“The ‘Ireland Writing Retreat’ was simply superb, like an Irish jig - lively and wild and wonderful. It is gifted with the expertise of Sean and Columbia as well as their enthusiasm and sincere commitment to the participants. They built a space of trust. We were immersed in culture which fed the imagination and the inspiration flowed to the pen.” 


Cate Dunn, actress and teacher, Foster, New South Wales, Australia

“I came to the 'Ireland Writing Retreat' for inspiration and to become immersed in Irish culture. The experience was more than I hoped for. I'm leaving with the start of three new stories set in Donegal and new friends from three continents. It has enriched my writing and my life.” 


Laurie Wagner, Director of Development, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver, Colorado

"This is a special place in the world, a magical place. It inspires and frees the creative spirit. Sean keeps you thinking and asking questions to ignite your imagination. Columbia has you so well organised you won’t know how to function without her. The Irish and local authors both entertained us and challenged us to be like them. They are real people. The combination of writing with immersion in the culture cannot be duplicated anywhere else. The land, the sea and the people are delightful."


Denise Stablein, retired high-school teacher, Washington DC

“Thank you so much for this week. The workshops exceeded my expectations. I’m inspired and excited to get writing.” 


Natalie Hines, high school teacher, Indianapolis, Indiana






"What a wonderful week in Donegal at The Ireland Writing Retreat. I really enjoyed how writing, storytelling and author events were woven together to create this magical event. A great opportunity to write, dance and soothe the soul with new friends and great hosts, Sean and Columbia. Thank you so much, I will be back." 


Mary Fraser, Human Resource Specialist, UK