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Writing the Body, Dancing the Soul: A Spring Body Soul Writing Retreat for Women

Marlene Schiwy

March 12, 2018 - March 16, 2018

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

“To write is to note down the music of the world, the music of the body, the music of time.”  ~Hélenè Cixous, Rootprints

You are invited to join Marlene for a five-day residential Body Soul Writing Retreat for Women in March. Loon Lake Lodge and Retreat Centre is a beautiful oasis of peace and tranquility in Maple Ridge, an hour’s drive from Vancouver. Come and sink into your own writing and creative process. A variety of new writing prompts and guided meditations, the gentle support and stimulation of the group, the quiet beauty of the setting and delicious food, and abundant spaciousness for reverie and reflection will nourish your body and soul.

Our lives are often so busy that we lose touch with our own depths. The retreat will provide freedom to move, dream, and write according 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, as we explore our stories with wild and audacious abandon. We will invite, attend, and dance our stories and poems onto the page as mirrors of our soul’s journey. If you are involved in an ongoing writing project, this retreat offers the opportunity to immerse yourself and carry it forward.

Our workshop sessions will take place in a large, beautiful room overlooking the lake. There will also be unscheduled time to relax and write, walk around the lake, and enjoy a cup of tea and conversation with other women in the group. Evenings will include open readings and informal discussion of the writing process.

Join us for a time of nurturing retreat, creative exploration, and soulful companionship as we celebrate the turning of the seasons and welcome the arrival of spring. Please bring a large journal or notebook, a dream you are curious about, a yoga mat, comfortable clothes to move in, and a dancing skirt – just in case!

Please note that this retreat will not repeat material from previous Body Soul Writing Retreats. Return participants are most welcome. Ideally participants will have taken a course or workshop with Marlene before. Anyone new may contact her to arrange an individual consultation hour ($150) in lieu of a previous course or workshop.

In early February Marlene will send an email to registered participants. At that time she will discuss car-pooling options to Loon Lake Retreat Centre from Vancouver with you.

Dates: March 12, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - March 16, 2018 @ 1:00 pm

Led by

Marlene Schiwy

Fee: $1,425 (before January 1st, 2018); $1,575 (after January 1st, 2018)
(There will be a $50 surcharge for GF meals)

The all-inclusive program fee includes five days/four nights in Koerner Lodge, Loon Lake’s luxury accommodation. Lovely rooms with private bathrooms and amenities, all 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. Marlene promises you will leave feeling restored, rejuvenated, and inspired!

Please call or email if you are interested in joining us. Payment is due at the time of registration. Enrollment is limited. On the enrollment form you can indicate any food allergies or dietary restrictions you may have.

For More Information or to Register: Contact Dr. Marlene Schiwy, 604-734-3554, schiwy3@shaw.ca, http://www.marleneschiwy.com

Cancellation policy: If you withdraw before February 1, 2018, your payment minus $250 will be refunded. If you withdraw after February 1, 2018, your payment minus $250 will be refunded only if Marlene can find someone else to fill your space.


March 12, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
March 16, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
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