The 2018 Autumn Retreat
The 2018 Autumn Retreat
New pricing TBD - we are adding an extra day!
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I'm so glad I get to live in a world with Octobers. ~Anne Shirley
October 2018 Dates TBD
More about the center:
The campus consists of the Founders’ farmhouse, 21 cabins, a lodge, and a 5,200-square-foot Retreat Center known as the Barn at Boyds Mills, 10 miles from Honesdale, Pennsylvania.
The Barn has several relaxed classroom-like areas, a Great Hall, an outdoor fireplace and a giant kitchen. There is space for meetings, meals and just hanging out. The Lodge contains eight private rooms with private baths, and a great room for getting together with others, or just relaxing.
This intimate and inspiring setting in the Pocono Mountains features serene walking trails; a 1,300-acre forest; a creek that runs to the nearby Delaware; crisp, clean days; and night skies blanketed with stars.
Here’s what you can expect when you arrive:
- A cozy, private place to stay, with a writing table and other amenities, including hot beverage center and round the clock snacks
- A full schedule, name tag, and special gift from Pneuma
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner: Farm-style meals are prepared by a top-notch chef and mealtimes are perfect for lively discussions. Snacks are always available for late-night or early morning writing sessions.
- Computers and printers available for your use
- Respect for the sanctity of your creative space
Pneuma Creative founder and writing & mindfulness coach / author Heather Demetrios will be leading the retreat with fabulous YA author and manuscript doctor Ingrid Sundberg. You’ll be hanging out with us and up to twenty of your new best friends: your Pneuma sisters-in-arms, word warriors who are with you on this crazy, beautiful, maddening, wonderful journey of living your life as a writer.
What this covers:
Your own cabin at the retreat center, three scrumptious and healthy meals (including snacks, coffee, tea, wine, beer, etc. - seriously, like some of the best food you will ever eat) each day, lectures on craft, creativity, and publishing by Heather and Ingrid, workshops of your work and those of your cohorts with editorial letters from your workshop leader (either Heather or Ingrid), one-one-one meeting with your workshop leader about your work-in-progress, one-on-one coaching session with Heather, guided meditation session each morning with Heather, generative writing exercises and lots of free time for writing, late-night good times (think wine, adult board games, and confessionals), a transformative weekend with your fellow creative women word warriors who will inspire the shit out of you.
The Skinny on the Writing Situation
We will be divided into two workshop groups, one led by Heather, and one by Ingrid. Six weeks before the retreat, you will submit the first chapter of your work-in-progress (no more than 15 pages) to Heather. She will compile a PDF of your workshop group, which your group will receive in time to read and make comments before the retreat. There will be 3 workshop days (Fri/Sat/Sun) and three or so pieces will be discussed each day. More info will be sent out on this whole process over the summer and you will be contacted by your workshop leader regarding anything else you need to bring or prep.
You will have a one-on-one meeting with your workshop leader after your piece is workshopped and you will also receive an editorial letter from them. There will be opportunities for generative writing exercises during the retreat and optional readings in the evenings (think reciting wacky haikus written on the spot or writing your own obituary and reading it to us with gusto). My fellow shy introverts can be supportive audience members—no theatrics required.
Why go on a retreat?
Never thought you’d ask! Retreats give us space to breathe, allow us to fill our creative wells, and give us enormous creative energy. They are almost always life changing. At this retreat, you will write, receive feedback, learn to meditate (optional), hang out with likeminded artists, and be surrounded by beautiful autumn nature. This is restorative, transformative, and deeply inspirational. It’s an investment in yourself and your future as a writer, both creatively and professionally. Also? It’s going to be a blast. Can’t wait to see you!
Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald