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Deepen your writing practice or join a writing salon in the serene mountain town of Idyllwild, California. 

Writing Practice Retreat May 14-19

Writing Salon Retreat May 21-26

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May 14-19

In the tradition of Natalie Goldberg, this retreat is rooted in writing practice. With a morning and afternoon session, you can sink more deeply into your practice, learning to wake up to this life and to trust your mind. Beginning and ending each day with meditation, you'll experience a deeper stillness in this serene mountain environment. We'll be in gentle silence until dinner each day in order not to distill our energy in our writing. Come and immerse yourself in this nourishing space and see what unfolds.

Meals not provided.
This is an alcohol- and drug-free retreat.


This retreat is open to new and experienced writing practice students. While no experience is necessary, participants are required to have read Writing Down the Bones and The True Secret of Writing by Natalie Goldberg prior to the retreat along with 2 additional texts, all of which will be discussed in the afternoon sessions. During our twice-daily sessions, we will do timed writing practice on various topics and of varying lengths followed by optional reading. Participants are asked to attend both sessions. If you are looking to work on a specific writing project, consider the next week's writing salon option instead.