We each have a story to tell and
the act of writing about our lives helps us make sense of our
experiences with loved ones, family, careers, community, personal
struggles, and most importantly, our inner emotional life. Get the
guidance and mentoring of an experienced memoir teacher (MFA in
fiction) to explore where to start and/or how to dig under the
surface into your life story as an act of creativity, self-knowing
and mining the wisdom gained from your own life experiences.
This retreat includes 4 days of mindfulness exercises, expressive art, writing exercises, critique sessions, yoga and plenty of reflecting. We will bask in the inspiration of beautiful Heartwood Retreat Center walking the labyrinth, enjoying restorative and/or other styles of yoga, sit in an award-winning Chakra garden to pen thoughts, gain insight through guided meditations, and each participant will enjoy a relaxing massage in our healing salt room massage studio. This retreat is designed to relax the mind, body and spirit, as we learn to dive deeper into writing our life story.
Memoir writing is less about capturing the events of your life, and more an act of probing the deeper recesses of one’s heart and mind to find connections and meaning in the choices we've made and the direction our paths have taken as life unfolds. Whether you want to write your life story for a more poignant understanding of a particular period of your life, to gain deeper awareness of self, to leave reflective stories behind for future generations, or you want to hone your craft to make your story publication-worthy, this retreat will awaken you to the power of memoir writing from a technical “how to” standpoint as well as process oriented self-discovery. Writing sessions include inspirational exercises and writing prompts to complete during the retreat and elective critique sessions to share and get professional feedback for your writing. Participants are invited to bring up to 5 pages of any work written before the retreat for critique. We will send you an e-mail with writing prompts to spur inspiration before the retreat if you want to get started on a project before joining us.
This retreat is taught Heartwood staff which includes C-IAYT (certified yoga therapists & ERYT-500 teachers), mindfulness coaches, and writing teachers with MFA and publishing credits.
This retreat begins Thursday, April 25th at 3:00 Activities are planned until 8pm. Friday Saturday and Sunday we have activities (and free time) from 9am till 7 or 8 pm.
We conclude formal activities Sunday, April 28th at 8pm. Attendees are invited to join us for Yoga Monday morning if they choose before leaving.
- Includes dorm lodging Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights for out of town guests.
- 4 dinners, 3 lunches, and 3 breakfasts, snacks (all food vegetarian, organic with vegan and gluten free options.)
One hour massage for each registered participant. Additional bodywork or longer session can be scheduled for a fee.
- Leather journal gift
- Yoga, meditation and art activities with all materials and supplies
- 6 Writing and Critique sessions
& optional breakout sessions in poetry &
- Transfers to and from Sarasota and Bradenton Airports