Wake Up Retreats

Writing the Spiritual Journey

Writing Retreat at the Christine Center Willard, Wisconsin

October 9-11, 2019


We all approach our spirituality—that link between the sacred and ourselves—in unique ways. Join in community to honor and explore your connection to the sacred and to the self through writing. Engage in guided written exercises developed by Joanne and other authors designed to help you explore your spiritual path, inspire your creative journey, and generate successful narratives and poetry. Give a written voice to your own spiritual story and leave with specific tools and strategies developed to make deepening your spirituality through writing easy to continue after our program.

Whether you are a seasoned writer or just beginning to play with words on the page, you will grow from this innovative retreat filled with unique writing prompts, mindfulness opportunities, and focused instruction appropriate to all genres of writing and levels of spiritual practice. Time will be available for writing in silence as well as for optional sharing in a safe and supportive community. All writing will be considered private and only shared with the community if desired.



Wake Up the Writer Within

Writing Retreat at the Christine Center
Willard, Wisconsin Aug. 16-18, 2019

Discover how to awaken and transform your creativity through writing prompts and awareness practices. You’ll have time to relax while learning to combine the art of paying close attention with writing that deepens every experience. Give your true voice space to roam and reawaken your intuitive self through guided exercises, discussion, and reflection.


Appropriate for beginning writers as well as those with more experience, all that is necessary is the curiosity to listen deeply to yourself, the desire to pay close attention to all that is around you, and a willingness to explore your imagination. We’ll utilize techniques proven to enhance creativity, create opportunities to gain insights, and take time to write in a safe and nurturing environment. Any sharing of class writing is completely optional.


Upside and Down: Exploring Perspective through Writing and Yoga with Joanne Nelson and Sabré Page*

Yoga and Writing Retreat at The Christine Center, Willard, WI June 17 to June 20, 2019


Through yoga we open ourselves to possibility. Our bodies stretch and grow strong, our spirits are deepened, and our minds relax and renew. When the body, spirit, and mind are united, amazing things happen. Integrating writing experiences with a yoga practice enriches and enlivens the opportunities for creative growth.

Looking at everything in a new way—right side up, upside down, or sideways will be our theme. We will practice a variety of yoga poses and writing techniques designed to help us view ourselves and our writing from new perspectives. Combining these modalities allows the inner and outer world to be explored through a different lens as we experiment, play, deepen, and grow.

Whether you are a seasoned yogi and writer, or just beginning to explore, you will grow from from this innovative workshop filled with techniques that can be applied to all levels of practice and all genres of writing. Time will be available for writing in silence as well as for optional sharing in a safe and supportive community.

Participants will return home with a greater awareness of how writing enhances a yoga practice as well as how a yoga practice enhances creativity.

*Sabré has been leading international yoga retreats in Europe, Mexico and Central America since 2013. She routinely teaches classes in Fort Collins, Colorado. She believes her prior experience as a Massage Therapist on Martha’s Vineyard for 11 years has enhanced her teaching immeasurably. Sabré has a B.A. from the University of Texas in Creative Writing and has taught writing workshops. She is also an avid hiker, a visual artist, and has published in The Sun magazine.