This retreat is open to artists of all levels, whether you are developing a body of work or just taking the first steps of exploring your creativity. Set in the spectacular Bernese Oberland in Swiss Alps, the retreat offers artists and writers a series of practical and thought-provoking writing and painting workshops for participants to choose from. The workshops offer expert tuition, editorial advice, encouragement and collaboration. Very importantly, there will be plenty of free time and personal space to rest, think and work. In the evenings, we host salons, display artworks unwind by the log fire and enjoy the company of other artists.
HUUS Hotel has commanding views of the countryside and offers excellent up-to-date leisure facilities including two restaurants and an in-door pool. The surrounding countryside and distinctive local architecture in the nearby villages of Gstaad or Saanen provide perfect studies for painting and sketching.


A series of painting and writing workshops will be run during the retreat. Writing workshops will run in the morning and painting workshops in the afternoon. Participants can freely choose which workshops they wish to attend regardless of their experience in either writing or painting. The workshops are designed to sharpen your creative skills through practical examples and exercises.

Editorial Discussion Groups

This is an opportunity to submit your own writing (either prose or poems) for a detailed discussion. Meetings last for 90mins, with each participant’s submission being discussed for about 30mins. All participants are encouraged to read the submitted works. The meeting takes place in a supportive and encouraging environment where our editing skills are honed, and different approaches to writing (and creativity in general) are discussed.

Portfolio Development Sessions

This is an opportunity to submit your drawings and paintings for an in-depth critique. Meetings last for about 30mins and are designed to support you in developing a more critical approach to your drawing and painting. Individual techniques and areas for development will be discussed as you are encouraged to take further steps on your creative journey.


The evening salons are an informal social opportunity for writers and artists get to know each other and share something of their work. Writers may read some of their own writing aloud and artists can display their work. Participation in these are voluntary - you don’t have to read aloud or show your work if you prefer not to!


Contact Jason Donald at to reserve your place on the retreat.

Important: To secure your place on the retreat a deposit of 450 CHF will be required.



Single Occupancy: double room single use, per person         - Total price: 1,300 CHF (including deposit)

Double Occupancy: double/twin room, per person per day  - Total price: 1,175 CHF (including deposit)


For the Total Price (including deposit) you will receive:

• Breakfast, lunch and dinner (including vegetarian options, drinks not included!!)
• Full use of the hotel facilities, including seminar rooms and extensive leisure facilities.
• 5 Creative writing workshops and 5 drawing and painting workshops with expert tuition.
• 5 Literary Editorial meetings.
• Visual Art Portfolio Meetings.
• Creative evening Salons.

Monday 21st May - Saturday 26th May 2018

HUUS Hotel, Saanen/Gstaad, Switzerland


Write & Paint Retreat

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Michael Samson is known for Contemporary Scottish landscape paintings and drawings exploring expressive landscapes and seascapes throughout Scotland. Scottish born, he studied Fine Art at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, then toured Europe on a travelling scholarship with the Royal Scottish Academy. After returning to complete a Post-Graduate Diploma in Art and Design and Masters Degree in Fine Art, he now teaches, demonstrates and exhibits throughout Scotland.

Jason Donald is a graduate of the Glasgow University Creative Writing MA. His novels Choke Chain and Dalila are published by Jonathan Cape Ltd. He has also published short stories in various literary journals, including The Astronaut for BBC Radio 4 and Puerta Galera for the Edinburgh International Book Festival.


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