Arrive in Sofia, Bulgaria and travel to the S&C Center
We’ll have our first group gathering in the evening, spend some time getting to know one another and building connection as a group, and we’ll begin that first evening with some warm-up writing and self-discovery exercises.
Monday, August 12: Diving In
We’ll begin with a morning session together, filled with generative writing prompts and self-discovery exercises. After lunch, you’ll have free time on your own, to use the pool and facilities at the Center, and to have an excursion to village & local farmers market. We will gather again after dinner, for a bit more writing and an art activity.
Tuesday, August 13: Going Deeper
We’ll begin again with a morning session together, filled with generative writing prompts and self-discovery exercises. We’ll be going deeper into the process on this day, doing powerful and cathartic writing. After lunch, you’ll have free time on your own, to use the pool and facilities at the Center, go for hikes, take a nap, or continue private work on your own writing. We will gather again after dinner, for a performance from traditional dancers.
Wednesday, August 14: Exploration
Writing is an exploration of the self and of the world, and we’ll embody this idea of exploration intentionally today, by going on an excursion to Veliko Tarnovo and Tsaravets Fortress. In the midst of the excursion, we will pause to do short writing reflections, using prompts inspired by the excursion sights and experiences. We’ll gather again in the evening for more writing or art time together.
Thursday, August 15: Deep Dive
This will be our biggest day of writing yet, where we move into the deepest work of self-expression. We’ll spend our morning doing an invigorating and multi-dimensional writing exercise. You’ll have your afternoon free once again, to hike or rest or continue work on your own writing. We’ll gather again in the evening for an art activity.
Friday, August 16: Exploration
Today, we’ll become literal explorers again (as well as explorers of the self and the written word) by taking an excursion to Arbanasi & Istrum. Once again, we will take brief pauses in the midst of our touring to reflect, using writing prompts and guided journaling. We’ll gather again in the evening for more writing or art time together.
Saturday, August 17: Bringing It All Together/Wrap Up
This is our final day together. We’ll do some wrap-up writing exercises to bring our work together to a close. Depending on the mood and energy level of the group, we’ll have a possible morning excursion to Etara and Bacho Kiro Cave. The rest of the afternoon will include packing time. We’ll gather in the evening for a final group session, where you’ll be invited (but not required) to share some of the writing you’ve created during our week together.