Write your book in Curaçao

March 11 – 17th, 2021

Curaçao is a dream destination: partly Dutch, partly Caribbean, with beautiful beaches, a blue sea, and its own language and culture. I have lived here for many years and fell in love with this island.

The writing retreat takes place in a beautiful plantation house, Landhuis Jan Thiel. The monumental plantation house is located on top of a mountain so that it always catches a wonderful breeze, with a breathtaking view over the surrounding salt pans (a nature reserve). It is only 30 min from the airport and near the beach. Breakfasts are made to order every day by our hostess Loekie, with local ingredients, just the way you like it.

There is a gorgeous swimming pool, several terraces, and a beautiful garden with seating areas, hammocks, and of course shade to work quietly on your book; literally everything your heart desires.

It is wonderful to really get away, to be completely taken care of, and to discover the essence of this beautiful island.

“Highly recommended for people who can’t find the time in their hectic,
everyday life to focus entirely on one thing.”

Jolanda Wicherson

“Landhuis Jan Thiel is an amazing location to write your book.
It is beautiful, peaceful and it gives you the energy and inspiration to write.”

Ingeborg Boswinkel

“It encourages you to take more action
then when you are alone.”

Anna Raymann

Excursions

Of course, the week is all about writing. You are encouraged to design your own creative tropical rhythm… Maybe you like to get up early to take a walk through the nature reserve surrounding the plantation house or to do some work before breakfast. By going to bed early, you will be less affected by jet lag while on the island and when you return home.

We follow a structured program to get the most out of our time together. Hostess Loekie makes your breakfast to order, when you want it and exactly how you like it. Every morning around 10 AM I give a workshop on a theme that you can immediately put to use that day. Lunch is provided at the plantation house, so you can continue working undisturbed.

If you need 1 on 1 guidance, it is always available. At the end of the afternoon or in the evening we take a walk, go for a swim or take a mini excursion, combined with dinner. The ideal combination of maximum writing time and still getting a feel for the island. The program and other general information that applies to all of my writing retreats can be found on the writing week page.

The first evening, during the introductory dinner, we’ll decide on the details of the program together. Below are some examples of excursions to get to know the island better:

  • A walk through the nature reserve on the salt pans with the house dog and perhaps also the house sheep, who thinks she is a dog … 🙂

  • Visit Jan Thiel beach and have a pizza picnic on the beach while we enjoy the sunset.

  • A walk around the historic and trendy Pietermaai. Optional: dance tango on Brionplein.

  • Tango demonstration and a lesson, plus dinner at Mundo Bizarro.

  • Walk at St. Joris Bay, watch the kitesurfing, and an exclusive BBQ in the unique village that the windsurfers have built from driftwood.

  • Maybe a trip on a private yacht to a deserted bay, with a BBQ on board.

  • Dinner at the historic restaurant De Heeren.

  • Cuban night at Lions Dive Beach Resort.

  • Explore the ruins of Fort Beekenburg and the Quarantine House

  • Sunset swimming at the local beach Caracasbaai with dinner on the beach at Pop’s place.

  • Drink the famous ‘green rum’ with fresh coconut water in the iconic Netto bar

“Esther has a gift of seeing people and my inner writer feels nourished, seen, and happy to share.”

Eliane Haseth

“I got a lot of tips for my fiction writing, and was even inspired to consider writing a non-fiction book!”

Tamara Neuman

“I also learned some tools for writing, cover design, and other things that allow you to work so much more efficiently.”

Marion Schroen

“GOGOGO! In the most beautiful location, with Esther’s top-support.”

Anneke Veenendaal

All-inclusive price

Everything is included in this price: super luxury accommodation in the beautiful Landhuis Jan Thiel with a private pool, all meals, drinks, snacks, daily writing workshops, private guidance, and excursions. Your only expense is your trip there. The program, general information, and what exactly is included can be found on the writing week page.

Private room
Normal price €3500

Now over €1000 discount with the ‘Early bird deal’, if you book before Dec 31st, 2020

Early bird deal only €2495

Shared room
Normal price €3000 p.p.

Now over €1000 discount with the ‘Early bird deal’, if you book before Dec 31st, 2020

Early bird deal only €1995 p.p.

Special locals deal

You live on the island and only participate in the workshops and lunch. For more information and conditions, see below.

Locals deal only NAFL 2500

Special deal for locals

If you live in Curaçao, there is a special ‘locals deal’.

There is a lot of talent on the island, which I would like to support in this way. I know it’s hard to pay in Euros when you earn in Nafl, and I want to help the locals write their book, so consider this a ‘scholarship’… 🙂

The deal is as follows: you spend the night in your own home, take care of your own breakfast and dinner and come to Landhuis Jan Thiel for the daily workshops, lunch, and personal guidance. You are welcome to participate in our evening excursions and dinner (not included in the locals price).

It is important that you arrive every morning in time for the workshop at 10 am (keep in mind the traffic!) and stay until the end of the day at 6 pm. We can be flexible in timing if you let us know in advance. Try to keep external obligations to a minimum so that you can get the most out of the writing week.

Let’s make Curacao proud by publishing your book!

PS. If you want to write in Papiamentu, I have a good enough understanding of the language to support you with your book.

They were in Curaçao

Willo, Robin, and Anneke talk about their experiences – and results – during the writing retreat.

Travel info

If you decide quickly, you can find good ticket deals Curaçao for less than €500 from Amsterdam via the KLM ‘wereld deal weken’ and TUI offers.

If you arrive on the same flight as others, you can share a taxi can from the airport, reducing costs. If you take a different flight or are already on the island, please make sure you arrive in time for the welcome dinner at the Landhuis.

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