Dreams, Desire & Delight: A BodySoul Writing Retreat for Women

Marlene Schiwy
November 1-4, 2013

You are invited to join Marlene for a three night residential Body Soul Writing Retreat for Women in November. 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!


November 1-4, 2013, Friday 3pm-Monday 2pm


Ideally participants will have taken a course or workshop with me before. 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:

Please call or email if you are interested in joining us.
Payment is due at the time of registration and enrolment is limited.
Contact Marlene Schiwy at schiwy3@shaw.ca, 604-734-3554, http://www.marleneschiwy.com


Single rooms with shared bath


Fee includes tuition for workshop, accommodations, all organic meals/snacks and materials.

Fee: $850 if enrolled before August 1; $925 if enrolled after August 1