Retreats

Abundance: A Yoga and Writing Workshop
Saturday
August 3
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Upper Valley Yoga (down the hall from the Writer’s Center)
Instructors: Deb Heimann and Joni Cole
$55
In this intimately-sized 3-hour “retreat” we welcome all who wish to revitalize their spirit through a combination of yoga and expressive writing. As part of the yoga practice, we will refresh through breathing exercises, poses to open channels of vitality, and heart-centered intention. We also will write from a “prompt” as a means of exploring our thoughts and feelings on the page, and sharing our journey forward. Absolutely no yoga or writing experience is required to attend this retreat. Min. participation: 5;  Max: 10.  Pre-registration is required by contacting either one of the instructors: dhremote@earthlink.net or jonibethcole@gmail.com.

Practicing Non-Judgment: A Meditation and Writing Retreat
Friday, September 20    
5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.   
Shambhala Center of White River Junction (158 S Main Street)  
Hosts: Jeffrey Slayton and Joni Cole
Free, but donations are appreciated
As humans, part of our mind’s natural capacity is to analyze and try to make sense of our experience. When this process is unconscious we can have a tendency for our analysis to turn into habitual judgement of others and ourselves. While our amazing capacity to make sense of our experience can positively inform our relationships, harboring harsh, perhaps old, and unfounded judgments–whether directed outward or inward–can take a toll on our happiness and health. This workshop offers participants the opportunity to practice ways of letting go of blame and judgment; to shift our minds into a more open, supportive, and tranquil space. During this retreat we will practice sitting and walking meditation.  We also will write from a “prompt,” as a means of inspiring a freedom of expression and rich creative flow. Absolutely no meditation or writing experience is required to attend this retreat. Please join us!  For more info: contact: shambhala.whiteriver@gmail.com or jonibethcole@gmail.com.

How to Write More, Write Better, and Be Happier: A Full-Day Retreat
November 2
9:30 – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Joni Cole
$175
Location: Old Clary Farm, 684 Taylor Farm Road, Greensboro, VT
This retreat will help you cultivate a healthy and productive creative process that will serve you now, and for the rest of your writing life. You’ll learn tips and techniques to get started and stay motivated. You’ll receive quality instruction on craft. You’ll also find inspiration and generate new material through writing prompts and other forms of sustenance, most notably gathering within a supportive community. As part of the retreat, everyone is encouraged to bring 3-4 pages of writing to share for appreciation and quality critique. Both nervous beginners and seasoned authors are welcome—this workshop meets you where you’re at in your writing life, and moves you forward from there. Minimum participation 5. Max 8. Please leave your inner critic at home. (Bring a brown bag lunch; beverages and snacks provided.) To register, email Isa Oehry at isa@isaoehry.com. Note: Workshop registration must be paid in full prior to the retreat, and is non-refundable for cancellations within two days of the event.

Quienscence: A yoga and writing workshop
Saturday, December 7
9:00 a.m – noon
Central Street Yoga, Taftsville, VT
Instructors: Deb Heimann and Joni Cole
$55
In this intimately-sized 3-hour “retreat” we welcome all who wish to revitalize their spirit through a combination of yoga and expressive writing. As part of the yoga practice, we will refresh through breathing exercises, poses to open channels of vitality, and heart-centered intention. We also will write from a “prompt” as a means of exploring our thoughts and feelings on the page, and sharing our journey forward. Absolutely no yoga or writing experience is required to attend this retreat. Min. participation: 5;  Max: 10.  Pre-registration is required by contacting either one of the instructors: dhremote@earthlink.net or jonibethcole@gmail.com


🎯 Host a full-day retreat with instructor Joni B. Cole!
You provide the space and participants, and experienced workshop facilitator Joni Cole will tailor a full-day (9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) retreat to help you and your group cultivate a healthy and productive creative process. You’ll learn tips and techniques to get started and stay motivated. You’ll receive quality instruction on craft. You’ll also find inspiration and generate new material through writing prompts. The retreat also offers the opportunity to share pages with the group for personalized feedback. Both nervous beginners and seasoned authors are welcome—this workshop meets you where you’re at in your writing life, and moves you forward from there. $185 per participant (free for the host). Minimum 5 participants. Maximum 9. Contact: jonibethcole@gmail.com