Writing Immersion Retreats
These holistic retreats give you time, space, and structure to work creatively.
A writer and artist community — with guidance for those who want it.
We bring together creative writers, artists, and those interested in spiritual practice, self-development and biodynamics.
This retreat is an opportunity for dedicated time, a place of peace in which we can all create separately and also share our work with others. We are looking for artists and writers who are supportive and warm in a group environment who want to enjoy some time liberated from their daily schedule and free of the constraints of a conference or university. We offer an enlivening schedule, but everything is optional, including daily critiques, one-on-one meetings, brief craft talks and morning yoga.When you wake every morning to birdsong in an ethically-run estate and spend your days in an empowering creative community, you can make headway on even the most daunting project.
All retreat activities are focused on giving you a holistically productive immersion. Yoga is offered to connect the body and mind and to free up creativity. The yoga practice is introspective and ideally suited for beginners and relaxed yoga practitioners.
At our retreats, painters, writers, and nonwriters can join together in critique, devoting their free time to work on their own creative projects. All participants, whether pursuing writing, painting, yoga, or some combination of these endeavors, can benefit evenly from group activities, workshops, one-on-one sessions, and free time. Participants can choose to do as much or as little as they need.
What is a Writing Immersion Retreat?
- Stephen Lloyd Webber, founder and coordinator
A retreat gives sweetness, making it easy to be interior and do work. A retreat can facilitate a kind of medicine. Figuratively speaking, in our life, many of us have a sort of medicine that we need to take for ourselves. We might have stress that is largely psychological because we struggle with our own life and mind. We might wonder what we are doing where we are and in the present day, and we need to take a break and get perspective. But we can’t really take a break from ourselves. So figuratively speaking this is why we need medicine, to heal and overcome some things. A retreat is the sweetness that helps us take the medicine we really need so that life will be better for us.
Retreats are not about spoiling yourself. If you somehow end up on a retreat expecting only spa treatment and pampering, you might be surprised with what you actually find there. You want relief because you have to work so hard in your life and there isn’t enough time or energy left over to make things better. A retreat is a breath of fresh oxygen-rich air away from the polarity of drudgery and occasional relief. So many people work hard at their job and on the weekends finally try and have some time for themselves. I hope you do have time for yourself, but not everyone does. Society is not really set up that way. So you need a breath of fresh air. Just like in an airplane, the oxygen mask is there for you who sees it first. Immediately thereafter you help others, because you have oxygen to do the work. When you are wearing the oxygen mask, it won’t be your impulse to simply flaunt it and show the world how lucky or great you are for being able to breathe air. Your well-being is in line with what you need to truly help others, because you are doing the work — creative, spiritual, and holistic — that helps yourself
This blissful fresh air of a retreat is not possessed at the burden of someone else. Instead it is bliss which burdens only the other things which you shouldn’t be doing anyway. Thus, the practice which is truly right for me helps me clear away the useless things in my life.
This work is yoga. After yoga you may feel very good. In yoga, there is a saying: to rub the sweat back into the body. If you try this literally, it may not work so well. But figuratively, at a retreat, you are offering the results of your practice as fuel for future effort.
Each day at the retreat, the following activities are available:
- Early morning yoga
- Direct observation painting instruction
- Delicious healthy local organic food
- Goal writing and personal development exercises
- Creative writing discussion
- One-on-one manuscript guidance
- Enlivening interdisciplinary group critique
We believe in offering a full array of activities that bring together a dynamic group of participants with varied interests and backgrounds. Our retreats feature daily yoga, pranayama (breathwork), painting, personal development talks, writing exercises and time spent in nature in addition to creative writing critique and one-on-one manuscript guidance.
These programs typically fill well before the deadline and have space for twelve participants only– consider applying soon. If you’re interested, please don’t miss your chance to spend time on a retreat with us!
We are not currently reviewing applications for future retreats.
- We are taking a hiatus from leading retreats to focus on our home property in California. Bookmark the site, friend us on Facebook, get a copy of the book and check back with us later!
Writing Immersion Retreats: Creative Writing + Yoga + Painting (Italy / Bali / Caribbean Retreats for Writers)