Writing & Touring Retreat in Barcelona / November 22-26, 2017

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A city with endless culture, striking architecture, and vibrant nightlife, Barcelona is one of the liveliest destinations in the world. Here, we’ll spend five days immersing ourselves in Spanish culture; getting up-close-and-personal with our writing; and exploring the museums, architecture, and markets of Barcelona. We’ll delve into our past and present experiences and write from the most important place — our hearts. Pink Pangea’s writing and touring retreat in Barcelona brings together a women from all over the world who want to process their experiences in an awe-inspiring environment.

On Pink Pangea’s Writing & Touring Retreat in Barcelona, we will:

  • Experience Barcelona’s age-old beauty
  • Participate in interactive and guided writing activities
  • Gain new tools to express exactly what we’re trying to say
  • Stroll the lively streets of Las Ramblas and marvel at Gaudi’s Casa Batllo, Park Guell, and Sagrada Familia
  • Explore Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter
  • Take in the new tastes and energy of the Boqueria Market
  • Spend our nights indulging in delicious tapas and sangria
  • Feel emotionally and physically refreshed
  • Experience a new kind of freedom and power — and fully express ourselves

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Dates & Prices

Dates: November 22-26, 2017
Cost: $795 (shared room) / $1090 (single room)
To reserve your spot, fill out the registration form and submit a $250 deposit here.

What's Included

  • Four-nights accommodations at at Cuatro Naciones, a central hotel right off of Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s iconic street
  • An intimate group of 8-16 women from all over the world
  • Breakfast each day
  • Daily writing workshops
  • Tours throughout Barcelona including: Sagarda Familia, Basilica Santa Maria, Picasso Museum, Gothic Cathedral, Park Guell, Casa Batllo (optional), and Casa Mila (optional)
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you’ve taken prior to 2016

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to Spain
  • Transportation tickets within Barcelona
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Tickets to museums

Itinerary

Day 1

We’ll get together at our centrally located hotel at 5pm for a welcome and orientation writing session. We’ll go over the schedule in detail, meet our fellow participants, and get our creative juices flowing. Las Ramblas, ones of Barcelona’s liveliest streets is right outside our door. We’ll grab dinner nearby, starting with some tapas and wine. For those of us who are raring to go, we’ll roam the streets, admiring Barcelona’s exquisite architecture.

Day 2

We’ll wake up to a beautiful morning in Barcelona and enjoy a breakfast of croissants, cheeses, meats, and juice. Then, we’ll head to the hotel’s parlor, ready to begin our first workshop. We’ll begin writing. Our daily writing workshops are made up of traditional writing activities, as well as innovative exercises designed to open up our imaginations. We’ll break for lunch, indulging in delicious paella. Then, we’ll head to Gaudi’s world-renowned Sagarda Familia take part in an in depth and enlightening tour. For those of us who want more Gaudi, we’ll also have the chance to explore the architectural wonders of Casa Batllo and Casa Mila. After that, we’ll have the chance to go off on our own and explore more of Barcelona’s incredible food and nightlife.

Day 3

Once again we’ll begin our morning with breakfast followed by an experiential writing workshop. In the afternoon, we’ll see the city on foot, hitting up the Gothic Quarter, the Barcelona Cathedral, El Born District, and more, while learning about Barcelona’s rich history and culture from a local expert. For dinner, you can choose one of our recommended joints or find your own. Go check out the beautiful water on the promenade and split a sangria with new friends.

Day 4

Following another magical workshop, we’ll head to lunch at the Boqueria Market. We’ll sample Spanish cuisine from every stall that calls to us. Then, we’ll take the Barcelona metro to Park Guell, a beautiful garden filled with many of Gaudi’s fascinating works. We’ll take our time drifting through the park, and end the day with a celebratory dinner. Get ready for laughter, tears, hugs, and promises that you’ll make and keep to reconvene in new exotic locations.

Day 5

We’ll savor our last breakfast and conclude our retreat with a final workshop. Hasta luego!

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Reviews

Under Jaclyn’s guidance, I found new direction for my writing and tackled topics that I haven’t been able to put down on paper until now. I shared my work and became part of a community of writers, whose feedback was invaluable to me. I dove into my fears and created new dreams for what I might do with my writing in the future. I cannot recommend this course highly enough. I’m already sad that it’s over.

– Katie Kindle

I now have the motivation and confidence to write and publish, which previously seemed more like a faraway fantasy. I learned that reality is what you create and build for yourself, not something you should wait for or leave for chance to decide.

– Nechama Winston

I appreciated meeting every woman in my group. We were all so different, coming from very different backgrounds and places, but we all shared our love of writing and traveling in common.

