Why do I need a retreat?
Well-designed, a retreat can do wonders for your fed-up spirit, tired body, and stalled creative work.
They allow us to step out of our busy daily lives in order to reconnect with ourselves and realign towards the intentions that are most important to us.
Retreats are powerful getaways aimed at: healing, connecting with others, recharging, and nourishing our deepest selves and our creative work.
We strive to create a safe, supportive, and nourishing environment to help you settle into the work you need to do on retreat: look inward, reflect outward, and move both the body and your written words – all without judgement or heavy expectations, with patience and care, and a good, hearty laugh every now and then.
What level is the writing instruction?
Our retreats are open to all: casual journallers, beginning writers, regularly practicing writers, and those who are simple curious about putting their stories down on paper.
- Whether you are: answering a burning desire to write
- been pursuing a passion for personal essays for a few years
- working on an ambitious novel
- or just really, really like writing epic Facebook posts about your weekend adventures – you are welcome to explore your stories with us!
As Pat Schneider says, “Everyone is born with creative genius. Writing as an art form belongs to all people, regardless of economic class or educational level. A writer is someone who writes.”
The writing exercises we do are designed to help you connect with your own stories, engage with creative flow, get to know your writing self, and, simply put, help you express yourself. Oh, and we’ll have some fun!
As with the yoga practice that Kerry will lead, we will be taking it easy with the writing, moving into our words with mindfulness and attention to the stories that want to emerge.
Come write with us!
(If you are looking for more intensive writing workshops, Lauren also offers master classes and workshops on writing craft. Visit her website.)
What level is the yoga instruction?
Kerry has a warm and generous teaching style that’s open to everybody and every BODY.
She leads flow, restorative, and other yoga sessions with plenty of suggested adjustments to help you connect with your body no matter where you’re at with your flexibility. Her main focus is to encourage you to practice yoga in the way that works the best for you and your physical self.
(If you are looking for workshops focused solely on yoga, Kerry also offers a variety classes (including super snuggly cozy yoga). Follow her at stopdropdoyoga on Instagram.)
I am really nervous about being in a group, especially sharing what I write.
Loads of writers and creative folk are introverts (like Lauren, self-described as an extroverted-introvert, depending on the day).
Our main focus is to help you have the most nourishing experience you can. In doing this, we encourage you to answer your needs – if that means staying in silence for the day, that’s respected and totally fine!
Sometimes you may be invited to read what you wrote. This is because reading our words out loud can affirm our voices, make space for our stories, and help us learn that sharing our work can help us own our writing and get closer to being the writers we want to be! Having said that, when we do share the work, all of our writing is treated as fiction (this is so that we can feel free to write whatever we want, within a safe space). And, of course, if you don’t want to read, simply say pass.
But if you choose to read, be assured that because this writing experience is meant to help each of us connect more deeply with our writing, there won’t be any critiquing of this brand new writing, just respectful listening.
What if I’m late?
Believe us: we get it! Life happens. And it’s WAY better to show up late than not at all! The door might be closed, but come on in; you’ll find us either scribbling or stretching. Enter quietly, take your seat, and join us. 🙂
Do I have to attend every session at the retreat?
Our weekend retreats take place in beautiful, restful, and nourishing locations. As such, we invite you to take part in as much or as little as the programming as you like. You can take in everything, solely attend the writing sessions, or spend the weekend focussed on yoga. You are free to design a retreat that caters specifically to your current needs.
What do I need to bring?
If you have a yoga mat and bolster that you love and always use, bring that (we do have extras, though, as well as bolsters, blocks, and other needed yoga equipment).
Bring a notebook or journal (these are preferred over computers because using our hands to write gives a physicality which can help us connect more deeply to the flow of our words). But on a longer retreat, feel free to bring whatever you need to immerse into work on your project.
Bring a water bottle, cozy blanket, and clothes that are comfortable. Any other necessities will be outlined in emails preceding our events.
And finally: your creative, brave, amazing self!
How do I let you know about food sensitivities or other dietary needs?
Once you register for a workshop or retreat, we will send you a welcome and registration form asking some questions and inviting you to let us know about any concerns that need to be addressed so that you can have the best possible experience at our retreat.
Do you offer workshops in just writing or just yoga?
Yes! Both of us teach sessions dedicated solely to yoga and writing as well! Follow Kerry at stopdropyoga and visit Lauren at www.laurencarter.ca for more.