Maine Coast Writers Retreats

            ...cultivating the heart of expression 

Update: Due to the unknowns of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are postponing retreats until autumn 2021. The good news is we offer a variety of online opportunities to write and make art including mini-retreats via Zoom. For more information, please click here.


Maine Coast Writers Retreats offer experiences in inspiration, creativity, and craft set against the backdrop of spruce wood magic and the spaciousness of sky, lake, and sea. We gather during the quieter seasons to generate new writing and share our work fresh from the page. Combining the Gateless Writing Method, the Gestalt Cycle of Experience, and Adventures in Word and Image, we hold our process in the appreciative stance, honoring the genius and courage in us all. Craft is taught through the process of naming what shines. We relish in the spontaneity of our time together and offer support in the next phase of our writing practices back home. 

Our schedule is structured with ample time for “writing without the brakes” generative prompts and includes strategies for practicing self-care for creatives, such as, guided and walking meditations, tactile/visual art activities, acclimatization to the natural world, guided solos, Tai Chi/Qigong and/or massage, and community engagement. Time is built into the workshop for personal writing and for availing yourself of our many local treasures alone or with others, but we recommend that participants who come from afar tack on a day or two for extra time spent in further exploration of our treasured landscape.


If you already love Maine to pieces, or you've been curious to see the green woods and glistening waters, grab your spot soon. There's no better place to drum up the muses than in the magical state of Maine.


Woo Your Pages, Valentine's Weekend, February 12-14, 2021 (On-Line)

Cozy up in our Gateless Writers "Zoom Cocoon" for a special half-weekend that focuses on generative writing "coupled" with the pleasing practice of polish to publish. On our opening night you'll generate a new piece of writing centering on themed prompts of love (in all of its form) and the creative power of passion. On Saturday morning, you'll re-visit your piece and bring your exploratory questions to the page, writing about revision, chatting with each other about what you learned. On Saturday afternoon, you'll take another look at the same piece, work on re-writes, and share your new version to the group. The writing work with be supported by two relaxing art projects interspersed along the way. All levels of experience are welcome. Feel free to contact me with any questions via our contact sheet here. 

Salty Girls!, June 10-13th, 2021 (Hold the dates and stay tuned!)


By Land and By Sea, October 7-10, 2021 (Fingers crossed!)

Three days and three nights of Gateless Writing Salons in response to Moments of Nature on the beautiful Pemaquid Peninsula. Walk to the water's edge to find inspiration in the stillness or ripples and waves. This workshop will include special outings  and more than one bountiful feast. 


Price includes accommodations for three nights and three days ($895 for private room/bath, $745 for private room/shared bath), all meals locally sourced whenever possible, seven salons, and materials. A reading and pop-up shop will be held Saturday night, a chance to share work that you bring. We reserve four spots for commuters at $495. Commuter spots are great for local writers and for travelers who wish to secure lodgings on their own.









Your Facilitator

Jodi Paloni brings passion, unrelenting curiosity, and a variety of interests to the facilitation of her retreats that include writing, great food, art-making, and connection to the natural world. A career educator for over thirty-years, Jodi is also a certified ICF and Gestalt Coach specializing in creativity and life transitions, and a trained instructor in both the Gateless Writing Method and Sequencing: Making is Knowing. She holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and an MS in Environmental Studies from Antioch New England Graduate School. 


They Could Live With Themselves is Jodi's collection of linked stories set in the fictional New England town of Stark Run. She's an IPPY Silver Medalist and a three-time finalist for the Maine Literary Awards. She has been a Kenyon Review Summer Writers' Workshop Peter Taylor Fellow and an AWP Writer to Writer Mentor. Jodi has received support from the 2019 Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance fellowship at Monson Arts and the 2018 literary arts residency at the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center based on the submission excerpted from her current work, a novel-in-stories set in mid-coast Maine where she lives and works as a freelance writer, editor, and teacher of writing workshops and retreats. She teaches state-wide for Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. Manuscript services in project development and editorials and private writing support are available upon request.



"My creativity blossomed under Jodi’s masterful facilitation. Her positive feedback, along with that of the other participants, continues to encourage me to keep writing."

                  ~Jane Honeck, accountant, financial coach, author of The Problem With Money


"Jodi Paloni is a gifted facilitator—generous, humorous, and gentle."  

                  ~ Mary Lou Bagley, artist, actress, author of the novel Otherwise

"I feel so very blessed to have spent the days with such an amazing group of writing women!"

                  ~ Kathy Pell, teacher, service coordinator, author of "Flying South" (Gemini Magazine)





Photos by Kristin Dillon at Blue Horse Photography

and Jodi Paloni

© 2016 Jodi Paloni