Creative retreat in St ives, Cornwall

June 15th-21st, 2025



The beauty & power of the ocean

This creative retreat will encourage you to surround yourself and draw upon the beauty and power of the ocean. A retreat to find, explore and renew your creativity and discover new possibilities for your life, work, and/or business. A week to be uplifted and encouraged by like-minded people.

This retreat is about discovering and immersing yourself in nature and art and finding your voice through creativity. It’s based on three pillars: creativity, ocean, and empowerment.


Everybody is creative, although sometimes we forget. Some of us have negative memories of a school teacher who said you couldn’t draw, a parent who told you not to make a mess with paint or play your music loudly.

Reconnecting with creativity brings joy, pleasure, insights, energy, proactivity, and reflection. It can influence your life, well-being, family life, job or business. Creativity is everywhere and in everyone, whether it is with paint, photography, words, thinking, writing, or your attitude.  We are meant to create.


The sea and ocean have been ongoing inspiration for so many people – scientists, writers, artists and those seeking solace or peace. The blue ocean offers us an endless source of well-being and gives us countless benefits for the body, mind, and soul.

You will have time to spend with, in, and around the ocean. Let your heart and soul be filled with the beauty, rhythm of ebb and flow, sunrises and sunsets, refreshing water, and wonderful seascapes. 


Empowerment means creating a life that suits you, exploring your own freedom and taking responsibility to live your own life. No-one else can do this for you.

Using your creative power is an act of leadership. No-one can create like you can, whatever the form or materials you use. Knowing what you love to do and what fills you with joy helps you create more of those moments and experiences. It can light up your life, give you a feeling of freedom, and unexpected miracles.

Using your creative power is an act of leadership. No-one can create like you can, whatever the form or materials you use.

Your leaders

Margaret Soraya

Creative retreat leader Margaret Soraya with her surfboard on a beach, with waves in the background.

Margaret specialises in encouraging and inspiring others in a genuine way. She teaches others to find their voice and live in line with their core values.

Margaret is an entrepreneur who has run a photography business for 18 years and is best known for her love of the water and seascapes.

 Cornwall has a special place in Margaret’s heart, having lived and surfed there in her younger days!

Lesley Lintott

St Ives creative retreat leader Lesley Lintott

Lesley is drawn to light, line, and colour and often creates more abstract images, either with smartphone photography or painting.

Lesley is a caring person and a great listener. She enjoys sharing her love for nature and being creative in a way that supports and inspires others.

Carien Borst

St Ives creative retreat leader Carien Borst

Carien is an artist. Specialising in intuitive oil paintings and landscapes of the soul. Inspiration for her paintings is found in being outdoors, seeking solitude, immersing herself in seascapes, and being in and around the sea and ocean.

After a career in mental health care and as an art therapist, she chose a new path in life and followed her heart. She will encourage you to go deep into your own creative heart.


9 participants, with Margaret Soraya and Carien Borst leading and Lesley Lintott assisting.

6 nights, 5 days

DATES: Meet at dinner at 6pm on the 6th Oct. Finish after breakfast on 12th.

ACCOMMODATION: single occupancy, double rooms in self-catering houses.

INCLUDED: All outdoor led trips, inspirational sessions, creativity activities and materials. Welcome dinner on 6th October. Complimentary transport during the week. Self serve breakfast within the houses, lunches.

EXCLUDED: Evening meals, drinks, travel to Cornwall & camera insurance.



This week offers a unique, diverse, and adaptive programme filled with inspiration, time for yourself, and reflection. Walks in beautiful outdoor scenery and the most wonderful seascapes. Talks to inspire you, wild swimming, creative activities such as photography, creative writing, art journalling, (outdoor) painting and drawing.

You can do as little or as much of any activity as you wish. The onsite swimming pool and spa also offers the chance to simply unwind as and when you like. The programme will encourage you to explore new ways of being creative and finding your own voice. Get clarity about your desires and purpose and receive individual attention in one-to-one creating, talking, walking indoors and outdoors.

Cornish creative retreat with photographer Margaret Soraya in St Ives.
Wave photo from Cornwall creative workshop in St Ives, led by creative mentor Margaret Soraya.

Who this is for

This is for you if you:

  • feel the need to restore and recharge surrounded by the beautiful ocean and creativity
  • find yourself on a crossroads, needing time to reflect and find new directions
  • want to renew the connection with your creative power
  • make room for creative expression
  • want to find your own voice in a personal, business or artistic way
  • need time to reflect on your (art) business or job
  • want to be inspired and get the creative spark back into your life.

What the days will look like

During this retreat, we will offer creative activities, which might be in a group, smaller roups or individually. We will start with breakfast before heading outdoors for walks, outdoor sketching, photography, or writing, depending on weather.

There is always room for you to make your own choices as to whether you want to join group activities. To retreat and to be creative, we all need time and space, and that is what this week is all about. Embracing the beautiful landscapes and drawing inspiration from them and having the time to allow your creativity through. Therefore you can partake as much or as little as you like.

We will usually have lunch in a cafe, but if we want to spend time indoors, we can return to the accommodation and the pool, spa and outdoor swimming area. 

Dinner is optional and will be discussed as a group as to where to go or whether to eat in.


The pool at Una St Ives in Cornwall - part of the facilities for our creative retreat.
Una lido in St Ives at dusk.
St Ives creative retreat accommodation - Creative Landscapes.

Accommodation is in two self-catering luxury lodges within the newly refurbished Una resort in Carbis Bay, Cornwall. Each participant will have their own double room within two 4 bedroom lodges. Two rooms in each lodge is en suite and the others are shared bathrooms between 2. The price is adjusted to reflected the share bathrooms on a first-come first-served basis. Each lodge has a kitchen and large lounge area. Your fridges will be stocked with simple breakfast items.

The resort has a spa, jacuzzi, steam room and swimming pool and gym. The restaurant on-site, Una Kitchen, is a Mediterranean-inspired brasserie and bar that’s open from breakfast to early dinner. Evening meals will generally be taken in the restaurant but this is optional.



TRAIN: The nearest station is Carbis Bay.

AIRPORT: The nearest airports are Newquay or Bristol.

DRIVING: There is ample parking at the accommodation for your vehicle.