Writers Retreats at Casa Ana
If you’re working on a writing project, or want to start one, or if you have a deadline to meet, or you just need some inspiration, come to Casa Ana in the Sierra Nevada mountains of southern Spain.
Newsflash: We’re delighted to announce that Casa Ana will be sponsoring the 2017 Fish Short Memoir Contest. For more details see: www.fishpublishing.com for details.
We hold Writers Retreats three times a year. Our next dates are:
16 – 30 November 2016
22 February - 8 March 2017
14 – 29 June 2017
15 – 29 November 2017
The Writers Retreats at Casa Ana provide you with:
- an opportunity to write in quiet and inspiring surroundings
- a one-to-one mentoring service tailored to your requirements
- optional group critiquing and reading sessions
- a room of your own with en suite bathroom
- access to gardens and terraces with glorious mountain views
- warmth and comfort, with underfloor central heating and rain showers in the bathrooms
- Casa Ana’s famous breakfasts every day
- home cooked lunches included in the price
- exceptional gourmet dinners at reasonable prices
- good company: the heart of the house is the open plan kitchen/dining room where you can get a coffee or a glass of wine and chat to other writers, our resident mentor, and to your host, Anne, owner of Casa Ana
- option to bring a partner or friend: double and twin rooms available
Mentoring on the Writers Retreat
The resident mentor for the Casa Ana Writers’ Retreats is writer, editor and writing coach Mary Jane Holmes. Mary Jane is chief editor of Fish Publishing Ireland, an independent publishing company based in the West of Ireland whose aim is to encourage and promote new writers. She has taught contemporary poetry at Hull University and currently runs four on-line creative writing courses. She travels extensively, running workshops in both Europe and the USA. Last year her work was shortlisted for the 2014 Bridport and won the 2014 Dromineer Prize.
Single room: £390 for one week only; £700 for two weeks.
Standard room: £430 for one week only; £780 for two weeks.
Extra large room: £470 for one week only; £860 for two weeks.
Minimum stay: 1 week, from Wednesday to Wednesday.
NB. Places are strictly limited so early booking is strongly advised.
Download this FAQ's pdf for more information and bookings
Alternatively, please email Anne at Casa Ana or call:
Tel: 0034 958 766 270
Mobile: 0034 678 298 497
Writers Retreats – reviews from participants
"I went for a fortnight on one of Anne's writing retreats. Casa Ana's a wonderful place to be alone, yet in company. I marvel at what she's achieved in this tiny mountain village. There's total attention to detail: the beds are comfortable, the showers luxurious and always hot, the rooms simply furnished, the cooking imaginative, the staff more than helpful. Unsurprisingly some of us have already booked a return visit."
Diana, June 2016
"The art of writing is mentored by Mary-Jane Holmes who is both incisive in her critique as well as sensitive to writers at all levels - quite simply excellent. I am really looking forward to my next visit."
John, June 2016
"If you want to 'get away' then get away to Casa Ana. I attended a writing retreat here, and the isolation and beauty of the location couldn't have been more inspiring. Anne is the perfect hostess - there when you need her, but respectful of your own experience. The food was simply and beautifully cooked - it was such a treat. The rooms are in keeping with the location… and it felt like a haven from the rest of the world. I am already booked to come back... couldn't recommend it highly enough..."
Alana, June 2016
"Casa Ana is the ideal retreat for writing. There are few distractions. Only the amazing view, the daily trip to the water fountain and the call for wonderfully prepared meals . My room was cool and perfect for writing with a stunning view of the mountain… The vast skills and expertise of the resident mentor Mary Jane Holmes completes the picture of a perfect writing retreat."
Candy, June 2016
"The retreat was even better than I had imagined. Wonderful people, wonderful place. I thought it was a great balance between having time alone to write and having like-minded people around to discuss ideas and socialise with. On top of that wonderful food and surroundings."
Lorna, February 2016
"My stay in Casa Ana was a fabulous mix of hard work writing, long treks into the surrounding hills and valleys to clear my mind, happy evenings and nights socialising with all the other writers and more than a few moments to spend much needed time rebalancing myself after my hectic life in London. The room was cool and comfortable, despite the intense June/July heat. The terrace was a great place to write as well, with views down the hill to the tree-lined local river. One of the added and unexpected highlights was the cooking of chef Wes, who thrilled us with his cuisine three nights a week. Using only the freshest of ingredients, wild growing herbs and a lifetime of culinary knowledge, he produced innovative and delicious three course meals that would grace any top restaurant. Throw in the lovely breakfasts and lunches and Casa Ana is home from home. In fact, it’s better than home from home and I missed it all when I returned to London. I had a fun, most productive time here and am writing up the screenplay whose bare-bones I devised from scratch in Spain. I hope to return there soon and think up another original screenplay when I can."
James, June 2015
"Casa Ana is the perfect place for a creative retreat. I loved everything about the place and the region. It's made for taking time out and focusing on your writing or any creative project. It's remote and cozy at the same time. I still can't get the wonderful breakfasts out of my mind and food in the nearby village. Also the owner Ana makes you feel at home from the first few minutes, and with memorable walks and untouched quality of the area, it's very hard to forget the great time I had there. Highly recommend you try it out too!!"
Lorraine, June 2015
"Wes's dinners are on another level of top quality. I was totally blown away by the standard of food that we were served, predominantly seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. Each meal was carefully crafted and every mouthful was a taste sensation. Not only was everything super tasty, but fresh and healthy. This all contributed in making my whole experience at Casa Ana, a stupendous ten out of ten!"
Berri, June 2015
"I loved the coziness of my room, and the sunshine on the terraces and the highly enlivening banter with the other writers. For me there was just the right balance between the availability of conversation and the availability of solitude."
Jonathan, February 2012
"I came for the Writers’ Month this November (2011) and my only regret was that it wasn't longer…. The gentle rhythm of the days suited me perfectly - mornings sitting in the sun with notepad on one of the many terraces, thinking and developing; afternoons in my room writing up before heading out for an autumn walk under clear blue skies; and evenings enjoying dinner in the company of the other writers, or wandering out to the local bar. If you like noise and partying, don't come. If you like lively conversation over a beautiful dinner (oh that lamb!) with plenty of time for writing, walking and relaxing, then do. You won’t regret it."