Write Your Story in Paradise (Thailand Writing Retreat)

9 Sep 16:00

Koh Phangan

Write Your Story in Paradise (Koh Phangan Writers Retreat)


Join us September 9-15 for a transformational writing retreat at The Sanctuary, one of the most beautiful and unique island resorts in the world. (www.thesanctuarythailand.com).

Write the story you've always wanted to write with an intimate community of writers in a gorgeous, inspiring environment. Guided by Kate Evans and Brian Gruber--two passionate, experienced authors and teachers--learn to tap into the rich vein of creative power that exists in us all. With power and intention, start or complete the project that means the most to you.


Refresh your mind, body and creative spirit with inspirational sessions, coaching, sharing, beach walks, swimming, exploring, excellent food, relaxation...and lots of time to write. Experienced and new writers welcome.


Included in the $950 workshop fee:

* 5 three-hour morning inspirational and informative writing instruction sessions with a focus on autobiographical or memoir writing

* Optional afternoon 1:1 manuscript consultations/ coaching sessions

* Evening events for sharing your writing and experiences

* Plenty of time to write 

* Terrific lodging choices and discounts: 25% off plus three free nights before the event

* Full beach resort access

* Welcome wine reception 

* Daily breakfast

* Daily mid-morning snack

* Final celebratory dinner

* Free use of steam room

* Free daily group meditation sessions

Kate Evans is the author of "Call It Wonder: An Odyssey of Love, Sex, Spirit, and Travel," which won “Best Memoir” at the 2016 Bi Book Awards, where she was also named “Writer of the Year.” Her other books include two novels, a collection of poems, and a book about teachers. Her essays, stories, and poems have appeared in more than fifty publications. She holds a PhD in Education and an MFA in Creative Writing. A former writing and literature teacher at U.C. Santa Cruz, San Jose State University and SCIC/Guangxi University in China, she now serves as a writing coach. Half the year she lives in Mexico, and half the year she travels. She blogs at Living the Journey. Visit her website at kateevanswriter.com.


Brian Gruber began his media career as the first marketing director of C-SPAN, where he hosted national call-in shows with politically prominent guests such as Cesar Chavez, Nancy Pelosi and John McCain. He founded FORA.tv, which brought the world's leading public forums (Chautauqua, New York Public Library, Aspen Ideas Festival) to the web, conducting interviews with writers and public intellectuals such as Norman Mailer, Malcolm Gladwell, Christopher Hitchens and Robert MacNeil. He also founded ShowGo.tv, an automated platform livestreaming the world's elite jazz clubs. He is the author of two books, "Dauphin, Dorian & Dead" and "WAR: The Afterparty," a Kickstarter-funded global tour of the scenes of the last half century of U.S. military interventions. Visit his website at grubermedia.com.

Write Your Story in Paradise


The Sanctuary, Koh Phangan


9 Sep 16:00 through 15 September

Not included:
* Transportation (we'll help you get there)
* 5 dinners, 6 lunches (there are plenty of tasty, healthy, varied meal options starting at $4)
* Daily yoga classes ($10)

Prices range from $1400-2180, depending on your lodging choice.

Lodging options (click links for photos and more details):

1. Standard Bungalow (B8, B9)
Fan-cooled, traditional Thai bungalow with a king-size bed, located on hill path behind restaurant. $1400

2. Hillside Bungalows (B6, B10, B11, B12)
Situated a short walk from the beach and yoga halls, these traditional wooden Thai fan-cooled bungalows with king-size bed. French doors open onto a spacious balcony with hammock and lovely garden and sea views, on hill path behind the beach-front restaurant. $1575 https://www.thesanctuarythailand.com/res…/hillside-bungalows

3. Weemarn Bungalows (WM1, WM2, WM3, WM4)
These sea-view, fan-cooled contemporary bungalows are close to the beach and restaurant. They offer spacious interiors and a wooden balcony. The French doors offer cooling breezes as you slumber on the deluxe high-quality king-size bed. $1760

4. Deluxe Garden Suites (S9, S10, S12)
With an A/C main bedroom offering twin beds that can be combined into one big bed, and a fan-cooled lounge room with a queen-size daybed/sofa, the Deluxe Garden Suites are tucked away in the Sanctuary garden. Tastefully furnished, they include a large bathroom and satellite TV. Sliding doors open to a big balcony. $1760 https://www.thesanctuarythailand.com/…/sanctuary-garden-roo…

5. Garden House 
Tucked away in a private garden, this traditional Thai-style, fan-cooled house offers a unique space for those wanting seclusion. Wake to the sunrise from your bed, enjoy a tantalizing balcony view of the bay’s azure waters in the daytime or the radiant stars at night. The Garden House has one king-size bed and a large single bed, in the same room. Ample size bathroom with hot water shower and 30+ channel Satellite TV. $1575 https://www.thesanctuarythailand.com/re…/villas-garden-house

