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.
I have created a wonderful menu of retreat options for you—from weekend retreats to multi-week international adventures. There is something here for everyone—whether your goal is:
- to explore the world and write about it vividly and with passion
- to dive deep within and generate notebooks full of new material
- to use writing and restorative yoga to find a deep place of peace
- to hone your craft and advance your writing project to a new level
- to transform your life and your writing
I have a retreat for you.
Come write, travel, transform with me.
This is my third retreat with Laura. They get better and deeper and more adventurous each time, as I return to experience writing in another beautiful place with inspired people that become friends. Each return, I come not knowing what will happen, grateful that I did, and leave transformed.
–Marie Hanson, Reno, Nevada
An Advanced Retreat Focusing on Craft
Commonweal Retreat Center, Bolinas, CA
October 8–October 14, 2014
For writers seriously engaged in a book length manuscript. Co-taught with master teacher Susan Brown.
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 14-16, 2014
This weekend retreat in the beautiful redwoods of Northern California, full of restorative yoga and powerful writing exercises will help you rest and renew yourself. Beginners in both disciplines are welcome. 10 CEUS for therapists.
Crafting Personal Stories That Are Vivid, Compelling & True
Friday, January 23-January 25, 2015
A relaxing weekend at the incomparable Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. Savor writing instruction from a master teacher, the famous Esalen baths, a world-class massage, and organic food, all with the backdrop of the thundering Pacific coast. 10 CEUs for therapists.
June 16-26, 2015
Join me next summer in the magical Scottish Highlands and experience the transformative power of writing in community. Laura’s instruction will help you go deep into your writing and into yourself. Excursions to Findhorn, Loch Ness, Cawdor Castle, a local brewery that makes world famous Scotch, and more. We will live in a Victorian mansion that has been converted into a retreat center surrounded by a wonderful organic farm. 30 CEUs for therapists.
Commonweal Retreat Center, Bolinas, CA
July 15 – July 21, 2015
Dive deep into your stories in an intimate community of writers at a gorgeous location above the Pacific Ocean cliffs in Bolinas, California. Writers at all levels welcome. 30 CEUS for therapists.
December 29, 2015 — January 14, 2016
This in-depth cultural tour of Vietnam and Laos will utilize writing and yoga as touchstones to ground the trip and bond us as a group. During our 17 days together, we will visit three distinct regions of Vietnam as well as Laos. Our excursions will 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 seventeen days of travel and adventure in Southeast Asia, you will return home deeply connected to yourself, your voice, and a remarkable new community of friends. You will leave, as most visitors do, pledging to come back, full of love for a land and people certain to touch your heart with beauty. Optional add-on trip to Cambodia. 30 CEUs for therapists.
An intimate, 10-day cultural journey into writing, beauty and stillness, nestled in the heart of the stark, stunning landscape of San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.