See & Do
Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat is a tranquil spot set apart to nurture and to provide sanctuary for novice as well as experienced people working in the creative arts. Whether you retreat to work on your own project or as part of a workshop retreat group, you will find support, creature comforts, and peace – all you need to do your best work.
An all-inclusive, year-round residential retreat, Anam Cara offers private as well as common working rooms and five acres of walking paths, quiet nooks and crannies, gardens, a labyrinth meadow, cascades and a river island.
To help fulfil Anam Cara’s purpose and to let the breezes off Coulagh Bay clear your creative path, we recommend a stay of at least a week. Your hostess, Sue Booth-Forbes, an experienced writer and editor creates an ambience and a daily schedule for you to focus your energies on your artistic endeavours.
In the evenings you may wish to share your work in conversation with others in front of a turf fire or simply watch the sun set in the magical west of Ireland sky.
Contact us for more information about Anam Cara and our creative workshop retreats.
Diving into the Mystery: Studies in the Creative Process
As a fundraiser for Pieta House (https://www.pieta.ie/), whose mission it is to support those threatened by self-harm or suicide, Anam Cara Publishing has published Diving into the Mystery: Studies in the Creative Process, a book which illustrates how creativity can play an important role in people’s well-being.
For this anthology, 54 former residents and supporters generously contributed their personal essays in which they explore the many aspects and results of their creative processes. Sales of the book have already raised €2000 for Pieta House, and a second printing is on order.
All proceeds go to Pieta House.
To Nurture the Creativity in Your Life, here Is the Anam Cara Workshop Schedule for 2020. The following is the list of workshops scheduled for 2020; more information about each is at https://www.anamcararetreat.com/workshop-retreats.html.
2nd - 8th May 2020
Kaitlin Briggs - Proprioceptive Writing
23rd - 29th May 2020
Evelyn Dunphy - For Love of Watercolor
13th - 19th June 2020
Meghan Don - Returning to Our Earth Roots
20th - 26th June 2020
Adam Wyeth - The Mythic Imagination, A Creative Writing Workshop
4th - 10th July 2020
Ida Mitrani - Explore Your Creative Artist with Beara Artist Ida Mitrani, An Artistic Journey
25th - 31st July 2020
Sarah Bryne - Narrative Empathy: Creating Complex Characters in Our Fiction
8th - 14th August 2020
Siofra O'Donovan - Storytelling through the Hero's Journey
5th - 11th September 2020
Meghan Don - Sacred Living Sacred Dying
19th -25th September
Vanessa Gebbie - It’s Never Too Late to Write
The road winds ahead toward another destination, another adventure. Through rock and rush, from sea to sky, let Beara take you on a voyage of discovery.