It's cold outside and we're in the throes of winter. We know spring is coming - the rapid greening of a new season - but it's not yet here. We're in a stage of waiting. As the days get longer and the sun stays above the horizon for a few more minutes each day, we feel the anticipation of light. We also feel the need for a "settling down," a "turning inward," toward calm, toward quiet, toward peace.

This retreat is for writers, readers, dreamers (hey! that's you!) who seek a weekend of stillness, solitude, and reflection. This is not a retreat of "doing." It's a retreat of "being." There are no workshops, no readings, no schedules (other than for meals and meditation opportunities.) There are no expectations for participation in anything other than your own renewal. Retreaters may choose to write, journal, draw, color, read, knit, meditate, nap, think, or pray. The key is to bask in stillness, to let the quiet soak into your skin and into your heart.

Participants will stay in private bedroom/bathroom suites and will have access to common spaces such as the library, reading room, and writing porch. If they wish, participants can hike within the 65 acres of colony property, explore the winter gardens, and visit the horses at the barn. All meals and snacks are provided.

Place: Rockvale Writers' Colony, 6994 Giles Hill Road, College Grove, TN

Time and Date: 4:00 p.m. Friday, February 5 to 11:00 a.m. Sunday, February 7, 2021

Cost: $200.00 (tax included) You will receive an email after registration with instructions for how to pay. 

Includes: 2 nights in a private bedroom/bathroom suite, access to RWC common areas, gardens, and hiking trails, 5 meals with wine at dinner, time and space for quiet peace and renewal, opportunities for meditation.

Thoughts about Health and Safety: Depending on the status of the pandemic, we will implement careful procedures with cleaning, face coverings, and social distancing. RWC is large enough that we can spread out and safely hold this retreat. The number of retreaters is limited. Please read our Covid policies and precautions for more information.

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