Bali Retreats

​Our next offering is Writing in Paradise

in unforgettable Bali

Here’s the picture...

You’re relaxing on a verandah overlooking a lush tropical garden. You’ve got your writing book or your
laptop and you’re filling the pages with new ideas, splendid sentences and engaging characters and you want to keep going.

​Where are you?

You’re at Villa Sekala, in Sanur, Bali and the writing is    underway. For now, you're immersed in the world of words and your own writing project. You're in the       company of other writers and they're as enthusiastic as you... and helpful and dedicated to getting their writing done — whether memoir writing, new chapter or brand new poem.

It’s truly precious to have unrestricted writing time, away from daily life and commitments. Our retreats
in Byron Bay, Australia and Bali give you the opportunity to have that time. Give yourself the gift of the
company of other writers and — with the week’s program run by two experienced and enthusiastic writing mentors, you’ll discover the thrill of finding ideas and words that ‘love each other’ as you create your next piece of writing. Our retreats are the place where your creativity can thrive.

What will I do at Writing in Paradise? You will:​

  • ​Learn about the power and discipline of writing daily
  • Learn how to tap into your imagination to create memorable and captivating passages of writing
  • ​Benefit from support, guidance and feedback from two highly-trained writing mentors and editors
  • ​Enjoy the mutual support of a small group of fellow writers (maximum 10)
  • ​Discover what Hemmingway meant when he said the hardest thing about the writing endeavour is
    "getting the words right"

Intrigued? Let me tell you more ...

Over 6 nights and 7 days we’ll guide, inspire,
support and nourish your writing skills. You’ll
discover the thrill of creating a new piece of writing and finessing a piece you’ve already started.

Your voice will emerge — and ‘compelling voice’ is the phrase most used when publishers are asked what they’re looking for!

Our daily program
Each morning we write together — it’s intense, rigorous and intensely fun! You’ll have the afternoons to
relax and explore Sanur village or beaches and avail yourselves of some of the most nurturing and relaxing spa services on the island! Bali’s special sites provide inspiration, a chance for devotion and calm.
Each evening, we regroup for drinks, dinner and the evening writing session.

Read what Amy said about the retreat in Byron Bay in April:

"If you are writing or have a dream of writing a novel, a memoir, a poem — take the time and gift yourself this retreat. Writing is not easy; there are blocks and walls and doubts and for most of us it’s done alone. Connecting with other writers and having the daily guidance of Shelley and David will fill up your creative tanks and restore your faith in your talent and in the process of writing your manuscript!" — Amy Davoren, Sydney, 2017

Kelly, who was at our July 2016 retreat in Bali, said:

"I'm back to writing after such a dry spell. It wasn’t that I was out of things to say or words to say them with, I had fallen out of the habit of listening to myself ... of observing my world and reaching for the words to express the aching gratitude I feel for it’s ferocious beauty."
Kelly McDonald, Bali, 2016

Why join one of our

Simple, our writing retreat is the perfect environment to take
your writing further than you may have thought possible in a week.

Who will be leading Writing in Paradise?

Shelley Kenigsberg

An esteemed freelance editor, writer and trainer for 30 years. Shelley mentors authors privately, via the Australian Society of Authors, the Byron Writers Festival, our Monthly Writing Salons and privately. She works with writers
submitting their manuscripts for publication or, alternatively, choosing to publish independently. She presents long and short courses in editing and writing at writers’ centres and literary festivals in Australia, China, Indonesia and Singapore.

She has commissioned new titles (trade and education) and edited books for Australia’s most respected publishers.
Shelley has been Head of Book Editing and Publishing at Macleay College, Sydney’s premier independent university for 27 years and was President and Vice-president of the NSW Society of Editors and active in the Australian national and state editing societies. ​

David Leser 

An award-winning journalist who has worked in Australia
and internationally for the past 37 years. Author of six books, his most recent — a memoir, To Begin to Know: Walking in the Shadows of My Father (2014) was shortlisted for the 2015 Australian National Biography Award. While his other books include political biography, history and business, he was also editor of Paul Kelly: The Essays (2012), as well as Executive Producer of the award-winning Australian music documentary ‘Paul Kelly: Stories of Me’.

