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.”

Like Tammy:

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

Or Mary:

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


Be. Write. Now.
February 25 – 28th, 2016
In the Bahamas

If you want to meditate in ways designed to transform your relationship to writing, if you want to visit a true ashram, if you want to get a lot of words on the page, and talk about writing craft a bit, all someplace warm and beautiful, this is the retreat for you!

(Please note: registration is only through Sivananda, so please call Sivananda with any questions. Thanks!)

Writing Intensive:
Writing Personal Stories for Fun and Profit

March 31st – April 3rd, 2016
My home near Boulder, Colorado

If you want to work with me more intimately in a much smaller group in the comfort of my home, this is the intensive for you. You will be amazed at the personal stories you draft.  Perfect for bloggers, content creators, teachers, memoir writers, or anyone who needs to add their voice to the world.

Taos Writer’s Retreat
May 8th – 14th, 2016
Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Taos, New Mexico

Includes yoga and memoir writing with Marianne Elliott

World-famous, on many women’s bucket lists, this is the mother of all writing retreats. If you want soul restoration, to transform your relationship to writing, and to get a lot of words on the page, choose May in Taos.

jennifer-louden-writing-intensive-01 Writing Intensive: Taking Your Writing to the Next Level: Moving Beyond Journaling & Free Writing
June 16 – 19th, 2016
My home near Boulder, Colorado

If you want to work with me more intimately in much smaller group in the comfort of my home and you are yearning to expand your voice and scope as a writer – and yes, to find your voice – you will love this intensive. Lots of discovery so you leave knowing what is yours to write and with the confidence to write it.

jennifer-louden-taos-teaching Taos Writer’s Retreat
July 24th – 30th, 2016
Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Taos, New Mexico

Includes yoga and business writing with Anna Guest-Jelley.

* Sold Out – Click above to be added to the wait list.


We will announce one more writing intensive (to be held September 8th-11th) as well as an East Coast retreat (to be held mid-October). Stay tuned for more details in April 2016.

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 Ward, 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




I’ve helped a million+ people plumb the question: How do you shape & live your truest life?

No pat answers, just imperfection you can use.

I’ve helped a million+ people plumb the question: How do you shape & live your truest life?

No pat answers, just imperfection you can use.