February 2-4, 2024 – An Artist’s Way Weekend Retreat: The Listening Path and the Art of Attention

“The listening path leads us to connection. The listening path is communal. We meet and greet our environment, our fellows, and ourselves.” – Julia Cameron

Listening may be a lost art. We rarely, if ever, set aside our busy agenda to practice and develop the skill of creative listening. And yet, this skill is paramount to our connection to ourselves, to our world, and to other people. When we listen deeply, we gain perspective and understanding and open a door to a deeper level of creativity. Julia Cameron says, “We listen for our emerging truth, and become increasingly true to ourselves.”

This all-inclusive weekend retreat will explore Julia Cameron’s book, The Listening Path – The Creative Art of Attention. During the four workshops, we will dive into the six sections of the book, examining the various paths of listening through discussion and writing prompts. We highly suggest you bring the book with you or have access to a digital copy. You don’t have to read the book before the retreat, though being a little familiar with it might enhance the retreat experience.

Join us at Rockvale in February and let’s explore this Artist’s Way program together. This retreat is for beginner, emerging, and established writers. Even non-writers will enjoy and benefit from this retreat. All are welcome.

Place: Rockvale Writers’ Colony, 6994 Giles Hill Road, College Grove, TN
Time and Date: 4:00 p.m. Friday, February 2 to 11:00 a.m. Sunday, February 4, 2024
Cost: $425.00 (plus tax) A $150.00 non-refundable deposit is due upon registration. The balance of $275.00 is due by January 15, 2024.
Includes: 2 nights in a private bedroom/bathroom suite, access to RWC common areas, gardens, and hiking trails, 5 meals with wine at dinner, 4 workshops, and community with other writers.

The Schedule (tentative)

Friday, February 2, 2024

4:00 to 6:00 p.m. – Check-in and settle in. We’ll show you to your assigned room.
6:00 p.m. – Dinner
7:00 p.m. – Welcome and Overview of Retreat
7:15 p.m. – Writing Workshop: The Listening Path – Introduction and Listening to Our Environment
9:00 p.m. – Free Time / Bedtime

Saturday, February 3, 2024

6:30 a.m. – Coffee Ready!
7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – Breakfast is available. Come anytime you’re ready.
8:30 a.m. – Writing Workshop: The Listening Path – Listening to Others and Listening to Our Higher Self
9:45 a.m. – Free Time for Writing
12:00 p.m. – Lunch
1:00 p.m. – Free Time for Writing
6:00 p.m. – Dinner
7:00 p.m. – Writing Workshop: The LIstening Path – Listening Beyond the Veil and Listening to Our Heroes
8:30 p.m. – Reading / Share Your Writing – Sharing is optional; however, we ask that you attend whether you read or not, in order to support other writers.
10:00 p.m. – Free Time / Bedtime

Sunday, February 4, 2024

6:30 a.m. – Coffee Ready!
7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – Breakfast is available. Come anytime you’re ready.
8:30 a.m. – Writing Workshop: The Listening Path – Listening to Silence
9:45 a.m. – Free Time for Writing
11:00 a.m. – Checkout and Goodbye


Sandy Coomer is a poet, artist, and endurance athlete. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals and magazines and she is the author of three poetry chapbooks: Continuum (Finishing Line Press), The Presence of Absence (Winner of the Janice Keck Literary Award for Poetry), Rivers Within Us (Unsolicited Press) and two full-length collections: Available Light (Iris Press) and The Broken Places (Saddle Road Press). Sandy’s art has been featured in local art shows and exhibits and has been published in over 40 publications. She is a marathon runner and an Ironman triathlete, having completed a full Ironman and qualified for and raced in the World Championships for the Half Ironman distance.

Cognizant of her blessings and the recipient of generosity and kindness from countless other writers, Sandy feels a keen responsibility to give back to the community, particularly to the community of poets and writers. She is a past tutor with the Nashville Adult Literacy Council, a past poetry mentor in the AWP Writer to Writer Mentorship Program, the founding editor of Rockvale Review, an online journal, and actively participates in the literary scene of middle Tennessee with open-mics and readings. Sandy is a teacher, a dreamer, a seeker, and an explorer. Her favorite word (so much so that she has it tattooed on her left forearm) is “Believe.”

Heather Burch is a creative non-fiction writer and author of the Substack newsletter, Simple + Good. She has served as the Assistant Director of RWC since 2018, and finds peace and purpose in providing a special haven for her fellow creatives both in-person and online as Rockvale’s social media manager. After pursuing a competitive career in Nashville’s music business, she now lives a slower existence on her family horse farm in College Grove, TN, where she is the proud mama of 14 Nigerian Dwarf Goat children.

Heather is a collector of rocks, feathers, bones, and other found items. She writes about the simplicity of choosing to live a slower life in the country and the forgotten beauty of that which has been cast aside by the fast-paced hustle culture of the world. She hopes her words serve as inspiration for those who are unsure of where their winding paths might be leading them.

Please Note the Following Due Dates and Refund Policy:

  • $150.00 non-refundable deposit due upon registering.
  • $275.00 balance due three weeks before retreat start date (January 15, 2024)
  • If cancellation by retreater occurs more than 2 weeks before retreat (before January 19, 2024) – refund will be 50% of the balance.
  • If cancellation by retreater occurs less than 2 weeks before retreat (after January 19, 2024) – no refund
  • If RWC cancels the retreat for any reason, full refunds will be provided to all retreaters.