From Memory to Memoir:
A Weekend Workshop
Friday, November, 9th - Sunday, November 11th, 2012
Land of the Medicine Buddha, Soquel, California
“Laura Davis is an expert in navigating the waters of the spirit, creating safety and structure without compromising creativity. Writing with her gives me a chance to reflect on my past, appreciate my present and cultivate my dreams for the future.”
I’d like to invite you to a repeat of the very successful and popular Writer's Journey weekend retreat, From Memory to Memoir, to be held in Soquel, California during the weekend of November 9th-11th, 2012 with a one-day follow up on Saturday, December 8th, 2011.
"The Memory to Memoir retreat was an intensely creative and inspiring time spent among a congregation of remarkable writers. Laura Davis created a safe, confidential setting while simultaneously covering an amazing breadth of material about memoir writing."
"I have written more than a handful of books, but memoir presents brand new challenges for me. Laura Davis' weekend seminar provided just what I needed: instruction, examples, writing practice, encouragement, insights and inspiration. Now if I only could get her to write my memoir for me."
--Martha E. Kendall
"Under Laura's wise and expert tutelage, what was once a solitary endeavor became a group activity where the synergy of like-minded others and a safe space allowed me to hone my voice and markedly improve my skill as a writer. The writing exercises, camaraderie, and feedback energized my writing process and enhanced my self-confidence. I would wholeheartedly recommend a writing retreat with Laura Davis."
To benefit from this retreat, you can be already deeply engaged in writing a memoir, interested in beginning the process, or simply looking for a concentrated period of time to explore new entry points for writing about your life experience.
"Laura Davis is an inspired, natural teacher who brings tremendous heart to her work. Laura has taught me to write lucidly from a depth I never imagined. I am deeply grateful for the gifts she has given me."
Location: Land of the Medicine Buddha, a beautiful, peaceful retreat center located in Soquel, CA, 15 minutes from Santa Cruz's famous beaches and 2 hours south of San Francisco.
Dates: Friday, November 9th (dinner time) through Sunday, November 11th (3 PM departure) with a one-day follow up session to be held in Santa Cruz, California on Saturday, December 8th.
The follow-up session (highly recommended, but not required) will be held in Santa Cruz from 10:00 to 5:00 PM.
Arrival and Departure Times: Arrival will be between 4:00 and 5:30 in the afternoon on Friday, November 9th. Departure will be late afternoon on Sunday.
The Flow of the Weekend: The retreat will begin with dinner Friday evening. We will have an evening orientation session together to lay the groundwork for the remainder of the weekend. Over the course of the weekend there will be formal teaching sessions on the basics of memoir, times to write and read together, and free time to write, nap, hike, or wander. The retreat will conclude at 3 PM on Sunday. Massages and a sauna will be available.
Accommodations: You can choose to stay in a single room, a double occupancy room or a dorm room (3-5 per room). There are a limited number of commuter slots.
Meals: Three fresh, organic vegetarian meals will be provided daily.
Single Room: $750.00, early bird special (before September 1st) is $700.00. Price goes up to $800.00 after October 15th.
Double Room: $550.00, early bird special (before September 1st) is $500.00. Price goes up to $600.00 after October 15th.
Dorm Room: $450, early bird special (before September 1st) is $400.00. Price goes up to $500 after October 15th.
Commuter: (limited spots....talk to Laura): $400.00. Commuter slots are currently closed.
"From Memory to Memoir with Laura Davis was the best investment of my time and money. I came in a memoir writing virgin and flew out with a flight plan for my project."
To reserve a space at the retreat, you must register online and pay a $100.00 non-refundable deposit. You can pay by check or credit card. The balance is due when you register or by October 15th, whichever comes first.
There will be no refunds in the final week before the retreat.
"Laura creates a safe and sacred environment that gave me permission to move beyond my edges, jump-starting my process and nudging me forward into the next level of my writing.”
In the spirit of healing,
For information on Laura's monthly Memory to Memoir Intensive, click here.
For information on Laura's annual weeklong writing retreat, click here.
For information on Laura's weekly writing groups, click here.
To learn about Laura's editing and coaching services, click here.