The Retreat offers:

Time, space and inspiration to write Individual guidance from an experienced tutor and writer
Inspiring writing tasks (if required)
Group feedback on your writing
The support of other writers
Daily mindfulness and meditation sessions
Comfortable eco-resort accommodation
7 nights half-board
5 minutes’ walk to unspoilt beaches

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November 30 - 7 December 2019


Own room, attached bathroom HB £499
*Shared room, shared bathroom HB £430

*Please ask about rates for accompanying guests who are not writing.

A Typical Day

8-9 am Breakfast
9-9:45 am Movement, Mindfulness & Meditation session
10 am-1 pm Guidance and writing time
1-2 pm Lunch
2-5:30 pm Writing time (group excursion on one day)
530 -7 pm Sharing and Feedback Session
7 pm Free time

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Your writing retreat

The retreat is designed to give you as much time and space as you require to write in conducive surroundings. We encourage you to come to Bhakti Kutir with a firm idea of what you’ll be working on so that you can get stuck in immediately, and be assured a productive stay. Everyone works to a different schedule (or none), so we leave this entirely to you. While geared primarily to writers, we welcome people working on any creative project.
Each residential writer will receive tutor feedback on work in progress. This takes the form of a close, one-hour reading and annotation of your writing. You can also receive further individual feedback and guidance (£20 hour).
Subject to availability, we may accept some non-residential writers on the retreat. Please contact us.

When you are not writing

Jump in a tuk-tuk and join us on a trip to the colourful local market in Chaudi. Or sign up for a fascinating boat trip in the mangrove upriver to watch kites and eagles being fed. Wander down to the life-guard-monitored beach for a swim in the limpid waters the Arabian Sea… or simply chill on your veranda to the call of tropical birds in the tree canopy.

Your Tutor

David Lambert has an MA in Creative Writing from UEA. He has taught Creative Writing for the Open College of the Arts and The Open University and designed and lectured in Creative Writing and Writing for the Stage at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge (2003-2016. He is an English-language author for Ernst Klett, Germany’s leading educational publisher, and writer and language consultant for Austrian publishers, ÖBV (Vienna). With his wife, Michèle, since 2010 he has run successful writing retreats and courses at their centre in France. On several trips to India, as well as in the UK and France, he has a gained a deep insight into how Buddhist psychology and meditation informs the creative process. David has a good knowledge of this part of India and can advise on what to bring, visa procedures, money, and orientation (Kerala, Tamil Nadhu and Goa).


Bhakti Kutir is an eco-resort located in a secluded two-acre coconut grove nestled between two of Goa’s most unspoiled beaches, Palolem and Patnem beach. We offer 22 spacious back-to-nature cabanas under a shady tree canopy. Each cabana is equipped with a desk, ceiling fan, mosquito net, double or twin beds, en suite or shared bathroom. December in Goa is the perfect climate with temperate sunny days and nice cool evenings.


Bhakti Kutir’s restaurant offers wholesome locally sourced vegetarian and vegan food as well as fresh local fish. The chef provides gluten and GM-free food and juices, organically produced where possible. Nearby are several eateries serving a wide range of authentic Indian as well as international cuisine.

Getting there

Flight suggestions. Direct London- Goa (Dabolim) Airport. Also: Oman Air via Muscat. Emirates airlines via Dubai. Etihad airlines via Abu Dhabi, Saudia airlines via Riyhad. Fixed-price taxi Goa Airport to Colomb (1.5 hours) (*currently £25+ per taxi for a three-passenger air-con taxi with seatbelts).

Please click here for a booking application form

Listed with the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE) and in The Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook 2019