Special Events with Laura Davis
Throughout May, 2022
My episode kicks off the series and will air on May 3rd.
I’ve been interviewed dozens of times in the past year and one of my very favorite interviews was with Sheree Clark for her inspiring show Fork in the Road. Sheree is a master interviewer and I felt honored to be invited to participate in her special interview series: It’s Showtime: Why Midlife is a Time for Action.
Our half hour conversation—as well as her conversations with all the other amazing change-makers Sheree tapped to be part of this series—is a meaningful, entertaining interview you’ll want to savor and enjoy.
IN-PERSON RETREAT: Rowe Center, Rowe, Massachusetts
Sunday, May 15 - Friday, May 20, 2022
Many of us believe that recording the stories of our lives—or writing memoir—requires that we accurately remember our past and then transcribe our memories. This belief stops us before we begin because we are appalled at how much we don’t remember. This six-day workshop at the beautiful Rowe Center in northern Massachusetts will teach you how to transform scraps of memory and old family stories into a rich written legacy. You’ll leave the retreat with strategies for writing about events that happened years ago with fresh immediacy. You’ll learn to capture the memories you do have, enhance recollections that are vague or unclear, and write effectively and powerfully about the parts of your history it is impossible to know for sure. Over the course of our days together, we will form a powerful creative community, a fertile environment to birth the stories—remembered and forgotten—that you long to tell.
This is a rare opportunity for people on the east coast to study with Laura in person without flying across the country.
IN-PERSON WRITING WEEKEND: Santa Cruz, CA
Friday, June 3rd-Sunday, June 5th, 2022
Several times a year, Laura offers Writer's Work Weekends in Santa Cruz. During this special in-person three-day writing intensive, she creates the ideal conditions for a small group of committed writers to get a huge amount done on a project of their choice. Come for inspiration, productivity, community, and the best working conditions you'll ever have.
IN-PERSON INTERNATIONAL RETREAT: Tuscany, Italy
Tuesday, June 14 - Thursday, June 23, 2022
Journey to sun-soaked Tuscany for a ten-day retreat at a majestic 15th century estate seated on the rolling hills of the Italian countryside. Located just 45 minutes away from Florence, the Villa I Bonsi is a vineyard and olive farm ideal for relaxing and exploring the cultural wonders of a region celebrated for its history and food. Writing and yoga will be at the heart of the retreat and will help us bond as a group. This intimate and magical vacation includes an olive oil making tour, truffle hunting, a wine tasting tour, cooking lessons, and a day trip to San Gimignano with its medieval tower houses, encircling walls, and the unforgettable view from its hilltop setting. Spouses and non-writing friends are welcome to join in on the fun.
Writing at Tassajara with Laura: Crafting Personal Stories That Are Vivid, Compelling and True - SOLD OUT
IN-PERSON RETREAT: Carmel Valley, CA
Sunday, July 17 – Thursday, July 21, 2022
Discover how writing practice, meditation and deep listening from a supportive community can unleash your most powerful, compelling stories. This five-day retreat, co-taught with Zen teacher Tova Green, will be held at the 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 writing community. Alternating periods of writing with meditation, we will deeply listen to each other from a place of focused attention and unconditional acceptance. Soak in the hot springs, celebrate the glory of nature, meander along the trails and creek, and savor Tassajara's gourmet vegetarian cuisine.
ONLINE WRITING WEEKEND
Friday, August 5th-Sunday, August 7th, 2022
Laura is now offering her popular work weekend in an online format because the in-person ones always sell out right away. You can work with Laura and a group of committed writers from the comfort of your own home, without having to travel, or worry about Covid surges. Same deep focus and support—with the added bonus of getting to develop and practice focuses work skills at home.