​Writing Brave Virtual Retreat

April 4th, 2020

with Jennifer Louden

Imagine how good 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

or doing everything BUT writing

You write 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 First Ever Virtual Writing Retreat

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 a virtual writing retreat to give you the same retreat experience to unfurl your writing like maybe nothing else has before.

It is my only virtual retreat this year so jump in!

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! 


Step #1

Gather your favorite writing materials and clear your schedule for ​April 4th 2020.


Step #2

Show up & let the process take you.


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 and writing starts but you’re not sure where to focus or how to finish
  • 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)

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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​What You'll Get

A FULL day of writing together.
We will keep our Zoom room open all day - you will be encouraged to keep your camera on - yes even if you are writing in your pj’s in bed! (you will be muted so don’t worry about dogs barking, cats mewoing, etc.) and we will weave in and out of writing and learning! The schedule above will help you plan if you have to or want to be away from the screen.

A small group reading session via Zoom video room
(No criticism!!! Powerful witnessing!!! Jen kicks you off!!!)

An ending Q&A session + planning how to keep writing

​We ​will:

  • Discover what writing brave means for you
  • ​Learn the “big” idea that can change your brave writing life for the better
  • ​Generate a lot of words with intention
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    ​Experiment with different ways to get words on the page, some you might have never tried before
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    ​Take your power back from writing prompts
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    ​Find the WHY of your project
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    ​Learn how to calm your nervous system as you write (we will do this a lot)
  • ​Ideas to find the time to write, put in place biggest factor to help you write more consistently, and a few thoughts on organizing your work so you stop losing stuff

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​ Going from Beginner to Writing Pro that includes dozens of links to publishing resources and favorite writing books and tons more!

Registration Closed

​What a few others have said about retreating with me:

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

​Whether you are a seasoned author or a newbie, Jen Louden's retreats provide a perfect blend of structure and spaciousness to allow for your creative muse to emerge. I felt unfettered by fear of criticism, enriched by the writing exercises and group discussions, and nourished by the emphasis on deep listening to my own voice. This was a true gift in my life, and I would recommend it to all who yearn to inspire the writer within them.

Elise Miller 

I came away from the Retreat knowing where I was going with my writing project. Prior to that, much frustration! I feel I changed as a writer because I value my voice in my writing now, I learned about Enoughness which really seems to bring more production in my writing than if I hadn't experienced what it means.   So much encouragement from Jen and the other writers. A time of awakening! 

​Cherie Lang

This was my very first writing retreat. Doing so was a stretch for me but I'm so glad I followed my gut and signed up for Jen's Writing Retreat. The 4 days of cocooning with like-minded souls went beyond my expectations. I loved Jen's seasoned, soulful teaching, and her sense of humor made me feel supported, nurtured  - and challenged. I learned so much about how to overcome my writing blocks, work toward attainable goals in bite size pieces, and how to keep swimming through the creative mess that is the writing process! I feel I can now move forward with more confidence, armed with a plan, a structure, and practical strategies for completing my first draft! Thank you Jen! 

Christine Herman | Artist & Maker | ChristineHerman.com

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About Jen Louden

Jennifer Louden is a personal growth pioneer who helped launch the concept of self-care with her first bestseller, The Woman’s Comfort Book. Since then, she’s written seven additional books on well-being and whole living, including The Woman’ s Retreat Book and The Life Organizer, with close to a million copies of her books in print in nine languages. Jennifer has spoken around the U.S., Canada, and Europe, and has written a national magazine column for a Martha Stewart magazine. She’s been profiled or quoted in dozens of major magazines; two of Brené Brown’s books, Daring Greatly and Dare to Lead; and appeared on hundreds of TV, radio shows and podcasts—even on Oprah.

Her newest and most personal book Why Bother? Discover the Desire for What’s Next will be published on May 5, 2020.

Jennifer has been teaching workshops and retreats since 1992 and creating vibrant online learning experiences since 1999. She writes weekly to her email list of 20,000 and hosts an online community of over 600 members. She lives in Boulder County, Colorado.

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 ​session?

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?

Registration Closed

Refund Policy

​Your payment is non-refundable. This is a live event not a pre-recorded class.  If you wish to give it away your spot because of illness or your plans changing, we can accommodate that up to 24 hours before we start.

I encourage you to make a thoughtful decision about whether or not to register for this virtual writing retreat.

I might liken the experience of working with Jen to an artful counseling session...

I had arrived at a place in my life where I was struggling with whether I could still write, debating whether I honestly wanted to write, and questioning whether I had anything to say that anyone wanted to hear. After working with Jen, I departed with the strong desire to tell my story, a novel idea for the structure in which to do it, and a dash of sarcasm and humor to relate what might otherwise be too painful to tell.

I might liken the experience of working with Jen to an artful counseling session: She provides a bit of instruction and a series of thoughtful questions for me to explore and find my own truth. Jen the writer, along with Jen the gifted teacher, created a safe place for me to discover my voice again. For that, I am deeply grateful.

​Kim Voss | Disability Rights Advocate, Speaker, and Writer

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