Andalucia, Spain

Bohemian luxury

Our holidays in Andalucia combine writing, walking and mindfulness meditation, and are held at the beautiful Finca Buenvino, in the Sierra de Aracena National Park, north of Seville. Finca Buenvino is a luxurious, superbly comfortable, bohemian and eclectic family home owned by Sam and Jeannie Chesterton, recently voted by The Times as one of the 20 Top Hotels in Andalucia. Jeannie's wonderful cooking is recommended by top chefs including Thomasina Miers and Darina Allen, and their house has been continually chosen as one of Alistair Sawday's Special Places to Stay for over 20 years. Stuffed with antiques, family heirlooms, art and books, the house is situated on the family's secluded organic farm with Iberian black pigs, chicken, sheep and the occasional stag. There are 150 acres of chestnut and cork woods to explore and ancient drovers paths to follow. 

A good balance between work and play, between walking and writing, resting and eating, staying at the house and visiting other places. Elaine’s skills at prompting interesting writing are excellent. The food was fabulous – I’ve never eaten so well, or so often! Sam, Jeannie and their team made us feel very welcome and well looked-after.
— Gilla, 2015

Elaine will show you the therapeutic value of writing down your life, on paper with a pen, for yourself and for future generations. You will share memories in an uncritical and supportive small group. You will record your story and uncover your unique writing voice. You will rediscover your creativity and give yourself permission to play with language – inventing, exploring and delighting in your mark on the page. You will leave empowered and assured of your place in life as a writer. The retreat includes journalling, note-booking, memoir, autobiography, life writing and creative writing. It is open to everyone, no previous writing experience is necessary. There are daily mindfulness meditation sessions by the infinity pool; meditative, observational walks in the wooded hills of the Sierra de Aracena National Park; visits to local unspoilt, white washed pueblos; and morning and afternoon writing workshops with plenty of time for a siesta.

Arrival: We will include pick up from a pre-determined point in central Seville.

Group numbers: The course is limited to six people.

Food & drink: The price of the holiday includes full board – cooked breakfast, buffet lunch, tapas, three course dinner and unlimited wine for 7 nights.

Transport: All transport is included. If you wish to return to the airport at a time that does not coincide with the rest of the group, this would be charged extra.


2017 Dates

17–24 June [LIMITED]

2–9 Sept [FULLY BOOKED] 

2018 DATES

12–19 May

16–23 June

2–9 September


£1450 twin room

£1700 private room

Prices include all expenses, minus travel to Seville.


Daily mindfulness meditation

Two daily writing workshops

Daily guided walks

Full bed and board, including amazing food cooked by Jeannie and wine at lunch and dinner.

Tapas tour of Seville

Hammam visit with massage

Breakfast in a local café

Visit to Europe's largest grotto, with time for shopping in the nearby town and (a glass of Manzanilla!)