Writing requires a special kind of focus, one that can often be elusive when you are immersed in the day to day of life. Our modern society demands great amounts of connection and distraction, both detriments to the type of inner experience required for good writing.

But we can fix that. Come and join me at the lake, where all your needs will be cared for: three comfortable nights in a historic “cottage” along the Rideau Waterway, delicious, wholesome and gourmet meals and snacks, morning yoga and meditation, two daily writing workshops and hours to write, read and relax on the beautiful lakefront estate.

The recharge + write retreat is a sweet combination of relaxation, introspection and connection, nourishing your soul and setting you up to write well. Leave the busy world behind and immerse yourself in your words for a few days! No matter your writing goal (a couple new book chapters, a powerful essay, a riveting short story), away from the demands of life you’ll get to recharge – cozy in your favourite sweater, looking out over the lake – and give yourself the time and space you need to bring your words to the page.

recharge + write retreat will be held on Upper Rideau Lake, near Westport, Ontario

Thursday, October 19th through Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

This is the escape you’ve been dreaming of… it’s your “you” time… Treat your body and soul right, and let your mind come to that perfect resting place that allows for fine creative output.

Your body is going to love the scrumptious food, energizing morning yoga, hot tub soaks and sauna sweats.

Your soul is going to thrive with the majestic lakeview (even from the aforementioned hot tub), quiet reading time and fabulous evening conversation around the dining room table.

And your words… well, whatever they are, whatever they are meant to be, they will flow… nestled in the gentle and supportive container that is recharge + write, you will feel open to creating with a depth and truth you can access only when you escape from your busy life.

Included in this self-care and writing weekend:

  • Pre-retreat private coaching call to clarify direction + goals

  • Parking at the cottage, or transportation from the Ottawa airport or Smiths Falls train station

  • All food (3 dinners, 2 lunches, 3 breakfasts + snacks)

  • Local craft beer and wine, and nonalcoholic beverages (I’ll get your input on preferences)

  • 3 nights of lakefront accommodations (cottage loft style)

  • 4 optional writing workshops
  • 2 optional yoga + meditation practices
  • Post-retreat virtual group workshop

  • A writer’s gift bundle with everything you need to bring the feeling of creative nourishment home with you

Sink into lake life with me, Parrish Wilson, your writing coach + retreat leader:

recharge + write leader Parrish WilsonHey there, I’m Parrish Wilson and I’m a Writing Coach + Developmental Editor for women who know they have words in their soul that need to be expressed.  My vision for the recharge + write retreat is one of optimal creative output, supported by caring for your body and soul through rest, good food and body love.

I know how hard it is to write on a regular basis when life is full of work, family and all the day-to-day responsibilities that fill our time. With recharge + write I wanted to create an experience for women that nurtures their creative spirit and holds the space for focused writing. We all deserve to foster our creative urges, and to take really, really good care of ourselves while doing that.  

Croissants for the win.I’ve been helping women write in a way that is true to their heart since 2013 through private coaching and editing, online and in-person workshops, and retreats. Doing this work is an honour. Every client, every piece, every word is important. My intention is to help women write their best, whether they choose to share it with the world or keep it safe in their journals forever.

Currently I’m writing a memoir of my years with post-partum depression as part of my Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing through The Humber School for Writers in Toronto, Canada. I know EXACTLY how hard it is to write regularly with a family to take care of and responsibilities to well, be responsible for. I often escape my busy life to write and I’d love for you to join me to recharge + write at the lake this October!

Also, I love croissants and the best ones this side of the Atlantic will be baked fresh and served at recharge + write!

And my incredible recharge + write retreat team…

Sara Bradford will be joining as my assistant and master of deliciousness. She is a Culinary Real Food Nutritionist (self-titled haha), and the owner/founder of Nourish ~ Real Food. She’s as passionate about dark salty chocolate as she is green smoothies, and understands that indulging in an amazing life can be healthy AND tasty. Sara wades through the world of nutrition by sharing hilarious wisdom, delicious inspiration and recipes, knowing the most toxic ingredient is guilt. And she makes a mean bowl of grub. I’m really looking forward to the evenings around the dinner table with her.
Amber Percival is my favourite yoga teacher and I’m so excited to share her with you both Friday and Saturday morning during the retreat!  She loves to share the slower aspects of Yoga like Yin and Restorative and the inner Yoga of Meditation, Pranayama and Mantra. Her own practice and the offerings she makes in each class are shared with the intention of cultivating more joy, connection to nature, laughter, freedom and simplicity. I look forward to the practices she will lead for us, designed to energize and ground you in preparation for a powerful day of writing.

