Sold OutThe 2022 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat

  • Kapiti Writer's Retreat - Day 1, 2022
    February 25, 2022
    5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Kapiti Writer's Retreat - Day 2, 2022
    February 26, 2022
    7:30 am - 10:00 pm
  • Kapiti Writer's Retreat - Day 3, 2022
    February 27, 2022
    7:30 am - 4:00 pm

Due to the current situation with omicron, we have had to make the hard decision to cancel the 2022 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat. The main motivation when considering and ultimately making this is the safety of people at the retreat and everyone traveling to and from Kāpiti.

We will be rescheduling to February 2023.

If you have already registered, you should have received an email about your refund. If not, please email us.

Register below for the 2022 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat happening from 26-28 February 2021 at El Rancho in Waikanae Beach on the Kāpiti Coast.

The Retreat fee covers the core morning workshop, afternoon discussions and all meals (morning and afternoon tea, lunch and dinner). Accommodation is additional. Book accommodation

Choose one of these six workshops when you register below:

Workshop 1: After the First Draft with Chloe Lane (sold out)

Workshop 2: Voice in personal essay and multiple narrative with Gem Wilder (4 places left)

Workshop 3: Te Puna Ariā: The pool of ideas with Nic Lowe (Sold out)

Workshop 4: Writing about nature while the world is burning with Rebecca Priestley (sold out)

Workshop 5: Ekphrastic conversations with Sinead Overbye

Workshop 6: Turning the personal into (good) poetry with Therese Lloyd (2 places left)

Helen Lehndorf will be running a free-writing session on Friday night and then gentle morning yoga on Saturday and Sunday.

Find out more about the workshops

Early Bird Rate available now until 31 December 2021.

Please note that there is a limit of 12 places/workshop. If your first preference has already sold out, we would recommend that you book for your second preference now and in the registration form, select your first preference. If a space becomes available, it will go to the first person on the waitlist. Alternatively, you can email us.

Please note that El Rancho requires all visitors to their premises to show their vaccine pass when arriving.

Payment Options

You can pay the full amount up front or a $50 deposit to confirm your place. The remainder is due three weeks before the Retreat begins. 

See full terms and conditions

Scholarship & Volunteering

Each year we offer full and partial scholarships. We also have several volunteer openings available over the weekend. Applications are open until 15 January 2022. Find out more

Accommodation Options

Onsite accommodation is additional, please visit the accommodation page to book.



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58 Weggery Drive, Waikanae Beach, Wellington, New Zealand


The Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat is held at Elm Lodge, one of the complexes at El Rancho, a large camp situated on the beautiful Kāpiti Coast. The tree-lined grounds curve along the Waikanae river and the centre is within walking distance of Waikanae Beach and the Waikanae Beach village shops.

Elm Lodge has ramps and accessible toilets throughout the complex. There is parking on all sides of the complex to assist anyone with difficulties walking long distances. The dining area is about 200 m away and there is parking available there, should you need to drive between the two sites.

Meals are provided by Writers Practice and El Rancho. Please provide your dietary requirements when you register and these will be catered for wherever possible.

Wi-Fi cards are available to purchase from the El Rancho office.

El Rancho is a drug and alcohol-free environment.

Please note that El Rancho requires all visitors and attendees of events onsite to show their vaccine pass on entry.

If you have any other needs you can mention these in the registration form and we will do our best to accommodate these.

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