Openhearted Writing Retreat

Writing retreat with Heather Plett
August 10-14, 2019

Your stories have the power to inspire, heal and unite. They can help form communities, heal wounds, and initiate social change. 

This writing retreat is for everyone who believes in the power of the written word. Whether you write for publication or for your own journal, there is something here for you. 

The retreat will take place on August 10-14, 2019 at Linwood House on the Sunshine Coast, B.C., Canada.

What makes this writing retreat unique is the depth to which it will take you in your personal exploration. As you dive into your own stories, you will discover things about yourself that you never knew before, you’ll be invited to tell the truth in a way that gives you freedom, and you will have the opportunity to heal old wounds that have kept you from growing.

Once you have explored those stories for your own benefit, you will begin to consider the benefit those stories might have for others. You’ll explore what it means to have a unique voice that sets your writing apart from anyone else’s and you’ll practice using that voice in a variety of ways.

This retreat emerges out of a lifetime of my own writing. My journal has been my companion through many of life’s challenges and triumphs. When a major life event changes me, I make meaning of that event on the pages of my journal. Once those words have helped to heal and grow me, I find a way to share them with the world in an openhearted way. That sharing has changed lives.

It started in university, nearly thirty years ago, when I wrote my first play about a sexual assault that had happened a few years earlier when a man climbed through my bedroom window. After that event, my journal was my therapist and healer, and eventually those words made their way into a script. When I witnessed the power of my words to heal not only me but the people who saw that play, I knew that I was onto something important. Since then, I have been teaching other people to find their own healing and then to extend that healing to others through their openhearted writing.

This retreat will provide a nurturing environment in which you can crack open your heart and bravely tell the truth about your own stories. You will walk away changed.

You should come if you are:

  • in search of personal healin
  • want to explore the power of journal-writing for healing and growth
  • want to share your personal stories to help others heal and grow

In this retreat we’ll:

  • learn to be more openhearted in our writing,
  • dig into our personal stories and consider what value they might have to others,
  • explore resistance and fear and find ways to address it, and
  • discover more about our own unique voices and what those voices have to say

This retreat will combine personal writing time with community learning and sharing time. We’ll practice being in circle together so that we can learn from each other and grow our own courage in sharing our stories. There are lots of spaces on the beautiful grounds of Linwood House where you’ll be able to curl up with your journal and pen, surrounded by the deep quiet of the natural world.

We have timed this retreat so that it is immediately before the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written ArtsCanada’s longest running summer gathering of Canadian writers and readers. For an additional cost, you’ll have the option of staying at Linwood House for the duration of the Festival. 

Retreat costs and registration information will be available in early 2019. If you’d like to be notified as soon as registration opens, contact us with that request (and be sure to name which retreat you’re referring to).

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