with Karen Hering
July 22-26, 2022
$295 early bird/$325 after June 22, plus meals and lodging
The open page always beckons the writer into uncharted territory. What is the role of our writing, for both the writer and the wider world, in times of great change? This writing retreat invites you to explore the shifting terrain of our times as fertile ground for creativity and for discovering our way into the unknown future. Whether you’re writing for publication or for yourself, whether you’re embarking on a new project or continuing to work on a writing piece started long ago, this retreat will provide encouragement, centering, and creative practices for keeping your heart open and your Muse alive and well as you put pen to page or fingers to keyboard.
The retreat is for experienced and emerging writers alike. Designed for writers of fiction, memoir, poetry and other forms, It offers: personal time for your own writing projects; optional daily guided writing sessions to spur your muse; gentle qigong and tai ji to listen to your body; and community meals and daily circles for abundant conversation, insight and laughter in creative exchanges with writing friends, new and old. Attend on your own, or with a writing partner or group.
Together, we’ll share the gifts and challenges of the writing life, supported by the Christine Center’s generous hospitality, delicious and nourishing meals, peaceful natural setting, and opportunities for silent meditation and spiritual direction or unleashing creativity in the arts studio.
NOTE: If it is not feasible for the retreat to be held in person and on site due to the pandemic, it will be offered as a virtual program, with careful attention to the limitations and gifts of online programming. A decision will be announced in early July, and additional online registrations may be available then.
Retreat Facilitator: Karen Hering is author of Trusting Change: Finding Our Way through Personal and Global Change (published June, 2022) and Writing to Wake the Soul: Opening the Sacred Conversation Within, winner of a Silver Nautilus award recognizing “literary contributions to spiritual growth, conscious living, … responsible leadership and positive social change.” She leads retreats and guided writing sessions that invite writers and nonwriters alike to explore the meaning unfolding in their lives, their work and their world. An ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, her literary ministry engages writing as a spiritual practice and a tool for healing and social action. For more information: www.karenhering.com.