April 21st-26th, 2017
As many of you know, we’re delighted to be holding a Rocaberti Advanced Retreat at Miles Copeland’s (former manager of Sting, The Police, REM) beautiful 14th century castle in the Dordogne, Southwestern France, from April 21st – April 26th, 2017.
This will not only be a fantastic opportunity to catch up and make new friends, but also, in the words of Golan Ramraz, one of our esteemed mentors from the recent October retreat, to now:
“Look at the projects you brought to the first Retreat in their advanced state – notes implemented, revisions complete, loose strings excised. Initial notes tend to be sweeping, chunky and plot-heavy, whereas notes given later in the process tend to be more nuanced, specific and character-driven. While outline / first draft notes get the job done in terms of getting a sense of your three-act structure (and even in terms of the infamous 23 beats) completion notes get the job done in terms of taking what is already strong about your screenplay or novel and elevating it … making it sing.”
And on that note (excuse the pun coming up!), in addition to the roster of fabulous mentors from our October retreat, Miles Copeland himself – film and music producer, entrepreneur and Grammy Hall of Famer, will be joining us as a Special Guest, talking about the role of music in film and how to successfully market a creative project (something which he knows a thing or two about!).
In addition, Jason Chan will be returning to lead morning meditation and workshops on how to ensure we’re not subconsciously sabotaging our own success … and there’s also plenty of free time in the afternoons (yes, true!) to enjoy the 270 acres of surrounding woodland, tennis and badminton courts, swimming pool and games room. Oh. And the castle also has its own private movie theatre!
We’ll also be arranging a trip to the beautiful underground caves nearby with their 19,000-year-old paintings.
The retreat includes 5 nights’ accommodation at Marouatte Castle, all meals and drinks, all tuition, transportation to the local caves (entrance fee payable separately) and round-trip transportation between Angoulême train station and the castle.
Miles has suggested flying in to Paris, Charles de Gaulle airport and then getting the high-speed, TGV train from Paris to Angoulême (approx. 2h. 45m) where he will be picking everyone up.
7.30am – 8am: Optional morning meditation led by gifted spiritual practitioner and chiropracter, Jason Chan, focused on opening our minds and calming our hearts, in order to get the creative juices flowing.
8am – 9am: A leisurely breakfast, followed by:
9am – 10am: Presentation and Q&A discussions with our mentors.
10am – 10.30am: Coffee break.
10.30am – 1.30pm: In small groups of 3, you’ll meet with your mentor for three hours, with a short break in the middle, to discuss your project. This is your chance to receive their undivided attention and ask questions about anything related to your writing—from the arc of your story to gaining traction in your writing career to crafting the perfect pitch for an agent or producer
1.30pm – 3pm: A delicious lunch, al fresco, on the castle’s beautiful terrace, prepared with fresh, local ingredients by the retreat’s chef.
2pm – 3pm: ASK ME A QUESTION: a different mentor or special guest each day will take Q & A.
3pm – 3.15pm: Break.
3.15pm – 4.15pm: Advanced pitching session: a different mentor each day.
4.15 – 7.30pm: There’s then 3 hours of uninterrupted free time* in the afternoon to go for a walk in the castle grounds (240 acres of woodland, with tennis courts, badminton and ping pong!), take a dip in the pool, or simply write, take a siesta or chat with fellow mentors and writers.
*Optional activities include a trip to the local caves, with 19,000-year-old paintings and one-on-one sessions with Jason Chan, our spiritual practitioner, to help remove any blockages to our own success.
Then, we’ll meet for dinner prepared by our private chef, followed by Q & A with a different mentor / special guest each day, on a film which they’ve been involved with. We’ll also be tasting some of the delicious local wines!
When you go on a retreat to focus on your writing, you want a place which both inspires you and strengthens your commitment to your craft. (And if it happens to make you feel like royalty, while doing so? All the better!)
Which is why we chose the spectacular Marouatte Castle, in the heart of Southwestern France.
Each room is exquisitely decorated and each writer will have their own private room.
A native Texan and proud Longhorn, Morgan Long got her start in television at Televisa USA in scripted development, where she also worked closely with Lionsgate under their joint venture on shows like Devious Maids and Chasing Life.
She later moved to the representation side (the dark side) of things at The Gersh Agency, where she served as the Coordinator in the TV Literary Department, representing TV writers, directors, and non-writing producers.
