Here are some images and activities from our periodic writing retreats for Choice Literacy contributors to build our community and writing skills. If you are leading a retreat, we hope it gives you some ideas. We'll keep adding to the board as we host more retreats throughout the year.
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Deb Gaby's affirmation from the 2013 Indiana Writing Retreat.
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Julie Johnson's affirmation from the Ohio 2013 writing retreat.
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essential oil blends, balancing blends, mental focus, etc
Put God first & some how He balances things out for us! ;)
A balanced life requires that we take care not only of the necessities of the body, feelings and mind, but also of the spirit, and this is the role of spiritual growth. Develop the happiness habit, by always looking at the bright side of life and endeavoring to be happy. Happiness comes from within. Do not let your outer circumstances decide your happiness for you.
mind and body balance to #GetGrounded
Mandy Robek's affirmation from the Ohio 2013 writing retreat.
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Give three writers a story outline and you'll get three totally different stories. Love is Ageless http://www.susanhaught.com
This summer the theme for our writing retreats is building habits. Here at our Pacific Northwest retreat this week, participants selected two affirmations they wanted to try to create new, positive mental energy around writing.
Building Habits, Development Ideas, Retreat Ideas
A wonderful writing retreat closer is reading some selected thank you notes from Jimmy Fallon's hilarious book.
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Some funny stuff. Love Jimmy Fallon!
Thank You Notes by Jimmy Fallon, the Writers of Late Night
HAVE TO HAVE!! #JimmyFallon
Jimmy Fallon is so funny. Always good for a laugh.
Thank You Notes by Jimmy Fallon Site that helps you determine who you're shopping for and what that person would like (i.e. "something funny" for "someone fun-loving")
For the morning writing retreat activity, Choice Literacy contributors chorally read a never-before-heard poem mash-up. The two poems "Things to Do in the Belly of the Whale" by Dan Albergotti and "The Real Work" by Wendell Berry can be found at these links: writersalmanac.pu... writersalmanac.pu... Special thanks to poet Mary Lee Hahn for the inspiration.
Poems Things, Never Before Heard Poems, Poems Mashed Up
Stones were selected by participants (seeing the size and color) and then turned over to reveal a word to use as a talisman for throughout the retreat. Amazingly, everyone thought the stone they picked randomly had the right word for them!
Color, Books Club, Pet
Writing prompts? hobby, food, friend, pet, fear, book, anger, dream, .........
These magnets included post-its with questions on the back, so participants in groups could talk about when they were proud of their writing, a time when writing was easy, possibilities for writing. . .and then each person left the group with their fridge magnet for inspiration.
Creative Ideas, Development Ideas, Classroom Ideas
Writing and responding around the fire pit - what a view! We almost always do triads or groups of three - small enough so everyone gets response in 45 minutes, large enough so that everyone gets multiple responses.
Writing and responding around the fire pit - what a view!
Gift bags of reading and writing materials. Books we included are Writing Alone and with Others, The Art of Slow Reading, and Write Like This. Everyone had a collection of books individualized to their tastes, needs, and writing style by the retreat coordinators.