Montana Writing Retreat
By Lauramunson on August 18, 2010
Montana Writing Retreat
With New York Times and international best-selling author… Laura Munson
September 26-30, 2012 (sold out)
September 19-23 2012 (still some spots left...)
I will be leading regular retreats in Montana in 2013, however at a higher cost, so this is a special offer. I have a lot of interested people and so if you want to come, act fast!
I have called Whitefish, Montana home for twenty years. I have written books here, mothered here, and wandered around in this deep wilderness on foot, horse, skis, kayak, canoe, river-raft, dogsled etc. Montana has been my best teacher, especially for my writing, and I want to share it with you. Like no other place I’ve been, Montana gets under your skin and stays there even when you are far away. Its terrain, sometimes rugged and daunting, sometimes soft and beckoning, sometimes just plain heartbreaking…is that of the written word.
What We Will Do:
We will spend three days in intensive small group sessions exploring craft and voice through various writing exercises, one-on-one workshop sessions with Laura, and private writing time. There will also be opportunities to do yoga, go on guided silent meditation walks on the gorgeous 400 + acres of the Walking Lightly Ranch, and take equine therapy classes nearby.
Evenings will include student and instructor readings, visits from guest writers to share about the writing life, and fantastic meals overlooking the beauty of the woods of Montana.
Food: All food is vegan, largely grown on property or locally grown, and lovingly prepared on-site by skilled chefs. *We can accommodate special dietary needs. And yes, coffee and wine are permitted (favorite question so far) !
Accommodations: Each person will have a private room in the main lodge or in the guest lodge. Each has a private full bathroom.
Cost: The cost is $1,800 which will cover the conference, three daily meals including dinner on the night of arrival and breakfast on the day of departure, rooms, and sponsored evening wine hour. This price does not include transportation.
Application: My retreats are limited to ten participants to ensure proper attention to your work, and are open to all ranges of writers, whether you are in the process of writing a book, have a book idea, or just love to write and want to explore self-expression on the page. I do have an informal application process which helps to set your intention about why you want to join me on the retreat, and helps me to know what you hope to gain from it. Simply send a statement of purpose, as well as a writing sample (no longer than 1,200 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org. In your statement of purpose, please tell me about your goals for this workshop and for your writing life, and provide me with any other information about yourself that you feel is important.
Where We Are Located:
Set in the northwest corner of Montana, The Flathead Valley, is my favorite part of the state-- with Glacier National Park just 20 miles away, the 30 mile long mountain-flanked Flathead Lake at its base, and our Whitefish ski resort at its top. This is the still-pristine land of lakes, rivers, foothills and Rocky Mountains, charming little towns, and most important: open space. I know of no place like it left in the lower 48. You might want to consider coming early and/or staying after the retreat to experience the magnificent Flathead Valley and explore.
The Walking Lightly Ranch is a ten minute drive from Whitefish, set deep in the woods on a lovely lake, with an organic garden, gorgeous yoga pavilion, and walking paths throughout. It is a place of serenity and inspiration truly unique in our busy world.
Getting Here: Flights: Delta, United, Alaska, American, and Allegiant go in and out of Glacier International Airport in Kalispell, with non-stops from San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Minneapolis. You might find cheaper flights in and out of Missoula (2 1/2 hour drive), Spokane (4 hr. drive), or Calgary (5 hr. drive). Rental cars are available at the airport. Taxis run $40.00 each way to the ranch. Train: Amtrak goes in and out of Whitefish.
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