Writer’s Retreat–Take Deux

Last month, I issued an invitation to a Christian Writer’s retreat–‘Abide’– that my friend Kimberlee Ireton and I are planning in lovely Leavenworth, Washington, the third weekend of October.
First of all, I want to say thank you for your enthusiastic response! I am so grateful and, frankly, floored that so many people are interested.
We have fielded a number of questions about details, so for those of you who want to know what to expect, here is a preliminary schedule:
FRIDAY Oct. 16th
4:30-5:30 Arrival & Check-in
5:30 p.m. DINNER
7:00 p.m.-8 ish
Welcome, Worship & Gathering Time
Kimberlee and I will go over the vision and schedule for the weekend along with any logistical details you need to know about Grunewald’s expectations of us while we’re there.
I will be leading us in a time of singing and worship.
Kimberlee will lead us in a time of lectio divina on John 15, our Scripture passage for the weekend. If you’re a writer and you’re not familiar with lectio, you’re going to love it. I am a writer but know NOTHING about Lectio Divina…I’m looking forward to being stretched
9:00  Coffee, Tea, Chit Chat
9:30 p.m. Quiet hours begin
SATURDAY Oct. 17th
8:30 a.m. BREAKFAST
9:30 a.m. Worship
10:00 a.m. Small Groups/Breakout Sessions
We’ll divide into two smaller groups. I will be facilitating a workshop on Writing as a Spiritual Practice.
Kimberlee will be facilitating a workshop on Playing with Words.
11:00 a.m. FREE TIME to read, write, retreat, hike, play, rest
12:30 p.m. LUNCH
1:30 p.m. Small Groups/Breakout Sessions
This time the group that was with Kimberlee in the morning will come with me for Writing as a Spiritual Practice,
and the group that was with me in the morning will go with Kimberlee to engage in word play.
2:30 p.m.  More free time to do whatever seems most restful to you
There will be an Art Space available, and a group art project that I will be coordinating. But this is totally optional. (more details later).
5:30 p.m. DINNER
7:00 p.m. Worship & Gathering Time
I will facilitate some poetry writing. Don’t freak out. We’ll be using a pantoum form, which makes it almost impossible to not write something lovely. And you won’t have to share if you don’t want to. I will walk you through the process. It’ll be fun. Trust me.**
8:30 p.m. Tea and Chit-chat
9:30 p.m. Quiet hours begin
SUNDAY Oct. 18th
8:00-9:30 a.m. Pack Cars & Clean Up
9:30 a.m. BRUNCH
10:00 a.m. Worship/Group Sharing
We may have a Morning Prayer service. We may have communion. We may have both. We’ll see how it unfolds. (Sharing is completely optional.)
12:00 p.m. Retreat Ends
All this goodness, including your room and five meals, for only $229!
(Through the end of the month; the price goes up to $249 on June 1.) 
You can pay $100 now to hold your spot (balance due August 15th). Single room prices are a possibility, also.
All you have to do to be part of it is send me an email with your name, mailing address, email address, phone number (and whether we can text you at that number), and web address or blog (if you have one). I’ll send you back my address for mailing payment.
But don’t wait too long. Spots are filling up. 
The price is going up. So you want to be signing up!
** (If you’d like to more about the pantoum form, read here. Kimberlee’s pantoum is here.)

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