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Create and Connect Retreats

Go on holiday to realize your creation

BEAT PROCRASTINATION & CREATIVE BLOCKS

Have you been procrastinating on yourself? Your ideas, your dreams, your passion?

Are you an emerging artist (e.g. visual, literary) struggling with a creative work in progress?

THIS IS THE IDEAL RETREAT FOR YOU

Create & Connect are fulfilling learning-based retreats that so you can REALIZE your creative potential.

Creative retreat in Khao Sok, Thailand

Create

Develop your creative project

Creative retreat in Khao Sok, Thailand

Connect

Tune in with yourself - your passions, desires and true nature

Creative retreat in Khao Sok, Thailand

Community

Learn & grow with feedback & guidance from experienced mentors & a community of like-minded creatives

Concept

Our retreat comprises of process-focused classes & mentoring: group lectures (with case studies from writing, illustration), comprehensive resources & supportive mentoring including time for 1 on 1, and consultations with facilitators so you can:

  • Overcome creative blocks & beat procrastination
  • Refine your idea / creative project
  • Plan & execute your idea / creative project.
  • Create productively
  • Gain exposure & get recognition for your completed project

Sample schedule

Schedule

INCLUDED

  • Courses & Mentoring
  • Coursebook & notebooks / pens: Comprehensive resources & notebook / pens for note-taking.
  • Lodging: 6 nights accommodation in a beautiful, comfortable retreat.
  • Food: Full board (3 meals) through Days 2-6, Dinner on Day 1 and Breakfast on Day 7.
  • Classes to help facilitate creation: Twice daily complimentary daily yoga / meditation (optional).
  • Rest / excursion day: A rest day to relax, work on your project, or go for excursions (at additional cost).

TO CONSIDER

  • Specific technique classes (e.g. intro to oil painting, memoir writing, etc) are non-inclusive
  • Any materials you might need for your creative project (e.g., paint materials, film) are non-inclusive. You can write to us it to see if we can provide them to you at cost, or bring them yourself.
  • Optional excursions on “rest/excursion” day come at an additional cost.
    Transfers to & from the airport are available for an additional cost.

Our upcoming retreats

Khao Sok (Thailand)

 15th – 21st of February
2019

Khao Sok Venue

Wild and rustic retreat in the dense virgin jungles of Surat Thani, with lush greenery and calls of hornbill birds and gibbons to excite and inspire.

Chiang Mai (Thailand)

 26th of February – 4th of March 2019

The Bamboo Villa

Luxurious and serene eco retreat in the rustic countryside overlooking fields of rice paddies, with healthy and delicious food to indulge in and rejuvenate the body.

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Your mentors

A good life is a fulfilling one – a journey with ups and downs, but one that is also marked by growth. However far you’ve come, it is never too late to start to realize your potential.  

Doing it alone can be daunting, and difficult. We’ve both been on this path before. Supportive mentoring to accelerates creativity & growth. This is why we’re here to help you act on your potential.

Wenlin Tan

Wenlin Tan

Wenlin Tan is a visual artist, writer and certified yoga teacher. Her illustrations & stories have been featured at Kult Gallery, Singapore Art Book Fair and published by Epigram Books.
Luca Dell’Anna

Luca Dell’Anna

Luca Dellanna is an author, lecturer and behavioral researcher. He published several books on human behavior such as "The Control Heuristic" and "The World Through a Magnifying Glass", and lectures part-time at the University of Genoa, in Italy.

They say about us

Enriching and stimulating experience. Meeting Luca gave me much food for thought.

My love and I had a very good experience with Wenlin. She is very professional, talented and kindly person. Can’t wait to have again this opportunity.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Arrival & Transportation

When should I arrive for the retreat?

You should arrive on Day 1 of the retreat. Dinner is included. If you are arriving after dinner, please let us know in advance if you would like us to prepare dinner for you.

How do I get to the retreat from the airport?

We can arrange for airport transfer for you from the airport to the retreat at cost, or you can come by yourself if you prefer. For the airport transfer cost or for the detailed directions to the retreat, please visit the retreat’s individual page). In case you would opt for the airport transfer, please let us know your flight details so we can arrange for your arrival.

Can I arrive late?

Our retreats are run as 7 Day Residential Courses, with time allocated on Day 1 for arrival & orientation. By arriving together with everyone on Day 1, you reap the full benefits of the retreat. Please take a look at our daily schedule for more details. In the event of special circumstances we can make exceptions, however please let us know in advance.

What time does the retreat end on the last day?

The retreat ends by noon on Day 7. In the event that you need to leave ahead of the closing, please let us know in advance.

Can I arrive before the retreat or extend after the retreat?

If you plan to arrive prior or extend your stay after the retreat, we can arrange with the retreat venue to share rates for you for the additional day(s) of stay.

Program

What will my typical day will be like?

Please check our sample schedule.

Do we have any days off from the retreat? Will I have time to go sightseeing?

Days 1 & 7 are for arrival & departure respectively. Day 4 is a free day for sightseeing/excursions, time to relax, work on projects or consultations with mentors.

Am I required to attend all classes and activities on the schedule?

Morning/evening yoga classes & evening activities are optional.

However, we highly recommend for you to attend all lectures and activities so you reap the full benefits of the retreat.

What should I bring with me to the retreat?

Course materials & Notebooks/pens will be provided for lectures.

Please bring along any materials you need for your creative project, or write to us if you would like us to bring them for you at cost (e.g. Paint materials, film)

Is the yoga/meditation suitable for beginners? What style of yoga will be taught?

Our classes are accessible for all levels of experience, with options for beginners & more advanced practitioners. They are taught by a certified yoga instructor (Wenlin Tan).

Morning classes (Hatha, Vinyasa) will be more invigorating for better attention & energy through the day.

Evening classes will be more reflective (Restorative, Yin) to provide for a good night’s rest.

Do you offer any shorter or longer retreats?

Currently we offer 7 day retreats based on the structure & course content. However in future, we may offer shorter or longer retreats. Click here to be added to the mailing list for future updated.  

What is included in the retreat price? Why do some retreats cost more than others? Is there any difference between what is covered in each retreat location?

We teach the same course content across all our treats. The only differences are based on the accommodation, food & other amenities provided.

How can I register for the retreat?

Fill out the online application form. We will contact you via email once we’ve reviewed the application to notify you if you have been accepted and provide you with the payment details.

Can my partner/family join me if he or she is not attending the retreat?

Yes. Write to us for the accommodation & food only rates. While you’re attending the lectures and discussions, he or she can enjoy the activities in the area or take excursions.

Accommodation & Food

What are the room options and room facilities?

Single or twin sharing are available across all retreats. Some retreats may provide triple-sharing or family rooms. Room options are specific to each retreat venue.

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Will there be wi-fi on-site?

Amenities for retreat are different for each retreat venue, though most should provide unlimited free wi-fi in common areas.

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Will there yoga mats & props be provided?

Amenities for retreat are different for each retreat venue, though most should provide unlimited free wi-fi in common areas.

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What is the food like? Do you offer vegetarian or gluten free options?

Food for each retreat will be catered by the retreat venue.

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If you have any food allergy or specific requests, please let us know in advance.

Payment

What is your refund policy?

Our deposits are nonrefundable.

You will be charged the full amount for your retreat if you decide to leave early or choose to cancel within 30 days before the start date of the retreat.

  • 30 days or more prior to the retreat start date, we will retain the deposit.
  • 30 days or fewer prior to the retreat date, we will retain 100% paid by you in connection with the booking.
  • Read our full Terms and Conditions
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