Yoga and Writing Retreats



Fall, 2018

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Margaret Austin Retreat Center
Chappell Hill, Tx
(midway between Austin and Houston)
Cost: $495

Alumni of previous Yoga & Writing Retreats with Charles are eligible for an additional $50 alumni discount.

bambooandhouseCharles has been leading Creative Writing and Yoga Retreats in Texas, and around the world for 20 years. Charles’ pioneering approach, using Yoga & Meditation to help writers deepen their craft was featured in a Yoga Journal article in December 2003. Since then he has continued to introduce writers to the benefits of yoga, and yogis, to the wonderfully rich world of creative writing.

Yogis and writers at all levels of skill and experience are welcome. Charles is a master at creating safe space for creativity to flourish whether it is in the yoga studio, while writing, and especially when sharing our writing with others. Participation in all activities is always optional.



cedarbrake7Cost: $495

includes 6 meals, accommodations, all materials and instruction. Alumni of previous Yoga & Writing Retreats with Charles are eligible for an additional $50 alumni discount.

This retreat will be limited to just sixteen people accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, so register early to ensure a space at the retreat. A $100 deposit secures your place.

To register by check: please make check payable to Charles MacInerney, and return with your:

  • Name
  • Work & Home Phone Numbers
  • E-Mail Address
  • Mailing Address and Zip Code
  • Emergency Contact (name, email and phone #)

and send to Charles MacInerney Expanding Paradigms 5803 Westmont Austin, TX 78731. If registering for more than one person, please include their contact information as well.

Refund Policy: Registrants who have paid in full are entitled to a 75% refund with a minimum of 7 days notice of cancellation. The remaining balance of 25% can be applied towards a future retreat.

If you prefer to pay by credit card, please send the above information by email and use the following “Buy Now” button.



Charles MacInerney, E-RYT-500, has been  offering Yoga & Creative Writing retreats since 1995, and was featured in the Yoga Journal for his pioneering work in combining the two into a retreat format.


Charles has studied yoga and meditation since 1971 and taught since 1989. He has worked with over 20,000 students from around the world. As a professional public speaker he regularly presents at national and international conferences, including the Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research.

In addition to teaching yoga, Charles is certified through Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) to lead writing groups. He has had his essays published in a variety of magazines, journals (including Yoga Journal), books and online. See his biography for a more complete list of his accomplishments.

Yoga & Writing

cedarbrakeavila5Yoga & Writing

At the heart of this retreat is the combination of Hatha Yoga, Meditation, and Creative Writing. Charles and his numerous students have found this combination to be very powerful. The Yoga serves to energize participants and creates a sense of physical well-being, while bringing them back to their body and their senses. Each Yoga class ends with a deep guided relaxation which calms the mind and relaxes students into a creative Alpha brainwave pattern. After we write, often flow of consciousness, with out editing or filtering, we gather in small, intimate groups and anyone who wishes to, reads what they have written.

patriciasbowlThe Writing

Charles will lead the writing sessions. Our writing retreats are designed after the process developed by Pat Schneider, founder of Amherst Writers & Artists, to help us find our truest voice; to write from the images, memories and feelings we all carry inside ourselves; and to write with greater confidence and skill. The retreats are a wonderful way to take time out and allow the deeper levels of your own creative self to emerge onto the page. Besides all of this, they are fun. We will write several times each day in response to exercises Charles suggests (which you are completely free to ignore!). We are invited to read aloud what we have just written and to respond to each other’s work with what is working (what we like, what we remember, what moves us) and not, at this stage of vulnerability, with what will make it stronger. We will work together to create and maintain a safe, confidential space in which to write whatever comes by following certain practices in responding to new writing: We honor the writer by listening carefully; We treat everything as fiction; We refer to the narrator/speaker, not to the author, as the voice of the piece; We remember that while healing often occurs through our writing, this is not a therapy group, and we maintain our focus on the writing; We concentrate on the writing at hand, not on anecdotes of our similar experiences; We are free to write what we want; exercises are offered; We are invited to read; We respond only with what we like, what stays with us, what moves us-and not, at this stage of vulnerability, with what will make it stronger. Writers of all levels of experience and of all genres are invited. There are no criteria for acceptance other than a sincere desire and willingness to write. You need bring no manuscripts with you; all writing is done during the retreat.

lyp1The Yoga

We will learn a variety of techniques to engage and deepen awareness of the most subtle sensations and movements of mind and body – first in stillness, then through subtle movement, and finally in more challenging and active asanas. You will be encouraged to pay more attention to the sensations and signals of your own body than to any external authority figures, including the teachers. One of the effects of this style of class is that you will become more self-aware, self-confident, and independent. Charles encourages his students to learn from their own experience, from their own sensations, from their own deep awareness of mind and body, and to trust that awareness over any external authority figures. The overall atmosphere will be relaxed, with the emphasis on enjoyment rather than effort. This does not mean that we will not work hard at times. You will find that you can engage in difficult and even strenuous poses joyfully, without experiencing the physical and psychological stresses associated with joyless is a text block. Click the edit button to change this text..


bluebonnets1The Margaret Austin Center is located in central Texas on 40 acres of farmland near Chappell Hill midway between Austin and Houston on Highway 290. The land includes several fields and pastures, a bamboo stand, a creek and eight acres of woods.


The main house has a community kitchen and dining hall especially designed for retreats, and offers wonderful views of pasture and woods. All six meals will be vegetarian and delicious! Meals are a highlight of these retreats. Special dietary needs can be accommodated with sufficient notice.

margaretaustin.friends.1Shown in this picture is the yoga and meditation studio in the early morning fog. The studio has a wood floor and has picture windows looking out over the fields to catch the sunrise.


stumpsprouts4Yael Gutin will be our chef for the weekend. She is a graduate of the Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts. She has cooked on several of Charles retreats, and always gets rave reviews.

The food is delicious and Yael can handle most dietary restrictions with sufficient advanced notice.

Meals are always a highlight of the weekend at the Yoga & Writing Retreats

  • This retreat was for me a perfect combination of healthy living and community. I learned so much about writing just by listening to the work and the wise, inspiring teaching and leadership. I love the method and the results and Patricia and Diana, Charles, et al. ~ Meg H., Andover, MA
  • "I actually had tears running down my face on the way home ... I felt like I was leaving family that I was not sure I would see again ... Patricia and Charles are a wonderful team. It was such a beautiful bonding of souls ... what a gift. I know each person I spoke with felt the same as me ... we really did not want to leave our sanctuary." ~ Doris
  • I felt renewed and invigorated. So many wonderful, very real people. Valerie F., Wellesley, MA
  • “I will go to every single one that I’m able to attend. More helpful than anything else I can imagine” ~ Anna Belle
  • This retreat opened up all of my creative outlets. I feel supported and ready to write.
    Carolyn Clark
  • "I shall forever draw pleasure and reap benefit from what I experienced and learned at the Mind/Body Creative Writing Retreat. The exercising and nurturing of the body was balanced with the same consideration for the mind and soul. The structure commanded respect for self and others, creating a safe environment in which to let your hair down, take off your masks and work, relax and play - or just retreat from it all!" Jan Rasmussen

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