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Writers Retreat

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Papilio Luchon

A converted 19th century lodge, which is spacious, comfortable and rustic – everything you need to write a bestseller. 

Pyrenees Writers Retreat


Join writers, Emma Rosen and Bex Band, for a retreat in the heart of the Pyrenees.


Beautiful views, good local food and wine, glorious weather, educational workshops, inspiring company and lots of writing… need we say more?!


The Details


Whether you are working on the next great novel, poetry, non-fiction, a blog or are just in search of some creative inspiration, the Pyrenees Writers Retreat will provide the tranquility and guidance you need to progress your work.


The week will consist of daily workshops delivered by Emma and Bex. We will be and covering topics including;


  • blogging 101

  • building a brand

  • social media for writers

  • self-publishing vs traditional publishing

  • the publishing process from start to finish and how to write a book proposal (fiction and non-fiction)

  • how to start writing a book

  • SEO

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We will also be sharing our own stories and how we managed to build a career for ourselves as writers. There will be lots of time for Q&A’s and one-to-one discussions.


In between activities you will have plenty of time and space to find a corner in our guesthouse to write, plan or reflect. We’ve also got yoga and hikes scheduled throughout the week.


All activities and workshops are optional so you can tailor the retreat to get what you want from it.


For both of us, it has been connecting with other writers that has been the catalyst for change and the motivation we needed to get to where we are today. Surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals and building those connections will be one of the most valuable tools you take from the retreat.

Where will we be staying?


We will be stating at Papilio Luchon Guesthouse, which we will have to ourselves.


Nestled amongst the beautiful forested hills of the Midi-Pyrenees, Papilio is a converted 19th century lodge, which is spacious, comfortable and rustic – everything you need to write a bestseller. It has south-facing gardens and a swimming pool that overlooks uninterrupted mountain views.


Papilio is a 20 minute walk away from the charming mountain spa town of Bagnères-de-Luchon, which has an array of restaurants, shops, cafes and bars in the heart of the Pyrenees, should you fancy a change of scenery.

We have chosen this guesthouse for its romantic and relaxing charm, making it the perfect setting to inspire your writing and refresh with a luxurious afternoon nap.


All meals are included and will be served in the dining room. The baguettes are fresh and the cheese and wine some of the best in the world – this is one area where the French excel!

Writers retreat France mountains Pyenees
Writers retreat France mountains Pyenees
Writers retreat France mountains Pyenees
Writers retreat France mountains Pyenees
Writers retreat France mountains Pyenees

What’s Included

  • Accommodation for 6 nights at the Papilio Luchon Guesthouse (rooms will be on a shared basis)

  • All meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on our last day

  • Wine for some of the dinners

  • Daily writing workshops delivered by Emma and Bex

  • Additional activities, including hiking, yoga and meditation (yoga mats provided)

  • WiFi


What’s Not Included

  • Flights to and from Toulouse airport

  • Airport pick up and drop off, though we will have a recommended flight leaving the UK and will help guests coordinate transfers. Estimated cost €25 each way.

  • Travel insurance

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Price: £800

When: 4th - 10th June 2019

Where: Bagnères-de-Luchon, French Pyrenees


As we want to create an intimate and peaceful retreat where all writers can find their voice, places are very limited with just 8 spaces available.


If you have any questions, please email Emma at

To sign up for the retreat, please complete the booking form at the bottom of this page.


Please note there is a £200 non-refundable deposit to secure your place, payment details are at the end of the booking form. The remainder of the balance is due 8 weeks before the start of the retreat (1st April).

About Your Hosts


Bex Band

Bex's blog, The Ordinary Adventurer, reaches tens of thousands of readers each year and she loves to inspire so many through her writing. It has given her complete flexibility, allowing her to live as a digital nomad (working remotely from anywhere in the world) for over 2 years as she travel the world taking on adventures and sponsored trips. 


In 2017 Bex also set up Love Her Wild which has grown to an online community of over 5,000 in little more than a year… all using social media for free! She is excited to share more on finding your writing voice and how she has grown an audience which she has realised is one of the most powerful tools when it comes to getting anything you want!



Emma Rosen

Two years ago, Emma quit her corporate job in favour of trying 25 different jobs in a year, before her 25th birthday. The careers ranged from archaeology in Transylvania to tour guiding amid violent protests in Venezuela and investigative journalism with The Telegraph. The project aimed to promote alternative ways of working and to advocate for more diverse careers education for young people.


Since completing the jobs, Emma has turned her blog 25before25 into a book, The Radical Sabbatical, which is due to be published in January. She has gone through the whole process; from writing a proposal, securing a literary agent and a publishing deal, to writing the book, working on its design and creating a marketing and publicity strategy in the lead up to publication. She is now working on her second book proposal, is a public speaker and travel writer.

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Writers Retreat
Writers Retreat
04 Jun 2019, 18:00 – 10 Jun 2019, 12:00

Event Booking Terms and Conditions available to download here.

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