Residential Retreats and Workshops

Please check our calendar for current course offerings

Residential Retreats and Workshop Venue| Writers Retreat Weekend - Writers own agenda (see additional detail below)

Residential Weekend Heartwork Retreats - Breaking Chains (Unshackled): Freedom to Walk in the Light :: Desires of the Heart :: Power of the Dream :: First Love :: I Believe :: Real Beauty :: Closure:  Tying Up Loose EndsReflect and Refresh

Weeklong Quarterly Residential Workshops - Mind, Body, SpiritWhom will you serve?The Mountain and the ThroneWhere are your treasures?

 

Venue

Writing for the Spirit residential retreats and workshops are generally held at the Sanctuary Guesthouse - a haven the beckons to the soul and provides peace to the spirit.  Directions provided to paid registrants.  Click here to learn more about Sanctuary Guesthouse.

Participant numbers range from 2-8 persons, depending upon topic and level of work.  Dr. Newell offers a variety of formats to fit a range of schedules and preferences, including Weekend Retreats, Week-long Workshops, Writers Retreat weekend, and Moving to the Spirit Retreat Weekends.....Please see more detailed descriptions below.

You may select from the topics and dates available, OR, Dr. Newell welcomes creating residential retreats for specific groups (8 or more persons, double occupancy) with specific needs or desired content.  For instance, you may choose to have a residential retreat created for your pastoral staff and spouses.  Or, select an area of concentration for a whole extended family - for a weekend, or whole week!

In addition to the identified workshop and retreat activities, Writing for the Spirit residential retreats also may afford the following creative inclusions, depending upon the audience and length of stay.

Other possible areas of exploration…..

  • Soaking sessions

  • Creative Collage

  • Massage (scheduled ahead, for a fee)

  • Moving to the Spirit (dance) session

  • Art expression

  • Poetry reading:  collective

  • Individual listening time

  • Individual writing consultation (by appointment; writing submitted 2 weeks prior to the retreat)

  • Theatrical outing (seasonal; for a fee)

Weekend Retreats

Writing for the Spirit Residential

 

Writers Retreat Weekend   

Please check our calendar for current course offerings

This offering is designed to facilitate each writer's own writing agenda and pace, with no structured/facilitated sessions.  Some a la carte offerings may be made available, with far enough advance notice/request by participants.

Just polishing the final draft? Starting on a whole new writing project? You do not want to miss the opportunity to focus your time and attention exclusively on your project of passion ensconced in the lovely Sanctuary environment. This is also a wonderful venue to come, rest and nourish your soul – with or without a writing project!

This venue is designed for anyone who wants time away from the regular routine that is offered in an environment conducive to writing.  Guests attend to their own writing agenda in an unstructured weekend - choosing from the numerous locations in and around Sanctuary Guesthouse that invite and inspire creativity.

Writer's Weekends start at 7PM on Friday evening and conclude no later than 4PM on Sunday afternoon.

What's included: Participants enjoy the peaceful, idyllic setting in which to focus on their own writing agenda, without the distractions of their usual habitat; includes lodging, continental breakfast, snacks, and late afternoon social break. Writers will bring their own writing materials, toiletries, and be on their own for meals. There are a number of quaint and delectible eateries very close to Sanctuary Guesthouse.

Deadline for Registration: No later than the 3rd Thursday of the month, for the 4th weekend

 

 Weekend Residential HeartWork Retreats     

Workshop Facilitator: Dr. Debra A. Newell (Dr. Debra)

Please check our calendar for current course offerings

These weekend delights are structured in design to facilitate deep healing work for each participant in a way and at the level sensitive to individual needs.  Writing for the Spirit residential retreats are often held at Sanctuary Guesthouse - a haven the beckons to the soul and provides peace to the spirit.  Directions provided to registrants.  On some occassions, weekend/residential retreats are held at other locations, so be sure to check the specific detail of the particular course.

Possible Topics

Weekend Residential HeartWork Retreats

Breaking Chains (Unshackled):  Freedom to Walk in the Light

Desires of the Heart

The Power of the Dream

First Love

I believe

Real Beauty

Closure: Tying Up Loose Ends

Reflect and Refresh

What's included: Participants enjoy the peaceful, idyllic setting in which to focus on their writing and healing issues, without the distractions of their usual setting. The workshop is facilitated and materials will be provided to participants. Workshop fee additionally includes lodging, box lunch, continental breakfast, snacks, late afternoon social break. Writers will bring their own writing materials, toiletries, and be on their own for evening meals. There are a number of quaint and delectible eateries very close to Sanctuary Guesthouse, and other selected venues.

