About this retreat:
If you’re a writer, if you’re driven and compelled to write, then write you must... and write you should. You should embrace and cultivate your writer-self. No matter what the outside world says.
That’s what "Retreat for the Writer's Soul" is about. It's about dispelling the myths and hurdles that hold you back, learning to acknowledge and accept your writer-self, and choosing to truly and deeply express your truth.
In this nurturing, inspiring online retreat, you’ll take a journey of healing, appreciation, and inspiration. Over the course of two weeks, you’ll learn to become more authentic, free, and inspired to speak the truth you hold within you.
DATES: February 21 - March 6
TIME: 30 minutes a day
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Your Guide: Melanie Steele
Melanie has been guiding writers through "Retreat for the Writer's
Soul" for seven years. She holds a Master's degree and has over ten years of teaching and counseling experience. Her combination of support, guidance, and inspiration helps lead you through a powerful journey to become the writer you can be and the life you can have. Email Melanie
Retreat for the Writer's Soul
Discover your amazing writer-self
A Gift to Yourself
Most writers are impeded more by lack of self esteem than by lack of talent. The truth is that it's hard to make it as a writer, and the hurdles writers face often beat them down and make them lose their way.
If you love to write, but you're uncertain if you should...
If you're discouraged by feedback you've received or fearful of feedback you might receive...
If you feel lost about your path and wonder if you should continue writing...
This is for you! It's a safe-place to come, retreat, and explore... to find yourself, your passion, and your voice... to rekindle your love of writing and embrace the writer you can and should be.
It’s time to reclaim your truth. Get back in touch with what matters, find your true voice, and realize how to let your light shine. Give yourself a special gift by making the simple commitment to dedicate thirty minutes a day for two weeks. Make the commitment to incorporate this retreat into your life, and see what a gift it is to your writer-self.
Topics We'll Cover:
"Retreat for the Writer's Soul" is a special mix of instruction, guidance, and self-discovery. Each day will offer informative insights, inspiring meditations, creative prompts, and action items to incorporate concepts into your life, helping you transform your relationship with your writer-self over the course of two weeks. Topics include:
We often focus on the negative rather than appreciating the positive. Together, we'll shift the focus to what you have accomplished, and we'll celebrate the amazing talent you hold within.
What does it mean to be successful, and what does it mean for you to be a successful writer?
TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF.
Writers tend to give a lot of themselves and often don't get much in return. We'll learn to nourish and nurture ourselves to regain our strength.
CONNECTING WITH YOUR TRUTH.
What inspires, motivates, and moves you? We'll tap into that to find your authentic voice and bring it to the surface.
MAKING YOUR WRITING SHINE.
What do you want to say? What do you really want to say? We'll uncover your authentic truth and use it to inspire your writing.
AND MUCH MORE!
Together, we'll go through a journey of self discovery and transformation to support and inspire you to be the writer you're capable of being!
We believe writers are important. They have been essential throughout history, and they are especially important today, in this turbulent world. Writers have the power to make people think, feel, and move. They have the potential to heal, inspire, and lead people through important changes.
Unfortunately, writers are often beaten down by the coldness of the world. Many are discouraged, and some even turn their backs on writing.
This is a place for writers to retreat, recharge, and empower their writer-selves to do what they need to do, and say what they need to say, in order to create the lives they're meant to live.
We believe in you. You are important, and what you have to say matters.
Retreat for the Writer's Soul is a safe place to do something good for your writer-self. Heal, recharge, and inspire.
We support you. You are not alone. There are many like-minded people who are on the same journey.
You deserve to take care of yourself. Writers give a lot and rarely receive. Retreat for the Writer's Soul is an opportunity to take care of yourself.
What to Expect
Every day for two weeks starting Sunday February 21st, you’ll log in to the retreat. Think of it as a coffee break, a little time for yourself. Pick a time, preferably in the morning, and commit to meeting daily.
Every day when you stop by, you’ll be introduced to a new discussion topic, and you’ll listen to a guided mediation that will help you align and connect. You’ll then have a task to complete at your convenience, and we’ll share and discuss the progress we’re making as we go along. Beyond the retreat end date, we'll continue the journey with 5-minute guided meditations emailed to you weekly so you can continue to nurture and support your writer-self as you step forward.
This retreat is a safe place, where we respect and encourage each other. It is a place for you, and you are always welcome. I am here to guide and support you during our time together.
THIRTY MINUTES A DAY.
Decide to put aside thirty minutes of your time each day to invest in yourself through this course. That is all it takes to transform your relationship with your writer self. You don’t need to clear your schedule or abandon your obligations. Just set aside thirty minutes a day to join us in this safe place, and allow yourself the opportunity to transform into the writer you can and should be. Note: while morning is preferred, as it allows you to start your day on the right track, the time of day is ultimately up to you. The door is always open, so stop by for the 30 minutes (or more!) that works best for you.
A QUIET SPOT.
As we go through our two weeks together, we will be listening to a series of guided meditations. Each one is only five minutes, but you'll need to spend the entire five minutes in a quiet spot where you will be comfortable and undisturbed. Maybe that spot is at your computer... or in your bedroom. Maybe you can lock yourself in the bathroom for five minutes,,, or maybe you know of a great spot outside. You decide. Just make sure you'll be comfortable and undisturbed for the full five minutes as you listen to the audio.
