Maine Coast Writers Retreats
There's no better place to drum up the muses than in the magical state of Maine.
Writers gather during the quieter seasons on the coast of Maine to generate new writing and share their work fresh from the page in a supportive circle of kind listeners.
We typically meet for an extended weekend, beginning on a Thursday or Friday evening, and immerse in retreat until Sunday noon. Our schedule is structured around a series of Gateless Writing Salons. Each salon allows ample time to explore new ways in to each writer’s story with a sudden prompt, writing without the brakes on, and through longer writing sessions, alone among others, from a choice of generative prompts.
Some salons involve journey mapping and art-making and/or taking hikes in nature to attune to the natural world and write outdoors. We engage in guided and walking meditations, tactile and visual art activities, acclimatization in nature, Tai Chi/Qigong, and/or massage.
Over meals, we discuss strategies for practicing self-care as creatives, how to create and protect creative time, how to approach editing and publishing, whatever topics are alive in the moment. Late afternoons allow time for relaxation, to talk with others, and to avail writers of our many local treasures.
On Saturday evening, we host a reading, where writers bring work they’ve polished at home or a segment of another writer’s work they cherish and want to share as inspiration.
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.
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for our Fireside Winter Writing Retreat
Join us for a Gateless Writing Weekend Retreat at Bird and Tree Studios on the beautiful Pemaquid Peninsula. We'll gather Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon and sink into an embodied practice of generative writing in the presence, inspiration, and support of others.
Your retreat includes six 2.5 hour writing salons, an afternoon of free time for more writing, napping, taking yourself on an art date, or just tooling about along the rocky coast, and a Saturday night reading.
Price is $495. Opening night nosh, three lunches, two dinners, and writing and art materials are included.
Lodging: Writers secure their own housing for this event. Traveling from away? We can help! For more details about staying at the Chamberlain House, pictured here, and a variety of options, feel free to reach out.
For the safety of the group and the community, we follow recommended guidelines for enhanced cleaning, air filtration, and require all attendees to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Mask wearing is optional.