The French Alps Writing Retreat, Making Space for Inspiration, takes you into the magical space of an ancient converted monastery where you can slip away from the world and into a rhythm that allows you to write, dream, and create for 7 days and 6 nights. This retreat is ideal for anyone yearning for time to explore a book project; journal to contemplate a life transition; or simply reflect, relax, and listen to inner life for clarity and direction using writing as a tool. You’ll have space to contemplate, relax, and explore nature, and as well as benefit from structured time in highly interactive workshops conducive to inspire personal explorations as a writer and enhance creative growth. The best writers know themselves well. The workshops bring together writing and personal exploration to help you move to a deeper, more creative place. If you arrive with a specific book project, we'll work daily to help define your plan, write toward you goals, and gain a clear sense of purpose around your work. Daily workshop themes include:
Vision & Values
Creating Solid Foundations
Staying in the Creative Flow
Staying on Course when Faced with Challenges; and,
The program offers optional periods of meditation and dream work. Both of these secret tools help the best writers find direction, discover original ideas, and tap into inspiration. For an idea of how the retreat works and a preview of the program see: "The Program, The Place, and What to Expect".
You’ll also have the opportunity to discuss your explorations and receive regular encouragement and support from an award-winning author and skilled workshops leader that will guide you through the creative blocks and resistance and allow you to deeply explore and cultivate your inner life.
Participation is limited to a small group of 15 maximum.
Where: The workshop takes place at the Clos des Capucins, a 17th century monastery which has been converted into a retreat center. Simple rooms are located in the newly constructed part of the Clos, surrounded by a cloistered garden, and an expansive walled park which are part of the old grounds once run by Capuchin monks. It’s located at the edge of the picturesque village of Yenne, a short walk away, and hiking trails are readily accessible.
The retreat meeting point of departure is the train station at the beautiful lakeside city of Aix les Bains.
Cost: $1,699 USD. Early-bird rate is $1499 USD before May 1st, 2015. A non-refundable deposit of $495 USD reserves your space.
Price is for double occupancy room and includes all meals, and transport from Aix-les-Bains, France to the retreat center at Clos des Capucins in Yenne. Price does not include transatlantic flights or travel to the departure point in Aix-les-Bains. Half of the amount will be due upon booking and the final payment is due by June 30th. Yenne is about 1 hour and 15 minutes from Geneva, Switzerland, and about 4 hours by train from Paris, France. From Annecy, France it is about 35 minutes away.
Single rooms are available at an additional cost of: $300 USD
Cancellation Policy: A non-refundable deposit of $495 USD will reserve your place. Full payment is due by June 30th. If cancellations are made before May 30th, 50% of fees of the total cost, minus the non-refundable deposit will be refunded. After June 30th refunds will be made only if the space can be filled by another participant.For details about the cancellation policy and the retreat liablity waiver, please read the pdf at the link in red: Debra Moffitt LLC Retreat Agreement.
Please make sure that you have a valid passport. This generally means the expiration date is longer than 6 months from the time of your travel.
Apply for Program
If you would like to participate please apply to the program by sending a request and answer the following questions:
What inspires you to come to this retreat?
What would you like to accomplish while you are here?
Do you have any particular health issues or dietary requirements?
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If you're interested in this small group writing and travel experience and have additional questions, please contact Debra at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at: US 1 843 410 0152 or France +33 6 44 89 3600.
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