Morgan recently founded her own management company, Requiem Entertainment, which focuses primarily on television writers and directors. She is also actively looking for feature projects for a faith-friendly film fund.
Besides development and representation, Morgan has also worked with festivals such as Austin Film Festival and South by Southwest, as well as in production. She is passionate about helping talented voices navigate their way through the business.
Golan Ramraz co-founded Boom Picture Company less than two years ago, and since then has written and/or produced five feature films, including FALLING starring Josh Helman (MAD MAX: FURY ROAD), Yael Stone (“Orange is the New Black”) and Paul Sorvino (GOODFELLAS), currently in post-production.
As a writer, Golan is working on projects with such producers as Avi Lerner (THE EXPENDABLES), Bob Yari (CRASH), Mark Canton (300), Brett Ratner (RUSH HOUR), Debra Spidell (“Workaholics”), J. Todd Harris (THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT) and Stan Lee (THE AVENGERS), amongst others.
When not writing, Golan produces. He is currently prepping EINSTEIN, co-written by Oscar winner Ronald Bass (RAIN MAN), SILENT KNIGHTS with Oscar winner Marlee Matlin (CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD) and COPPER WIRE with acclaimed director Eduardo Rodriguez (FRIGHT NIGHT 2).
Prior to launching Boom, Golan worked as a development and production executive for over a decade, with such companies as Marvel Studios (IRON MAN), Kadokawa Pictures USA (ONE MISSED CALL) and Doug Liman’s Hypnotic Entertainment (MR. & MRS. SMITH).
Before that, he was with both Creative Artists Agency and Abrams Artists Agency, learning how the industry works from the inside, while also working with some of the biggest writers, actors and directors in the industry.
As a writer, Golan has worked extensively throughout the industry, most recently adapting work by David Mamet (THE UNTOUCHABLES) and Chuck Palahniuk (FIGHT CLUB). He began his career as a writer at Revolution Studios under the tutelage of Joe Roth (MALEFICENT) and Greg Silverman (President of Production at Warner Bros.).
Beyond his work in the creative field, Golan also has also founded and run numerous film-related organizations, including a chapter of the illustrious IFP non-profit, The Phoenix Film Festival and The Phoenix Film Foundation. He has also been a manager with the prestigious Telluride Film Festival for over fifteen years.
Debra Landwehr Engle, our literary expert, has been successfully mentoring writers for the last 20 years and has helped both fiction and nonfiction authors complete their manuscripts, secure agents and land publishing deals.
She is the author of the best-selling The Only Little Prayer You Need: The Shortest Route to a Life of Joy, Abundance and Peace of Mind, which was published by Hampton Roads in October 2014. Thanks to the help of retreat founder and organizer, Claire Elizabeth Terry, her book features a foreword by the Dalai Lama and an endorsement by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.
She is also the author of Grace from the Garden: Changing the World One Garden at a Time and the upcoming Let Your Spirit Guides Speak, which will be released in September 2016 by Hampton Roads.
Debra has worked in publishing her entire career, beginning as a newspaper copywriter and Better Homes and Gardens book editor, then starting her own freelance business (much to her father’s chagrin!) just as she was going through a divorce.
Committed to making a living on her own, she went on to build a thriving business, writing hundreds of articles for such national publications as Better Homes and Gardens, Country Home, Country Gardens and other lifestyle magazines. She also has served as project manager on publications for Fortune 500 companies, sharpening her skills in crafting a story for any audience.
These days, Debra combines her love of writing and publishing with her lifelong interest in spirituality. Twelve years ago, she co-founded Tending Your Inner Garden®, a women’s program of personal and spiritual growth, and began teaching classes in A Course in Miracles.
Debra and her husband Bob live in Madison County, Iowa, the location that inspired the literary and film phenomenon, The Bridges of Madison County.
Claire Elizabeth Terry is your Rocaberti Castle Retreat host and moderator and is a British screenwriter, travel writer and novelist.
After graduating, she worked for several years in British theatre, where she fought for, and won, the right to become the first female stage-hand at the Royal National Theatre, London.
Short-listed for the Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize, Claire has also written for the Rough Guides travel series.
In 2008, Claire conceived, compiled and edited The Art of Living: a Practical Guide to Being Alive, published by Kairós Publishers in both English and Spanish, the profits from which are donated to Green Cross International, the environmental organization founded by Mikhail Gorbachev.
