Announcing a New WTG Offering

After I launched the sold-out Summer GLOW this August at Heaven & Earth Retreats, I had a huge curiosity.

Or maybe it was a deep desire.

The curiosity/desire: What would this women’s writing retreat be like in each season? 

  • How would the pond, the meadow, and those glorious trees look, smell, and feel in the fall, winter, and spring? 

  • How would the light change? 

  • The food? 

  • Our moods and energy? 

  • Our stories and sharings?

  • What would the sky, trees, and the land reveal to our group of new and returning women, season to season? 

I wondered if, like me, women would want to return seasonally, or semi-seasonally, to this same place. To step out of day-to-day life, connect to themselves, spend quality time with other women, play in the energy and wisdom of the seasons and natural world and treat this retreat as a wellness practice. As a cherished, calendared ritual. 

And so, I booked these 2019 dates at Heaven & Earth Retreats in Banks, OR

Winter FIRE: January 11-13
Spring LIGHT: 
May 3-5
Summer GLOW: 
August 9-11
Fall REFLECTIONS: 
October 18-20

Having these dates on the calendar makes me feel relaxed and excited at the same time. Grounded and awake.
I feel a deep and knowing yeeeeees.
Giddiness.
Lightness in my body.   

The offering: Seasonal Write to Glow Retreats where women eat well, rest deeply, enjoy nature, and witness one another through guided writing circles — then return to their lives and loved ones nourished, refreshed, and connected.

Each season, I’ll invite you to check in with your desire to press pause in your life and gather for a nature/women/writing/resting/playing weekend,

These WTG retreats are intimate (15 women, max). We arrive from different cities and states, different seasons in life, different paths. We arrive as friends, acquaintances, and strangers.  But when we step onto the land, we’re simultaneously invited into deep self-friendship and homecoming, and deep sisterhood.  

Winter FIRE, 2019: 

A few weeks ago, I opened Winter FIRE early registration for the women who attended Summer GLOW. It turns out, others are as giddy about seasonal retreats as I am. Most of the beds are filled by the Summer GLOW women, and the friends they invited. 

There’s one room left, with an option for single occupancy or double, if you have a bestie to share the queen bed:

  • The Glamping Tent — ($675 single, or $625 per/person double). View room here and here.

*Price includes all lodging, meals, writing circles, and additional weekend offerings. 

If you’re interested in attending Winter FIRE, where the theme is Dark Sides, and where there’ll be a buffet to feast on, depending on your appetite, including daily themed and guided writing circles, pen & prompt writing trios, music & movement in the yoga barn, nighttime storytelling around a crackling wood fire, Ruthanne’s hearty winter soups + stews, hot cider + cocoa, and all kinds of goodness bubbling on the stove, laughter, deep-dives, walks or sits with thick blankets in the crips, clean air, and slippers all weekend, email me and I’ll let you know if the Glamping Tent is still available or add you to the waiting list.

Meet Ruthanne. 

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She’s the owner and hostess of Heaven & Earth Retreats. I think of her as a Hearth and Home Goddess. From her exquisite organic and nutrient-dense meals, to her home’s aesthetic and décor, to her hospitality… and attention to details… and huge, fierce heart… and, and, and… all I can say is we are in the best hands with Ruthanne.

Meet Honey, my roommate at a women’s retreat in Montana several summers ago and now a dear friend and co-facilitator. (You never know who’ll you’ll meet on retreat!)

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I think of Honey as a Nature and Embodiment Goddess. With earthy wisdom and witty humor, she weaves enchantment into the retreat’s alluring non-writing offerings. A certified CTI Co-Active Coach & Leader, Honey believes that, "We are the experts of our own lives and that when we attune to our body’s wisdom and move in nature we can hear ourselves more clearly.” 

Whether you attend Seasonal WTG Retreats, WTG Portland Circles in the Pearl, WTG Zoom-Room Circles online, or drop into this weekly email space, I’m grateful you’re here. Happiness is Other People is a New York Time’s article about our biological need for meaningful human connection. This headline drops into my mind regularly and fuels my gratitude for these opportunities to write together -- through nature’s seasons -- and through the individual seasons of our lives.

With love,






Want to write?
Take a pen & prompt journey:


writing prompt

seasonal weekend retreats


1. Grab a pen & notebook. Write the prompt at the top of the page. Set a timer for 10 minutes. Or 5. Or 2!

2. Keep your pen moving as you write the thoughts, feelings, and images that arise. Don’t stop to think or edit.

3. Accept ALL that you write - the pretty + ugly; absurd + boring. Discover what wants to be felt, known, expressed, released...