Personal Creative Retreats on Salt Spring

Solace and Serenity on St. Mary’s Lake


With its beauty, quiet, and supportive community, Salt Spring Island is a perfect sanctuary for deep and inspired writing.

Writers can stay in a self-contained cottage overlooking St. Mary’s Lake or tucked away in an enchanting forest b&b, among options.

Mornings might be spent working on a writing project already in progress or exploring new territory. One-on-one consultations in the afternoons with Lorraine offer support and encouragement for writing, including feedback on pages, help releasing creative blocks, or assistance with any part of the creative process.

There are a wide-range of choices for leisure activities, including touring the island’s artists’ studios, visiting local galleries and bookstores, hiking the island’s many trails, and visiting the famous Saturday market for one-of-a-kind crafts, organic baked goods, and vegetables or other locally made products. Evenings might include a literary reading at the library or dinner at one of the island’s many restaurants.

Please contact Lorraine for more information and mentoring options:

In the summer of 2011 I finally made my way to Salt Spring Island, where my creative mentor Lorraine Gane has been living, creating, writing, and teaching for about twelve years. Lorraine has been helping me while I write a book about my late husband and our relationship. I brought fifteen pages of my book for Lorraine to review and provide input and editing and she and I met a few times during my stay to discuss the book and where to take it. She even meditated on finding a working title for my book, which gave it an identity and soul.  So the combination of a peaceful, welcoming location, the natural beauty of Salt Spring and the creative guidance of Lorraine combined, for me, into one of my best experiences on a retreat or vacation.”–Liz Chisholm, Toronto, Ont.

“The cozy accommodations and peaceful surroundings at the resort made it the ideal place for my week-long writing retreat with Lorraine Gane’s valuable editing and coaching support.  The surrounding trees, view of the lake and clean rustic cottage provided an atmosphere that let me focus on writing.” –Ramona Nehring, Fort Nelson, B.C.