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

Coming Home RetreatComing 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 13 – November 15, 2015

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. 10 CEUS for therapists.

Writing in Big Sur with Laura: A Weekend RetreatBig Sur Writing Weekend

Crafting Personal Stories That Are Vivid, Compelling & True

April 8 - 10, 2016

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.

Grief, Loss, Uncertainty & Change Writing RetreatWriting as a Pathway Through Grief, Loss, Uncertainty and Change: A Weeklong Retreat 

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.

International Writing Adventures: Write, Travel, Transform

Greece Writing RetreatWrite, Travel, Transform: The Greek Islands of Crete and Santorini

May 17 - June 1, 2016

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.

Bali - Laura's BirthdayWrite, Travel, Transform: Help Laura Celebrate Her 60th Birthday in Bali!

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.

Writing Retreat VietnamWrite, Travel, Transform: The Writer’s Retreat of Your Dreams Goes to Vietnam & Laos

December 29, 2015 — January 14, 2016

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.

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Testimonial"I return home from each of Laura’s trip 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