Payment & Cancellation Policies

and other administration FAQs for the Ireland Trip summer 2018



(All prices are in Canadian Dollars and include all applicable taxes)

To reserve your spot in the 2018 Inkslingers’ Writing, Yoga and Exploration Retreat in Ireland (July 28 to August 5, 2018) register here and pay the non-refundable $500 deposit.

The balance of your payment may be made in full at any time. An Early Bird Discount is available until February 28, 2018. The schedules and dates are described below.



(If you register and pay the deposit now, and pay 50% of the total cost by February 28th), the total cost is $2,950. Payments may be made via e-transfer, cheque or cash. The balance owing will be due no later than May 28th, 2018.

Early Bird Payment Schedule (double occupancy):

Deposit: $500

Supplementary payment due by February 28th: $975

Final payment due by May 28th: $1,475

Total: $2,950

REGULAR PRICE: (Effective March 1st, 2018): $3,450

Starting March 1st, participants must pay at least half of the regular price at registration and the other half by May 28th, 2018.

Register and pay Deposit: $1,725.

Final payment due by May 28th: $1,725.


PLEASE NOTE: all prices listed above are based on double occupancy.

THERE ARE FOUR SINGLE ROOMS AVAILABLE for an additional charge of $750 CDN.

These FOUR rooms are offered on a first come, first served basis, and sell out quickly.



  • 8 x nights bed/Irish breakfast – all rooms Ensuite. Double Occupancy. (A limited number of single occupancy rooms are available for an added fee.)
  • 4 Star hotel accommodation. (The hotels listed have been booked for the retreat, but in the event of circumstances beyond the control of Royal Irish Tours, a substitution of similar quality may occur.)
  • 8 x morning yoga sessions led by Kate Marshall Flaherty
  • 8 x morning writing workshops led by Sue Reynolds with assist by James Dewar and/or Kate Marshall Flaherty as needed.
  • 3 x evening meals in hotels – 1 each in Dublin, Ennis and Malahide.
  • Transfers / sightseeing by modern touring coach with experienced driver/guide. (Please note: Royal Irish Tours has provided a bus and driver/guide for our exclusive use outside Dublin. We will not be sharing a bus with anyone else.)
  • Admission fees to events/locations identified as included on the ITINERARY.
  • Porterage charges at hotels; Service changes and local taxes.
  • A fun evening of reading on the final night of the retreat to celebrate together and encourage each participant to share a short piece of writing. Hosted by James Dewar, this annual event provides the opportunity for writers to claim an international reading performance credit for their resumes. Performance is, as always, completely voluntary.

Please see the itinerary page – We are still finalizing some of the low-cost daily events. More information will be available here shortly.



Travel Documents All passengers must travel with a valid passport. It is the passenger(s) responsibility to obtain at the passenger(s) own expense all documentation required by all relevant government authorities. We suggest that prior to departure, the passenger(s) ascertain(s) the documentation required. In the event the passenger does not possess the proper documentation required, be aware that the carrier(s) reserve(s) the right to refuse the passenger(s) and no refund will be permitted.
Travel Arrangements to and from the retreat, including airfare. Many participants will be travelling on the same flights to and from Toronto. In this scenario we will arrange for group taxis at participant’s expense.
Travel Insurance Inkslingers and Royal Irish Tours strongly recommend that you purchase Travel Insurance. Unexpected emergencies or illness can cause you to cancel or interrupt your vacation resulting in financial loss. For full details on insurance options please contact Royal Irish Tours.
Accessibility We cannot guarantee that destination airports, transfer vehicles and accommodations will be wheelchair accessible. Services for wheelchair confined passengers are not included in the prices. Some of the sightseeing locations may be difficult for the physically challenged.
Some Meal Costs All breakfasts and 3 of the dinners are included in the cost of the retreat. Participants are responsible for all lunches and 5 of the dinners.
Self-Guided Excursions not included in the prepaid plan. (See the itinerary on the website for the list of planned activities that we have included in the fee. If participants decide not to join the group on any planned activity on any given day, they are free to make alternate arrangements at their own expense.)
Special Requests If you have any special requests, including dietary restrictions, you must ensure it is clearly advised to us of at the time of booking. However, we cannot guarantee that any special requests will be met by our providers in Ireland and failure to do so will not be a breach of contract on our part.
Living Standards Participants are asked to bear in mind and accept that living standards, local customs, as well as the provision of utilities, services and accommodations may vary from those with which they are familiar with in Canada.
Extras local taxes, gratuities or other fees
Royal Irish Tours does not assume responsibility for any claims, losses, damages, cost or expenses arising out of personal injury or death, loss of employment, upset, disappointment, distress or frustration, whether physical or mental resulting from any of the following:

  • Any negligent act or omission by the airline or other suppliers or their personnel or any company or person not under our direct control.
  • Government actions, weather equipment failure, labour disputes, sickness, theft or any other cause beyond our direct control.
  • Failure of the passenger to obtain the necessary documentation to travel.
  • Failure of the passenger to arrive at the airport on time the day of departure, or missed connections.
  • The need for Royal Irish Tours to change itineraries or substitute accommodation or services provided that every effort is made to supply the most comparable service and accommodations available.
  • Cancellations of a flight or tour by Royal Irish Tours, provided that full refund on all monies paid is made to the passenger.
  • Photographs appearing in promotional materials are representational, this is not a guarantee that everything will be easily as depicted at your intended destination.



Acceptance of new participants will be closed on May 28th (or earlier if the maximum number of participants is reached before that date.)

Please note that on our last visit to Ireland in 2016, Inkslingers in Ireland SOLD OUT before the Early Bird Deadline date.

All deposits must be finalized on or before May 28th, 2018.



If participants withdraw from the retreat for any reason between May 29th and June 30th, they may transfer their registration to another person for an administration fee of $150. However, deposits cannot be refunded.



No changes or transfers/substitutions are permitted after June 30th, 2018.

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Inkslingers in Ireland – Summer 2018 Itinerary

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In the summer of 2013 I was invited to do a TEDtalk on “Shining the light on our Changing Communities”. I talked about the therapeutic writing program I do with incarcerated women. You can view the talk here.

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