Join Me for a New Taos Retreat in October 2019
Do you long for the time and focus to “deepen and thicken” a project?
Are you looking for the structure that will bring your piece to life – and toward completion?
Are you ready to read your work and hear carefully focused feedback (never criticism or what to fix)?
Are you hungry to take your writing to a rich place?
And would you like to do that with me as your writing coach held by the beauty and mystery of Mabel Dodge and Taos during Day of the Dead?
Then this is the Taos retreat for you!
I’ve been hosting writing retreats in Taos for years. They’ve each been magical in their own way and I’ve absolutely loved watching students come back year after year and seeing how much they’ve grown in their writing. (Some people have come back to Taos 9 or 10 times!)
I love teaching Taos the "original way" and so many alums asked for something more. Something deeper with more time to write. More time to read. More time to discuss writing. This is that retreat!
What’s Different About this Taos Retreat?
The focus of this retreat is on deepening and thickening your writing.
So, instead of generating new work through prompts and short writing seminars like we do at my other retreats, we’ll be writing into, extending, and deepening an EXISTING piece of writing.
Each day will begin with a meditation to establish loving kindness toward ourselves. After that we’ll discuss a variety of creative and effective ways for each writer to determine what she’ll write that day. Then we’ll head off to write in silence.
After lunch and a break, we’ll workshop our writing “Jen” style, which will include intuitive listening, structure dissection (on published pieces similar to what you want to write), lexicon work, and more. There won’t be any of the usual teaching seminars but instead we’ll have dynamic discussions designed to move each writer forward around stuck places and expand learning for the project you’re working on.
A few of the other differences include:
This retreat session will be a wee bit smaller to allow for more individual attention. Instead of 23 women, there will be approximately 20.
Instead of help in the moment, you’ll have a 30 minute coaching session with me so we can go deeper into your piece and what you need to keep moving forward.
We’ve invited a fabulous local yoga teacher to come teach a truly ALL levels yoga class every afternoon. This will be one of those classes where you can either choose to move your body and play around with her suggestions, or you can just enjoy being still on your mat. No pressure to do anything other than just be wherever you need to be in the moment.
Your Small Group
Your small group will be created based on the questions you have about your work and the genre you’re working on.
What’ll Stay the Same at this Taos Retreat?
Our stay in Taos wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t for the Mabel Dodge Luhan House so as usual this is where we’ll be settling in. You can learn more about the experience of staying in this location here.
You can expect to experience…
- The same magical place and mountains
- The same amazing food
- The same Dance Yourself Awake mornings
The same love and attention to your heart and soul
- And the same everything else you’ve come to love about your time there (Or, if you’ve never been here, this will all be new and absolutely fabulous!)
Who's this Retreat for?
This retreat experience will be perfect for you if you…
- Have a project in the draft stage that you have written enough on to know what’s missing and what you need to learn
- Have studied with me on retreat or at The Writer’s Oasis or have coached with me (email if you wish to attend and don’t fit these criteria please)
- Are writing for someone other than yourself, whether that’s your extended family or the world
- Are comfortable writing for up to three hours a day and being in silence during that time
- Are willing to listen closely and follow brainstorming and feedback suggestions with attention and care
- Love to laugh, dance, and meet the best women on the planet
how does it work?
If this retreat is a good fit for you, please complete the application (see below, each room type has its own application) as thoroughly as possible. Most people are NOT going to be a fit for this so make sure your writing is or will be at a place where you can get the most out of your time here.
If after reading this page you don’t think you’ll be ready to deepen and thicken your work by this time, I’d still love to have you at one of my other two Taos writing retreats. Or better yet, sign up for one of my other Taos retreats and make a commitment to yourself that you’ll be ready to deepen and thicken what you worked on there by October and sign up for both!
how does it work?
Your fee includes everything! All lodging and all meals, daily writing seminars, yoga classes, guest speakers, on-the-spot writing coaching, plentiful snacks, and love love love.
As this is a historic building, you will encounter a degree of “funkiness” you wouldn’t find at the Ritz, but if you love stepping back in history and feeling like you are walking in Mabel’s shoes (or Georgia O’Keeffe, Ansel Adams, or even Dennis Hopper, who once owned the place), you’ll love it.
The rooms vary widely in size and furnishings. Rooms will be assigned in order of registration. We cannot guarantee rooms.
Note: If you will not be happy unless you are placed in a certain room, please do not plan on attending. Of course, if you must be on the ground floor for any reason, ask and we will do our best to place you there.
Smoking is restricted to designated areas outdoors. Also, keep in mind that Taos is a high-elevation destination. It can take a little time to adjust, so you may wish to come to the area a day or two early if you know you are affected by altitude. (If you do come early, you must book directly with Mable Dodge, and while we will do our best to keep you in your same room, we cannot promise.)
Mabel Dodge Luhan House
The Mabel Dodge Luhan House is a famous gathering spot for writers, painters, and geniuses. The house and Mabel’s hospitality inspired everyone from Georgia O’Keeffe to Carl Jung to Martha Graham to D.H. Lawrence. The food is sublime and plentiful with veggie and gluten-free options when requested (via a handy form that we sends you), with tea and cookies, fruit and nuts, always available. There are numerous nooks and crannies to write in, including a magical garden across the street. The village of Taos is a 15-minute flat walk away.
You are invited
to a one-of-a-kind writing retreat
October 27 – November 2, 2019
The Mabel Dodge Luhan House
Taos, New Mexico
“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
This writer’s retreat is open to women writers of all levels, from beginner to professional. How do you know if you’re “a writer”? Because you write. You do not need to be published to join us!
You do not need to be working on a particular project or want to “do” anything with your writing, or you might be getting away to finish something big – there is room for it all.
However, I only want you to come if you yearn to make a loving, creative commitment to yourself. In that spirit, you will find a few questions on the registration and deposit page so you and I can both be sure this is the best retreat for you.
More on the Money Stuff
Double rooms with shared bath: $2255 -or- 4 payments of $590 Single room with private bath: $2655 -or- 4 payments of $690 Single room with shared bath: $2555 -or-4 payments of $665
Week 3: October 28 – November 2, 2019
This session has a different focus and structure. Your experience will include all of the same wonderful food, cozy rooms, and fabulous women as the other two legendary Taos retreats explained on this page; however, during this session we’ll be working with our writing in a deeper and more focused way.
Single – 1 Payment
Single – 4 Payments
Double – 1 Payment
Double – 4 Payments
Need to cancel after paying in full? If you cancel more than 90 days before the retreat begins, we will return your payment minus the non-refundable deposit. The non-refundable deposit is equivalent to the first payment of the 4-pay option for the retreat spot you selected. If you cancel within 90 days of the retreat, we will not refund any monies, but you are welcome to sell or give away your spot, contingent upon the writer filling out the questionnaire and/or having a short conversation with Jen first.
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I know you will cherish your week with us – it truly is magical.