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Local Retreats in Sonoma County: Forestville, California

Volveré: A Return to Birdland

Saturday, October 15, 2016


In Spanish, Volveré means, "I will return." It's a promise and also a declaration. Our next day-long retreat is inspired by this idea: returning to our writing practice, to our stories, and to our writing community in Birdland. It's been awhile since we gathered together in this quiet spot in Sonoma County, and we invite you to join us at a retreat inspired by the beautiful food of Catalonia, Spain, and concept of returning.

Join us for a day of writing that includes lunch and snacks reflecting recent trips to Barcelona, including figs and honey, Iberico ham, olives, and an original DeLorenzo dessert, (Spanish style). Reconnect with us, with the written word, and with the beauty of Birdland.

A Bit of History: Laguna Writers and Birdland

Since 2009, Sharon Smith and I have collaborated on local writing retreats at her home in Forestville, California. Sharon and her husband David call this place Birdland, because of the wonderful variety of birds on their property. This beautiful spot is serene, spacious and comfortable: perfect for a writing retreat.

The property has two structures: a comfortable log cabin with a gourmet kitchen, and a modern studio with plenty of chairs and pillows, a wood burning stove, and lots of natural light. We write in the studio.

Fees and other Important Information

The Forestville Retreats are $200. The fee for the retreat includes the all-day workshop, as well as the morning treat, snacks, lunch, dessert, and all beverages. The price for the retreat does not include accommodations, but if you decide to come, Sharon will help you with accommodations, and other food-related excursions while you are here, such as wine tasting.

These retreats tend to fill fast, and many participants return to write with us again, so if you are interested, please make a non-refundable $100 deposit to hold your place. You may do this by arranging to send Chris a check; you can also sign up on the "Fees and Deposits" page, using the Paypal drop-down menu. The balance is due on the day of the retreat.

For more information, please click on the "Contact" tab on your left, or call Laguna Writers at 415-206-9771.

To contact Sharon about accommodations or restaurants, or see more photos of Birdland, check out Sharon's web site at http://www.savorsmith.comor contact her directly at Sharon@savorsmith.com or 415-378-8005

Accommodations in the Area

Case Ranch Inn

Boon Hotel & Spa

Farmhouse Inn

The Sonoma Orchid Inn

The Radford Inn

The Sebastopol Inn

Fairfield Inn & Suites (Marriott)

Many more in the area, and Healdsburg is only 20 minutes away if you find a place there. 
Also consider:

airbnb

VRBO 

And for a cool day spa, see Osmosis

To learn more about my international retreats, click on the International Writing Retreats link in the column on your left.

 

 

         

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