On booking, participants will be asked for their email address, access needs, dietary requirements, and that they have read and are happy with the ‘Ts and Cs’ listed below.
MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE RETREAT
OUR ‘TERMS AND CONDITIONS’
When to arrive
Participants will be asked to arrive between 5.00-6.00pm on Wednesday 5 April for check-in (the evening meal will starts at 7pm) and leave by 5.00pm on Friday 7 April
Why we chose Othona: a strong sense of community
The Radical Writing Retreat very much aims to encompass a strong spirit of community, encouraging companionship and support among writers and participants.
Othona prides itself as a place of welcome and acceptance. It is an open and inclusive community rooted in the spiritual tradition and drawing on a wealth of other inspirations. From its beginning in 1946 as a summer camp in tents on the Essex marshes, Othona has been a meeting place for people of all ages, abilities, backgrounds and beliefs, who are wanting to retreat and share their time with like-minded others on the quiet coast of Essex, overlooking the ancient St Peter’s chapel on the Blackwater estuary.
The Essex Radical Writing Retreat has been organised by Essex Book Festival and Radical Essex. Although non-religious in its core aims and content, we were drawn to the community spirit and shared living spaces of the Othona Community, the inspirational remote setting, and its strong radical roots.
Cooking and eating: a shared experience
Food will be provided during your two-day retreat, with vegetarian options offered, with shared dining for breakfast, lunch and an evening meal. Feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks for between mealtimes, as these may not be provided and there are no nearby shops. As we want to encourage a community feel to the retreat, participants are more than welcome to help with the food preparation, cooking and cleaning at mealtimes, and you will be invited to help us in the large shared kitchen and in the open plan dining room.
Othona offers a mix of rooms with single, twin and bunk beds, so it is likely that you will be sharing a room with one or more people. However, we may be able to offer individuals their own rooms, if requested in advance, and if there is room available, so please let us know if you’d like your own room when booking your place. The facilities at Othona are basic and simple, with shared bathrooms and hostel-like accommodation – participants are encouraged to bring their own luxuries such as hairdryers. Bedding and towels will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own if you would prefer.
There are only 30 places on the Essex Radical Writing Retreat, so places will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Booking is through the Mercury Theatre Box Office and payment will be taken on booking. Please note that participants must be aged 18 or over
Because of the small size of the group and limited spaces available, cancellations will only be accepted up to seven days before the retreat takes place, to allow time for your space to be offered to someone on the waiting list. If you cancel after this time, we will do our best to find someone else to take your place and if we succeed, your fee will be returned to you. If we cannot refill your place, we will retain any payments you have made.