Retreats

How to Write More, Write Better, and Be Happier: A Full-Day Retreat
Saturday
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.) For more info, visit http://www.oldclaryfarm.com/. 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.

Gentleheartedness: A Writing and Yoga Retreat
Sunday
November 3
12:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Good Commons Retreat Center, Plymouth, VT
Instructors: Deb Heimann and Joni Cole
$110 (early-bird price before October 7) or $125 (after October 7)
Dinner included. Yum!
As we ready ourselves for the various end-of-year holidays and cold starkness of the coming winter, many of us feel anxious, overwhelmed, and even grumpy. In this 8-hour retreat we welcome all who wish to cultivate gentleheartedness as a means of dissipating fear and anger and channeling the potency of kindness toward peace within ourselves and the world. We will call on ceremony to support our hearts; write from prompts that explore our relationship to peacefulness, gratitude, and tenderness; breathe and move in ways that nurture us; and share ourselves, our writing, and a meal. Pre-registration is required by contacting either one of the instructors: dhremote@earthlink.net or jonibethcole@gmail.com. For more info about Good Commons, visit www.goodcommons.com. For more info about Deb, visit http://howlinghoundyoga.com/workshops.

Quiescence: A Yoga and Expressive Writing Workshop
Saturday
January 11
12:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Upper Valley Yoga in WRJ
Instructors: Deb Heimann and Joni Cole
$55
In this intimately-sized 3-hour “retreat” we welcome all who wish to reap the warmth and quietude within ourselves. As part of the yoga experience, we will practice breathing exercises, poses, and heart-centered intention. We also will write from a “prompt” as a means of exploring and our thoughts and feelings on the page and aloud. Absolutely no yoga or writing experience is required to attend this retreat. Min. participation: 5; Max: 10. Pre-registration is required by contacting dhremote@earthlink.net.  


🎯 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