HeartWriting Day Retreats in NSW

Join us for the next day retreat at Bamboo Buddha Cafe in the Central Coast, NSW for an immersive day of writing, movement and meditation designed to awaken your creative heart.

A magical creative writing experience on the central coast.

HeartWriting Day Retreats



Late Jan 2023, 10 – 4pm – enquire for dates

Creatively blocked, and don’t know how to re-ignite your creative sparkle?

Yes, things have felt heavy for a while, and with this comes the tendency for the heart to close for protection. But I’ve been feeling the calling to invite the creative community back to their highest potential.

It’s time for a radical opening and awakening of the heart – where the true power of your creative potential lies.

Join me for a sacred day retreat on the Central Coast where you’ll reignite your sacred internal flow so you can reconnect with your innate nature and access your divine creative gifts. You’ll learn The HeartWriting Method –  the magic of heart-led writing – combined with the beautiful arts of meditation and restorative hatha yoga.

It’s time… to expand into your true potential as a writer, in a lush Central Coast location with your dream creative community.

I’m Rose Mascaro, a secondary English teacher of 15 years with a Master of Arts in Creative Writing, magazine and book editor, freelance writer, plus an accredited Hatha yoga and meditation teacher, I’m qualified to teach advanced writing to adults, while embracing a spiritually enhanced, multi-faceted creative approach.

I’ve designed my dream creative writing courses, distilling all I’ve learned over all my education and experiences, blending it with the creative superpowers of spirituality, and shaping all this into a unique curriculum which I call HeartWriting. 

Over the day retreat, get prepared to expand in all directions, with simple flow state theory, ancient Ayurvedic principles of harmony and creativity, the science of the creativity-enhancing Theta brainwave, and the many benefits of embracing a healthy, sustainable creative life.

This retreat is perfect for curious creatives, journallers, as well as seasoned writers looking to reconnect with their craft.

It’s time to radically open your creative heart so that you can experience your deepest bliss.

Full day writing retreat with yoga and meditation $199 (earlybird)

Enjoy this expansive writing workshop in an outstanding venue, plus sacred movement, heart circle, yoga and meditation, techniques workshop, writing time, resources, and a bonus mentoring session with Rose after the day.

Writing techniques

As an experienced educator and professional writer, I know that writers need more than the average classroom experience. HeartWriting distills the gems of my learnings into an inspiring, heart-opening format.

heart-brain connection

Lower frequency creative brainwaves like Theta and Alpha is where the magic of the creative process occurs. By meditating frequently and connecting with our hearts we can access these states more often.

spiritual philosophy

Your highest creative potential resides in your spiritual heart. Once you connect deeply with your inner spirit, your creativity will soar effortlessly. It's time to adopt some meaningful new rituals and philosophies.

creative community

I offer people the opportunity to connect deeply with other writers. In workshops, you’ll get to know your peers in a safe setting where you can share pieces, give feedback, and discuss the writing process.

Your heart is your best tool to produce beautiful writing.

Anahata – an open loving heart – governs our entire wellbeing and creative potential, according to the ancient wisdom of Indian philosophy. An open heart helps us remove fears and release the ego, our greatest foe when it comes to creativity.

Regular meditation, and regular writing practice, free of censorship and ego, increases divergent thinking, and regulates the brainwaves and heart. The more you write, the more you are in a form of meditation, helping your spiritual greatness to shine through with clarity.

I know firsthand that The HeartWriting Method works – particularly for those who regularly experience self-doubt and writer’s block.

I’ve witnessed multiple hundreds of students transform into beautiful, articulate, heart–based writers, who feel confident to publish their work.

With an academic focus wrapped up in the tenderness of creativity-enhancing spirituality, you’ll be writing with clarity, confidence and heart.

Enjoy a curriculum that is guaranteed to expand yourself as a writer, with creative meditation, yoga, writing techniques, spirituality, and brainwaves theory.


