April 4th, 2020
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!
Gather your favorite writing materials and clear your schedule for April 4th 2020.
Show up & let the process take you.
Sink deep into your writing, calm the critical voices, and get a lot of words written and/or revised with joy.
These retreats are perfect for you if…
These retreats are not a fit for you if…
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.
Getting started in the coziest fun and productive way possible - watch your writing mind open and soar!
LUNCH BREAK FOR 90 MINUTES (please try to reserve this time for silence, rest, and maybe a walk)
We close the retreat with love!
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
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!
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.
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!
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
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.
You, me and a group of writers will gather on the video platform Zoom where I’ll be giving you writing prompts and leading sessions on a variety of topics BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY? We will get you writing and you be know what to write when we sign off!
You will put what I offer into play right away (best way to learn and get writing done!)
We will all meet on Zoom, I will explain how to read to each other, we will put you in small groups (4 or 5) and you will read aloud something you have written during the retreat. There will be no criticism but a simple powerful process of reflection you will find very empowering.
The large group teaching sessions will be recorded and we’ll send them to you. The small group reading session will not be recorded.
During the first session I’ll offer great ways to help you choose a focus for your writing. It’ll surprise you how easy it is to pick something you’re excited about - and how good it feels once you do.
That totally depends. This is not a bootcamp kind of writing experience at all. There’s no such thing as doing it right or being the “good student” who delivers a neatly packaged piece at the end. The goals of this virtual writing retreat are to:
It’s different in the most obvious of ways (we aren't together and there is no bacon!); however, when it comes to the teaching, I’ll be using some of the same material I do in my longer retreats and creating as close to an in-person experience as I can. I will create safety; share effective prompts; create clear containers of writing time so you get more writing done than usual; share tools and techniques to both free your voice and help you finish things and release fear; be goofy; love you up!
Immediately upon registering you’ll receive an email welcoming you to the retreats and offering some suggestions for how to prepare. You’ll also get a link to my short booklet on How to Prepare for a Virtual Retreat & Take Care of Yourself During It so that you can set yourself up to have the best experience possible and really take the whole day - maybe even the night before! The rest is easy. Just clear your schedule, show up and let the process take you!
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