Summer Writing Retrea





 Writing Retreat for Women in Pescadero, California

 Monday, August 13 – Sunday August 19, 2018

Join us for a weeklong immersion into your writing and the natural world. Staying at a comfortable lodge, we will use language, poetry & soulful witness to deepen our own writing, allowing our authentic voice to flow, and emerging with clarity and vision for our lives and creative work.

Writing ImmersionWe will write every day, with exercises that invite 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.

Coastal Redwoods:  Venture Retreat is in the stunning California coastal 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.

Solitude & 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.

Pursue 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.

Massage, Hot Tub & Pool: Venture Retreat has an excellent onsite massage IMG_1815therapist, a 60-foot swimming pool & hot tub for relaxation and stargazing.

IMG_1734Accommodations and Meals: Shared double bedrooms & camping options 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.

Massage & PoolExcellent onsite massage therapist, 60-foot swimming pool, and hot tub.

Accommodations and MealsShared double bedrooms & camping options are available. Meals will be delicious, simple, organic, and local.  Special diets can be accommodated.

Testimonials 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. Being with Carolyn and the community that gathers around her is inspirational and profound. I highly recommend it.”  Judy Tsafrir, MD, Boston, MA          MORE TESTIMONIALS

Cost and Early RegistrationCost includes all meals, access to retreat facilities, accommodations & writing instruction. Early Registration before March 30, 2018: $1750 for double room.  After March 30: $1850 for double room. Campers receive $100 discount. Scholarships are available. To enroll, send an email to Carolyn. Non-refundable deposit of $250 due upon registration.  Balance is due by June 20, 2018.

For TravelersCheck-in will be at 1 pm on Monday, August 13, with the first session at 3 pm. We’ll finish on Sunday August 19 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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Massage  (massage hut shown left)