“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 inspiration 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.
“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
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!
Bring your hopes and dreams, your imagination and curiosity, and an open heart and mind. I promise you will leave feeling restored, rejuvenated, and inspired!
Note: 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 of workshop with Marlene before. Anyone new may contact her to arrange an individual consultation hour ($150) in lieu of a previous course or workshop.
The program will begin on March 18, Monday at 3pm and end on March 22, Friday at 1pm.