Zen and the Art of Writing

About us

Join Hemingway award-winning author and Zen teacher Sean Murphy and freelance writer, editor, and author Tania Casselle for this all inclusive retreat, as they share their extensive bag of tricks for opening the creative flow, bypassing the inner critic, and accessing your true source of creativity.

We’ll explore how meditation, mindfulness, yoga, free-writing and other approaches can stimulate the natural flow of the creative process and open the mind to new possibilities, with special emphasis on finding or deepening our most natural writing voices.Most importantly, we’ll rediscover the freedom, playfulness, and joy that made us want to write in the first place. Our emphasis will be on the creative process and on encouraging all participants, whether beginning or experienced, to develop their own writing styles within a supportive and inspiring environment.

This is a process-oriented rather than a critically-oriented workshop, open to everyone from beginners to experienced writers, meditators, and yoga practitioners who want to write or simply wish to explore the contemplative side of the creative process.

Some periods will be spent outside with close observation exercises, walking meditation and mindfulness practices in the naturally inspiring environment of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, to enhance awareness of the sensory details that build mindfulness and supply the raw materials of our writing.

Retreat Takeaways


  • 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

  • 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

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)

Tags: creative writing creativity health meditation mindfulness transform wellness writing yoga

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We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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