Pyrenean Creative Writing Retreat

Spectacular views, country walks, Basque food & wine and professional writing instruction

The Retreat

What to expect on your Creative Writing Retreat

All rooms are ensuite with wifi available throughout the farmhouse.


The Farmhouse has en-suite rooms with inspiring mountain views from every window. An open house and full use of living rooms, dining rooms, kitchen, log fires and flowery terraces with all sorts of creative nooks and crannies.


There are over 10 amazing circular walks from the farmhouse door many leading to small Basque villages. Detailed maps and notes are available and we are happy to show our guests some of the paths personally and tell them the stories of the area.

Daily Programme

Each day we gather after breakfast to discuss various aspects of creative writing as well as participate in writing exercises designed to stimulate our imagination. The rest of the day is free for guests to work on their writing before we come together again at dinner time to discuss our day´s work and writing experiences. Evenings are then enjoyed listening to readings (for those who wish to share their work) and exchanging ideas and individual perspectives.

Food & Wine

The kitchen is stocked with all sorts of food, coffee, teas, wine etc. for help-yourself breakfasts and light lunches. In the evening we enjoy a delicious, communal 3-course evening meal together around the kitchen table.


There are easy connections to the house from Bilbao airport and San Sebastian. We operate a pick up from the San Sebastian bus to our local village (Santesteban / Doneztebe) on the first and final day of our retreat. (Please consult us about times.

The Price

1400 euros includes en-suite room, daily morning workshops, all food and wine, full use of the house & bus pick-up. This week there are NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS.

All Writers Welcome at our Creative Writing Retreat in the Pyrenees

Which one are you?

Pyrenean Writing Retreats

Are you in search of an inspirational setting? Of a place where you can shut out the hullabaloo of daily life and focus uniquely on your own creative writing and thinking?

Are you looking to grow your writing skills, focus on finding your voice, shape your writing, sculpt your story arcs and give depth and gravitas to your characters and themes?

Are you finishing a novel, or perhaps pondering its inception, and searching for a place to curl up with your thoughts in a private space with a cup of tea - or a glass of wine?

Do you need professional guidance on how to harness the creativity within you and channel it into your writing?

Do you crave a place of peace and solitude, while also seeking warm-hearted exchanges with fellow travellers and like-minded writers?

Join us

The Pyrenean Creative writing retreat is where you can hunker down and shake away the cobwebs, relax to the sound of the sheep bells across the valley or simply soak up the sublime views that greet you from every window in the house.
We offer a warm welcome to all writers looking for a little head room at our beautiful farmhouse retreats in the Pyrenees. Whether you are new to writing or an established author we are here to support you. We gather each morning around the kitchen table to explore various pillars of creative writing such as voice, structure and dialogue. Guests are invited to participate in exercises designed to unleash their creativity. The rest of the day guests can enjoy the private spaces offered by our beautiful home and take advantage of the charming walks that step out from the door.

At seven each evening we come together for an informal dinner and to share the  creative processes we have explored during the day. We also share our daily writing experiences, which may include anything from roadblocks and doubts to triumphs and breakthroughs.

Experience A Pyrenean Creative Writing Retreat

Spectacular views, country walks, Basque food & wine and professional writing instruction


2023 DATES: July 24-31

& Aug 4-11

Diana Friedman

About Diana Friedman

Creative Writing Instructor

Diana has taught creative writing for over a decade and loves working with writers of all levels. As a ‘midwife’ for emerging artists, she especially enjoys helping those new to the artistic process find their voice. Over the years, she has taught professional writing at the University of Maryland and facilitated numerous workshops for writers at all levels. She is delighted to join forces with the dynamic Georgina Howard to bring a new crop of writers and writing workshops to the inspirational setting of Iaulin Borda.

Diana’s fiction, articles and essays have appeared in numerous publications including New Letters, Huffington Post, Newsweek and the Baltimore Sun. She is the recipient of the Alexander Patterson Cappon Fiction Prize and a Pushcart Prize nomination. Her work has been selected as a finalist and short-listed at multiple presses.


An inspiring home from home – with a human touch!

Creative Writing Retreats

Professionally facilitated writing retreats in a friendly atmosphere, run by an award-winning author, teacher and editor

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The Farmhouse

Inspiring mountain views from every window, cosy writing nooks, comfy sofas, landscaped gardens and south-facing terraces.

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Bucolic Country Walks

Mountain and forest walks along traditional Basque shepherding paths right from the farmhouse door

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Great Basque Food & Wine

Relaxed communal dinners around the farmhouse table with local produce and wines

Warm & Friendly Atmosphere

Small, relaxed and supportive atmosphere with opportunities to exchange ideas with like-minded writers

Where are we?

Located just one hour from San Sebastian and Pamplona. There are flights to Bilbao and Biarritz airports. Bilbao airport is the largest in the area and has an easy hourly shuttle to San Sebastian. From San Sebastian and Pamplona there is a local bus service.

Further Questions?

For more information and frequently asked questions, click here!