At the Adirondack Writing Retreat last year, I was able to remove myself from my everyday routine and let the magic of a beautiful environment and great company trigger new ideas for my writing. Mary Beth creates an instant community, in settings that cannot help but inspire. I was able to take a new tack on a story that led to an eventual book deal with Dress Circle Publishing, and my first novel will be out next year. Get yourself to the Boot Camp 4 Writers!
Adirondack Artists’ and Writers’ Retreat Overview
Participants will have hours to retreat and write and create. They can find their spot on the terrace overlooking Lake Champlain, next to a fireplace, or in a window seat. There will also be time to:
- start the day with yoga,
- attend a workshop with a local author or painter,
- share local farm fresh meals in the grand dining room,
- kayak Lake Champlain or hike woodland trails,
- join an evening dinner party, and
- read and share their works in progress at an after-dinner salon.
When they’re done, participants will have:
- completed a publishable story or piece of art,
- found a community of writers to support them, and
- know the next steps to continue their good work.
When is Adirondack Artists’ and Writers’ Retreat? Thursday afternoon, October 17 at 2:00 pm to Sunday afternoon, October 20, 1 pm.
This retreat is led by Mary Beth Coudal, who owns and operates the Writers Boot Camp East. Her essays have been published in the New York Times, Salon.com, and Self magazine. She believes in the power of dangerous and authentic writing to transform lives.
Workshop leaders in the past have included and may include Kathryn Cramer, George Davis, and Joanna Parson. All leaders are award-winning published authors and/or exhibiting artists. The gentle morning yoga classes will likely be led by Michelle Maron of Lake Champlain Yoga & Wellness.
There’s still time (but not much) to register for Adirondack Artists’ and Writers’ Retreat. Visit this link to register online now: http://www.bootcamp4writers.com/register/adirondack-artist-writer-retreat/
There are two tuition plans for the 2013 Adirondack Artists’ and Writers’ Retreat at Skenewood.
- Dorm in one of the 10 charming private bedrooms (all inclusive): $495
- Commute from the North Country for all meals and full retreat days, from Thursday night to Sunday afternoon: $295
Westport is a little more than four and a half hours by car from New York City and six hours via Amtrak train along the Hudson River, voted one of the country’s most scenic routes. Amtrak leaves NYC around 8 am on Thurs. and leaves Westport around 2 pm on Sunday. Reserve at http://www.amtrak.com. Pick up to and from the train station to the retreat is included. Westport on Lake Champlain is located 2 hours north of Albany, 40 minutes east of Lake Placid, and 2 hours south of Montreal.
To learn more about Adirondack Artists’ and Writers’ Retreat please contact Mary Beth Coudal by email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 646-678-0832.
If you’d like to get a sneak peek at the historic manor house, you can view photographs on the Skenewood vacation rental listing.
And for a glimpse “under the hood” of what you might experience, this video comes from last fall’s retreat for writers.
- 2013 Adirondack Fall Foliage Season Begins (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Adirondack Wild Holds Annual Meeting at Grange (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Lake Champlain Windsurfing Festival 2013 (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Create Your Own Sunshine (essexny.us)
- My Summer with the Adirondack Coast Visitor’s Bureau (carleighroushblog.wordpress.com)