Further In

A three-night retreat in the heart of the summer

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Are you ready to sink into a world of words?

This spacious three-night retreat is a big warm invitation for participants to go deeper with their writing than their day-to-day life allows. Whether you have a project on the go or a stirring in your bones that it’s time to write a particular story, we’ll take it from there, with a long weekend of guided writing, facilitated sharing and lots of quiet, focused time to just let the words find their way out.

Here’s how it works:

We will gather on a Friday afternoon in an old manor house overlooking a lake an hour north of Toronto. We’ll set some ground rules, get to know one another and then sink into a shared journey of reflection, creative productivity and rest. Our time will be a mix of writing workshops, group meals, free time, with two extra-long silent writing periods on Saturday and Sunday.

You’ll be encouraged to focus not just on your writing, but on your deeper needs as a person who wants to write. This means looking for ease and joy, allowing for rest and being open-minded about what the weekend brings. This also may include more napping than you planned — we welcome that.

We’ll officially start at 6:30pm on the Friday night, but you’re welcome to arrive any time from 3:30pm onwards to settle in, take a nap, do some writing. There will be a casual drop-in dinner at 6 for anyone who is there in time. Our weekend will wrap-up on Monday around 1pm.

A glimpse into past Firefly writing retreats at this location:

This retreat is ideal for people who:

  • Are excited by the idea extended stretched of quiet time, heart connection, and creative self-reflection.

  • Want to share their ideas and writing with others.

  • Appreciate communal atmospheres and feel drawn to forming connections with others. (That said, this is an introvert-friendly space, and there will be lots of time to do you own thing.)

  • Want to know where their writing will go if they eliminated distractions and just keep writing. 

  • Are craving some time away from Facebook and buzzing telephones.

This retreat isn’t for people who:

  • Might prefer to go to a spa. This retreat will involve focused writing and lots of introspection, as well as helping out with some meal preparation and cleanup. This isn’t a space to be catered to, it’s a space to actively co-create.

  • Are working on a writing project they’re not motivated by, like something for work. This retreat is built on the love of words, and tapping into the heart of our writing processes.

  • Believe that their writing can only thrive in a critical writing environment. We believe that writing flourishes with have heavy doses of kindness and support.

  • Don’t want to share their work with others. There will be lots of opportunities to share, and while it’s totally fine to pass from time to time, we’re looking for participants who are excited by sharing, even when it’s a little squirmy.

  • Honestly can’t go a day without checking Twitter.



August 21-24, 2020. We’ll officially start at 6:30pm on Friday night, but you’re welcome to arrive any time from 3:30pm onwards to settle in, take a nap, do some writing. There will be a casual drop-in dinner at 6pm. Our weekend will wrap-up on Monday around 1pm.

You’ll have three excited Firefly facilitators, Britt , Sophia, and Bree.







To help us create a community of care, everyone will sign up about a month before the retreat to contribute a dish towards one meal. You will bring the ingredients and prepare the dish alongside others who signed up for the same meal. This gives you an opportunity to connect with some of the participants in the kitchen and to show off that amazing dish you know how to rock. (Plus we all know that the real party is in the kitchen…) We’ll do our very best to accommodate all food restrictions.

Also note: All new-to-Firefly participants will have a chat on the phone with one of the facilitators before their registration is final. We like connecting in person to make sure it’s the right fit.

To make transit easy and sweet, we’d be happy to connect those wanting to carpool so you can coordinate rides together. There is also a bus that gets super close and we’ll happily pick you up from there if need be.

Rooms and Prices:

Main House:

  • “The Rupi Kaur Room” and “The Nikita Gill Room”, large Private rooms with en-suite, $1195.

  • “The Dr. Seuss Room,” “The Rilke Room,” “The Zadie Smith Room,” small private rooms, no en-suite, $1045.

  • “The Tess Gallagher and Raymond Carver Suite”, A “semi-shared” room (walk through one to get to the other) with en-suite, $1045.

  • “The Leonard Cohen Room”, shared room with en-suite, $970.

Private Cabins:

  • The “Anne Micheals Cabin”, private cabin with en-suite, $1270.

  • The “The Richard Wagamese Cabin” and the “Nayyiria Waheed Cabin”, private cabins with en-suite, $1195. 

When you sign up you’ll be asked for a deposit between $200 and $500 to claim your spot — deposits vary based on room choice. We’ll follow up once your spot is confirmed with an invoice for the balance, and the option of breaking the balance into four monthly credit card payments. There’s no fee for using this service, we just like to offer it. Note, HST will be added to all costs.

To see our full financial policies please click here.

Ready to dive in?

Registration opens March 2020.


There’s an FAQ right here with loads more info.