Private Writing Retreats With Tammy Coia

Michelle Zelner Private Retreat Testimonial14 days ago I did not know this woman existed. Today I leave her home knowing she has played an incredible role in what is coming! Tammy @thememoircoach this was the best gift I gave myself and I can’t thank you enough for the environment you shared which allowed me to accomplish more than I could possibly have imagined in 3 short days. The subtle tribute to #Hawaii, where my souls lives, the constant, and I mean CONSTANT supply of delicious #healthyfood and your loving creatures Bruce and Sophia, serving as cheerleaders and accountability coaches, all contributed to my motivation and creative flow. Your guidance, encouragement and friendship is so greatly valued and the fact that you are a die-hard @packers fan elevates you even more 🤩. I love experiencing what I teach… that when you set yourself up for #success with a supportive and nurturing environment with proper fuel, solid rest and a dash of fun, you will thrive. I can’t wait to see where this lands!

Michelle Zellner ,
#goals #explore #expand #takeachance #itshappening #healthylifestyle #write #writer #writingcoach #theyourevolution #beabetterbeing #denver #bellingham

Private Retreats with Tammy In Bellingham WA

Want some one on one personalized attention? Tammy’s gentle approach has helped hundreds of writers get clear.  Workshop your work in a relaxed environment.

You are welcome to come to my home where you can enjoy some nourishing home cooked meals, along with some great restaurant options, sit out on the dock in my yard and watch the sun set while sipping a glass of wine or sparkling water.  Kayaking is available as well as many places to hike to clear your thoughts.  Enjoy your own private space with water views on both sides of your bedroom.

3, 4 and 5 day retreats are available for you.  My retreats are all inclusive, that means from the moment you arrive at Bellingham International Airport you don’t have to worry about anything else  (Extra charge if you need me to pick you up from Seattle airport). Breakfasts, lunches and dinners are all included.  You will have your own private room and bath.  During the day I will focus on your needs.  Here is a sample schedule, but each schedule is catered to what your needs are:

Sample A:

9:00 am breakfast

10:00 am – 12:30 pm private workshop

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm lunch

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm free time…you can choose to write, hike, explore, kayak, nap

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm private workshop

6:30 pm dinner

Sample B:

8:00 am breakfast (home cooked or restaurant)

9:00 am – 12 pm private workshop

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm lunch

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm private workshop

3:30 pm – 6:00 pm free time… you can choose to write, hike, explore, kayak, nap

6:30 pm dinner

Each day is catered to you.  With approximately 4-5 hours a day of one on one.  2019 Prices:

Costs: (airfare not included)

3 day: $1,800

4 day: $2,300

5 day: $2,800

(your private bedroom and bathroom and all meals included)


I found Tammy and her writing retreats highly recommended on The Write Life website. After perusing a dozen or more other options, I soon discovered I wanted to organize myself and WORK at my retreat. The plethora of sojourns investigated before choosing Tammy included eating! drinking! hiking! meeting and bonding! and exploring new landscapes. Tammy offers these as well, but I chose her WORK centered 4 day retreat tailored to her client in a one on one setting.

I rented a car (though she includes pick up in her pricing, so no car is needed) and followed Tammy to her retreat home. I had never met her, only chatted on the phone. We turned off the freeway and drove down one country road after another, all lovely and awash in blooming blackberry bushes– but an occasional scary thought emerged, “I dont know this person! Where are we going!?”

She led us to a retreat home in a lovely neighborhood far away from shops, quick marts and hectic commuters making their way to work. We pulled up to a home nestled between Lummi Bay and the Pacific Ocean. My top floor room for the stay offered picturesque sights and salty ocean breezes free from ANY distractions. It was time to WORK and work we did.

Tammy is not only a writer, more importantly she is a skilled TEACHER by trade.This lady can teach!!! Plying me with my sparkling lemon water and meals, she took seriously the task of keeping me focused, organized and encouraged as she guided my writing time to my preferences as often or as long as I needed.

Side trips out to the local areas for delicious dinners, and once a ferry ride to nearby Lummi Island for dinner, fed the focus and creativity rather than centering on fun and frolicking.

If you want to learn to write, brainstorm ideas for a memoir or gain momentum on your current project choose Tammy for the one on one retreat, either here near Bellingham, WA or her Palm Springs Location!!

Suzanne Sersun

Private Writing Retreats on Lummi ISland

Come visit Lummi Island.  I rent an adorable, cozy 2 BR cottage on one of the sweetest islands in the Pacific Northwest.  Lummi Island is quiet, beautiful, peaceful and serene.  Annie Dillard spent several months writing on Lummi Island.  What do I love about Lummi Island?  I love that with just a short 7 minute ferry ride you are transported to another world.  From the cottage you can take a walk through the old church cemetery and see some of the historical markers of the early islanders, walk the labyrinth and then walk down to Church Beach where you can sit and look across at the islands.  Sit on the deck and watch the sun set or in the winter enjoy the warm fire as you sit inside.  Lummi Island is perfect for one or two writers.  Do you have a friend who loves to write that you would like to share the private retreat with?  Then book your private retreat at Lummi Island.  Retreats here are available October – May. (Book early as this cottage gets booked)

Costs: (airfare not included)

3 day: $2,250

4 day: $2,900

5 day: $3,500

(2 BR cottage and you are welcome to bring a friend at no additional charge)



This is what I wrote in my journal on 1/10/2019:
January 10, 2019:  Just finished three days this week with my writing coach Tammy.  I experienced many emotions, even cried.  I cry more when I feel comfort and joy as opposed to sadness.  I’m really at a great place in my life.  I’m still working, but on my terms.  As a temp, I get to make my own hours.  That means I can make time to enjoy many other things and that includes writing because I love it so much.  Writing is one thing, but learning to write with deep emotion to move the reader is another.  I want to be a better reader as well, and hope I’m on the right track.  I do know that I’m in good hands.  Thank you Tammy for sharing your wisdom with this wannabe.


