Women At Woodstock Writers Retreat

Event Highlights

  • Daily workshops
  • Private coaching
  • Sunset wine & cheese gatherings
  • Free time to write


From our early evening welcome party on Monday to our final breakfast Friday morning, you'll find rich information, warmth, inspiration, and new friends.
Each day:
8-9 Breakfast
Morning workshops & Free time
12-1:30 Lunch
Afternoon workshops & Free time
5-6:30 Evening Readings with Sunset Wine & Cheese
6:30-8 Dinner

About This Event

At the Women At Woodstock Writers Retreat, we welcome women bloggers, memoirists, fiction writers, poets, and nonfiction writers of all levels and any age. Our content-rich, quiet, 4-day retreat offers two tracks: Writers-In-Process and Emerging Writers.


You will start each day with a two-hour workshop taught by resident writing coach Ginnah Howard and then the day will be open for you to write, think, and map out your writing future without interruption, surrounded by other like-minded women also pursuing their own creative quests. You also will have the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one session with Ginnah to review a sample of your writing and receive individual coaching regarding your work and the process of getting published.


You will join in an intensive full-morning writing workshop with resident writing coach Colleen Geraghty, where a safe space will be created for you to write and practice your developing skills with prompts, discussions, and short writing sessions.  After a long break for thought, lunch, and maybe a walk outdoors, you'll reconvene in the afternoon for a second writing workshop to continue where you left off.

Options For Everyone

For everyone at the Writing Retreat, there will be plenty of space and opportunity for private coaching, collaborative conversations, or total quiet - whatever it is that you need. In the late afternoon we'll gather for an Evening Salon of wine and cheese and readings, sharing what we wish from the day's work. After dinner, we'll continue with wine, chocolates, and conversation, or take advantage of the gorgeous "silent room" at the top of the sanctuary where you can write in peace into the wee hours if you wish.

I met some of the most brilliant and loving women at WAW. We’ve kept in touch, inspired, supported and loved each other ever since. These women spurred me on to write THE CURRENCY OF LOVE. - Jill Dodd

What's Included

  • writing workshops
  • three delicious home-cooked meals each day + wine and cheese cocktail hour each night
  • coffee, tea, and snacks throughout the day
  • accommodations in the beautiful & secluded Lifebridge Sanctuary
  • one-on-one coaching from our writers in residence

What's Not Included


Venue Highlights

We gather at the Lifebridge Sanctuary near Woodstock, New York, filled with sunlight, circled by trees and open sky, and all to ourselves! Lifebridge Sanctuary is set on a wooded hill with expansive views. Our space includes a Main Lodge and a separate Garden House up a short wooded path. We meet in the beautiful sunlight-filled great room with a fireplace, we share meals and conversation in the dining room and library, we grab snacks, coffee and drinks whenever we like from an expansive kitchen with fireplace, and we gather around the fire for our evening salons in the stone-walled Cedar Heart Lodge on the ground floor of the Main Lodge. Our sleeping rooms are filled with natural light - and on the grounds, you can enjoy three walking paths, a labyrinth on the hillside above the lodge, a gazebo, an outdoor campfire circle, and breathtaking views all around. Lifebridge Sanctuary is in Rosendale, NY, about 20 minutes from the iconic Woodstock, NY.


There are single rooms, doubles, triples, and a few for four or five to share. The Sanctuary is cozy and intimate, with a total capacity of 30, so spaces are limited.


  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio
  • Ceremony Space

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Meat
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


1 hour and 45 minutes north of NYC
4 hours south west of Boston
30 Minutes West of Metro North / Amtrak Railway Station in Poughkeepsie, NY

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Why Retreat?

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Reconnecting with basic goodness in an environment of people who share a vision for a better society. Wimberly

Retreat Guru's Vision

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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