This is a combo Writer's Block and Work to Start/Finish, ($375) Preceded by an optional, additional Here You Begin day-long workshop ($85/person) to get you started on a week of self-discovery. 4 nights, 3 full days or 4 full days if taking the Here You Begin workshop
The week begins... with an offered day-long optionalHere You Begin workshop* to rejuvenate your soul and make specific plans to make your life and your work one. This is a great way to get in touch with your soul, your dreams, motivation and life as you relax and ready to work on your projects — and life — as writers. Partners are welcome at this first one-day workshop, as it's good to be motivated about your life and lives together.
To facilitate this workshop with your full attention, consider arriving at the ranch the late afternoon before, relax into the beauty of the mountains, take a hot tub dip or starry walk after your quiet dinner.
We'll be sure to welcome you and gather all the Here You Begin workshop attendees together for greetings, but this time is really your own. This is a chance to come to the ranch a bit early, spend some time with your partner and together attend a Here You Begin workshop before you focus individually on your Writer life while your partner gets to enjoy free-time in the beautiful Rockies.
Alternately you could plan to arrive at the ranch by 9:15 in the morning (usually a Monday) and launch right in to the Here You Begin workshop session as it begins at 9:30; you'll have time to unpack and settle in at the end of the day before our welcome soiree for the Writing Workshops begin.
This first day Here You Begin workshop is only $85/person*, includes lunch and refreshments (but not accommodation) and, as always, is One-for-One: Your attendance fees sponsor a life/work-creation/self-value workshop given to those with fewer resources such as homeless teens, families in shelters, domestic violence victims, vets or others newly jobless and hopeless in our society.
(*The fee is in addition to the Writer Workshop and Accommodation fees are separate so that you may choose the room or cabin of your preference. The ranch offers a full-meal plan for conference attendees as part of their room fee.)
Writer's Block and Writer's Start/Finish Workshops begin...
Arrival evening for Writer's Block and Project workshop:
Having arrived during the day (if not attending the Here You Begin day-long workshop), you have time to check-in to your room or cabin, take a brief walk in the fresh air of the Rockies or enjoy the amenities. When ready, come to our venue in late afternoon for greetings and refreshments . . . . to get to know your fellow workshop attendees. Followed by dinner together in the ranch main lodge.
_ Day 1: (Usually a Tuesday) You'll rise to a traditional ranch breakfast and come to our flat/workshop venue. We'll get right to work . . .
Morning Part 1: Orientation to the workshop and our work and a few Warm-up exercises to gather your writing wits, identify areas we'll work on. We offer a look at what makes a great character (optional for those attending to work on their projects) as we consider our role in our stories and work.
There's time for a mid-morning walk and breath of mountain air as those who have come to work on their projects go to work in their cabins, rooms or lodge areas.
Late Morning Part 2: "Approaching the Wall" workshop for those attending as a struggling or blocked writer, where we'll explore the texture, threshold and energy release of your worries and battles in a group-supporting series of exercises and guided free-writes on character and dialogues with our writer-selves. What's stopping you?
Lunch together in the Ranch dining room
Afternoon: "Scaling the Wall" mini-session followed by time for one-on-one or small group coaching sessions for those interested.
Time to write, reflect, transition and to begin work on bones or journals and projects.
Also time to take a ride or hike if wanted, to let the morning work process as you get physical in the beauty.
Dinner together or on your own at the ranch, where the conversation of believable character versus authenticity continues. It's a time for camaraderie with partners and new friends.
After, there are optional, informal reading sessions or story-time together in the evening with those working (if they don't want to keep writing!) as we finish our day of exploring voice, walls and consider what makes us reluctant to commit —or let go of — the page.
Day 2: Morning Part 1: Workshops: Deconstructing blocks, reconstructing voice. Identifying the censor and getting out of the closet for those working with writing struggles. Rewriting and bogeymen hidden in the plot lines for all.
Late Morning Part 2 Private coaching as needed or Editor feedback one-on-one sessions for projects being worked on, as others do discovery sessions (guided journal writing) while not in session.
Late Lunch on own today, with time for writing or journal work and an earlier outdoor adventure, as well as offered more times available for Private Coaching as requested before you take a soul-walk through the forests.
Optional Tea and cookie time together with progress reports and another mini-session on working with the self-protective energies discovered during the day. We also work to make them help us, not hinder us with our work and exploration of beliefs.
Dinner together or on your own with your partner, or with new friends; After, we offer a reading time of works in progress, or a story time around a fire. A last mini-session to say goodbye to our censors now and let our dreams set our voices free.
Day 3: Morning Part 1: Workshops and mini-exercises continue: Today we explore Writing the Waves for all, redundancies, and any remaining Structural Struggles with Guidance specific to the participants work and works-in-progress.
In Writing Struggles, We wrap-up, making choices about our work, our beliefs about our talents and work, and work with self-identity all very gently.
Late Morning, Part 2: Time for feedback or exercises on aspects of story as needed by individuals if attempting a start or private sessions time while others work.
Lunch break and a chance to go for a hike or ride. For others, offered private coaching sessions on remaining issues or feedback on new results while at retreat, focusing on projects and specific struggles. A time to start a project you've abandoned or to get a last crunch of work done on the work you've brought after receiving one-on-one sessions with your Editor/Mentor.
Story/Tea Time for those who wish to share what they've worked on and breakthroughs (optional). After dinner readings for those who wish to read from their projects accomplished while in the Rockies.
Farewell dinner together and a hay ride if you wish or hot tubs under the stars.
Depart Day 4 morning. From the ranch you have a couple days to explore the more of the Rockies, whether the beauty of Steamboat, Aspen or Vail or the kitch of Kremmling on your way home. Or a quick drive back to work; less traffic to get home through since you are free to depart in the morning.