Photos from previous retreat. Taken by Katherine Sleadd

Photos from previous retreat. Taken by Katherine Sleadd

Deposit
600.00

This is a non-refundable deposit that will secure your place for 30 days. After you pay the deposit, you’ll receive an invoice that you can pay in installments of your choice.

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Non-Resident Ticket: Excludes B&B
1,100.00

Includes everything except for bed and breakfast. You'll still get all the wine receptions, tours, talks, lunches and dinners. There are various places where you can stay in the area. Though some will require getting a taxi.

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Bijou Room
from 2,100.00

These are cozy, comfortable rooms with charming and individual character.

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Deluxe Room
from 2,300.00

Mostly over-looking the picturesque village, these rooms come with character beds, and enhanced features such as canopies, half testers and ornate headboards.

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Super Deluxe Room
from 2,500.00

These spacious rooms over-look the forest or village. All include grand features with wood paneling and four-poster beds.

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Super Deluxe Family Room
from 4,000.00

This room has one double bed and two single beds (in a separate area). The price listed covers two people. To add additional people (up to two more), remember to add an "Extra Person Supplement" to your cart.

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Superior Suite
from 2,700.00

Each of these stunning rooms offer exquisite features such as a dressing room; feature and four poster beds, separate living area, gas fire, balcony, large screen TV, in-room sound system, and/or wood beamed ceilings.

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The Lewis Cottage
4,000.00

SOLD Located on the hotel grounds, this is where C.S. Lewis and Joy stayed on their honeymoon. It features a four poster bed, living room, gas fire, balcony, large screen TV; in-room sound system and wood beamed ceilings. The price listed is for one or two people. It can accommodate three (with a portable bed in the living area).

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Spark | A Creative Retreat with Peter Rollins

Spark is a five-day bespoke retreat that is carefully crafted to help spark peoples creative potential. This is not designed to help you briefly escape your everyday life, but rather is curated to help you find the tools and inspiration that will enable you to make positive changes in your everyday life. 

This year is all about helping you develop as a Social Influencer creating meaningful content. A Social Influencer is someone who utilizes social media to reach a significant number of people in the service of a particular end. While it’s often connected to selling products, an increasing number of Social Influencers make a living by presenting material aimed at enriching lives, impacting society and addressing timely issues.

As institutions of higher education become increasingly focused on teaching skills for the job market, the theatre of meaningful intellectual, artistic and political conflict is increasingly taking place in the public square (via podcasts, videos and blogs).

This has also opened up new ways for people to make a living in this dynamic arena. With many either supplementing their income or being fully supported by their content creation.

Spark will not only offer you time and space to reflect on your work; it will help you build strategies for how to develop it, spread it and make a living from it. It will also provide space for you to network with others who might be able to help you in your project.

As someone who has been doing this for over twenty years, I’ll be offering you the things I’ve learnt along the way, and sharing all the things I wish someone had told me.

The Dates

13th - 17th October (Registration and wine reception starts at 2:00pm).

The setting

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 Paul Jones. The Inn was also a favorite spot of C.S. Lewis, who celebrated his honeymoon there with the love of his life, Joy Davidman.

Indeed, the Inn overlooks a 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 meals and activities. There will be various wine receptions, as well as plenty of tea, coffee and other refreshments. In terms of the food, 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.

The content

I'll be curating a schedule full of seminars, workshops, tours, music, magic and more. Apart from myself, the other main contributor this year is poet and public speaker Pádraig Ó Tuama. Pádraig stands as one of the leading experts in the art of communicating meaningful content in a meaningful and popular way.

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 may grab 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 working on your project. All while surrounded by an incredible group of likeminded people.

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’ll 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.

What does it cost?

The cost per person ranges from $1600 - $2000 (based on two people sharing). Less if three or more share, and more for single occupancy. There are also a limited number of non-resident tickets that exclude bed and breakfast.

Can three or more people share a room?

Absolutely. There's one Super Deluxe Family Room that can accommodate up to 4 people (one double bed and two single beds) while many of the other rooms can be fitted with an extra, high quality, single bed. A third person costs an extra $700.

Can I come early or stay later?

We'd recommend it! I’ll happily help you work out where to explore, or you can extend your stay with the Old Inn. We’ve negotiated a special rate for people who want to spend extra nights at the Inn, all you need to do is contact them directly and let them know that you're attending my event. But be quick, as spaces might be limited. I'm also happy to recommend other places to stay.

Can I give a deposit?

Absolutely. If you'd like to secure a place we're happy to take a non-refundable deposit of $600. The deposit will secure your place for 30 days. When you pay the deposit I’ll send you an invoice that you can pay in whatever installments you’d like.

What happens if I pay but can't go?

Because we have to book the hotel, speakers and tours in advance, refunds can't be given. However we can offer you credit toward future Spark events. You’re also welcome to sell your ticket on to someone else. So think carefully before you buy!

What are my transportation options?

The closest airport is the George Best City (BHD). It’s a 15-minute taxi ride to the hotel, and there is a taxi rank at the airport (Uber also operates in Belfast). The other local airport is Belfast International (BFS). There is a bus at the airport that takes you directly into the city. From there, the best option is to grab a taxi from the station. Dublin airport (DUB) is also a great option as the flights are often cheaper. It’s just under 2 hours from Belfast and there’s a bus outside the exit that will take you up (some of the buses don't take credit cards, so buy your ticket in advance or use either Euro or Sterling).

I want to go!

Great! You can buy a ticket from this page. Depending on the room type, you may have various different bed options. If you're interested in sharing a room with someone you don't know, please contact me directly.