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Our first writing retreat is going to take place in Peru! It is going to be seven days long. It will be held from September 2nd until September 8th 2023. It includes staying in luxurious hotels in the Sacred Valley and Cusco to explore all the amazing heritage that Peru has to offer. Read below to see all the details of our writing retreat to get your creative juices flowing on your next book!
2023 Retreat Itinerary!
DAY 1 – 9/02/2023: YOU ARRIVE IN LIMA
You fly into Lima airport. A representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel room. Included in the price is your stay at the airport hotel that night so we can all start our amazing trip together!
DAY – 2 9/03/2023: LIMA – CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY – Shaman Despacho Ceremony
We will have a group breakfast at the hotel in the morning. Afterwards we will catch our short flight to the Inca capital city of Cusco together. Our guides and driver will pick you up from the airport in Cusco and embark upon a guided excursion through snowcapped mountains to the legendary Sacred Valley, it’s as majestic today as it was during the reign of the Incas. We will stop along the way for a traditional lunch. You will see Inca terracing that climbs the steep valley walls and the beautiful temples of Pisac which inspire panoramic views of the jagged granite mountains. Pisac is the location for one of the best textile markets in the Andes. We continue into our luxurious resort in the Sacred Valley pictured above. A local Shaman will greet you from Peru, and you will have the chance to participate in a traditional “despacho” ceremony, giving gratitude to Mother Earth, and asking for a fruitful journey for all participants. This is a colorful experience to conjure up creative thoughts! Take the evening to relax and acclimate to the altitude. Dinner on your own.
DAY 3 – 9/04/2023: MORNING WORKSHOP #1 HOW TO WRITE A BOOK IN 4 WEEKS & BECOME AN EXPERT IN YOUR INDUSTRY
Enjoy a group breakfast at the resort. Workshop #1 from 9am-12pm. Enjoy lunch on your own at the resort. Surrounded by amazing mountains for inspiration, take time to work on your manuscript during the afternoon and enjoy the resort amenities. Schedule one on one time with Tara. Everyone will get a private one hour consultation during the retreat. Then a group dinner.
DAY 4 – 9/05/2023:MACHU PICCHU
After a group breakfast, we will take the train to Machu Picchu Town (Aguas Calientes.) This beautiful train ride traverses along the Vilcabamba River for 1 1⁄2 hours – and you will get to experience the “eyebrow of the jungle”. Follow your English speaking guides on an incredible tour of Machu Picchu. You will explore the famous ruins of this magnificent mountain citadel and learn about the history of the ancient people who created it. This afternoon we head to the train station for a ride back to Ollantaytambo where your private transportation will take you to Cusco where you will check in to your next fabulous hotel.
DAY 5 – 9/05/2023 WORKSHOP #2ALL THE ELEMENTS THAT GO INTO A BOOK (FICTION/ NONFICTION & CHILDREN’S)
Breakfast at the hotel together. Workshop #2 from 9am -12pm. Free time during the afternoon to write in your book and explore the quaint streets of Cusco on your own. Return to hotel, where as a group we will walk to a fantastic restaurant for our dinner together.
DAY 6 – 09/07/2023 – WORKSHOP #3 – BOOK LEGAL STUFF, THE IMPORTANT & NOT SO FUN STUFF
Enjoy a group breakfast at the hotel. Workshop #3, 9am-12pm. Then a guided walking tour through Cusco’s craft markets. You will visit the colonial cathedral and Koricancha, the Inca’s Temple of the Sun and the main plaza, the Plaza de Armas. Experience the vibrancy of local neighborhoods. You will be returned to you hotel for another evening in colonial Cusco. Meet with the group for an included dinner at the end of the day.
DAY 7 – 09/08/2023 – WORKSHOP #4 DESIGNING A GREAT COVER & HIRING EDITORS – START THE JOURNEY HOME
After one last wonderful breakfast together, we will meet as a group to conclude our workshop. Then share lunch after the final workshop and depart from the hotel. The private driver will take you to the airport where you will catch your flight to Lima. You can stay in Lima and make your trip longer at the point, or you can make your connecting flight home. But the retreat is done. You will have all your amazing experiences, writing materials and new friends with you for a lifetime!
Included in this amazing experience is:
3 luxury hotel stays
2 domestic flights within Peru
6 Breakfasts, 3 lunches & 3 dinners
Private transfers to all accommodations with the group
English speaking tour guides throughout the trip
4 writing workshops to get your book done with streamlined methods Tara has used over the last 15 years
1 hour private consultation with Tara about your manuscript
Zoom call prior to prep for what to pack and prepare ahead of time
3 excursions (Shaman ceremony, Machu Picchu & walking tour) all entrance tickets to and transportation; trains, buses etc.
Inclusion into Facebook group with other participants to chat and get to know each other ahead of time and ask questions.
Whats NOT included:
Your international flights to and from Peru
Extra meals/ food bought at the hotels
Not actually writing in your manuscript
You also must have 2 vaccinations to enter the country of Peru and be able to show your vaccination card.
Your passport must be current and up to date prior to leaving. We will need copies of it to enter all areas of the country.
You can come on this amazing experience with us for only $6,500! That includes everything in the itinerary above. Isn’t that insane? To pack ALL of that into one price!? That price is for a double occupancy room. If you want a single room all to yourself, just add another $500.
However, we have an early bird special! If you book and pay in full by Dec. 31st 2022, we will give you $1,000 off! Reserve your spot for our Peru Writing Retreat by Dec 31st 2022 and pay in full and get all this for only $5,500!! If you do not have a roommate in mind, don’t worry we can pair you up with someone awesome. Just click here to save your spot for Peru! Or if you would like to write us a check, Just make it out to: Richter Publishing LLC & mail it to: 9355 113th St. #8576 Seminole, FL 33772. Please make a note of Peru Writing Retreat 2023. And include your name address and phone number so we can contact you fill out important information afterwards. Or click the button below:
If you would like to make payments, the retreat is $6,500 / 8 months = $812.50 + finance fee $30 = $842.50. The balance has to be paid in full by July 1st 2023 before we leave. We have to buy tickets for everything. Tickets are linked to everyone’s passport and they are non-transferable. You can setup payments here. It will deduct automatically from your account on the day you start it after you make the first payment. No need to do it again after the first payment.
*Spouse or friend special price. If there is someone who wants to come along on the trip, say a spouse or a partner who is not interested in the writing retreat part but just wants to participate in the journey, we can accommodate them at a special rate. This special rate is only available as an add on ticket to a person who is already attending the workshop portion. For example; someone wants to come to the retreat and their partner wants to come as well, but isn’t interested in the writing portion, they can come and participate in everything minus the writing workshops at a discount rate. It would be a double room occupancy. This special rate would be an additional $4,000. Please contact us to arrange payment since this is only available as an add-on. This is also only available for adults 21 and older please no children.