I have been a long time fan of retreats, even before I started leading my own. Whether you attend a group retreat or a personal writing retreat there are benefits to both. Let me start first with talking about a group retreat. I have been on several and from my very first one I knew that I did the right thing. Of course not all retreats were the same. Some weren’t exactly what I had in mind but I found I could find a benefit in each one. The beauty of a group retreat is that you get to write with other women just like yourself. I find the bonding in each workshop I lead such a beautiful thing to witness. I interview each woman that is wanting to partake in one of my retreats because it is important that it will be a right fit for her and for me and the others attending.
I lead retreats all over the world, this year for instance I am hosting retreats in Greece, Italy, Canada, California, Washington and Vermont. If you google women’s writing retreats you can find lots of varieties of retreats, from low budget to more luxury. I believe what sets my retreats apart is that mine are all-inclusive and small and intimate. There is plenty of time for workshops plus one on one time with me for everyone that chooses to schedule it. You can use the down time to work on your own work or get to know the other women better on your retreat. My goal is that each woman leaves inspired and encouraged that they matter and that what they want to write about matters!
Another type of retreat I lead is the private retreat. I host these in my home in Washington or in California. The women who join me on a private retreat are focused on their own personal writing journey. Some come to me with a manuscript that is finished but needs a rigorous rewrite with fresh eyes, others come with just an idea still in their head. I plan the meals and create a space to encourage freedom to really just write (and learn!).
I love both these types of retreats and each serves its own purpose.