Only 10 places. Lush location. Don't miss out.


Incredible woman and mentor - I highly recommend to anyone who doesn’t know where to start, is already in the flow and just wants to get better or if you are ready to pull your book idea together. Rose’s expertise and perfect people skills provides the creative bridge to get you to where you want to be. –Vicky

I thoroughly enjoyed the 10 day course. I’ve been into the HeartMath stuff lately and it was beautiful to see that in practice and listening to what you said about it. I loved what you taught about getting into that theta brainwave state so I’ve been attempting to do that and I’ve also started writing every morning. I’ve taken lots away from the course, so thank you. My biggest fear is believing in myself. The belief that my work is good enough. Sometimes I think I don’t know enough to write [my dream project] so I think those are my two biggest hurdles. You’re amazing at what you do and what a beautiful gift you have to offer to the world. I love the writing aspect with the spiritual. It’s perfect. Your voice is beautiful too. Everything is so well done. –Claire, Sydney

I was lucky to participate in two of Rose’s writing courses over the last two years. Rose is a teacher at heart but also a charming woman who will make all feel welcome and deliver a real educational experience. Conversation among the group and with Rose was vibrant and engaging. Rose is inspired and as well as organised and instructional. The tone of the group was easy and inclusive, as Rose is a natural teacher. Rose is not one to do things by halves and is willing to share her strong knowledge base. Lucky for us! —Kathleen

I came across Rose's course as an accident after yoga class. I just stood there and the flyer just stared at me. I just took a leap of faith not really knowing what HeartWriting means and signed up for the level 1 course immediately. My experience was nothing less than magical. Rose's presence and kind and supportive nature all along the way made it really special for me. Being an expat with English as my second language, I never thought I could actually write stories in English. Not only have I dared to write a couple of my stories as a way to deal with suppressed and repressed memories, I dared to now write my own book. Rose's course opened new doors in my heart and my future, and for that I'm forever grateful to this beautiful woman who wears her heart on her sleeves to help you open up to the amazing authentic beautiful writer and human that you already are. –Zhaleh

“HeartWriting,” it’s called. She will show you how to talk to your heart. She is humble and kind, she has a melodic and soft voice and will give you the structure you need to believe – while getting things done. Be gentle to yourself, meditate to find your soul again, and stay quiet and aware. Now I can feel my heart burning, he is awake now. I learned again to talk to my heart. I met other hearts too. I felt like being around a wood fire surrounded by all hearts, open and warm, melting feelings and beliefs like marshmallows in the fire. Now, I feel light to keep walking around the world with my heart warm and open, because we met again. Thanks, HeartWriting, for showing me the way, and appearing in my life like a magical shooting star in the middle of the night. – Addie Saenz – Panama

I just opened up the "ten days" course and did your BEAUTIFUL creativity meditation (amazing, sank right into that) and started journalling from the book prompts. It’s all so epic Rose. All the hours and hours of time and loving effort you have put in to this course – you are so generous with your community. Love! – Nicole, Victoria

The HeartWriting course is exactly what it sounds like and more. It is a soulful course that helps people finally get the courage and the tools to write. So if you are someone who says 'I will write a book one day' but that day never comes because you are scared of the blank page, don't know what to write, don't think you have what it takes to write, anxious about what you write, don't have time to write, or meet the million forms of resistance - then this course is for you. Rose is the mentor you never knew you needed. So if writing is something you are called to do, you will find the path with Rose's guidance. – Bonnie, Bald Hills NSW

If you have tried a creative writing course elsewhere and was left disappointed and thinking writing might not be for you, you should give HeartWriting a go. Writing is different when you are guided from the heart and supported by Rose. Her intuitive way of guiding you through this journey of inward exploration will leave you with heart-connected writing and more. – Natalie, Sydney