 

Writing for the Spirit

Weekend Residential  HeartWork Retreats

Breaking Chains (Unshackled):  Freedom to Walk inthe Light

Course Description:

As we go through life, we become burdened and at times stagnant.  Often times we do not recognize the weight nor gradual decreased limitation of thought, movement or flow.  Shackles can come from wounds, loss, grief, disappointments, trauma and other less than ideal outcomes across life. This thought-provoking, soul-searching retreat creates the opportunity to explore the hinderances and wounds that prevent one from being a "best self."

Desires of the Heart

Course Description:

The Scriptures indicate that if we delight in HIM, HE will give us the desires of our heart. At times, in our business we confuse good ideas and marketplace thinking with the true desires of our heart – the ones placed there by HIM. And, the enemy will always attempt to take us off track as well, by slightly warping God's best so that the counterfeit of the flesh seems a close approximation of the real illumination and desires HE gives. In this weekend intensive participants explore ways to guard from the enemy bent to steal, kill and destroy and keeping the heart focused on and owned by the Lord so that the desires flowing out are from HIM. He gives us more than we can even ask or imagine.......

The Power of the Dream

Course Description:

There are goals and dreams in life that spur us on and keep us focused on this journey of life. The Lord/God/Holy Spirit often communicates with us through dreams and visions. These communications may take various forms amongst the body, but nevertheless, are powerful in propelling us forward and moving through what may at times seem insurmountable obsticles that the enemy will try to block our path with. Identification of authentic dreams placed in our heart, strategies removal of obsticles, and achieving victory in overcoming challenges along the way as we walk with the Lord and He makes the way to fulfill the dreams creates a full and dynamic heart-work experience for this weekend workshop.

First Love

Course Description:

God is a jealous God and desires to be our God above all Gods. Our first love must always be our creator. However, in these times of high media, materialism, and instant gratification, we can become tempted or simply like the frog in the pot – and not realize we have lost focus on our first love. Participants of this workshop will tease out the very personal ways in which the insidiousness of the world may be creeping into peace and stilting relationship with the Lord and others. Directed writing, deep heart/spirit work and listening to the still small voice of God in an awesomely serene setting amongst the company of others seeking higher still provides a delightful release of tension and forges the way to new heights of partaking in the abundance that our First Love has for each of us. Topics explored include:

  • It's not about me
  • Eyes upward (focus on HIM)
  • Seek ye first the Kingdom of God
  • Your Life is a Love Story
  • This is your life, Don't waste it

I Believe

Course Description:

How big is your GOD? And, how big is your faith? What you believe about God impacts your ability to receive the love, blessings and abundance He has for you. There is so much that society would have one believe that is not in alignment with His Word. This workshop is a refreshing study in the expansiveness of God, His love and faithfulness to His people. Writing sessions and heart-work is designed to create greater faith, trust, and ability to stand on His promises and Word. As we walk through this awe-inspiring journey together, each participant will come into a higher place of spiritual embodiment and ability to say “I believe” – in His majesty, His omnipotence, His glory, His creation.

Real Beauty

Course Description:

Women, in particular, are surrounded by unrealistic media and social expectations of beauty and perfection. As women are innundated with the latest beauty treatments and changing societal norms, it is possible to loose sight of who's image we are created in and that true beauty comes in all colors, shapes and sizes. Many women have been wounded by others and/or feel compelled to reject true self based on fabricated and adultrated images of beauty. Dimensions and aspects of beauty are explored for all ages of women to facilitate a healthy self and God-centered image. Overarching themes shaping the writing and healing process include:

  • Respect yourself
  • Daddy's Girl
  • Proverbs 31 woman
  • Inside-Out

Closure:  Tying up Loose Ends

Course Description:

Ring out the old and ring in the new by treating yourself to a Writng for the Spirit retreat!