The historic recharge + write “cottage”, ours to enjoy Thursday afternoon to Sunday morning…

recharge + write retreat will be held on Upper Rideau Lake, near Westport, Ontario Thursday October 19th (arrive anytime after 3:00 pm) through Sunday October 22nd, 2017.

If you are interested in one of the remaining spots, please contact Parrish directly.

Answers to a few possible questions:

I like details... can you give me a breakdown of how we'll be spending our time?

You got it!

Thursday:

Arrive anytime after 3 pm (Remember, we’ll pick you up from the airport or train station if you’re not driving)

6:00 pm – Dinner, drinks and revelry

Friday + Saturday:

7:00 – 10:00 am – Self-serve breakfast available – Nourishing Oatmeal and Smoothie Bar

7:30 – 8:30 am – Grounding + Energizing yoga practice with Amber

9:15 – 10:00 am – Journaling Workshop

10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Independent Time (Write, read and rest; Find Parrish to chat about your writing; Lunch + snacks will be self-serve and available to you when you want them)

4:00 – 5:30 pm – Playful Writing Workshop (Expect laughter + creative inspiration)

6:00 pm – Dinner, drinks + revelry again….

Sunday:

9:00 am – Group Breakfast

11:00 am – Check out

I'm not really a "writer", can I still come to recharge + write?
Yes, absolutely! All you need is an inkling that you’re meant to put words on the page. Good or bad, whether you share them with the world or keep them private. It’s just about curiosity and desire. No expectations.
I have a specific writing project I want to work on, will there be time for me to focus on that?
Yes! Definitely. From 10:00 am to 4:00 pm each day you will have independent writing/reading/resting time. You do with it what feels best. It’s important to me that there is plenty of unstructured and unscheduled time during recharge + write so you can get the words on the page without feeling rushed. Sometimes we need to stare at the lake for an hour before we can write. During this retreat, you’ll have time for that.
Is Parrish available to look at my writing during the retreat?
There’s a lot of unstructured time on Friday and Saturday of the retreat. During those times I will be available to talk about your writing goals and any specific project you’re working on, as well as look at sections of your writing. Since there will be eight of you, I will be unable to do extensive reading and review of your work but my brain is definitely yours for the weekend!
I have food sensitivities and allergies. Will these be considered and respected?
For sure. Personally, I have a ton of food restrictions so I am very comfortable making adjustments to suit a variety of needs. You will receive a questionnaire about restrictions, allergies and preferences after you complete registration. All of this will be considered when we plan the food for the weekend and I promise you will be able to enjoy the meals without worry.
I'm a yoga newbie... is it going to be hard? Am I going to look silly?
Oh you’re so lucky to have Amber Percival as your first (or one of your first) yoga teachers! First of all, she’s hilarious and her jokes will make you feel like you belong on your mat just as much as anyone else. Second of all, she tends toward gentle and slow yoga so you can trust there will be no headstands or anything crazy. The practices she’s designing for us will be relaxing and rejuvenating. Possibly the best yoga you ever do anywhere.
What time should we arrive? What time will we be leaving on Sunday?
Everyone will have slightly different schedules but you may arrive at the cottage anytime after 3:00 pm on Thursday. If you are flying in or taking the train, someone from my team will pick you up and bring you to the retreat. On Sunday our check out time is 11:00 am. Again, if you are taking the train or have a flight to catch, we will make sure you’re where you need to be when you need to be there!

Parrish stood by me as I opened up my vulnerable space and listened to me when I had doubts. She re-assured me when I was confused and gave me space and time to unfold the truth in my work. I now understand what it means to write from my heart, thanks to her guidance. Parrish is truly one of a kind!

Shalini Gambhir

Breast Cancer Educator + Founder, Nutrition Poet

I wanted my book to have a soul and be wildly useful. With spot-on insight and a keen eye, Parrish helped me to dig deeper and find the balance of expertise and vulnerability that I was seeking in my work. 

Sage B. Hobbs

Author, Speaker, Coach, Naked Communication: Courageously Create the Relationships You Really Want

Parrish took the time to listen to what I truly wanted and the new structure she's given my book has helped me to find so much more clarity with my ideas and express them in a way that will reach my reader.  My book truly feels like a book now, instead of a jumble of concepts.  I'm ready to start on my second draft with confidence and even joy.

Gracy Obuchowicz

Self-Care Mentor, Self Care with Gracy

Want to chat about it before registering?

I’d love to! Go ahead and book a time that works for both of us:


recharge + write retreat will be held on Upper Rideau Lake, near Westport, Ontario Thursday October 19th (arrive anytime after 3:00 pm) through Sunday October 22nd, 2017.

If you are interested in one of the remaining spots, please contact Parrish directly.

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