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NEW for FALL 2016!
Word Compass Retreat for Writers ~ October 21 - 23, 2016
$225 per person; inclusive

with: AnnMarie Rowland, Retreat Organizer and Instigator of Fun Stuff

       Rachel Mills, Food Writer, Professor of Creative Writing, Woodswoman 

       Rob Ritchie, Novelist, Singer-songwriter, Very Funny Man 

This is a true retreat setting for adults who write and are looking for an opportunity to spend a weekend with a group of like-minded folks. 

We'll have great workshops for those who want to delve deeper into the writing process, but the focus of this retreat is getting away to recharge. We chose a lovely log home in the tip of Michigan's Mitten, close to I-75 for convenience, but tucked away just enough to feel secluded. This retreat gives attendees comfort, quality, and a relaxed atmosphere at a very affordable cost.  

Because we have the whole facility, we don't have to "get dressed" for anything. PJs all day? ok. 
Sweats and slippers? Sure.
It's up to you.

Of course, if you want to go for a walk, venture out to the nearby clubhouse to use the pool, go golfing, nip into Gaylord to the chocolate shop, or whatever, you can. You'll need street clothes and shoes for that, though.

Every retreat develops its own shape as the people who are there mingle, sharing meals and stories, talking about life and the writing life, and opening themselves to creativity.

Here are some things I know will happen at this retreat:
Rachel Mills will prepare at least one "demo" meal. She'll talk about food and tell us her stories as she slices, dices, sautees, sauces, and invites us to help. Oh yeah! Learn to cook something spectacular with simple ingredients at a writing retreat. You may never view meal prep the same way again, and you just might discover your inner food writer! Check out her website: www.jezebelstable.com

Rob Ritchie is coming down from Georgian Bay in Ontario to stretch our minds. Forget about writing outside of the box. Rob burns the box altogether and throws the ashes on the garden. He knows a lot about a few things and a bit about a lot of things, and he's probably written about most of it, either in song or story; what with two published novels, one almost ready to go to print, a pile of songs, and decades of touring with a Canadian Folk/Roots band in his satchel. We'll try to get him to sing for us!

Good meals, including wine, are part of the weekend. Besides the demo meal by Rachel, we'll enjoy home-cooked meals, cooked on site from fresh ingredients (locally produced as available)and served family style. Come hungry!

The rest is up to you. October in northern Michigan is spectacular. Spend a few days immersed in it, cozy with friends in a log cabin. It doesn't matter what you write.