A former Middle East and Washington correspondent
David has worked as a senior feature writer for the Sydney Morning Herald, Melbourne Age, The Bulletin, HQ magazine and, for a decade, as the writer-at-large for The Australian Women’s Weekly. He was Australian correspondent for
Italian and German Vanity Fair.

Based in Sydney, David also works as a public interviewer, guest lecturer and writing mentor.

My mission was to learn to edit my book, gain feedback and spend time in the company of experienced editors and writers. From day 1, the mission became an inspired journey with every moment leading to exciting ideas, new skills and fresh insights into all aspects of my manuscript. Shelley created an environment that was not only productive, but encouraging, enlightening and fun (at times hilariously so). A writer couldn’t want for much more than a stunning location, uninterrupted writing time and editors on hand. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Nicole West 
The Gypsy Trail, Gold Coast

Register and pay in full by 31st August to receive

2 Online Writers Salons with Shelley Kenigsberg

These 2 bonus Writers Salons (valued at $110) will help you:

  • Move through writers block
  • Get help to meet your writing deadlines
  • Experience the support of an on-going community of like-minded aspiring writers
  • Trust in the direction you are going
  • Gain a sense of belonging and connect or reconnect with writers from your
    past retreat
  • Save time by keeping your writing on track.

Calls provide prompts/exercises and encourage you to not shy away from seeing
whatever lies in front or behind in your writing. They include a chance for feedback,
a Q&A and then guidance for next writing steps.

Calls are held online on the second Sunday of the month and may be taken before
or after your retreat.

“Thank you so much for the Writers Salon session today. It was wonderful to start to work with you and I really enjoyed it. I felt deeply nourished and found the group very safe and supportive. I also felt deeply connected with my love of writing both during and after the session. So thank you for creating such a lovely, inspiring space and I really look forwards to joining the coming ones,” — Jewel Janan, writer, therapist & workshop presenter

Our Early Bird rate is valid until 31 August and saves you $270 off the total price as well as providing 2 online Writers Salon session to prepare you for the retreat.

A Bali sunrise to inspire your creativity.

Like more details on what is included in your retreat package?



  • 7 days & 6 nights mentoring with 2 experts in the field
  • 6 nights
  • Internal transfers 
  • A unique temple experience
  • All teaching
  • All meals 
  • Shared accomm (Single room
    supplement $260)

Fees do not include airfares/travel insurance

BONUS 2 months of
Online Writers Salon

SAVE $500 off the total price

$1995 Total




  • 7 days & 6 nights mentoring with 2 experts in the field
  • 6 nights accomodation
  • Internal transfers
  • A unique temple experience
  • All teaching materials
  • All meals 
  • Shared accomm (Single room supplement $260  

Fees do not include airfares/travel insurance

BONUS 2 Months of
Online Writers Salon

Save $270 off the total price

$2225 Total

Secure your place with a $600 Deposit & pay in full by 31 August

Limit of 4 places at
Early Bird rate



  • ​7 days & 6 nights writing mentorship with 2 experts
    in the field
  • 6 nights accomodation
  • Internal transfers
  • A unique temple experience
  • All teaching materials
  • All meals  
  • Shared accomm (Single room supplement $260)

Fees do not include airfares/travel insurance

Booked by 7 September with a $600 deposit; Paid in full by 1 October


Deposit of $600,
Pay in full by Oct 1

"It is rare to come home and describe a short trip to friends as “life-changing”, but that’s exactly what I did when I returned from Bali. In one hot, intensive week, I discovered what my real writing strengths and weaknesses were – things clicked into place, and I worked harder and with more focus than I have in a very long time. It was hard to leave when I’d spent each day showering under the palms of a banana tree and eating delicious food every night amongst lantern-dressed palm trees with the sea gently lapping at the shore as we all laughed and shared stories long into the night. And yet, I was actually excited about going home, because I now had a plan and I couldn’t wait to get on with it. Inspiring".

Stephanie Goldberg

Do you have questions?

We'd love to hear from you if you are considering this delicious retreat and need more    details or would like us to give you a call.

As we are often away researching paradisiacal locations, please expect responses within 2-3 working days and longer over weekends.