Group size 



4th. - 12th. April 2020

max 12 persons

8 days (8 nights)


Are you struggling to craft your story? 


Study writing techniques in the mornings: the plot, setting, characters, the dialogue.


Get morning lectures & feedback with Katy Darby, a published writer and experienced lecturer at City University in London 


Katy will support you all the way to start, edit and finish your short story, or chapters of your novel.


Join a small group of writers - a maximum of 12 people - to support each other and share your ideas.


Write in the afternoons surrounded by the authentic countryside tranquillity of Alentejo in Portugal

Where will you live? 


Monte de Orada is a perfect place to switch off the noise and tune in.  

This isolated evergreen valley creates an abundant oasis where two creeks come together, like a womb to nourish an ancient lush forest and wildlife vistas.  

What else is there? 

Enjoy healthy & organically grown food and find inspiration. 


Explore the Rota Vicentina hiking trails, take a surf lesson, discover the area in a kayak, try horse riding adventure or a Jeep Safari through the countryside


Take a yoga class, watch the sunrise while lying in an outdoor bath with a view of the valley (not kidding) or climb on a treehouse


Get inspired. Get your story done.


In Detail

When should I go to Silver Strand Urgent Care?

Come to SSUC if you have a sudden, non-life threatening medical issue and need same day care. If you can’t get a timely appointment with your primary care physician or pediatrician, come see us. We can help with minor injuries, broken bones, bruises, strains and sprains, common ailments, respiratory illness, colds, flu, stomach distress, sinus pain, bug or animal bites, COVID-19 concerns, pediatric problems, and other can’t wait medical issues that don’t require emergency care. We also provide a wide range of testing, vaccines, screenings, physicals and well-patient care.

When should I call 9-1-1 or go to the ER?

Call 9-1-1 immediately if you’re experiencing a life-threatening medical emergency. If you have severe bleeding, head injury, major trauma or suspect heart attack or stroke call 9-1-1 now! Do not drive yourself.

Go to the nearest hospital’s Emergency Department if you are experiencing chest pain, trouble breathing, weakness/numbness on one side, slurred speech, fainting, head or eye injury, serious burns, concussion/confusion, fever with rash, seizures, severe cuts or facial lacerations that could require sutures, severe flu or cold symptoms, or vaginal bleeding with pregnancy.

Do I need an appointment to be seen at SSUC?

No. Walk-ins are always welcome. We also have a convenient online waitlist. Simply click the Join Waitlist button, enter your name, email and telephone number and you’ll be added. You’ll hear back from us by text message. It’s easy to make an appointment online, too or call us at 619.349.2347.

What are SSUC’s hours of operation?

Our clinical hours are from 10 am to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday.

What can I expect during my visit?

You’ll be welcomed by our friendly front desk staff, assessed in a private room by a trained medical assistant, and treated by a member of our licensed and credentialed medical staff which includes physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and x-ray and lab technicians. You’ll receive top-level care in a prompt manner and provided with any prescriptions, tests, and follow-up information necessary to get you feeling better, faster.

What should I bring to my visit?

Please bring a government issued ID, your insurance card, co-pay, a list of current medications, vitamins, supplements and any over- the- counter drugs you take, and a list of any allergies you have.

What types of services do you provide?

We treat many common medical conditions including:

Allergic reactions and asthma

Bronchitis and strep throat

Broken bones

Childhood illnesses


Cuts, burns, bug bites and animal bites

Falls, sprains, strains,

Flu and cold symptoms—fever, vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, cough

Minor injuries

Pediatric problems

Pink eye, ear infections

Sinus pressure and sinus infections/sinusitis

Skin irritations, rashes, infections

UTI infections

We also provide:

Drug screenings

Sports physicals

Testing for Covid-19, tuberculosis, HIV/ sexually transmitted diseases

Wellness checks and annual physicals

Workers comp exams

What ages do you treat?

At SSUC we treat the entire family from babies to senior citizens and everyone in between. We are family and community focused.

Can I get a Covid-19 test?

Yes. We currently offer a rapid Covid- 19 test and can provide results in about 30 minutes, while you wait in your car.

Do you offer physicals and drug tests?

Yes. We offer a full range of well-patient care. We provide workers comp exams, annual, sports and pre-employment physicals, drug tests, screenings, COVID-19 testing and many other health and wellness services.

Who staffs Silver Strand Urgent Care?

You’ll be cared for by highly trained physician assistants, family nurse practitioners, medical assistants and medical doctors, all credentialed and licensed by the State of California. We also have x-ray and laboratory technicians on staff. Our care team is bilingual and fluent in English and Spanish.

Who can I talk to after hours?

We currently do not offer after-hour care. If you need immediate assistance, please contact your nearest Emergency Room or call 9-1-1.

Can I go to SSUC for routine tests?

Yes. We offer all the typical blood tests physicians normally order including pneumonia, tetanus and flu shots.

Does SSUC offer well check-ups and physicals?

Yes. We provide sports and annual physicals, workers comp exams and wellness checks.

Can I get x-rays at SSUC?

Yes. We have a full x-ray suite for your imaging needs.

Does SSUC offer laboratory services?

Yes. We have a laboratory onsite and perform all tests right here.

Do you accept insurance?

Yes. We accept most insurances including Tri Care. Please call us with your insurance information if you have questions.

Which payment options do you accept?

We accept cash, credit and debit cards.

Can I join a waitlist or book an appointment online?

Yes, you can join our waitlist and/or book an appointment online. Just click on the Join Waitlist button or Appointment button, enter the information requested, and we’ll send you a text. It’s that easy!

To reserve your spot, please pay the deposit €300.


Once you register your interest, we will send you a confirmation e-mail with our payment details.

We would like to get to know you and ask you about your level and expectations to help us tailor the retreat for you.