Writing Retreats with Laura Davis
There’s nothing like writing under the guidance of a master teacher in a beautiful place, in a supportive community of like-minded writers, far away from the demands and pressures of your daily life.
Whether you are a beginner, an established writer, a published author, or are looking for a creative vacation with your spouse…I have a retreat for you.
Laura’s Writing Retreats in the United States
Carmel Valley, CA
August 22-25, 2016
Discover how writing practice, meditation and deep listening from a supportive community can unleash your most powerful, compelling stories. This four-day retreat will be held at the incomparable Tassajara Zen Mountain Center a deeply restful remote valley famous for its healing hot spring waters. This healing, transformative workshop will utilize writing practice, developed by Natalie Goldberg, to create a vibrant, compassionate writing community. Alternating periods of writing with meditation, we will deeply listen to each other from a place of focused attention and unconditional acceptance. Come soak in the hot springs, celebrate the glory of nature, meander along the trails and creek, and savor Tassajara’s world-famous gourmet vegetarian cuisine.
Commonweal Retreat Center, Bolinas, CA
Wednesday, October 5 — Tuesday, October 11, 2016
This weeklong writing retreat is for people who have come to a crossroads in their lives, due to the death of someone close, a loss like divorce, empty nest, or a geographical move, an illness, a major life transition, a shift in status, aging, or simply the deep inner urge to chart a new course or make a significant change in your life. If you are feeling “ripe with uncertainty” or are in transition from one phase of life into another, this retreat is for you. Experience the power of healing, the gift of supportive community and the profound impact guided writing can have in facing the unknown with courage. Also offered in Taos, New Mexico in June, 2017.
Coming Home: A Weekend Writing & Yoga Retreat to Help You Find Rest, Renewal and Joy in Your Busy Life
Land of Medicine Buddha, Soquel, CA
November 11 – November 13, 2016
In the relentless pace of modern life, we have lost our way. In our devotion to our to-do lists, we've forgotten how to connect to our deepest selves. How to be. How to listen. This weekend, set in the beautiful redwoods of Northern California, utilizes restorative yoga and powerful writing exercises to help you get back in touch with deepest self. Set in a place of stunning natural beauty and stillness, this retreat will give you the perfect opportunity to rest and renew yourself. You don't need experience with writing or yoga to attend. Beginners in both disciplines are welcome.
Kripalu in Western Massachusetts
February 26-March 3, 2017
If you live east of the Mississippi and haven't wanted to fly all the way across the country to study with Laura, now you have your chance! This five-day-retreat at Kripalu, a beautiful yoga retreat center in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, will give you the opportunity to find your writing voice, to explore your wild mind, and to discover the stories that are living inside you, just waiting to be told. Through creative exercises, guided meditations, and evocative writing prompts, you will learn to transform scraps of memory into a rich written legacy. Experience the power of a vibrant, supportive writing community with a seasoned, compassionate teacher.
Crafting Personal Stories That Are Vivid, Compelling & True
April 9 - April 14, 2017
A relaxing weekend at the incomparable Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. This workshop features in-depth instruction in writing practice as well as the opportunity to tap into your deep creativity. Discover how much easier it is to unleash the writer within in a safe, confidential, supportive community of your peers. In addition to instruction from a master teacher, this weekend workshop will provide ample time for you to savor the pleasures of the famous Esalen baths, stroll through magnificent gardens, treat yourself to a world-class massage, and savor a rich array of healthy, organic food, all with the backdrop of the thundering Pacific coast.
Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Taos, New Mexico
Saturday, June 17 - Friday, June 23, 2017
This weeklong writing retreat is for people who have come to a crossroads in their lives, due to the death of someone close, a loss like divorce, empty nest, or a geographical move, an illness, a major life transition, a shift in status, aging, or simply the deep inner urge to chart a new course or make a significant change in your life. If you are feeling “ripe with uncertainty” or are in transition from one phase of life into another, this retreat is for you. Experience the power of healing, the gift of supportive community and the profound impact guided writing can have in facing the unknown with courage. Also offered in October 2016 in Northern California.
International Writing Adventures: Write, Travel, Transform
July 16 - 31, 2016
Adventure, writing and immersion in a new culture are transformative experiences that can open your heart, expand your world, and put you in touch with your deepest self. This in-depth excursion into the culture of Bali will visit three distinct regions: the ocean at Candidasa, the urban cultural center of Ubud, and Munduk, the coffee-growing mountain region. This trip includes Balinese dance & music performances, cultural education, snorkeling and hiking adventures, daily writing instruction, an amazing community of fellow travelers, transportation, and lodging in three intimate eco-friendly hotels. And while you're there, you can help Laura celebrate her 60th birthday! Spouses and non-writing friends welcome to join us.
Not yet scheduled for 2017.
This in-depth cultural tour of Vietnam and Laos uses writing and yoga as touchstones and to bond us as a group. During our 17 days together, we'll visit three distinct regions of Vietnam, as well as Laos. Excursions include tours of ethnic markets, treks in rain forests, a three-day cruise on a traditional junk in HaLong Bay, hill climbs to sacred places, trips to monasteries, walks to sacred caves and lush waterfalls, kayak excursions, and an elephant ride. At the end of your 17 days of adventure in Southeast Asia, you'll return home deeply connected to yourself, your voice, and a remarkable new community of friends. Optional trip to Cambodia.
Not yet scheduled for 2017
This in-depth cultural tour features daily opportunities to actively explore the natural, spiritual, cultural, and artistic treasures of Greece, utilizing writing and yoga to integrate the immersion experience--and to help us bond as a group. During our 16 days together, we will explore the islands of Crete and Santorini, and visit Athens. This trip is for writers seeking an experience that is physically vital and intellectually stimulating. Excursions include: visits to museums, seminars on Greek architecture, history, mythology, and poetry, visits to archeological sites, treks, and the opportunity to swim in Greece’s clearest, warmest waters. Spouses and non-writing friends are welcome to join us.
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"I return home from each of Laura’s trips a little wiser, a little more open, and a lot more compassionate. I greet my family, friends and daily life with sparkly, clean energy and a renewed patience, brought about by way of re-writing old stories that I needed to let go of. I come home ready to move forward in my life.
A retreat with Laura Davis is one of the best gifts I ever received and gave myself. It took many years to realize that I was worth the time and financial investment, but now there is no looking back."
Julie Sheehan, Livermore, California