Cultivate a Daily Writing Practice, based on Devotion. 

Orvieto, Italy.  

Nov. 11-17, 2018. 

Writing is inner work.  Inner work is spiritual work.  Writing is spiritual work.  

Since 2012, I have been helping writer's unlock, as Rilke says, "the images imprisoned within you' and realize their writing potential.  Using principles such as gratitude, surrender, and supplication often associated with devotional practices, I offer ways to break the silence of the page and achieve writing abundance, the state where the well is emptied only to be filled again the next day and the next and the next.  

This workshop is not religious.  I don't teach religious views or beliefs.  I do draw from teachings found across spiritual disciplines, and, also, from the wisdom and experience of artists, writers, philosophers, activists, and creative thinkers to help writers find their creative expression.    

The workshop is for writers working in any genre, and all levels of experience.  I've worked writers just beginning to dare words on a page, writers who have published several books but need to be inspired again, and writers everywhere in between. 

The ancient hill town of Orvieto, Umbria, Italy about an 11/2 hours north of Rome and south of Florence, serves as our inspiring backdrop for the week, and Hotel Duomo, a family-run boutique hotel, steps from Orvieto's famous cathedral, is our home.  

Orvieto is a stunning city set on a promontory overlooking the Tiber Valley.  When you aren't writing its' numerous cultural sites, nature hikes, restaurants, art galleries, and shops will provide further inspiration.

The retreat is limited to 8 people.  I feel this is a large enough group to form a vibrant writing community, yet small enough so everyone's writing receives attention, and feedback.  Although this is not a workshop for critiquing work, we do respond to each other's writing daily.  We become listeners for each other, mirrors.    

Each day we convene from 10-1 for writing and discussion.  

I start each class by talking about some aspect of writing, craft or the writing life; and follow this with in class writing exercises.  The writing generated during this time is used to build further exercises designed to open us, inspire us, and help us mine the themes and images which energize our individual work.  

In the evenings we reconvene for readings by the group, writing, and dinner in town. 

The cost of this retreat is only $1,495.00 and includes 5- 3 hour workshops (Monday-Friday), 6 nights hotel accommodation at Hotel Cuomo, breakfast daily, and an orientation on Sunday evening complete with local wine, cheeses, meats, oils and olives.   

The cost does not include transportation to and from Orvieto or meals other than breakfast.  

Questions, and to register, email [email protected]  

View of Orvieto


Piazza del Duomo


A Good Week of Writing 

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