Peace Retreat: A Quiet Weekend for Writers, Readers, and Dreamers

It’s cold outside and we’re in the throes of winter. We know spring is coming – the rapid greening of a new season – but it’s not yet here. We’re in a stage of waiting. As the days get longer and the sun stays above the horizon for a few more minutes each day, we feel the anticipation of light. We also feel the need for a “settling down,” a “turning inward,” toward calm, toward quiet, toward peace.

This retreat is for writers, readers, and dreamers (hey! that’s you!) who seek a weekend of stillness, solitude, and reflection. This is not a retreat of “doing.” It’s a retreat of “being.” There are no workshops, no readings, no schedules (other than for meals and meditation opportunities.) There are no expectations for participation in anything other than your own renewal. Retreaters may choose to write, journal, draw, color, read, knit, meditate, nap, think, or pray. The key is to bask in stillness, to let the quiet soak into your skin and into your heart.

Participants will stay in private bedroom/bathroom suites and will have access to common spaces such as the library, reading room, and writing porch. If they wish, participants can hike within the 65 acres of colony property, explore the winter gardens, and visit the horses at the barn. All meals and snacks are provided. 

Cost: $200.00 per person (includes 2 nights in a private suite, 5 meals, snacks, meditation opportunities, space for peace and renewal)

Date: February 5-7, 2021

Place: Rockvale Writers’ Colony
            6994 Giles Hill Road
            College Grove, TN 37046

Schedule:

Friday, February 5th

4:00 to 6:00 pm – Check-in / settle in
6:00 p.m. – Dinner and Hellos
7:00 p.m. – Your Own Time for Peace and Renewal 
9:00 p.m. – Bedtime Meditation (Optional)

Saturday, February 6th

6:30 a.m. – Coffee Ready!
7:00 a.m. – Morning Meditation (Optional)
7:30 a.m. – Breakfast is available. Come anytime you’re ready.
8:30 a.m. – Your Own Time for Peace and Renewal
12:00 p.m. – Lunch
1:00 p.m. – Your Own Time for Peace and Renewal
2:00 p.m. – Guided Hike (Optional and Weather Dependent)
6:00 p.m. – Dinner
7:00 p.m. – Your Own Time for Peace and Renewal 
9:00 p.m. – Bedtime Meditation (Optional)

Sunday, February 7th

6:30 a.m. – Coffee Ready
7:00 a.m. – Morning Meditation (Optional)
7:30 a.m. – Breakfast is available. Come anytime you’re ready
8:30 a.m. – Your Own Time for Peace and Renewal
11:00 a.m. – Check-out and Goodbye

Read all our Covid Precautions for Retreats HERE