An 8 day writing retreat with my friend Mary Jane Holmes
Creative Writing for Beginners.
This workshop is perfect for those who have always wanted to write and don’t know where to start and for those emerging writers who wish to expand their knowledge of craft and experiment with technique.
Each day we will explore different aspects of the craft of writing. In the mornings there will be an in-depth study of technique through close reading, discussion and in-class writing exercises. In the afternoons there will be dedicated writing tasks associated with the day’s theme, and the opportunity for peer-critiquing and individual tuition all in the beautiful surroundings of the Sierra Nevada mountains .
What’s a Story? We will look at the main elements needed to create a story and explore how to generate seed ideas and begin our own stories. We will also look at what makes a compelling opening and what keeps the reader reading.
Who is telling the story?
Characterisation and point of view. We will look at how to create memorable characters and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different points of view.
Shape and Structure.
We will explore the ins and outs of plot, the concept of setup and payoff and how to tie in beginnings, middles and ends in a dramatically satisfying fashion.
Visualization and the Power of Prose.
Fiction operates through the senses. Here we will discuss how to create a world of weight and emotion. We will also look at the driving engine of writing: concision, compression and precision.
Dialogue, subtext and handling emotion in fiction.
Dialogue is never just about the talk but instead is a vehicle to bring us closer to the character and the central conflict. Sometimes what isn’t said is more important than what is. We will look at how to produce layered, engaging dialogue.
The last day will be spent looking at how to show time passing, how to slow time down and speed it up.
We will fly into Madrid and take the train to Malaga and then a car to Casa Anna. If you'd like to see more of Spain, there will be the option to extend the trip either in front of or after the retreat.
An 8 day writing retreat with my friend Mary Jane Holmes
Day 1 Afternoon arriving flights Puebla 7:44pm and 8:15pm
Relax downtown Puebla
Overnight hotel near Plaza
Day 2 Morning Tour Puebla. Visit historic sites
Lunch Puebla, then drive to Xalapa. Overnight Posada Cafeto
Day 3 Easy morning, leave for Actopan
Actopan Whitewater Rafting Trip, lunch included
Drive to Jalcomulco, Hotel Yoyotl
Day 4 Whitewater Rafting Jalcomulco to Paso Limon.
Lunch on river.
Afternoon Banos Carrizal.
Overnight hotel Yoyotl
Day 5 Whitewater Rafting Puente Pescados to Jalcomulco
Afternoon pool party to celebrate. Other optional activities available
Day 6 Canyon swimming at Tacotalpa,
Drive to Xalapa
Afternoon in Xalapa: Museum, etc
Day 7 Visit Coatepec, Xico and Texolo waterfall
Afternoon drive to Puebla
Overnight Puebla Plaza
Day 8 Fly
Double Occupancy $1600 + airfare
Single Occupancy $1800 + airfare
We fly into Havana February 3rd and enjoy the Caribbean culture and live music of this exciting city! Drink daiquiris with Hemmingway at Floridita and take a tour of the city in an antique car. Travel to Cienfuegos, Trinidad and Sancti Spiritus before returning to Havana.
We fly into Havana January 14th and enjoy the Caribbean culture and live music of this exciting city! Drink daiquiris with Hemmingway at Floridita and take a tour of the city in an antique car. Travel to Cienfuegos, Trinidad and Sancti Spiritus before returning to Havana via Che's town of Santa Clara. Activities offered: hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, live music and dancing.
Price: $2,000.00 plus airfare from DFW: includes all travel, lodging and guide services.
Meals, tips, and excursion costs not included.
WILD WOMEN Surfing and Yoga Retreat! Is who you are on the inside fully reflected in how you live your life every day? Are you honoring your inner wild woman?
What is a wild woman? For me, it is pursuing freedom to be who I truly am. I still feel fear and doubt but I don't let that stand in the way of what I do!
The Wild Woman Surfing and Yoga Retreat includes shared lodging at Laughing Horse Lodge at the Ranch House (what else?), healthful meals, 3 yoga sesssions, (2) 2 hour group surf lessons and group and individual life coaching.
