Private Retreats in Northern Washington and Palm Desert, California

Tammy offers  retreats on Lummi Island and at her  home in Northern Washington or Palm Desert, California!

Review all three Retreats below or choose a link to jump straight to that retreat.

Join me at a REC Retreat on beautiful Lummi Island!

REC stands for Recharge – Enrich – Create

“Our retreats are designed to cultivate healthy bodies, healthy minds and healthy imaginations: yoga, creative arts, quilting, creative writing, wellness, corporate team-building, “survival skills” for busy professionals, cooking, heritage skills, and summer camp for big kids!” ~ REC Retreats

Visit to see when I will be leading a workshop or a weekend retreat 2018

Dates Announced:

March 31st

5 Lessons in Writing with a focus on descriptive writing, writing to heal, short story and memoir.  This day long workshop is a favorite with Tammy’s students.  Here you will get to write both fiction and non-fiction.  Many times students will say I just want to write fiction or only non-fiction for me, yet when presented with writing a different style they often find they like what they see.  You will get some key points on how to make your writing more descriptive in all areas.  We will spend a portion of our day talking and sharing about the healing aspects of writing.  Let’s face it, we all have painful things in our life that are hard to let go, come put it down on paper and examine it.  You will have the opportunity to release and let go what may be holding you back.  Then we will touch on short story and how to add something special to your storytelling mix.  For those of you not wanting to write a full length novel, short stories are a great way to get you into the writing mode!  And finally we will end with memoir and how you can become your own personal historian.  You will leave with several short pieces written that you can go home and turn into a larger more reflective piece or pieces!


May 5

Mother’s Legacy

Let’s face it, when it comes to mother’s we all have so much we could write about.  This important day long workshop will explore our relationships with our very first one, our mother.  Whether you reflect back on this relationship with pure joy or sorrow come and get ready to delve into this topic.  When we write our personal stories about this relationship you will find it can be an avenue to challenging myths and healing psychological wounds.  You will get to learn more about how Tammy was able to use writing about her painful relationship with her mother has not only strengthened her relationship but has made her understand more of the dynamics of the two.  You will leave this workshop with a deeper understanding of the person you called mom.


Oct 6, 7 (Come for one or both days!)

Women’s Legacy Series, feel free to join on one or both days.  The Women’s Legacy Series is designed to lead you into writing about what makes you uniquely you.  We will explore the vital elements of your inner life and write about them.  The very act of exploring our personal truths will stimulate growth and you will see what truly matters to you, your values, beliefs and hopes.  We will explore the key people of our lives, significant experiences, beginnings and endings, places that have held deep meaning for us, our childhood, our successes and failures and so much more.  In short bursts we will write to some chosen prompts to guide your thinking and by the end of the day or weekend you will leave with many vignettes that will lead you closer to discovering who you are.




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.  2018 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)



Looking for another option for a private retreat?

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)


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: $2,100

4 day: $2,800

5 day: $3,400


Private One on One Hourly Sessions Available:

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

Prices are $70.00 per hour

Private Retreats at Your Home:

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

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

My rates are $750 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.

"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.