a One-Day Writing Retreat

Life moves rapidly, and change is constant. No wonder ancient poets referred to time as a river. We are perpetually carried forward, often through choppy waters. Whatever we encounter along the way, we adapt to meet it, then we’re quickly propelled toward the next challenge, and the next, and the next. 

Rarely do we find space to 
pause, reflect, acknowledge, celebrate, explore, and restore.

Yet this is exactly what we need to do to remain resilient and joyful:
understand our journeys, honor our strengths, and activate our creativity.

That is the plan for this writing retreat: Step out of the river, crawl up on the bank, and lovingly consider: Where have you been? How have you managed? How has it changed you? Who are you now?

Our Activities Will Include:

  • Meditations to invite us into the present moment
  • Journal prompts to promote self-exploration
  • Discussions to open new perspectives
  • Writing experiments to tap our creativity
  • Opportunities to witness and to be witnessed in a supportive community

If you're ready to step out of the river and engage in some soul-clearing, identity-exploring, energy-releasing, self-loving, creativity-generating goodness, join me.

The Details:

  • Time: Sunday, August 21, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Coffee, tea, and light snacks will be provided. 
  • Place: Walnut Creek, CA (location will be provided upon registration)
  • Cost: $250 
  • Registration: Message me here to reserve your spot. In a couple sentences, tell me who you are and why this is the right retreat for you. Tuition is due upon registration, payable through PayPal (, Venmo (@Cheryl-Dumesnil) or check. Space is limited to ten participants, so jump in quick!

The Fine Print:

Tuition is non-refundable. Should your plans to attend change, you are welcome to gift or sell your spot to another participant. 


everyone has a story to tell. let me help you tell yours.