2019 Virtual Retreats

with Jennifer Louden

Imagine how it would feel to devote an entire day to your writing.

A day in which instead of staring at the screen in frustration
or editing the same piece of writing to death
or wondering where to go next

You’re writing with joy! With intention! With friends and with a seasoned writing coach and writing pro who's an expert at moving you past fears, blocks and stuck places into fresh thrilling authentic writing.

So put your phone in a drawer, lock your studio door or get out of the house, and get ready to give yourself the gift of nurturing your voice, your stories, your words.

You’re Officially Invited to My Virtual Writing Retreats for 2019


I’ve been teaching in-person writing retreats and workshops for 26 years. And I absolutely love being knee-to-knee with writers and creatives, teaching them how to bring their words to the page with more joy, self-compassion, and truth.

It’s really life-changing.

And I know that it’s not easy to travel, to take 5+ days off, and to afford my retreats. I read your emails telling me how much you want to retreat and can’t and my heart hurts.

That’s why I’m hosting three virtual writing retreats in 2019 to give you the same retreat experience to unfurl your writing like maybe nothing else has before.

Come to get a bunch of writing done on a project. To jumpstart a book or a blog. Come for the love of the craft. Or to get started again. To gain insight into your project. To reconnect with your voice. To love writing again! 

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Step #1


Gather your favorite writing materials and clear your schedule for the date (or dates!) of your choice.

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Step #2


Show up & let the process take you.

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Step #3


Sink deep into your writing, calm the critical voices, and get a lot of words written and/or revised with joy.

Who Are These Virtual Retreats For?

These retreats are perfect for you if…

  • You’re having trouble finding or sticking with a writing project
  • You have a lot of ideas but you’re not sure where to focus
  • You’re stalled on a project and you need help finding the next step
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    You’re in the midst of a project and want a burst of fresh energy and ideas so you stay steady to the finish line
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    You get lonely writing alone and would like to be part of a loving and energetic community of writers
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    You’ve left your writing for too long and you want to come home to it with fresh eyes and far less of a sense of burden and heaviness
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    You write lots more and with more joy when someone creates a container of space and time for you

Who Are These Virtual Retreats Not For?

These retreats are not a fit for you if…

  • You can’t set aside the day to participate LIVE (we will record for your re-listening pleasure but this is a live experience)

Join us for May and November's Retreats!!

June 1




Be Write Now: A Self-Kindness Writing Retreat

We all want to write more consistently. We read articles and books about it, and study other writer's routines. But what if the answer was inside of you, as close as your breath and your beautiful heart?

I'd love to spend a day with you, playing with self-compassion and other meditation and awareness approaches while writing. Let's open up the possibility there is a whole different way to write and create consistently. You can have a satisfying consistent writing life.  

We will practice:


  • Writing from your basic goodness.
  • Compassionate grit - self-compassion + butt in chair.
  • Procrastinating (yes we will practice this!) and we will get curious about what's going on when you do.
  • Running away from your writing and what's going in that moment too.
  • And what you can do instead! 


During this one day retreat, you will weave in and out of meditation and writing, reflecting on how you can use these techniques on your own. Writing doesn't have to feel like opening a vein!

This retreat is suitable for all writers and genres.  

Nov 9





Finish Strong 

It's almost the end of the year and you have writing to finish before the holidays start. Join me for a super-productive super-fun writing day in which we combine self-care with lots of writing.

We will:


  • Get clear what you can do in one day and make a quick plan for how to break it down. Plans work, especially plans we share!
  • Write in our Zoom room together for a clear chunk of time (no multi-tasking! no social media!) (Jen is on chat for coaching help during writing time!)
  • Take a break in fun ways together (laughter yoga! dance! being told a story!) 
  • Take a super pleasurable longer break supported by our group 
  • Do a lightening fast brainstorm as a group
  • More writing
  • Read to each other in small groups (no criticism).
  • End with a session to plan how to keep writing - or not - during the holidays and what else finishing strong looks like for you.
  • Celebrate!!


This is perfect for any writer who needs a burst of support and fun to get her project into a good place to meet a deadline or put it away until the new year. It's also a perfect fit if you are doing NaNoWriMo.


This retreat is suitable for all writers and genres.

Only 6 spots available

When I was in your Taos retreat in 2017, I broke through the writer's block that kept me from even starting my book. I wrote furiously for some a year or so, but then ran into some criticism that stopped me dead in the water. I set an intention to get going again last weekend, and your invitation caught my attention immediately! Yay! It has broken through the stoppage again. What was most helpful was the misbeliefs, and the question about what I'm avoiding writing about. But all of the writing prompts landed for me and were helpful! I loved the connecting with other participants at the end.

Sandi Goldie

The Schedule

Being on virtual retreat with Jen is like being at in person retreat which means we will flow through the day, meditating, writing, discussing, learning and reading in small groups (no criticism, and it's super amazing and safe!). There will be lots of breaks and time to write on your own as we flow along!


