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Palm Springs Women’s Writing Retreat

Palm Springs Writing Retreats

Welcome to Palm Springs, Writers!

September 21-27, 2014

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Join Linda and Tammy on an unforgettable writing retreat.  Travel, write and have fun!

We will enjoy periods of intense concentration, periods of interaction and feedback and periods of relaxation and renewal.
We write, we share, we tell stories, we listen, we hear, we embrace, we laugh, we cry, we weep, we open our hearts, we go deeper, we encourage, we walk, we support,  we bond, we swim.
We arrive as strangers, we leave as life long friends, keeper of each others secrets, as bonded confidants.
Tammy and Linda invite you to join them on one of their amazing luxury writing retreats. From the moment you arrive you will feel safe, supported and encouraged to find your own story.

Single occupancy: 2,295.00

Double occupancy: 1,895.00 (have a girlfriend that you love traveling with, share a room and save some money!)

If you are one of the lucky women to rent one of the luxury rooms you are in for a retreat unlike any other.  You will be pampered and enjoy each moment.  All of your food and beverages are included.  Over 25 hours full of writing and instruction each day and fun nighttime activities.  We promise you will leave inspired, rested, motivated and make some life long friends…

Live locally? Special commuter rate  595.00 (includes opening reception on Sunday night, Monday – Friday writing workshops -5 hours per day and lunch each day included, closing night celebration dinner on Friday evening).

To register…email Tammy at and I will send you all the details you need to know and answer any questions you may have.

Located in downtown Palm Springs, this luxury 8 bedroom home is a 3 minute walk (3 blocks) to the heart of Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Spring’s famous main street featuring hundreds of shops, great restaurants, plus entertainment and attractions.

About The House

Newly and professionally designed and decorated in 2011, this historic home combines the comfortable Old Palm Springs Spanish style with a spacious all-new stainless and white kitchen and 6 beautiful new bathrooms. The natural wood floors in the main house offer a shiny, warm glow from the home’s original Early California construction, polished to perfection.

In addition to its amazing, close-up mountain views, you will love the sunny, feel-good vibe of this home dating back to the 1930s. The new furnishings, fixtures, bedding, pillow-top mattresses, new linens and furniture nod respectfully and tastefully to its past.


The spacious kitchen is equipped with everything you’ll need to prepare meals from simple to gourmet. New stainless steel appliances, 6 burner gas range, expansive counter / prep space, double refrigerator, and dual dishwashers.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

Extremely comfortable new beds with plush linens and comforters. The bathrooms are bright and light to let the sunshine in with generous use of carrera marble; four of the bathrooms feature large tubs for soaking and relaxation. Each of the 6 bathrooms has their own luxurious showers and each bath features a window to experience the Palm Springs sunshine outdoors.


The centerpiece of the property is the beautiful new swimming pool and spa with deeper water at the other end, and a large whirlpool spa for up to 8 people. The adjoining backyard deck is cozy and allows conversation among guests while cooking and dining.

The home’s front courtyard is graced by an expansive porch that is shaded by terra cotta tiles and exposed wood beams. The home’s back courtyard is private and beautifully designed with a brand new pool and spa perfect for enjoying the peaceful pace of Palm Springs.

Enjoy the expansive shaded front porch of this Palm Springs vacation villa with the sounds birds singing and pleasant sights and sounds of people casually strolling to Downtown’s main strip, perhaps bringing to mind a quaint beach community or a small town of yesteryear.

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Back to your birthplace…

This weekend I am in my hometown of San Jose, California.  The occasion is to run a half marathon with my daughter and various friends.  This marks my 9th half marathon in this calendar year.  If you are a regular reader you will know my goal is to run 12 in a calendar year…which I should be able to accomplish since I have Santa Barbara, Las Vegas and Los Angeles scheduled to end out my year. 

I have no longer been a resident of  San Jose for just a little over 4 years now.  Yesterday I took a little trip down memory lane by visiting my old elementary school.  I even drove down to my old house and walked the sidewalk that I once used to roller skate on and of course pogo stick.  I saw my favorite sidewalk square where I used to play jacks with my friends.  I saw the corner where I used to hide out and throw rocks at the passing cars.  Even though the landscape is of the neighborhood is almost unrecognizable the memory of the emotions still exist.  The emotions that are tied to the events of my childhood still live in my mind. 

I drove over to Hellyer Park where I played as a kid. I witnessed the creek that I used to catch crawdads in and smelled the tall Eucalyptus trees.  I could picture my younger self wading the creek with my homemade net carefully moving the rocks with an eager eye for a flash of red.  I could almost feel the cool water rushing past me as I listened to the melodious sound of the water floating by. 

San Jose is my birthplace, but it is no longer home to me.  I love the crunch of the leaves under my feet as I walk Courtney through the neighborhoods we used to walk before we moved.  I wonder if she remembers since this too is her birthplace.  I wonder if she remembers the squirrel who used to chatter on the fence for her to come out and play and then for hours they would race back and forth along the fence until the squirrel would tire and climb up in the tree out of her view. 

