Ireland Writing Retreat on the Wild Atlantic Way – May 28-June 1, 2019

A generative and restorative writing retreat at Delphi Resort in County Galway, Ireland

Facilitated by Carolyn Dawn Flynn, the Story Catalyst

Let the soul-stirring  beauty of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way be your inspiration for this generative and restorative retreat for writers of fiction and creative nonfiction. Whether you’re writing essays or a book-length memoir, whether you’re writing short stories or a novel, this retreat is designed to help you deepen and refine your work-in-progress, emerging with clarity and vision.

Acclaimed writer and TEDx speaker Carolyn Dawn Flynn will provide a mentored critique, individual consultations and group talks on story architecture, narrative flow and craft points such as dialogue and scene-building—all in a soul-stirring setting in the Connemara mountains of County Galway, Ireland, along the Wild Atlantic Way.

Every day will launch with a series of prompts for writing with intent, building pivotal and memorable scenes that are the vital underpinning of story.

Situated on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, this retreat is in the Connemara region along Ireland’s only fjord, close to the City of Galway, a short distance away from Ireland’s adventure travel city, Westport.

The retreat offers time to generate new, focused pieces and a strategic plan for your work-in-progress.

From The SoulFire blog


From warm Irish hospitality to exquisite food, outdoor adventure to ultimate relaxation, Delphi Resort is the place to escape to, to enlighten your lust for life, awaken your senses and truly embrace Ireland’s magnificent landscape and scenery, all from the comfort of the 300-acre resort.

Delphi Resort is located in the heart of the scenically breath-taking Delphi Valley, near Leenane, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland. With its stunning scenic location, Delphi is a world apart and a haven for romantic getaways, special occasions, adventure-filled family holidays and wellness escapes.

Situated just 10 mins from Leenane, Connemara, 30 mins from Westport and 80 mins from Galway City, Delphi Resort is surrounded by magical scenic drives along the Wild Atlantic Way. If looking to explore the area, Kylemore Abbey and Connemara National Park are located just 30 mins away, with Louisburgh and Croagh Patrick just 20 mins away – making Delphi Resort the perfect base for those that want to get settled at the resort and for those that like to travel and see the sights! Free car parking is available at the resort for guests and visitors.

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  • 4 nights/5 days lodging and most meals at Delphi Resort near Leenane, Ireland
  • Free time to stroll along the fjord and hike the mountains of Connemara
  • “Artist date” field trip and reflection (optional) at Kylemore Abbey
  • Mentor critique and strategic plan
  • Visual journaling and story mapping exercise
  • Individual consultations
  • Group consultations on scene-building and story arc.



Double occupancy $2,295

Single occupancy $2,495


Double occupancy $2,395

Single occupancy $2,695

DEPOSIT OF $995 secures your spot.

REMAINING BALANCE to be paid by April 1.

Email carolyn@carolynflynn.com for details, to register or to be put on the interest list for future retreats.

Pay your deposit on EventBrite here to secure your spot.

And please pass it on to a writer you love! If you refer someone to this retreat and that person signs up, you get $100 off of a future retreat.


carolynflynn.com    |     Known as The Story Catalyst, Carolyn Flynn is winner of the 2014 Rick Bass/Montana Prize for Fiction; author of “Resurrection,” published in Fourth Genre; semifinalist for the 2016 Elixir Press Fiction Prize for first novel. See her TED talk, “Tell a Better Story, Live a Better Life” here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s included in the tuition?
4 nights/5 days lodging and all meals at Delphi Resort in Leenane, Ireland

Nature walks (optional)

Afternoon yoga (optional)

Walk to St. Joseph’s well and reflection

Mentor critique and strategic plan

Visual journaling and story mapping exercises

Individual consultations

Group consultations on scene-building and story arc targeted to your work

What’s not included?
Airfare and transportation to Delphi Resort
What are the accommodations like?
This is a four-star resort with many amenities included in the rate.

The resort includes options for single or double occupancy. Villas are available at a higher rate. Hostel is available at a lower rate.

Check out the accommodations here.

What kind of food will be served?
All meals are included in the rate. Delphi Resort is a wellness spa, and the restaurants can accommodate any dietary needs.

The restaurant has spectacular views. Please let us know ahead of time of dietary needs.

We picked the place because we knew they would take care of you and the food would be delicious!

When should I arrive?
We begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, but you are free to arrive earlier to take in the area. The group rate can be extended to three days before the retreat or three days after.
May I check in late?
Yes, just let the resort know. And let us know, too. Upon registration, you’ll receive our personal email and cellphone so you can let us know of any flight or travel delays?
When I arrange the flight, what’s my best city destination?

The closest airport is Shannon Airport. You may opt to fly into Dublin, London or Edinburgh if you’re planning to travel before the retreat. But be sure to arrive at Shannon Airport by the morning of May 28 for shuttle pickup to the resort.


What should I pack?

Spring in Ireland means every day is a new kind of weather. It’s often said that in Ireland, you can experience all four seasons in one day. For that reason, we advise dressing in light layers. And definitely bring rain gear. 

For outdoor adventures, the resort recommends wearing removable layers, as mornings may be cool and warm quickly. Wear hiking boots or shoes that are lightweight and well-vented with traction; avoid sandals or anything open-toe. Also wear good wool or synthetic hiking socks; we advise against cotton.

Bring a sweater or jacket for evenings on the patio. 

Pack sunscreen, and a water bottle that you fill up and drink from constantly. It’s vital to stay hydrated.

That soft Irish mist can be deceptive when it comes to the sun. Definitely bring a sun hat and sunglasses. And expect the sun to be up late as we near the Summer Solstice. That’s part of the allure of the northern latitudes in summer.

What kind of physical condition do I need to be in?

The official hikes are mild to moderate. Yoga and nature walks are available at Delphi Resort during unstructured time at your own expense.

What about the spa treatments?

Spa treatments are available at the resort, at your own expense, during unstructured time in the afternoon. Spa treatments include facials, warm Himalayan salt massage, vibrational sound therapy, Thai massage and cranial sacral therapy.

What is your smoking policy?

No smoking allowed

Do tell. What are the other amenities on the site?

Walking trails, and a host of outdoor adventures. 

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