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Start Where You Are: Writing/Mindfulness Retreat – G2007216CDS

Workshop ID: G2007216CDS
Dates: July 12 - July 18
Price: $775.00 - $1,540.00

We know that practicing mindfulness and meditation lowers stress, improves health, strengthens relationships, improves concentration, and increases happiness. But did you know that practicing mindfulness can also help you tap into your creativity and become a more skillful writer? This weeklong combination writing workshop and mindfulness meditation retreat invites writers and meditators at all levels to delve deeply into both practices. The retreat?s daily guided meditations have been designed to feed our writing, helping us to be present to experience, forge a strong mind/body connection, and access emotion and empathy?all important tools for rendering the world on the page. The meditations are supported by prompted bursts of free writing, which are especially useful for tapping our creative energy and bypassing the internal judge that keeps us from our most original and fearless writing. We will begin our days with a morning free write–you’ll be amazed what happens when you free write close to the dream state! We’ll share this morning writing with a partner–a different one each day. This will be followed by a guided meditation (or two) focused on a specific aspect of writing craft, and a discussion (using examples from published works) of how to best use that skill. This will be followed by more prompted free writing and sharing our work for feedback in a supportive environment. We’ll have time in the afternoons to work on our writing before we come together (after dinner) for a One Page Salon. During the salon, everyone will be invited to read one page of their writing to the group to thunderous applause…because we rarely have enough applause in our lives! We will close with a calming meditation to send everyone off to sleep. The workshop/retreat will take full advantage of the inspiring landscape and peace of Ghost Ranch–some of our mindfulness practices will take us outdoors. By the end of the week, everyone will have the tools to begin both a daily meditation practice and a daily writing practice. Because this workshop/retreat is designed to help us develop the calm, mindful presence necessary for accessing our creativity, it is equally appropriate for seasoned writers (and meditators) as well as enthusiastic beginners.


Package Price
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Communal Bath$1,195.00
Camping w/Electricity & RV - No Meals$850.00
Camping w/Electricity & RV - Meals$1,055.00
Camping - No Meals$785.00
Camping - Meals$990.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Shared Bath$1,465.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Private Bath$1,540.00
Janis Newman

Janis Cooke Newman is the author of the LA Times Book Prize Finalist and USA Today’s Historical Novel of the Year,  Mary; Mrs. A. Lincoln, as well as the SF Chronicle Best Book of 2015,

Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate. Prices are presented for each of the types of lodging available for the workshop you select. Some art workshops will have an additional list of course materials and supplies that can be purchased or you will be asked to bring with you.
  • Note: Some courses (especially studio courses and plein air painting courses) can carry an additional material list or expense.
All rates are Per Person, Double Occupancy unless otherwise specified. Single Occupancy: Single occupancy rooms may be reserved for an additional $50 per night for rooms with communal bath, $100 per night for rooms with private or shared bath when space is available. The fee will be charged when space is confirmed. Single occupancy lodging is generally not available during June and July. If you are a single person and do not specify a roommate, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned to share your lodging space. For more information or if you would like to attend this workshop, but do not need lodging, please call the Registrar's Office at 505.685.1017 ext 4155 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available Sunday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.

Three ways to register:

  1. Download printable registration form and mail to: Ghost Ranch Registrar, 280 Private Drive 1708, Abiquiu, NM 87510. OR scan and email your completed form to:
  2. Register by telephone at 505.685.1017 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available Thursdays - Mondays, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.
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