High on a heather-covered hillside awaits Anam Cara,* a tranquil spot set apart to nurture and to provide sanctuary for those who create. Whether you come to work on a writing or artistic project of your own or as part of a workshop or special interest group, you will find support, creature comforts, and peace – all you need to produce your best work.
Anam Cara Retreat
To help fulfill Anam Cara’s purpose and to let the breezes off Coulagh Bay clear your creative path, we recommend a stay of at least a week. Your hostess, Sue Booth-Forbes, an experienced writer and editor, creates an ambience and a daily schedule that will help you concentrate your energies on your artistic endeavor:In the evening, you may want to share your work in conversation with others in front of a turf fire or watch the sun set in the magical west-of-Ireland sky.
• Morning meals* taken with other residents
• Quiet working hours from 9:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. with mid-day meals shared with others or on your own
• Evening meals* taken with other residents
• Smoke-free environment
**Meals feature slow-cooked, comfort food prepared using produce and products from local gardeners, butchers, and fishermen.
In the evening, you may want to share your work in conversation with others in front of a turf fire or watch the sun set in the magical west-of-Ireland sky.
Since 1998, artists and writers have been having that conversation — inspiring and supporting each other as they have worked through their own creative processes. To extend the conversation, this web site includes comments, excerpts and samples of their work, and web links to the creative community of people who have been in residence. May they and their work inspire and support yours.
*The name Anam Cara means “soul friend” in Irish; it was chosen, in part, to pay tribute to the work and writing of John O’Donohue.
Anam Cara provides retreats for novice to experienced writers, teachers and business people, an opportunity to retreat from the dailiness of your life into the atmosphere of peace and tranquility that is the Beara peninsula and Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat. You will immerse yourself in your writing in a landscape of haunting beauty as well as the community life of a rural Irish village.
Find out what two writing.ie visitors thought of their week in Anam Cara, won as a result of the Nightmare Review competition:
A perfect place to write
The Irish Times – Saturday, November 12, 2011
GETTING AWAY: Whether you’re an established author, or someone who has always had a secret urge to give it a try, going on a writers’ retreat is a tried and tested way of finding inspiration, writes CAROLINE MADDEN
Eyeries, Beara, Co. Cork
The library at Anam Cara says it all – eight shelves are needed to house all the books that writers have worked on while staying at the west Cork retreat. Several are even dedicated to the woman who modestly calls herself a “literary midwife”, Sue Booth-Forbes.
Writers who retreat to Anam Cara will find themselves first nourished physically, with three hearty meals cooked from scratch every day. “My father was a poet and my mother took care of him. He wouldn’t have been the poet he was if he didn’t have her,” says Booth-Forbes, who was born and raised in Utah.
Then there is the place itself, with its views of the Coulagh Bay and the Beara peninsula. The house sits on five acres of land with walking paths that lead down heather-covered hillsides, through a hazel grove, past a duck pond, and then skirt along a river bank past a cascading river-island waterfall. In all there are more than 30 nooks and crannies – from hammocks to meditation huts – dotted around the grounds, where people can sit and think.