Should You Take A Writer’s Retreat?
I’ve come to embrace my cynical side.
Here’s my first rant. I roll my eyes (deeply) when someone mentions a theme focused retreat. I know some of the biggest names in entertainment have hosted excellent ones over the years: Tom Joyner’s Fantastic Voyage (HBCU scholarships and fundraising) and Oprah Winfrey’s Girls Getaway (Wellness). But the massive influx of influencers and life coaches offering retreats to other countries has me questioning if there is any real value or all hype. Since I’d never heard of a writer’s retreat before, I naturally lumped them into the same category: unnecessary and expensive.
However, I am glad to say that I was right about the expensive part and wrong about them being unnecessary. Writing retreats are shown to help writers:
reduce their fear
provide uninterrupted and protected time
focus on your well being
ability to prioritize one project
and much more.
When retreats are arranged with groups, you can have access to round table readings and additional supports in addition to independent writing time. In contrast, with preplanning, don’t dismiss the benefits of a solo writing retreat. Here are some of the best locations that support a combination of nature and solitude for an excellent writing session. There is nothing I loved more than to be at these spots to just read and restore myself on solo getaways. These are not affiliates of mine, just amazing locations.
Bee Weaver Honey Farm — Navasota, TX
Located on a bumble bee farm you have access to everything you need including small bites, showers and fire/BBQ pits and Wifi. They offer glamping sites or a loft which provide the best set up for long writing sessions. There may be visitors on the grounds, beekeepers and keeper classes happening around, but you will have lots of undivided time.