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15 July 22 , 7 nights

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Retreat Highlights

- Your writing will be supported by Springfield’s signature creative ecology.
- Optional sessions of morning yoga, nature hikes, foraging and gardening, and hands on creative exercises.
- Nourishment of organic farm to table meals made with fresh produce straight from our very own veggie gardens. Vegetarian and vegan options.
- Luxury accommodation.


An oasis located on a 20-acre estate in the beautiful Southern Highlands. 

Springfield offers space to pause, rest, and restore. Leave behind the hustle of your daily grind. Your first deep breath of country air will be the beginning of a beautiful transformation of body & mind


On this retreat you’ll have the opportunity to write what you’ve always wanted to write. Your writing will be supported by Springfield’s signature creative ecology. This retreat includes optional sessions of morning yoga, nature hikes, foraging and gardening, and hands on creative exercises. Being on retreat in a beautiful natural place will bring insight to your work in surprising ways. Prepare to feel open and spacious as you tune into a different state of mind. Writing on retreat is so special. It initiates that altered state of mind we’re in when we’re writing. That’s when the magic happens. We’ll take a break mid-week to refresh and enjoy a local excursion. You can use your free time each day to go even deeper into your writing, or take a break and treat yourself to a massage, visit one of the local villages, galleries or wineries, or simply sip a cappuccino, write postcards, and enjoy the gardens and views. 



About The Host

Dr Kate Forsyth

Dr Kate Forsyth

Kate Forsyth and Belinda Murrell are both award-winning and internationally bestselling authors, and sisters, descended from a family of writers, going back more than 200 years. Together they have written Searching for Charlotte – the bibliomemoir/biography of their great-great-great- great grandmother Charlotte Waring Atkinson, who wrote the first children’s book published in Australia in 1841. From the age of seven or eight, both sisters wrote stories, novels, plays and poems in hand-illustrated exercise books, and began to be published in their 20s, working as journalists, editors and later novelists. Between the two of them, they have written 80 books. Their brother Nick Humphrey is also a best-selling author of more than 10 books.

Dr Kate Forsyth is an internationally bestselling novelist, poet, and essayist. She has won many awards, including the 2015 American Library Association award for Best Historical Fiction for her novel Bitter Greens; the William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism for her doctoral exegesis, The Rebirth of Rapunzel: A Mythic Biography of the Maiden in the Tower; and a silver medal in the 2018 US Readers Favorite book awards for Vasilisa the Wise & Other Tales of Brave Young Women. Kate was awarded the prestigious Nancy Keesing Fellowship by the State Library of NSW to research and write Searching for Charlotte. Kate has a BA in literature, a MA in creative writing and a Doctorate of Creative Arts, and is also an accredited master storyteller with the Australian Guild of Storytellers. Her books have been translated into 20 languages. Kate’s website is

Belinda Murrell has worked as a journalist, technical writer, and public relations consultant, writing for newspapers and magazines around Australia. Her overseas adventures inspired her work as a travel writer for the West Australian newspaper and Out & About With Kids magazine. Belinda is the best-selling, internationally published author of 35 books, including her popular Lulu Bell and Pippa’s Island series for younger readers. She is also known for her historical novels including The Lost Sapphire, The River Charm, The Locket of Dreams, The Forgotten Pearl, The Ruby Talisman and The Ivory Rose. Her books have been recognised by many awards, including Honour Book KOALAS 2013, shortlisted nine times in the Young Australian Best Book Award (YABBA), CBCA Notable List, and highly commended in the PM’s Literary Awards. Her books have been translated into Czech, Turkish, Afrikaans and Portuguese. Belinda’s website is



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