Saturday, August 25, 2012

Follow the Pen: A Two-Day Journey to Fearless Writing (writing retreat for women | North Carolina)

Post date: Saturday, August 25, 2012
Deadline: 22 October 2012 (sign-up dealine)

This two-day, non-residential writing retreat for women in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina, inspires women writers to explore creativity and give voice to their truth in a safe circle.

Follow the Pen: A Two-Day
Journey to Fearless Writing
November 10 - 11, 2012
Montreat Conference Center
Montreat, NC


While writing in a safe supportive circle of women, you will experience the relationship between soul-making and writing. You will learn Centered Writing Practice™, a tool that can free your creativity, support your inner journey, and transform your outer life. This practice “follows the pen,” leaving the subconscious free to lead you where you need to go. No writing experience is necessary, only an open mind and heart.

You will find support and encouragement for your creative journey, which ultimately is the journey to revealing your center, your true self, your soul.

To gain maximum benefit from this retreat, Peggy suggests you read her award-winning book Women, Writing, and Soul-Making: Creativity and the Sacred Feminine prior to arrival. You will be given the opportunity to buy the book for a special price when you register for the retreat.


Montreat, North Carolina, is located twenty miles east of downtown Asheville near Black Mountain. Fall is a perfect time to explore this community with its wide variety of native flora and fauna, gently flowing streams, and colorful mountainMCC Montreat Gate vistas. Multiple trails wind through hundreds of acres of wilderness surrounding the town, along creeks, across rustic bridges, and through preserved woodland areas. If you are flying in, please see the Visiting Asheville page.

Our retreat will be held on the first floor of the Katherine & Thomas Belk Center at Left Bank on the shores of Lake Susan. This facility is part of Montreat Conference Center, which along with Montreat College, is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA).

*ClarityWorks is not affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA) or any other religious or spiritual organization.

MEALS AND ACCOMMODATIONS: Two lunchtime meals are included in your retreat fee. Commuters are welcome to this retreat. If you need accommodations, you will be given the option of reserving a room at the Assembly Inn across the street from the meeting place. Other accommodations are available at the conference center and the town of Black Mountain has many B&Bs, privately owned motels, and national chain motels and offers a variety of restaurants.

TIME AND AGENDA: This retreat will begin and end on time. Please allow time for parking and check-in. Bring a notebook and pen; we will not use tables, so you may want a clipboard, lapdesk, or a stiff-backed book to use as a writing surface.

  • 8:30 to 9:00: Check-in
  • 9:00 to 12:00: Writing in Circle
  • 12:00 to 2:00: Lunch at Assembly Inn, time to explore Montreat and/or write on your own
  • 2:00 to 4:00: Writing in Circle
  • 4:00 to 4:30: Q & A
  • 9:00 to 12:00: Writing in Circle
  • 12:00 to 1:00: lunch at Left Bank
  • 1:00 to 2:30: Writing in Circle
  • 2:30 to 3:30: Closing and Q & A

Cost: $345 (cost includes the program, two lunches, and a copy of Women, Writing and Soul-Making! Your book will be shipped upon registration).

This retreat is limited to 20 women.

 Montreat Conference Center is handling registration for the retreat. When you register you will also have the option of reserving accommodations at Assembly Inn. Register here.


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