Spark is a five-day bespoke retreat that is carefully crafted to help anyone who is interested in sparking their creative potential (whether as an artist, speaker, author, scriptwriter, director, musician, leader etc).
This is not the type of experience where you get to briefly escape your everyday life, but one that offers the tools and inspiration to help you make positive changes in your everyday life.
Everything, down to the last detail, is curated to offer an unforgettable experience that will help you develop your work, find inspiration and move forward in your field.
There are three main elements: workshops, tours and entertainment. At any time you can duck out of something to chat with me, or one of the other expert facilitators, or work in the communal creative space.
You'll be staying in the AA award-winning Crawfordsburn Inn for four incredible nights. The Inn dates back to the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and has been patronized by literary figures such as Swift, Trollope, and Dickens.
As well being a regular of contemporary artists like Van Morrison, it has housed Dick Turpin, Peter the Great, and George Bush. The Inn was also a favorite spot of C.S. Lewis, who celebrated his honeymoon there with the love of his life, Joy Davidman.
The Inn overlooks a magical forest park that reputedly inspired Lewis' vision of Narnia. A forest that melts into a breathtaking coastline. All located just 20 minutes from Belfast (winner of World’s Best Region for Tourism in 2017 by Lonely Planet).
The retreat includes all of your meals. You'll enjoy a full Irish breakfast each morning, lunch every afternoon and a leisurely three-course meal every evening in the award-winning Lewis restaurant. There will be wine receptions as well as plenty of tea, coffee and other refreshments.
I'll be curating a schedule full of seminars, workshops, tours, music, magic and more. One day you might want to visit an underground artist collective, walk in the forest, or take a tour of the famous city street art. The next day you could get a drink and listen to directors, screenwriters, poets, and authors talk about the creative process. Alternatively, jump into a workshop aimed at helping you start a podcast, use platforms like Kickstarter and Patreon, grow an audience, or find a book deal. Or perhaps you’ll opt out of everything for a while, sitting by the outdoor fire, taking in the view and getting stuck into the book you've wanted to write, or the script you've had burning in the back of your mind. All while surrounded by an incredible group of likeminded people. Everything is designed to be relaxing, enjoyable and inspiring.
What should I expect?
Think of it as a luxurious holiday, carefully crafted to help inspire you, challenge you, and get your creativity flowing. I’ll be curating the content, so I'll be there speaking, facilitating discussions and answering questions. I'll also be bringing in various experts who will be dedicated to helping you move forward in your work. There’ll be optional tours, as well as plenty of time for walks, conversations and lounging around open fires with a drink in hand.