Changemaker Writing Retreat

Join a dedicated writing space for changemakers and practitioners who have an emerging story to tell and are struggling to make the space to develop and write it.

4 days

42 Acres, Somerset, UK


The world needs more authentic stories about new ways of living, working and cultivating change. More practitioners need to be supported in their writing and curating of these stories. 

Come and join us in a dedicated writing space for changemakers and practitioners who have an emerging story to tell and are struggling to make the space to develop and write it. 

It might be a blog or article, a whole series of stories or the beginnings of a book. Or you might not know what the format is yet, but you have the intention to write and would love a dedicated space and support to do so.

Louise and Anna invite you to join them from 10th-13th October 2023 for a writing retreat at Seglars Mills in Devon, UK. We will lightly host the space to support the writing process, which might include daily check-ins, as well as offer one-to-one or group coaching sessions where required as well as peer accountability and support.

Louise, writing

What to Expect


The format of the first retreat would include:

  • A flexible schedule for you to make the time to write each day
  • Daily group check ins - an opportunity to shape and craft what we need
  • Options for 1-to-1 systems change coaching and writing support 
  • Peer camaraderie and accountability 
  • Time to scope out the bigger potential of changemaker writing retreats and the infrastructure needed to enable this

What's included

  • A shared room to stay in beautiful surroundings with shared bathrooms (small number of en-suite rooms)
  • A 1-to-1 coaching session to support you to craft your narrative & writing 
  • Peer support and mutual learning environment
  • A large room for us to gather plus smaller writing spaces
  • Food and nourishment 
  • All cleaning

What's not included

  • We’ll need a team of 2-3 people to help cook each evening
  • Any snacks, breakfast foods and alcohol to be brought with you

Date & Location


Start time: Tuesday 10 October 2023 at 10:30

End time: Friday 13 October 2023 at 15:30


Selgars Mill in Devon, UK.

Selgars Mill Estate is a private hire venue located in the Culm Valley of Mid Devon, UK. They host team building retreats, corporate offsites, workations, slow coliving, weddings, wellness retreats, nature immersions, educational and leadership programmes, families, school groups, local events, holiday rentals and their very own re:build and enchanted village gatherings.

Selgars Mill Estate

Retreat Fees

The School of System Change is continually working to improve the financial accessibility of our offerings. We offer three rates and ask that you select the one that fits your financial situation. It is our hope that those able to afford the higher fees help us cover costs and support others to access the discounted rates.

For those who do not wish to share a room, we ask you to add on an additional £325 to your retreat fee. We are asking for all those joining to contribute additional money to help us cover food costs (recommended £100).

Full rate: £475 GBP
For people in countries with strong economies, larger organisations and well-paid professionals. Your registration will help support others to participate.

Mid-rate: £400 GBP
For people in countries with moderate economies, small organisations (fewer than 10 employees) and individuals.

Discounted rate: £325 GBP
For people in need of financial assistance to support their learning. Only a few discounted rate slots are available.

Who We Are

This is a starting collaboration between Louise Armstrong, Anna Birney and the School of System Change network. We’ve both been writing increasingly over the last few years individually and collectively. We’d love for this to become a shared endeavour with other people wanting the space to write and wanting to create the spaces for others to do the same.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Anna at [email protected].

Email Anna


Do I have to be a writer to join?

Not at all. This is a space for everyone at whatever stage of writing they find themselves - just at the start or in the middle of a writing project. We’re reluctant writers ourselves and have found peer accountability a great way to break through the fear of writing.

How do I get to the venue by train?

The closest station is Tiverton Parkway, which is 2.5mils from the venue. Rail connections are:

  • 14 minutes from Exeter St Davids

  • 45 minutes from Bristol Temple Meads

  • 2 hours from London Paddington

  • 2 hours 15 minutes from Birmingham New Street

  • Less than 4 hours from Manchester Piccadilly

Is the venue accessible?

Accessibilty information will be added shortly.

I have to travel far to join, can I get to the venue early?

The venue will be available from Monday 9th from 5pm onwards for anyone travelling from further afield. Please contact us with your request.

Express Interest

Interested in a future changemaking writer retreat? Express your interest and we'll be in touch by email to let you know when dates are announced.

Express Interest

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Anna at [email protected].