with Susan Piver
March 23 / 5:00 AM - March 30 / 6:00 AM
Join Susan Piver, New York Times bestselling author of 7 books, on a 1 week writing retreat set in the inspiring tranquility of the French countryside: relax your mind, enhance your creativity and meet our own voice.
What do writers want more than anything in the world? Time to write. Yet even if such precious time could be found, it’s not always easy to settle into the writing groove. This retreat represents a unique opportunity for all who wish for some time and space, to settle into a stimulating environment conducive to inspiration, imagination and expression.
Supported by the motivational, yet non-intrusive, presence of other writers, there will be plenty of personal quiet time to focus on writing. Short periods of the day will also be dedicated to meditation, a discipline that can truly help us synchronize mind and body in a way that supports the creative process. Evenings will offer a precious opportunity to discuss our work together and open new windows of vision, insight and revelation.
Supporting writers of all genres and levels, this retreat is open to anyone who wishes to express their thoughts into words: fiction and non-fiction, published and unpublished. Those new to meditation practice are fully welcome and will be supported by thorough instruction. Please note that the majority of time will be spent on personal writing: bring your ideas, works-in-progress, or simply your wish to devote attention to your creativity.
If you don’t like to share your work in public, don’t worry, you’re not the only one. It is entirely up to you wither you wish to share your work or not but we are fairly confident that once you see how it goes, you will want to share something too.
1- The writer can read anything he or she wants: something written that day, 10 years ago, 2 weeks ago…It can be a finished piece, a work in progress, or a mish-mash of sentences that may be something, maybe not. The piece can be up to 2000 words long.
2- After the writer has read his or her work, he/she remains silent during the ensuing discussion. We do not call the person by name, but refer to him or her as “the writer.” We pretend the person isn’t in the room, giving them a chance to be a fly on the wall for the conversation.
3- When the conversation is over, the writer is invited to request clarification or respond to however he or she would like.
We are not reading as literary critics, but as readers. We don’t comment on structure, grammar, spelling, or form-unless the writer specifically requests. Instead, we answer such questions as:
What does it feel like to hear this work?
How would we describe this writer’s voice?
Where do we imagine the piece might go from here? (If applicable.)
Where did the piece really touch us, and where did we become confused?
Most participants end up thinking that the evening sessions are the best part of the retreat.
This programme starts on Sunday March 23 at 20:00 and ends on Saturday in the evening. You can choose to leave anytime next day, on Sunday March 30.
09:00-10:00 Meditation and journaling
10:00-12:30 Personal writing time
12:30-14:30 Lunch break
15:00-17:00 Personal writing time
17:00-17:30 Tea break
18:00-17:30 Dinner break
19:30-21:00 Evening session
“I had not written anything in a long time. The Writers’ Retreat gave me the space, time, and inward focus to let creativity happen naturally. I hadn’t realized how much I had to say. The meditation aspect of the retreat provided a peaceful structure where writing could be a pleasure once again instead of work.”
“I cannot recommend this writing and meditation retreat enough! Susan’s carefully considered practice schedule offers precisely the right balance of meditation and space in which to write. Her teaching style allows for full creative expression to unfold because she neither interferes with the writing process, nor does she abandon the writer to his or her own devices. The result is a profound deepening of the work of writing and the practice of meditation. I left with a much more sophisticated understanding of how these two practices are not only complimentary, but how meditation is crucial to the life of the writer. This is a very rare opportunity for anyone, indeed.”
This retreat is taught in English. Translation into other languages are available at no extra costs. Please give us notice of your request as early as possible - about 2 months in advance -, so that we can provide translation services. In case you register short-term please get in touch with us in case you need translation into your language.