The Retreat

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"New Ways of Knowing Writing & Meditation Retreat is about being alone and together, embracing the solitude that feeds the work and deriving strength from the community that supports it.

Their message is clear: your writing is so important that we created this space for you.

At this retreat, you meet your pages head-on and accomplish what you set out to do. I arrived at the retreat with a laptop and a book idea in my head that had been begging for some time to be let out. By the time I caught my flight home, a good quarter of it had tumbled onto the page.

Was the retreat conducive to my creative process? It most certainly was!"

— Laurie Buchanan, author and retreat participant


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“From the food, the hospitality, the informative and timely instruction, to the poetry... and then there was also the grounding exercises and the meditation, and of course being mindful... And then there was the valley, the sunsets and the BIRDS....let alone the people! 

If I had to pick one or two, I would have to say that you two, Vi and Katie were the indispensable part of the retreat.”


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”I took a chance, based on a friend's recommendation and my own desires to write my life's experiences.  It is no chance; this event is a sure thing. The daily schedule undergirded our writing times without being obvious or dominant.

I experienced down-to-earth, helpful and timely feedback and encouragement. Hospitality was evident from the very first minute. We quickly became a community of writers, trusting the leadership and each other. We spent important time physically grounding ourselves each morning, and were led to use mindful meditation to further that grounding and to free the creative spirit within each of us. The place and the food were terrific!!

I recommend this retreat for anyone, from novice to experienced writer. It will inspire and motivate you.

Thank you Vi and Katie; you work together as a harmonious and well practiced team.”


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Writing… Getting it done!

“New Ways of Knowing: Meditation and Writing Retreat” was a very motivating experience. I am not one who calls herself a writer, but the facilitators gave me the encouragement I needed in a relaxed non-threatening way to start a project that has been in my thoughts for many years. I am planning to join a writers group as a result of this retreat which means I can now call myself a writer. It feels good!”

“I was productive beyond my expectation. When I counted the pages once home, I discovered 10 pages of written work, and more in my head that I can now write. Something has been unlocked in me. I am more free to write my story/stories, I believe. I discovered today that I actually like what I have written, and look forward to making time to write more!”

"Setting the week aside to work was tremendously helpful.  I made good progress on a big project."

"This was such a wonderful opportunity for me to dust off my writing skills and dig into some important emotional work that I have shoved below the surface for many, many years.  If I don't carve out time for a writing project, I recognize that it will not happen. I am very easily distracted when I try to write at home, so this opportunity to find a corner and dedicate it solely to writing was important to my productivity."

"Thanks so much for all that you did to make this a wonderful week for me. It was such a breath of fresh air for my creative self!"


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Community

"The camaraderie, knowing that others were writing alongside me, encouraged me to keep slugging through the challenges of writing. Knowing that others are also writing is empowering for me. We’re in this together through the challenges and the successes."

"I recognized, again, how helpful it is to write in community. I wanted to be accountable and to help others do the same. I also enjoyed the mindfulness exercises."


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Vi’s Facilitation

Vi's feedback in particular was very helpful in giving me names for some of what I was doing, and in her responses to my writing. She gave me more confidence in thinking of myself as a writer, something I have shied away from all of my life. She gave both technical suggestions and more overall responses, both of which I have been wanting more of and finding it hard to come by.”

"Your voice is so perfect for this retreat and conducive to my creativity. You have useful and amazing resources; it’s brilliant.

"As a writer and creator, this retreat was amazing. Your morning readings were very helpful."


Katie's Teaching

"I'm so grateful to have discovered Katie! She's an EXCELLENT listener, very patient, has access to an abundance of resources to recommend, and tailored the sessions to fit my needs. I highly recommend Katie to everyone looking to initiate or deepen their meditation practice, or introduce greater mindfulness into their lives."

"Katie worked with me with patience, openness, and kindness. She essentially modeled the qualities that I hoped to instill in myself, toward myself— a patience with repetitive thoughts, an acceptance of difficult emotions, and an openness to whatever arises."

"Katie is wonderful. Her presence is calming and peaceful. The atmosphere she creates is very calming and accepting. She elicits participation in a very engaging, tactful, and welcoming way."