Women’s Circle, Women’s Story

19th Women’s Writing Retreat with Kathleen Adams

February 19-23, 2018

Franciscan Renewal Center, Scottsdale Arizona

I once spent a week in the desert with Kay and the women she gathers around her, reflecting on who we are and how we have arrived at this place and time. I still return to those writings for inspiration.

Circle and story are two ancient, sacred containers for women’s wisdom. This retreat is a fluid, gentle week of writing your stories and sharing them in a caring circle of women who accept you and your journey just as you are. In a series of expertly guided writing sessions, you will learn to approach your stories through an alchemical blend of mythic questions, poetry, image, deep writing, nature and community.

We laugh. We write. We make art. We walk the labyrinth. We observe silence. We tell dreams. We weep. We share. We embrace. We align. We vision. We speak. We encourage. We deepen. We rejoice. We enliven. We begin as cordial acquaintances. We leave as bonded community.

You are welcome to attend this retreat if you have prior experience with one or more of the following: Women’s group process; your own writing practice; and/or your own spiritual practice. If you are a beginner to all three of these practices, please call Kay at 888- 421-2298 for an admissions interview.

Each day centers around a gentle rhythm, combining journaling, poetry, art-making, collage, dreamwork, meditation, and story. Three meals a day are taken in community. Afternoons are loosely structured, with spaciousness for individual art or writing projects, 1:1 or small group connections, individual silent retreat or the emerging desires of the community. Kay is available in the afternoon hours for 1:1 consultation and drop-in group work. Additionally, peer leaders/organizers usually emerge for activities such as yoga, hikes, labyrinth walks, poetry circles, writing circles, and and other gifts. Evenings are reserved for wrap-up story circles, sunset labyrinth walks, and dreamtime meditations.

Kay Adams is a licensed professional counselor and the founder/director of the Center for Journal Therapy, the Therapeutic Writing Institute and the Journalverse. She is the author/editor of twelve books on the power of writing to heal body, psyche and soul, including the New York best-seller Journal to the Self. A beloved mentor and visionary, she is most at home leading writing circles.

Kay is a master facilitator with a rare gift for creating sacred community. Her workshops and retreats are life changing as well as fun.

COST: Inclusive of room, meals and services. Commuter rates apply to those taking lunch and dinner on site and staying elsewhere.

TO REGISTER: Follow links below. Registration is limited to 16 women. Retreats often fill quickly. Your non-refundable deposit will hold your space.

A rich and delicious  opportunity to explore long-abandoned paths with amazing women who spurred me on. And to be with Kay, whose  depth opens a person’s heart, mind and soul on the page.

REFUNDS: Tuition: If cancellation is made by January 12, 2018, complete refund less nonrefundable deposit is made. Cancellations from January 13, 2018  forward will result in forfeiture of entire tuition (less lodging; see below), unless the cancelled space is filled, in which case only half the tuition will be forfeited. Lodging: The lodging portion of payments will be refunded separately, less a 7.5% administrative charge and the pass-through of any charges, fees or penalties made by the retreat center.