Our weekends are an escape to the beauty of Highland Perthshire. We run the majority of our weekend workshops at Birnam Arts (see below), the lovely community arts and conference centre in the heart of Birnam village, just across the River Tay from Dunkeld.

Our weekend workshops cost £300. A limited number of places are available on request at a special concessionary rate. We also run one three-day writing workshop at £425.

The Foundation Weekend workshop is the ‘gateway’ to the rest of our programme. You must have done this weekend, or the corresponding Foundation Residential, before you can continue to other weekends or residentials.  Read more ...

The Advanced Weekend follows on from, and complements, the Foundation Weekend. To get the most from The Stories We Tell we recommend that you do both, though they're bookable separately and at the time that suits you. Read more ...

New for 2020, this special three-day workshop explores how to write from a place of deep inner connection. You may have a particular project, or want to develop your writer's 'voice', or simply to look at writing as a practice for wellbeing and life.  Read more ...

Foundation Weekends

Appreciating Who I Am

Cost: £300

Birnam Arts, Sat & Sun 9.30–4.30

Concessionary rate available on request

16/17 May 2020



Advanced Weekends

Living Life to the Full

Cost: £300

Birnam Arts, Sat & Sun 9.30–4.30

Concessionary rate available on request


Birnam Arts is easy to get to from everywhere. It’s a few hundred yards off the A9, a dozen miles north of Perth, and a two-minute walk from Dunkeld & Birnam railway station (on the main line from London/Edinburgh to Inverness).

The area is popular with tourists and there are a number of local hotels and B&Bs in both Dunkeld and Birnam (see below). There’s live music at the Taybank pub in Dunkeld and there are many lovely walks to do—the ancient Birnam Oak, last relic of Shakespeare’s Birnam Wood, is down on the riverbank, five minutes from Birnam Arts.

Our weekend workshops run Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon, starting at 9.15 and ending at 4.30 on both days, so there’s time to catch the 5.00 train back to Edinburgh on Sunday. Birnam Arts has an excellent café where we recommend that people have lunch.


There’s a wide choice of accommodation in Birnam and Dunkeld. B&B prices start at around £40 per person. With the exception of the Dunkeld House Hotel, most places are no more than 15 minutes’ walk from the venue. Here are some suggestions:

The Merryburn – directly opposite Birnam Arts

01350 727216

Jessie Mac’s – 100 yards from Birnam Arts

01350 727324

The Atholl Arms Hotel – just across the bridge in Dunkeld

01350 727219

The Royal Hotel – on the main street in Dunkeld  

01350 727322

Dunkeld House Hotel – (formerly Hilton, Dunkeld) five minutes by car to Birnam Arts  

01350 728333



3-5 Apr 2020

Special Workshop

Writing From The Heart

Cost: £425

Birnam Arts,

Fri, Sat & Sun


31 Oct/1 Nov 2020



28/29 Nov 2020



"Deeply inspirational."

Fiona McCall, Counsellor and Poet

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