What’s important about your retreat experience (DIY or not) isn’t so much where you go, but rather than you’re doing something different, which helps shift your perspective and get you in the mindset of solving writing problems and taking creative risk.
When I tell people that I’m planning a writing retreat in Mexico, a lot of people are like, “Isn’t that just an excuse for a vacation with some ‘writing’ thrown in to make it sound more serious?” I mean, I get it. Going on a writing retreat in some exotic place to get some writing done sounds too good to be true. Here’s the truth: writing retreats actually help people get writing done. In fact, people should be retreating more.
I’ve always admired people who had creative job titles, so thought about whether I could invent a job title that reflected the new directions I was taking with my business. The very first thing that I’m doing as the Director of Creative Cultural Inquiry and Critical Thinking Experiences is organizing a women’s writing retreat in the beautiful city of Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico. I’m picturing daily writing sessions that help reconnect people to not just their writing practices, but also to themselves. I envision writing as a collective, collaborative process that works best in a supportive environment in which people’s best and most creative selves can emerge. I'm thinking up some intentions for the retreat. Connection. Inspiration. Joy. Maybe all three.