Broughton Sanctuary - where words and wildlife intertwine

Are you craving a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life? Do you yearn for a deeper connection with nature and a chance to hone your writing skills amidst serene surroundings? Look no further than the Broughton Sanctuary Nature Writing Retreat—a three-day immersion into the beauty of the natural world coupled with expert guidance from acclaimed author and naturalist, Mark Cocker.


Day 1:Friday July 5th, Arrival and Settling In

Upon arriving at Broughton Sanctuary, you will be greeted by the tranquil ambiance of this idyllic retreat. Nestle amidst lush greenery and abounding with wildlife, the sanctuary offers the perfect backdrop for a rejuvenating escape. Check into your nature-inspired holiday cottage and take a moment to breathe in the crisp, fresh air as you prepare for the transformative days ahead.


Day 2:Saturday July 6th, Free Nature Walk and Reflection

Begin your day with a complimentary nature walk led by Mark Cocker himself. On July 6th, join us as we explore the winding trails and hidden gems of the sanctuary. Allow your senses to be fully engaged by the sights, sounds, and textures of the wilderness. As you meander through the landscape, take time to reflect on your experiences and insights gained during the retreat.


Day 3:Sunday July 7th, Nature Writing Workshop with Mark Cocker

Wake up to the gentle sounds of birdsong and the promise of a day filled with inspiration and creativity. Join MarkCocker, an award-winning author and esteemed writing tutor, for a full-day workshop dedicated to the art of nature writing. From 9:00 am until 5:30 pm, immerse yourself in two interlocking sessions that delve deep into the connection between words and wildlife.


Throughout the workshop, you'll learn essential techniques for crafting impactful prose, with a focus on close observation and the nuances of language. Whether you're a seasoned writer or a novice exploring your passion for words, Mark's guidance will provide insights and practical skills to elevate your writing to new heights.

Please note that a portion of the session will be held outdoors, so be sure to dress accordingly and come prepared to embrace the elements. Don't worry about sustenance—refreshments and lunch will be provided, with accommodations for special dietary requirements. For more information and additional pricing for the masterclass component of this retreat, visit

Accommodation Booking Information

Ready to embark on this transformative journey into nature and writing? Secure your spot at the Broughton SanctuaryNature Writing Retreat today. Simply book a holiday cottage for your 3-night stay.Having booked your accommodation, you will then need to confirm your place onthe masterclass using the above link or email us and we can add the nature walk and workshop toyour itinerary. Remember, this retreat is open to anyone over the age ofsixteen, regardless of writing experience.


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Wednesday, April 17, 2024