This writer’s retreat is designed for beginners, seasoned writers and those who simply want to better communicate through words. Our days together will include morning presentations about writing, fast writing exercises (prompts), the reading of those writings and dialogue. After lunch there will be three hours to complete a writing assignment, and have time for walking, rest, and personal reflection. In late afternoon we’ll gather to continue writing exercises, reading of assignments and more question and answer time. Evenings might include a film, as well as an exploration of the book each person is asked to read in advance. We’ll also ponder these words of poet David Whyte: “We may only get one chance in a lifetime to break the spell and break the promise that we will not speak in our own voice.”
Assigned book to be read in advance: “Tending to Grace” by Kim Fusco.
Although we recommend the overnight option for a more complete retreat experience, we realize that isn’t always an possible for some of our guests. This commuter option includes lunch each day and also includes dinner on days when there is an evening activity for the retreat.
Paula D’Arcy is a writer, playwright, retreat leader, seminar speaker and author of 13 books. In 2001 she established Red Bird Foundation, which supports the growth and spiritual development of those in need throughout the world, including men and women in prison. The foundation has sponsored two international gatherings of women known as WOMENSPEAK, conferences which honor the woman’s voice as a force of peace and healing for the world. A former psychotherapist, Paula survived the loss of her husband and young daughter in an accident in 1975. She was three months pregnant at the time. Since that time, Paula has written many books including her best-selling books entitled Gift of the Red Bird, Waking Up to This Day, and Stars at Night. Her book, Song of Sarah, has been translated into eight languages and has been in print for 41 years. Her most recent book is titled Winter of the Heart. Read more about Paula and her Red Bird Foundation at: www.redbirdfoundation.com