HeartWriting has opened the door to a profound new way of learning - bringing together heart centred practices and teachings that will unlock the hearts deepest desires. Enrolling in Rose Mascaro’s HeartWritings Level 1 course has been the best thing I’ve ever invested in for myself. This course has enlightened the benefits of spirituality and combined it with an abundant supply of literature knowledge, reading and gentle writing tasks. Rose provides a safe space to explore your writing techniques and dreams, her wisdom, encouragement and guidance gently unravels the writer within, connects you amongst likeminded souls and surrounds you in a beautiful place to grow. – Amanda, North Coast NSW

I completed the 10 week Online workshop and would thoroughly recommend it. The combination of yoga and meditation with writing prompts make it such a unique experience. It was a wonderfully nurturing space for expression. The talented Rose shared so much of her vast knowledge with us and was very generous with her time and resources. I have wanted to get back to writing for many years but this course was the impetus to get my words moving again. I loved it so much I have enrolled in the advanced course! Thank you Rose - 10/10! – Delys, Perth

what to expect on the day

This in-person workshop/ retreat currently runs at Bamboo Buddha, Holgate. Future destinations will be planned in North Coast NSW. Please enquire if you’d like to be notified of these. 

–Heart–opening meditation opening ceremony to enter the creative flow state

–Gentle hatha yoga and meditation to align body and soul

–Learn about the creative heart, creative psychology and brainwave theory

–Writing theory, exercises, prompts and writing time

–Sound bath meditation for deep healing and awakening

–Ignite your creative flame: your divine, authentic heart-fuelled spirit

– $199 earlybird/ $229 for the full-day workshop (excludes lunch, which can be purchased at the restaurant)

– Bonus one hour 1-1 mentoring session with Rose after the day

Advance to next levels

After the day retreat, you might like to join the HeartWriting Level 1 Workshop, where you will have the opportunity to dive into the entire HeartWriting Method, practise heart–opening yoga and meditation weekly, and learn a series of new skills to write and polish a series of short stories or essays – whether memoir, non-fiction or fiction, with ten other students of HeartWriting, over ten glorious weeks at the same location, or Saturdays online. 

MEET ROSE: your teacher

Hi, HeartWriter! It’s a pleasure to connect with you. I’m Rose, a published writer, magazine and book editor, and English teacher. I’m also a yoga and meditation teacher. With a Master of Arts in Creative Writing, and having presented at teacher conferences on my subject, I’m qualified to teach you a range of advanced, tertiary-level techniques with a spiritual twist.
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what the workshops look like

– 30 minutes gentle yoga and guided meditation

(to prompt theta brainwaves and flow state)

– 30 minutes writing lecture and discussion

– 45 minutes silent writing time in the lush spaces of Bamboo Buddha

– 15 minutes final sharing and meditation to close.

what's included

–Heart–opening meditation opening ceremony to enter the creative flow state

–Gentle hatha yoga and meditation to align body and soul

–Learn about the creative heart, creative psychology and brainwave theory

–Writing theory, exercises, prompts and writing time

–Sound bath meditation for deep healing and awakening

–Ignite your creative flame: your divine, authentic heart-fuelled spirit

– $199 earlybird/ $229 for the full-day workshop (excludes lunch, which can be purchased at the restaurant)

– Bonus one hour 1-1 mentoring session with Rose after the day


$199 earlybird price runs out soon

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connect with your dream community

Join other creatives from the Central Coast and around Australia as we come together to write from the heart. Whether you’re a new or seasoned writer, this is a safe space to explore your talents and connect with a beautiful creative community.

Creative meditation hatha yoga and meditation to open the creative heart Learn how to tune into the powerful creative energy of the heart, while dropping into the Theta brainwave state, where the real magic happens.

Have you seen the Online Workshop?

next course starts Jan 28, 2023: apply now

Rose Mascaro is a writer, editor and teacher who is passionate about teaching others how to build a life of creative bliss. A published writer, and the 2020 editor of Teen Breathe magazine Australia, she has a Master of Arts in creative writing.