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WordCraft Retreat
May 2023

Keats Island Writing Retreat 
May 28 - June 2, 2023 - Full 


Interested in a week-long Writing Retreat at a tranquil setting on Keats Island with the option of personal coaching by a professional published author?


Here is an opportunity to sharpen your skills, deepen your passion, and practice your craft – plus enjoy good company, amazing food, all in a spectacular setting.

Mark Buchanan will lead a “working retreat” for a small group of writers at Barnabas Retreat Center on Keats Island, BC


Mark is the author of 10 published, award-winning books, including the bestseller The Rest of God, has 3 more books on the way, and has published over 100 magazine articles.


The retreats begin Sunday, with an afternoon boat ride from Horseshoe Bay in Vancouver to Keats Island and dinner together. It ends Friday with a  lunch and boat ride back to Horseshoe Bay.  

All other travel arrangements are the responsibility of each couple or individual.


Our time together includes:

  • 5 nights in lovely hotel style retreat center, quiet setting with ocean and mountain views

  • All meals and snacks, fresh from the farm.

  • The option of bringing your spouse (see below; sorry, no children or infants)

  • One and a half hours each day of group instruction from Mark

  • Several hours each day to write

  • Option of two 45-minute private coaching sessions with Mark

  • Several hours each day to rest, relax and enjoy your surroundings

  • Opportunities each evening to gather together to read and discuss your writing


This event is limited to a maximum of 12 writers at any skill level, so please register quickly. Only 8 spots for coaching sessions.


$2200 – Per person, Single Occupancy plus 2 coaching sessions
$2000 – Per person, Double Occupancy plus 2 coaching sessions
$2000 – Per person, Single Occupancy, no coaching
$1800 – Per person, Double Occupancy, no coaching


To register with a $500.00 non-refundable deposit or for more information, please contact Cheryl at



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