Yoga and Writing Retreats

Texas

Massachusetts

Overview

 

February 17-19, 2017
(Friday-Sunday)
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.

Register

 

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.

Facilitators

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.

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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

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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 striving.is is a text block. Click the edit button to change this text..

Facilities

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.

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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.

Meals

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

Overview

October, 2016
– Sold Out –
(Thursday-Sunday)
Stump Sprouts Lodge
Berkshire Mts. of Massachusetts
Cost: $685 ($625 before 8/1/15)

stumpsprouts1We will have exclusive use of Stump Sprouts, a rustic, multi-season resort and retreat center situated in rural northwest Massachusetts. The center of the resort is a hand-crafted guest lodge, converted dairy barn, and 200 year old farmhouse. Stump Sprouts offers 450 acres of meadows and woods,  hiking and biking.

Register

stumpsprouts7Cost: $685 ($625 prior to August 1st) includes 9 meals, shared accommodations for 3 nights, all materials and instruction. Limited registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, so register early to ensure a space at the retreat.

To register please make check payable to Charles MacInerney, and return with your: Name Work & Home Phone Numbers E-Mail Address Mailing Address and Zip Code 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.

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

For Alumni who have attended Charles and Patricia’s Yoga/Writing retreats in the past we offer a $30 discount in addition to the early registration discount.

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. Registration is limited so be sure to register ASAP. To check on space availability or other information, please send e-mail to charles@yogateacher.com

Facilitators

 

Charles MacInerney and Patricia Lewis have been collaborating to offer Yoga & Creative Writing retreats since 1995, and were featured in the Yoga Journal for their pioneering work in combining the two into a retreat format.

Patricia Lewis

Patricia Lee Lewis has led writing retreats at Patchwork Farm in western Massachusetts, in her home state of Texas, in Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, Africa, Costa Rica and the British Isles. She celebrates our relationship to the earth as sacred, to writing as a way of finding what is deepest within us, and to teaching writing as a participatory, supportive endeavor. She holds an MFA degree in Creative Writing from Vermont College, and a BA from Smith College, Phi Beta Kappa. Her book of poems, A Kind of Yellow, won first prize for poetry in Writer’s Digest’s International Competition of self-published books. It is available at amazon.com. High Lonesome, her latest collection of poems, was published in 2011 by Hedgerow Books of Levellers Press and is available from their Store. You may reach her at patricia@writingretreats.org or visit her webpage here: writingretreats.org for more about our writing method.

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Charles MacInerney E-RYT-500, 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, and has led several yoga & writings retreats on his own, when not working with Patricia. 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

Yoga & Writing

stumpsprouts6At the heart of this retreat is the combination of Hatha Yoga, Meditation, and Creative Writing. Patricia, Charles and their 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.

The Writing

patriciasbowlPatricia Lee Lewis will lead the writing sessions. Our writing retreats are designed after the process developed by Patricia’s mentor, 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 Patricia 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.

The Yoga

Shoulder Stand (Salamba Sarvasgasana)Hatha Yoga classes will be taught by Charles MacInerney. 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 striving.

Facilities

stumpsprouts2Stump Sprouts is a rustic, multi-season resort and retreat center situated in rural northwest Massachusetts in the Berkshire Mountains.

The center of the resort is a hand-crafted guest lodge, converted dairy barn, and 200 year old farmhouse.  Lodgings are shared, with 2 or 3 people per room. The Yoga studio is in a renovated barn. 

Participants enjoy roaming over the 450 acres of meadows, apple orchards, woods, and scenic overlooks.

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There are also whitewater rafting, country villages, golf courses, and many other recreational facilities within a few minutes of driving.

Meals

stumpsprouts4The Stump Sprouts Chef is also the gardener. He prepares sumptuous cuisine, on the fly, using fresh produce from his gardens whenever possible and supplements from local neighboring farms. After leading hundreds of retreats around the world, Patricia and Charles both agree that the food at Stump Sprouts is the best they have enjoyed… hearty soups, crisp green salads, home-made breads and fresh-baked deserts often compliment meals. Wheat- and dairy-free diets are accommodated. Meals are always a highlight of the weekend at Stump Sprouts.

  • I learned more at this retreat about the surrendering nature of yoga than I had in three years of practice....I never knew I had so much quality writing inside me....I loved the Amherst Writers method of feedback. It makes you want to write! ~ April W., Collingswood, NJ
  • 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 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
  • "Thank you for teaching us to support each other and see the beautiful in each and every written voice” ~ Jen
  • “I will go to every single one that I’m able to attend. More helpful than anything else I can imagine” ~ Anna Belle
  • Talk about a recharge for the body, mind & soul! The combination of writing and yoga is brilliant, keeping us refreshed & open for the flow that invariably comes. ~ Anne G., Northampton, MA

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