Friday, November 15, 2013

Writer's Retreat Recharge

Post by Kerrie

It happened again...and I am so grateful. Another retreat, another memorable experience.

This past weekend was the Northern Colorado Writers annual writer's retreat. Because of date conflicts, we weren't able to book our event at our usual stomping grounds, Sylvan Dale Ranch. Which, in the long run, turned out to be a good thing, since the recent floods, ravaged the property and we would have had to cancel the retreat.

Instead we went north to the Shambhala Mountain Center (SMC) in Red Feather Lakes. Tucked away in the Roosevelt National Forest, with no cell phone service and Internet, SMC provided a great location for nine of us writers to escape our hurried lives and focus on our writing. The weekend was organized with uninterrupted writing time at the center, but we shared meals together and in the evenings there was optional group time.

Even though I spent most of the retreat alone getting a ton of writing done, I always looked forwarded to those times when we all got together. It was during these times that we all had the chance to get to know each other better and take part in common experiences that created special memories for our group.

I will always remember:
  • Our opening orientation with a SMC staff member who taught us the importance of coughing into the crook of our arm, how to dial 911 so we didn't get burned alive, and the proper techniques for fending off a moose, bear, mountain lion or deer attack.  
  • The great food and conversation we shared at meal times
  • Friday night social time talking about so many different topics while enjoying the contraband liquid (aka-wine) hidden in our Solo cups. (turns out there is a no alcohol policy at SMC).
  • Group field trip to the Stupa
  • Shoes on, shoes off, shoes on, shoes off...
  • Saturday night movie, 500 Days of Summer while enjoying snacks and Solo-Cup beverages
  • Setting goals during our opening circle up and celebrating during our final circle up the fact that everyone met and exceeded their goals.

    If you ever get a chance to participate in a group writing retreat, I highly recommend signing up. Chances are you will surprise yourself with the amount of writing you can accomplish and there will be the added bonus of strengthening current friendships along with making new friends.
When was the last time you went on a writing retreat?




Anonymous said...

It was a spectacular retreat, Kerrie and I'm so glad I was part of it. Made some great connections with the other attendees and got lots of writing done!

Dina Baird said...

I loved the retreat this year. They are always different, fun, and productive! Commiserating with a small group of writers in-between writing binges is so good for the soul. It's gives the same ease of living that a years worth of therapy and vino gives, only it does it in one weekend. I'm still enjoying the positive momentum of heighten creating and drive that our weekend together created. And I am still laughing about things that we experienced together as a group.

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