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.
Mostly over-looking the picturesque village, these rooms come with character beds, and enhanced features such as canopies, half testers and ornate headboards.
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.
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.
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).
This is for anyone who wishes to add a third or fourth person to their room. You can add up to two people if you take the Deluxe Family Room. Many of the other rooms can be fitted with an extra pull out bed. Just make sure you pick that option when choosing your room.
Spark 2019: A Creative Retreat with Peter Rollins
Spark is a five-day bespoke retreat that is carefully crafted to help people 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 will be three main elements to each day: 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.
13th - 17th October (Registration and wine reception starts at 2:00pm).
You'll be staying in the AA award-winning Crawfordsburn Inn for four incredible nights. The Inn dates back to the end of 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 also looked after Dick Turpin, Peter the Great, and former president George Bush. The Inn was also a favorite spot of C.S. Lewis. In addition to being a regular patron, he celebrated his honeymoon there with the love of his life, Joy Davidman.
The Inn backs onto a magical forest park that reputedly inspired Lewis' vision of Narnia. A forest that melts into a breathtaking beach. It is located just 20 minutes from the newly booming city of Belfast (winning World’s Best Region for Tourism in 2017 by Lonely Planet).
The retreat includes all of your meals, which are served in the award-winning Lewis restaurant. You'll enjoy a full Irish breakfast each morning, lunch every afternoon and a leisurely three-course meal in the evening. There will be wine receptions as well as plenty of tea, coffee and other refreshments to help keep the mind active.
I'll be curating a schedule full of seminars, workshops, tours, music, magic and more, all of which are optional. For instance, one day you might want to explore the North Coast, visit the Titanic Museum, or take a tour of the famous city street art. The next day you might 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 might opt out of everything for a while, sitting instead by the outdoor fire, taking in the breathtaking view, getting stuck into the book you've wanted to write, or the script you've had burning in the back of your mind, all the while surrounded by an incredible group of likeminded people. Everything is designed to be relaxing, enjoyable, and, most importantly, 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 freelance artists and experts who will be dedicated to helping you move forward in your creative or leadership work. There will be optional tours of some breathtaking places in N.Ireland, as well as plenty of time for forest walks, conversations and lounging around open fires with a drink in hand, all while sharing ideas and learning how to thrive in the difficult world of the arts.
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?
Yes. 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 single bed. To find out your options, just click on the room type you’d like.
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. You can arrange to pay the remaining amount in installments.
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 are 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 flights there 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! We will be releasing tickets soon. Depending on the room type, you might also have various different bed options. If you're interested in sharing a room with someone you don't know, contact me directly.