Yoga Happy Hour
Honoring Yourself Activity
Pricing: $450 Early Bird before April 1st
After April 1st $500
Payment plans available:
$200 deposit February 1st
$100 1st March, April, May
Transportation to Port Aransas is not included.
Alcoholic beverages (allowed in moderation) are not included.
Private lodging is available upon request. +$60-$100 per night
In four sessions throughout the day, class will begin with a Restorative Yoga practice, suitable for stretching and relaxation in the midst of a full day of activities. Once we are relaxed, we will talk about what life would look like if we didn’t worry so much about what other people thought and became women who are free to adventure, while being fully supported in our growth. Even the longest life is a short ride, learn how to be true to your dreams, talents and values!
Sally M. Martin is an adventure guide, yoga teacher and life coach. Using the strategies she’s learned in life, she is able to travel, write and support other women to be courageous so that they can take that trip, write that book, leave a dead end relationship or whatever brave and bold action they want to take in their lives.
Sally is the creator of the “Courageous Woman Curriculum”, which is a small step strategy with which to redesign your life and fulfill your full potential.
OTHER ACTIVITIES IN THE DAY INCLUDE:
BASIC RIVER FISHIN’ – Learn what equipment and bait to use and how to use it, and what to look for when choosing a fishin’ spot for what type of fish you are after.
TOMAHAWK THROWING – Learn the art of Tomahawk throwing and be amazed when you hit your target.
KAYAKING-Learn the basics of kayaking. Bring a change of clothes.
HANDS ON WILD GAME PROCESSING – (from hoof to table) includes skinning, cutting up and packaging of wild game. (2 Class periods.)
TEAM HORSE WAGON DRIVING-Here is the chance to learn everything you ever wanted to know about driving a wagon and was afraid to ask. It will be an experience to tell your grandchildren about one day!
TARGET SHOOTING- Start taking out thosetargets after reviewing some rules.
WICKED WILD WIND CHIMES – (too cute) fun sit down class making your own “one of a kind” wind chime. (2 Class periods - $10 extra)
SELF DEFENSE - Learn the basics of protecting yourself from unwanted advances.
MOSAIC CROSSES –Fun sit down class making mosaic crosses using jewels, broken dishes & other funky fun stuff! (2 Class periods - $10 extra)
FLY TYING & FLY-FISHING- Learn to tie your own fly and then learn to use your fly to fly fish. (2 Class periods)
ADVANCED FLY TYING &FLY-FISHING- More advancedfly fishing class. (2 Class periods)
WATER WITCHING – learn firsthand how to locate underground water& take home your very own water witchin’ tool.
SNAKES IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD & WHAT TO DO IN A CRISIS–Learn what snakes are living in your backyard, which are poisonous& which are not, and what to do if bitten.
ORIENTERING- Learn to navigate a course using a map and compass.
BASIC TRAILER BACKING - Learn the basics of backing a trailer with no one laughing at you.
BASIC ATV OPERATION/SAFETY–Hands-on training on how to operate an ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle), safety and maintenance.
ARCHERY- Whether recreation or competition, target shooting or hunting, you’ll enjoy learning about this growing sport. Learn to identify bow equipment, safety, selection, and shooting stance. Experience the thrill of hitting the mark.
LEATHER TOOLING – Basic leather tooling, learn what tools to use to create your very own tooled leather
BASIC ROPIN’ – Toss that rope around that dogie.
Beginner friendly kayak trip for women. Meet at Mi Pueblo in Mason at 2:30 to get on the river by 3:00pm. Bring plenty of water in stainless or plastic REUSABLE bottle. Other beverages must be in plastic or aluminum (no glass). Bring snacks if you'd like. Hat, sunscreen and closed toed shoes are required. Quick dry clothing is recommended.
$120 price includes all equipment, shuttle, guide, yoga and life coaching component and eagle nest and habitat viewing (seeing actual eagles, not guaranteed!) Pay $40.00 deposit to reserve your spot. https://squareup.com/store/sally-m-martin