As a calendar year rushes towards its ending and the new year starts, each of us can probably identify loose ends that could use "tying up" or relationship and personal issues that would do best to have closure, not carrying over into a new year.  Everyone has the drawer or closet to be cleaned out.  So it is, too, within ourselves.  Even in the rush-rush of the holiday, something in one's spirit says, "stop and tend to this" area, lighten the load, before moving on.  Sometimes in our busyness, we try to push down the voice that is telling us to slow down and resolve what is causing the stress.  The true answer is to go to the source, discover and receive the release.   The loose ends can become a beautiful bow to adorn life's journey when we tie up the loose ends and bring closure.

You may think, how can I take out a day and a half for myself at this time right before the Christmas/New Year holiday?  The better question may be 'how can I not take a day and a half for myself at this time right before the holiday?'  Participating in the retreat may provide the closure and release needed to free up space and energy within yourself for friends and family as the holidays arrive, the old year ends and the new one begins.

Writing (journaling) is known to relieve stress, decrease illness symptoms, and be cathartic in the emotional healing process.  The connection between the brain, emotion and the process of actually writing triggers a positive physiological response.   Putting an issue out on paper frees up psychic space within which creative solutions may emerge.  This workshop will utilize several forms of writing/journaling, addressing some guided questions, to bring about a heightened spiritual awareness of the sources of stress and their personalized resolution.

This 2-day workshop is designed to create space for "hearing" as well as facilitate participant discovery of the root issues that are blocking forward movement, and others that have been elusive in gaining closure.  The overall goal is move through or remove the blockage to relieve negative energy and stress in order for participants to generate the necessary relief or closure to the situation.  Thus, participants will be unburdened to move into the New Year much less burdened and weighted down, with a focus on the positive energy and spiritually-lead resolution.

Session I (Friday evening)

Letting Down and Listening

This session will consist of soaking, listening, teaching, guided reflection, journaling, and sharing.  Our focus will be on attaining a level of relaxation and awareness that facilitates revelation of hidden sources of stress or unresolved issues.  Writing about the associated thoughts and feelings opens up additional space and provides a starting point for tying up loose ends and working through to closure.

Session II (Saturday morning)

Separating Wheat from Chaff

Based upon areas and loose end issues in one's life that were identified in the evening session, participants will move through the session teaching, guided reflection, journaling, releasing and sharing.  Often when issues are raised, we need time and space to work through the implications with a healthy focus for spirit-lead resolution.  Part of that process is to understand, deeply, the root issues and where energies can be focused to effect the desired change.  Another part of the process is gaining an understanding of the parts that are to be acknowledged and released.  Opportunity will be afforded to spend private time around the property meditating, reflecting and writing.

Session III (Saturday afternoon)

Receiving and Blessing Closure

To tie up the loose ends that brought the participant to the Workshop, we will explore the creative heart of God and the expansiveness of His plans for resolution and blessing His children.  We will use teaching, guided reflection, journaling, releasing, blessing, sharing and affirming to gain an understanding of God's leading and provision for peace and closure.  We will explore the mechanism for being in agreement with God's plan for closure in this area and the action steps the participant is hearing from God to walk out the victory and receive the blessing.

Reflect and Refresh

Course Description:

•    As the year has begun, do you find yourself needing a fresh perspective?
•    Are areas carrying over from the past year that you wish to put into perspective so you can move on unencumbered?
•    Are you open to using new tools to open up space and invite your creative side to emerge?

Writing for the Spirit is an emotive and creative expression of layers of self; layers which may have been hidden or not fully formed until the point in time when the spirit connects with the conscious expression.  

Writing for the Spirit is a linking mechanism connecting our innermost thoughts and emotions to the exterior self and world we function in.  Utilizing this form of creative expression smoothes the sometimes seemingly disconnect between our hopes and dreams and our reality.  Inner healing occurs at the junction of the connection; there is birthing in the spirit of an idea, concept, realization of an aspect of self.  

As we explore our thoughts, emotions and dreams in the written expression, patterns and a new level of connectivity to the spirit self emerge.  Through this process, a higher level of awareness bursts forth, freeing up and catalyzing trapped energy that is released to move one upward in the journey of life.

