Dreams, Desire & Delight: A Body Soul Writing Retreat for Women

Marlene Schiwy
April 4-7, 2014

“Let your body become the music. Let her sing. Let your pen walk in the twilight between consciousness and unconscious. There, it will find such images, such ideas as you could never find.”    Marion Woodman, Coming Home to Myself


You are invited to join Marlene for a three night residential Body Soul Writing Retreat for Women in April. Bethlehem Retreat Centre is a beautiful, nurturing oasis of peace and soulfulness on the shores of Westwood Lake in Nanaimo. Come and sink into your own writing and creative process, nourished by the quiet beauty of the setting, the gentle support of the group, and the delicious, organic meals.


Our daily lives are often so rushed and busy that we lose touch with our own depths. This retreat will provide freedom and spaciousness for your body and soul to move to your own rhythm. In a sacred circle of women, we will write and share, meditate and move, dance and draw, ripen and deepen, laugh and weep together. Following the ancient Greek tradition of thiasos, we will be a company of women attentive to the mystery in things and to our own bodysoul stirrings. We will invite, attend, and welcome our stories, journal entries and poems onto the page as mirrors of our soul’s journey. No one will be pressured to go beyond what is comfortable.


Morning and afternoon sessions will take place in a beautiful workshop room. There will be unscheduled time to write and relax, walk the labyrinth and around the lake, and enjoy conversation with other women in the group. You are welcome to bring writing-in-progress. Evenings will include open readings, a DVD, and discussion. If time permits, I may share excerpts from my current book manuscript.


I hope you can join us for this time of nourishing retreat, creative exploration, and soulful companionship. Please bring your journal or a large notebook, a dream you are curious about, comfortable clothes to move in and a yoga mat, and a dancing skirt, just in case!


April 4-7, 2014, Friday 3pm-Monday 2pm



Ideally participants will have taken a course or workshop with Marlene Schiwy before this workshop. If space permits, anyone new may contact me to arrange an individual consultation hour ($130) in lieu of a previous course or workshop.

How to Register:

Contact Dr. Marlene Schiwy at schiwy3@shaw.ca, 604-734-3554, http://www.marleneschiwy.com


$850, if registered before January 15; $925 if registered after January 15.

The all-inclusive program fee includes four days/ three nights at Bethlehem Retreat Centre with accommodation in single rooms with shared bathrooms, all organic meals and snacks, workshop tuition and materials, and several surprises. Bring your hopes and dreams, your imagination and curiosity, and an open heart and mind.