Private Retreats in Palm Desert, California:

Come join me in beautiful Palm Desert, California…minutes from Palm Springs where the sun is always shining!  There are many beautiful places to explore as we write together in the desert.  Excursions such as hiking in the beautiful Indian Canyons or Joshua Tree National Park near by.  Take a ride up the tram and take in the beauty of the whole Coachella valley.

Costs: (airfare not included) fly into nearby Palm Springs International Airport

3 day: $1,950

4 day: $2,500

5 day: $3,100


I had been diligently working on my memoir for over two years in a classroom setting. Progress was slow, until I attended the three day one on one retreat with Tammy. With her expertise and direction, she helped me move to a different level in my writing. Her individualized sessions powerfully taught me how to take my memoir from good to great. I highly recommend the one on one retreat. I learned so much, and can’t wait to plan my next trip!

Dallas, TX

Private Retreats: Haiku on Maui!

Join me on a writers paradise!  This is a perfect retreat for one or two people to come together!  I would encourage you to join me and then extend your trip to stay a bit longer at one of the many beautiful resorts on the island….visit the maui page to get a feel for the beauty of this adventure!

All inclusive!  Delicious meals!

3 day:  $2,400 (one person)             $3,000 (two people)*

4 day: $3,200 (one person)               $4,000 (two people)*

5 day: $4,000 (one person)               $5,000(two people)*

*total cost  – not per person!

How can I capture everything my private 5 day retreat with you did for me?
I’ll try:

First-I met every goal I set for myself for the five days. I got my chapters organized, my theme narrowed down and my target audience nailed! The writing/reading sessions with you opened my eyes to my own work and to ways I can improve/expand my writing and increase my impact on the reader. You validated my reasons behind writing this book first (as I have several to pen) and worked as a coach/mentor/friend through the process. Taking the time away from work/home truly provided a bubble of space for me to create. Your compassionately honest method of teaching and guiding surpass any other writing program I’ve attended. I felt heard and encouraged. I walked away with the tools to finish my book in bite sized pieces that don’t seem unattainable.

Thank you so much for this time! So glad to have you on my side as a coach and mentor as I complete this first book!

Townsend, GA

Private One on One Hourly Sessions Available:

Let me meet with you via the phone or skype or facetime to work.

Prices are $60.00 per hour


I was nervous when I signed up for a 5-day private writing retreat at Tammy’s home – that’s a long time to spend with a stranger!  However, I’m delighted to report that it far exceeded my hopes; I received so much more than coaching in my writing, and am proud to now call Tammy my friend.  In addition to gentle, honest, and helpful feedback on my writing, I loved our conversations (therapy sessions?!), walks in the woods, kayaking on the Sound in Tammy’s backyard, movie night, and wonderful meals. Tammy is an open, empathetic, kind, and generous person, and I recommend her retreats enthusiastically and wholeheartedly!

Salem, OR

My private writing workshop with Tammy ended too soon. I found a safe space to be my true self, be vulnerable and honest while writing. What more could ya ask for? Tammy was always there ready to work with her amazing and easy to follow writing instructions. My memoir project feels so much more organized and on track after my four days in a private setting. If you’re wanting to work on a memoir or writing, no matter where you are, TLC is the place to be.

Young Harris, GA

Private Retreats at Your Home:

Sometimes my students like me to join them in their home, Yes, if you check my calendar I can come to you.  Contact me for rates.

If you want me to come to you, I can do private and group retreats at your destination!

My rates are $500 per day (+airfare, room and meals).  You can plan on me working with you alone or I welcome your friends to join us as I lead a workshop for $750 per day.


Refunds (minus a non-refundable deposit of 10%) are available at 75% up to 90 days in advance of the retreat, 50% up to 60 days in advance and 25% up to 30 days in advance.  No refunds are possible after May 1, 2019 – no exceptions.  Travel insurance is highly recommended.

I just had a wonderful message sent to me by a woman I worked with yesterday:

Hi Tammy,
Thank you so much for a helpful and encouraging coaching session!
I feel energized and excited to move forward with my book, especially because I now have a plan, with your help…

And I enjoyed getting to know you a bit more as well.  All in all our time together was a gift…thank you again…

Looking forward to continuing on this journey with you.

Meredith, Palm Desert, CA

"Because of Tammy I have found confidence in my writing and feel blessed to be honored in such a way. I have found my voice. I have found freedom! I recommend anyone for whatever reason to expand their life and sign up for her writing workshops or classes. You'll be amazed at how good you are and how everyone has a story worth telling. Sign up and set your voice free!"
Wendy Price, Palm Desert, CA

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Tammy L. Coia is an AWA Affiliate, certified to lead workshops in the AWA method as described in Writing Alone & With Others by Pat Schneider, Oxford University Press.

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