We can hardly believe it’s been almost a month since we checked out of our beautiful cottage at Cavendish Maples at the close of our first ever Writing Retreat.
We say it’s our first because we will have more.
Also, we are not calling it an annual retreat because we want to do more than one per year! Ideally, we will host a spring retreat and a fall retreat. This way, we’ll have two options to offer all of you busy writing folks, plus we get to selfishly squirrel away and write in solitude at least twice per year.
We thought it would be good to give a recap of the event here so that you can see what it was all about and so that we don’t forget all of the wonder that was in the Maples that weekend.
We checked into our lovely cottage and got right to the writing. Chris curled up under a tree (it was absolutely beautiful outside!), and I plopped down at a picnic table, and we wrote and wrote and wrote.
Other participants started to arrive throughout the afternoon, and soon we saw people out and about, walking around the property, writing under the trees, and just enjoying the gorgeous property.
We met most of the participants at Rachael’s Ristorante for dinner, and we all got to know each other a bit better before going back to the property around 7:30 and getting back to the writing!
For some (me) it started with very early morning writing, and for others (Chris included), it started with a lovely outdoor yoga session. We met for a 30-minute creative session at 8:30. I gave a prompt, and we talked about some creative writing techniques. Beyond that, there were no planned sessions through the day, so everyone just spent the day writing! (Some participants also took advantage of the gorgeous weather and went for a walk around the Cavendish area.)
That evening, we congregated around the fire for a read-aloud that lasted way longer than we’d planned (so much amazing talent!), and we all got back to our cottages around 11:30. We loved hearing all of the stories that came from the day and that were brought to share with us from other points in time.
It was a great weekend. Sitting around the campfire listening to everyone’s stories was wonderful. I appreciated all the encouragement you gave me as sharing my efforts does not come easy. ~Participant
Everyone in our cottage was up pretty early, eager to get some more writing in. Glorious. Later that morning, Chris gave a session on what happens after the manuscript is done in terms of editing and publishing and you have its.
We had trouble clearing out our cottage because everyone was enjoying chatting after such a lovely weekend.
Honestly, we hated to leave.
The only complaint was that everyone wished they had an extra day to write. So, we plan to extend the retreat to make it a four day event next time.
The weekend was magical, and, if you’re a writer, we hope you’ll consider joining us next time.
The Writer’s Retreat was just what I needed–some quiet, concentrated time to work on my writing. It was super productive for me. The setting was lovely and a very quiet time of the year!~ Participant