Writing the Sound Retreat 2019

“I loved the feeling of being “unplugged” and the dedicated time and space just for writing. I also felt like I was in excellent hands with the writing advice you gave–even though I was at the absolute beginning of my project, so much of your writing advice made a great deal of sense, and I know how useful it will be at later stages of my project.”

”A dedicated time in a quiet place just to focus on writing””I would absolutely recommend to a friend. Besides the excellent food and conversation, I left your retreat with a strong sense of my writing direction.”


Join Sonja Larsen for a rustic solar-powered weekend of creative time and inspiration on Howe Sound. Sweet little cabins await your dreams and ideas. With a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces for writing and local & healthy food provided, it is sure to nourish your writing practice. Located on Gambier Island, the retreat is just 15 minutes away from Horseshoe Bay. 

Sonja Larsen is an award-winning author whose memoir Red Star Tattoo was shortlisted for the Writers Trust Hilary Weston award and won the Edna Staebler Creative Non Fiction award. Her creative non fiction won the 2018 Subterrain Lush Triumphant prize. Her work has also appeared in a variety of publications including Room, Descant, This Magazine, and the Globe and Mail.

What to expect:

Comfortable glamping with good food and good company. Located near Halkett Bay provincial park, mountain and ocean views are available almost everywhere on site. There is electricity and cell access but no wi-fi. There will be a morning discussion on writing craft and a writing exercise for you to consider throughout your writing day as well as opportunity for one on one consultation.


Guest cabin

Guest cabin with adjoining bathroom  with two single beds (which can be configured as a double) and a sleeping loft. Located next to the main cabin.

Guest cabin loft

Garden cabin

Located by the garden and a short walk to the main cabin and washroom. Bed can be single or double. Surrounded by trees and the sound of birds.

Power Tower

1 ‘tower’ cabin with short walk to bathroom

The Power Tower
Power Tower steps
Power Tower desk
Power tower cabin
  • Food:

  • Local / free range and/or organic products
  • Friday evening /Sat am /Sat lunch / Sat dinner / Sun am / Sunday lunch
  • BYOB


Water taxi (not included) can be booked from Horseshoe Bay and is between $25-30 each way. Full details on transportation will be emailed to you when you book.

Friday July 5th to Sunday July 7th  ~ $275
Early bird registration by June 15 ~  $250
$50 deposit required*

Sonja Larsen reserves the right to cancel due to insufficient registration or conditions that make any such activity unsafe. In the event of a cancellation deposits and payments will be refunded. Deposits are non-refundable if you cancel less than 7 days before the retreat.

Questions? Email me at sonja at sonjalarsen dot com

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