Zen and the Art of Writing

In this contemplative writing retreat we will explore how meditation and mindfulness practices can stimulate the creative process. The focus will be on freeing the natural flow of the creative process and finding/deepening our most natural writing voices. We will alternate meditation, mindfulness and sensory awareness practices with writing practice and other exercises to stimulate creativity and encourage fresh ideas. Most importantly, we will rediscover the freedom, playfulness and joy that made us want to write in the first place. As a process-oriented rather than critically-oriented workshop,

this is open to everyone from beginners to experienced writers, meditators and yoga practitioners. Suitable for writers in any field, from fiction to creative non-fiction, journaling, screenplay, drama or poetry or anyone who simply wishes to explore the contemplative side of the creative process. In the meditative setting provided in this retreat, we will explore a variety of techniques for freeing our natural flow of expression, bypassing the inner critic and accessing our true source of creativity. Close observation exercises, walking meditation and mindfulness practices in the naturally inspiring environment of Lake Louise will enhance awareness of the sensory details that build mindfulness and supply the raw materials for our writing. Develop your own writing style within a supportive and inspiring environment. Some periods will be spent outside.


Retreat Takeaways


    Development of your unique writing style

    Easy access to your natural writing voice

    Ability to easily overcome “writer’s block”

    Deeper freedom, clarity and creativity in your writing


Retreat Includes

    Overview of meditation and mindfulness practices and how to apply them to the creative process

    Techniques to open your natural writing voice

    Techniques to balance the creative and critical aspects of the mind

    4 nights accommodation at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in a Deluxe room

    Welcome cocktail reception Sunday evening

    Mindful meals - breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; breakfast on Thursday. Gratuities included. Dietary requirements can be accommodated.

    Daily morning yoga session

    Daily morning and afternoon workshops with Sean Murphy and Tania Casselle

    Free time daily


Retreat Rates

    Single occupancy is available from $2,155 CAD

    Double occupancy is available from $1,855 CAD per person

    Book by January 28, 2018 to receive a complimentary upgrade to a Deluxe Lake View room (subject to availability)

    Rates based on a Deluxe room

    Rates do not include taxes or service charges

    Four night stay required (March 18-22, 2018)

    US travelers will enjoy additional savings due to favorable exchange rate. Check Daily Exchange Rates . (Rates will vary and do not include credit card exchange fees. Subject to daily exchange rate changes)

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Zen and the Art of Writing

at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

  • Mar 18, 2018 - Mar 22, 2018 (5 days)


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