Dream Author Events

In-person events for members & non-members

The Dream Author Retreats

We’ve done several of these already, and they are a wonderful opportunity to work with Sophie and other Dream Authors, and do some in-person coaching in the most beautiful surroundings. Lots of our retreats in the past have been at Hewenden Mill in Bronte country, West Yorkshire, and more recently we’ve branched out and added some other locations:

THE CHASE

MARLBOROUGH MANOR

LOWER MILL ESTATE

Please note: Dream Author in-person retreats are not included in your membership and are paid for separately.

Upcoming Retreats

Hewenden Mill, Yorkshire: 9 – 12 May: SOLD OUT

Marlborough Manor, Essex: 6 – 9 August: SOLD OUT

Lower Mill Estate, Cotswolds: 21 – 24 March 2025 – places still available, prices below

Lower Mill Estate, Cotswolds: 25 – 28 March 2025 – places still available, prices below

Retreat Prices

For a room with an ensuite or private bathroom — £1800

For a room with a shared bathroom — £1650

The retreat fee includes accommodation, all food while you’re there, and all Dream Author content/coaching/activities. Lower Mill estate has both indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, the use of which is included in the retreat fee. The estate is a well-maintained and beautiful nature reserve, and includes 300 acres of fields, woods and lakes which you can explore on foot or by bike if you’d like to bring one with you. Bikes can also be hired at the estate. You will also be able to book spa treatments if you want to (these, like bike hire, will need to be paid for separately). The retreat price does not include alcohol, but you’re welcome to bring your own!

If you would like to bring a partner with you, or a friend to share your room, that’s absolutely fine. Fees for room-sharing partners and friends are:

£100 if they only want to share accommodation.

£300 if they want to join in with the meals

If they’d like to join in with all retreat activities that’s fine too – in which case the total fee for both of you sharing a room would be £1950 for a room with a shared bathroom, and £2100 for both of you sharing a room with an ensuite/private bathroom.

If you’re not a member of Dream Author but you’d like to attend a retreat anyway, that might be possible — but priority will always be given to Dream Author members. Still, if you’re interested, it’s definitely worth emailing and asking if there are any spare retreat places. Contact kate@dreamauthorcoaching.com.

Here’s what one of our previous Dream Author retreats looked like, to give you an idea of the format. 

Email sophie@dreamauthorcoaching.com to book a place on one of the two March 2025 retreats.

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