Retreat: Writing and Yoga

Mon 8 June 2020 - Sat 13 June 2020
Tutors / Mona Arshi & Laura Karadog
Course Fee / From £400 - £550 per person
Genres / PoetryYoga
Language / Bilingual

We are currently still accepting bookings for courses planned for May and onwards, but we are keeping an eye on the situation and following official advice. Should we need to cancel any courses, we will let you know as soon as possible and all fees will be returned in full. Please note that Literature Wales’ offices are currently closed due to the COVID-19 situation. All Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre courses until the end of April 2020 have been postponed, but we hope to re-open in May. You can contact us through this page.

Do you have a writing deadline, or are you simply looking to escape from a busy life for a short while? Our fully catered retreats will provide you with the time and space to write, read and relax. Set in a peaceful location in the stunning surroundings of rural north Wales, you can take inspiration from the spectacular sea views over Cardigan Bay, share ideas over dinner or simply sit back and relax in Tŷ Newydd’s cosy library. On our retreats, everyone will have a room of their own, you can choose when booking.


On this retreat, Laura Karadog, a professional yoga teacher, will be at the centre throughout the week running early morning yoga sessions (7.00 am – 8.30 am) to wake the body and mind. The yoga will be suitable for all and tailored to suit every individual’s needs. In the afternoons (2.00 pm – 3.30 pm), poet Mona Arshi will run a creative writing workshop to spark new ideas and refresh your work in progress.

On Wednesday evening, both will co-run a session, ‘Yin and poetry’ – that will weave together poems and yin yoga postures. On Friday evening, you will be invited to share your creative work.

Taking part in workshops and sessions are optional; please bring your own yoga mat or enquire beforehand about availability of spare yoga mats.



More information about the optional sessions

The practice of yoga works to strip away our layers of conditioning, revealing the essence (or hanfod in Welsh) that lies within each of us. It is from this same essence that creativity stems. Welsh poets speak of awen, the flow of inspiration that they draw upon and transform into their own unique expressions. This retreat weaves together yoga and poetry to enable you to connect to source and the deep well of creative inspiration that is within and all around.

Yoga Workshops: 

The morning yoga sessions will focus on creating a feeling of space and clarity on a physical, mental and energetic level in preparation for creative work. Classes will be a combination of asana (yoga movement and postures), pranayama (working with breath and the flow of energy), meditation and relaxation.

Poetry Workshops:

Join us for poetry sessions where we will take time to explore and reach for the poetic. We will look at the capability of poems that both feed and deepen us and how they can be a home for reverie and feeling. As well as looking closely at poems, we will have opportunities to generate poems in the workshops.


Mona Arshi

Mona Arshi worked as a human rights lawyer for a decade before she started writing poetry. She gained am MA in Creative Writing from University of East Anglia in 2010. Her debut collection, Small Hands (Pavilion Poetry, Liverpool University Press, 2015), won the Forward Prize for best first collection in 2015. Her second collection, Dear Big Gods, was published by Pavilion Poetry in spring 2019. Mona has been a judge on several high-profile poetry competitions including the Forward Prize for poetry in 2017.

Laura Karadog

Laura Karadog has been practicing yoga since her teenage years and has been teaching yoga since 2005. After studying International Politics at university, Laura worked in the field of politics and international development. She continues to be passionate about social and world-wide justice and she considers yoga as a way of life that can contribute towards a more peaceful and compassionate world. Not sticking to a specific style of yoga, Laura’s methods adapts to suit the emotional and physical needs of every individual. Laura’s teachings are rooted in her practice, and her personal experiences of yoga. www.laurakaradog.cym

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