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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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Creative Energies Combined…









This past weekend I hosted a writing conference featuring New York Times best selling author Jennifer Lauck.  The fabulous author of the memoir Blackbird and three other amazing books.  The women who attending Jennifer’s three day intensive workshop may have been exhausted after these three days, but they walked away with so much. 

I first met Jennifer when she was our keynote speaker at the Second Annual Women Inspiring Women Conference last January.  She wowed the audience and the friendship that has developed is one that I cherish. 

I love Jennifer like a sister and I am grateful for the working relationship we both enjoy with each other. 

On Friday night another incredible force to be reckoned with, Maggie Downs joined us for dinner.  Maggie is in the MFA program at UCR and will be writing one incredibly fabulous book in the near future.  Being surrounded by these two (tall) and incredibly talented creative women was so much fun. 

Listening to their stories and sharing a bottle (or two) of wine was a beautiful way to spend an evening in Palm Springs.

If you missed out on Jennifer’s workshop, no worries as she will be presenting more amazing classes next April. 

Have you been inspired lately and if so by who? 

Are you looking to get involved in some great workshops, stop and take a look at the class offerings I will be presenting this next month.  Workshops are being offered on Tuesdays, Wednesday evenings and Thursdays. 

Coming this Saturday, November 3rd is a workshop at Heritage Palms Country Club from 10-2 entitled Finding the You in Your Writing.  The cost of the Saturday class is $65.00 which includes all workshop materials and lunch.  Email me for more information at

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Have you read this yet??

  I am very excited that Jennifer Lauck is going to be one of our speakers at our 2nd Annual Women Inspiring Women Conference.  Her memoir Blackbird was something that I couldn’t put down.  It was so wonderful that I read it all in one day.  Her writing is amazing and her story is something you have to read.  Want to meet her in person and have her autograph her books (yes, she has written several).  She will be at our conference next Saturday, January 21st.  The cost of the conference is $100.00 which includes breakfast and lunch and a whole days worth of speakers!  For more information

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Guest blog by UCLA Study on Friendship Among Women

UCLA Study On Friendship Among Women

An alternative to fight or flight

©2002 Gale Berkowitz

A landmark UCLA study suggests friendships between women are special. They shape who we are and who we are yet to be. They soothe our tumultuous inner world, fill the emotional gaps in our marriage, and help us remember who we really are. By the way, they may do even more.Scientists now suspect that hanging out with our friends can actually counteract the kind of stomach-quivering stress most of us experience on a daily basis. A landmark UCLA study suggests that women respond to stress with a cascade of brain chemicals that cause us to make and maintain friendships with other women. It’s a stunning find that has turned five decades of stress research—most of it on men—upside down. Until this study was published, scientists generally believed that when people experience stress, they trigger a hormonal cascade that revs the body to either stand and fight or flee as fast as possible, explains Laura Cousin Klein, Ph.D., now an Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health at Penn State University and one of the study’s authors. It’s an ancient survival mechanism left over from the time we were chased across the planet by saber-toothed tigers.Now the researchers suspect that women have a larger behavioral repertoire than just fight or flight; In fact, says Dr. Klein, it seems that when the hormone oxytocin is release as part of the stress responses in a woman, it buffers the fight or flight response and encourages her to tend children and gather with other women instead. When she actually engages in this tending or befriending, studies suggest that more oxytocin is released, which further counters stress and produces a calming effect. This calming response does not occur in men, says Dr. Klein, because testosterone—which men produce in high levels when they’re under stress—seems to reduce the effects of oxytocin. Estrogen, she adds, seems to enhance it.The discovery that women respond to stress differently than men was made in a classic “aha” moment shared by two women scientists who were talking one day in a lab at UCLA. There was this joke that when the women who worked in the lab were stressed, they came in, cleaned the lab, had coffee, and bonded, says Dr. Klein. When the men were stressed, they holed up somewhere on their own. I commented one day to fellow researcher Shelley Taylor that nearly 90% of the stress research is on males. I showed her the data from my lab, and the two of us knew instantly that we were onto something.The women cleared their schedules and started meeting with one scientist after another from various research specialties. Very quickly, Drs. Klein and Taylor discovered that by not including women in stress research, scientists had made a huge mistake: The fact that women respond to stress differently than men has significant implications for our health.It may take some time for new studies to reveal all the ways that oxytocin encourages us to care for children and hang out with other women, but the “tend and befriend” notion developed by Drs. Klein and Taylor may explain why women consistently outlive men. Study after study has found that social ties reduce our risk of disease by lowering blood pressure, heart rate, and cholesterol. There’s no doubt, says Dr. Klein, that friends are helping us live longer.

In one study, for example, researchers found that people who had no friends increased their risk of death over a 6-month period. In another study, those who had the most friends over a 9-year period cut their risk of death by more than 60%.

Friends are also helping us live better. The famed Nurses’ Health Study from Harvard Medical School found that the more friends women had, the less likely they were to develop physical impairments as they aged, and the more likely they were to be leading a joyful life. In fact, the results were so significant, the researchers concluded, that not having close friends or confidants was as detrimental to your health as smoking or carrying extra weight.

And that’s not all. When the researchers looked at how well the women functioned after the death of their spouse, they found that even in the face of this biggest stressor of all, those women who had a close friend and confidante were more likely to survive the experience without any new physical impairments or permanent loss of vitality. Those without friends were not always so fortunate. Yet if friends counter the stress that seems to swallow up so much of our life these days, if they keep us healthy and even add years to our life, why is it so hard to find time to be with them? That’s a question that also troubles researcher Ruthellen Josselson, Ph.D., co-author of Best Friends: The Pleasures and Perils of Girls’ and Women’s Friendships (Three Rivers Press, 1998). The following paragraph is, in my opinion, very, very true and something all women should be aware of and NOT put our female friends on the back burners.

Every time we get overly busy with work and family, the first thing we do is let go of friendships with other women, explains Dr. Josselson. We push the m right to the back burner. That’s really a mistake because women are such a source of strength to each other. We nurture one another. And we need to have unpressured space in which we can do the special kind of talk that women do when they’re with other women. It’s a very healing experience.

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The Fountain of Youth has been Discovered!


I have just returned from a trip to the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  On my travels I taught an amazing group of women that if I am not mistaken have discovered the Fountain of Youth.  This group of women (many of them have been married over 50 years, some even 60 years!) was one of the most amazing groups that I have ever taught.  Not only were they energetic and fun but so youthful!  I was literally shocked when some of them shared their ages.   Some of these women have been friends for over 50 years.  The love and friendship they share warmed my heart.  As I taught and listened to them I was struck by how beautiful each of them were.  One of them women (over 80 years old) has been to Africa 3 times-in the last 4 years!!  I left the workshop feeling so blessed that I was able to be in their presence and experience what a lifetime of friendship looks like.  I don’t know what they are drinking, but I would love to bottle it up and take it home with me!  Today in your writing examine your friendships.  If you are lucky enough to have friendships that have survived through the decades, consider yourself very fortunate!  There is nothing like making new friends, but the treasure comes really with those friends who you have “grown up” with!  So here’s to all those amazing women in the Bellevue, Washington area.  I look forward to the next time our paths meet again!  (Of course Courtney has nothing to do with this blog except for the fact that she won’t leave my side since I have returned, so I thought I would include her as well!)  I think I see a smile on her face!

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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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