Writing Holidays 2020 and 2021




ASHBURNHAM Place, near Battle, East Sussex- imagine writing here!

 Another writing break is happening in early October 2021  see below! (As of mid-September this is now full
but I expect Ashburnham will keep a waiting list so, if you’d have liked to have gone, do enquire of them.)

Ashburnham's beautiful setting, space and prayerful atmosphere provide a safe, encouraging place for everyone to share new things together
 I  love to see people grow in confidence and friendship on the  writing holidays I lead and beautiful Ashburnham always
 provides a  safe, encouraging place for people to produce more than they thought  possible.
 It’s a delight to watch the Holy Spirit at work within all the creativity,
how He brings something different and often unexpected  each time and to each individual.

My themed morning workshops use pictures, words and music to  inspire you.
No writing experience is necessary, only something to write with and on, plus your willingness to have a go.
Afternoons are free to write, read, walk, chat, pray, doze,
then everyone shares some of that  day’s work in a small group before dinner.
There’s plenty of time to  laugh and relax over meals and during some DIY entertainment in the  evenings,
while the final evening proves a special time as we break  bread together. P1004136

My writing holiday at Ashburnham Place last summer in June 2020 was canceled as the venue could not have guests because of Covid but the one from October 19-23 2020 ran!! It managed full accordance with the government regulations to keep up to 30 people safe which felt strange but, in view of what was to come, very welcome.

Another is scheduled there for October 5 - 8 2021. That is from lunch on the Tuesday to the Friday after breakfast. I’m so looking forward to that break and it is now on Ashburnham’s website: www.ashburnham.org.uk and costs, everything included: 210 ensuite if you share a room or 240 single occupancy. Booking is through Ashburnham’s website or by phoning them on 01424 892244 and asking for ‘Bookings’. My theme in October is Waves on Your Shore and we will be writing the first afternoon.

 Nigel and Julie Cameron joined John and myself on both of the 2019 writing breaks at Ashburnham as well as the autumn 2020 socially distanced one, helping to make them very special
 Extremely talented, classically trained musicians, they gave a concert with a Celtic theme, led some outstanding worship,
played to inspire our writing, told lots of amazing stories, acted as their Spirit-filled, inspiring selves
and joined in the writing too. They have plenty of true and faith-building stories and will be with us again

See more on the websites of Sounds of Wonder, Celtish and Epiphany - some of the groups and organisations they work with.
Nigel and Julie are, like the rest of us, were holed up and observing social distancing but generously keep posting music they had just written
See the video section of their Sounds of Wonder website, which is truly inspiring and beautiful.

Below is a view from the terrace and one of the three lakes on a frosty morning



View from the terrace                                                                                                  One of Ashburnham’s lakes on a frosty March morning

Chris Leonard Writing