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Writing Yoga Retreat 2014 Registration is Open!

yoga-positions_b4syex5vrkYou guys, I’m giddy with excitement! Seriously. I just spun around the room, smiling and laughing… Maybe I’m losing my marbles or maybe I’m really, really psyched for the 2014 Writing Yoga Retreat! Last year was such an amazing experience that my buddy Stefanie Lipsey and I decided to do it again. Here, here, and here are what some of the participants thought of last year’s retreat.

But, “What is Writing Yoga?” you might ask. Well, this is lifted straight from Stefanie’s blog, and gives you the story of how Writing Yoga was created: “Writing Yoga® began in 2007 while I was working toward my MFA in Creative Writing at Queens College. It was during my rigorous MFA program when I realized just how helpful my yoga practice was to my “writing practice.” Daily meditations and asanas helped me move through my days as a wife, mother, teacher, librarian and student more fluidly. Not that every day was perfect, but I can’t imagine how I would have survived without yoga. Writing Yoga® continues to grow and change.”

Stefanie  offers workshops, coaching and free weekly writing prompts, and together we offer the Writing Yoga Retreat each summer. And as she says on her website, “All offerings use the principles of yoga including balance, flexibility, and intention to inspire the creative process.”

We expect the retreat, which is capped at only 15 participants, to fill up quickly. Admission is based on your commitment to writing, not where you are on your journey (i.e. newbies to published professionals). There’s a discounted rate if you apply & pay before December 31st. Don’t miss this opportunity! Last year we had participants from Colorado, Michigan, and Ohio (as well as New York, of course) who were all at different stages of their writing journey. It. Was. Fabulous.

So if you’re interested, or have questions, please get in touch soon.

Namaste and all that jazz,


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For Writers: How to Take Your Character on Vacation

stef-pictureI want to give you all a little tasty morsel of the juicyness of my buddy Stefanie Lipsey’s style of inspiring writers… We are co-hosting the Writing and  Yoga Retreat 2013 at The Glen Cove Mansion next week (for those of you who are living under a rock or really haven’t been paying attention to anything I’ve been saying.) So after yoga, where we’ll stretch our bodies and spirits, and after a delicious breakfast (which hopefully we’ll be able to eat al fresco, weather depending), we’ll head into a morning writing workshop. We’re going to focus on Character, Voice and Setting at the retreat, and we’ll be doing that in many ways. For now though, here’s a sample of one of Stefanie’s Writing Yoga writing prompts, this one about character, which Stefanie gives away to her blog subscribers…

Packing for Two: You and Your Character on Vacation

(Summer Writing Prompt by Stefanie Lipsey)


I’m not going to buy her a plane ticket, but I’m taking her hiking in the desert. She has a secret desire to become an archeologist, and thinks that she might stumble upon ancient ruins at the airport in Albuquerque. I don’t have the heart to tell her she should start with an Archeology 101 class at Nassau Community College before she quits her day job at the mall.

So that’s a bit about Julissa, the main character of a novel I’m just about done revising. I know she’s made up, but we’ve been hanging out together for twenty years and she still surprises me. Keep surprising me, Julissa, because as Robert Frost said, “No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader.”

Take your character on vacation. When you order lunch, what does she eat?  Is her nasty shellfish allergy going to put her in a state of anaphylaxis?  Is she a pleasant traveler or does she scream, “We’re gonna die!” at every bout of turbulence? Write in detail about the experience, but do not include any judgement. Just the facts.

Take a break. Don’t be so hard on yourself. It’s summer. Now is the perfect time to read a great book, swim under the hot sun, take long walks and rejuvenate. Go on a retreat. It’s a gift you deserve. No guilt allowed!

So, if you haven’t done so already, invite your characters to join us next week on the Writing and Yoga Retreat! I just got a new bathing suit for the hot tub… I mean, I’ve been sharpening my pencils and limbering my yoga poses! (…and looking forward to martinis in the pub!)

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