6. Sunshine Cottage: 
Sunshine Cottage has a large open-plan living area with lovely mezzanine bed deck holding a king-size bed. Gaze through French doors and private deck to spectacular views of the surrounding valley. This fan-cooled cottage features a beautiful rock bathroom that has to be seen to be believed. The recent addition of a second bedroom with bunk beds (can be separated to make 2 singles) has turned this house into an excellent family or friends house. Tea and coffee making facilities. $1760 (for 1 retreat participant); $1500 (per person for 2 retreat participants). https://www.thesanctuarythailand.com/…/thailand-holiday-vil…

7. Rainbow House: 
With 2 double bedrooms and a single bedroom, Rainbow House is ideal for 2 or 3 good friends to share. This unique house's huge main section is built between two rocks and features an open-plan living room with a cool, spacious feel. Fan-cooled and situated close to the beach, it includes a beautiful private sunbathing deck, cooking facilities, and 30+ channel satellite TV. $1850 (one retreat participant); $1520 (per person for 2 retreat participants); $1410 (per person for 3 retreat participants). https://www.thesanctuarythailand.com/r…/villas-rainbow-house

8. Ocean View Round House: 
Deluxe property set overlooking the ocean with stunning view of the beach and the early morning sunrise, this circular house is ideal for those wanting privacy--yet it's less than a 5-minute walk from the restaurant, beach and spa. It is fully equipped with 30 + channel satellite TV, fridge, bar area, huge bathroom shower and bathtub. It has a king-size bed downstairs in the A/C-cooled jewel-in-the-crown master bedroom, and 2 single fan-cooled beds on the mezzanine balcony. $2180 (one retreat participant); $1700 (per person for two retreat participants). https://www.thesanctuarythailand.com/reso…/villas-ocean-view

To reserve your retreat spot and lodging choice, pay a deposit of $500.

For more information, go to: https://www.kateevanswriter.com/news-and-events

Contact Brian: http://grubermedia.com/contact/
Contact Kate: https://www.kateevanswriter.com/contact

Past participants have said:

“Thank you so much for this amazing experience. I was so inspired.” 

"I feel unblocked and ready to go now! Thank you so much."

"Practical ways to believe in your writing."

"Very insightful. I feel renewed and motivated."

"I have a renewed dedication to my writing...and myself."

Last update from Brian Gruber;

We are VERY excited to welcome you. 

Reminder: there is no ATM at the resort or beach (12-minute boat ride to Haad Rin which is full of ATM's) and the Sanctuary is cash-only. So, bring Thai baht for lunches, dinners, yoga, spa, miscellaneous expenses. 

Brian Gruber phone again is +66-06-3395-2325. He will be watching Facebook, Skype (bgruber), LINE, WhatsApp, texts, etc so ping him for any and all questions. Below is our schedule. 


Saturday, September 9:
Welcome Reception 4-6 p.m. at Gill’s House. Dinner (6-7:30), no-host at the Sanctuary restaurant

Sunday-Thursday September 10-14
Breakfast (8-9 a.m.): all breakfasts are hosted at the Sanctuary restaurant in our cordoned-off area. 

Morning Session (9:30-12:30) with snack break at 11 a.m. at Gill’s House

Lunch (not hosted; any time after 12:30)*

Afternoons; Writing time alone or in groups, 1:1 or small-group coaching sessions with Kate or Brian (by sign-up), conversations with other writers, yoga, group meditation, steam room, swimming, beach time, other resort activities

Dinner (not hosted; any time before 7 p.m.)* Note: Our last evening, Thursday September 14, will be a hosted dinner for our final celebration.

Evening sessions (7-9 p.m.) at Gill’s House. 

  • Evening #2 (Sunday): Reading by Brian and Kate, with Q&A and discussion.
  • Evening #3-5 (Monday-Wednesday): Reading Circle and/or Group Writing at Gill’s House. Reading Circle is your opportunity to read aloud some of your writing if you choose. Listeners can respond with a) the most memorable aspects/parts that have the most energy, and b) questions the piece raised. If you want some other type of feedback, you can request it. Or, if you want no feedback, we can just sit back and enjoy what you share. If no one wants to read, or if we have extra time, we will group-write to a prompt.
  • FINAL CELEBRATION Evening #6 (Thursday): Meet at 6 p.m. at the Sanctuary Restaurant. Together we will engage in a special ritual then have a final, hosted meal together. Also this evening is the Sanctuary’s Open Mic night.

Friday September 15:
Leave Taking
Breakfast (8-9 a.m.)
Morning at Gill’s House starting at 9:30 a.m.: Evaluations, Group Discussion, and Final Leave Taking event at Gill’s house. You will be invited to share what you have learned and what you have created as well as how this week will reset your creative path.


If you are interested to join in, get in touch with Brian Gruber on his facebook and he will get back to you and let you know if any room left!