The book includes contributions from Michael Douglas, Desmond Tutu, Jean Shinoda Bolen, Mario Vargas Llosa, Richard Branson, Mikhail Gorbachev and several members of the United Nations’ Alliance of Civilizations.
Claire is also the founder and president of the website and not-for-profit of the same name, The Art of Living Guide. Federico Mayor Zaragoza, the former Director General of UNESCO, sits on the Honorary Board.
She is the screenwriter and executive producer of the upcoming film ROSEBOUND, about four friends from all over the world, whose lives are transformed when a rose is secretly drawn for each of the women.
The film is being produced by Golan Ramraz and Adam Sherer of Boom Picture Company and Alejandro Miranda of Versus Entertainment. George Parra, the Executive Producer of Silver Linings Playbook, Nebraska, The Descendants and Sideways, is attached to direct.
Claire’s novel of the movie, I Draw Roses was published in 2013.
Jason Chan is a spiritual master and healer whose energy and teachings have transformed and enlightened the lives of hundreds of his close students, as well as touching the lives of thousands more spiritual seekers who have attended his courses, retreats, workshops and demonstrations in the UK, Ireland, Europe, USA and Thailand.
He is also the author of The Radiant Warrior (Hay House 2009), Infinite Abundance (2012 and winner of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2013) and Infinite Awakening (2015).
Jason was voted Most Inspirational Individual in 2008 by readers of Kindred Spirit magazine. In their 21st Anniversary Awards, Kindred Spirit said: “Jason has quietly, with dignity and integrity, worked tirelessly to help others find inner peace and balance”. For over thirty years, Jason has dedicated his life to passing on the benefit of his “Infinite Arts” program, including vitality, natural health, inner strength and removing blockages to allow creativity to flow naturally.
As Jason says: “Looking at life from the highest possible view, we can see that there is a definite order in all that happens in nature and the universe. We form part of nature and it follows we’re affected by the same patterns, cycles, flow, change and movement of the natural laws. And it is from these ancient sources of wisdom, that creativity also flows naturally and abundantly.”
Jason will be leading morning meditation and offering optional afternoon workshops on Infinite Tai Chi and Chi Kung (energy work), creating the perfect environment in which we can gently still our minds and experience the true creativity which arises when we do so.
As one of the music industry’s most influential figures, Miles Copeland has a career in the business that stretches back more than 40 years.
In London, during the 1970s, he represented Wishbone Ash, Joan Armatrading and all sides of progressive rock until he jumped ship, landed in the turbulent ocean of punk, and worked with the Sex Pistols, the Clash, Blondie, along with many other seminal bands.
In 1978, Miles became the manager for his brother Stewart’s band, The Police, who became one of the biggest bands of the 1980s. The success of The Police and the novel methods used to break them brought Miles to found I.R.S. Records.
During the next few years, the company had hits with REM, The Buzzcocks, The English Beat, The Cramps, Fine Young Cannibals, Wall of Voodoo, Timbuk 3 and a Number One album with the all-girl group, The Go-Gos.
He continued to manage Sting (solo) through seven blockbuster albums, along with The Bangles and Squeeze. Eventually, he introduced Sting to Algerian Raï singer, Cheb Mami. Their collaboration bloomed with “Desert Rose” whose worldwide success was attributed to Miles’ innovative corporate deal with Jaguar.
Miles can rightfully claim to having been responsible for the sale of over $1.5 billion of recorded music sales and over $500 million in ticket sales.
Miles also successfully ran his own film production company, IRS Media, producing over 35 movies, including Billy Bob Thornton’s directorial debut, One False Move.
Currently, he owns and operates CIA – Copeland International Arts, which is comprised of a record company, music publishing, merchandise and performing arts properties.
Additionally, Miles also co-hosts a yearly song writing retreat with ASCAP at his castle in France, the lastest song written being the Number One hit, “Somethin’ Bad” sung by Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood.
The retreat is $3,575 per person, including 5 nights’ accommodation at Marouatte Castle, all meals and drinks, all tuition and round-trip transportation to the local caves and round-trip transportation between Angoulême train station and the castle.
Please reserve your spot by writing to: [email protected] and we will then send you the payment details.
Thanks and look forward to seeing you in April!