Writing Retreat in Pescadero

 Sunday-Friday, September 16 – 21, 2018


Join us for an incomparable five-day immersion into writing, spirit and the natural world. Staying at a beautiful lodge, we will use language, dreams and story to deepen into the soul of our writing,  our spiritual lives, and our most authentic creative voice.

Writing Immersion:  We will write every day, with exercises that IMG_2253invite you to explore new aspects of your creative voice. Our writing circles are always vibrant, safe & productive, with deep witness and helpful feedback.  This retreat is appropriate for new and experienced writers.


IMG_2309Pursue a Writing Project:  Writers working on a particular project are welcome to devote the retreat to a writing theme or book, and make significant progress in a quiet, productive and beautiful setting, with support from a circle of remarkable writers.


Coastal Redwoods:  Venture Retreat is in the stunning California Redwoods-2coastal redwoods of Pescadero, an hour north of Santa Cruz.  We will have easy access to spectacular wild Pacific north coast beaches, and to Butano State Park, with wildflower meadows, walking trails and peaceful woodlands.


IMG_2263Solitude & QuietOur small group will have Venture Retreat lodge and grounds to ourselves. There will be periods of restful silence, and we will let the earth nurture us, gathering around a fire at night under the stars.
Accommodations and Meals: Shared double bedrooms & camping IMG_1734options are available.  Meals will be delicious, simple, organic, and local. Special diets can be accommodated.

Consultations: Carolyn will offer individual meetings on editing, writing themes & creative vision.


IMG_2340Testimonials from Summer 2016 Retreat:  “The writing and the consciousness Carolyn facilitates connect me with myself, others, the land and the Spirits in a way that is quite rare and beautiful. Inspirational and profound.”  Judy Tsafrir, MD, Boston, MA         

“The meals were fabulous home-cooked creations and the evening fireside sharing were true nourishment for the body and soul.” — Sarojani Rohan, Santa Cruz, CA

“Carolyn honors that which cannot be taken away or destroyed.  She honors every aspect of your story which wants to be told, every aspect which may be buried or hidden under the ashes of fear or the heaviness of the past.”  Laurel deGrassi, Santa Cruz, CA

“Each time we meet, I am more impressed with the beauty and thoughtfulness with which Carolyn holds the circle of writers.” — Barbara, Santa Cruz

“Carolyn  combines a passion for the craft of writing with the sympathetic ear of a bartender and the soulful insight of a shaman.” — Mary Camille Thomas, Santa Cruz

“An ideal location to rest, muse, connect with our earth mother and write.  Carolyn ‘collaborated’ with the beautiful natural environment to nurture and encourage the creative process. I loved that there was also time allotted to be in silence, to be with oneself.” — Linda Serrato, Chico, CA


Cost and Early Registration$1,350 includes all meals, retreat IMG_1707facilities, double room accommodations & writing instruction, with early registration before April 20, 2018.   After April 20: $1,450 for double room. Campers receive $100 discount. Scholarships are available. To enroll, send an email. Non-refundable deposit of $250 due upon registration.  Balance is due by June 20, 2018.

For Travelers:  Check-in will be at 1 pm on Sunday, August 12, with the first session at 3 pm. We’ll finish on Friday, August 17 at 11:30 am, after a morning session.

Cancellation PolicyCancellations before June 20, 2018 will be refunded less the $250 non-refundable deposit.  After June 20, cancellations can only be refunded if it is possible to fill your spot.



 “Instructions for living a life.
Pay attention.

 Be astonished.
Tell about it.”  

— Mary Oliver

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