A COMMITMENT TO YOURSELF.
We ask that you come to "Retreat for the Writer's Soul" with an open heart and mind. Be willing to explore and discover. Think about the material we cover, complete the tasks every day, and be open to becoming happier and living more in line with your truth.This retreat is an investment in yourself... and it's worth it!
What Others Have Said
"The retreat was an amazing experience; confidence builder and therapeutic. I am glad I decided to invest in the experience." ~Tana S. Riley, retreat participant January, 2021
"I thoroughly enjoyed the writers retreat. It offered me valuable insight, as well as opening up and sharing my thoughts. I would recommend it to anyone." ~Rhonda, retreat participant January, 2021
"The Retreat for the Writer's Soul, is the first ever writing retreat that I have ever attended. It was the best experience that re-connected me with my craft and gave me the confidence to call myself a writer. I write for a living but somehow saw the work activity as not being part of my writer-self. This retreat has made me realize that contribution through words, whether for my work or creative pursuits is a positive contribution to humanity. I have the power to use my words to heal. I would recommend this retreat to anyone who is a practicing or aspiring writer." ~retreat participant October, 2020
"This is the most beneficial writer's retreat that I have had the pleasure to attend. Every single meditation, activity, and discussions were geared toward accessing the inner well that every writer aspires to but needs help in accomplishing." ~retreat participant October, 2020
"The invitation to this retreat came at a time when I was trying to find a new path for my writing life. I've been a paid writer in various capacities for 35 years, but COVID decimated my income streams and trounced on plans I had made for expanding in new directions. This retreat came along at the perfect time to remind me that ”writer” isn't my job title, it's part of my God-given core identity. The meditations were the perfect daily bite-sized moment to center myself in that truth and prepare for the day, and through the daily tasks I soon found that I had a new priority and focus to move forward. I'm so glad I made this a priority and grateful for the opportunity! It may have saved my writing career." ~retreat participant October, 2020
"This was a life-changing experience for me. I gained more from this time here than I can express. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration." ~ Alice, retreat participant
"I highly recommend Retreat for the Writer's Soul. Melanie is an excellent guide and the retreat is full of valuable information and exercises. I gained a lot." ~ Becca, retreat participant
"Thanks so much for such a wonderful retreat! Just like good medicine, you treat the cause rather than just the symptoms!" ~Valerie Hietala, retreat participant
"I'm so thankful to have found Retreat for the Writer's Soul. I'm blessed to have met many fine people who I now consider friends and how each meditation, task and discussion (including others' comments) have opened several doors and windows to different levels of my writer's soul. It has been illuminating!" ~ Carol Blake Sessums, retreat participant
"The Writer's Soul Retreat for me was a much needed wake-up call on so many levels. Each day I was met with encouraging words to cure any self doubts and teachings on inner strength. Each session in The Writer's Soul Retreat has something for everyone to grow to become a better individual and better writer. I recommend this retreat to anyone who is looking to broaden themselves as a writer; you will not be disappointed.” ~ Cheryl Denise Chandler, retreat participant
"The way the experience is structured truly helped me renew my writer's soul and find joy in writing again. I highly recommend Melanie Steele's online Retreat for the Writer's Soul." ~ Laura Reagan-Porras, retreat participant
"My experience from the Retreat for the Writer’s Soul was far beyond what I anticipated when I began the journey in early October. With Melanie’s gentle leadership I received more insight into my writing and my inner muse than in all the years I’ve been writing." ~ Lois Sexton, retreat participant
"I just want to tell you how great an impact you have had on my writer-self. I continue to use your material daily, and as a result, I believe that I am becoming a better writer and a happier, more fulfilled person. Thank you so much. Your course is like a pebble, that when thrown into the water, continues to ripple in my life." ~ Carol Parker, retreat participant
"Yesterday, I completed a Writers Retreat: consecutive days of meditation, reflection, task, and final thoughts, led by Melanie Steele. VERY inspirational, motivational, and even educational. (I've attended many, many writers conferences/workshops through the years and can still learn something.) Thank you, Melanie." ~ Joan Foley Baier, retreat participant
Payment and Scholarships
We work hard to keep “Retreat for the Writer’s Soul” affordable. We think you’ll agree the $75 course fee is very low for the amazing content, guidance, and inspiration you receive. As many past participants have noted, the retreat is invaluable, and the cost is worth every penny. We also have a few scholarships available, made possible by past retreat participants who wanted to help ensure that others could participate. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please contact Melanie at: email@example.com
"Retreat for the Writer's Soul" is an opportunity to become the writer you were meant to be. If you choose to take this journey, you'll set yourself on the path to a happier, more authentic, and more fulfilling life.
We know firsthand how hard it can be to take the step to investing in yourself. As writers, we're used to giving of ourselves rather than giving to ourselves. But it's worth it. You're worth it!
What magic is waiting for you? What truth lives within you? How would it feel to step in line with your authentic voice and become the writer you were meant to be? Make an investment in yourself and find out what's waiting for you!
We Welcome You to Join Us!
Do something good for your writer-self & see where the journey leads you...
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Starts February 21, 2021
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