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25-26 May 2024

A Writing Workshop where the journey to your memoir masterpiece begins...

Have you ever been told you should write a book?

Do you KNOW you want to write a memoir (part of your life) to inspire others, or to share with your children?


I've got you covered!

Imagine... having the dedicated time and space to start! No distractions from family or other obligations. Just you, your pen and paper (or laptop) and the company of committed fellow writers by your side.

In this hands-on workshop Paula will guide you on your journey to getting your story(ies) down on paper (or into your laptop).  A seasoned scribe in her own right, Paula will help you on your way and tease you out the other side of writers block or overwhelm.

In this 2-day workshop you will learn, have fun, connect, and most of all, make progress on your writing project!

Having hosted writing retreats in New Zealand and Bali, the emphasis is on WRITING. YOUR writing. Yes, we will have some warm-up exercises to get you in the flow, and other guidance along the way, but this is your dedicated time to work on your project.

Dates don't work? I'll be facilitating further workshops during the year, so to be kept in the loop subscribe to my newsletter.

Meet Paula

Meet Your Facilitator - Paula Johnson

We all have a story to tell...

Hi, I'm Paula. A seeker, and a creative, I live an unconventional life as a wanderlusting website designer based in Tauranga, New Zealand.


I started my official writing journey as a blogger in 2011 while documenting my life-changing 5-month experience volunteer teaching underprivileged children in Bali.

Having written chapters in two collaborative books, and now being an author in my own right with the recent self-publication of my memoir, Silent Warrior – Transformation, I have gathered a wealth of experience as to what works, what doesn't, and what the pitfalls are to look out for. I've learnt the hard way, but that doesn't mean you have to!

Armed with the knowledge I've gained on this journey, I'm excited to share what I've learnt with you and to help you navigate overwhelm which can keep you stuck and not making progress. I know what works, because I've done it myself.

Having previously hosted writing retreats in New Zealand and Bali, I'm excited to bring this workshop to my doorstep, making it even easier for fellow inspiring humans to begin their own memoir writing journey and get their unique stories out there.

Booking Details

Booking Details

Your investment for this educational, 2 day hands-on workshop is just $295.00!

This includes:

  • Morning and afternoon tea

  • Knowledge, guidance and tuition from Paula

  • Resource/guidance workbook

A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place, with the balance payable one week prior to the workshop.

Should you be unable to attend after paying, you will be refunded, less the $50 deposit.

Dates don't work? I'll be facilitating further workshops during the year, so to be kept in the loop subscribe to my newsletter.


Want to RETREAT instead and really get into the swing of things with EVERYTHING taken care of for you?


What Others Say

If you want to see the value you get from attending one of my retreats, check out these videos from Bali 2016.

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Paula and Jude created and held us in a safe space where ideas, words and sometimes tears flowed. We laughed more than I can remember laughing for a long time. My confidence has grown a thousand fold - yes I have a story to tell, and I found my way to the story and how to tell it.

The beautiful home where we stayed, our comfortable beds and the yummiest food kept us physically in bliss and our minds were nourished with insightful workshops, wonderful warmups and great feedback.

Thank you both, this weekend is pivotal in my writing life and I have come to know myself in a new way.


Thank you Paula and Jude. your wirting retreat has given me the tools and the belief that my dream of being a writer and publishing a book has become a reality for me.

Holding space for me to ask many questions, cry and express all the feels, meant I felt safe in such an unfamiliar environment.

You are both uplifting and inspirational in your own rights and I look forward to attending your retreat again.

But wait, there's more!
I'm also planning
international writing retreats

Imagine having dedicated, and guided time for your special writing project in one of the most stunning places in the world. I'll not only be your tour guide, I'll be your writing mentor to help get you started and keep you on track!

I know and love Bali and Vietnam well, and I'm heading to Thailand mid-year to suss that out.

So this year I will be focusing on where and when to host writing retreats in Southeast Asia in 2025.

Air New Zealand usually release specials in January, so I will be honing these retreats later in the year

so we can hit the ground running and grab the specials when they come up. 

So join my list and you'll be the FIRST to find out where and when in 2025!

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