The Creative Pause: a Silent Retreat

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The Creative Pause: a Silent Retreat

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I first heard the term creative pause in a Mettler dance class. Prior to each collaborative movement exercise, our instructor would invite us to close our eyes, take a deep breath and wait for the creative impulse to begin our dance. It was in stillness and in silence that our creativity was born. The lesson I learned from that experience was that my creativity — whether I'm dancing, writing or facilitating a workshop — seems to come from a much deeper place, a more authentic place, when I allow myself to take a creative pause before diving in.

This full-day, silent retreat is inspired by that lesson.

I invite writers and non-writers alike to join me at Still Waters Retreat Center for a "creative pause" from everyday distractions. We begin the retreat with a guided meditation and a check-in to acknowledge the community that has gathered and then drop into silence for unstructured, independent writing time. Midday, we break the silence to enjoy connecting over lunch. After lunch, we once again drop into silence and return to our independent creative practices.

How you spend your unstructured hours in silence is entirely up to you. Maybe you'll dust off that unfinished screenplay, spend hours daydreaming in your journal, or write a first draft of a mission statement or business plan. Maybe your only plan is to see what writing comes forth when you allow yourself to pause. Your practice is yours to define. Sometimes the writing practice isn't even about writing. Perhaps you'll find a spot among the 67 acres of countryside to sit and sketch. There's also a labyrinth and nature trails for taking contemplative walks, and rocking chairs and porch swings perfectly suited for reading and pondering ... or just pausing.  

We will mark the end of our time together with a guided meditation and a closing circle.

Guidelines and finer details

  • Coffee, tea and light snacks are provided.
  • Bring a simple, prepared lunch (brown bag variety or microwavable). 
  • There is a full kitchen with napkins, cutlery, dishware, glasses and mugs.
  • Bring your own writing tools and/or art supplies. *Laptops and other electronic devices must be muted at all times.*
  • Guests are encouraged to spend the day off line, but there is wifi for those who need the Internet for their projects.  
  • Because this is a silent retreat, listening to music on headphones is discouraged.
  • A list of suggested writing prompts and a small collection of books about writing are available.

Social justice scholarships are available to those who have experienced incarceration. Please inquire here.
Full refunds for cancellations are honored until one week from event date.