Recharge + Write Retreat
2019 Dates TBA
In the countryside, less than an hour from Ottawa, Canada
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 is filled with demands and distractions, both detriments to the type of inner experience required for good writing.
But we can fix that. Come and join me in the country, where all your needs will be cared for: three comfortable nights in a big old farmhouse, delicious, wholesome and gourmet meals and snacks, morning yoga and meditation, two daily writing workshops and hours to write, read and relax among the fields and trails.
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 new book chapter, a powerful essay, a riveting short story), away from the demands of life you’ll get to recharge looking out over the countryside, and give yourself the time and space you need to bring your words to the page.
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 walks through the fields.
Your soul is going to thrive with the breathtaking country skyline, quiet reading time and fabulous evening conversation around the dining room table.
And your words… 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:
A pre-retreat private coaching call to clarify writing direction + set goals for our time together
- Three nights shared accommodations in a beautiful old, country farmhouse that has been transformed into a gorgeous retreat centre complete with 90 acres of walking trails and a hot tub overlooking it all
- Morning yoga to connect you to your creative spirit and two writing workshops daily to deepen your craft
- A five-hour independent writing block during which you are welcome to connect with Parrish to discuss and review your writing (as well as read, walk and nap as necessary to facilitate your best writing)
- All your meals (3 dinners, 2 lunches, 3 breakfasts + snacks) prepared with healthy, often organic and local ingredients, as well as a solid dose of love and of course thoughtfulness to dietary needs
- Local craft beer and wine, and nonalcoholic beverages (you’ll get to give your input on preferences)
- Parking at the cottage, or transportation from the Ottawa airport or Smiths Falls train station (an additional Ottawa pick up can be coordinated)
- A writer’s gift bundle with everything you need to bring the feeling of creative nourishment home with you <3
I argued (not really) with Parrish that it should be the Write & Recharge Retreat. Because writing comes first, right?!
She was right, I was wrong. (Don’t tell her I said that.)
I don’t know what magic she stirred into the air, but from the moment I arrived, I was able to simply BE. My mind was quiet – all the usual busy disappeared. All my shoulds about word count (ha) and getting this book DONE (bigger HA) floated away.
Parrish made it okay for me to step back and let the words come up on their own. No pulley system needed to drag them out of my soul. Just some quiet, some time, and room to let them come.
In a little over a month after Parrish’s magic, I’ve written more than in the 5 years before. Grateful doesn’t begin to cover it. I will definitely be back for more retreat magic.
Relax in the countryside with me, Parrish Wilson, your writing coach + retreat leader:
Hey there, I’m Parrish Wilson and I’m a Writer + Writing Coach for women who know they have words in their soul that must 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’ve created 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.
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 endless responsibilities. I’d love for you to join me to Recharge + Write in the country this Spring!
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!
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:
7:30 – 10:00 am – Self-serve breakfast available – Nourishing Oatmeal and Smoothie Bar
8:00 – 9:00 am – Grounding + Energizing yoga practice
9:30 – 10:00 am – Journal 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….
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 out at the field 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.
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 retreat house 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!
Three of the things I love most in this world are being among the trees, spending quality time with other women – sharing, eating, laughing – and being creative. The retreat was all of those wrapped into one delicious event!
Had the weekend been nothing more than the time together in a beautiful location, it would have been more than worth it. What made it absolutely over-the-top brilliant was Parrish. Her way of holding space made it very easy for an introvert like me to just jump in and enjoy the company. As much as I love spending time in small groups, I am usually very reserved until I feel comfortable – the lack of pretention in this gathering unfurled any reservations I might have had when I arrived.
I appreciated the freedom to find my own creative rhythm. Having the wide-open space and time was less daunting than I would have thought because of the gentle structure with which Parrish framed the day. There was a lovely balance of time together and time on my own. Getting her keen eyes and practical feedback on my writing in general, and having her encouragement for a deep piece that I’d been terrified to write were the ultimate bonuses, and the most valuable pieces of the entire retreat.
Thank you so much for this nourishing weekend! I look forward to doing it again!
Want to chat about it before registering?
I’d love to! Go ahead and book a time that works for both of us: