UpcomingThe 2023 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat

  • Kāpiti Writer's Retreat - Day 1, 2023
    February 24, 2023
    5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Kāpiti Writer's Retreat - Day 2, 2023
    February 25, 2023
    7:30 am - 10:00 pm
  • Kāpiti Writer's Retreat - Day 3, 2023
    February 26, 2023
    7:30 am - 4:00 pm

Register below for the 2023 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat happening from 24-26 February 2023 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. You can book on-site accommodation here. 

Choose one of these six workshops when you register below:

Workshop 1: Less is More with Catherine Chidgey (sold out)

Workshop 2: Ekphrastic Conversations with Sinead Overbye

Workshop 3: Personalising the Personal Essay with Gem Wilder

Workshop 4: Writing About Nature While the World is Burning with Rebecca Priestley (sold out)

Workshop 5: They Sound Like People I Know with Coco Solid (sold out)

Workshop 6: Turning the Personal Into (Good) Poetry with Therese Lloyd (sold out)

Find out more about the workshops and the other activities on offer at the Retreat.

Please note that only workshops with spaces are displayed below. 

Please note that there is a limit of 12 places per 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.

We comply with all regulations in relation to Covid and will inform you of any changes that may affect the running of the Retreat.

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. You can also pay in installments. Please register via the deposit option and then email us to finalise details for the installments. 

See full terms and conditions

Accommodation Options

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

Details Price Qty
Workshop 2 with Sinead - Deposit only $50.00 (NZD)  
Workshop 2 with Sinead - Full Payment $379.50 (NZD)  
Workshop 3 with Gem - Deposit only $50.00 (NZD)  
Workshop 3 with Gem - Full Payment $379.50 (NZD)  


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. Unfortunately, El Rancho is only able to cater for vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free diets.

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

El Rancho is a drug and alcohol-free environment.

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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