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The hardest thing to do is to craft something original. To move an idea from the head and heart into concrete implementation. To sculpt fog into form. It’s oh-so-much easier to let the day distract you into action. The busyness seems constructive but, upon closer inspection, it takes you farther away from crafting the original that awaits your attention and time.

That’s why I’m dedicating time for a writing retreat. I want that attention and time for my own original. Don’t you?

If yes, join me. I’m hosting an intimate gathering (no more than 10 people) at my home in central Massachusetts to focus on writing—to get an idea down. I’m following the format of my writing host Nerissa Nields.

Let’s see your original come to life,

MeganM

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Megan McDonough
CEO and co-founder of Wholebeing Institute

 

Course flow
Friday
7:00–9:00 pm: Opening circle, short prompt or reading from an intriguing or inspirational piece, then you write.
Saturday
9:00–11:30 am Short prompt or reading, then you write.
11:30 am–1:00 pm Group lunch and discussion, followed by a walk.
1:00-4:00 pm Write.
4:00-5:00 pm Read your writing, get feed-forward.
Sunday
9:00–11:30 am Short prompt or reading, then you write.
11:30 am–1:00 pm Group lunch and discussion, followed by a walk.
1:00-4:00 pm Write.
4:00-5:00 pm Read your writing, get feed-forward.

 

Yes, that’s right, you will do lots of writing (that’s the point). Here are the three norms that drive our group experience:

1. We write. That’s what we’re here for. It doesn’t matter if it’s crappy, spectacular, organized, or chaotic. Write. Period. Enough said.

2. We care—for ourselves and each other. If you need to move to write better, do it. If you need a quick nap to recharge, take one. If you need to talk about your writing, do so over lunch. We care for ourselves by doing what we need to do to get the writing done (see #1). We care for others by maintaining a quiet environment conducive to writing (see #1).

3. We share. At the end of the day, we read what we wrote, and others comment. It is not required that you do either. Just listening respectfully is caring (see #2). If we do read, we don’t start with some tiresome remark about how lame our writing is. If we comment on another’s writing, we focus on encouragement (see #2). This is not a critique or coaching session. It a time to write (see #1).


You put together an incredibly empowering weekend, one that enabled me to experience for the first time in many years what it feels like to be in the “writing flow.” I am truly glowing with the remembering of what that feels like. Wow!! —Connie Maltbie-Shulas
 
I had a book idea for years and never took the time to sit down and write it. I can’t believe I have six chapters written from this retreat! —Donna Miller
 
The camaraderie, the uplifting vibe of Megan’s farm, the delicious food, and the generously shared support and insights created the perfect environment for a very successful writing retreat. Highly recommended! —Jim McNerney
 
Expect the unexpected! I was amazed by the process, the experience, and what it produced.  —Barb Stone


For sure, there is huge power in writing in a group setting. It keeps you focused. You meet other creative people who want to express their original. And you have a goal every day—write, read, and get feed-forward.

Write. Get it down. Make it yours.

There’s nothing like an original.

 

 

Registration Information

Time: 7:00 pm Friday to 5:00 pm Sunday

Location: Hardwick, MA

Cost: $295

The retreats are limited to 10 people.

October 13–15, 2017

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January 12–14, 2018

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Accommodations
Hartman’s Herb Farm

1026 Old Dana Road

Barre, Massachusetts

978-355-2015

The Jenkins Inn

7 West Street

Barre, Massachusetts

978-355-6444

Bird Hill Farm

145 Church Street

Ware, Massachusetts

413-277-0373

Megan McDonough is the award-winning author of five books, including “Radically Receptive Meditation”, “Infinity in a Box” and “A Minute for Me”. Megan blogs regularly, including for the Huffington Post and Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. In her role as CEO, she’s constantly communicating through writing, aiming towards a pragmatic and accessible writing that invites all to harness the best in themselves for the greatest good. With a degree in nuclear medicine, senior leadership experience in health care, two decades as a yoga practitioner and teacher, and experience directing numerous online-learning start-ups, Megan focuses on how to get from point A to point B through whole-person engagement—which includes getting down on paper your own original thinking.