- 4-6 passionate friends who get along and want to develop their creative goals
- House, cabin, or hotel, preferably beautiful and cheap (Ask your friends if they know someone who will offer it for free)
- Edibles to cover three days of meals for all
- Miscellaneous clothes
- Writing essentials (Laptop, notebook, pens, playlists, headphones)
Step 2: Carefully mix the above ingredients, then strain out:
- Cell phones (some will still slip through, but do your best!)
- Anxieties, insecurities, doubts, and distractions (These are best extracted in an environment where all are made to feel safe and supported)
I’ve just returned from a wonderful retreat with five of my dearest writer friends. We stayed in a cabin on Vashon Island, soaked up the delicious hot weather, and took focused time to go deeper into our creative projects than our regular routines allow.
1. Encouragement to push the limits of certain subjects in my fiction,
2. Several thousand words banked on my new dream-inspired post apocalyptic novella,
3. Deeper unity and understanding of the trials and triumphs that my friends are also facing on this journey.
One of the sweetest moments for me: One night, we sat outside singing ballads and folk songs and songs of wonder and praise to God. People were singing solo who’d never have performed in front of others, because of this net of trust we’d woven around ourselves. It was pure love and magic.