Memory is a beautiful thing.  I love being back to my birthplace, but I am looking forward to seeing my Palm Trees of my beautiful city of Palm Springs.

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Casa de Courtney

Today is our first official day as Palm Springs residents!  I am always a bit verklempt with each move I make through life, but change is so good!

I am calling my new place Casa de Courtney because it is because of my dog that we have moved.  Courtney has now been blind for nearly 6 weeks and watching her bump around the house is quite painful to see.  Living in Indian Wells in a large home was just not conducive to meeting her needs, so the search began.

I found an adorable place a few weeks ago and have been slowly moving things over.  Our new “pad” is perfect for us, Courtney already loves it and seems quite content.

A few things I will miss about Indian Wells.  I will miss running my route and the beautiful flowers and mountain views.  I loved the fact that I could run at 5 in the morning or 11 at night and feel very safe in the streets of IW.  I always knew that I could outrun any resident in IW.  IW is one of the cleanest cities I have ever seen, although on one run I was shocked to see a broken bottle on the side of the road, but upon further inspection it made me smile because it wasn’t a beer bottle but an expensive bottle of Chardonnay…it must have fallen out of someone’s golf cart while they were driving home!

As I adjust to my new surroundings I have decided a few things.  I may have to trade in my golf clubs for miniature golf clubs and no more guitar lessons for me, I think a ukelele is more appropriate for Casa de Courtney.

I am excited to see what living in Palm Springs will be like, so far I love all my new neighbors and I am looking forward to finding my new running paths in Palm Springs!  But most importantly Courtney loves her new “digs!”

Today in your writing examine some of your moves in your lifetime.  What has been your favorite home, what was it that made it special?

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You heard it here first…

Yesterday my friend Melanie began what I know is going to be a huge revolution in movement and fitness.  Living in Palm Springs every year there is a run/walk called the Palm Springs Tram Road Challenge.  I told Mel that we should do it this year.  So we signed up and then Mel had a brilliant idea.  She said: “Tam, let’s do the tram run in the morning and then race down to Palm Desert and do the Bump and Grind Hike and then finish it off with a Bikram Yoga class.”  My first thought, I have to admit was WHAT??? Mel has gone crazy!  But the more I thought of this idea I loved it!  We began to call it our Tramathalon, and then I started calling it the Tamathalon. But in all fairness, we are now calling it our “Tammelathalon”.  If it is not too confusing we may even change it up year to year, switching between that awesome name and this one: Meltamathalon…what do you think? 

Part 1: The Tram Run/Walk: This is the kick butt part of the series.  You will feel as though you have an elephant on your chest unless you pace yourself.  I felt as though I had asthma my lungs were burning.  Those of you who want to join us next year can be a part of our group, but we divide ourselves into two teams.  Melanie’s team are the rabbits: strong and powerful.  My team will be the turtles: slow and steady with lots of stamina.

Part 2: The Bump and Grind Trail: Many local hikers love this trail.  Mel and I have on a few occasions ran/hiked this circle twice in a row.  It will definitely get your heart pounding.   Mel took off ahead of me so I told her she could hurry and save my spot in yoga as time was getting close for the 11 am class.  We kept our bib’s from our tram run and as I was running it several people stopped and said, “Hey is there a race going on?”  I yelled back “Yes, it is the tammelathalon and I am in 2nd place!”  One old man started clapping and said “Hurry, I see others coming!” 

Part 3: Bikram Yoga at Bikram Yoga University Village: Normally a hot yoga class is enough to kick anyone’s butt, but how about after 2 challenges already, but stepping into the hot room felt so good.  The room is heated to 105 degrees with 40 percent humidity.  When our friends at yoga heard what we had already done they were impressed and want to join us next year!  After that 90 minute workout and just before the savasana Mel and I high fived each other at our amazing accomplishment!

We both had such a great time and we hope next year some of you will join us!

As with anything in life it is all about setting a goal and working towards your goal.  Those of you who have set a goal of writing your memoir if you have not completed your goal let me help you complete it.  If someone would have told me a year ago or even six months ago I would have done what I did yesterday I would have thought they were crazy!  But set a goal, work towards it and when you finish you will feel so alive and complete!

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Your Legacy…

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” Steve Jobs, Stanford University commencement address (2005-06-12)


I was sad to learn last week that Steve Jobs passed away after battling pancreatic cancer for many years.  He was a man that was a visionary and never stopped thinking.  I think what he said at  Stanford University is an important message.  If we all lived our lives knowing that the end is coming…it may be far away and it may be soon…what would be important to us?  Those little things that stress us out on a daily basis would we let them take over?  I am learning to live life day to day and I try to bless the lives of those I encounter.  I am learning to let go of the worries and live life joyfully . 

What is your legacy that you want to leave behind?  Have you started writing down your thoughts?  If you live in the Palm Springs area I invite you to participate in my workshops or if you live far away my Complete Memoir Workbook will help you write “your story.”  You can order the workbook at my website.

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"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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