Retreats, Podcasts, Courses

Retreats, Podcasts, Courses

The Squilax Writerly Retreat is back!

Join us Oct 21 and 22, 2022.

Rekindle your creative spirit on this unique and affordable writing adventure.

Think of it as an affair with your muse – sneaking off from daily life into an unusual rustic setting, with uninterrupted time for writing, plenty of great food, and hanging out with kindred creative folks.

 Location: Squilax International Hostel – a heritage site located on Little River between Chase and Sorrento, BC.

Accommodation: You’ll share a caboose with two other writers. Yes, a real caboose set along the Little River, with an elderly llama, a dog and a cat to greet you (though they never go into the cabooses.)  Cabooses have bunks with bedding, curious sitting areas for writing, a kitchen and bathroom. Each caboose has a designated shower in the nearby bathhouse and there is an outdoor covered dining/writing area.  There’s a lovely dock and an enchanting faerie trail for you to enjoy.

Get-togethers will be held outdoors, if weather permits, and in the salon of the 100 year old main building.

Hosted by Janet Whitehead – a lifelong advocate for the creative soul and a professionally certified creativity coach with 15 years experience.  Mini creativity breaks will keep you inspired and having fun, plus give you tricks and tools to keep your creative process going once you are home again.  Plenty of writing resources and unique prompts will be available. As well, Janet is happy to chat with you if you like, to help you find your best ways to get to your creative projects more often. You can learn more about Janet on the About page.

The meals!  Blair Acton, our hostel owner and host, serves up the most delectable and creative meals and can adapt to required meal plans if we are notified in advance.  Your stay includes lunch and dinner on Friday, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday.

This is a laid-back relaxed event – you could wear your pyjamas all weekend if you wanted to!

Fee: $275 includes accommodation, meals, and surprise writerly- related treasures.

To learn more:  contact Janet via text 778 220 4882 and we can chat there or arrange a call.

Ready to register?  E-transfer  $275 to
Please confirm your registration by texting your name and email address to 7782204882.

Registration is limited to 9 people.



The Creatively You Show


In cahoots with author and kindred creativity coach, Lisa Stromme, we have created a series of 30 minute podcasts dedicated to inspiring and supporting creative folks.
Topics include how to get past barriers – like perfectionism, overwhelm, doubt, etc. Each podcast includes a discussion about a topic, tools for getting past barriers and, most inspiring, a coaching session with a creative client.



Coming Soon:

For 3 years, we’ve owned and curated a subscription box for writers called Writerly Kits. With shipping and product costs escalating, we have currently paused the kit and are reinventing and reinstating new, curious, imaginative, effective and affordable ways to support creatives.

Courses in the works:

Novel Minds 101  Our Signature Course   –   We’ve all heard the phrase, Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  This applies to thinking the same thoughts over and over again, too.  But how do you shift your thinking? In Novel Minds 101, you will learn a unique and powerful process to shift your thoughts and make the most out of your life. It involves meeting all the characters in that novel mind of yours! Creative thinking and creative play at its finest.

Creatively You– It’s chaos being a creative soul!  Procrastination? Perfectionism? Dishes need doing first? Not good enough? What if I fail? So much can get in the way of  living your life creatively. You’ll sigh in relief during this course as you discover 1. you’re normal for a creative type and 2. there are simple and effective ways to get past the barriers and create both the life and the projects that are calling to you.

The Memoir Project – Time to get that story written? You’ve a story that’s haunting you to tell, but you wonder; Is it worthy? How do I begin? Is there a simpler way to make this happen? (Or maybe: Is my family going to disown me when they see what I have to say?) During this course, you will experiment in a variety of memoir writing styles, discover your best way to make it happen, and have the time and space to get your project rolling.  And yes, telling your story is worthy…beyond a doubt.