– Elayne Sanchez

I came out of it a different person than I went in…[Jaclyn] made us linger in our discomfort long enough to compel us to make a change. In fact, she had to relinquish control in order for it to be a catalyst. That’s a mark of a great teacher.

– Stephen Elliot

I finally remembered what I really need, and who I really am.

— Alex Pendleton

The trip did everything for me. Planned by the amazing team behind Pink Pangea, I can officially say the trip changed my life for the better. I not only practiced my writing in ways that expanded my passion and skill, but I also made friends of all different ages from all over the world that I now consider some of the greatest people I’ve ever met.

– Kathryn Cardin

I stumbled upon Pink Pangea’s writing retreat. I only had to read through the page once to know that this was the right time and the right opportunity to finally take that risk. I signed up in a heartbeat, and I am so glad that I did.

– Julianne Kanter

The only reason I submitted an article and was accepted was because I went to the writing retreat and gained the confidence needed as a writer to think my writing was even good enough to submit to a major online publication.

— Shannon Whaley

Who Participates

Pink Pangea retreats bring together women of all ages who:

  • Want to gain new skills and tools that will improve their writing and publishing potential
  • Have an itch to write
  • Are ready to sharpen their unique voice
  • Want to receive feedback and gain confidence in their writing
  • Love to explore new places
  • Enjoy sharing their stories with other travelers
  • First timers to Barcelona, as well as frequent travelers

Facilitators

Jaclyn Mishal

Jaclyn Mishal is a co-founder of Pink Pangea. Since 2006, Jaclyn has worked in the travel industry, connecting thousands of individuals with international academic, volunteer, and internship opportunities. In addition to her work devoted to making the “gap year” mainstream, Jaclyn played an integral role in developing international service learning programs.

An entrepreneur, writing teacher and an inspirational public speaker, Jaclyn’s speciality is guiding people to express themselves fully. Her creative guided writing activities help even the most seasoned writers break out of their habits and expand their abilities. Jaclyn has led writing and Fearless Living workshops internationally in partnership with colleges and companies, including Google, Barnard College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Wellesley College, Wagner College, REI, Global Yoga Journeys and Hostelling International. According to Jaclyn, writing enables us to access parts of ourselves that we may have trouble expressing otherwise.

Jaclyn is a certified yoga instructor, whose travels have taken her through the Middle East, Europe, North America and Central America. She holds a B.S. from Binghamton University.

Jaclyn’s maternal grandmother survived the Holocaust and her paternal grandmother fled Baghdad, Iraq. To them, Jaclyn dedicates her work to providing a space for women to share their stories.

Weather in June

Barcelona’s weather is hot in August. The days are in the mid 80s (29 C), and the nights are in the low 70s F (21 C) . We recommend packing summer clothing and a bathing suit.

Pre-Trip

Pink Pangea’s staff will provide all of the information and support that you need to make this experience exceptional.

Trip Resources

Before the retreat, Pink Pangea will send you details about arriving in and departing from Barcelona; as well as a detailed packing list.

Check out some great articles featured on Pink Pangea about traveling to Spain here:

Six Spanish Customs that Will Make Your Life So Much Better
How to See Barcelona’s Best Art without Breaking Your Bank
Writing Retreat Reflection: Becoming a Swan in Barcelona
A Barcelona Retreat: Where a Break from Routine Brought New Perspective

FAQ

I’m new to writing workshops. Will I fit in?

Absolutely! Our unique writing prompts and exercises benefit both new and experienced writers. The Pink Pangea community is encouraging, and all writers are welcome.

I’m a seasoned writer who has been published in a various media outlets. What will I get out of this retreat?

Out speciality is guiding people to express themselves fully. Her creative guided writing activities help even the most seasoned writers break out of their habits and expand their abilities.

How old are the women who attend the retreat?

Women of all ages attend Pink Pangea retreats.

How will I get to the hotel?

From the airport, take a bus to Plaza Catalunya. The bus runs every 15 minutes, and the hotel is 600 meters from Plaza Catalunya. Or, you can take a 20-minute taxi ride from the airport for about 22 euro.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the retreat, email rachel@pinkpangea.com or call us at 347-601-5350.

Writing & Meditation Retreat in Barcelona
I appreciated meeting every woman in my group. We were all so different, coming from very different backgrounds and places, but we all shared our love of writing and traveling in common.
– Elayne Sanchez

I now have the motivation and confidence to write and publish, which previously seemed more like a faraway fantasy. I learned that reality is what you create and build for yourself, not something you should wait for or leave for chance to decide.
– Nechama Winston

I finally remembered what I really need, and who I really am.
— Alex Pendleton

Please note: Applicants are limited to one discount per person. Applicants will only be considered for discounts if they include the code in the registration form.