Writing Retreats

Wild Ground Writing’s retreats are held in unique, inspiring locations and focus on offering time, support, instruction, and community to writers of all levels in order to help with skill development or simply provide an enriching and creative break from the daily grind. 

Discover and deepen fictional characters, write and revise poetry, settle into fireside yin yoga before journalling, think about story structure in the hot tub, play with words, or calm your nervous system before diving into difficult work. 

Whatever your intentions, we can help you clarify your voice, discover your stories, hone your craft, and nourish the writer in you! 

Nourishing Roots Writing & Yoga

Sink into calmness and creative flow in a gorgeous rural setting. Enjoy nature walks, delicious meals, fireside story-telling, and guided writing and art making in this weekend devoted to nourishing your artist’s roots. Led by writer/maker Lauren and certified yoga instructor Kerry Mealey-Holmes, this retreat will help you set intentions to support your expressive self in the new year. 
Jan 2025

Wild Writing in the Boreal

Held at the beautiful Falcon Trails Resort in Manitoba's Whiteshell Provincial Park, this longstanding weekend getaway exclusively for women features writing instruction from Lauren, Donna Besel, and an annual guest writer within an environment of stunning natural beauty. Wood fires, starry nights, delicious food, forest hikes, hot tubs, an open mic, and supportive community create a weekend to remember.
Apr 19-22, 24

Still Water: Release Your Inner Writer

At the gorgeous Loretto Maryholme Spiritual Centre on Ontario's Lake Simcoe, this weekend is all about caring for your nervous system in order to deepen your writing. Join physiotherapist/writer Anita Allen and Lauren to explore fiction and creative non-fiction in the sunroom of the grand 148-year-old house before touring the pine forest labyrinth, taking a swim, or wandering the springtime gardens.
June 7-9, 24

The Nook & Cranny Writing Retreat

The century-old Bell Aura Bed & Breakfast offers a setting that fires the imagination. Settle under the original stained-glass windows to write or take a river-side walk before exploring the quaint shops and historic art gallery in downtown Carman, one hour west of Winnipeg. Writing-themed rooms, great food, and instruction in poetry and prose from Ariel Gordon and Lauren ensure an enriching weekend of writing and creative fun! 
Oct 24-27, 24

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Wild Ground Writing Retreats’ head office is located on Treaty One Territory, the traditional territory of the Anishnaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dene, and Dakota peoples and the homeland of the Red River Metis. As treaty people, we are grateful to make our home and livelihood on this land and endeavour to act in support of reconciliation.  

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