  • Sacred objects, sacred space
  • Listening in the quiet
  • Making peace with the past
  • Unblocking the flow
  • Releasing into the connectedness
  • The next level
  • In the Garden
  • Moving in freedom with the spirit

Weeklong Residential Workshops 

Bi-Monthly/Residential - Please check our calendar for current course offerings

Weeklong Residential Workshops are designed to provide participants with an in-depth opportunity to make significant progress on a particular work, as well as participate in contemplative experiences that facilitate deep healing and heart-work in a particular area.  The week consists of an artful weaving of structured and unstructured activities.  The process uses guided writing and reflection to hear God's voice and gain clarity.  Sessions start at 2P on Mondays and conclude at noon on Fridays of the appointed week. Held a beautiful Sanctuary Guesthouse (link) with delightful interior and exterior spaces to lounge, write, create and do heartwork. Participants will want to bring bible, journal, personal reading materials, and writing instruments. Guests may bring paints and canvas or other artistic materials for use during unstructured times, choose to explore the area, and/or select from the menu of optional offerings on and off the property by appointment. A continental breakfast is provided Tuesday through Friday; box lunch provided Tuesday through Thursday; and, general snacks and waters as well. Dinner on own, individually or in group.

The week will consist of structured sessions as well as unstructured time for individual writing, reflection and introspection, as well as tending to self as a whole.  A typical week schedule includes structured activities as following, subject to change w/topics:

Monday: afternoon (2-5 P)

Tuesday: afternoon (2-5 P) and evening session (7-9P)

Wednesday: morning (9A-12N) and evening session (7-9 P)

Thursday: morning (9A – 12 N) and afternoon session (7-9P)

Friday: morning session (9A-12N)

What's included: sleeping accomodations, journal, continenetal breakfast, box lunch, facilitator and workshop materials

Arrival and Conclusion times:  Retreats begin Monday afternoons and conclude at noon Friday.

Week-long residential workshop participants may have the opportunity to participate in several a la cart offerings, including:

Other possible areas of exploration…..

  • Soaking sessions

  • Creative Collage

  • Massage (scheduled ahead, for a fee)

  • Moving to the Spirit (dance) session

  • Art expression

  • Poetry reading:  collective

  • Individual listening time

  • Individual writing consultation (by appointment; writing submitted 2 weeks prior to the retreat)

  • Theatrical outing (seasonal; for a fee)

 

Writing for the Spirit Weeklong Residential Retreats

Possible Topics

Mind, Body, Spirit 

Whom will you serve?

The Mountain and the Throne

Where are your treasures?

 

Writing for the Spirit Weeklong Residential Workshop

Mind, Body, Spirit

Course Description:

In our fast-paced world, often one fails to attend to the parts of self as a whole.  When out of sync or alignment in any one area, flow and productivity in other areas is blocked.  This week-long retreat is designed to identify and facilitate areas out of alignment and provide a mechanism for removing the blockage and encouraging a balanced flow of energy.

The week will consist of structured sessions as well as unstructured time for individual writing, reflection and introspection, as well as tending to individuals aspects of self and self as a whole.

Whom Will You Serve?

Course Description:

As seekers and believers, we are commanded to have no other gods before our GOD.  At times we are deceived and drawn into situations where we unwittingly place other things above our most-high GOD.  This week-long experience is designed to assist the participant in identifying "other gods," exploring and removing the root or mis-informed belief driving the displacement of GOD in order to return to the place of serving the MOST HIGH, rather than other gods or our own selfish needs and desires.

The week will consist of structured sessions as well as unstructured time for individual writing, reflection and introspection, as well as tending to self as a whole.

 

The Mountain and the Throne

Course Description:

Retreats begin Monday afternoons and conclude at noon Friday.

As we journey through this life, each of us is on an upward spiral as we learn, do and serve on our way up the mountain the Lord has created us for.  Additionally, we are promised co-heirship with Christ on the throne.  At certain times in life it is beneficial to participate in a check-up on progress, trajectory, and re-calibrate, if necessary.  This week-long adventure provides the necessary tools.

The week will consist of structured sessions as well as unstructured time for individual writing, reflection and introspection, as well as tending to self as a whole.

Where are your treasures?

 Course Description:

As a child of God, our treasures are to be laid-up in heaven.   This week-long workshop affords participants the opportunity to reflect on their received and hoped-for treasures and the source with gratitude, giving God the glory.  Participants also explore any mis-guided focus on earthly attachments and acquire tools for letting go of the weight of burdens.

The schedule for the retreat weeks afford participants working sessions, personal reflective and exploration time, as well as the opportunity to choose from ala carte options to suit individual taste.