
To book your place, simply send an email to Colette at colettevictor at hotmail.com by February 17 and she will reply with the banking details. Once you have paid the €25 deposit your place is secure. Should you have any special dietary requirements, or if you will require a lift to and from the retreat, please let Colette know at the time of booking.
Interested in Organising a Workshop?
If you are interested in running a workshop at the 2012 retreat or would like to help out with the arrangements, just get in touch with Colette at the email address listed above.
We hope to see you there!