Writing for Health Writing Retreat (#WHWR)
Friday-Sunday, June 3-5, 2022
The Writing for Health Writing Retreat is a series of writing workshops that will help you explore your inner universe through writing. The retreat takes place in the enchanted woods of the Red Spirit, helping us connect to ourselves further through writing.
You do not need to have any previous writing experience in order to take these workshops. They work best if you wish to understand yourself on a deeper level and are willing to explore your innermost thoughts and feelings.
At the end of the retreat, you will have techniques for journaling, for connecting to your interoceptive sense (the sense that helps us know how we are feeling) and for writing your story.
The deadline to register is April 18, 2022 and there are only seven spots available, so be sure to register soon! To register, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see the tentative agenda and FAQs below for complete retreat information.
We look forward to seeing you there!
How much does it cost?
$275 per participant
$310 with a handmade journal
- your stay at the Red Spirit
- four writing workshops
- three meals and snacks
- a handmade journal with the $310 package purchase (otherwise, please bring your own journal)
Who is this workshop for?
Those who are:*
- Wishing to explore themselves on deeper levels
- Wanting support for their health and/or healing journey
- Feeling anxious, stuck, sad, depressed, uninspired, etc.
- Ready to write their story
Please note that writing therapy should be accompanied with, not in place of, seeking help from doctors, therapists and healers.
How good do I need to be at writing?
All writing levels are welcomed. You do not have to worry about spelling, grammar or punctuation. We focus mainly on journaling and techniques for writing your story.
Where is the retreat located?
The retreat will be hosted at the Red Spirit, located in Fennville, Michigan. The Red Spirit is a sustainably-run, 20-acre forest just minutes away from Saugatuck and Michigan wineries!
Will food be served?
Yes. Three vegetarian meals will be served and snacks will be provided during the day. Dinners are on your own.
Do I have to drive to another location?
All lodging, workshops and daytime meals are at the Red Spirit. Dinners and adventures away from the Red Spirit will require transportation.
What do I need to bring?
- Something to write on and with. If you purchase the package with a handmade journal, it will be provided upon your arrival.
- A yoga mat if you own one (if not, no worries).
- Walking shoes, a hat and bug spray for leisurely nature walks.
- An umbrella in case it rains.
Whom should I contact with questions?
Jenna Grace is a writer, educator and trauma survivor. She writes about healing from trauma, coping with disorder and practicing mindfulness. Jenna teaches writing at Oakland University, located in Michigan, and facilitates writing workshops that promote growth and healing. Considering she has bipolar II (BP II), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sensory processing disorder (SPD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and social anxiety disorder (SAD) diagnoses, she uses writing as one of her daily tools for healing. Her mission is to heal through writing and to help others do so too. Visit her website to read her stories and to sign up for an online writing workshop.
Friday, June 3, 2022
4:00 p.m. – Check in
5:00 p.m. – Meet and greet (with charcuterie and wine!)
Saturday, June 4, 2022
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. – Breakfast
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Part 1: “How to Journal to Connect to Your Interoceptive Sense to Understand your Anxiety, Depression and Pain”
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Lunch
12:00 to 2:00 p.m. – Part 2: “How to Write and Reflect to Better Understand Yourself”
2:00 to 2:30 p.m. – Break
2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Part 3: “How to Use Your Journals to Categorize, Theorize and Understand Your Story”
Sunday, June 5, 2022
8 a.m. to 9 a.m. – Breakfast
9 a.m. to 11 p.m. – Part 4: “How to Use Your Journals to Write Your Story”
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Check out