Retreats and Writing Intensives

The retreats I create are among the best on the planet. Wow, that’s a bold claim. Okay, I can’t know that for a fact, but what I do know is hundreds of women over the course of 20+ years have told me, “I have been to so many retreats and yours are the best.”

Tammy-Roth-125“This was hands down the best retreat I’ve ever been on. As a retreat junkie and leader, watching/experiencing how Jen held space and boundaries in such a gentle, loving way was very inspiring. It was a beautiful blend of true personal retreat combined with writing. I learned a lot about the craft of writing… I left transformed.”

– Tammy Roth, best-selling author of
High Bottom: Letting Go of Vodka & Chardonnay
, therapist, retreat leader

Mary-Montanye-125“Jen is one of those special individuals who not only wears a cloak of many colors, but utilizes her colorful cloak to warm others. Besides being a great storyteller and teacher, she is also a master retreat leader. Heck, she wrote the book on it! She knows what a woman needs on retreat. She knows we need community and solitude, rest and activity, laughter and silence, attention to body and mind. She understands that we need a safe container, comfortable surroundings, nourishing food we don’t have to prepare, and permission to put outside commitments aside in order to dive deeper into our creative work. For as long as I am able and she is offering them, I will be giving myself the gift of Jen Louden retreats. Will you?”

– Mary Montanye, author of Above Tree Line: A Memoir

Upcoming Retreat & Writing Intensive Details

jennifer-louden-taos-teaching Taos Writer’s Retreat
July 24th – 30th, 2016
Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Taos, New Mexico
Includes yoga & business writing with Anna Guest-Jelley.
* Sold Out

Be. Write. Now. A Personalized Writing Retreat
October 17 – 21, 2016
The Amee Farm, Pittsfield, VT
* Sold Out

melani-ward-125“Your retreat was the most wonderful, needed, joyful, mindful, and juicy ‘events’ I have been to in 5 years. I felt the most taken care of and supported than I ever came close to feeling at others’ retreats and events. 

I am so grateful to you, to your work, and to your spirit. Just in the short time I have known you, you have impacted me in profound ways and I feel lucky to have crossed your path.”

– Melani Dizon, copy writer

JennGivler-125“Going on your retreat was life altering; it was life saving. I had completely lost myself. I was overweight. I was an emotional eater. My energy was low. And very rarely was I ever actually ‘present.’ I always had this nagging feeling that I should be doing something else. After just 1 year:

•  I’ve lost 40 (yes FORTY) pounds
•  I’m doing the work I love
•  I’m seeing incredible success serving people I love
•  I’m fully in joy in every single area of my life
•  I LOVE the present moments in my life
•  The quality of time I spend with my daughter and family has improved dramatically
•  I can honestly say ‘I’m Happy’

Up until the retreat, it had been YEARS since I had taken any real ‘me’ time. Jen, I can’t thank you enough for putting your work out in the world.”

– Jenn Givler, Executive Director of Coatesville Senior Center


My in-person and online retreats have enhanced thousands of women’s lives. Women have written books, staged art shows, changed jobs, revived marriages, started writing in new genres – all kinds of s-heroic missions – because they rested and listened to themselves and because they were willing to stretch out of their comfort zone into new creative territory.


Jennifer-Spencer-125“Go on retreat with Jen. There is laughter and quiet, wonderful people, some dancing, great food to nourish you, deep rest, and moments of both clarity and extreme hope. It’s the best summer camp for grown-ups. There may be a craft project (collage anyone?) but the best takeaway will be the one pithy little idea to bring home and ferment until next time. Just go.”

– Jennifer Spencer, barrister

AmyKessel-125“You (Jen) have an incredible gift and you are so generous in sharing it with the rest of us. My Kripalu retreat with you a few years back is with me nearly every day. I use what I discovered to fuel my work and to stay on my own side when I find myself beginning to stray. Please don’t doubt the incredible value of your retreats. They’re the gold standard.”

– Amy Kessel, executive coach and retreat leader

“Jen, I wish that I could show you the places in my mind you have opened, the places in my heart you have healed, the places in my spirit you have enlivened. I wish I could show you, because they are real, not tangible, but real.”

– Joanna Meriwether, Director Chick at Twelve Health Solutions

Self-Led Retreat Resources






Each week I help thousands of women plumb the question: How do you shape and live your most creative & expressive life.

No pat answers, just imperfection you can use.

Each week I help thousands of women plumb the question: How do you shape and live your most creative & expressive life.

No pat answers, just imperfection you can use.