October 4-6, 2019
This weekend retreat offers the opportunity to relax into your authentic voice, stretch those writing muscles, and focus on the story you want to tell. In whatever form occurs – poetry, fiction, memoir or essay. All in a safe and nurturing eco-space.
Whether you are reviving a dream of writing or well-established in your practice; an old pro or a nervous beginner, this retreat is certain to inspire and motivate you to explore, take creative risks, and listen deeply.
The weekend program includes sensory exercises and meditation to heighten awareness and deepen your experience. Guided writing exercises are facilitated in the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) method.
Friday, October 4th
7pm – 9:30pm: Opening circle & writing session
Saturday, October 5th
9am -12pm: Writing session
1pm: Free time to work on a project, have a sauna, or rest
4:30pm: Group meditation
7pm – 9pm: Writing session
9am: Morning meditation
10am: Writing session
2pm: Reading session from afternoon prompt
4pm: Retreat ends
Program Fee: $175.00 plus taxes – food and accommodation upgrades available
Facilitator Deepam Wadds, Author & Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) certified facilitator
A graduate of the Humber School for Writers, Deepam is a certified facilitator of the Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) writing method. She is past president of the Writers’ Community of Simcoe County (WCSC).
Since 1998 Deepam has been leading writing workshops and retreats both in Canada and internationally.
Winner of The Writers’ Union of Canada’s 2016 short prose contest for developing writers, Deepam Wadds’ award-winning short fiction and poetry have been featured in literary journals and anthologies, including Room and carte blanche magazines. The first two chapters of her novel, What the Living Do, won Lazuli Literary Group’s writing contest, and was published in Azure’s winter 2017 issue.
“I spent the summer I turned seventeen in a third floor pension in Quebec City finishing my first novel. At twenty, I spent a year in a remote mountain cabin writing poems and stories. Writing has always been an imperative. I love words; I love how they can surprise me with the stories they tell.
Since my youthful ambitious forays into a writing life, I’ve had the privilege of working with such brilliant out-of-the-box mentors as Barbara Turner-Vesselago, Pat Schneider, Donna Morrissey, Jack Grapes, and Sue Reynolds. The most important lesson I have learned from these remarkable teachers is how to be true to my own unique voice. It’s that authenticity I most wish to encourage in workshop and retreat participants.”