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Local Retreats in Sonoma County: Forestville, California

Written in Water: Reflections, Stories, Landscape

Saturday June 13, 2015

Inspired by Luis Cernuda's beautiful collection of prose poems, this retreat explores the concepts of memory and time with water at its center. We'll explore landscapes, both internal and external, in relationship to storytelling: think lakes, oceans, rivers, even water cupped in the palm of your hand. The desire for water, the way it quenches thirst, the necessity of it.

Our early summer feast will celebrate the local harvest, and may include watermelon salad with feta and mint, a summer squash and baby spinach tart, local Nightingale Bakery bread, and for the special DeLorenzo dessert, a blackberry cobbler with creme fraiche. Our evening toast will honor Sharon's recent trip to Rome, the city of fountains. And who knows? There may even be time for a rain dance.

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.

The Forestville Retreats are offered on a sliding scale of $175-$225. We encourage you to pay what you can afford to pay. 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 $75 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 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:



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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