A word after a word after a word is power. -Margaret Atwood
What to Expect
We all have an untold story inside us. Whether you’re a seasoned writer or brand new, the act of putting pen to paper can be a powerful, transformative and healing practice. Join Laura and Meadow at the legendary Shambala Mountain Center for four days and three nights of journeying into yours.
The creators of RRetreats, Meadow Devor and Laura McKowen, bring you a new kind of retreat focused on writing as a spiritual practice. Through a combination of yoga, meditation, teachings, discussion, nourishing food, beautiful scenery and unstructured down time, we will teach you how to connect to your truest voice and bring it to life.
I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.
- Anne Frank
Laura and Meadow have both found intense healing and growth through the practice of writing, and they’ve created this retreat for those who wish to find the same. The retreat will combine powerful yoga, instruction, processing, healing, rest and nourishing food. Over the course of the retreat, you will be guided to tune into and shift your relationship with your thoughts, emotions, body and your innermost wisdom and through this process, you will unlock the narratives and stories that shape your story. Whether you already have a writing practice or you’re new to the page, this retreat is for you.
There will be a morning and afternoon yoga sessions focused on core themes. Meadow will teach restorative, Yoga Church style yoga, and Laura will teach a more powerful Vinyasa flow. No prior yoga experience is necessary.
Evenings will be spent storytelling, laughing and connecting around the grounds or cozying up with a good book and a cup of tea. Bonfires will be available in the evening, weather dependent.
And of course, just like every other retreat, we will be spending plenty of time doing soul-searching self-work with lots of relaxation and play built into the schedule.
Q. Are these retreats for women only?
A. Nope! Open to all sexes. For shared rooming spaces, you will not be placed with someone of the opposite sex unless requested.
Q. Do I need to be a writer to attend?
A. No, you only need to have a desire to explore your story.
Q. What if I don’t do yoga?
A. Great. The yoga practices are truly for all levels, and we love having people who’ve never been on a mat before.
Q. Will I have to share my writing?
A. No. There will be opportunities to share if you want, but this retreat is your own internal journey.
Q. Is this a recovery-based retreat?
A. No, but because recovery is a big part of both Meadow and Laura’s story, it’s likely there will be some discussion about our paths. There will be no alcohol at this retreat, though.
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You should attend this retreat if...
- You are curious about or have a longing to write (even if you’re not sure why).
- You are a writer already working on a project and you’re stuck.
- You desire to connect with other like-minded spirits—people who care about words, stories, creativity, music, and the deeper longings of the heart.
- You’ve never considered yourself a creative person but feel drawn to explore that part of you.
- You are a blogger, teacher, or any kind of entrepreneur who wants to learn how to more authentically communicate yourself and your offerings online.
- You want to unpack and understand your life story—or some part of it—but don’t know how. You want to answer the question, “What happened?” in a way that is more honest, forgiving and empowering.
- You’re “stuck” in your life, emotionally, physically, or spiritually and need a hard reset.
- You’re healing from loss, trauma, addiction, or emotional pain and need a safe, supportive, and welcoming place to work through it—with teachers who understand.
Accommodations and Food
The accommodations range from fine lodge rooms with private baths to shared same-gender dormitories. All meals, from Thursday evening dinner through Sunday lunch, with vegetarian options, are included in the price of the retreat.
There are four lodging options for this retreat. Photos of each option can be viewed here.
- Lodge Single - a full or queen-size bed and a private bath, desk, and closet. Shambhala Lodge offers single rooms with full-size beds and towel warmers in the private bath.
- Lodge Single Monk - The smaller single rooms in Rigden Lodge are furnished with a full-size bed, desk and closet, and access to a shared same-gender bath.
- Lodge Double - Featuring two full-size beds, a desk, walk-in closet, and private bathroom with towel warmers. This room is for an assigned or selected roommate. If you are traveling alone and reserve a bed in a double room, we will assign you a roommate.
- Lodge Dorm - Two same-gender dormitories are available in Rigden Lodge, each with seven twin beds and access to shared same-gender bathrooms. Bedding is included.
I'm not sure I can put into words what this retreat meant to me. Laura and Meadow gave me a safe space to explore and process some deep and difficult feelings, as well as some wonderful tools to move past them and to grow and flourish. "Thank you" just doesn't seem sufficient, but I am grateful beyond measure, and I can't wait to return next year. - Attendee, Bainbridge Island RRetreat
This was transformative for me. Meadow and Laura brought 110% of themselves and their gifts to the entire experience and I can't express in words what a gift they gave me. My entire being- body, mind, spirit and soul- was healed during those 3 days. I have found my center again with the loving care and compassionate guidance Meadow and Laura gave to me. They were attentive to each individual exactly where we were at, which is a precious gift. I recommend this retreat, or anything hosted by Meadow or Laura, without a moment's hesitation. - Attendee, Bainbridge Island RRetreat
When women open up and become honest and vulnerable with each other, we create strength for ourselves, each other and the world. Meadow and Laura, you created this amazing fertile and safe space for us to do our work. You're trustworthy and real and I value that so incredibly much. - Attendee, Vermont RRetreat
Meadow and Laura, I'm so grateful for you two. I've woken up every morning with immense gratitude for the knowledge and tools you two have taught me. My mind, body, heart and soul will always remember the retreat. - Attendee, Vermont RRetreat
Location and Itinerary
Nestled high in the Colorado Rockies, the center is a six-hundred-acre mountain valley retreat surrounded by native forests, gentle meadows and rocky peaks. The center is home to the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, one of the most significant examples of sacred architecture in the world. The Center is a 2-hour drive from Denver and a 2-hour drive from Cheyenne, Wyoming. Directions to Shambala Mountain Center are here.
Throughout history, stupas have promoted harmony, health, prosperity, peace and freedom, bestowing blessings upon the surrounding environment, and upon those who visit and venerate them. The Center was established in 1971 by Tibetan meditation master and teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and world-renowned teachers such as Pema Chodron, Jack Kornfield, Seane Corn and Ram Dass.
- 3 pm Check-in
- 6 pm Dinner + welcome
- 7-8 am Breakfast
- 9 am - 12 pm Morning workshop
- 12 - 1 pm Lunch
- 2-5 pm Afternoon workshop
- 6 pm Dinner
- 7-8 am Breakfast
- 9 am-12 pm Morning workshop
- 12-1 pm Lunch
- 2-5 pm Afternoon workshop
- 6 pm Dinner
- 7-8 am Breakfast
- Closing workshop
- 12:00 pm Check-out
Price and Registration
Registration includes accommodations, meals as stated above, and all retreat activities. Following registration, you will receive a confirmation with further details, what to expect, and what to bring.
We are offering two payment options: you can register with full payment or make a $500 deposit to secure your spot. If you are making a deposit, the balance will be due May 1, 2017. Your card will not be used to pay the balance; you will be contacted by RRetreat staff to provide a payment method.
Lodge Single ($1,890 or $500 deposit)
Single Monk ($1,750 or $500 deposit)
Lodge - Double ($1,680 or $500 deposit)
Lodge - Dorm ($1,570 or $500 deposit)
All sales are final. No refunds will be issued for any reason, but you are free to transfer your registration to another attendee.
We want you to make sure that all of your questions are answered and that you have access to the information you need. Please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at (805) 779-4033.