For start, lunch, and finish times please see below. 

7:30 am PT / 8:30 am MT / 10:30 am ET

Getting started in the coziest fun and productive way possible - watch your writing mind open and soar!

11:00 am PT / 12:00 pm MT / 2:00 pm ET

LUNCH BREAK FOR 90 MINUTES (please try to reserve this time for silence, rest, and maybe a walk)

4:30 pm PT / 5:30 pm MT / 7:30 pm ET

We close the retreat with love!


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Reserve Your Seat (or Seats!) for the Virtual Retreats

Click the button below and decide which of the retreats you would like to attend! 



When you join the retreat you also receive:

My short e-book on How to Prepare for a Virtual Retreat & Take Care of Yourself During It to get focused and make this time yours

A huge fantastic e-book I created for my abruptly canceled Creative Live class on Going from Beginner to Writing Pro that includes dozens of links to publishing resources and favorite writing books and tons more!

What a few others have said about retreating with me

​The most valuable things from the retreat was to find time for my writing, being in a community of writers, the openness. And as much as I didn't want to read - I actually loved the readings! I absolutely would recommend it to other writers. I so miss being in the company of other writers but it's often hard to get away. This was the best way to do it without having to actually leave my house!


Jennifer Ross

I loved the writing prompts and creating a space to keep writing. The retreat helped me get writing again, get my brain creating, feel close to others and feel safe.  All of the experience would want me to join Jen again! Writing left-landed surprised me. The most important part people should know about a virtual retreat is you can make it as real as the real thing if you are willing to create it that way. Absolutely, I will recommend it.

Amy Deans

I would want to retreat again with Jen because of the progression of work embedded in the prompts and writing exercises. It felt like all we had to do was trust the process, and sure enough, by the end of the day I had good raw material and feedback on what I had written.


Mary Wigginton

About Jen Louden

Jennifer Louden is a personal growth pioneer who helped launch the concept of self-care with her first best-selling book The Woman’s Comfort Book. She’s the author of 6 additional books on well-being and whole living: The Couple’s Comfort Book, The Pregnant Woman’s Comfort Book, The Woman’s Retreat Book, Comfort Secrets for Busy Women (The Comfort Queen’s Guide to Life in hardcover), The Life Organizer, and A Year of Daily Joy. There are about a million copies of her books in print in 9 languages.

Jennifer has spoken around the U.S., Canada and Europe, written a national magazine column for a Martha Stewart magazine, been profiled or quoted in dozens of major magazines, and appeared on hundreds of TV and radio shows, even on Oprah. Jennifer has been teaching retreats and leading workshops since 1992, and creating vibrant on-line communities and innovative learning experiences since 2000. She married the love of her life at 50, and is the very proud mom of Lillian and very proud bonus mom to Aidan.

Jen’s superpower is… moving you from thinking and talking to DOING. Past retreat participants have self-published books, written national columns, gotten book deals, created and taught in-person and online courses, began full-time writing careers, and learned they are in fact, writers! Nothing would make Jen happier than to help you start and most importantly, FINISH some aspect of your writing project. Her belief is that we all have scary sh*t we want to get done and we’re more likely to do it when we’ve got a coach in our corner and a community of doers surrounding us.


Frequently Asked Questions

What specifically will happen during the teaching sessions?

What exactly will happen in the small group reading?

Will the sessions be recorded?

What if I know I want to write but I’m not sure WHAT I want to write?

Will I have a finished piece in my hand by the end of the weekend?

I’ve already been to your live retreats or am attending one next year. How is this different than those?”

What happens once I register?

Refund Policy

Your payment is non-refundable. These are live events not pre-recorded classes.
If you wish to give it away your spot because of illness or your plans changing,
we can accommodate that up to 72 hours before we start.

I encourage you to make a thoughtful decision about whether or not
to register for any of these virtual writing retreats.

Joining a writing retreat with Jennifer Louden was a gift: a nourishment to my creative self, to the words and the mystery on the page that was beckoning me, and to the story that I know needed to be told. One of the best parts of the experience was finally carving out enough generous space to do the writing I know I need to do in this world. 

She is smart, wise, and truly an expert in not only storytelling, but in leading and guiding you through your own writer's journey. She held the space and created a container for us to be open and honest and brave. I'm so grateful for her wisdom and skill at leading groups of people—she makes it seem easy (it's so not!) and lets you step away from whatever life is beckoning you with to finally, for a moment, for a day, for a week: get to tell the stories that only you can tell.


Sarah K. Peck | Writer, Entrepreneur & Yoga Teacher | SarahKPeck.com

​​I got on the elliptical and I wrote. I am loving LOVING what it means to be off devices and news - so important! And it took this retreat to make me respect my writing time.


Sherri Cannon 

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